Category Archives: LibrarySchool

FTRW 2017 – Day Two – Piss

FTRW 2017 – Day One – Shit

George Carlin is basically the patron saint of Freedom to Read Week as far as I’m concerned.  I’m technically in Mexico right now but due to the magic of time-delayed posts, I’ll use his “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” as inspiration for this week’s posts.

Friday Fun Link – Politics By Profession

  This site breaks down the political preferences of different professions. No surprise to see that librarians tend to be very liberal leaning.  (I heard a good line recently – someone observed: “What’s the easiest way to tell if someone’s a liberal or a conservative?  Ask them if they’ve read a book in the past year.” […]

Kitchener Public Library Has Social Worker Patrons Can “Borrow”

I’ve been watching the growth of social workers in libraries with great interest. I think the first I heard of the idea was when San Francisco Public Library got one.  Now it’s spreading to other urban centres across the US and Canada – Winnipeg, Edmonton, Thunder Bay are just a sample of some Canadian libraries where this […]

Throwback Thursday – #tbt – Bailey’s (December 2006)

This is a (very popular) classmate pouring shots of Bailey’s for everyone before our final Genealogy class in library school back in 2006. I think it was a morning class so I don’t know if that makes it better or worse that we were drinking at 8am before class started – it is Bailey’s after […]

North Korea Accidentally Makes Some of Its Restricted Web Sites Available Worldwide

In most professions, you try to learn all you can about a single area.  One of the coolest things about librarians/librarianship is that it’s a profession where you benefit from knowing a little bit about a lot of things. This story combines a few of my many varied interests – the Internet, North Korea, propaganda, international politics, […]

Copyright-Free, Royalty Free Images? Pixabay

Pixabay is a great site if you’re looking for copyright free, royalty-free images to use in your projects. Started by two Germans who got frustrated trying to find good images for free online, it’s quickly become one of the top image sites online. Literally, based on buying contributors a “cup of coffee” (eg. donations), many […]

Music Monday – “You are my heart/Oh my Queen of the Furrows/This is how I farm, eyes up and ears down low/You are my heart, you’re my Queen of the Furrows/This how I feel, hens cluck and roosters crow”

Although I was a pretty big fan of the Hip back in their prime years, I sort of backed away – both as their albums became less essential (The top 6 of the 12 Tragically Hip albums rated by CBC were released in the 1980’s or 1990’s, the bottom six were all released after 2000) and […]

Throwback Thursday – #tbt – Niagara Falls Barrier Coated In Ice (February 2006)

Soon after Shea came to join me in London when I started my Masters degree in January 2006, we rented a car and like the good tourists we were, headed for Niagara Falls. Going to the falls in mid-winter seems strange but someone (a classmate?) had tipped us off that they’re actually really beautiful in […]

Throwback Thursday – #tbt – Three Obituaries

Usually Throwback Thursday is for a photo from the old days but I’ve got a collection of obituaries I’ve come across recently that I thought I’d discuss instead since all three send me down memory lane in different ways… Author, publisher, businessman and activist, Mel Hurtig, passed away yesterday. I never got to meet him […]