Tag Archives: education

Everything Is Too Complicated – What Are Tech Companies Assuming We Know?

A good article which is especially relevant to libraries where we hear many tech-related questions every day and struggle with how far we go with our tech-support role, how we train staff to answer tech questions and whether “Tech Help Desk” is the new “Reference Desk” for the modern library. Think of the tech industry […]

Should @sask_ndp #skndpldr Voters Consider Who The Winner of The @saskparty Leadership Is When Casting Their Ballot? #skpoli #pickapremier

  There are concurrent leadership races happening in each of Saskatchewan’s two major political parties but it often feels like the party’s leadership candidates are running in completely different worlds. And maybe they are – the Sask Party race has been focused heavily on rural issues, small businesses, and the ever-looming shadow of controversial social issues. […]

“Because you have to swear on the Bye-ball!”

This guy was elected three times and doesn’t know that you aren’t required to swear on a Bible when taking your oath of office? Wow. The only thing that would make this clip better is if Tapper said “Because he says he’s  Christian” when the Moore spokesperson tries to pivot away from his slack-jawed, empty-eyed […]

Democrat Doug Jones Wins Over Accused Pedophile, Roy Moore in Heavily Conservative Alabama

It’s wild that it was even this close (49.7% to 48.6% as I type this with write-in ballots accounting for *double* the vote differential!) but the people of at least one deeply conservative American state has soundly rejected Donald Trump and his brand of “anything goes” politics.

“I Made My Shed The Top Rated Restaurant on TripAdvisor” (And Some Quick Thoughts on Fake News)

At RPL’s recent Staff Development Day, I was asked to moderate a panel discussion on fake news.  The panelists included a local education prof who specializes in social media and digital technology, a journalism prof who specializes in mass and alternative media and a journalist who is the assignment producer as well as having responsibility for […]

Friday Fun Link – Does New Movie “The Public” Have a Trailer That Instantly Makes It The Best Library-Themed Movie Ever?

There are a few choices out there but this trailer makes me think “The Public” might be the best library-themed movie ever, in part because it appears to address so many of the issues we deal with in the library every day – homelessness, community engagement and creating a welcoming space, the library’s relationship to […]

“Leadership Races Shouldn’t Be Spectator Sports” – Saskatoon Star Phoenix #skpoli #skndpldr

The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix had an editorial today that I couldn’t agree with more. Their point is that with two exciting, concurrent leadership races happening in each of the province’s main political parties, there’s no excuse for people to not spend $10 to buy a membership and have a lot more direct impact on either the […]

Friday Fun Link – *All* of the Best Book Lists of 2017

Okay, maybe not *all* but pretty darn close! 🙂 (via MetaFilter)

“If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary – the world really would be a better place.” #choosekind

Pace got this book for Christmas last year. (One of my favourite things about being a librarian is being able to share books with him that I already love!) I briefly thought about writing a bit about how fascinating it is to see the different ways that Pace is learning about everything from bullying to […]

Music Monday – “I grew up like my daddy did/My grandpa cleared this land/When I was five I walked the fence/While grandpa held my hand”

I don’t think I’ve ever posted this song for Music Monday but it’s one of my favourites of all-time. “Rain on the Scarecrow” – John Mellencamp Although I knew fairly early that I was never going to be a farmer (my standard line on the subject is that, growing up, I was more into books […]