Article Review: Chat reference communication patterns and implications

This article was originally reviewed for my course on research and statistical methods. Westbrook, L. (2007). Chat reference communication patterns and implications: Applying politeness theory. Journal of Documentation, 63(5), 638-658. This study examined the reference chat records of a university library over the course of the academic year to determine how users and librarians interacted, particularly in regards to markers of formality and informality. The author considered the results in relation to politeness theory, which stresses the concepts of face-threat … Read More

Article Review: Imposed Queries in the Public Library

This article was originally reviewed for my statistics and research methods class. Gross, M. & Saxton, M. L. (2001). Who wants to know? Imposed queries in the public library. Public Libraries, 40(3), 170-176. Gross and Saxton conducted a survey of reference inquiries in order to determine what percentage of reference transactions are “imposed queries” – questions in which the person seeking the reference services is doing so on behalf of someone else (a family member, employer, social group, etc.). The … Read More

A Brief Introduction to Folksonomy

This post was originally written as an assignment for my Representation and Organization class, as an explanation of the advantages and disadvantages of folksonomies. I had a little fun with it, so the tone isn’t entirely serious. A folksonomy is a user-generated system of metadata that fulfills a personal and/or social function of identifying and describing objects. The word system is misleading, however; although there are trends in the way people describe (“tag”) things, there are “no explicit systematic guidelines … Read More

Creating an Archival Online Film Exhibit with Omeka: “WWII Propaganda Films and IU”

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Abstract: This brown bag session will present the Libraries’ most recent online Omeka exhibition of World War II propaganda films which went live on June 6th, the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The IULMIA (Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive) staff will present the conceptual idea behind the exhibit, the steps taken to select and digitize the content, working with the Library Technology staff and the process of building the online exhibit. Presenters: Rachael Stoeltje, Director, IU Libraries Moving Image Archive; … Read More

Happy Open Access Week!

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This week is Open Access week, and the IU Libraries are celebrating with a variety of events that you can see here: IU Libraries: Open Access Week 2014 Tomorrow I will be participating in a round table discussion with some other students, so I may try to get a post about that later in the week, but for today, I thought I’d share a resource that a colleague of mine and I developed for our Reference class. The assignment was … Read More

Helpful Hints from a Victorian Marriage Manual

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I found this book during my work with the Wright American Fiction collection; it’s a collection of stories and advice about being newly wed from 1864. While some of it is laughable (particularly the temperance stories), there are quite a few bits that are not only amusing, but continue to be good advice 200 years later. From “First quarrels and first discords in married life” by James H. Burk. Some wives evince a sort of childish jealousness of the newspaper, … Read More

That Moment Right Before You Drop

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Things have been slowly revving up here; this week is fall break, but I have one big assignment to prepare and a few more that are slowly turning over in my head. I’m also working with some of my cohort to prepare a paper for a conference in the spring, and doing some reading about the MarineLives, which I’ll be doing some volunteer transcription for this fall. And did I mention that I’m still updating my portfolio and tweaking my … Read More

Profile: Bernard Frischer, Virtual Archaeologist

Dr. Bernard Frischer is a Professor in the School of Informatics, as well as director of the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory and founding editor of the online journal Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. He has received many awards for his work in founding the field of Virtual Archaeology; most notably, he was the recipient of the first Pioneer Award of The International Society for Virtual Systems and Multimedia (2005) as well as the first recipient of the Tartessus … Read More

Curiosities from the Wright American Fiction Project

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For the last few months, I’ve been in the process of transforming and updating approximately 3000 TEI files from the Wright American Fiction Project as part of my work in IU’s Digital Collections Services. Excitingly, I’m almost finished with them! I have less than 50 files left to fix, which means I will soon be moving on to a new project. In the meantime, though, I’ve collected several interesting things for my ‘curiouser and curiouser’ tag. ^_^ Today I’ve been … Read More

Thoughts on the Perception of Pluto

In the world of the abstract, the world of the ideal, we would see things as they are, instead of as we perceive them. However, this is impossible – our brain is simply incapable of viewing things without attempts to simplify, to correlate, or to extrapolate. In many ways, this is to our advantage; in other ways, it hinders our attempts to understand the world around us. Neil de Grasse Tyson, in the recent series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, comments … Read More

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