Trials and Tribulations: Survey Research as an MLS Student

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I’m so excited!!! The last few weeks have been crazy busy, but it’s almost over. (Well, except for the rest of the semester. But still.) This weekend I will be presenting at the College English Association conference in Indianapolis with my colleagues Ariadne Rehbein and Erica Hayes. We’ll be talking about the results of our study on digital humanities pedagogy – we have so much to say and are trying to find some way to make it coherent and not … Read More

Things that are hard, but good: learning to research

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I’ve been intending to blog about a project I’ve been working on for a while (I’m sure that sentiment sounds familiar) and finally find myself with a few free minutes on a Friday afternoon (and, to be honest, the knowledge that I should probably write about this while it’s happening, rather than later…) to sit and write. For the past few months, two of my friends/cohorts and I have been working on a research project about digital humanities pedagogy, and … Read More

Portfolio Workshop!

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This afternoon I’ll be hosting a portfolio workshop with my ASIS&T Student Chapter cohorts… I’m really excited! I miss teaching and this is a topic I feel really confident about being able to help others with. I’ve put together a set of slides for the workshop (you can see them below). They are also in my portfolio. We’ll be hosting a Hack-a-thon in April, too, to help people get things set up and field questions. Which reminds me, I have … 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

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

Curiouser and curiouser…

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Alice in Wonderland has always been one of my favorite stories; I think at least part of my love of curiosities comes from the outlandish scenes that Lewis Carroll depicted in his stories. While I have to admit that finding myself in Wonderland would frustrate me to no end, I have developed an appreciation for things in this world that are a bit … curious. As I mentioned in last week’s post, I have a whole collection of photographs from … Read More

Ready, Set… Semester?

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Originally, this post was going to be titled, “Ready, Set, Summer!” And then, somehow, I looked up from my computer and it was August, and the summer is nearly gone. While I can’t say that I don’t know where the time went, I’m a little disappointed that I wasn’t able to finish the million and one things that I was planning to do. (Then again, does anyone ever manage that?) I think I can safely mark this down as one … Read More

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