I’m a big pusher for libraries. “Did you know they have free stuff?” I say. You roll your eyes. Yes, you know. “I mean, they have books, but did you know they have other free stuff?” *** It’s easy to
I’ve been interested in genealogy ever since a childhood 4-H project, where I carefully wrote each ancestor’s name above a colored rhinestone on a poster. And even now, I enjoy exploring the details of historical records, asking for stories, and
Once we understand that search engines can’t do everything, we can look at what search engines can do. Since most of us use Google, I’ll start with a few ways to zoom in on useful information and ignore the rest.
Recently, I’ve had folks ask for my expertise in things like how to do research, how to find things online, and how to be an expert Googler. I have a few tips for web searching that I’ll share in the next
As a child, I drank in folktales in all colors, from the olive book of fairy tales to the crimson and lilac books. And then, I tried rustling through the coats in our large wooden wardrobe to find Narnia, or sweeping
I’ve been asked to present about my research process, so I thought I’d share here what I’ll be presenting to other librarians soon. Below are some of the steps I take when doing academic or nonfiction research; I’d love to
Are you thinking about applying to library school? Wondering how to get into the field? I’m summarizing some of the advice I’ve passed along to mentees and prospective students here, with tips on places to look for more on libraryland.
One you’ve looked at possible careers and asked questions of the programs and funding… step back. Take a break and consider your life and situation. Get yourself a drink, a meditative space, and time to reflect. I’d suggest you let
Oooh, I have strong opinions on this one. If I could give one piece of advice, it would be to not go to any undergraduate or graduate program that doesn’t offer you at least partial funding. I know. It’s not
Maybe you can get a degree for pennies in Europe. But to get an American degree or credential, you pay several years of your life and money. If it’s a selective school, they may want only the fanciest students—and the