Comic Book Librarians

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Giles is the librarian/mentor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in both the television and comic book series. Although portrayed somewhat stereotypically, British and dressed librarian-casual, he is a prime example of “more than meets the eye”, which is a rather positive personality trait in my opinion. Ms. Marvel Here in a one-shot issue of Marvel Comics ... Read More »

Shelfless Acts: I’m a Non-Traditional Librarian

I work in a library without any books.  Yes, that’s right…no books. What we do as librarians is difficult enough to explain to people outside our field as it is (misconceptions about shushing and horn-rimmed glasses abound) but add a non-traditional job description into the mix and most people just can’t contextualize you at all. They short circuit and tune ... Read More »

Social Media Exile: The Tyranny of the ‘Agree’ Button

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If you’re like me, you’ve completely lost track of the number of times you’ve clicked the little “I agree” button—on software, upgrades, website registrations, and the like. We know, as little attention as we pay to such things, that they probably mean something, sorta, and we have that microscopic pang of guilt—or more appropriately, misgiving—about not having read what we’ve ... Read More »

Librarian on a Mission

For the last several years, many evangelical seminaries (Fuller and NTS come immediately to mind) and their professors have been pumping out books and courses related to the mission of God, the mission of church, missional ministry, etc. The idea that instead of sitting in churches waiting for people to come in, Christians should go out into the world and ... Read More »

The Connected Couple: Information Behavior in Online Dating

It is often observed that couples who have been together for a while develop a way of communicating that is theirs alone. They may complete each other’s sentences or share a word, phrase or a glance whose meaning is known only to them. Yet information behavior research has bypassed the way couples develop this information exchange over time. Gina Kessler ... Read More »

Metadata, Power & Domination: NSA Surveillance as a Threat to Liberty

Edward Snowden may not have changed the world, but he did help confirm some things we already suspected about U.S. intelligence gathering. The National Security Administration (NSA) has been conducting sophisticated electronic surveillance for quite some time, under a variety of programs authorized after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. Prior to Edward ... Read More »

John Snow: Old School Data Innovator

(Editor’s Note: To mark the important opportunities and diversity that exists within the data economy, the iSchool and many others from across the world have joined together to present the second annual Data Innovation Day. We offer this article to celebrate the day as well as a reminder of the profound effects of data innovation throughout history.) The year is ... Read More »

Coding Librarians

Over the last few years many librarians have asked themselves, “What programming language should I learn first?” If you’re a librarian (or aspiring librarian) and you haven’t asked, you probably should! What’s at stake? Perhaps your job. Many information science professionals are expected to have some level programming knowledge. And yes, even for some non-technical jobs like librarians, archivists and catalogers. ... Read More »

Robot Spies Are Watching You

Robots create all new methods of direct surveillance. When thinking of direct surveillance the common thoughts are of James Bond style spy devices. Hi-tech spy equipment designed to infiltrate and transmit would fit the idea of a surveillance robot, but in reality our privacy is likely to be invaded in much more mundane ways. Regular household items such as toys ... Read More »

Data, Data Everywhere

The Michigan Theater is at 603 East Liberty St. in Ann Arbor. Athletes Tom Brady and Cal Ripken have the same body mass index, 27—lower than Dr. Phil’s but higher than Abraham Lincoln’s. Austria’s fertility rate peaked in 1963 and has been falling steadily ever since. Q Lending Inc., of Coral Gables, Florida, received the smallest bailout from the TARP ... Read More »