All Your Genre Are Belong to Us: A Study of Video Game Descriptions

Imagine a typical video game player, what comes to mind? Perhaps a college boy glued to a console all day and night. But “gamers”—people who play video games—are much more diverse than that. Game players range from preschool-aged children exploring shapes and colors to seniors playing word puzzles on iPads. 25% of gamers are under 18 and another quarter are ... Read More »

Virtually Hirable: 5 Tips for a Polished Social Media Presence

Your virtual presence should serve to enhance your professional career, no matter what form of social media you participate in. Your online professional presence does not just occur on LinkedIn, it also happens on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and any other online forum. Follow these tips to enhance your employability! #1: Be Professional A study by CareerBuilder found that potential employers ... Read More »

As a Matter of Fact: Accuracy Vs. Authority

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During the last presidential election, the Washington Post was working on implementing an automatic real-time fact-checking system for political speeches. Stories about this have a sort of breathless, world-of-tomorrow kind of feel to them (“a Shazam for truth,” as an executive producer from the Post calls it), though tinged with serious questions about the technology, the approach, the relevance, and the challenges. Verifying the ... Read More »

Loving Libraries in Cambodia

Over the past eight months, I’ve learned what it means to love libraries and information in Cambodia. What started as an internship with an NGO intended to last a mere academic quarter turned into three quarters of Directed Fieldwork in the Kingdom of Wonder filled with unexpected and quintessentially amazing opportunities, challenges, and explorations. I will attempt to describe some ... Read More »

DIY for CYA: Protecting Your Privacy

I never paid too much attention to online privacy until I read about the NSA Snowden revelations last summer. Since then, I’ve taken a peculiar interest in learning more about the considerations of ethics and notions of privacy for Internet users, and I’m thrilled that my IST 700 course covers a week’s worth of readings on this topic. In the midst of ... Read More »

UX Design for Dogs

It is becoming increasingly difficult to attract attention to the specific web content that makes your site unique. Using concepts such as classical conditioning can help us understand how users think and act to amplify this attention and focus on the most important content. Pavlov, Conditioning & User Experience The concept of conditioning behavior is so well-known it’s practically pop ... Read More »

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 »