The New Yorker: The Invention of the Beach Read

"Around the turn of the nineteenth century, urbanization and industrialization gave summertime a new radiance—it offered a chance to escape the sweaty, overcrowded city and reconnect with nature. The steamship and the railroad made vacation getaways more accessible. Periodicals and newspapers began running features on resort towns and advertised summer activities and goods: cruises, camping … Continue reading The New Yorker: The Invention of the Beach Read

University Affairs: Why campus novels matter

"Sarah Henstra’s The Red Word won the 2018 Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction in English. In its citation, the prize jury declared it “groundbreaking and provocative,” and commended the novel as “an astonishing evisceration of the clichés of sexual politics as they exist not only on our college campuses, but also within broader present-day society.” … Continue reading University Affairs: Why campus novels matter

JSTOR Daily: The Origins of Women’s Soccer

"With women’s soccer abuzz in the news, it’s high time we take a look back to the first organized women’s soccer league, also known as “association football.” The British Ladies’ Football Club (BLFC) held their first match at Alexandra Park in Crouch End, London, in 1895. Ten thousand “jammed the pitch” to see the Blues … Continue reading JSTOR Daily: The Origins of Women’s Soccer

How to Be a Better Web Searcher: Secrets from Google Scientists

"In many ways, search engines make our metacognitive skills come to the foreground. It is easy to do a search that plays into your confirmation bias—your tendency to think new information supports views you already hold. So good searchers actively seek out information that may conflict with their preconceived notions. They look for secondary sources … Continue reading How to Be a Better Web Searcher: Secrets from Google Scientists

‘The Public’ Movie Review: Life, Liberty and the Library as a Battlefield

"The film’s underlying theme [is] about how libraries are now one of the last outposts of American democracy. Within their walls, we see manifested issues not just of homelessness, but of race, class, addiction, mental illness and income inequality. Estevez, shooting on location at the Cincinnati Public Library, proves expert at detailing the workings of … Continue reading ‘The Public’ Movie Review: Life, Liberty and the Library as a Battlefield

Scientific Publishing Needs to Change

"Our scientific publication system suits a [past] world where scientists rarely met one another and learned of new scientific advances or theories through few rigorously-reviewed scientific journals. Experiments were carefully documented so that they could be repeated and validated for consensus building. The goal of scientific publication was to tear down silos. However, this is … Continue reading Scientific Publishing Needs to Change

Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Freedom to Read Week February 24 – March 2, 2019

"Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. . . . Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and … Continue reading Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Freedom to Read Week February 24 – March 2, 2019

Former Selkirk College librarian John Mansbridge’s legacy lives on in the Minto Room

"The man who named Selkirk College and amassed a large Kootenaiana collection for its library has died at 83. John Mansbridge came to the college in 1965 from Moose Jaw and spent more than three decades as its librarian. When he arrived, however, the institute was using the provisional name West Kootenay Regional College. . … Continue reading Former Selkirk College librarian John Mansbridge’s legacy lives on in the Minto Room

Elder guidance, storytelling and language focus of Calgary Central Library’s new Indigenous Languages Resource Centre

"Calgary's recently opened new Central Library will soon have a dedicated resource centre aimed at preserving Indigenous languages. The Indigenous Languages Resource Centre, a first for Calgary, is being supported by a $1-million investment from the province, officials announced on Wednesday. "The Calgary Public Library is thrilled to support this important Indigenous languages initiative. This … Continue reading Elder guidance, storytelling and language focus of Calgary Central Library’s new Indigenous Languages Resource Centre

What we gain from keeping books – and why it doesn’t need to be ‘joy’

"Tidying guru Marie Kondo advises us to ditch reading we don’t find joyful. But one’s personal library should do much more than anthologise warm feelings." . . . "The metric of objects only “sparking joy” is deeply problematic when applied to books. The definition of joy is: “A feeling of great pleasure and happiness, a … Continue reading What we gain from keeping books – and why it doesn’t need to be ‘joy’