library & information science

Cardigans and sensible shoes

When I enrolled in a Master of Library and Information Science program in the spring of 2018, it surprised and confounded many people. I got - and continue to get - questions like these on a regular basis:"Another degree? You just can't get enough school, can you?!" The facts: It had been 13 years since… Continue reading Cardigans and sensible shoes

books & reading, dementia & brain health, library & information science, personal & miscellany

Purple hearts

It's June, which means the jacaranda are blooming, and San Diego is awash in purple flowers. And it's the time of year when many in my field don some purple of their own in recognition of Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month. I've never liked the use of the term "brain awareness," because I think most of us… Continue reading Purple hearts

books & reading, library & information science

My Harry Potter shame

Confessions of a future librarian: I have not read the Harry Potter series. Most of my adult life, it's been a glaring gap in my cultural knowledge, but something I've mostly been able to successfully socially navigate. That is, until I began a Master of Library and Information Science program last year. Because there is… Continue reading My Harry Potter shame

library & information science

ALA Seattle recap

I recently returned from my first American Library Association (ALA) conference, with a pad full of notes, a bag full of books, and a head full of ideas. I'm still early in my MLIS studies and don't work in a library - so why spend a week of precious PTO attending a library conference? Firstly,… Continue reading ALA Seattle recap