Think aloud: on public libraries and the public commons

Alternate title: Why does it always come back to p***? I was in Saskatchewan last week when I heard CBC’s reference to the Ottawa Public Library’s p*** story. I stopped what I was doing and went to Google to find out what was up. And then I listened in to CBC OttawaMorning’s interview with OPL’s … More Think aloud: on public libraries and the public commons

Not a special topic: information credibility and trustworthiness

It all started with caramelized onions. This spring, I taught a special topics graduate course called Information Credibility & Trustworthiness in 21st Century. I came up with the idea earlier in the winter for three main reasons : the first and most obvious is our current socio-political context – living in Canada’s national capital, being constantly … More Not a special topic: information credibility and trustworthiness

Social Media and Society Conference 2016 #SMSociety

I recently returned from #SMS2016, held for the first time outside Canada, at Goldsmiths University, London UK, a conference I have regularly attended since its earliest days as a symposium, then a full conference at Dalhousie and Ryerson universities. In a now familiar (read practiced 😉 arc I was again surprised, then spectacularly over-stimulated by … More Social Media and Society Conference 2016 #SMSociety

Research as practice for academic (and any other) librarians

This morning I was privileged to give a brief opening “inspirational” address to a group of 30 or so academic librarians who are taking part in the 3rd annual Librarians Research Institute, supported in part by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and participating university libraries, and now on at Carleton University (in the beautifully … More Research as practice for academic (and any other) librarians

Paris notes

After spending most of 5 weeks in the city of light, I will bring home a small notebook full of scribbles for a series of unwritten postcards. It is clearer than ever to me that everyone has only their own personal, maybe also intimate and therefore private, version of Paris. Ask anyone who has spent … More Paris notes

Writing is believing

Our writers’ retreat is ending – we begin our departures tomorrow at 5:00 a.m. – some back home to families and familiar routines, and others, including myself, to the next lamp post or café on our writing journeys. For those of us accustomed to reading organized reflections, here is my version of a progress ‘report’. … More Writing is believing

Discursive communities or “When is an apple a pear/pair?”

Since our writers’ group officially established itself at Casa Ana 10 days ago, we’ve had several wonderful evenings at Carlos’ place. Of the 8 writers in our group, 5 of us are women. In our first getting-to-know-each-other day, the women quickly ‘found’ each other and organized dinner out at Carlos’ restaurant. (The 3 men were … More Discursive communities or “When is an apple a pear/pair?”