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 cafĂ© 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?”

How far is 1.5 km, anyway?

I’ve very quickly run into a ‘classic’ information problem, here at Casa Ana. And for those who know my moderate approach to any physical activity, smile widely as I recount this anecdote! Beyond the physical geographer’s ‘facts’ characterizing this part of Las Alpujarras – the elevation, the geological history and land formation, the soil, plants, … More How far is 1.5 km, anyway?