Weekly Round-Up

Editor’s Note: Each week, we reflect on the top articles, blog posts, tweets, news, thoughts, and other tidbits we’ve found interesting or useful. Enjoy!


I got really excited this week when I came across this New York Times review for a novel entitled ‘The World Before Us,’ by Aislinn Hunter. The story is about a 34-year-old archivist working at a museum in London, where she solves a murder through the archives. I ordered it on amazon without hesitation. The next day there was a quick exchange on the Society of American Archivists Listserv, poking fun at the reviewer’s following comment: “Jane has a fling with a local youth. This did not ring entirely true, for me. Would a 34-year-old archivist (who has not sounded as though she’s given to such adventures) really be likely to embark on a sexual spree with a 19-year-old who chats her up in a pub?” Their response was that clearly the reviewer was not hanging around with the right sort of archivists. My response was that it is far more unlikely that an archivist has the time/resources to wade through an entire collection to the extent of solving a murder! Although I am sure this book will perpetuate the same old stereotypes of the lone archivist, it’s fun to see how others/authors perceive our field, and I am looking forward to a fun read.


At the top of my “Post-Finals To Read” list are these two articles in the latest issue of Code4Lib (which I am generally really, really excited about). The first is an essay by Bess Sadler and (my librarian hero) Chris Bourg entitled “Feminism and the Future of Library Discovery” and another by Sumana Harihareswara entitled “User Experience is a Social Justice Issue,” which was adapted from the 2014 Code4Lib keynote address. If you’ve read them, please share what you think.


My MLIS program is 100% online. The interesting thing about being a distance student is that you are often unaware of what is happening on campus, as online classes proceed as normal. So I was surprised to see that this week my school, Valdosta State University, has made national headlines for protests involving the American flag. I’ve been reading articles and attempting to find out what exactly happened. My professor said this article was the best summary of how the whole thing started. Classes are canceled today, and this article explains some of the events during the past few days.

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