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!


Ever wonder how your LIS program stacks up against others in the US? This week I came across a poster from ALAAC15 that presents data on most of the 64 ALA-accredited library science programs, including graduation requirements, percentage of minority students, and faculty characteristics. How does your library science program compare?

This may be old news, but it’s the coolest thing I found out about this week: JSTOR recently launched a project in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library called Understanding Shakespeare. It’s an open tool that lets you click any line in any Shakespeare play and find articles in which that line is referenced. Instantly! I know what I’m doing with my weekend now.


This week in my instruction class we learned how to use this super awesome software called Jing. It lets you film videos up to five minutes long and it’s perfect for school/work assignments. Jing is also a great tool to practice your own instruction skills – record yourself teaching a session and replay it to see where your strengths and weaknesses are. Oh, and did I mention it’s free?


Going back to this week’s Hack Your Summer post, I’ve been watching episodes of Titansgrave featuring Wesley Crusher… I mean Will Wheaton. Titangrave rules like like they will retail for a very reasonable sum, making it a good alternative to Dungeons and Dragons for gaming related programing. Also, the show is really well produced, striking a good balance between the minutia of the game and the role playing experience.

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