Guest Post for ACRL

Last week, I wrote a guest post for ACRLog on my changing search habits as a graduate student. I’ve been pretty quiet on my own blog lately as I try to settle into my groove of reading and writing at the doctoral level. It’s been much more intense than my Masters work, but very rewarding and fun too! I’ll be writing about the first month soon, in the meantime, head over to my guest post to see what I’ve been up to!

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Google+ Resources

I’ve started using Google+ recently, and so far, I’m really enjoying it. It’s still in beta right now, but the amount of buzz surrounding it suggests to me that it has the potential to be around for a while AND that there is a demand for tips and tricks. I’m planning to write a more in-depth post about my experiences after our move to Florida on Friday (hence my extended absence from the blog), but right now I want to share a short list of resources for those hoping to learn more about G+. If you know of any I missed, I’d love to hear about them! G+ is pretty fun, and I’m excited to spend some time trying some of the tips and tricks these authors share! I plan on adding to this list as I learn about other resources, so make sure to check back.

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>Map of Censorship in Iowa Libraries during 1918

>I know I’ve mentioned this before, but there is a wonderful Google map that shows all the book bans and challenges in the U.S. over the last 3 years. ¬†When I ran across this map a while back, it gave me the idea to do a similar thing with the Herbert Metcalf letters that inspired my WWI Iowa libraries project. (Metcalf was the man to whom librarians around the state sent letters indicating that they had removed items from their shelves in response to his request).
I made the map and used it for a class presentation, and just recently dug it back up while I was poking around Google. For those who are interested in Iowa or World War I history, this might be of interest to you. You can find my map at this link.

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>LIS Classroom Resources on Censorship

>In honor of ALA’s Qu’ran reading in protest of the book burning that’s scheduled for September 11, I thought I would post a couple things to spark discussion about censorship in the U.S.
The ALA announcement for the reading can be found here. It gives you an insight into why the ALA decided upon the reading, and why ALA members think it’s important.

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