Category Librarianship

The Lobkowicz Collections

Inconcussa manet (“It withstands the storm“). –Lobkowicz family motto A sense of responsibility should be […] the foundation of family life. –Václav Havel, Letters to Olga A sense of responsibility not only at the centre of family life, but at the centre of political and cultural life. Havel, a playwright turned-political dissident-turned-president, knew the importance of culpability […]

Books for Young Adults: Reviews and “Read-A-Likes”

While teenagers not reading “enough” is a perennial concern for adults, a recent article by Hannah Withers and Laurel Ross (published in McSweeneys) suggests that teens are reading far more than their fretting adult counterparts. A recent study conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project entitled “Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits” reported that sixteen- and […]

A Study in Scarlet: The Quiet Creation of an Archetype

For those that are familiar with the text, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1887 A Study in Scarlet is perhaps best known for its introduction of the character of Sherlock Holmes. A persona that has become synonymous with detection and logic, Sherlock Holmes is seminal and positively implacable – a reality that later lead Conan Doyle […]

Audubon’s Zombies: A Voodoo Guide for YA Librarians

The goals of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) for library services for young adults recognize that “young adults need and deserve services that address their educational, informational, cultural, and leisure time needs” (IFLA, 2010, p. 2). It is during young adulthood that many people will discover and take an interest in […]

Collaboration and Conflict: A Review of Revolution and the Antiquarian Book

Jensen, Kristian. Revolution and the Antiquarian Book: Reshaping the Past, 1780-1815. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011 Jensen’s Revolution and the Antiquarian Book took shape as a series of lectures; specifically the University of Oxford’s Lyell Lectures. The 2008 selection of Kristian Jensen as the Lyell Reader, coupled with his position as Head of Arts and […]

“The Internet Just Is”: Information Literacy and Teens

This reflection on teens and information literacy was written for Prof. Paul McKenna’s seminar “Information Literacy,” which I attended during the Fall semester of 2011-2012 at Dalhousie University, Halifax. During my time in Dalhousie’s Library and Information Studies programme I came into contact with many public school librarians. A common thread between them, in addition […]

The Many Voices of the Qur’an

This paper was written for Dr. Bertrum MacDonald’s class “The History of the Book,” which I took during the Winter semester of 2012 at Dalhousie University, Halifax. I wanted to take a close look at, not only the history of the Qur’an as a physical and religious object, but the relationship between written and oral […]