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Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 5/18/19 (1:03am)

Interesting announcement on the ALA Members listserv:

Today, the American Library Association released the Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census, a new resource to prepare libraries for the decennial count of every person living in the United States.

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Remembering the Spectator - Issue no. 105 (6/30/1711)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 5/9/19 (4:50pm)

Talking to a student last week, I tried to remember the quote (and the source of the quote): "I spell like a gentleman and not like a ..." Finally found it: [LINK].

P.S. Initial Google search (with auto-correct) came up with, "I smell like a gentleman..." Ah, no.

Class List from My 2nd Year in College

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/16/19 (10:10pm)

Spring Quarter (from an old letter):

  1. Shakespeare
  2. Latin 102
  3. Populism & Progressivism in America
  4. French Literature 201
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‘Publish & Read’ Contract

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 2/19/19 (5:14am)

Courtesy of Gary Price's InfoDocket, we learn of the agreement between publisher Wiley Global and "all German publicly and privately funded academic institutions" -- for the purpose of delivering "the benefits of open access to authors" (faqs here). Good move.

Update: Interesting development: UC decides to tell publisher Elsevier where to go (link).

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LibraryShelfieDay 2019

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 1/23/19 (7:05pm)

Plowing through the style guides in 'Ready Reference', making sure they're all there. #shelfie #LibraryShelfie #LibraryShelfieDay

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From the Series, Why We Need Librarians...

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 1/15/19 (5:40pm)

From the Series, Why We Need Librarians (IM edition) ...

Question: "Got the '3rd Symphony' by Copland? I had a look but couldn't find anything."
Answer: "Try 'third'..."

2018 List of Banished Words

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 1/1/19 (11:53pm)

"Impactful"

-- Thank you so much!

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Current Cites for Dec. 2018

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 12/31/18 (12:39am)

go to Current Cites
Current Cites for Dec. 2018 is out! You can find the issue here...

I wrote about a library research project where the investigators decided to scrap everything and go back to the drawing board. Highly unusual (at least for published accounts).

Grandfather's Diary Entry (Berlin, 1917)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 11/11/18 (4:18am)

Grandfather Leopold Klein, born in Chicago but too sick to leave Berlin at the U.S. entry into WWI, wrote in his diary:

"This 'World War' must end soon. When it does come to an end, the principles of justice, mercy and, above all, reason - which dictates all the rest - must guide the nations concerned in the establishment of peace. Otherwise, these nations will only lay the foundation for later, and greater, world conflict.... If a true peace is not made when the shooting stops, the result may be a truly worldwide conflict - thrusting its horror to the four corners of the earth, a World War which will be the greatest catastrophe humanity has yet experienced." (Berlin, 1917)

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