Category Archives: Current Events

Ref Desk: Keeping Your Data While Border Crossing

Since the subject of international border crossing shenanigans for travelers has come up in the news, I found this tidbit on Boingboing.com: How to legally cross a US (or other) border without surrendering your data and passwords The combination of 2014’s Supreme Court decision not to hear Cotterman (where the 9th Circuit held that the […]

Trusting Your News Feed

10 Investigative Reporting Outlets to Follow January 13, 2017 This post first appeared on BillMoyers.com. We’ve just started a new series highlighting some of the best, in-depth investigative journalism that is uncovering real news, revealing wrongdoing and fomenting change. As a compendium, here are 10 investigative reporting outlets that are worth following if they’re not […]

Inaugural Poem

  A Rock, A River, A Tree Hosts to species long since departed, Marked the mastodon. The dinosaur, who left dry tokens Of their sojourn here On our planet floor, Any broad alarm of their hastening doom Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages. But today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, […]

Rushdie Still Driving Iran Nuts!

Whether it made political sense for the Queen to elevate Salman Rushdie to knighthood at this particular time or not, I do not know.  In one sense, this is like throwing gasoline on a fire.  I do know that he’s been making the Imams in Iran crazy for over 20 years, which from a writer’s […]

Cuban Film Furor and Other News

It’s official: as of June 22, I will be leaving my post as the Digital Resources Librarian at the Academy to morph into the Technical Service Librarian at the Metropolitan College of New York.  The move will involve more money, better hours (or more convenient hours, since my schedule must jibe with their vendors’, who […]

Kurt Vonnegut, RIP at 84

"Hello babies.  Welcome to Earth.  It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter.  It’s round and wet and crowded.  At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here.  There’s only one rule that I know of, babies–‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’" —from "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater." There’s […]

What They Didn't Teach Us in Library School

If you’re not in the habit of reading Tomdispatch.com on a regular basis, this is definitely the time to start.  The reason being that Chip Ward has penned an excellent article for the site titled "What They Didn’t teach us In Library School: The Public Library as an Asylum for the Homeless."  Now as a […]