6th Century Writing Discovered Inside Medieval Bookbinding by Shaunacy Ferro


It is a well documented fact that in the past parchment from other texts had been recycled to be used in binding a new book.  Though it was known that the text was present it was not often able to be viewed without destroying the current book.  However one text had degraded to the point that the original writing was visible.  At this point the text was sent to be x-Rayed in an attempt to create a legible view of the text.

Since sending texts out to be analyzed all the time can be cost prohibitive, these researchers attempted two different methods of analysis.  Neither of these attempts were very successful on their own, however when they were integrated using a computer algorithm the researchers were able to create a very clear view of the hidden text, presumably at a lower cost then sending texts out all the time.

Very interesting, it just proves that we are learning all the time.


The Academic Library and the Promise of NGDLE By Oakleaf, Walter, and Brown


Recent years have led to a need to quantify how academic libraries lead to academic success in students.  In past times it was assumed, rightly so, that academic library utilization leads to better success in the academic field.  However with the new trend toward quantification some surprising obstacles have appeared.

For the purposes of this paper the acronym is: ” next generation digital learning environment (NGDLE) ”

Academic libraries and librarians are finding it difficult to assess the student learning outcomes (SLOs) in relation to the inclusion of the library due to a lack of information, communication, and other pieces of information.  For example you can see what percentage of the students obtained a certain GPA.  The librarians can go to the databases and see how many times a particular database was utilized and in some cases how much time was spent on that database.  The librarians can also, if they have been keeping track, obtain a vague idea of how many students are utilizing the library on any given day.   These two aspects can be related back to the percentage of students with a high GPA, however the correlation is fuzzy at best.

This article is exploring the option of libraries attempting to integrate themselves further in learning initiatives, at one institution Student Success Class; or Clare 101/Freshman Orientation at my other institution.  By embedding librarianship into these activities it emphasizes their importance as well as allowing the students more exposure to these concepts.

The University of DePaul decided to make Student Learning Success the entire focus of the university as a whole.  (It says something about academic politics that this is a ‘new’ concept.)  Some additional reading was recommended at the end of this article.

Essentially, I believe, that this article is encouraging libraries and librarians to become more integrated and involved with the college as a whole rather than setting itself as a separate entity.  Partially, this is based on the concept “The more times you see it the more likely you are to remember it when you need it.”  Not only should this be done on a physical, but digital level as well.  Remind professors that the library isn’t just for students.

Fascinating, I hope to read some of the follow up articles and obtain a more well-rounded view of this topic.

Millennials are the Ones Keeping Libraries Alive

Millennials are the ones keeping libraries alive

This is a great article acknowledging not only the fact that librarians have been moving toward attracting the Millennial Generation for years, but the positive response that this generation has developed as well.

One of the main points is that the Library is not a Static Environment.  The Library has always been developing, remember to move with the times.

The Dewey Decimal System is based on what is commonly thought of as ‘Bookstore’ organization method; though often librarians do not think of it that way.  We can easily add signs, 200-300 is religion, why not label it that way?  910-920’s (approximately) cover the Travel section, we can label that as well.

Thirteen Reasons Why Censorship Won’t Help by Amy Diegelman


This article begins in a fascinating manner, where an individual who is staunchly against censorship admits that a book disturbed her enough that she had to carefully consider her opinions.  The book in question almost seems to romanticize/justify a suicide.

Ultimately she realized that pulling the book would not end the behavior.  The behavior was a result of a deeper question/problem that needed to be addressed.  Banning books, restricting access, etc. are just band-aids; short term solutions that allow us to ignore the “Gaping wounds” in a community.

I cannot agree more.  There are so many problems, mostly in my opinion, due to a sense of entitlement and lack of communal feeling, that society is broken right now.

How Do You Get Teens Interested in Classical Literature by Lucas Maxwell


Blind Date with a Book, 19th century edition.  In addition to reading the books, or knowing what they are about enough to create a 2-3 word ‘catchy synopsis’ wrapping these books in butcher paper would probably take the most time.

The author used Canva to create bookmarks for the event, Canva is a very easy to use tool that I had forgotten I knew about.  Now I plan on making sure that everyone I know is aware of it!

The librarian did a 30 second blurb about each book, to give the students an idea of what to expect if they read that book. When the librarian let the students take the paper off some of the students were excited!  Some were disappointed and she allowed those students to make some swaps.  They then held a contest to see who read the most (page count not titles).

This sounds like a really neat way to introduce literature that people would not ordinarily read.  I wonder if the director would go for this among staff in the public library I work at?

New Trends in Library Security by Steve Albrecht

American Libraries Magazine 6/1/2017

With libraries attracting more people, different people, different/more programs, etc. New security issues are coming to the fore.

If you see or smell someone using marijuana in the library tell them it is against the fire code, even if they are vaping, if they refuse call the police.

Panhandlers, religious or otherwise, do not have the right to solicit money using your business as a base.

If someone attempts to express  a religious freedom in a way that blocks access to other patrons they can be asked to move their ‘freedom’ to a part of the library where they will not be disrupting anyone.

If needles and burnt spoons are found in the library then call the police to have them impound the materials.

If someone brings in their “Emotional Comfort Animal” you cannot ask why they have the animal you can, however, ask if they can control their animal.  If they admit that they are unable to control the animal then you can ask them to leave.

If you have patrons that feel entitled, listen to them, let them vent, offer up to three solutions to the problem, but if they persist, exercise your right to say “I’ve got other people to help”.

*There is a lot of good information to keep in mind when interacting with patrons.  I really think that it is possible to be a librarian without getting walked over, while still maintaining control over your library.  I like these suggestions, they are practical while still being kind.*

Lines of Spines What is a Library? by Tim Gorichanaz

This author begins by discussing our concept of what a library is, a refuge for books.  The etymology of Library and words related are from roots in paper, books, building that houses books, etc.

This is a fascinating article that allows the reader to explore different iterations of what a library is/can be.  Readjusting the definition of the library to include all of the different forms of information available can be quite difficult for people to get their minds around.

*Several of our new library employees at the public library I work at have expressed how surprised they are at the wide variety of materials the library has to offer.*