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A winter photo: the Twigcicle

I spent a good couple of hours out yesterday tramping about in the snow in my wee town, and got some great pictures. They’ll go up at a later date; I’m not very good at photo editing, but am trying to teach myself using GIMP. However, one photo stood out, so I’m posting it now. Behold …. the Twigcicle!

The Twigcicle. My photo, taken on 18 January, 2015.

The Twigcicle. My photo, taken on 18 January, 2015.

I don’t remember having seen such a thing before, and am very pleased with how the photo came out. It’s a nice mix of colours, and the ice surrounding the twig is really visible.


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A slightly incongruous title for a blog post introducing the multimedia collections, given the comparable limitations of Victorian technologies, but I must perforce stick to my personal brand! The Mediatheque, as it has been officially named, primarily covers my viewing and listening choices, some of which I will also review, as time and verbosity allow. The catalogue – albeit, in a possible affront to my librarian sensibilities, currently without classification – will hopefully be of interest to you, dear readers, in addition to helping me keep track of what I hear, read, and see. It also includes growing lists of websites and webcomics which I read regularly.

Please feel free to leave comments on the page itself, with recommendations or remarks as takes your fancy!

Without further ado, I now declare the Mediatheque open!

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Ada Lovelace, 1815-1852 (St James Square blue plaque)

Ada Lovelace, 1815-1852 (St James Square blue plaque)

Happy Ada Lovelace Day 2014! Do you have any plans for the day? I walked past her blue plaque (in the photo to the left) at least twice a week most weeks when I lived in London, going to and from the London Library on my lunch hour, as a result of which I began reading a lot about her, and she has become one of my heroines. (more…)

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"Strawberry Thief", 1883, designed by William Morris (1834-1896), made by Morris & Co. (Victoria & Albert Museum)

“Strawberry Thief”, 1883, designed by William Morris (1834-1896), made by Morris & Co. (Victoria & Albert Museum)


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Image source: CAIS “My Modules” link image

Since I first heard about this course – I think via the Rare Books and Special Collections JISC mailing list – I really wanted to sign up. I managed to be sensible, in terms of time management, and finally registered for the September 2013-January 2014 intake. (more…)

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As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on the Medieval Feminist Wikipedia Write-in event at Kalamazoo, here’s an interesting post from the Hack Library School blog on librarians using, and actively editing, Wikipedia. My becoming a Wikibrarian is looking more and more likely by the day. Who’s with me?


Are you a Wikibrarian? I recently became one—a librarian who edits Wikipedia (“the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit”)—and I have found the experience rewarding in the extreme. I have even stumbled into a role as an embedded consultant, helping faculty teach undergrads how to write Wikipedia articles on gender history, on which improvements are urgently needed. So what are the benefits to becoming a Wikibrarian while in library school?

Wikipedia is legit

My role as a Wikibrarian is possible because Wikipedia has become increasingly “legit” among the more open-minded educators and information professionals. Wikipedia’s rigor and quality have come a long way from Steve Carell’s classic deadpan in The Office a few years ago. Now Harvard University’s rare books library is recruiting a Wikipedian in Residence! Best uses of Wikipedia are to find background information, bibliographies, topic ideas, quick facts, and keywords. Selective editing, conflict of interest, copied and pasted text, and other…

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Thus are the Vikings described by an Irish monk in the 800s, in a short marginal poem in the St Gall Priscian, where he expresses his relief at the stormy seas keeping the long ships at home in Denmark:

The wind is fierce tonight / it tosses the sea’s white mane/ I do not fear the coursing of a quiet sea/ by the fierce warriors of Lochlann.

Is acher in gaíth innocht,
fu·fúasna fairggae findḟolt:
ni·ágor réimm mora minn
dond láechraid lainn úa Lothlind.

(Priscian’s Institutiones Grammaticae known as ‘The St. Gall Priscian, St Gall Stiftsbibliothek MS 904)

Viking shipI went to the British Museum’s Vikings : life and legend exhbition very early last Sunday; the Saharan storms were yet to hit London, so I was confident that the marauders so feared by the anonymous monk would be present. In addition to a lifelong fascination with the Vikings, and with their mythology in particular, I was really looking forward to seeing this exhibition in the new wing of the British Museum. (more…)

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