Monthly Archives: March 2015

Library Renovations

Panel session: “A tale of two libraries: adapting outdated buildings for a sustainable future”. As previously mentioned, the University of Oslo Humanities and Social Sciences Library is in the process of planning and applying for funding for an extensive renovation … Continue reading

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ACRL Portland wrap-up video

 

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MLA Video Tutorials

Did you know that MLA offers video tutorials on how to use their bibliographic database? I teach how to access and use MLAIB all the time, but had no idea until I happened to meet the person who actually makes … Continue reading

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Sustaining Hype? Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and Open Access Course Materials

At the University of Oslo, we are now half-way through our very first MOOC: What Works: Promising Practices in International Development , a six week course created by the Centre on Development and the Environment (SUM) in partnership with faculty … Continue reading

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Apropos of Nothing

Around lunch, the whole convention center suddenly emptied. Apparently, the librarians had found the food trucks. This conference is a two-for-one for me, the exhibition hall is a great place to check out the latest from publishers and content providers. … Continue reading

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Tutorials Toolkit: Creating Sustainable Library Instruction

Today (Wednesday 25) was the day for pre-conference workshops with a limited number of participants, and I signed up for this one a long time in advance. There seems to be a shared need in academic libraries everywhere for more … Continue reading

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The love that dare not speak its name

This makes my heart leap: The holy grail of independent booksellers, Powell’s City of Books: It doesn’t look like much, but this bookstore covers a full city block. More than one million used and new books meticulously arranged, nine colour-coded … Continue reading

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Portland

Healthy Living (actually, it’s all about doughnuts now): Fantastic public transport. TRIMET Librarian juggling library instruction, collection development, collection maintenance, reference desk duty and Everything Else: Beauty and   the Bike Solar powered trash cans. “Green” plastic cow:

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In Transit

We left Gardermoen 08:00 Monday morning, bright-eyed and bushy tailed, and arrived at our hotel in Portland 25 hours later, about ready for the morgue. The eight hour flight to NY went fine. The four hours at Newark airport were … Continue reading

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Why?

Yes, why? In a year that offers us BookExpo America in New York and the ALA Annual Conference in even more glorious San Francisco, why, oh why did I choose green, sustainable, community-oriented Portland? With its green, sustainable, community-themed ACRL Conference? Here’s why: The People. 3000 … Continue reading

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