New Year, New Blog Name (and More)

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I’m bringing in the new year with a new name for the blog: End to Endpaper. The name is borrowed from the title of my next bookbinding project, which will be a flag book containing some of my marbled paper. The new name carries with it connotations that describe both me and this website: libraries, books, bookbinding/crafts, and sharing stories. End to end refers to looking at a process from the very beginning to the very end. With information management, … Read More

How Do We Teach Empathy?

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How do we teach empathy? This is a question Andy and I have discussed a great deal this past year. Increasing the news has shown people ranging from those in power to everyday folks using rhetoric full of hate and indifference for people they don’t identify with. How do we prevent young ears from picking up this heartbreaking habit? There are a number of ways, but there is only one this librarian and former teacher wants to focus on – … Read More

Book Review: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t

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Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by James C. Collins My rating: 5 of 5 stars An older book, published in 2001, but still very relevant to today’s businesses and, more interestingly, to any project or endeavor you are interested in moving out of the good category into the great one. The research study was impressive. Be sure to check out the details included in the appendices. Two principles of good to great stuck … Read More

Thanksgiving Book Review: Trader (Newford, #4)

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Trader by Charles de Lint My rating: 5 of 5 stars A book I’m thankful for this year is Trader by Charles de Lint. It is one of de Lint’s many urban fantasy books centered around characters in Newford. Leonard Trader, a lonely, hard-working guitar maker, wakes up in the body of Johnny Devlin, a penniless reprobate about to be evicted again. Leonard’s journey home takes him through parts of the city he has never experienced before and into another … Read More

Usability Study Tips for Distance Education Students

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I wanted to share a few tips I learned from doing a usability study for my final project in graduate school as a distance education student. This summer I graduated from the University of Illinois with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries. I was interested in connecting with end users for my last undertaking as a graduate student after spending two years focusing on the technical and administrative side of things. I developed a protocol to test a … Read More

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