Book Review: Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War

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Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War by Artemis Joukowsky My rating: 5 of 5 stars Joukowsky’s account of Rev. Waitstill and Martha Sharp’s activities during WWII almost feels like a novel about top secret agents, except their stories are not fiction and they were never spies. Joukowsky, author and grandchild of the Sharps, set out to honor them, their courage, and their triumphs with archival research, interviews, and unpublished family papers, demonstrating that ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things. The … Read More

Last Class of Graduate School – Interfaces to Information Systems

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This week I completed my last assignment for my last graduate school class. I can’t exactly do cartwheels yet because I still have to finish my thesis project next year to conclude my Certificate of Advanced Study in digital libraries. But for now, this milestone feels like a victory. I didn’t imagine this degree would take so long, however, on reflection, I’m glad it did. Each semester I picked out a class that best fit my current work projects. By … Read More

Am I a Data Scientist Now? Review of Coursera’s Data Science Specialization

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No, I’m not a data scientist now. But I do have a wider understanding of data science and a few new skills thanks to coursera.org’s Data Science Specialization. This summer I completed the first four classes: The Data Scientist’s Toolbox, R Programming, Getting and Cleaning Data, and Exploratory Data Analysis. Motivation for taking these courses came from several places. Earlier this year, someone suggested to me that these courses would make a good model for a library’s data management education program. … Read More

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