Libraries and Neutrality: Is It Time for a Language Update?

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Libraries have always adapted and grown with their communities, yet some things still seem set in stone. Take for example our stance of “neutral,” which is used in most professional codes of ethics. The idea that we are neutral, or passively catering to every idea out there can evoke rage in even the most mild-mannered patrons and librarians. However, I’ve always argued that neutral in the library context doesn’t mean what it first appears to mean.Libraries strive to treat people … Read More

Creating a Little Free Library – Part 1

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My husband and I are building a Little Free Library for our front yard. Little Free Libraries are small containers used as book exchanges. Signs encourage patrons to take a book or leave a book. You can register with the Little Free Library organization to get yours put on their map and receive newsletters and tips for being a steward. Buying one of the bird-house resembling cookie-cutter libraries wasn’t our style. Andy learned to weld last year, so I bought … Read More

Review of OSU’s Online B.S. in Computer Science Program

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Last month I completed my bachelor’s degree in computer science from Oregon State University’s post-baccalaureate program. This program is tailored to students who already have an undergraduate degree, so there are no concerns about transferring general education classes and you only focus on the courses for the major. It is offered entirely online and follows the curriculum of their on-campus program. Overall, I had a very positive experience. I started out taking a few CS classes years ago as prerequisites … Read More

From Mommy Blogs to Multi-Level Marketing: Evaluating “Health” Resources

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Notice I put health in quotation marks in the title. There are many great health resources on the web that are clearly valid: sites run by government agencies, public health officials, and hospitals. This blog post isn’t about those. It’s about all of the other “health” webpages that pop up in your Google search. After all, anyone can post anything online for any purpose. Evaluating content on the web for its motive and trustworthiness is tricky, but necessary when it … Read More

End to Endpaper Bookbinding Project

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Colophon: Titled End to Endpaper, this handmade flag book was crafted by Heidi Uphoff. The flags are marbled paper. The endpapers were created using recycled grey paper dried on a textured cloth. The painted patterns on the front and back covers came from 3D-printed stencils.

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