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Category Archives: Library

A library of notes and opinions, primarily to keep track of books, comics, movies, shows and other thingies I encounter.

What I read in 2016 (plus some video selections)

Here is my reading and viewing list for 2016. I recently signed up at Goodreads, so am tempted to migrate or switch over to using that for tracking reading. I’m not sure if they support webcomics, podcasts, short stories, or video content…and they’re run by a commercial entity, so longterm data preservation might be questionable. […]

What I read in 2015 (plus some video selections)

Oof, late, late! But before half this year rolls over, I’ve collated what I’ve read from 2015. As usual, 💡 (lightbulb icon) indicates a recommendation on my part, with the exception of the shorts section. To jump to a section: Comics and Art Monographs. Again, for some of the comics I started in the past, […]

Copyright toolkit

I developed a copyright toolkit for my Digital Copyright course (Info 281) this semester: http://lis.iwaruna.com/copyright-toolkit It includes resources for determining copyright and public domain status, managing risks and seeking permissions (e.g., Copyright Clearance Center) — as well as places to find public domain, Creative Commons, and DRM-free media, and more! Suggestions and corrections welcomed! I’d […]

Review of Susan Cain’s Quiet

Oh hai! As with previous fall semesters, I’ve been busy with graduate school. I’m currently taking two amazing courses, an intensive on digital copyright and another on the Hyperlinked Library (a.k.a., Library 2.0). For the latter, I wrote a book report on Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop […]

A tutorial on using controlled vocabularies

As the last of the big projects in my Reference and Information Services course last semester, I created a (semi) interactive tutorial on understanding and using controlled vocabularies—specifically in the AGRICOLA database (freely searchable via USDA) and the Gale Virtual Reference Library encyclopedia (commercial, subscription required). Once again, some caveats: This is my first publicly […]

What I read in 2014—and some things I watched

Happy new year, and welcome to 2015 and the annual list of stuff I read in 2014. You’ve noticed that I have not for the longest time written an article on visual media like film or television, including animé. Sadly, my animé discoveries have been sparse over the last several years. But on the plus […]

An annotated bibliography of California horticulture resources

Here is another project for the reference and information services course: An annotated bibliography of California horticulture resources for librarians, located at http://horticulture.wikidot.com. In addition to being a handy tool for reference librarians, I wanted to created this because of my interest in gardens and botany. Again, some caveats: This bib is aimed mainly at […]

A subject guide to webcomics

For my reference and information services course (Libr 210) I created a publicly accessible tool to introduce people to the glorious world of webcomics, located at http://libraryschool.libguidescms.com/webcomics. I was inspired to create this because I could not find a subject guide dedicated to webcomics. Sure, there are many that mention it (a page, at most), […]

What I read in 2013

Happy new year! Ring in 2014 with a listing of what I read in 2013. Part of me would like to have a similar list for other types of media, namely films (including shorts), television, and even music. I have some ancient drafts of animé I’ve viewed, which since they are presently unpublished demonstrates how […]

What I read in 2012

Looking back at 2012, I read quite a lot, even with school going on. As in previous years, the lightbulb ( 💡 ) icon denotes recommendations—except that all items in the Shorter fiction section are podcasts where I had given the top ratings. Many goodies discovered this year, including tearing down my notion that Smashwords […]