The last days before the winter break are a few lingering meetings, some planned email deleting, and writing up task lists for what comes next. If I were in my regular office I’d have every single one of my whiteboards (3 big ones, several small ones) and a rainbow of colors around me –filled with […]
At a recent end of year All Staff Meeting our excellent Interim Dean was sharing work anniversaries — and then she said my name. Apparently, somehow, a decade has flown past for me at UIC. I have distinct memories of those first days ten years ago– sitting in a cubicle w/ door trying to figure […]
Yesterday morning the NIH released their Data Management Sharing Policy https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-21-013.html (DMS) and of course there went the rest of MY week/month/year/2021. But of course I have thoughts and summaries and then questions. I’m deeply beholden to John Wilbanks of SageBio, whose quick read through yesterday morning bailed me out as I had to spend […]
In April 2020, following one of our endless Zoomversations about the gender differences of the pandemic, I began to scheme with my friend Nell the idea that we could put together a bibliography and start exploring what we were seeing in the news. She’s an anthropologist; I’m a medical librarian. We both were curious about […]
In a presentation that I regularly give on developing an online scholarly reputation, I point out to attendees that I have a twice-monthly reminder to update my CV. This is frequently met with amusement and skepticism. Surely I’m not doing So Much that I will need to update it that often. And yet… It is […]
Defy or Defend: A Delightfully Deadly Novel by Gail Carriger https://bookshop.org/books/defy-or-defend-a-delightfully-deadly-novel/9781944751432 I was invited by the author to review this novel and received an electronic preprint version for the review. I’ve also purchased a copy of the book. It’s been a few years since Carriger’s foray into adventures with the young ladies of the Finishing […]
In particular for this post I will remind the reader that I am not a public health official, an epidemiologist, or an infectious disease specialist. Nor do I speak on behalf of my institution. I am a medical librarian and, with many of my peers and colleagues, I’ve been immersed for two months now in […]
On Friday, April 10, 2020, my colleague Robert Sandusky passed away after a long battle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife and two children. Bob was the Associate University Librarian for IT during my entire time at UIC thus far. He was my coworker, my co-author, and my friend. Bob was a generous and […]
In January I reached 15 years post-graduation from my MLS program in New York. It was an interesting time then, I was living with friends in a house in Queens; hauling all over Manhattan working for Gymboree Play and Music; volunteering at NYPL Lincoln Center up in the music library. Now, I’m just through my […]
Schank and Wallace interviewed a cross-section of women who attended Northwestern/were in the same sorority, all described as highly ambitious women during their college years, to see what has happened 20 years later. I struggled to get through this book, ultimately finding it more irritating than useful or validating with a few points that just […]
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