Category Archives: Noteworthy

Noteworthy #4

A few Library-related things that I have come across on the Internet recently… (Yes, I am still here, by the way.)

Having a young toddler means I’m reading a lot of children’s books these days, and quite naturally I’m often thinking about the best ways to encourage literacy. I came across a lovely post published on The Imagination Tree on “The Importance of Rhyme in Early Literacy Development” (click here). This is not just about books that rhyme, but also about singing nursery rhymes together or telling rhyming stories:

By singing and re-telling familiar rhymes and rhyming stories we teach or children: – auditory discrimination – listening skills – a rich range of language – concentration skills – oral storytelling / poetry skills -phonemic awareness

The article has some lovely practical advice on how add more rhymes to your toddler’s life, e.g. making a fairy tale story basket.

And, a bit of personal advice from me: take your child to storytime at your local library, because there you’ll get nursery rhymes, stories, interaction with other children and much more – for free!

Secondly this week, I was encouraged to read in The Guardian (click here) that Neil Gaiman and many other prominent authors have written an open letter in support of CILIP’s campaign to stop the decline of school libraries. You can find the full background to the story on the CILIP website (click here):

England currently ranks 23rd out of 23 OECD nations for teenage literacy. We are the only OECD nation where the literacy of 16 -24 year olds is below that of people aged 55 and over. Despite this, school library services are facing disproportionate cuts, resulting in the loss of an estimated 30% of the school librarian workforce.

Finally, I’ll leave you with a tweet by author Matt Haig that really struck a cord with me:



CILIP, 2017. Dear Education Minister, it’s time to stop the shocking decline in our school libraries. [online]. Available from: (accessed 25 November 2017).

FLOOD, A., 2017. Neil Gaiman leads authors demanding action to halt decline of school libraries. The Guardian, 23 November 2017. [online]. Available from: (accessed 25 November 2017).

HAIG, M., 2017. Reading isn’t important because it helps get you a job. It’s important because it gives you room to exist beyond the reality you’re given. Reading makes the world better. It is how humans merge. How minds connect. Dreams. Empathy. Understanding. Escape. Reading is love in action. [Twitter]. 17 November. Available from: (accessed 25 November 2017).

RANSON, A., 2016. The importance of rhyme in early literacy development. The Imagination Tree, 8 March 2016. [online]. Available from: (accessed 25 November 2017).


Noteworthy #2

A few Library-related and MSc-related things that I have come across on the Internet recently…

What do librarians do all day?

I have to admit that I had not heard of instructional design librarians until I read Lindsay McNeill’s post on “The Making of an Instructional Design Librarian” on the ARCLog. And indeed she writes that there are  not many librarians with this title or responsibilities. Her description of her role sounds fascinating though – a blend of academic librarian and instructional designer.

Take me to the library

If you want to know where Harvard Library stores most of its collection, you can read about the Harvard Depository here and then watch Jeffrey Schnapp and Cristoforo Magliozzi’s documentary Cold Storage here. 9 million items in a concrete, off-site, high-density storage facility!

(via Library Stuff)

Can I copyright this?

Did you ever think copyright is boring? Think again. This blog post explains how Jon Stewart, (about to step down) Daily Show host and brilliant comedian, used fair use to re-broadcasts clips of politicians and news commentators on his show.

(via Digitization 101)

And in the world of higher education…

UCAS, the central admissions service for UK undergraduate degree programmes, were in the news earlier this week because of their plans to extend their system to continental European universities. What does this mean for British university applicants? It should become easier to apply to continental universities, as you can do it via the same website as you would for British universities. Read about it here and here.


A few Library-related and MSc-related things that I have come across on the Internet recently…

What do librarians do all day?

“At Your Service: Information Sleuth at the New York Public Library” by Corey Kilgannon, published in The New York Times, is a great piece about Matthew Boylan, reference librarian at the New York Public Library. If anybody asks why we still need librarians when we have the Internet, point them to this article.

Completely unrelated to the article above, this gentleman, who apparently spoke at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, also sums it up nicely:

Tools to make your life easier

I cannot remember who mentioned it on Twitter, unfortunately, but I recently was introduced to Google Keep. It is the first notes app that I actually use. I think it’s the simplicity of it all – you can make lists and write notes to yourself, and that is it. No fancy extras, nothing too complicated. We have started using it for our weekly shopping list, and it works like a dream. I can see how it can be useful for the MSc to, e.g. to write a list of books to take out from the library (especially since you can tick things off as you go along).

Google Keep screenshot

Digital libraries

In honour of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday, Teaching with the Library of Congress (@TeachingLC) tweeted a link to digitised pictures of late 19th century homesteads – little houses on the prairies. (The author and I share a first name, hence I have always been fond of her novels.)