Saturday Evening Posts


This image has nothing to do with this post. It is pure clickbait.

Confession time: I’ve been binge watching Gossip Girl on Netflix (Canadian Netflix is years behind the times, we only just got it),…

The “homemade irish cream” thing is the only part of this post I’m interested in.

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Donna M. Lanclos, and Erin M. Hood, in conversation with Beth Forrest Warner, share insights into a three-year U.S.-U.K. collaborative study project that identifies how students and faculty engage with technology and information sources.

This was a great year for all things photography, with posts to help you behind the camera, in front of it, when you’re shooting, and when you’re editing. Here’s a look back at our most popular photography tips, tricks, and hacks of 2013.

Have I ever told you about my love for bread? Probably not. Most people think I am all about the sweets since…

My love of Naan is overshadowed only by my love of Irish Cream.

I’m going to take the opportunity to address the points Matt raised – not because I am trying to stay “relevant,” as some might suggest (my blog is a not-for-profit personal passion and I don’t consult/train for a fee), and also not because I have a vested interest in “keeping Boolean search alive” (because I really don’t) – rather, because I am still amazed that a fundamental lack of understanding of search and information retrieval – both “manual” Boolean search and “automated” taxonomy driven and/or AI-powered semantic search – and I am constantly trying to help people not only understand both, but also appreciate their intrinsic limitations, as well as separate reality from hype.

iOS: Keeping track of all the junk you find online is never an easy task. To help you organize that stuff, Ember is an app that fits somewhere between Pinterest and Evernote, and manages to keep things simple enough that anyone can use it.

Ember works a lot like Evernote’s Web Clipper where you can quickly and easily add a picture to a collection. From there, you can add notes, create different collections, and more. The iOS version of the app is basically a simple organization app, whereas the (pricey, at $50) Mac app is a bit more feature-packed. Even still, as a simple and fast place to collect images, Ember works really well on iOS and you don’t need to use the Mac app to appreciate it.

Oh, my gosh, how I need someone to organize all my digital junk. And, while we’re at it, how ’bout my physical junk?

OK – don’t shoot me for the wording of the title of this post. We can all argue about what “better” means. I opened this thread in response to comments in a previous thread expressing concerns about what today’s students…

For those of you looking for gifts for the tea lovers among you:

This [Kickstarter] project was born of my frustration with not being able to drink my carefully-brewed, but too hot, coffee right after I made it, and it then getting cold before I had time to enjoy it. I wanted it just right.

I thought about this problem and had an inspiration: why not take the excess heat out of the too-hot coffee, store it in the wall of the mug, and then use it later to keep the coffee at a pleasant drinking temperature?

This actually sounds really cool, and I may be persuaded to fund it.

There’s something wonderful about curling up with a warm cup of tea on a freezing cold night. I’m partial to mint myself,..

This is just pretty cute. Especially if you know a scientist-type who loves tea.


Sloan-C Conference wrap-up


I recently returned from the Sloan Consortium’s International Conference on Online Learning. It was quite fascinating and well worth my time (and employer’s money).

Law schools seem way behind other academic institutions when it comes to distance ed; mostly because the ABA severely restricts the amount of online courses students can take (from accredited law schools), and perhaps in part because legal academia is more conservative than other types of academia. (I think. I just made that part up). Still, law professors are incorporating more online learning in their courses (if you have a hybrid class where 1/3 or less of is online, then it doesn’t “count” as an online course), and law schools are offering certificate and LLM programs that are completely online. That was why I and my boss went to this conference: so we could better assist our professors who want to do this.

I counted three of us there as being from law schools (if anybody knows differently, correct me. There were over 2,000 attendees and the list of them was not organized in a fashion that I could decipher). People were sort of fascinated by us. (To be fair, we are fascinating). I was left wondering, as I often am at conferences, if there is really something different about law school/law students from other disciplines, or if this is something we (in legal academia) tell ourselves to make us feel special. I still don’t have the answer to this.

My notes, if you are interested.

Live from New York!

(No, not really. But it is Saturday night).

Some things of interest that have passed my way this week …

Legal education has gotten a lot of press lately (at least in my circles, although I think there’s been some in more popular press, as well); the economy is bad for lawyers right now (though I’m not really sure it’s more bad for them than anybody else), and still law schools are starting up and churning out more lawyers. Now, I should probably be careful what I say publicly on this topic – but this is an interesting post.

Should law profs be required to regularly offer proof that they are qualified [read: could be a practicing attorney] to teach doctrinal legal courses? … I’m thinking the regular granting of sabbaticals to tenured law profs for the purpose of scholarly pursuits can be put to better use by replacing it with required sabbaticals that send law profs out into the real work to practice law, assuming law firms and government agency would accept them.

Hodnicki proposes that academic law librarians be required to do this, too. An interesting proposal, to say the least. I think many of us would love it – but I’m sure there would be those of us who would not, as well. There is somewhat of a movement afoot towards teaching practical skills in law school, rather than purely theoretical ones.

  • 3 Geeks and a Law Blog, How To Make Google+ Really Sing. And I’m Not Talking Tenor but Soprano
    Sigh. Google+. I just don’t know. I’ve started a long post about it, but haven’t come to any conclusions and, well … I just don’t know. I wanted to like it, but I keep forgetting about it. And STILL most of the posts on it from people I follow seem to be about Google+. I’m as meta as the next gal, but … (I do like that this blog post tells you how to simultaneously post on several different social media outlets at once, though).
  • Pegasus Librarian, Motive and Opportunity
    I’ve really got to work on not trying to include everything about a subject in a single presentation and start “ruthlessly cutting all kinds of useful and interesting stuff,” because a person just can’t get it all in one sitting.