Author Archives: Alyssa Mandel

Mombrarian

Well, as usual I’m a bit late with this, but I can’t say if anyone is more or less inclined to read it on the 25th than the 23rd. I sincerely hope, actually, that all my peers in school libraryland … Continue reading

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Summer research revisited

Many of you were kind enough to inquire individually about being able to examine one of the reports I write during the summer, about which I made a blog post here. I was able to secure permission from the company … Continue reading

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She doesn’t look like a librarian

It’s nearly Halloween, a holiday I greet with a delight other people reserve for Christmas eve. As such, ‘tis the season for costumes and my mind turns to the subject of dress in general: what we wear on the outside … Continue reading

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Reaping What You Sow

Teaching, they say, is a long game – all that work, and then the payoff that eventually comes happens in college or when they’re at their first job. You have to be satisfied knowing you yourself may never actually see … Continue reading

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Tales from the Front: Real Research

I write research papers for money. No, no not like that! Not one of those horrible paper mills where you can purchase your English grade with a credit card. The shame! Rather, I spend every summer vacation (er, “vacation”) authenticating … Continue reading

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The Purge, or I Love CSV Files So Much I Want to Marry Them (sorry Brian!)

With apologies to those of you who may serve in *twelve-month positions . . . IT’S SUMMER! WHOOPEE! *flings hat towards sky and does happy dance.* (OK, to be honest, I do check work email at least once a day, … Continue reading

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Less stress in the MS

The tension is so palpable you can practically see it in the air: it’s mid-May, and that can only mean one thing . . . it’s exam season. “Stress” is perhaps a too-general term. Some students are exhibiting a disinterest … Continue reading

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Tips and Tricks for EBSCO Discovery Users

Here at Out-of-Door I took the plunge and upgraded from EBSCO’s Integrated Search to their Discovery service in 2010. This coincided exactly with the gestation and arrival of my younger son, and the processes did feel rather similar. They involved … Continue reading

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On the delights of a small collection

My collection is small, and getting smaller. Mind you, when I say “collection” I mean my print collection. I have electronic resources both wide and deep, and those do form an important part of what the library offers. But strictly … Continue reading

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This post is about books

This post is about books. Sort of. It’s about The Book. Yes, That Book. It’s not about religion per se (at least not in the way one might be thinking.) I am having my second Bat Mitzvah on the 23rd. … Continue reading

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