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Jane Carlin is currently the Director of the Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound, a liberal arts college in western Washington. Prior to joining Puget Sound, Jane was the Head of the Design, Architecture, Art and Planning Library at the University of Cincinnati and has also worked in Oxford, England. She is passionate about books and reading and has taught courses on the history of the book with a focus on the British designer William Morris. She is a confessed bibliophile and truly believes books can change lives!

Barb Macke recently retired as a senior associate librarian at the University of Cincinnati. She served for many years as the library liaison for the College of Arts & Sciences composition program on the main university campus. Barb’s goal was to make undergraduate research exciting (not an oxymoron!), and to put the resources of a first-class research institution into the hands of her undergraduate students. She has presented on the benefits of using problem-based learning and active learning techniques to teach research skills at the International Lilly Conference on Teaching & Learning, the National Conference for the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), the Ohio Digital Commons for Education, the UC Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning, and at many other conferences and workshops.

Entries by Jane Carlin and Barb Macke

Hazards of the 'Me' Culture

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2015 | 10:13 AM

You have to feel just a bit of empathy for Brian Williams. He lied, misrepresented the facts, embellished his stories and surely we can't rely on him as the most trusted name in news anymore - but then, did we really ever believe that line? And, come on - how...

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Je Suis at the Library

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 11:37 AM

The university library may be one of the last bastions of cost-free, open access to unfettered and uncensored information in America.

At the core of these institutions lies the concept that information must be free in order for our informed citizens to make informed decisions.

University libraries are places where...

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It Takes a Community to Educate a Student

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 10:25 PM

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, it is a good opportunity to reflect upon our careers in higher education. We can't think of a single other profession that provides the opportunity to learn something new every day while at the same time impacting the future of so many. As we reflect...

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Ten Things We Love/Hate About Libraries

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 5:27 PM

We've been blogging a lot about the future of libraries. Today's post draws inspiration from the cult film, Ten Things I Hate About You. Why? The setting for this film is the iconic Stadium High School in Tacoma, a stone's throw from the University of Puget Sound. Jane...

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Start a Protest in Your Library

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 11:50 AM

In our last post we talked about the future of academic library spaces. We encouraged everyone to dust off the shelves and to begin to think differently about their libraries. Recently at Puget Sound, we had the opportunity to brainstorm with social activist and library supporter, Micah White....

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Books? Or No Books? Envisioning the Academic Library of the Future

(3) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 6:50 PM

We admit it -- we are librarians, and therefore book-centric! We can't help it. It is part of our genetic makeup to love books, and we can't remember a time in our lives when books were not present, or not important.


My earliest childhood memories are of...

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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here -- What Will Be Your First Step?

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 1:32 PM

Recently the Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound hosted a visit by San Francisco poet and bookseller Beau Beausoleil. Beau is the founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition. The Coalition consists of hundreds of book artists and letterpress printers around the world that are working...

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The Next Librarians

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 2:57 PM

Thanks to our colleagues at Beloit College, we are reminded each year about the characteristics of our incoming college freshmen. This list is always fun to read and often a sobering reminder of generational change. It also serves to keep us in touch with our students, which is so important....

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Drowning in a Sea of Opinionated Information

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 3:45 PM

As librarians we seek to guide our students to information that will help them solve problems or make discoveries. But lately we've noticed that our students are literally drowning in a sea of opinion and misinformation. Often they have sunk so deep that they can't even see the life preserver...

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It's OK to Be Loud in the Library

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 8:50 AM

This recent blog post on, "Bring back shushing librarians," pleads to bring back shushing librarians. Ah -- what a concept! The grim-faced, dour librarian controlling and patrolling the learning environment for the sake of peace and quiet. The librarian who is unapproachable and generates a feeling that...

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Give the Gift of Memory

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 4:48 PM

This year, give a gift that literally lasts forever and doesn't cost a dime!

'Tis the season when we are reminded every time we open the paper, turn on the television or visit our email that it is our personal responsibility to revive the economy by shopping till we drop....

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We Like the Fact Checkers, and So Should You!

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 10:31 AM

When did it become officially OK for public officials to blatantly lie without ever being called on the carpet except by opposing media?

Let's put it this way: If I'm a factory manager and I tell my boss that last week we made 1000 gizmos when we...

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Summer Reading, Fifty Shades of...

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 10:55 AM

OK -- now we've got your attention! Summer reading conjures up visions of white sand, tall drinks, and books with titles that remind us of the Pantone color scale or a typical day in the Pacific Northwest (more than 50 shades of grey). But for many of us in higher...

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At Your Service -- 24/7

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 6:59 PM

A lot has been written about the growing number of online courses in higher education. For many years this arena has been dominated by the "commercial universities" but recently Harvard and Stanford have stepped into the playing field with much success. Combining the best in technology with the intellectual expertise...

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The Legacy of the Digital Generation: Part II

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 10:59 AM

This is an exciting time to work in libraries -- technology affords us the opportunity to make accessible materials that have for years been kept in dark rooms in protective boxes.

The British Library just purchased the world's oldest book and it is already...

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The Legacy of a Digital Generation

(8) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 6:01 PM

This is the first of a series of posts about the legacy of our digital culture. We invite you to share your own stories and ideas.

One hundred years from now, will anyone know what you did today, or even that you were alive? Did you leave any trail marking...

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This Is No Joke -- Edible Books

(2) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 5:56 PM

It is that time of year when academic pursuits are put on hold for one day as culinary competitions sweep through the academy in celebration of the International Edible Book Festival. Forget about the stress of preparing your tenure dossier or finishing your research before spring break. Now...

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(4) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 5:45 PM

The University of Puget Sound might be a small liberal arts college, but we carry a big message. The campus recently embraced an incredibly powerful exhibit: "T-Town Transgender Neighbors: A Portrait Exhibition." This exhibit shared personal experiences through first-person narratives, accompanied by portraits. The stories described early notions...

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Please, Stop at the Dog

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2012 | 8:45 PM


Please stop at the dog ate my paper.....

Excuses. We all get lazy from time to time, fail to do what we should, or simply forget to do the things that we don't like to do anyway. By the time one gets to college you would think that students...

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