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Christmas Edition

5 Dec

Dress: Op Shop

Necklace: Ebay

Reading: Christmas Eve at the Mellops’ by Tomi Ungerer (Phaidon, 2011).

Sometimes I ignore all the best advice regarding childhood literacy about how reading should be fun, blah, blah, blah and I try to make my children like the same books I do. These books usually contain a worthy message. This approach is often unsuccessful as kids are easily bored by a book with a lesson to teach.

One of these books is, Christmas Eve at the Mellops’. I purchased it last year at Christmas time and despite the lack of interest first time around I am going to persist because the more I read it the more I love it.  And they will too. This book shows that you can give to others, (if you give what is needed and not just because you can) and enjoy what you have at Christmas. The illustrations depict the misery, poverty and loneliness that is the reality for many people (or pigs) at Christmas time.  Yet, it is not a depressing book. The Mellops children make the effort to give what is wanted rather than giving just because they want to feel good about giving, even though this is the end result.

Tomi Ungerer is a legendary children’s book author and illustrator. You may not know about his anti-war posters and erotica.

Warning: this video contains images of violence and nudity. Sometimes both together.

Source: Far out isn’t far enough

Day 3 or Risk Taking Librarians

15 Nov

Monash University has a research repository, that is, “a place to securely store and centrally manage selected research data“. WAIT!!! Don’t go. Stay. I haven’t told you what is in it.

It has a digitised copy of every edition of Lot’s Wife student newspaper between 1961-2008, (I hope I have got those dates right). If you ever read, or wrote for student newspapers then this is the place for you. If you ever attended Monash, place for you. Were a student between 61-08, ditto. If you are interested in student protest and Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War, check out the issues between 62-73.

In a nutshell, if stuff is online it gets used more. Use it.

Necklace: Polka Luka
Uncomfortable Shoes: Funkis
Shirt: Deep Blue

Still Reading:

Title Organising knowledge in a global society : principles and practice in libraries and information centres /​ Philip Hider with Ross Harvey.
Author Hider, Philip, 1971-
Other Authors Harvey, D. R. (Douglas Ross), 1951-
Charles Sturt University. Centre for Information Studies
Edition Rev. ed.
Published Wagga Wagga, N.S.W. : Centre for Information Studies, 2008.
Physical Description xiii, 371 p. ; 25 cm.
Series Topics in Australasian library and information studies, 1030-5009 ; no. 29
Subjects Information organization.
Information storage and retrieval systems.
Cataloging — Standards.
Electronic information resources.

Libraries provide people with access to materials, not a free licence to copy them. Libraries take risks in providing this access, Lot’s Wife is a case in point.

Cautionary tale: William Faulkner Estate Sues over Woody Allen film. I am loving William Faulkner (although, not so much that I am prepared to quote him), but I am not so much loving his estate.

Books in bins, retrieved by cranes. The future of libraries is here.

Deluxe Librarian Action Figure

6 Nov
Central Library, Los Angeles, CA by Xavier de Jauréguiberry
Source: photo by Xavier de Jauréguiberry

Mission: to promote and celebrate the written word.

Weapon of Choice: Dewey Decimal Classification

All I want for Christmas is…..Nancy Pearl. No, wait I want these too.

They really exist

Sir Ken Robinson – New Education Paradigm

6 Nov

Thanks to Mel for this one.

He can sound a little pious, but his ideas are thought provoking. I like his views on the benefits collaboration and his criticisms of standardisation. What do you think?

Sir Ken  at home

The Smith Family – Economic and Digital Divides

6 Nov

Click to find out more

The Smith Family, improving childhood literacy in educationally disadvantaged homes. Yes, here in Australia.

“The Smith Family is a national, independent children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australians to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.”

More than 605,000 children are living in disadvantage (Australian Bureau of Statistics (2011) Labour Force Australia:Labour force status and other characteristics of families) and are unable to equally access the same educational, or life opportunities that many of us take for granted.  When children are left out, they get left behind and without support, the disadvantage they experience today is likely to continue into adulthood – and on to the next generation.

Research has shown, supporting a child’s education is one of the most effective ways of breaking the cycle of disadvantage and ensuring they can access the same learning opportunities as their peers.

The Smith Family – Lets Read

The  Smith Family – Digital Literacy

Richard Scarry

5 Nov

If you were not exposed to Richard Scarry as a child, then you have been deprived. You should contact your parents immediately and complain bitterly about their heinous neglect. It probably explains why you are a drug dealer or in advertising. Hilarious! Obviously, the same applies to Dr. Seuss and Charles M. Schulz. Richard Scarry does not dumb it down for his child audience, he uses precise words to accompany his illustrations. You can find words such as, “narcissus”, “plimsolls” and “xiphias”,  rather than flower, shoe and swordfish next to each drawing and know just what he is referring to.

Richards Scarry

Richard Scarry

Shoes: Vegan Wares

Brooch: Kearnsie at Little Shop of…

Skirt: Ananya at Etsy

Reading: Best Word Book Ever, (Hamlyn, 1977). Held together by sticky tape. Bad librarian.

Purple shoes


Dave Eggers

3 Nov

Source: TED Talks

I get exasperated sometimes when reading Dave Eggers, as a writer he talks too much, but as a public speaker, he sounds just right.

Inspirational and uplifting!

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