I’m finally on Bluesky, and it seems good. I’m also back on Facebook and Instragram, but not really sure how those work for me. Hoping Bluesky stays on a good trajectory and that I get to see great folks there. Hoping! https://bsky.app/profile/laurien.bsky.socialRead More →

Solastalgia, related to nostalgia: “distress caused by environmental change… best described as the lived experience of negatively perceived environmental change” (Wikipedia). I find this to be a powerful concept. So, being not home, even when home, perhaps also Twitter, and once-homes with political change?Read More →

Working at the UConn Library is completely wonderful. For example, this week, we’ve had many discussions on gratitude practices. Following that, I’m writing  a bit here. I am thankful and happy for friends, family, and community. I am grateful for and greatly appreciate working with a fantastic team at UConn. I am also incredibly grateful to be in Connecticut. While we’ve had a few hot days, I love Connecticut weather and environment overall, with seasons, breezy and windy days. While Pete and I could someday move again, it will be within New England. We’ve found home and are looking forward to life in this region.Read More →

The full story is wonderful and all should read! I wanted to highlight the end: This BHS-dLOC-MIT Libraries partnership provides access to content not available through the existing subscription-based models and exemplifies MIT Libraries’ commitment to social justice and open, accessible, and equitable scholarship. It also constitutes a promising alternative model to providing access to content, exemplifying the Libraries’ vision. I super appreciate, respect, and share love and joy with BHS, dLOC, and MIT for this important work, for Libète, as well as for demonstrating an alternative model for providing access to content. Instead of many libraries each paying subscriptions, there is tremendous opportunity for librariesRead More →

The 2023 Summer Institute AI In Information Services – Implications, Applications and Added Value, organized jointly by the Department of Library and Information Studies, The University of the West Indies,  Mona, Jamaica and GO|School for Information, Netherlands, aims to bring together professionals from various fields to discuss and explore the impact of AI on information services. Join at this three-day online event on June 13, 14 & 15, 2023. For more information about the Summer Institute programme and to register, please visit the GO| School for Information Website And, see the flyer: DLIS – GO School for Information 2023 Summer Institute final flyer May 2, 2023Read More →

This weekend, Pete and I are again looking forward to learning more about Connecticut. This means readings to do, parks to explore, an awesome Know Your Farmer event to attend, and planning time for upcoming weekends. I love, love, love stuff like picking your own flowers and fruit, and soon it will be time for tulip pick your own!Read More →

Resharing the info on the book from the LibraryPress@UF site. Super duper cool that B is for Baldwin won silver in visual arts from the Florida Book Awards! Glad to have been part of the team in making and publishing the book! And, super thankful for B is for Baldwin because it is one of the books that informed development of the LibraryPress@UF. Congrats to all involved, especially the amazing designer and person Tracy MacKay-Ratliff! And, congrats to all, with B is for Baldwin being freely available online!Read More →

Pete and I (along with the doggos and cats) are all loving Connecticut. This weekend combines exciting plans of playing Diablo (video game, beta time, ultra fun last weekend and this), and then visiting the seaport town of Mystic, Connecticut. We are super looking forward to more explorations in Connecticut and New England, and welcome recommendations on places to go. We’re also enjoying staying home, and seeing the landscape change with the spring beginning. These are some crocus flowers in our yard. I just learned their name, and I think they are super beautiful, and super nice to share!  Read More →