This book review and story I stumbled upon from the Princeton Univ. library. The book has lots of those disguised racial identity elements (i.e.: see: Jefferson, Thomas) that are now immensely popular. Also, it taps into something that I think is very much on the rebound---history. I think everyone's having a renewed love affair with history lately. We want to know who we came from, what was life like, what was the real truth, how bridges are made, who made them, and who made what. Reading the outline of the story feels as if you're opening the door to that forbidden world we cant WAIT to get our grubby little hands on. 

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Here's the Times' review:

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CommComm posted on April 25, 2010 18:47

Many folks LOVE Facebook BUT dont love sharing everything with the whole wide world. However, the "I-want-everybody-to-know-who-I-am" nature of Facebook promises that to begin with. Hey, Alonzo sez OWN that ego! Own a couple if possible. But here's an analogy: say you want to ride a BENTLEY, but don't want to be seen driving a BENTLEY. That there's the choice you make with Facebook, m'darlins.


However, here's an article from "The Shifted Librarian" which sheds some light on you protecting your private domain. User comments are included, and quite enlightening. So now you can drive that Bentley.



CommComm posted on April 21, 2010 20:01

When I think of the Welch Informationists "Medical Detectives" is the term that most frequently comes to mind.

Let's take a look at three Welch classes later this month.

These classes are definitely recommend for what ails you. First up, on April 27th, Claire Twose starts out with "Expert Searching in Public Health". I spoke with our always-thoughtful Claire who said "in public health there's a huge need for resources beyond pure electronic data." Specifically, she'll look into "grey literature." Essentially grey lit. refers to those recent nuggets which are not immediately transparent to the naked research eye, items you can't find through conventional search methods. All the more reason to take Claire's class, sez Alonzo.  

Here's the info on Claire's class:

April 27th

School of Public Health, Becton-Dickinson Rm. 1020, 12:15pm - 1:30pm. No Reg. Req. Need more info: 955-7559

Lori Rosman's confesses that her "Pubmed: Search Like a Pro" will focus on "using the functionality that Pubmed offers." Lori says it will be an introduction to the Features you can use to define, limit or expand your searches. Previously this has been a 2 to 3 hr. class. Obviously patrons will get a more stream-lined edition. But with Lori, patrons will always get a detailed, organized class that is sure to get everyone off and running.

Lori's class is April 28th at the 2024 Monument St., in Lab #2, from 9:00am - 10:15am 

Also in the grey literature vein is Katie Vizenor's "Life Beyond Pubmed: International Resources." Katie piggybacked on much of what Claire had to offer. "There is so much emphasis on peer-reviewed material that the most recent information is neglected, or overlooked." Katie made the suggestion that "if you have an interest in a particular issue perhaps your best option is surveying other researchers who have the same interest in the same topic (as you)." Waiting for the 'arrival' of peer-reviewed subject matter can slow the discovery process down to a crawl. Katie also mentioned that a major difficulty with International Resources is "most people just don't know where to find it." Much like real estate I guess: location, location, location.     

Katie's class follows Lori's. April 28th, 10:30am - 11:45pm. Also at the 2024 Bldg., Lab #2.

Pre-registration is required for Lori and Katie's class. Need info: 955-7559


These classes are all FREE! 





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CommComm posted on April 16, 2010 20:04

Jacqueline Woodruff entered this in the Photo Contest for "the funniest shot". She called it "Sunmaid Girls". Alonzo says I  guess this is what you have to do when you're "raisin chickens". (Don't laugh it'll just encourage me) 

CommComm posted on April 14, 2010 18:28

Nancy Roderer takes a moment to ask Baocheng if he thinks Alonzo's lil green bicycle is the coolest thing in the whole wide world.

Baocheng was lucky to be the only man working in the entire library. Lucky Duck.

Baocheng Wang got a nice going-away reception from Welch. If you spoke to him, you knew he was ready to return to China. He has a little-itty-bitty one who he's missed dearly. Daddy needed to return to his family. I hope he remembers all the kind words and sentiments that were shared. We had refreshments, and methinks a good time was had by all. We all wished him well. Maybe he'll remember the folks and the good feelings on his long trip back.

(Gotta say for the million-eth time that I LOVE CLAIRE'S HAT. Have told her so. Put her in a poetry slam right this minute. Or, I could also see her twirling around on a mountaintop with Julie Andrews. "The hills are alive with the.......") 

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CommComm posted on April 14, 2010 04:17

Here's the scoop: write a grant, win some moola. Don't know how to write a grant? Step right up to Debbie McClellan's class on the 16th. Library Mezz. 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Here's the official deal-lee-o...

"Designed for those with little or no grant-writing experience, the focus is on R01 applications for the NIH, but many of the principles apply equally to proposals for other agencies. The course emphasizes conveying scientific content clearly and succinctly through logical organization and effective presentation of the proposed research."


CommComm posted on April 12, 2010 03:46

Many a day I've ventured over to the Donna's on St. Paul. But as time goes by---more and more I'm loving the Donna's in Cross Keys. The dinner menu is a whole lot better, and the "ambiance" (another way of saying there's no preponderance of funky folks) is way better. It's easy to get to, and if you're a part of the Hopkins community and want a break from all the tattoo waitresses (am I lying?) in Hampden---and the not-quite-good-food on Cold Spring (save for maybe Evergreen), then stop by where I go.  

CommComm posted on April 12, 2010 03:41

If you haven's seen "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (Not once? Not yet? Not EVER?!), then is thy middle name. Vivian McCall just saw it for the second time and was amazed how profound it was the 2nd go-round. Hop to it, sez I. It's about more than you can get your mind around. I highly recommend.

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CommComm posted on April 12, 2010 03:29

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If you haven't been --- you need to go. Cheap books. Lots and lots and lots. Replenish your collection. Start anew. Or just go and look smart. It's on you.

I've been to the Evergreen house, and have seen evidence of Alice Garrett's proclivity towards Theatre, she was very theatrically inspired. So it doesn't surprise me that they could compile a showing of all the playbills and personal notes she kept. The description below bares this out. But at least she had the ways and means to circumvent a total immersion in "a life in the theatre". Trust me (speaking from TOO MUCH EXPERIENCE), it's a rough place to live day-to-day.


Decades Of Change: Alice Garrett And The Theatre, 1900–1952

Sunday, April 4 at 12:00pm to 4:00pm show all dates

Evergreen Museum & Library 4545 N Charles St

This student-curated focus show features theatre playbills and souvenir programs collected by arts patron and philanthropist Alice Warder Garrett alongside examples of her "notes to self" on costumes and stage sets, illuminating how theatre provided a means of self-expression, and even self-definition, separate but parallel to Mrs. Garrett's role as ambassador's wife.

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