Gypsy Librarian's Alchemical Annex

A commonplace book on the web for me. Basically this is sort of annex for my commonplace blog Alchemical Thoughts
Who I Follow
The she-devil with a sword continues her adventures. Check out my review of this on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Click the link below. 
Review link: http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/06/booknote-red-sonja-unchained.html

The she-devil with a sword continues her adventures. Check out my review of this on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Click the link below.

Review link: http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/06/booknote-red-sonja-unchained.html

I’ve come to find that we have a lot more in common with some student affairs units than we do with disciplinary faculty. Units like the writing center, the learning/tutoring center, and the career center provide a mix of point-of-need and course-integrated instruction as well as significant outreach. Some even teach credit courses (our College Success classes are taught by student life faculty). The staff or faculty in these units are not tenure-track, yet they often serve on faculty senate committees because they have a valuable POV. The Director of PSU’s Learning Center shares knowledge and presents at conferences. She’s very involved in assessment. I kind of wish more academic librarians would see themselves as having a kinship with student affairs (and vice versa) because there are some valuable collaborations that can happen between those units. We really do share the same goals.

Meredith Farkas writing “On tenure, after three years on the tenure track.”

I have known this for a while. That we academic librarians are different than the “regular” or “disciplinary faculty.” It is not the end of the world to admit so. Granted, I do not have Ms. Farkas’ clout to say it, and I am not saying that because I begrudge her in any way. If anything, we do need people with clout (or “pala" as we say in Puerto Rican Spanish), saying given a whole bunch of other prominent academic librarians and bloggers who all fawn over the idea of tenure and think we need to be "equal" to the "regular" faculty.

In my experience, I have often felt more kinship with the people in places like student services, the writing centers (I am sure the fact I was also an English major in a previous life helps), and other campus academic units. I could say more (for instance, the fact that faculty don’t really scare me when compared to other librarians), but I wanted to at least record this for now. There is plenty of stuff to think about here, so go read her piece and think about it.

Click the link to check out my review of this Green Arrow title, part of DC Comics’ New 52 series.

"It’s a cancer that America helped to create.

The initial seeds of crisis were planted long ago in 1946 with the establishment of the School of the Americas, and the fertilizer was America’s trade and foreign policy of the 1980’s. Both of these resulted in the exodus of people pounding on the doors of our southern borders. We’re like Dr. Frankenstein struggling to manage the out-of-control monster of his own making.”

Quote from “Struggling With a Monster That America Created" by Carol Morgan.

This is why I do not say much on the current immigration news cycle, because I know my history that, it is the creation of U.S. foreign policy. 

And it is not just the School of the Americas. You can go a lot further back to things like Gunboat Diplomacy, and I would even argue the Monroe Doctrine and its Roosevelt Corollary. But don’t take my word for it. Read the article where the quote comes from, hit your library and read a book or two. A couple of suggestions right off the top for books to read include, but are not limited to:

Prefer your history with a blend of fiction? Here are some great novels from Latin America that touch on the topic:
In other words, you have no excuse to whine about “loose” borders, “poor enforcement,” or wanting to put gunboats in the Rio Grande. This is just the children of your legacy now demanding care for the mess you created. Oh, and I should add, if you want the American point of view on some of this (because I do not want you say I just provided stuff written by Latin Americans, heaven forbid), Rachel Maddow’s Drift: the Unmooring of American Military Power gives nice coverage of things like the Reagan years, the Contras, and other assorted American invasions like Grenada (believe me, if you know the real account of Grenada, you won’t be cheering for Clint Eastwood).
You know the Internet meme. Now read the book. You can find my review of this on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Click on the link below to check it out. 
Review link: http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/05/booknote-grumpy-cat-grumpy-book.html

You know the Internet meme. Now read the book. You can find my review of this on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Click on the link below to check it out.

Review link: http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/05/booknote-grumpy-cat-grumpy-book.html

American Vampire is a series that I have enjoyed following, and I think you should follow it too. If you like vampires that are actually scary, monstrous, and yet devious and interesting, forget those sparkly emo vampires. 
You can read my review of volume six in the series in my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Click on the link below to check it out.
Review link: http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/05/booknote-american-vampire-vol-6.html

American Vampire is a series that I have enjoyed following, and I think you should follow it too. If you like vampires that are actually scary, monstrous, and yet devious and interesting, forget those sparkly emo vampires.

You can read my review of volume six in the series in my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Click on the link below to check it out.

Review link: http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/05/booknote-american-vampire-vol-6.html

Find my review of this on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Click the link to check it out. 
Review link: http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/05/booknote-honor-among-thieves-star-wars.html

Find my review of this on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Click the link to check it out.

Review link: http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/05/booknote-honor-among-thieves-star-wars.html

retrogasm:

How times have changed…

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Indeed, how times have changed. We get the exact reverse now.

retrogasm:

How times have changed…

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Indeed, how times have changed. We get the exact reverse now.

fallinguptherabbithole:

Sabina Kelley

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Just a little pin-up.

(via octobriana)

I want one of these as a poster to put in my office at least. I love how it is so Norman Rockwell and so relevant.