Our Interlude

Students of the Margaret Morrison Carnegie College.

What do we call this period when the library is physically closed, but we’re continuing to work? Inspired by our boss, we like to call it our “interlude”. While that name might suggest we’re idle or taking a break, we think of it as our work-from-home workcation. Instead of a staycation where you get a lot of little projects done around the house, we’re tackling all the work projects we never quite seem to have enough time for.  That’s our interlude, and here’s what we’ve been up to.

Systematically Tackling Research at Home

Students working in Hunt

During the challenging times that COVID-19 has presented to our university, the University Libraries continue to support critical research in a virtual environment. One example is our support of systematic review efforts. Systematic reviews, and other types of research synthesis, can result in highly impactful research at a time when lab and field work may otherwise be on hold. They are also an excellent way to engage students in the research process, without the need for lab or research facilities. 

Comic Books as Data: Dr. Felipe Gómez and the Latin American Comics Archive

Think back to the last time you read a comic book. How did you do it? Did you read it straight through from the first page to the last page? Did you first skim through it to get a general idea of the content? The last comic book I read was the manga Paradise Kiss (it’s brilliant, if you haven’t read it!), and I read it in the same way that I read all other comic books: I read the text in the speech bubbles and look at the illustrations in the panels. Most people reading this blog probably read comic books in a similar way!

Zines that Zoom at CMU-Q

Teresa MacGregor using Zoom

In early February 2020 (seems like a lifetime ago!), the Qatar-campus Library hosted two VIP guests from the main campus Library – Jill Chisnell, Integrated Media and Design Librarian, and Dom Jebbia, Digital Collections Associate.  During their visit, Jill and Dom delivered a well-attended workshop on zine making and met with faculty members about incorporating zines and other creative learning techniques into their courses.  Shortly after we waved goodbye to our guests, two instructors (Jennifer Bruder and Nesrine Affara) requested a zine-making workshop for their Spring semeste

Pandemics, Past and Present

Pandemics, Past and Present

Pale Rider: the Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it changed the world, by Laura Spinney (NY: Public Affairs, 2017)

Reviewed by Jan Hardy, Library Specialist

Laura Spinney posits the Spanish flu as the most dramatic event of the twentieth century, even over the two world wars. The pandemic swept every country, and probably “resculpted human populations more radically than anything since the Black Death.”

Researcher Highlight: Slayton and Benner Ethnographically Explore the Role of Libraries in Geography and GIS Education

Image description: several paper maps showing roads, bodies of water, and place names for different geographical areas. Photo credit to Annie Spratt of Unsplash.

At Tartan Datascapes, one of my goals is to expand how we think about data - how they are collected, what they look like, and how we organize them. While I love all types of data, I have a special place in my heart for ethnographic data. Ethnographic data come from ethnographies, a research method which involves collecting data through conversations and observations with other groups.


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