Earlier today I attended a workshop on bookbinding hosted by the FIMS GRC.

I had no idea that bookbinding was a thing that people did until maybe a year or so ago, when I started seeing mentions of it here and there on craft blogs and social media. I am a person who likes to make things, so it’s no surprise that I was drawn to it. It went on the long list of things I would like to learn to do.

This is an actual picture of me with that list.


Just kidding – I’m not a sponge. But the list part is accurate.

What is it about bookbinding that’s so captivating, I wonder? I think part of it is that it’s so versatile and creative. And then there is the fact that many of us have special relationships with books, and the idea of making one come together ourselves is pretty magical.

Books are easily taken for granted. But learning about their development reminds us that they are a technology, developed slowly, in spurts and starts. I shouldn’t be surprised that people are so resourceful and creative in developing ways to store information, I guess.

The workshop was conducted by MLIS’ very own knowledgeable and helpful Erin Clupp. You can see pictures of one of Erin’s many bookbinding endeavours here. She was kind enough to bring in some of her own books for us to look at, and we even got to take a look at some very old books, and touch papyrus paper and parchment.

Of course the most fun part was the hands on component, where we got to make our very own pamphlets. Here’s mine.

My little DIY pamphlet

I’m sure it doesn’t look very impressive, but I’m proud of my little pamphlet!

Now I am thinking about how I can adapt this into a craft to do with my children.



Just another week in LIS!

Another busy week!

This week readings and coursework focused on reader’s advisory, the public sphere, and the job market. I did a reference interview with a classmate. I am working on several assignments.

This Thursday I attended a workshop on Copyright At Western. This was the second of the GRC Presents workshops I have attended; the first was on presentation skills and I found it very helpful. This one was a little different in the sense that it wasn’t meant to help students improve upon a particular practical skill; instead speaker Tom Adam walked us through some of the basics of the work that he has been doing as project manager and special advisor to the provost on copyright. He is also a librarian, and when not working on this project, works in information literacy here at Western. One of his key points was that copyright is really about responsible use of information, which is part of information literacy. I had never thought to frame copyright this way. I know that copyright is addressed later this semester in one of my courses and is a popular topic among students, so I’m looking forward to learning more about it. We also went through the website they are working on, which is a great resource. I’m glad I went, it was good learning experience.

The next day was the first Friday night I’d had to myself in awhile, and Valentine’s Day too! So of course it was only natural that I found myself visiting with a good friend who is in the law school here at Western, looking up legal decisions on copyright. Then I helped her manage her online presence (read: we played around with twitter for an hour), which will hopefully help her land one of the summer jobs she is applying for.

Next week is research/reading week, and it will be nice to have some time to get a break from classes; I will need the time to get my five assignments all due the following week finished! Wish me luck!


Hello to you!

I’m a new MLIS student at Western, with a background in sociology. I’ve found this to be a big leap; by my honours year in undergrad I felt fairly familiar with a wide range of theory, and when encountering new material I felt confident that I had enough background and context in the subject matter to know how to approach it. Starting this program has been humbling, as I’ve had to immerse myself in a whole new environment and academic subject. Luckily, my professors are exceptional, the material is interesting, relevant, and important to me, and I am enjoying it tremendously. I have not as of yet encountered a topic that I was not interested in.

Just over a month in, I feel like I am starting to get a handle on things. That being said, I am still new to this world, and that is the perspective from which I write.

Unfortunately this gives you, as a reader, very little idea of what to expect from this blog. What I can tell you is that for now my interests mostly relate to public libraries. I approach LIS from a sociological perspective and take a particular interest in issues of  social justice. If pressed I would probably say that my favourite class is Reference, and I can often be found poking around in one database or another.

I intend to blog about new ideas and discussions that interest me as I encounter them.

I hope to use this blog to develop my ideas, and to learn from discussion with others in the LIS world.

Thanks for reading. Welcome. I hope you stick around.