Curious about where I work?

There’s a great new hour-long episode about Perkins from Accessible Media, Inc. (They’re a Canadian company that provides captioned, visually described, and other accessible media content throughout Canada, as well as producing programs of interest to their audience.)

The episode is called “Holding the Key”, and you can access it on their AMI Originals Presents page. (Free streaming video: captioning and transcript available.)

The woman you see in the first segment is my predecessor, and the other segments give a good overview of the many things that Perkins does. You also get to see what a gorgeous building I work in – the first segment is filmed in the museum, in the Howe Building, which is around the corner from the Research Library.

(I promise, there will be content here again sometime. Still catching up from moving.)

New job! New home!

I haven’t updated here recently, but for very good reason – it’s been a really busy month.

Starting on May 4th, I am going to be the Research Librarian at Perkins (formerly known as Perkins School for the Blind, but they do a lot of other things besides being a school these days.)

The job involves providing reference and research assistance for people at Perkins, for people who are interested in the unique collections there, and supporting the research of educators who come from various places (including 67 countries) to learn new techniques and skills. You can learn more about the Hayes Research Library (including links to finding aids and archival materials that are online) on their website.

I’m really looking forward to learning a lot more about their collections and resources (they have the largest non-medical collection of materials about blindness in the US).

I’m also very excited to be moving back to Massachusetts, much closer to many friends and to my mother and brother (and his family) so it’s a great move in multiple ways.

I expect to pick up regular posting again in a couple of weeks.

The Librarians and the City of Light

IMDB : aired January 18, 2014 : previous episode  
index and explanation of these posts


One town. Some UFO conspiracy theories. Other mysteries abound.

Continue reading The Librarians and the City of Light

Links of Interest : March 13, 2015

Welcome to this fortnight’s links!

Continue reading Links of Interest : March 13, 2015

Links roundup : January 30, 2015

Welcome to this fortnight’s roundup.

Continue reading Links roundup : January 30, 2015

Links of interest: September 10, 2014

I would normally wait until Friday to do this, but a particularly timely link came across my RSS reader last night…

Ada Initiative campaign:

When I read my RSS feeds last night, I discovered that a number of librarians have coordinated a campaign to donate to the Ada Initiative, which supports women in open technology and culture. You can read more about the matching donations campaign. That post includes links to other posts why this is so important for librarians and people working in (and using, and caring about) libraries that are worth reading too.

Continue reading Links of interest: September 10, 2014

Link roundup: August 18, 2014

(My current reading is at the end, since discussing it got long, because I’ve been reading awesome things.)

Continue reading Link roundup: August 18, 2014

Oyster update

Per their blog, there are several notable things today:

1) The iPad app is out, so if you prefer reading on the iPad, have fun. (You do need to be running iOS7 – the join page, linked below, has device specifics info.)

2) They’re removing the invitation system (and you get a free month trial) – you can join here.

3) They’ve added the ability to browse their catalog on the website (you still can’t search, but if you’re trying to decide if there are enough books you might want to read, the browsing will be a big help.)

I’m still very happy with it, but I know there’s a number of people who were interested in finding out more, or who were waiting for the iPad app.

IM chat

I’m spending a lot more time on instant messenger chat than I used to. And I have to admit, I really enjoy it.

Continue reading IM chat

Links of interest

Of course, just after I did the last one, I ended up finding a bunch of seasonally relevant ones, so here, bonus.


Libraries and related topics:


  • The Discovery Channel has announced footage of live giant squid! (The link comes from Deep Sea News, and the author talks about whether one can trust the announcement – apparently, yes.) 
  • Bad Astronomy also explains the awesome Cassini photo of Saturn I linked last post.

Hi, I’m Jen

Librarian, infovore, and general geek, likely to write comments about books, link collections, and other thoughts related to how we find, use, and take joy in information.

I'm the Research Librarian at Perkins (You may know the name as Perkins School for the Blind but they do a lot of other things these days). More about my job.

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