Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Ah.. Star Wars! Nothing but Star Wars! Gimme those Star Wars.. don’t let them end!

Just home from Star Wars: The Last Jedi a little after 2am (the movie started at 11:15pm on December 14pm, 2017). I thought it was excellent and funny, but I have been saying that about all the movies since the original. My mom went with me to the movie and she thought it was good, but not her favorite. People clapped at the beginning of the movie and people clapped the end and there was a Jedi in the audience. It was that kind of crowd. That is all I will say on the matter. No spoilers.

Book review!

My latest book review was published last month and I did not even know it.

“A Village with My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World” by Scott Tong. Library Journal, 11/15/2017, Vol. 142, Issue 19, p86-87.










Village 1

Sherlock Holmes in Minnesota

This past Wednesday (November 29) found me at a really fun talk “The Singular Case of Sherlock Holmes in Minnesota” with author Larry Millett and Curator Tim Johnson. It was a sold out event and they had to move the talk into a larger room – from Elmer L. Andersen Library to Willey Hall. I remember meeting Larry years ago when I worked in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press Library. Unfortunately I was not able to stay for the reception or the book signing.

Here was the blurb on the event: “Sherlock Holmes is not just a character on PBS! He made quite a mark in Minnesota during his career as the world’s foremost detective. Learn how Holmes first came to the state in 1894 and returned for six more adventures. And why the great detective remains very much a presence in Minnesota today via the magnificent Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries” (

My ‘Where’s Waldo’ moment. (photo from @NEofMN 11/29/2017)

Congratulations Doctor Kevin!

Congratulations Doctor Kevin Frank!

Fellow IDV PhD student Kevin just finished his PhD Dissertation on “Strategic Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Divergent Paths of Uganda and Tanzania.” He included this in his Acknowledgments page: “My classmates in the Doctoral Program in International Development at the University of Southern Mississippi provided the comradeship that is so important in blended curriculums. I would especially like to thank Ms. Melissa Aho, a splendid research librarian and classmate who helped me navigate many of the shoals of academic resources. Her efforts greatly contributed to the breadth of sources of which I made use” (2017, iv). I am sure that Kevin would have done just fine without me, but its still super cool to be thanked. Thanks Doctor Kevin!