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.

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!

New book review

My latest book review has been published and its Robert Twigger’s “White Mountain”! He is a wonderful travel writer, you know the type- brilliant and snarky, and so when his book arrived so I was very excited to read it. Its a fun trip around the Himalayas Mountains and I liked it so much I gave it a starred review.

Review of Robert Twigger, “White Mountain: A Cultural Adventure Through the Himalayas.”Library Journal, 142, no. 13 (August): 108.

New book review!

My newest book review (my 126th book review) was just published:

Melissa Aho. 2017. Review of Jonathan Faiers & Mary Westerman, editors, “Colors in Fashion.” Library Journal, 142, no. 10 (June 1): 110.

EQS 2017

Enhancing Quality Staff in Changing Times:

The 25th symposium for library paraprofessionals and support staff presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries
May 23, 2017
Continuing Education and Conference Center
St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Another year, another EQS. The EQS (Enhancing Quality Staff) in Changing Times Symposium is for University of Minnesota library staff and library staff from other universities and public libraries that want to attend. Basically its an all day conference for the library staff. This is my 9th EQS and they have all been fun. Sadly no prize wins this year (but I have a friend who has now won 4 years in a row), but I did attend some very interesting talks and one of my talks was cancelled.

 


First talk of the day: ‘Free tools to help manage big messy projects’ with Ben Wiggins.


‘Two Efforts at Reaching Patrons Experiencing Homelessness’ by Chris Ruiz and Kyle Orcholski

 

 


Lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 


‘Ex Libris: Bookplates and Other Marks of Possession’ by Margaret Borg

 

 


Fee libraries bag of the libraries!
Cake vs ice cream the ultimate battle! EQS snacks.


‘Google Search – Advanced Search Tricks, Limits & Teaching Tips’ by Nancy Herther
Monopoly chocolate! The best talks bribe their audiences.


‘The Nuts and Bolts of Insect Illustration’ by Dr. Ralph Holzenthal


My Google Scholar profile was used in a talk today: “Online Identity- Do’s and Don’ts” by Kristen Mastel and Caitlin Bakker. I wasn’t there to see the presentation, as I was attending another talk, but I’m sure it was awesome! I was asked last week if they could use it in their presentation as a “Do” and I said sure. Thanks for photo Kristen!

Boreas Certificate!

For the past few years I have been working towards the Boreas Leadership Certificate. Boreas, which is part of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, allows graduate, professional students, and post-doctoral fellow to work towards the certificate, which “offers students the opportunity to delve deeper into the challenging world of leadership and change making. By pursuing the Boreas leadership certificate, students build on the skills and networks developed in Boreas programming and practice leadership through a leadership project. Students completing the requirements receive a printed certificate, are recognized on the Boreas website, and may reference the accomplishment on their resume or CV. Like other Boreas programming, the certificate is offered at no cost” (http://environment.umn.edu/leadership/boreas/).

So I learned today that my certificate went through and that they even posted it to the website (how nice is that!) http://environment.umn.edu/leadership/boreas/certificate/

My Boreas certificate project was “Having Your Voice Heard”

Having your voice heard

It is becoming clear that in today’s society individuals need to be able to communicate and have their voices and opinions heard. Building upon Boreas workshops that I have attended, I decided to examine two ways that individuals are able to have their opinions heard: the more traditional newspaper opinion piece of the ‘Letter to the Editor’ and the new digital audio podcast. For the first part of my project, I sent ‘Letters to the Editor’ to three newspapers – two (national and local) traditional print newspapers and one local online newspaper. Then for the second part of my project, I contacted and met with two local podcasters to discuss how they get their views across in the podcast format. The expected outcome is to become more confident in expressing my opinions in the public arena and to learn about podcasting – a format that allows everyone to have a voice.

Part 1: I wrote three Letters to the Editor
1) Letter to the MinnPost: “In praise of the political podcast.” MinnPost.com (April 18). https://www.minnpost.com/letters/2017/04/praise-political-podcast
2) Letter to the Saint Paul Pioneer Press: “Close Unethical Schools.” Saint Paul Pioneer Press (April 19): 10A http://www.twincities.com/2017/04/19/letter-pedestrians-can-help-their-own-cause/
3) Letter to The New York Times – not published
 
Part 2: Talking to Two local Podcasters
-1) Stacy Verdick Case, the host of the podcast ‘The Not Boring Book Show’, which is also a MyTalk 107.1 podcast, http://www.podcastone.com/the-not-boring-book-show.
-2) Derek Kosky, the host of podcast ‘Off The Shelf’ https://www.mixcloud.com/derek-kosky/

Congratulations Doctor Dave!

My friend Dave Davis (aka Hugh L. Davis III) finished his PhD and is now Doctor Dave! Dave’s dissertation was on “The Impact Of Commercial Banking Development On Economic Growth: A Principal Component Analysis Of Association Between Banking Industry And Economic Growth In Europe.” He was very kind and thanked me and fellow PhD students: “To my classmates, Shawn Lowe, Ed Bee, Richard Baker, Greg Bonadies, Patton, Melissa Aho, and Madeline Messick: had it not been because of their friendship, it is doubtful that I would have ever completed this chapter of my life” (pages iv-v). I am sure that Dave would have done just fine without us, but its still nice to be thanked. Thanks Doctor Dave!