JournalTOC and Article Discovery: TicToc Has Grown Up.

Almost ten years ago I highlighted TicTOC, a service that published over 12,000 journal tables of contents (TOCs), freely available to all.  Now called JournalTOCs, it has grown to contain tables of contents (TOCs) and other article metadata for over 27,000 journals directly collected from over 2800 publishers. It was created by researchers from the Institute for…

12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic

Whenever I sit down to write the culmination of a research project, I purchase a new CD to provide the soundtrack. Sometimes they are little more than disappointing. This time, however, I have found a gem. Angel Dances: The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmic Orchestra is truly amazing. The styles range from traditional early…

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

And I quote: I have no idea what is going to come next. Although I have worked with string-search algorithms and data-mining techniques for twenty-five years, I don’t believe in the digital utopia for five minutes. I don’t think that magical tools are going to enable college seniors suddenly to do library research that will…

Of Redefinition, SAMR, and the Ecosystem

Every minute of every day, users search Google over 4,000,000 times, share almost 2,500,000 pieces of content, and 72 hours of NEW video is uploaded to YouTube. And these numbers may even be a couple of years out of date. Only 130 websites existed just over 20 years ago, but Google had 67,000,000,000 (67 Billion) pages indexed…

Of Starbucks, Misunderstanding SAMR, and the Freedom to Innovate

The edtech acronym SAMR is often seen as a progression for the evolution of technology in pedagogy and learning: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition. My own adoption of this acronym as a lens through which to view how I appropriate technology into my educational philosophy and pedagogical practice was hindered by the faulty assumption that this…

Now, Where Was I?

A great deal has transpired since this site was last active almost four years ago.  When we last left our heroes (Rocky and Bullwinkle reference, anyone?), I was on the library staff at the James P. Boyce Centennial Library of Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.  The summer of 2012 brought me to a new chapter…

Of Shelving and Shelvers

  This little guide from ALA series for the “busy librarian” is perhaps the most succinctly helpful book on the topic of training those who reshelve books in the library.  A tedious task, to be sure, but is there a more needful one?  Patricia Tunstall is a reference assistant at a public library in Illinois…

Making Sense of Yet Another Guide

Making sense: a student’s guide to research and writing : religious studies Margot Northey; Oxford University Press 2012 WorldCat•LibraryThing•Google Books•BookFinder Oxford University Press has developed a series of discipline-specific guides built from the more generic 2007 guide to research and writing of the same name. This particular volume reiterates the approach recommended there and applies…

A Recommended Book on Leadership and Management

Mission-based management: leading your not-for-profit in the 21st century Peter C. Brinckerhoff; John Wiley & Sons 2010 WorldCat•LibraryThing•Google Books•BookFinder Books on management abound and I have unfortunately had the “pleasure” of reading my share of them. Indeed, there are books on management in just about every conceivable context: business, church, life, personal relationships (yes, really),…

A Recommended New Book on John Foxe and the ‘Book of Martyrs’

  Religion and the book in early modern England: the making of Foxe’s Book of martyrs Elizabeth Evenden; Cambridge University Press 2010 WorldCat•LibraryThing•Google Books•BookFinder Part of the Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History, this volume attempts to set Foxe’s “Book of Martyrs” in historical context (ch. 1: the printer’s world in early modern Europe…

NEW Feature: The Chorea Scriptorum

About five years ago I thought about doing this.  I even announced it.  Let’s try this again, shall we? We now have four occasional and recurring featured posts here at CommonPlaces: commonplaces, where I provide a list of sometimes related new books here where I serve as a theological librarian, book provenance, random quotes from…

Books and Reading in the Reformation Period

I am attempting to compile a bibliography of materials on the role of books and reading in the Reformation period. Rather than provide such a cumbersome list here on the blog, I have decided to play with WorldCat’s lists feature because of its simple “Citations” view for easy import into Zotero. Any you with a…