Do You Know Wikipedia

DYK Wikipedia: Info Banners

One of the elements that has always impressed me about Wikipedia is its transparency about quality.  No other source announces its limitations right at the top of a page.  They might retract something when they notice its incorrect.  They might put the correction on the article, but they often hide it or put it atRead more

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Book Tour Stop – Chicago June 2017

Even though I had a trip through Chicago in May this year, I didn’t leave the airport to enjoy the city. The last time I was here was about 5 or 6 years ago when I came out for a training on October. That week had been rainy and yucky. The first time I wentRead more

Do You Know Wikipedia

DYK Wikipedia: Conflict of Interest

I have a new goal in life: be notable enough for my own Wikipedia entry.  It is not a massive goal and, other than being awesome, very little I can do to make it happen.  Why can’t I just create my own entry?  There are two reasons: conflict of interest and notability.  In today’s entry,Read more

Camp NaNoWriMo 2017

Recapping Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017

I went into July’s Camp NaNoWriMo with a plan: re-write New Devil, my third book to publish. Today, I am going to share what the goal was and how well I did. What Did I Work On? The goal was to do the second draft of the second version of the book. You might recall,Read more

Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi

Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi: Meet Kitty

There is one more former Bennet sister we have to meet, Kitty.  Kitty almost didn’t make it into this story.  When I wrote the very first draft, I decided to exclude her, not seeing where she could fit into the story.  Then Christi raised a protest and I felt guilty.  As I wrote the secondRead more

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DYK Wikipedia: Protecting an Entry

Yes, a key idea in Wikipedia is that anyone can edit anything. This is the idealized version of the encyclopedia, but the reality is that people come in and vandalize entries. Today I am going to talk to you about why and how entries are protected from vandalism. Why Do Entries Get Vandalized? I haveRead more

Talking about Reading and Books

The Reader, The Author, and The Library

I’m in the mood to talk about reading again for a while. I blame going to all these librarian and book conferences! I always come back from them feeling like this. That’s how this blog got started, after all. Today, I want to address the disconnection between the reader, the author, and the library. AsRead more

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Book Tour Stop: New York City- May 2017

It felt like forever since I had been to New York City, but it had only been 2 years.  It was a crazy two years, but that’s not really a long time to have not been able to visit.  I shared a lot of my NYC photos on Instagram, but I didn’t share everything.  IfRead more

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DYK Wikipedia: Edit Wars!

There is something on Wikipedia that often goes unnoticed, until it gets noticed: an edit war. What is this? What does it mean? Why does it go unnoticed? That’s what I am going to talk about today. What is an Edit War? Imagine you know something about a topic and you add that knowledge toRead more