“Curiouser and Curiouser!” cried Alice…
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Welcome to Chasing Reference’s weekly roundup of the curious articles and links that have caught our eye this week!
- How curious! The source of our quote, and our inspiration for these links: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- The big news this week: No one won the 2011 Pulitzer for Fiction. Novelist Ann Patchett wrote an inspired editorial in the NYTimes in response to the announcement.
- Etymology lovers takes note: novelist and classics teacher Madeline Miller blogs about Greek roots to modern English words. Miller’s debut novel, The Song of Achilles, tells the story of Achilles through his best friend Patrocles and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize this week.
- What will the future of the Federal Depository Library Program look like? The team at Free Government Information weighs in on the controversial Congressional Research Service report.
- In 1813, Jane Austen wrote: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” How would this sentence look today? Read about it on DRAFT, a New York Times Opinionator series on punctuation, grammar, and the art of writing.
- Want to learn more about research data curation? Take a look at this extensive bibliography.
- Here’s a fascinating look at how undergraduate students grappled with an assignment to find information that’s not online, and then digitize it. Key quote from a student: “This process made me feel like I was a cave man. I’m not sure if it was the requirement to use slightly older technology, such as a scanner, or books, for that matter, but I found this process much more difficult than I find most online or digital assignments.”
- ALA released the Top Ten List of Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011 this week, which brought to mind this thought-provoking letter by Kurt Vonnegut in response to his book, Slaughterhouse-Five, being banned at a North Dakota school in 1973.
- Shelf Check has some notes (and tips) for public libraries tweeting.
- Pew Internet is surveying e-book borrowers.
- Good news! The number of people reading books is actually going up!