Elizabeth Willse

Elizabeth Willse
May 25
Elizabeth Willse is a freelance writer, book reviewer and blogger. She works with the Star-Ledger, Examiner.com, and blogs such as Women's Voices For Change and PinkyShears.com


I got to take a look at the Daily News archives today! A room full of files of newspaper clippings, organized and cross-indexed by subject. Bound volumes of entire newspapers, going back to the 1920s! Photographs!!!

Glass negatives of really old photos! I had never seen one of those before, and… Read full post »

MARCH 3, 2012 2:34PM

I Really Love Shelving Books

I got to shelve books at a real live NYPL branch today!

I signed up to volunteer there through New York Cares. And this morning, I trooped off to an uptown branch, and they sent me up to the children’s floor, where my job was to move the collection of holiday… Read full post »

MARCH 2, 2012 9:10PM

Just going to leave this here

“The Library Rap”

From Season 1, Episode 7 of Sliders. Which I am now watching in all its tacky 90s glory.


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Have You Hugged Your Favorite Book Today?

image  copyright by Keet Leibowitz. All rights reserved

This illustration is by the tremendously talented Keet Leibowitz. March is “Reading Madness” month at her daughter’s school.

Isn’t every month Reading Madness Month??

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FEBRUARY 29, 2012 1:33PM

Yes! Exactly

Yes! Exactly

from Savage Chickens, by Doug Savage

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FEBRUARY 24, 2012 7:44PM

I just did my first PowerPoint

I just did my first PowerPoint

Past couple of days detonated a major stressbomb here in the brain I call home.

But I finished the project that’s due Tuesday, and now… here is a self-portrait. Or, nearly.

Photo credit: The magnificent Lisa Peet, fellow Library Science student.

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FEBRUARY 22, 2012 9:03PM

To-Write List

This is a placeholder for posts and a list of things I should be writing instead of blog entries. Guh

Blog posts:

  • Review of The Garden Intrigue, by Lauren Willig. Which I loved. As expected. I just need to tell you all about it!
  • Blog about the guest speaker we
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FEBRUARY 22, 2012 8:53PM

Things I have read on the web

It has been an interesting week already. And it’s only Wednesday.

Things I have read:

How the New York Public Library figures out what its patrons want to read- and budgets for new books “Like bookstores, libraries need to anticipate literary appetites. Unlike bookstores, libraries do not… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 18, 2012 5:45PM

How to Review Poetry

This isn’t a guide, actually.

Because I don’t think I know how, myself.

I like to think I have a good amount of poetry cred. I was skittish about studying poetry in school- though I wish, now, that I’d taken poetry classes in college, I did take a few after college.… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2012 9:50PM

Best Day Ever at the Poets House!

Getting to spend the day at the Poets House is always a good day, of course. Surrounded by nice people (both those working there, and the ones who come in to read- lovely!) and shelves upon shelves of interesting poetry.
And I like shelving books and shelf-checking titles. It’s meditative. Crea… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2012 2:42PM

News I have been reading

Are books and the internet destined to merge?

Good state-of-the-book and publishing biz piece from The Guardian. Mostly, I see pieces like these, talking about the consumer and business side of e-readers and books. What I’d like to see is an examination on the mental, cognitive, psychological,… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2012 11:28PM

A Library of Two Million Sound Recordings

Tonight, we had a guest speaker in class. Will Susich, who went to Pratt, is now the assistant archivist for the ARChive of Contemporary Music.

The ARChive collects, preserves and provides information on the popular music of all cultures and races throughout the world from 1950 to the present. Since

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FEBRUARY 14, 2012 10:42PM

Social Media Week at the Queens Library

This afternoon, I went to a Social Media Week panel hosted by the Queens Library. Now, usually, I get starry eyed about the NYPL’s social media presence, and the NYPL in general. Unknown to me, though, the Queens Library is doing all kinds of snazzy things with their web presence. 

As… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2012 10:49AM

The Best Romantic Movies Of All Time

Inspired by ChrisL and Women’s Voices For Change, and the fact that I unexpectedly have only 2 boroughs worth of tearing around to do today (a nice surprise) I started thinking of my favorite Valentine movies.

Looking at this list, I wonder what it reveals about my romantic ideals? Good banter,… Read full post »

Today’s going to take me to three boroughs in the matter of a few hours, all in the name of library science.

Will the G train be my Valentine?

Stop 1: a meeting at Pratt Brooklyn, to investigate options for library science grad school scholarships. That ends, I think, at 1:30,… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2012 12:14PM

Speed Dating For Book Lovers

I saw it on The Strand’s Facebook page. “What book would you bring to a speed dating event at the Strand?”

Well, all right then!

The book was an easy choice for me: The Westing Game. The one book I’ve read more times than any other. Nearly once a year since… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2012 3:25PM

Librarians are the secret…

Librarians are the secret masters of the world. They control information.
Don’t ever piss one off.
—Spider Robinson, The Callahan Touch, 1993

I read this quote when the book first came out.

And about a decade later… I’m in library school.

Fancy that.

I brought the quote up in a… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 5, 2012 4:08PM

Books Maureen needs to read

Magic themes in a school setting:

Tam Lin- Pamela Dean (bonus- one of my favorites ever) Faerie myth in college setting

Hex Hall- Rachel Hawkins. Student body includes vampires, werewolves, witches. 

Magic system in urban setting:

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FEBRUARY 5, 2012 4:01PM

New bookshelves

After living for quite some time with the Leaning Tower Of Book Stack on my floor, I have two lovely new bookshelves! Dad helped me set them and the TV up this weekend. Best Dad ever! My living room looks very spiffy now. Thank you, Dad!


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FEBRUARY 1, 2012 10:16AM

Wednesday 5: Five Scifi Heroines

This week’s list is inspired by the anniversary of A Wrinkle In Time, and the New York Times piece that points out, before A Wrinkle In Time, there really wasn’t a science fiction heroine anything like Meg Murry. Meg’s adventures got more young women tuning into science fiction, th… Read full post »

One of my classes at Pratt is called Information Services and Resources. It covers the basics for being a reference librarian. 

I’m looking forward to all the discussion about databases and sources, and where to find all the information, because then I’ll be on my way to being awe-inspi… Read full post »

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot
Crown, Feb 2010 384 Pages

I first learned about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks through Women’s Voices For Change. Chris Lombardi reviewed the book, and interviewed the author/… Read full post »

JANUARY 25, 2012 3:28PM

Burns Day Scottish Poetry Special

Happy Burns Day! Read some poetry! Look towards Scotland. Raise a glass of Scotch.

If you’re so inclined, address a haggis. 

Yesterday, at the Poets House, I went looking for Scottish poetry. It’s not all wee sleekit timorous beasties, you know. Here are some Scottish poets I’ve en… Read full post »

JANUARY 23, 2012 10:59PM

5 Libraries I Would Love to Tour

As I’m learning about library science, I find the whole field fascinating… I have so much to learn. Especially since I’ve never worked in a library before. 

I find the procedures and mechanics fascinating- how to do shelf-checks, proper ways to answer reference questions, and on an… Read full post »

JANUARY 20, 2012 11:10AM

Jaye’s Book List for 2011

Jaye read books to raise money for the Brooklyn Public Library, which definitely needs some love.

Jan: 12 U is for Undertow - Sue Grafton Labyrinth - Kat Richardson Finishing the Hat - Stephen Sondheim Earth: the Book - Jon Stewart America: the Book - Jon Stewart The Scarlet Pimpernel- Baroness…

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