Critical Linking: May 19th, 2014


What book made you love to read? When almost 4,000 of our Facebook fans answered that question, they wrote passionately about the books they love (and, in some cases, really, really love). These titles and authors came up over and over.

For anyone who pays attention to this stuff, the titles on this list won’t be too surprising. Still, never hurts to remember that the connection we have with books endures over our lives.


This video, which was recorded at the Public Library Association 2014 conference, features interviews with some truly wonderful people…

A fantastic reminder, if you even needed one, that librarians are pretty great.


Colleges across the country this spring have been wrestling with student requests for what are known as “trigger warnings,” explicit alerts that the material they are about to read or see in a classroom might upset them or, as some students assert, cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in victims of rape or in war veterans.

I see no reason not to offer “trigger warnings” on syllabi. The idea of letting students opt out of some readings and assignments, though, is less certain to me. How much control do we want to cede to students? Does it even really matter that much?


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