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Friday procrastination: M(o)ustache edition

By Alice Northover


It’s the close of WOTY week everyone and I’m GIFed out. Welcome new followers! And goodbye to those who quickly OD’ed on Oxford content. You will be missed.

First off, it’s Movember, when men around the world sprout moustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues. Our own Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is presenting a moustachioed man (no women) every day this month on Twitter. There’s also this fabulously titled article, “Marvellous Movember in the MODNB,” featuring over 400 years of moustaches, mutton chops, and whiskers. So many fine moustaches on display, so little time.

Daily in #Movember we're tweeting a 'Mr Movember', someone whose moustache has gone down in British history, or at least in pages of MODNB
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One of the wonderful advantages of being part of Oxford is occasionally you get to talk to people from across the university (including Bodleian Libraries) about a variety of topics — even on the so called business-side of academia — which brings me to OxEngage and the blog 23 Things. It’s a series of events and more on social media for university staff and students. Together we tackle such issues as sharing research online; my current favorite is “Thing 18: Using Creative Commons and other copyright ‘need-to-know’ issues.” Be sure to check out the hashtags #oxengage and #23things too.

And for more on the place of university presses, be sure to check out the full AAUP University Press Week wondrous madness, including Mapping Our Influence and the Blog Tour. Georgetown University Press has been doing daily roundups. Here are my limited highlights but there’s so much more to discover.


My favorite noseless astronomer wasn’t poisoned.

Vending machine for books. (Bring this to us Canada!)

Supersymmetry is on the rocks.

Books are rising from the dead. We must call the Ghostbusters; they’re great with libraries.

Libraries are cathedrals. Agreed. Are there any libraries in cathedrals?

Creative Commons. Let’s get on that. Please.

The textbooks are watching you. (h/t The Millions)

Art in Spain during Eurogedden.

Behind every great author is a great editor. (And behind them is a great copyeditor.)

And behind them is a librarian, on Pinterest. (h/t Jen Howard)

Watch kittens live. (No our office isn’t full of cat ladies…)

W.W. Norton editor Alane Salierno Mason’s excellent tips for academics when writing for a general audience.

Wiley, O’Reilly, and DRM-free.

This made my week: “A côté, les lexicographes des dictionnaires d’Oxford University Press sont autrement plus funky !”

Our editors are lovely.

And finally, John Green is also lovely:

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PS. I’ve lost track of where I found all these things, so apologies if I’ve missed a hat tip or nine.

Alice Northover joined Oxford University Press as Social Media Manager in January 2012. She is editor of the OUPblog, constant tweeter @OUPAcademic, daily Facebooker at Oxford Academic, and Google Plus updater of Oxford Academic, amongst other things. You can learn more about her bizarre habits on the blog.

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