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.
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.
- “Ideas weren’t put on this earth to be sold”
- Bookstores that make university press publishing possible (including one of my favorites Book Culture)
- “the Press stands united to combat literary lice, whether born of cybernetic strain or, more likely, byproducts of this author’s postprandial fatigue”
- University presses and LCTL (an acronym worth learning)
My favorite noseless astronomer wasn’t poisoned.
Vending machine for books. (Bring this to us Canada!)
Libraries are cathedrals. Agreed. Are there any libraries in cathedrals?
Behind every great author is a great editor. (And behind them is a great copyeditor.)
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.
And finally, John Green is also lovely:
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.