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Friday procrastination: why is it December? edition

By Alice Northover

What happened to 2012? I checked the book room, those weird spaces between the cubicles, and the inexplicable drawers in conference rooms (why would they have stuff in them in the first place). Here’s a week in (my) reading — a particularly librarianish one too.

Are you happy to see me or is that organic compounds in your Martian soil analyzer?

Happy Birthday Texting! Do not fear the telegraph. (h/t Susan Ferber)

Sign language and the lexicon: Crowdsourcing new words for science.

Feeling conflicted about your career choice? It’s common in academia.

Did any of you participate in the Twitter fiction festival?

If so, would you adapt your avatar for signature iconography?

When disaster strikes, there’s no way to call.

Hey sexy librarians! Regina M. Anderson, Melvil Dewey, John Vance Cheney, Sam Walter Foss, and Casanova.

You don’t know metadata.

Chanel is reviving ties with Scotland. Bouclé, vous savez?

The daily life of librarians in Iraq, or how to maintain collections with the threat of car bombs.

Terrifying charts of the digital age. (Only terrifying if you’re trying to adapt to new technology trends)

Can you predict the classic books of the future? (h/t The Millions)

A Boston church is selling a Bay Psalm Book to raise funds.

Benjamin White writes about libraries, copyright, and the digital age.

How guillemots adapt (or die) in a changing environment.

And finally, thank you Richard Horton.

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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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