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About juliemstill

Julie Still has a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Library Science from the University of Missouri, and an M.A. in History from the University of Richmond.  She has completed coursework towards a doctorate in American Studies at Penn State Harrisburg. Librarian by trade, writer by choice, once (and future?) Girl Scout leader and community participant, she reads history (all kinds), science fiction / fantasy (ranges from Scalzi to McKillip), mysteries (varied), and more.

A Brief Research Note on the Railroad

This is a brief research note on the history of the railroad, not of the mechanical aspects of it (for that see the wonderful Library of Congress page), but more of a cultural viewpoint, specifically literary.  References to works aren’t … Continue reading

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Advice on Interview Presentations

A relatively new librarian going for job interviews recently asked me about interview presentations.  This is an edited version of my response.   Presentations are often the most important part of an interview (no pressure!).  You want to have simple … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Genius of Birds

The Genius of Birds, by Jennifer Ackerman.  NY: Penguin, 2016 How smart are birds?  Are they bird-brains in the derogatory sense?  Not all of them, according to Ackerman.  She writes about New Caledonian crows that have been observed making and … Continue reading

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Twitter Habits of British Feline Civil Servants

The Twitter Habits of Britain’s Feline Civil Servants Julie Still / Rutgers Univ / still@rutgers.edu / http://www.juliemstill.com This is the basic handout information I provided at the MAPACA conference in Nov. 2017, and a related talk at the Westhampton Public … Continue reading

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MAPACA, 2017

  MAPACA, Nov 8 – 11, 2017, Philadelphia There are several regional popular culture associations, in addition to the American Popular Culture Association.  The Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association (MAPACA) is one of them.  These conferences are a laboratory for new … Continue reading

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PA Library Association, 2017

State library associations are great small conferences, and there is usually a day focused on academic libraries or an academic library track.  The Pennsylvania Library Association in Pittsburgh this past October was no exception.  In addition to standard conference talks … Continue reading

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Reading Notes: The Ancestor Syndrome

Reading Notes:  The Ancestor Syndrome:  Transgenerational psychotherapy and the hidden links in the family tree, by Anne Ancelin Schutzenberger (translated by Anne Trager).  Routledge, 1998. Originally published in French in 1993, translated into English in 1998, this book is by … Continue reading

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Economic and Business History Society, 2017

  Economic and Business History Society, May 25-27, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK For an international organization and conference EBHS is surprisingly friendly and supportive.  Each speaker talks for about 20 minutes and then there is a discussion, sometimes after each … Continue reading

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Nancy Drew and the Ivory Tower

New article on Nancy Drew in Clues.: A Journal of Detection Continue reading

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