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Graphic Novel talk – Spring 2013

One of my favorite things to do is to read graphic novels. Sometimes I talk about them in front of classes. Once I even submitted my slideshow to a journal. (If you want, you can see it here.)

This semester, I had a brilliant idea and designed a handout that could be folded into a quick comic book of sorts.

First, print out the file attached to this post with a two sided print setting, then fold it in half with the Vocabulary page turned to the back. This gives you an entirely blank Title Page, a single panel Splash Page, and a third page with a variety of panels. Pages 4 and 5 are left deliberately blank, so you have the option of a two page spread, or you can also use the panels from the reverse side which can be seen when printing on standard office weight paper. Pages 6 and 7 have different panel layouts, and page 8 is a vocabulary list I used in introducing concepts to the class.

It was a course called "Writing and Memoirs" so I pulled a number of different graphic novels from our collection that were examples of a memoir in an illustrated format. Want a list?

  • American Born Chinese
  • Cancer Vixen
  • Maus
  • Mom’s Cancer
  • Persepolis
  • Paul Goes Fishing
  • Special Exits
  • The Burma Chronicles
  • To Dance

After my introduction and show and tell, I paired off the students and had them work together to illustrate a paragraph of text.  When I was planning this activity, I was going to have them use a nursery rhyme (I was using the brilliant Nursery Rhyme Comics to showcase many different art and narrative styles.  This also explains why the panel layouts have a title panel in the top tier.) but that morning Neil Gaiman released the text of his Calendar of Tales, and I decided the May Tale was evocative and mysterious, and more likely to be better received by the students.

It was a very satisfying class visit.  I talked for about half an hour, let them work together for about twenty minutes, then spent the last ten sharing the students’ work via the document camera. 

I think next time I’ll aim for more discussion, instead of just show & tell for the first half.  The active learning component went very well, and I’ll probably do that again, perhaps with more explanation that they are working in pairs because although graphic novels can be the effort of a single person, it is more likely that each one is a result of a massive group effort.


Nursing in Film

I’m the subject librarian for our Nursing department, as well as being the audio visual librarian here.  Last year these two roles converged when I was asked to suggest films that portrayed nurses.  This year, a very similar request came across the videolib listserv.  Since I had something to share there, I thought I should share my list here as well.

I’ve taken my list, added the other list members’ contributions, and have done my best to give citation information as far as Studio or Distributor is concerned.

There are thousands of films that include a nurse, or the portrayal of a nurse.  If you want to search for some yourself, you may want to start with the Internet Movie Database.

Title Place: Studio or Distributor Date Type
Angels in America New York, NY: HBO Video 2004 Feature Film
Awakenings Culver City, CA: Columbia TriStar Home Video 1997 Feature Film
Catch Me If You Can Universal City, CA: DreamWorks Home Entertainment 2003 Feature Film
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Hollywood, CA: Paramount Home Entertainment 2009 Feature Film
A Farewell to Arms (Videocassette release of the 1932 motion picture) Springfield, NJ: Madacy Entertainment Group 1932/1996 Feature Film
Girl, Interrupted Culver City, CA: Columbia Tristar Home Video 1999 Feature Film
John Q [Los Angeles, CA]: New Line Home Entertainment 2002 Feature Film
Juno Beverly Hills, CA: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 2008 Feature Film
Meet the Parents Universal City, CA: Universal 2001 Feature Film
Million Dollar Baby Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video 2005 Feature Film
Nurse Betty [Hollywood], CA: USA Home Entertainment 2000 Feature Film
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video 1997 Feature Film
Terminator 2 Judgment Day Santa Monica, CA: Artisan Home Entertainment 2003 Feature Film
Wit New York, NY: HBO Home Video 2001 Feature Film
A Calling to Care Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources 2001 Documentary
All My Babies: A Midwife’s Own Story (DVD release of the 1952 film) Chatsworth, CA : Image Entertainment 1952/2007 Documentary
The Doctor Burbank, CA: Touchstone Home Video 1991 Feature Film
Night Nurse (Videocassette release of the 1931 motion picture) Culver City, CA: MGM/UA Home Video 1931/1991 Feature Film
World According to Garp (Videocassette release of the 1982 motion picture) Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video 1982/1998 Feature Film
Bringing Out the Dead Hollywood, CA: Paramount Home Entertainment 1999 Feature Film
Pregnancy Pact United States: Lifetime 2010 TV Movie
China Beach United States: Warner Brothers Television 1988-1991 Television series
ER Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video 1994-2009 Television series
Scrubs Burbank, CA: Buena Vista Home Entertainment 2001-2010 Television series
Mercy Universal City, CA: Universal Studios 2009-2010 Television series
HawthoRNe Culver City, CA: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2009-2011 Television series
Nurse Jackie Santa Monica, CA: Lions Gate Home Entertainment 2009- Television series
Young Doctors United States: United Artists 1961 Feature Film
The English Patient Burbank, CA: Miramax Home Entertainment 1996 Feature Film
M.A.S.H. Beverly Hills, CA: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment 1972 Feature Film
M.A.S.H. Beverly Hills, CA: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment 1972-1983 Television series
Good Night, Nurse (In Arbuckle & Keaton Vol. 2) New York, NY: Kino International 1918/2001 Short
High Anxiety Beverly Hills, CA: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment 1977 Feature Film
The White Angel (Videocassette release of the 1936 motion picture) Baker City, OR : Nostalgia Family Video 1936 Feature Film
Misery Santa Monica, CA: MGM Home Entertainment 1990 Feature Film
Carry On, Nurse (DVD release of 1959 film) Troy, MI. : Anchor Bay Entertainment [distributor] 1959/2002 Feature Film
The Young Nurses
(In The Nurses Collection, a DVD release of Roger Corman’s films)
Los Angeles, CA: Shout! Factory LLC 1973/2012 Feature Film
Candy Stripe Nurses
(In The Nurses Collection, a DVD release of Roger Corman’s films)
Los Angeles, CA: Shout! Factory LLC 1974/2012 Feature Film
Night Call Nurses
(In The Nurses Collection, a DVD release of Roger Corman’s films)
Los Angeles, CA: Shout! Factory LLC 1972/2012 Feature Film
Private Duty Nurses
(In The Nurses Collection, a DVD release of Roger Corman’s films)
Los Angeles, CA: Shout! Factory LLC 1971/2012 Feature Film
Hellcats of the Navy (DVD release of a 1957 motion picture) Burbank, CA: Columbia TriStar Home Video 1957/2003 Feature Film
Sister Kenny (Videocassette release of the 1946 motion picture) [S.l.]: Turner Home Entertainment 1946/1990 Feature Film
The Tall Guy (DVD release of the 1989 motion picture) Burbank, CA: Miramax Home Entertainment 1989/2002 Feature Film
Kill Bill, Vol. 1 Burbank, CA: Miramax Home Entertainment 2003 Feature Film
Yes, Nurse! No, Nurse! (Ja zuster, nee zuster) Paris : BQHL productions 2002 Feature Film


When is a space not a space?

When it’s simply a character brought in from a webpage.

A department requested that I take the Teams they had created in our LMS and put them into an Outlook Contact list.   The LMS had no export feature for lists of teams, but there was a page that lined a nice chunk of data up so nicely – Name, Login, Team Membership.  So I grabbed these three columns and went to work in Excel.

The Name column was easily split using Text to Columns into LastName and FirstName columns.  I created a column containing the domain for our institution, and then attempted to =CONCATENATE the login column with the domain column.  This should have created a beautiful column with the student’s e-mail addresses.  Instead, there was a space between the username and the @.  So I tried using the TRIM function.  No good.  I tried a Find and Replace with a space in the Find field and nothing in the Replace field.  Failed again.  What finally worked was to copy the faux space from the login column and to paste that into the Find field, leaving nothing in the Replace field.  Success!  (And now, I found a website describing this exact problem & a solution to it.  After I’ve fought out my own solution. Of course.)

I’ve finished off the request with several New Contact Groups in Outlook, where I’ve imported these .csv files and mapped the columns to custom fields in Outlook.  So now the department can e-mail their students using whatever account they want.

There.  I’ve learned something new & shared it.  I don’t know anyone else who does, but I enjoy my Excel wrangling.  It gives me a lot of satisfaction in puzzling out how to make the program do what I want.

Films for a course on nonviolence

I love hunting for unusual ways to enrich courses through media.  An instructor came into the library looking for films that could be added to his upcoming course on Nonviolence.  I first assumed that someone on the internet had already created such a list, so I went hunting for some giant’s shoulders to stand upon.  I found one here (, but was largely frustrated with my results.  Instead of the concept of peaceful resistance, I kept finding lists of videos with “no violence.” For children, one could assume.  (What passed for a non-violent film in some of the lists did make me wonder sometimes.)

Therefore, internet, I give to you my results.  The summaries are from Amazon,, and

All Quiet on the Western Front A group of young World War I German recruits pass from idealism to disillusionment with war.
Apocalypse Now A United States Army officer/trained assassin is sent into the depths of a southeast Asian jungle to seek out a renegade colonel and terminate his command during the Vietnam War.
Bloody Sunday Recreation of the events of “Bloody Sunday”, Jan. 30, 1972, when British troops fired on unarmed protesters in Derry, Northern Ireland. By the end of the day, 13 civilians were dead and 14 more wounded in the tumult and tragedy of Northern Ireland’s darkest day.
Born on the Fourth of July Follows the young Ron Kovic from his days as a zealous teen who eagerly joins up for the Vietnam War, to his return from the war as an embittered veteran, paralyzed from mid-chest down. Chronicles his disillusionment with the country’s continued involvement in Vietnam, his physical struggle and his emergence as a brave new voice for thousands of disenchanted vets.
Diary of Anne Frank Dramatization of a young girl’s diary describing the lives of eight people who hide in an attic for two years to avoid arrest by the Nazis.
Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb A satire in which the President and his military advisers struggle ineptly to avert a holocaust after a psychotic Air Force general launches a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union because he fears the Russians are poisoning the water supply in the United States.
Europa! Europa! The true story of a Jewish teenager who survived World War II by living as a Nazi for 7 years.
Freedom Song Freedom Song is a compelling microcosm of the Civil Rights Movement, a stirring chronicle of unsung small-town citizens who risked their lives to bring change at the grassroots level.
Friendly Persuasion The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religious sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It’s not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion when Southern troops pass through the area. Should they join the fight?
Gallipoli Two friends are involved with the battle between Australia and the German-occupied Turks in this commentary on the wastes of war.
Gandhi Chronicles the life of Gandhi beginning with his political activities in South Africa during the late 1890’s and ending with his assassination at the hands of a Hindu extremist in 1948. Shows the development of his philosophy of non-violence as he leads the people of India to independence from the British.
Grand Illusion Tells of two French officers captured by German forces in 1916. While prisoners the two officers encounter an aristocratic German officer. The conflicts between enemies and between the classes emphasize their awareness that certain ways of life are gone forever. The message of the movie is the tragic observation that war itself is the grand illusion.
Invictus After Nelson Mandela becomes president of South Africa he rejects revenge, forgives oppressors who jailed him 27 years for his fight against apartheid, and finds hope of national unity in an unlikely place: the rugby field. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.
Iron Jawed Angels Alice Paul and Lucy Burns were two defiant suffragist women who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment. The two activists broke from the mainstream women’s rights movement and created a more radical wing, daring to push the boundaries to secure women’s voting rights in 1920. In a country dominated by chauvinism, this is no easy fight. Along the way, sacrifices are made: Alice gives up a chance for love, and colleague Inez Mulholland gives up her life.
Munich The movie starts with a rush, but director Steven Spielberg then delves into complex ethical questions about the cyclic nature of revenge and the moral price of violence.
Paths of Glory During World War I on the French front, a regiment of soldiers are set up for suicide missions and are generally manipulated in ways that show no regard for their lives.
Schindler’s List The story of a Catholic war profiteer, Oskar Schindler, who risked his life and went bankrupt in order to save more than 1,000 Jews from certain death in concentration camps.
Sergeant York The story of a hillbilly sharpshooter drafted in WW1 despite his claim to be a pacifist, who ends up becoming a war hero.
Shenandoah Charlie Anderson is a farmer in Shenandoah, Virginia and finds himself (and his family) in the middle of the Civil War. He decides not to get involved in the war because he believes that this is not “his” war. But he eventually has to get involved when his youngest boy is taken prisoner by the North.
The Day the Earth Stood Still A spaceship lands in Washington, D.C., capturing the attention of the world. But the alien emissary it brings refuses to reveal his mission to any single government, leaving the military, the politicians, and millions of ordinary people to wait in fear. Soon their distrust turns to calls for violence.
The Hiding Place Traces the life of Corrie Ten Boom, from the quiet years before World War II, to her work with the “underground” in helping to save the lives of countless Jewish families.
The War Ken Burns (840 min) tells the story of ordinary people in four quintessentially American towns – Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and Luverne, Minnesota – and examines the ways in which the Second World War touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America.
The Weather Underground For the youth political movement, seemingly ineffectual methods of peaceful protest and resistance led to the rise of a faction that wanted a more extreme approach that the government could not ignore.
Three Kings Absurdly comic tale set after the end of the Gulf War, when three American soldiers looking to plunder stolen gold become involved in an uprising.

What didn’t make the list?  Quite a number of films, actually.  Some were films I didn’t think we would buy (Summer of My German Soldier, The Chocolate War).  Some were films that didn’t quite have the focus requested (Eyes on the Prize).  Many war films were listed, so I only added a few to my list.  I wanted to add a superhero movie to the list, but couldn’t find one that had the right fit.

Dear reader, if you have a title to add to my list, please leave a comment.

Wherein I shake my fist at the sky

I attended the webinar that OCLC held on November 15th called “Get your library on Goodreads.”  You can watch a recording of it here:

I was very interested in this topic, as I had just opened a Goodreads account for my library in my widget quest.  At 43:13 in the talk we find out that although you can not transfer lists between accounts, it is possible to import lists as .CSV files.  How wonderful!  I decided to do this today.  Here is what I have to share:

1.  My list came from Worldcat.  Lists made in Worldcat are wonderful things, as they connect to our library catalog and can provide availability data with a click.  Unfortunately, they do not have the foot traffic or the adaptable widgets that are available in Goodreads.  Fortunately, there is a link on the list that will export to a .CSV file.  The headers for this file are

OCLC # “Title” “Author” “Language” “Item type” “Publication” “Publisher” “Database” “Notes” “Added date”

2.  There is also a sample .CSV file on the Import page here:  It has the headers

Title Author ISBN My Rating Average Rating Publisher Binding Year Published Original Publication Year Date Read Date Added Bookshelves My Review

It was a relatively simple, if tedious, job to clean up the OCLC .CSV and put it into the Goodreads  approved headings. I removed the quotation marks from the headers, changed “Notes” to “My Review,” and changed “Added Date” to “Date Added.”  Re-formatting the “Publisher” column from OCLC to one that matched Goodreads took a bit more work.  The OCLC Publisher column includes Place: Publisher, Date information.  I used the “Text to Columns” tool on Microsoft Excel’s Data tab to separate the one column into many more.   I used the comma and the colon as delimiters, but this still required manual cleanup.  For the record, don’t use “Find and Replace” to remove the spaces from the front of a column.  Instead use the Trim function.  Just trust me on this one.

3.  After everything was cleaned up on my .CSV file, I had to throw up my hands and curse the skies.  Despite having ISBN data in the Worldcat database, it was not included in the export.  THE ISBN IS REQUIRED BY GOODREADS.  I went through my entire list on Worldcat and copy/pasted the ISBN number into the .CSV file, fighting Excel to format it as a simple number without decimal points.  For. Each. Book.   My list wasn’t unmanageably long, but what if I had over a hundred books on my list?   I have sent off an e-mail to OCLC about this issue.  I hope they’ll respond.  They haven’t responded to my first e-mail that I sent shortly after the webcast, so I’m not holding my breath.

4. The import went very well on the Goodreads side of things.  Only one book could not be imported, and that was easily done manually.  From the new bookshelf created from this import I was able to create a lovely widget for a Libguide I hope to publish soon.

My Pinterest Talk

Although I am a librarian, I am also something of an educational technologist here, for lack of a better term.  I keep track of technology that is developing and try to connect it to classes and instructors here.

I realized that I could promote the use of Pinterest to our Education students.  I see plenty of our students on Pinterest already, but there is a small learning curve to using it effectively.  So I contacted our Education Student Club and arranged to do a little show & tell.  They took care of booking a room with a computer podium, and all the students brought in their laptops.

The first question I asked the group was to see how many of them had Pinterest accounts already.  100% of them did.  My fear of telling them information they already knew was unfounded.  The whole presentation was peppered with comments of surprise, realization, and understanding.

I have loaded my talk on SlideShare.  Be sure to read the notes on each slide, as I made an effort to share the key points of my talk there.

Pinterest for Professional Development from Victoria Maloy


I wanted to highlight a collection of our feature films for Halloween so I created a LibGuide for the occasion.  Like many libraries across America, my library has subscribed to LibGuides to deliver information to our patrons.  It is an amazingly easy way to get content online with a minimum of fuss.  There are many flexible building blocks that can be used to hold links, widgets, items from the catalog, even simply rich text.

I’d seen several nice looking widgets from sources such as Goodreads, Shelfari, and LibraryThing.    There’s even a widget that ties lists made in WorldCat to display on a webpage.  But there’s a problem.  Goodreads is solely a book environment.  The same goes for Shelfari and LibraryThing.  If I want to display media items in a widget I am out of luck.  No CDs, no DVDs.

The WorldCat option is larger than I was hoping for, and many of the titles I had did not have cover pictures in the catalog. Also, as I discovered, the OCLC widget will only show a fraction of the titles on your list.  This was a large disappointment, and left me two options.  One, scanning the covers myself, and posting the images to link to, which was not very feasible for this ‘quick’ project.

I settled on the Amazon widget.  I was hesitant for two reasons.  One – it was created by Amazon to promote sales on Amazon.  Two – I didn’t feel able to create an Amazon account with the library name, as we already purchase from there.  So the list I built was tied to my personal Amazon account.

Hesitations aside, I found the creation of the widget fairly easy.

First you must create a “Listmania” list.  To create a list, you must be logged into Amazon and find “Your Profile.” I found that the list needs a title that is fairly unique, because when you create the widget you need to search for your list.


There is a field for comments within the list, and I began with a link to the item our catalog, hoping that it would allow patrons to check availability of the item.  Sadly, the field did not accept html, and the link only blocked the picture of the item, so I limited myself to adding only the call number of the items.

Also, be sure to do your list right the first time.  Changes to your list take a long time to travel to the widget, once it is made.  I removed the hyperlinks from my list on a Friday night and they were still present in the widget on Saturday.  By Monday when I checked, the changes had propagated, so it is possible to edit your list, but it takes some time.

Once you’ve created your list and checked it twice, it is time to create a widget.

Follow this link: and click “Search Listmania.”  If you have titled your list well, the next steps are easy.  Click the “Select” button and choose your layout, animation, and size for display. Beyond the four premade color themes, you have the opportunity to customize the colors used in the borders and background of the widget, which would be nice to match existing pages.

Finally, click “Add to my Web page,” agree to the Amazon terms of use, and copy the resulting code into an “Embedded Media & Widgets” box on your LibGuide page.

This widget, although not perfect, was a quick and flashy way to highlight a collection on our webpage.  It was very exciting to pull together.