Greg Giraldo (1965–2010) was a multi-talented fellow. A Harvard Law School graduate with an almost perfect LSAT score, he could also make people laugh about the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Greg abandoned his law career to become a successful stand-up comedian and he appeared in front of audiences across North America, including at the Just for Laughs comedy specials.
Wayne Jones and Matt Balaker have written the first authoritative biography of Greg entitled Greg Giraldo: A comedian’s story. Wayne is the University Librarian at Carleton University, while Matt is an American freelance writer. Both are huge fans of Greg Giraldo, and in this storycast (above), they share the story of their experience co-writing this book:
the process of working collaboratively from opposite ends of the continent (Matt lives in California and Wayne in Ontario)
the experience of having an official book launch at the Fat Black Pussycat comedy club in New York City and
Matt Balaker is a comic, writer, and former investment fund manager. He lives in Southern California with his two boys and one wife.
Wayne Jones is the University Librarian at Carleton University. He has held previous positions at Queen’s University, MIT, and the National Library of Canada, and has also worked as a freelance editor. Wayne lives in Ottawa, where the weather is great, not like in Southern California, and has zero sons and less than one wife.
I first heard about The Second Chance Foundation from a segment on CBC Radio’s Sunday Edition in 2017. This interview prompted me to reach out to Bev because I knew that this was an organization I wanted to be involved in. We determined, based on her clients’ needs and my expertise, that I would offer introductory internet skills workshops focusing on information literacy.
Words create reality; what we say and write makes ideas concrete. The explosion of research about algorithms has resulted in specific descriptive phrases about their nature and characteristics. Let’s take a brief tour through some of them to see how they reflect our hopes and concerns.
As library professionals, we are trained to understand the critical role that metadata plays in the discoverability of information in a wide range of contexts. With a shorter list of tags, the Open Shelf editorial team now has a controlled vocabulary that will enable improved discoverability of the magazine content.