Monthly Archives: February 2013

Literary Lovers

Happy Valentine’s Day!

My husband and I don’t actually observe this day for a myriad of reasons including the uber-commercialization of it. However, I do enjoy the hearts and love that it brings in the middle of winter. When I was growing up my mom used to mark Valentine’s Day by giving my sister and I presents like art books and tea cups. So I have a certain amount of sentimentality for this holiday.

In that vein – here is a list of my top 5 literary couples – ones that made me swoon and cry and desperately hope for a happy ending. **Author’s note: After completing this post I realized that most of the couples are from books I read repeatedly as a teenager. When I tried to think of swoon-worthy relationships in my adult readings I had a harder time coming up with a list. I’m not sure if this reflects a change in the material I am reading or my perception/openness to the material**

These Happy Golden Years

5. Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder. I probably read These Happy Golden Years 20 times throughout middle and high school. Looking back it’s a bit insipid, but perfect for an adolescent’s perception of love.

Josephine

4. Josephine and Napoleon. More specifically as imagined in Sandra Gulland’s trilogy, which I read my senior year of high school. So many highs and lows, tears are practically guaranteed.

An Old Fashioned Girl

3. Polly Milton and Tom Shaw in Louisa May Alcott’s An Old Fashioned Girl. Not a widely known as some of Alcott’s other books (i.e. Little Women) Polly is at once the ultimate domicile and an independent woman making her way in the world. She loves a man who is beneath her, recognizes this, waits and hopes that he will redeem himself and come to love her.

Anne

2. Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe from L. M Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series. Why does it take so long for these two to realize their mutual adoration? Agony spread over many books, but a delicious agony.

Let’s be honest – after seeing Colin Firth we all think of him as Mr. Darcy when we read the book now.

1. Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice. The ultimate romantic literary couple in my book, hands down. They grow to love each other despite themselves and come to a mutual-respect which should be the bedrock of every relationship.

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Peer Writing Tutors

About two months I received an additional responsibility at work.  Now I include in my domain, the library, the student bookstore, and the tutoring center. These are all single rooms located next to each other in one wing of a building so the geographic nature of this addition makes sense. As does the fact that the peer tutors housed in the center often help their fellow students with writing and research.

Since receiving this new responsibility I have noticed that our peer tutors have a range of skills. We try to employ at least one tutor in each discipline we offer on campus and they are hired based on their strength in their own departments.  As we approach the end of the term the other tutor center responsibility has become more prevalent: proof reading and editing papers.

In this, the skills vary widely. It is partially, I believe, because the programs vary on expectations regarding our school’s chosen citation & formatting style – APA. However, in my opinion it is very important that all tutors are on the same page when it comes to editing.

So I am creating an APA boot camp. The tutors will be expected to complete a series of quizzes and challenges regarding APA formatting and citation and only when I believe an individual has allowed the rules and complexities sink into their bones will I add them to the list of Approved Editors.

My APA Boot Camp will include:

An APA Quiz from Utah Valley University

Draft your own title page

Draft your own Reference page

Create in-text citations from that Reference page

Williams College Libraries APA Quiz

A quiz of my own making

Do you have preferred writing/grammar/style resources?

My next step in remaking the tutoring center is to create a bibliography of helpful resources the tutors and students can use when writing/editing.

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