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A few weeks ago I mentioned my latest poem, a piece based on some words from Pasteur. This piece has called for preparation–and information.
As I described, I went to the original speech which features the quotation. I read French, but it is not technically my first language (I learned it at a young age.). Thus I’m also consulting an English translation (Peterson, 1954, pp. 469-474). Doing so brings to mind ACRL (2000) outcome 1.3.b: “Considers the feasibility of acquiring a new language or skill (foreign or discipline-based) in order to gather needed information and to understand its context (p. 9).”
I imagine a hypothetical graduation and have even consulted a book of occasional poetry (O’Brien, 2004). After all, as Pasteur said, “Chance favors only those minds which are prepared (Peterson, 1954, p.473). ”
I’ll share the resulting poem in a future post. Once again I congratulate our graduates!
Association of College & Research Libraries. (2000). Information literacy competency standards for higher education. Chicago, IL: Author.
O’Brien, G. (Ed.). (2004). Bartlett’s poems for occasions. New York, NY: Little, Brown.
Pasteur, L. (1939). Installation solennelle de la Faculté des lettres de Douai et de la Faculté des sciences de Lille. In P. Vallery-Radot (Ed.), Oeuvres de pasteur (Vol. 7, pp. 129-132).
Paris, France: Masson et Cie (Original work published 1854).
Peterson, H. (Ed.). (1954). A treasury of the world’s great speeches. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.