Thursday, April 30, 2009
I am embarrassed to admit that, English degree and all, I have never read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I know, I know. It's humiliating. And, should I continue to work in a library, I have to do it. It's not that I don't want to, it's just that my reading gets sandwiched in between everything else. Which is fine for books you don't have to concentrate on (I just finished A Great and Terrible Beauty). But if my mind can't hold on between the kitten knocking over yet another lamp and finding the ringing cell phone, and chaos, chaos, before my husband comes in from his run, it's not getting read. Unless it's an audio book -- which I can use to keep me from going insane while folding laundry (on my Favorite Things to Do List, folding laundry is right next to getting paper cuts and slamming my index finger in the car door). Making them download-able means less planning for me, which is also good because I generally don't plan to fold laundry. It just becomes a necessity I am shamed into when the pile becomes large enough to eat small pets.
Image: Jane models my laundry face.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Because I am a nerd, I already have a favorite literary podcast. I've been listening to it for years. Although, since a certain dark wizard was defeated, I have not listened to it much at all. Being library people, I feel you won't judge me too harshly. My (used to be favorite) podcast. If you haven't heard the Christmas songs, you're in for a treat.
I'm sure there are many uses for podcasts at the library, specifically for book discussions with visiting authors, book group discussions and I would love to form a teen book podcast, produced and hosted by and for teens.
Now who wants to make me a teen associate so we can get this show on the net?
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
On especially quiet mornings I jolt awake because I am reminded of the morning I wasn't awoken by your tiny cries.
My boss, who has no college degree and can barely utter a coherent syllable let alone an articulate sentence, is the supervisor of a Yale Graduate with far too much debt.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
I entered my favorite wine, favorite vacation spots and favorite restaurant.
I can see this being an excellent resource for reader's advisory, book groups, craft groups. My first thought was that it would be great for teen groups too -- but you never know what sort of havoc may be wreaked when you combine teen angst with an anonymous forum. Hummm........
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
And as an added bonus, I can stop trying to remember how to spell "Icanhascheezburger." It's filed under "cute."
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
But ignoring this site forever wouldn't be very progressive of me, would it?
So I put it off for a few days. And tried to find a rationale for my aversion. And that turned into weeks. And then we got a reminder email.....
And then it dawned on me that without using the darned thing, I couldn't have much of an opinion. So today, I tried to make it relevant.
In a short time (days? weeks?) my new niece, Lucy, will be born. Her mother, my sister-in-law and dear friend, has had many, many complications leading up to this birth. With every new complication, I would hit the net, trying to learn more. Generally, this search would turn up a lot of hits on message boards: "I have this problem. Does anyone know the answers?" Mostly, these would be followed by posts of "Me too! Anyone know the answer?", repeated over and over. I quickly learned to find actual answers using a few pregnancy sites and WebMD.
Finally, I understood the usefulness of Rollo. If I only plan to search specific sites -- and want no information outside those sites, this is a Good Thing (as Martha Stewart would say). With this in mind, I created the Rollo search Nervous Mama, a combination of pregnancy.com, pregnancy.org and webmd.com. Perfect for finding out causes of horrible lower back pain, sans frantic repetative postings.
But I'm not sure when else I might need a similar search tool. The great thing about the net is how much information is out there -- and how much new information appears every day. Rollo restricts this, so, unless one is annoyed by excess information (and if you are in the library profession, that's probably not you) it seems only to limit learning.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
© 2008 Jonathan Feinberg
I love how the instructions for Thing #10 urge us to "be tasteful." But it's so harrrrrrrrrrrrd with image generating. So here' s me in a valiant attempt to remain tasteful while exploring the links one can find on The Generator Blog.
Generators I played with other than the one used above include:
Cheese Rating! Apparently my is "Neufchâtel."
My Chuck Norris Random Fact is "Chuck Norris sleeps with a night light. Not because Chuck Norris is afraid of the dark, but the dark is afraid of Chuck Norris "
And my pagan name is Callista Emerald Bard (which is funny because my last name is already actually "Pagan" so....yeah).
Friday, February 6, 2009
Arthur C. Clarke, "Profiles of The Future", 1961
I try to keep that in mind when teaching the Really Basic Computer Class. And it reminds me of the first time I logged onto the Internet in college. The Microsoft butterfly, batting it's wings, looked so cool to me. How old does that make me? I also remember when web pages would just deadend. End of page -- no link out. Too funny.
Pictured: Not really me.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Oddly enough, the only time I thought it was "too late" and I was too old to go to grad school was a year or so after I had graduated from college (yes, I was ancient in my early 20s).
So if I had to choose a "most difficult" I would say it would have to be "Play," as going to grad school and working at the same time (and reading, and knitting) will more than likely leave little room for "Play."
I see all the other Habits as easy, but I guess I'm most excited about Teach/Mentor Others. As I've said before, I luuuuuuuve to teach people. It gives me endless joy to see the Oh-I-Get-It-Now-Look shine on someone's face.
Pictured: the hands of my teen Knit Wits
I'm not a permanent library person (yet) but I did have the pleasure of having a long-term sub situation at Broken Arrow recently and was able to start a knitting and reading club for teens. I've always encouraged my knitting students to teach others to knit and so on. In that sense, it's easy to tie our connections visually, imagining them as a long scarf that goes on and on and on through generations, sort of like the blanket Aunt Tita makes in Like Water for Chocolate. It's a cliche', but it makes me happy.
I'm looking forward to learning new tech tricks with 23 Things and figuring out how to weave them into my library work.