On this day, 5th of March 2014, for the first time, I deliberately crafted an entire proposal around the strategic planning initiatives it would support (and left out every other argument I might care to make). All By Myself. It feels like a career milestone.
I just got a wonderful, AWFUL idea: for a whole (academic) year, whenever we empty a carton of paper for the public printer, instead of recycling the cardboard carton, stack it up next to the printer. With a big sign that says "how much paper have you used this year?" And another sign that says, "things you can do to use less paper:"
Student worker brought me in some white willow bark powder, which he thinks will help my RA in a tincture or tea. He said, "I'm just bringing you the whole bag, because I thought it would look weird to drop off a little baggie of white powder at work." #nosnortinginthelibrary#notusingstudentworkersasdrugmule
I asked if the online course conversion workshop we're holding this summer would include anything about information literate research assignments in online environments. Woot! & *gulp* -- I've been given three hours!
Research appointment went beyond well, and the POLS department just called to ask if I could take an hour with each of their search candidates to talk about library services and resources. Today tastes like success! And illicit Poptarts from the vending machine. But mostly success!
yay!!!!!!!!!! had a professor ask me who he could talk to about OA and was able to say "me." First professor in a while that has asked me about it. He's an editor of a journal and he's got some awesome ideas and I'm going to talk to him more about them.
Meeting with a prof about his first library instruction session led to discussion of what the need actually is, led to him brainstorming about including me as a lab component for the research methods class they are designing for the major. W00t w00t baby!
I don't remember whose idea it is that I'm stealing but sending thanks all the same: rather than an assault of "here's all the stuff the library can do" I'm just sending a "Hi, I'm the library liaison, can I buy you a cup of coffee" to new faculty.
A friend of mine, a prof in one of my departments, sent an unsolicited letter of recommendation to the director of the library I applied to work with. And sent me a copy. (1) It's fascinating to see what it looks like from their perspective! and (2) I am humbled by the very words themselves. Blown away. More than verklempt.
Taught a class this morning in which we did a drive-by of the CRAAP Test (http://www.csuchico.edu/lins...) and in discussion following, asked them if there were any items on the list that were absolute deal-breakers for them: they'd basically never cite a source that failed one of those criteria.