Okay, hive mind: I'm looking for suggestions of online resources on handling/organizing/managing primary source collections, including but not limited to current trends, best practices, etc. Anything you use or know of that you find especially on-point?
As of this very hour, as far as coursework is concerned, I am an MLIS! To all of the wonderful people here on FriendFeed/LSW, I could not possibly have asked for a more encouraging and informative community to support me. You've been here every step of the way, and I'm honored to be counted among you.
Adventures in gross intralibrary miscommunications: screencasts and videos are very different things. It helps if, when graduate assistants are asked to work on such projects, a distinction is made as to which are desired, and for whom. How seven people have gone about four months without catching this error is completely beyond my comprehension.
Apply to jobs is nerve-wracking and hard and an excruciating wait. And EXCITING. I'm really thrilled that I'm finding so many potential opportunities to do things I would really love to do; I already can't believe my luck that I *might* be well-qualified.
Tuesdaynightbrarian: Just worked with our most regular community patron (guy who's been working on the same Civil War legal case from 1892 for more than a year) for TWO HOURS on finding battle maps that we were both pretty sure he already has. He came in tonight because I'm his "favorite." I AM A PATIENCE GOD.
Two things that have weirdly put my life in perspective today: sitting through my friend's PhD defense in electrochemical engineering, and watching someone drink orange juice out of an empty honey bear.
Adventures in late night virtual ref: 23 chats in 2.5 hours, including one where exactly what the patron needed happened to be an obscure Pinterest board linked to items in our catalog that I created last winter as part of a collection development project for my boss. Most meant-for-me question ever.
Will anyone be attending LITA next week? If interested, I'll be presenting on accessibility of library media and technology services during concurrent session 1. Regardless, would love to see folks in Louisville!
No, high school student doing homework but posing as staff on chat reference, I will not answer every professionally-worded question of your assignment despite the fact that I'm attempting to remain highly professional in response to your obviously manufactured inquiries. *stabbity*
Today's UX nightmare: an online test made me, patron, and 3 other librarians think the software was malfunctioning for half an hour before we realized we were dealing with its tutorial. That was not labeled as a test prequel but instead "Begin Test Now."