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NYC Reference/Instruction Librarian, knitter, ballroom dancer; lover of opera, tennis, hockey, sea glass, and pomegranates.
How I know I've been away a long time from the library where I did my graduate assistantship: I just drew a complete and utter blank on the name of the somewhat obscure Civil War Union General on whom I helped a particular community patron do research a minimum of twice a week for about two years straight.
(20 minutes of searching Wikipedia jogged my memory, but GEEZ did I think that was gonna stay with me forever). - Lily
Enquiring Minds want to know which General! - Aaron the Librarian from Android
Ah yes. Fitz John Porter, for the record :) - Lily
He had a ship named for him! (also, I'd say he was unfairly shafted after McClellan's removal - but that's me) - Aaron the Librarian
Does anyone have a good place to direct students if they're doing research on major developing cities and their strategic problems (perhaps like a country profiler, but smaller scale)? Along with general research, this prof wants his students to try and contact the city's mayor or a UN/embassy official. Advice?
Maybe start with the CIA World Factbook? Although I don't know if that goes to city level - Hedgehog
(edited to correct - thanks ellbeecee!) Euromonitor's Passport [formally Global Market Information Database (GMID)] if you have access can be good and facilitates comparisons between countries and data sets which can be very useful. - Galadriel C.
What do you mean by "developing cities"? Are you talking about cities in the developing world or a growing city anywhere in the world? If the latter, the Cities module from Passport (a Euromonitor project, formerly known as GMID), their second tier cities *might* be useful. Otherwise, maybe UN data? - ellbeecee
The professor specified cities in third world countries. Usually the World Factbook is one of my defaults, but aside from population and demographics, that (and several other country info databases we have) doesn't delve into the city dynamics far enough. I think he may be pressing them to just search international news, but he hasn't gotten back to me yet. - Lily
that helps. on my phone now because commuting, but think I have a resource to send once I'm at work. - ellbeecee from Android
Thanks, Laura! It's weird, I still can't tell if he actually wants me to help them research or just to tell them how to find and contact these officials, but any leads are useful! - Lily
Ok, now at work (delayed opening because of Frozen Death falling from sky (eh, it was kind of boring where I live, tbh)) : Cities portal has some links, as does our sociology librarian's Urban Sociology guide - - this second one might have a lot of resources that are useful because the assignment for the class focused on emerging cities, IIRC. - ellbeecee
And Factiva, while a PITA to search sometimes, can be great for finding news sources local to the country (on the search page, under sources, select region, then the country/countries that you want news sources from. The limiter lower down the page, that says region, is adding that region as a subject limiter not a publication limiter) - ellbeecee
I feel like there might be resources from mayors' groups. The UN brought a large group together around global warming: -- that led me to the UCLG: - Regular Amanda
Er, maybe the Columbia Gazeteer? - maʀtha
Or Columbia International Affairs Online?? - maʀtha
After conferring with another 'brarian and no further word from the prof, we've decided we're going to presume deeper embeddedness in the course in future quarters and make this into a two-part assignment libguide: the first on researching international cities and the second on means for contacting officials, plus things like email etiquette. Your suggestions have been great and have... more... - Lily
Sigh...when there's no better description for a professor than "old fart"...
Well, I'm drained. Lost my wallet yesterday somewhere in McCormick Place; only realized en route to the airport. Managed to get through airport security anyway; learned that my wallet was found and mailed home...and then also that my flight was cancelled. Arrived home 5 minutes ago; missed a full workday.
TLDR: my emotions are shot. I want a do-over a la Groundhog Day. - Lily
Oy vey. I hope you have a MUCH less eventful rest of the week. - laura x
Ugh, hope you get some rest. Did your luggage at least make it home with you (silver lining)? - Marie
Luggage was with me, as was my Really Calm Significant Other. Silver lining was that we'd already been staying with his folks, so we were rescued overnight. - Lily
Well, that's a relief. Still, though, ugh. - Marie
:( *HUGS* anything we can do to help? - Sir Shuping is just sir
Uffda. - maʀtha
ughhhhhhhhhhhhhh - Meg VMeg
Yikes! Glad the wallet was returned and you're home safe. - Kirsten from Android
Oh my freakin' word. You deserve a medal! - Catherine Pellegrino
oh wow. I would have broken down and cried. Often. - RepoRat
Wow...I'm glad you got home. Hopefully the wallet will be there soon--very glad it was found and mailed. - Hedgehog
Feeling okay, getting reorganized; thanks for the well-wishes, all. - Lily
Oh my goodness. I'm so glad your wallet was found, you had a calming person nearby, and are home, but I'm so sorry for these not-fun-at-all events! - Galadriel C.
No fewer than 24 required printed documents coming with me to Midwinter--had to buy new folder. #committees #whoelectedmeanything
NYC is freaking out about this weather--I'll likely be off work most of today and tomorrow. As a former Minnesotan, I say "bah."
Heck, even my first 18 years in NY I only had one snow day ever... - Lily
Stephen? Meg? Are you all closing early today? - Lily
Welp, closing at 1pm and closed tomorrow. - Lily
as a former New Englander who can deal with snow (but doesn't like it) who moved to the south, snow and ice *do* scare me now - because there is no infrastructure to deal with it down here. Infrastructure is better in NYC, but still not up to MN standards. Still: I bet you'll enjoy!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I keep hoping there will be pretty snow to watch at eventually. I miss snow. Except when we have it and then I don't miss it all because I'm in the south and it's a PITA. :) - ellbeecee
What's funny is that they didn't use to close stuff like this (like you said, Lily). It started after Bloomberg fucked up the big storm in 2010. - Meg VMeg from Android
No word on whether we're closing early.I'd be surprised if we do. I'm betting on a snow day tomorrow though. Lily, do you think having a notably larger percentage of commuters having to rely on mass transit here is why we're more likely to have snow days than you might have seen in MN? I honestly don't know, but I can assume that at the very least, the commuter bus schedule must get really screwed up when it snows like this. I don't know how often trains get delayed or stalled, too, because of snow and ice. - Stephen Francoeur
I think it makes more sense for us mostly because we have 6 of our 9 campuses in New Jersey, and several faculty/staff commute between several, and students could be coming from anywhere since we're 90% non-residential. Right now the MTA looks more or less okay--but it's definitely the buses and LIRR/MetroNorth that are going to have worse trouble, I imagine... - Lily
What You Need to Know About Today's "Crippling" Blizzard: Monday Update - WarLord
^^ "Your flight is cancelled. Don't even bother." heh. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
"Travel advice: Don't." - RepoRat
We'd be happy to have your snow (in the Sierra Nevadas, which are woefully short), but admittedly not so happy about the temps--or if we got sustained snowfall hereabouts, with I'm guessing zero snow-removal equipment. Hope it works out OK there. And that we finally get some precipitation here. - Walt Crawford
As Stephanie said, I have learned to be scared of driving in insignificant snow fall here -- both because no one here knows how to drive in it, and because the county has 6 snow plows. In these parts, two inches of snowfall becomes crippling ice very quickly! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
That said, blizzards are blizzards. Its not just snow, but the wind blowing the snow around, making zero visibility on the ground. 3' of snow might be meh, but with blizzard, very intense! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I was living in New Haven during the blizzard of '96, and I remember hearing a report on NPR from NYC (where they'd gotten at least as much snow as we had) about how, in a city that densely built-up, there basically isn't anyplace to PUT the snow once you've plowed it off the streets, so they were having to truck it to ... somewhere. (Probably New Jersey, I don't know.) I vividly recall... more... - Catherine Pellegrino
I was here in NYC in 1996 for that blizzard. It was awesome. I went to work the next day and walked up the middle of Fifth Avenue (in the 20s), where there was no traffic but plenty of people on cross country skis. It's true that there is no place to push all the plowed snow, so they end up loading it into dump trucks and dumping it in into the Hudson (or maybe they used to do that before they realized what an environmental disaster it was). - Stephen Francoeur
I was in Poughkeepsie during that blizzard. Pretty much every street in town was down to one lane because of the no place to put the snow problem. The course catalog for college the next year used a photo of one of the benches on campus--or rather the inch or two of it that was above the snow. - laura x
Got word that we're closing at 4 pm here. Snow day called for my younger son's elementary school (sure there will be a citywide announcement momentarily about all NYC public schools). - Stephen Francoeur
The '96 blizzard WAS the one snow day I had!! Except I was in first grade, so it totally didn't count for anything. And I was in public school, so you know that's big deal s#*&. - Lily
The 2006 storm was actually bigger than the 1996 one. I found this fun page on NYC winter storm history on the site just now and thought you'd get a kick out of it: - Stephen Francoeur
1996: "On Jan. 8, New York City public and parochial schools were ordered closed, several Broadway shows canceled performances, and the New York Stock Exchange had a short day." Heeheehee... - Lily
who was there for the 1978 storm? *raises hand* (in Conn.) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
If money were no object they could just melt it all and it would drain away. - Brian Johns
Some of TEH shopping centers with big parking lots are melting their huge snow piles - WarLord
Yeah, he's explicitly referencing the 2010 storm in his press conference. - Meg VMeg
Snow day = cozying under blankets, oatmeal, movies, and knitting like a madwoman.
My ASCLA colleague Chris Corrigan is sponsoring an excellent preconference @ Annual this year that will help train librarians to understand and implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you or anyone you know might be interested, you're welcome to learn more or sign up for updates here:
The session will be presented by the Pacific ADA Center, California's resident experts on providing equal, accessible programs and services to people with disabilities. Topics will include accessible/assistive technologies in libraries, effective communication with patrons and staff with disabilities, and basic ADA policy and terminology. - Lily
Bump! (Since Annual registration has opened!) - Lily
Aha, thiiiis was the week I was waiting for: instruction requests explosion, creating two hour-long presentations from scratch, being seated on a committee and given a fourth liaison program. 'S'what I signed on for, man.
How to Get Warm: do laundry, then immediately pile all the fresh-out-of-dryer clothes on top of yourself.
you need a couple of cats as well! or three! - Sir Shuping is just sir
yeah, the sheets aren't as good company :) - Lily
works best if you do it while sitting in front of a vent/radiator. - Catherine Pellegrino
Update from the ref desk during the final period of the final day of in-class exams, with two students in the library: I have found several crumbs in my hair. No, I have not eaten anything crumbly.
Two of my student workers just brought me a surprise bubble tea in the middle of a hectic, short-staffed day. I've only worked here a month. <3
Methinks I'm going to have to introduce my fudge recipe into this rotation :) - Lily
Turns out that when you work in the same city where you grew up (even if it's NYC), a student might show up at your library with his study group and recognize you from his year-long stint in your 3rd grade class. Where you built a Beanie Baby house together out of cardboard.
so will y'all be meeting for coffee to reminisce about the beanie baby house? - Sir Shuping is just sir
We talked about it right there in front of his group, who found it hilarious! Hey, whatever gets you to come back to visit the library, right? - Lily
Are there any business/marketing databases that show, within a company profile, a visual hierarchical employee tree that goes further down than executives and directors?
Helping a student look for common job titles of entry and mid-level employees at specific companies in the advertising field. Have tried Hoover's, Mergent, LexisNexis, & Plunkett without getting at quite what he's looking for. - Lily
I can't think of any, because those are the levels that have to get reported in SEC filings. There may be something, but I'm not coming up with a name - let me poke at the Wharton db's and see if the name jumps out - ellbeecee
so, library databases:nothing jumps out from the Wharton list. There might be something through the Bloomberg terminal PEOPLE (or maybe BIO?) function, but it's not going to be a visual hierarchy. - ellbeecee
Yeah, I talked about using Ferguson's and OOH to look at related job titles and actual postings, but he's worried that they're too far up the pole, I guess. We even found something called that has charts of related job titles...problem is they don't show any companies specifically. I may have to tell him he's as close as he can get. - Lily
Seems like "company hierarchy" usually refers to the structure of the organization and subsidiaries, if it's gonna be visual at all. Just making sure I was covering all my bases--I appreciate the help! - Lily
There are some people who mine LinkedIn for this sort of data. One could get job titles and descriptions, but probably not a reporting tree. - Joe
Yellow books? Maybe not - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Can you do something with linked in? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
I think the student has all the tools he needs to put together the pieces of this and was mostly hoping for a more direct route. He said he'd printed some company information from LinkedIn, but didn't seem to want to continue with it, so we left it there for the day. - Lily
Daniel Russell noted a couple of org chart websites I hadn't heard of before that might be useful: - Stephen Francoeur
Wow, ack, geez, new/bigger apartment hunted for and found today. Drinking wine to calm nerves.
Congrats! - Meg VMeg
Thanks! I realize it's not always so simple, Meg :) - Lily
sorrysorrysorry - Lily
Respect and fear the apartment gods, my friend. They are ruthless. - Meg VMeg
Very pleased to announce that in two weeks I'll be starting as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Berkeley College in Midtown NYC! *official workforce-joining dance*
wooot and yay and congrats!!!! - Sir Shuping is just sir
congratulations! - RepoRat
congrats! - ellbeecee
Great! Make sure you check out METRO's great assortment of professional development opportunities when you get here. There's a lot going on, much of it free. - Stephen Francoeur
Woohoooooo!!! - Kirsten
Congrats! Let me know when I can buy you a celebratory beverage! - Meg VMeg
Congrats! - Mary Carmen
Fantastic and congrats! W00t! - YvonneM
Congratumalations! - Catherine Pellegrino
Wowza! Congratulations! - laura x
Thanks for the support, everyone! You've now witnessed the making-of-librarian process from its humble beginnings at Iris's desk to gainful employment! - Lily
Huzzah! - barbara fister
Congratulations! - Jen
Congratulations!!! - Hedgehog
Congratulations! - Galadriel C.
marvelous news! - Marianne
True or false: today I spent 3 hours cutting butterflies out of tissue paper.
False. It was 4. - RepoRat
The hard part was that some of the butterflies ended up turning back into caterpillars... - Lily
A couple of 11-hour days comin' up. Hide your kids?
School library temping = back on the radar! And surprising to exactly no one, teenagers are loud in the afternoon.
WHAT? I mean, yes, yes they are. - RepoRat
only in the afternoons, you say? ;) - Catherine Pellegrino
In the mornings I presume they're sleeping. - Deborah Fitchett
Ho-ome-ward bounnnd, I wish I wa- I mean, I AM!
Protip: maybe don't schedule your move halfway across the country the same week as ALA. Oh well, here we go!
Safe travels! - Kirsten
yay travel!!!! hope you have good folk helping you move! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Well *something* is in the wrong direction. But who needs sleep anyway? - Lily
This may be a long shot: does anyone recall an article about a public library that held an event where community members signed up to share skills of theirs with others, sort of like an activities fair? I'm pretty sure it's *not* in an issue of American Libraries, but more likely from AL Direct within the past year and a half.
I've been scouring old issues and trying searches for awhile, but without remembering the name or location of the library, I'm coming up short. Any of your thoughts/links would be appreciated! - Lily
So...not like the "check out a 'this minority type of person'" event ? "check out a carpenter"? - Hedgehog
Was it like "check out a community member"? - Meg VMeg
jinx - Meg VMeg
These are sometimes also called "human libraries." - RepoRat
Yeah, a bit of all of that...this was like "you know how to cook? juggle? sew? make baskets? great! come do a demonstration for other folks at the library for this event." There were multiple at a time during a single day's event. - Lily
It might have been one of Melissa Morrone's events at Brooklyn Public Library. I will look into it when I'm not on my phone! - laura x from iPhone
Canada did a whole Human Library Day at multiple libraries in 2013: so i wonder if it was one of those? looks like the specific page for it at is gone though. - holly #ravingfangirl
I haven't seen the like of it in libraryland, but I've seen 'speed dating' events like this 'speed dating for open data' before which is sorta close : - copystar
These links/ideas are great, folks! Certainly I have a better idea of related terms I can research more extensively later. Has anyone here done programming up this alley before? - Lily
It looks like skillshare (one word) and public library works in google. Found this: - copystar
Last day of my graduate assistantship! Best part of library school hands down, but *man* did these two years whiz by...
Yeah, you just graduated from Carleton last week, right? - lris
I'm not even sure where I am right now. - Lily
Lily, what happens next? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Moving back to NYC in two weeks, job updates (hopefully) soon to follow! - Lily
Oooooh, are you looking for jobs here? What kind! DM me, if you want any help. - Meg VMeg
Packing up an apartment is just the insane-est.
I still have nightmares about it (14 moves in 10 years). - laura x from iPhone
Packing up a house to move to a yet-to-be-determined apartment. - bentley from FFHound(roid)!
Things I've re-learned today: 1) It doesn't matter how many boxes you keep from what you originally brought--your stuff won't magically fit back into them. 2) Books are heavy. - Lily
Stuff always fluffs up to be twice it's size. - Hedgehog from Android
Books are twice as heavy when you pack them than they were when you bought them. - bentley from FFHound(roid)!
Officially holding my first elected office for ASCLA. Now to figure out what Board Members do...
To Iris and all the wonderful LSW folks--I just received the loveliest collection of congratulatory notes in the mail. Your kind words and support mean so, so much to me. I couldn't smile any wider if I tried!
I have a move date!! Knowing when I'm getting out of here is more satisfying than I expected.
yay move date! also, i forget, where will you be going? - Sir Shuping is just sir
Back to my NYC homeland :) - Lily
Of course my workshop co-presenter is sick today. Not that it's her fault, but this happens to me with surprising frequency. Forging on ahead by mahself!
Rock it!! - Kathy
You go! - RepoRat
Uh, my library appears to be attempting to roast students alive. It is muggy and downright BOILING in here.
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?
define "primary source collection" please? - RepoRat
Honestly pretty broad...mostly documents but also some artifacts (so letters, maps, diaries, books, newspapers, photos, ephemera) comprising a special collection used for educating students about a particular historical time period. I don't have a particular collection in mind - apologies if this doesn't help at all. - Lily
How would what you're asking be different from standard archives practices? - RepoRat
It's not, really...I suppose I just made that wordy. I'm mostly hoping for a good blog or collection of writing, of which I know there are many, and I wondered if anyone might have a favorite. - Lily
I'm fond of a 2012 book called The Lone Arranger. There's also been some really interesting stuff in Archive Journal, e.g. - RepoRat
Thanks RR, I'll be sure to check these out. - Lily
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