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.
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!
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.