Happy birthday to Stephen Mack, FriendFeed's most proficient, and accurate, liker. He is loved by all, admired by many, and his works are enjoyed by all those who come in touch with them. This year, for his birthday, I am told FriendFeed has chipped in to buy him a screensaver! It will come on a floppy disk in the mail.
I understand some more congratualtions go out to RepoRat on winning 2013 @UWMadisonLS Early-Career Award. What can I do, but simply bow down? Commencement speeches, cutting edge research and classes..I could go on. Rock it out!!
In my dream about a (completely fictional) difficult patron, he was desperate to know about tissues. "People take a tissue out of the box AND THEN WHAT?" He was angry when I suggested "and then they blow their noses?" My dream patrons are cray-cray.
How are most interviews handled in libraryland? This will be my first go with applying for jobs where I'm not in the same city. Is contact initiated by email? Phone? I would assume a phone/video chat preliminary first round before and in-person, if it comes to that? I feel like I should know this already and don't. Already kind of stressed over it.
I just CRUSHED my presentation at work. I've been feeling a little less than stellar and like an awful librarian of late, but maybe this is the start of some new life. And if I can't do the work that I'd like to do here, then I'll just take myself on elsewhere.
Our newest manager-librarian just asked for advice on being a manager, as this is her first time in the role. I think I might've blathered something about communication styles, and not being afraid to close your door when you need to (me? not so good with unexpected questions sometimes). What would y'all have told her?
w00t! I just got asked by a research prof. in my department to serve on a panel at Department's Annual Research Conference (like LIS' ASIS&T). so excited!! Topic: finding online resources to help teach diversity.
note to all babybrarians: Document what you are doing throughout your career as a service to yourself. Don't think of it as a yearly thing admin needs for their records. Take detailed notes so you can reconstruct the different projects you were involved with in a clear concise manner. Trust me this will come in handy.
Student writing a freshman comp paper chose to talk about reference books, arguing that we should stop buying anything in print. I showed him how much we are already buying online, and talked about how not everything is available that way or necessarily usable that way.