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Of course the net on campus dies right when I begin showing a class how to use the databases. Of course.
Congratulations. You're officially a librarian. - DJF
I sho nuff started using the dry erase markers and white board, though. - Derrick
Could have been worse. There's a war story here at MPOW about the librarian who was giving a database class and the vendor changed the user interface for the database right in the middle of her class. - DJF
Oh damn. - Derrick
(Is this where I say "I'm old enough to remember preparing powerpoints with screenshots for every instruction session, just for this eventuality"?) anyway, D, I'm sure you handled it with aplomb. - Catherine Pellegrino
Yeah, PubMed did that to a colleague of mine a couple years ago (interface update during class) - Hedgehog
I was able to sketch things out. This is a college writing class (think Eng 101) but the professor does everything with a true crime slant to it, so researching how to find things in anthologies, longform journalism on things like Jon Benet, Leopold and Loeb, OJ, etc. and how it was covered in the media and press. - Derrick
Training achievement unlocked! - ♫Maurice the Dolphin♫
level up. - Joe
And we're done. It came back up maybe halfway through the class and a few students had questions in their "on their own" time for the rest of the session. Oof. - Derrick
Here's a funny story from my morning:
office admin assistant emails me with 2 questions: do I want to sit in on a webinar that might pertain to me? and can I suggest a space in the library where 5-10 people could watch together?' - lris
I email back: yes, and yes. - lris
Email from completely different office head saying: "Hey all, there's this great webinar. Iris will be coordinating logistics" - lris
I email back: ..... - lris
That office head emails first office head: "Wait, who's coordinating? Iris says she isn't?" - lris
First office head says "Well, we'll need her to set up for the webinar and get video and sound going and and and" - lris
First office's admin assistant finally pipes up: "No, that's me. Iris isn't coordinating it, just me." WHEW - lris
The end. - lris
ack! - DJF
I love that they knew "...." = "Iris is not coordinating" - Aaron the Librarian
barbara fister
I'm hanging out with Iris today - aren't you jealous?
Well yes. - maʀtha
We had funz. - barbara fister from iPhone
Such a great time. :) - lris
Stephen Francoeur
Cracking up because one of my students used the greeting "Hell Professor" in a recent email to me. I'll assume it was a typo.
Fond memories of when my students called me "Devil Teacher". (In my case I was teaching ESOL to Korean kids and it was a bilingual pun.) - Deborah Fitchett
barbara fister
YAY we're back, she says, sobbing with relief.
Okay, not really sobbing, but you know? I miss this place. - barbara fister
of course she only means me... *turns to see massing hordes* ... BACK HEATHENS! - MoTO Boychick Devil
*blows tiny kisses* - Marie
"hoards"? (corrected above) ... *cries* ... oh the shame... - MoTO Boychick Devil
Meg VMeg
I was scared to check until now. - Meg VMeg
Our long, national nightmare is over. - Mark Trapp
Here's a version of the talk I gave yesterday "Locations of Literacy: Information Literacy" (plenary panel at MnWE 2014) - (via
I love this. Thank you. - Megan loves summer
Fantastic piece! - Lisa Hinchliffe
So, so, so good! I'm sorry the conference was an organizational nightmare (literally for you). Thank you for sharing your talk. - barbara fister
Thank you! And thank you, Barbara, for recommending me to them. It was such an honor. - lris
Stephen Francoeur
Here's a bunch of great ideas for images in any UX/usability slide deck. #libraries #ux
Here's a bunch of great ideas for images in any UX/usability slide deck. #libraries #ux
This? is WAY more amazing than anything I ever do at work:
How does he DO it? - lris
What font is that? - Joe
dude! - Marie
by the end I was wondering why the other dude even bothered with the stick thing. - Catherine Pellegrino
Moral support. - lris
*jaw drops* I'm also impressed that he managed to never step on the wet paint. - bentley
That's a thing of beauty. - Stephen Francoeur
Here are pics of my newly configured office. It might not look exciting, so I shall point out specific features to you because IT IS REALLY EXCITING
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Standing desk unit - maʀtha
Comfy chair - maʀtha
Lots of lights so I don't have to use the Overhead Ceiling Light of Doom - maʀtha
Lots of open space, room to have a little meeting - maʀtha
No stacks of papers anywhere! I have a box of papers to file, but I got rid of a ton of paper. Exactly 1 ton. Metric. - maʀtha
Oh, and the cleaning person gave me a brand new recycling box for the occasion. - maʀtha
comfy, well-lit reading chair! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
yes! - maʀtha
I had our custodian take 2/3 of the bulbs out of my Overhead Ceiling Lights of Doom. (I love that.) Much better. Really, 4 sets of 3 florescent tubes in a room about 10'x10'? I've been thinking of stealing a comfy chair from the public areas for years! - Rebecca Hedreen
Word is that facilities is going to replace all the soft furniture soon anyway, so I hopefully haven't done anything too terribly naughty. It was just sitting in a hallway in an odd place. * looks innocent* - maʀtha
Lurve the standing desk!!! - Megan loves summer
I finally met @jambina today. She's a real person, as it turns out.
NFW - Meg VMeg
W! - Marie
No way. - Joe
W! - Marie
I can confirm that there was a real person I met who claimed to me @jambina - of course she was operating under a pseudonym of some sort so it took me a while to figure out - Cameron Neylon
I SAW THE MEETING. IT HAPPENED. And it was beautiful. - Holly's favorite Anna
And she drinks Budweiser! - Steven M. Cohen
only with you, Steven. - jambina
Pinch her to make sure she is real Marie. - ♫Maurice the Dolphin♫
Fuck that shit. PBR! - Joe
Teaching two classes today, 1) a basic comm. writing class and 2) a research comm. incorporating data and demographics, etc. Was freaked out about the research class but knew it was the second and later class. Went to the first class...IT WAS THE RESEARCH CLASS. Welp. Recovered nicely and handled it well though I was thrown off.
And after the class, two students came up to me and wanted to talk about becoming a librarian so we're grabbing coffee next week. "Librarians are so good about thinking on their feet!" - Derrick
Awesome - Shevonne
I also prepped by learning how to work with Simmons and they were like, *shrug* over Simmons, haha. - Derrick
Simmons sucks. :) (despite the smiley, I'm not kidding on that. I hate that thing and I'm so glad we don't have it.) - ellbeecee
Simmons is o_O. I spent several hours last week and this, working on, for example, crosstabbing males, 21-34, who drink Gatorade, and play video games between 11pm and 6am and the likelihood of whether they use iPhone or Android mobile devices. x_x - Derrick
Michael W. May
ADA compliance that doesn't require the disabled person to jump through hoops to force that compliance would be a welcome change #exhausting
It took 10 years of work to get the sidewalks on our street to be fixed so the boy across the street could use them with his electric cart. They got fixed right after he passed. :( - Steve C, Team Marina
Galadriel C.
LSW Meet-Up @ ER&L: Marie, Jaclyn, Galadriel, Joelle, Jen, and Anna
*waves* - maʀtha
That's a damn good group of librarians there, folks. - Kirsten
freaking jealous! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Congratulations to Marie for winning the Ingram Coutts Innovation Award! I'm pretty sure she won't brag here, so I will.
I'm not in tech services, so I rely on amazing librarians like Marie to help me understand the awesomeness that goes on there. - kaijsa
Congratulations Marie! - Galadriel C.
*love* good electronic resource librarians are good to find (amirite, Galadriel?!) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
*blush* thank you! - Marie
yay - Julian
w00t! Congratulations! - laura x
Yes indeed Stephanie! - Galadriel C. from Android
I taught a 3 hour class tonight, and it went really well. Despite their wariness and disengagement when they walked in, every single one of the 22 high school students left with multiple articles they'd found on their own, and wanted to read for their research papers, and I use "wanted" deliberately.
Guess I wasn't nearly as far away from being able to do that as I thought I was .... - Marianne
Mary Carmen
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.
(some other, wiser people will have a look at it before I do anything with it. but i feel quite competent at the moment. usually I just feel like I am good at stuff because it is stuff I like. This is something quite different.) - Marianne
laura x
If I never had to explain how to use the print release system to anyone ever again, maybe I would be a happier person.
I feel your pain. *and* we've just changed it...again. - Pete's Got To Go
We got rid of public printing, so instead of explaining the multi-step process, we get to explain that there is no printing for non-students. :( - kaijsa
Congratulations to Jenica and Justin and welcome to the Tiniest Capen: Gwyneth Winter!!!!
hiya kid. you have badass parents. make the most of that. - RepoRat
yay congrats! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Congratulations and well done, all three of you. - Catherine Pellegrino
YAAAAAAAAY! - MoTO Boychick Devil
Yay babby!!!! - Melly
Congratulations. :) - LB needs a hero!
YAHOOOOO!!!! - Laura
Congratulations. :) - Soup in a TARDIS
Woo-hoo! - bentley
I send my best to all of you - maʀtha
Congratulations! - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Wonderful news! :) - Lily
Woooohoooo! - Kirsten
Congratulations - walt crawford
Yahoo! - Joe
Congratulations! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
If she is half as fierce as her parents, she will be an awesome person. - ♫Maurice the Dolphin♫
thanks, all. We're home and in that daze that all new parents have, but we've got great friends, so we're good. - Jenica
All hail the newly tenured Catherine Pellegrino!
Congratulations Catherine! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
HAIL. - RepoRat
All Hail C! - Joe
Wow! Congrats!!! - YvonneM
woot! congrats! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Most hearty congratulations to you! Huzzah! - maʀtha
Now you're stuck, congratulations! (I've left a tenured gig to earn tenure at another place, so it is doable if that's a plan) - Aaron the Librarian from Android
All hail Catherine! - laura x from iPhone
*genuflects* - MoTO Boychick Devil
Congrats! - Megan loves summer
Hurrah! - kaijsa
woop! - ~Courtney F
Hooray + congratulations!!! - Galadriel C. from Android
Congrats! - Rachel Walden
Thank you, everyone! So far I've painted my nails an outrageous color, and emailed the chair of the Rank & Tenure committee about an issue with the procedure for external reviewers that I think could be changed to make the process work better. Nobody parties like a tenured librarian, I tell you what. - Catherine Pellegrino
Ten Things To Do After You Get Tenure: - John Dupuis
Holy crap, John, that is an awesome post! Thank you for linking it. - Catherine Pellegrino from iPod
There's a faculty member here that loudly proclaims that if you don't do something once a year that would get you fired in (X repressive regime), you don't deserve tenure. Perhaps too high a bar to be taken literally, but I get where she's coming from. And yes, she is pretty damn outspoken. - John Dupuis
I followed her briefly on Twitter but it was too much of a firehose. I'm adding her blog to my reader, though. - Catherine Pellegrino
My new dress is very very bright red-and-orange. Even in this dark photo.
Very pretty too. - MoTO Boychick Devil
Laurax and Toddlerx phoned me tonight. I win everything.
Yes, yes you do. - Galadriel C.
Like, on the phone? Weird. - DJF from Android
Aww. - laura x from iPhone
A few days ago I told Peter we could use the phone to talk to people, like Gung Gung (aka my mom) and Daddy, so every night since we've called one of them, but they are both otherwise occupied tonight. So we called Iris. :D - laura x from iPhone
Sometimes my nephew just wants to hold the phone ("Ah hold-it, T-Airis?" = "Can I hold Aunt Iris?") so having Peter actually say "bye bye Iris" was awesome. :D - lris
laura x
Big thanks to Iris for chatting on the phone with us tonight.
heeeeeee - lris
We have added a checkbox to our reference/appointment stats for if the appointment is about going to library school.
Happy to be a referral on that one. :) - RepoRat
:) - lris
I think I need that on my consults report. - kaijsa
Send 'em to me! - Lily
Do you get many such questions? - aaron
I used to get a lot more of those visits/shadows. I've become a lot less flagwaving for the profession than I used to be. So many of the visits I've had are with local people who are bound by geography. There are only so many library jobs in town.... - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
The last couple of years it seems like I've gotten a couple questions about this each year. - lris
I don't get these questions. I have, however, probably talked a couple of people out of library school though at various points. - Hedgehog
MPOW sent a recent grad to library school a couple-three years ago. She was one of those "suddenly realized that she wanted to be a librarian" types and worked at our actual library for a grand total of one semester. Wonder how she's doing? - Catherine Pellegrino
I think I have spoken in person (not counting emails) to a grand total of 3, mostly final year students., graduate students finishing up their degrees wondering what to do...2 are working as librarians now, 1 is in the same place even. 1 decided to do a phd instead. So I have a "success rate" of 66% - though it's hard to say if they have made the right decision. - aaron
Lately we've had 2-3 do internships with us annually, and they almost all go on to library school. I forget how many librarians we've tracked down who are alumni. - barbara fister
Why does my profession continue to participate in the conversation about what we physically look like (she asks in a small, tired voice)?
I don't pay too much attention, but I wonder if my profession (IT/Web development) still suffers from those types of stereotypes, too. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
t-ra needs this place
Hubba hubba @geekandahalf... Cross-Country Job Searching: An Interview with Derrick Jefferson
Hubba hubba @geekandahalf... Cross-Country Job Searching: An Interview with Derrick Jefferson
haha, hey y'all. Can I help you find some resources for your investigative reporting class? - Derrick
So... uh... I just got invited to do a plenary talk. I almost deleted the email because I thought it was just another "here's an interesting upcoming conference we want you to attend" email, because I DON'T GET INVITED TO SPEAK. EVER.
GO IRIS GO! - laura x
sweet! - RepoRat
go awesome iris go! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Woo hoo! - Galadriel C.
They apparently got my name from Barbara Fister. :) - lris
that wily devil Barbara Fister - maʀtha
WOOHOOO! - jambina
What took them so long?! - Lily
at which conference/thing? - Marie
Awesome! - Joe
Congrats! - aaron
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