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I'm sure I must be up to something, and I will not stop until I find out what.
One of our librarians brought in a giant tub of stuffed animals for end-of-the-block study relief with a big "Need a Study Buddy?" sign. And her favorite monkey puppet, which has been slung around both her and the ref desk monitor (alternating). Actual squeals of heartfelt delight have been heard. Some of them from hockey players.
There are stuffed animals dispersed throughout the building. I love this place. - Marianne
That's brilliant. We've been having fun with a bunch of donated stuffed animals (for teen craft this summer). Head of Circ arrived yesterday to find a Teddy Bears' Picnic Staff Meeting going on in her office. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
I appear to have finished my internship (pending prof's approval). They are wonderful wonderful people, my internship colleagues, whom I would love to work with again in the future... AND I AM SO GLAD I AM DONE WITH THIS TWO-JOB SCHEDULE. Also once I finish my cataloging assignments/classwork (still substantial), I will be DONE done. Stay tuned...
The only thing harder to get out of your head than an endlessly repeating loop of "We're up all night to get lucky" is an endlessly repeating loop of "We're up all night to do homework." (Listening to the album now in the hopes that it will clean the loop out of my brain. And, I'm not ACTUALLY going to be up all night. This time.)
Good night/morning, Marianne. :) - Derrick
Howdy, D. Hi, Kirsten! (It's afternoon now. I slept lots.) - Marianne
Good! - Kirsten from Android
(Welcome) Sooprize Wednesdaybrarian! :
It is very quiet out here. In barely related news, I think the college could take a siesta from 3-4 every day and we would all be better off. - Marianne
Me to my boss: I'd be happy to cover. I haven't been getting anything done, at least if I do that out there, I might actually help people. (So nice to have a boss you can say stuff like that to.) - Marianne
stay tuned for less omphaloskeptic comments if people ever start actually asking questions. - Marianne
"where do i fax stuff?" bookstore. - Marianne
It amuses me that everyone (not just library people) finds it remarkable / noteworthy when I am over here. sample quote "You do this TOO??" Yup. (Sometimes people try to tell me that the students / faculty don't even really notice the research desk. Comments like that one make me doubt these people.) - Marianne
"Is person X here?" "She'll be here in 20 minutes, but can I help you?" Turns out they really need person Y, who will be conveniently working the desk tonight. (Person X having actually warned me about that before leaving.) - Marianne
omphaloskeptic = great word! - maʀtha
Oh, hey now, student, I'm not doing your searching for you. Nope, not me. Especially if you can't ask me using a complete sentence - maʀtha
This seems to happen more often via chat. You know, the "please send me 5 articles on [incredibly general topic], thanks" - maʀtha
Student just told me that the "reference pencils" are "the twitter of pencils". They stop him from writing too much. Apparently, he genuinely loves the tiny pencils. - maʀtha
Cleaning guy just said, "You've turned your office into a woman cave!" Which I guess means that it is clean now? - maʀtha
Gah, hard question the moment the desk closed. So of course I stayed. - maʀtha
Just helped someone figure out if they were allergic to something by using Google Translate. #librarylife #noms
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
Yay! I'm not surprised you could do that, but I'm glad you proved it to yourself. - Steele Lawman
Me: I just figured out where this self-published book I'm cataloging was published by tracking down the author's facebook profile.
Him: You have to DOX people for your homework?? - Marianne
Me: Not have to, honey, get to. - Marianne
Or you could just say "sine loco" - DJF from Android
also, make sure to include the place of publication in square brackets, since you didn't find it on the primary source of information. - DJF
"sine loco" is for lazy people. also, it's rda, so I would have to say "no place of publication identified". plus that wouldn't be half as much fun. and of *course* I used square brackets. jeez, DJF, what do you think I am, a library school student? ;) - Marianne
"SINE LOCO" IS FOR LAZY PEOPLE totally needs to be an LSW t-shirt. - RepoRat
:D - Marianne
this thread was awesome. Also I just wanted to brag that I got 100 percent on my "nonprint" cataloging assignment, and no corrections. Good to know doxxing pays off ;). [Note: I would never ever ever dox someone, really. this was all deliberately public info. just being a goof.] - Marianne
Fridaymorningbrarian (this one was planned):
student from my workplace calling here (my internship site) to see if we had a book and if she could borrow it directly because it was too urgent for consortial borrowing. yes indeed. - Marianne
(ref librarian called to see if she had a shift today. nope.) - Marianne
hs teacher called to make sure we still had public access to computers/dbs, copiers, free parking, and most importantly, coffee, for next Saturday. yup. - Marianne
directions. - Marianne
do you have to be a student to use a computer here? nope (there are at least 15 public terminals). - Marianne
lull. - Marianne
visit from dean. (she is awesome.) referral to circ desk. - Marianne
dates / library hours for spring break. this would've been easier if I didn't have THREE different spring break schedules that I am (not) balancing in my brain. found it on the website, of course. - Marianne
'nother circ referral. how did it get to be eleven already? *reference desk fugue state* - Marianne
computer assistance desk referral. (of the wtf??? i have never even SEEN that before variety) - Marianne
heh. computer assistance people had to kick it to IT (but didn't tell the student where IT *is*, just to go there, so she came back for directions). i feel less ignorant now. - Marianne
11:30 slump. cmon people, walk up to the desk and ask me things or i will fall asleep instead of exhibiting all the approachability behaviors I am working SO HARD right now to exhibit. - Marianne
huh, that actually worked ;). - Marianne
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
Sooprize (internship) Tuesdaybrarian!
Helped a transfer student understand the mysteries of the VPN. Nothin' since. - Marianne
Helped a student think up new ways to search for an article that meets her professor's extremely specific assignment requirements. - Marianne
Helped someone else find books on makeup in the stacks (thinking to myself OHHHHHHH acting, that's why they were all in the PNs). - Marianne
Oops I read that as VPL. That's a totally different conversation ;-) - Heleninstitches
helen, you are a card. - Marianne
busy! ebook questions, printing questions, angola question. - Marianne
"I found the HQ's but I can't find this book." That is because there are FIVE SHELVES of books with the exact same number all the way down to the first cutter (inclusive); of course you are a bit confused. Thanks, Library of Congress! - Marianne
"who do I talk to about hiring interns?" - Marianne
"what is this thing and how do I find it?" (well, your specific prof is making you learn about the bound journals, even though we have access to this periodical going back online until THE NINETEENTH CENTURY.) - Marianne
good heavens, Marianne, what's the classification number? five shelves?! - RepoRat
HQ... something... in the 1000s... .U5. There was another shelf of U6's too. - Marianne
(I've answered like 4 more questions since I posted that, so I don't remember the details anymore.) - Marianne
"I missed this class and now I need to do the assignment, can you help me?" Yes! Because here is your libguide and here is the catalog and here are the databases and ... (I coincidentally had been in the class to observe / help. 3rd time that's happened to me today, that a patron I was helping was also a student in a class I helped teach.) - Marianne
have had a couple of students check back several times about different (unrelated) things. which is good. makes me feel like they are happy with the service :) - Marianne
The put-money-on-your-ID/printing-card machine AND the elevators are back up today. Woohoo! - Rebecca Hedreen
^^ Hooray! - Marianne
I am done brarianating for the day, back at my own job in my own office. - Marianne
Turns out I really enjoy creating MARC records. #whoknew Glad I stuck to my guns and took cataloging, 'cause this is the most fun I've had doing assignments since I took that mammalogy class where we had to fondle skulls all day long.
I really loved cataloging. There's a mental calm I find in that kind of task, plus I also loved the puzzle of creating the metadata that makes Every Book Its Reader possible. - Jenica from iPhone
OK, less in love with cataloging audiovisual stuff. I think because I want the ACTUAL ITEM to play with, instead of just the course-exercise surrogate. I hate guessing! - Marianne
Have to admit, my wife (who was a cataloging supervisor & original cataloger before she was a college library director) seems to be enjoying her volunteer job, cataloging the collection of the Livermore Heritage Guild, quite a lot. This doesn't surprise me: original cataloging is a worthy pursuit, and one of the reasons I explicitly don't call myself a librarian. (I know MARC, I know or at least read at one time AACRII, I wholly lack appropriate cataloging background/theory.) - Walt Crawford
There are a lot of reasons I didn't become a drug addict in college (perhaps fewer than you might think), but one of the small but sturdy reasons is this song - it expessed a need so familiar, and a remedy so alluring, that I was pretty sure if I took even a few steps down that road, I wouldn't remember any reasons to come back. - Marianne
anyway, I haven't thought of the song in years, but it's lovely, isn't it? and sad. - Marianne
I don't know this song, but I avoided drugs for the same reason (esp. heroin, which seemed so appealing) - maʀtha My very brilliant friend Jason wrote a very brilliant Valentine's day blog post. I share it with all of you, because you are my Right Audience for this sort of thing.
(audience is a funny concept. for example, this certainty that this link goes HERE has nothing to do with whether anyone actually clicks through and reads it or not. it just does.) - Marianne
The unguarded honesty in this piece is breathtaking. So much to meditate on. Thank you for linking. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Wonderful. Thank you. - laura x from iPhone
Just listened to the Ira-Glass-production Valentine's Day Google Doodle. Google is getting scary good at this "hearts and minds" stuff.
Indeed. - Kirsten The Brookline Public Library Awesome Box (for patron returns of books that are well, awesome).
THIS IS THE COOLEST THING EVER (at least today it is). - Marianne
"Announcing the launch of the Public Library of Brookline’s Awesome Box! Did you just finish something that is AWESOME? Drop it in the Awesome Box! Then check out our AWESOME DISPLAY or visit BROOKLINE.AWESOMEBOX.IO to find out what everyone else thinks is awesome.Your pick for THE AWESOME BOX doesn’t have to be high art or the best book you’ve read all year, it just has to be awesome,... more... - Marianne Yeah I got two hands one beating heart And I'll be alright, I'm gonna be alright Yeah I got two hands one beating heart
And I'll be alright, I'm gonna be alright
While most of the lyrics haven't applied to me in a long time, I find this video musically and visually soothing. Probably doesn't hurt that the song it's paying homage to came out when I was eleven.) - Marianne
bump. - Marianne
<3! - Kirsten
Ingrid has some great songs - Steve C
Breakfast today at six: fruit yogurt and an egg sandwich. Lunch at noon: 2 pastries, hot chocolate, and a bottle of caffeinated soda. Supper at six: Mac n cheese n weenies and more fruit yogurt. Apparently I've become convinced that carbs are my lifeline. #almostthere - This is still my favorite song. It's been at least six months. Not quite "Rothko Chapel" territory, but it's getting there. - This is still my favorite song. It's been at least six months.  Not quite "Rothko Chapel" territory, but it's getting there.
▶ PJ HARVEY live IT'S YOU - YouTube -
▶ PJ HARVEY live IT'S YOU - YouTube
Jay gets home in a week. Only a week. A WHOLE week. *sigh* - Marianne from Bookmarklet
maribou: my favorite reads in 2013 -
maribou: my favorite reads in 2013
Amused to discover only in retrospect that all 9 of these authors are women. I'll be surprised if that happens again. - Marianne from Bookmarklet
New Animal and Insect Assemblages Made from Repurposed Objects by Edouard Martinet | Colossal -
New Animal and Insect Assemblages Made from Repurposed Objects by Edouard Martinet | Colossal
New Animal and Insect Assemblages Made from Repurposed Objects by Edouard Martinet | Colossal
These are so cool. Click through for tons more. - Marianne from Bookmarklet
▶ Al Lewis - Battles - YouTube -
▶ Al Lewis - Battles - YouTube
lazy sunday morning bump. - Marianne
I have an internship set up for next semester! I'm registered for one other class next semester! I will be GRADUATING at the end of next semester!! HUZZAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wooooohoooooooo!!! - Kirsten
Nice - Steve C
HUZZAH - maʀtha
Yay! - Jenny H.
Time flies, eh? :) - Meg VMeg
holy crap. what meg said. yay! - jambina
This site (and the book it's promoting, Stages of Decay by Julia Solis) has many photographs of abandoned, falling apart theaters. I think they're beautiful. - Marianne from Bookmarklet
Today's high: 57F. Today's low: 30F. Tomorrow's high: 32F. Tomorrow's low: 17F. Ah, Colorado.
(sposed to get even colder Friday and Saturday, then back up to 53 on Sunday. 'Cause we wouldn't want to get *used* to it being cold...) - Marianne
tomorrow's high: 51. Wednesday's high: 17. WHEE. - Marianne
Mercy. - Derrick
Make that SIXTIES today, 19 tomorrow. o.O - Marianne
We'll not have as big a drop as you. It's 68 at the moment and tomorrow our low is forecast to be 26. - Kirsten
Fun times. - Marianne
Screwy Decimal: Back to the Library of the Future -
Screwy Decimal: Back to the Library of the Future
My new favorite "future of libraries" essay, written by a high school kid. - Marianne from Bookmarklet
Alley alley oxen free, it's national coming out day. For anyone who somehow missed the last several of these, I am queer and/or bisexual and/or genderfluid, even, depending on the day. It doesn't come up that often on the outside, but it's an inextricable part of who I am, what I do, how I got here, and how I think.
one of the things I'm thinking about today is all the people for whom coming out is not so easy as it is for me, friends and strangers both. may the world be safer every year. - Marianne
indeed - MoTO Moca Blend
I had to ponder myself vis-a-vis your post, and I've decided that I might best be described as gender gelatinous (settled in one place with a minimum of activity beyond random shaking when perturbations occur.) #iSaidPerturbation:-) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
^heh - maʀtha
▶ TEDxReykjavik - Peter Anderson - Movement language learning - YouTube -
▶ TEDxReykjavik - Peter Anderson - Movement language learning - YouTube
"You may have punished the seven year old again, but I'm not seven, and I AM COMING BACK FOR YOU." <3 <3 Probably my favorite how-to-teach video ever. - Marianne from Bookmarklet
morning bump - Marianne
Semester at Sea Library Celebrates 50 years | Semester at Sea -
Job. Envy. almost as bad as NPR Librarian. Actually maybe a little bit worse. *grins* - Marianne from Bookmarklet
Our new metadata librarian did something similar with SUNY Martime, where he went to sea aboard a training ship with merchant marine academy students. Seasickness was an occupational hazard. - Stephen Francoeur
My main goal in becoming a librarian was to get that job! :-) - Megan loves summer
Our assoc director just came back from this, and she had a BLAST. It took her a few tries to get it, I think, but she heartily recommends doing it. - Julie Kane
Related to Unreasonable at Sea: - awd
My friend almost went on the ship when she worked at SUNY Maritime. - laura x from BuddyFeed
It is block break here, so mostly I am curious to see whether I get any questions at all in the next 4 hours. (I could, technically, be on call, but since my office is like 80 feet from the reference desk - if that - I'd just as soon be out in the lobby where I can see, and back up if necessary, my out-of-practice circ student.) - Marianne
I am resisting the urge to count "is the library always this empty on block break?" as a reference question. (the answer is no, but at 8 am the first day? prettymuchyeah.) - Marianne
Ooh, an actual question. (About which building is where. Info central :) ) - Marianne
healthcare act. i was nervous but he actually knew which website he wanted and just needed help remembering the address. - Marianne
Plotting and planning. Ref desk is super quiet #nojinx - maʀtha
called downstairs to staff meeting for my five year service award (slightly retroactive, it's been just over six years) and some cake. then helped with a circ issue. back now. - Marianne
helped someone figure out their ILL account. turned into a spontaneous reader's advisory session. :) - Marianne
prepping to do BI for distance ed class next week. Also, thinking / writing about potential speaker for March conf. I am planning. Oh, and being interviewed by one of Galadriel's ERL students. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Working on a lesson plan (I think I'm finished) for a communication class tomorrow with special attention being paid to statistics, the census, and finding legitimate websites, sources and experts. - Derrick
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