laura x

laura x

Librarian. Native Iowan. Wyoming expatriate.
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"The Bipolar Brain Research Fund began as a beacon of hope for us, three teenagers who were struggling with the premature deaths of our bipolar grandfather and bipolar father and uncle. We realized that by supporting the research that is expanding our understandings of bipolar illness, we could help ourselves and many others have a mentally healthy future." - laura x from Bookmarklet
The grandfather is the man who started Rosetta Stone; the father was a medical student here when my mother began working at the university. I still remember him doing a dead-on impersonation of the faculty member who ran the eating disorders unit at a dinner party my mom gave for that rotation of students. - laura x
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to voice the NYPL lions at Radio City » MobyLives - http://www.mhpbooks.com/tina-fe...
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to voice the NYPL lions at Radio City » MobyLives
"It’s unlikely that Fey and Poehler will devote much time to discussing the Central Library Plan, but then again, the show is all about a New York City tour guide who comes up against a villain who wants to use virtual reality to supplant the physical, real-life experience of seeing NYC institutions. So…there actually is a bit of thematic overlap." - laura x from Bookmarklet
Our staff door might be working for the first time since March 2014.
(Slightly belated) birthday dinner for my mom tonight. In lieu of buying a present, I told her I spent my time and money on food and wine:
Loin lamb chops, assorted root vegetables roasted with rosemary and garlic, steamed Brussels sprouts, green salad with creamy garlic dressing, a French red blend recommended by the coop wine person to go with the menu, carrot cake cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting, decaf. Mostly local organic blah blah blah. - laura x from iPhone
yum - Meg VMeg
My mom was very pleased. Mr. 3 blew out a candle on a cupcake for her. - laura x from iPhone
Yes, yum. - Joe
Sounds tasty! - Anne Bouey
What a feast! :) - Jenny H. from Android
I am supposed to be "crafting a summary" of my accomplishments over the past 3-4 years for work. So let's all do it! What awesome things have you done, big or small, revolutionary or just a little bit different?
We now have a schedule that you can look at and modify online. Before I researched and got that set up for us, the schedule existed on a single piece of paper that lived at the circ desk, unless someone else had it. - laura x
There are now formal procedures (including forms!) for what to do when you check in an item that is damaged or missing pieces. - laura x
For two years running, I've put on a small press and self-published authors fair for local writers. We had 5 authors the first year and 15 last year, and the event was attended by over 40 people both times (and filmed for PATV). - laura x
Wow, so, that actually takes me to the start of current job. So: built three classes from scratch, rebuilt one (that I inherited), learned to teach three others, revamped one in a major way and another gradually. Learned to advise students. Did four keynotes. Published some stuff: couple peer-reviewed articles, lots of trade-pub stuff. Got onto a journal's editorial board; rotated onto... more... - RepoRat
I'm going to say that completing my OA journal survey is at least mildly awesome. I sure never would have done it if I'd started out to do the whole thing... Otherwise, I'd go back 30 years to "causing most all the pseudo-MARC-compliant library automation systems to get their acts together" by writing MARC for Library Use, and at the time that was a big step. - walt crawford
Got together a process so our researchers can use our "data" repository for releases of the science code and software that they create. So they now can get a DOI and attribution and it's easier to for them to cite it. Finding a legal person on the same wavelength was the enabler. Sadly he has now moved but we got it done. - suelibrarian
I recently submitted my portfolio for professional registration revalidation, and it contained the last year of me being an information librarian, a year in my new job of me learning all the systems plus pushing open access and data management, and a year of me doing the above and also basically-running an LMS/discovery layer migration project and managing two staff. [They accepted my portfolio and gave me a pretty certificate.] - Deborah Fitchett
the past 3-4 years? Conatining myself and sitting quietly so as to not derail several (most of our current) initiatives (that I started planning to do 6-7 years ago, but got blocked from implementing) which were labeled high-priority (in two rounds of planning 5-6 years ago) and which are presently actively being worked on (by people other than me) and which are coming into fruition... more... - Aaron the Librarian
The last few years have been a bit odd, career-wise. First was my last year as dept head, during which I was sort of waiting for that to be over. Then was a year keeping the AUL job warm for the guy on sabbatical, which was a mad scramble to not break anything while he was away. Then one year back to my "old job" which sort of felt like I was keeping the job warm for the person that was... more... - John Dupuis
ten years in libraries http://wp.me/pR3eo-cb
ten years in libraries http://wp.me/pR3eo-cb
BLAKE I UPDATED MY WORDPRESS. - laura x
I always enjoy your writing Laura with an x. I will finish this when I get home later. I was wondering what you think inclines you towards the Episcopalians? - MoTO Boychick Devil
Scripture, tradition, and reason. Gotta love a church where reason is one of the three main pillars. But mostly I suppose I love the liturgy, in part because it's lovely and in part because it is familiar. - laura x
Guess who forgot to buy coffee today and will thus be dealing with a 2 hour daycare delay with no caffeine in the house?
gah, no tea? - Meg VMeg
uh oh.... - lris
YOU GUYS MY FRIEND SAW MY FB POST ABD BROUGHT ME COFFEE. I LOVE THE INTERNET SO MUCH. - laura x from iPhone
Yaaaaaaaaaay - Hedgehog
Yay Friends! - MoTO Boychick Devil
Heh. A mom without coffee in the mornings ain't right. Glad someone rectified the sitch. - Yolanda from Android
Guess who forgot to buy coffee today and will thus be dealing with a 2 hour daycare delay with no caffeine in the house?
Margaret Atwood visits West Point for a frank conversation on gender, politics and oppression - Salon.com - http://www.salon.com/2015...
Margaret Atwood visits West Point for a frank conversation on gender, politics and oppression - Salon.com
"“Reading this book was a life-changing experience,” a bright, well-scrubbed plebe enthused as he handed Atwood a worn paperback of “The Handmaid’s Tale” to sign. “That’s a frightening thought,” she quipped in her nasal deadpan. “What were you like before?”" - laura x from Bookmarklet
heh heh heh heh. - Marianne
"Is Mommy a grown up?"
"Better ask Mommy directly, kiddo; no sensible person's gonna touch that 'un." - RepoRat
I said yes. Fake it till you make it. - laura x from iPhone
Kids ask the hardest questions. - lris
as far as he's concerned, absolutely. As in, "that's only for grownups." Can be applied to television, soda, chocolate, iPhones, etc. - Laura Norvig
Based on recent weeding in the fiction section, here is a list of things that were popular in fiction once but no longer are:
Nazis - laura x
Spies - laura x
38 year old women with marital crises - laura x
38 year old unmarried women with similar crises - laura x
Westerns - laura x
we couldn't weed the westerns based on how checked out they were. so we sort of dusted them and moved them around because we didn't want them to totally disappear from the system :( - Christina Pikas
Wonder whether that's true here (Westerns). I know Livermore PL has two or three ranges of them, after the Mystery ranges and Science Fiction ranges. We also still have a rodeo and some ranchers, so maybe they're still being read here. - walt crawford
I will keep Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour for probably another 20 years, because those still go out (or get asked for just often enough that I like to have them), but everything else is going and was even in rural Wyoming. - laura x from iPhone
OMG I just realised I'm going to be a 38 year old unmarried woman this year. Hopefully no crises. - Deborah Fitchett
Wait, was I supposed to have a crisis at 38? Dammit, yet another thing I did wrong. #LettingTheSisterhoodDown - Catherine Pellegrino
No, I think after 1984, crises happen to women of different ages. - laura x
Well, of course. Because after 1984, 40 was the new 30, so we get to have ours at 48. Right? - ellbeecee
Oh good. I've got a few years to plan ahead, then. - Catherine Pellegrino
Whew! I was afraid I had missed it! - LB needs a break. from Android
Also: Brazil. - laura x
the country or the movie? - RepoRat
Yes. Or rather, and then some. The Boys from Brazil, Brazil by John Updike, Brazil by Errol Lincoln Uys, and some other title with Brazil in it that I've forgotten. - laura x
Hey look, it's another "but of course mothers are the only parents" study! "ARE YOU THE MOTHER OF A CHILD BETWEEN THE AGES OF 2 AND 4 YEARS OLD?"
"Researchers in the Psychology of Language Laboratory, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, The University of Iowa are looking for mothers and children to participate in a preschool language and literacy training program. The training will include mother-child interactions during reading and play, and will be implemented by a licensed speech-language pathologist. Participants will take part in four to six sessions over the course of two months as a part of the study. Participants will be allowed to keep the books they use as part of the training program, receive a $25 Target gift card upon completion of the study, and will be compensated for parking." - laura x
*headdesk* - Catherine Pellegrino
My new working theory is that 3 year olds are terrorists and we parents are victims of Stockholm Syndrome.
You are so close though, by 4 kids turn into these amazing people. Hang in there :) - Jen
If by "so close" you mean "11 months, then sure. :-) - laura x from iPhone
I just try to remember what my psychiatrist told me she told her son when he asked her what her favorite age was. "35," she said, "the age you are right now. And when you turn 36, I'll like you even better." - laura x from iPhone
I know, easy for me to say, I have teenagers. My younger self would be quietly hugging you and offering words of encouragement, 3 is challenging. - Jen
Oh, I don't know. Perhaps I was subjected to the "mom curse", the one where your mother wishes on you the same kind of kid that you were, because I was a great kid and so was mine. For me a real curse would have been to have a kid that was like other people's kids. The first year was rather hellish, but after that it was pretty much smooth sailing. I can count the number of temper... more... - April Russo (FForever!)
I felt things went pretty well until about 9 months, and it's been kind of downhill ever since. I was a hellish toddler but on the whole a very good kid (in high school, I was never grounded AND I did not have a curfew), so maybe I'll luck out eventually. - laura x
Maternity Leave Policies in America Hurt Working Moms | The New Republic - http://www.newrepublic.com/article...
Maternity Leave Policies in America Hurt Working Moms | The New Republic
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"I don’t know the answers to any of these questions. And, in the end, I’m not sure I can afford to care. I’m a woman who’s just had a baby. My choices are limited." - laura x from Bookmarklet
In other, better news, I am quite pleased with how this year's Staff Picks came out. I was out to prove you can make something decent looking using both clip art AND Word Art. You be the judge.
looks awesome! love the old school letter press type feel to it - Sir Shuping is just sir
I learned everything I know from Walt. The mistakes are all mine. - laura x
Nicely done, but I don't think I can take much credit for it (I guess the book helped, though--and thanks for the credit). I haven't used drop caps in a long time (but they really do work well when used judiciously, as in your flyer) and haven't dealt with clip art. Anyway: Nice job. - walt crawford
Ooh, nice laura. We just did our 2014 year-end picks as a blog post with link to Bookletters http://library.booksite.com/6242... but now I'm wondering if we should do a few in print... - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
We operate in what is still largely a print-based community, and these are a handout that we give out along with reading logs for Winter Adult Reading Month: http://www.coralvillepubliclibrary.org/adults... - laura x
You all just WISH you had my job today, especially the part where the male patron asked me if I was "getting ready to push out a pumpkin."
do what now? - MoTO Boychick Devil
After I ignored him he repeated it, so I said sweetly, "I try not to swallow vegetables that large whole"--since I'm pretty sure, "Fuck off, dickwad" is not in keeping with the excellent customer service the city wants us to provide. - laura x
How about: "Move along needle dick"? I'm guessing it's an accurate approximation so it's only an insult if you're wrong and even then you can claim that you figured he was overcompensating by being rude. - MoTO Boychick Devil
o.O - lris
ack - maʀtha
asshat - maʀtha
I pretty much never wish I had your job, although I am very glad that you do it. - Marianne
^^^^^^ that. Thank you. - Meg VMeg
... - Galadriel C. from Android
For my next trick, I will explain why we have very few tax forms ($300 million cut to the IRS's distribution budget!), help you attach a document to an email, and walk you through the 10 page online application for applying to be a Pizza Hut delivery driver. Unfortunately, I cannot advise you on whether or not you should report your assault and battery felony charge when it asks you about your criminal record. - laura x from iPhone
The same guy? - MoTO Boychick Devil from Android
No, that's just a sampling of how your tax dollars work at the public library. - laura x
Never a dull moment. - Galadriel C.
Oh, there are plenty of dull moments. I call those "explaining the print release system." - laura x
Laura, I once had to help a functionally illiterate man in his 70's - who'd been a Pizza Hut delivery driver on/off for years - to fill out that form. Including the 30+ multiple-choice questions which I had to read to him and enter his answers, cuz, you know, functionally illiterate. The manager had told him that corporate insisted on the form, even though she always re-hired him each season. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
and our Pleasant But Useless and Intensely Needy patron needed to print her W-2's, but she once again couldn't remember her PIN, then IE wouldn't cooperate (cuz IE). and the woman who needed proctoring wouldn't go read our (very clear and informative) Exam Proctoring webpage, with bonus form she HAS to fill out, but instead wanted me to do it all for her. How are you doing distance learning, again? And...yeah. Full Moon Week at the Library! - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
Miranda July: By the Book - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2015...
Miranda July: By the Book - NYTimes.com
"I’m not embarrassed about not having read any book. What you stumble upon (and when) is personal and important and probably fated. You find each thing as you need it, and plenty of important books you will never need in the short flame of your life." - laura x from Bookmarklet
I love this so, so much. - laura x
Ahh, me too. Wonderful share. I just read 'The First Bad Man' last Saturday, stitching up a minor tear in the fabric of my emotional stability after I discovered I hadn't even known she had another book coming out. - joey
^ joey, I like that. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
And I am back home, or rather back at work. I am sorry I slept too late to see Galadriel this morning but also grateful for the sleep. I-88 in Illinois was still a bit sketchy (but then anything called the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway has to be, right?), but I-80 was clear sailing. 3 hours till I get to see my little boy.
I'm so glad you got to sleep - it is too rare an event with a little person about! My drive home from the airport was rather sketchy too - saw a couple folks slide into snow drifts and am very, very glad to be home with my kiddo, spouse, and cats. Someday we will see one another :-) - Galadriel C. from Android
so, now you are home home? - maʀtha
So relieved are are home safe :) - Jen
Yup! Home snuggling with a sleeping Peter. I swear he has grown and learned 70 new words in the past 60 hours. - laura x from iPhone
I think the last time I was this happy to see someone was when my grandmother met me at the gate at O'Hare when I was 8 and had just flown solo for the first time, including a miserable 3 hour layover at Logan. - laura x from iPhone
<3 - lris from Android
:-) - Galadriel C.
This is why we can't have abortions. Well, this and the Republicans. At Culver's in Rock Falls, IL. http://t.co/1kXnNSsDhp
This is why we can't have abortions. Well, this and the Republicans. At Culver's in Rock Falls, IL. http://t.co/1kXnNSsDhp
:( - Katy S from iPhone
and the pope - maʀtha
I can't tell you how triggery these things are for me. I don't know why; I've never even been to one. - laura x
I'm thinking of starting a podcast. Talk me into/out of this?
Word. If I did it, it would be interviews with my friends about their obsessions. - laura x
What will be the subject of the podcast? - Jenny H. from Android
I would love a 15-30 minute podcast of yours ... whatever it was. - Marianne
where do I subscribe? - MoTO Boychick Devil
Plan, plan and plan. Pick a time and make that your regular podcast recording time. Leave enough room either side of it for set up, technical difficulties and running late. Make notes. - Johnny
Now I can't remember why I thought this would be a good idea.... - laura x
Do eet. If nothing else, it's fun for the first few episodes. Then it becomes work. - Eric - Final Countdown
that sounds interesting. i love obsessions. - kendrak
I remember you having a lovely voice. Go for it. - RepoRat
i'd subscribe to your podcast, laura x. i'm sure it'd be good. - Brent Schaus
This is not at all to discourage you, but "interviews with friends about their obsessions" is also the subject of the Don't Get Me Started podcast: http://dontgetmestartedpodcast.tumblr.com - Andrew C (✔)
When you do this, have at least 10 episodes planned and maybe also recorded before you release the first. - Holly's favorite Anna from Android
What ever you do keep to a semi-regular release schedule. And just be yourself. Choose live or taped then released content. Use multiple places to distribute your work. - ♫Maurice the Dolphin♫ from FFHound!
Andrew, but that's some famous guy's friends. This would be my friends. If I do this, of course, I will not follow any of the excellent advice given here, since I like to do everything the wrong way. I may actually be joining a friend's podcast instead, though, so we'll see. - laura x
I now think the weather is truly bad.
People, I'm up too late. But I'm going to bed now.
good night - MoTO Boychick Devil
Sleep well! - Jennifer Dittrich
Okay, really now. - laura x
we're still rooting for you - MoTO Boychick Devil
I will think about the sounds of the voices on public radio a lot more. Brilliant essay. http://n.pr/1yay0IB #pubradiovoice
I will think about the sounds of the voices on public radio a lot more. Brilliant essay. http://n.pr/1yay0IB #pubradiovoice
Yes! I sat in the driveway to finish that one. - Jenica from iPhone
Our local radio had a thing about this last night: http://kalw.org/post... - kendrak
(Can't listen to the piece till I get home tonight.) This sort of reminds me of when I'm listening to a BBC radio piece and the reporter has a regional accent, even on national shows. That wouldn't have happened in the olden days. - bentley
I always thought of public radio as being diverse, relatively. I guess "relatively" is the key word there. #PubRadioVoice
In some senses. All very liberal politically. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing ... Well until you get Scott Simon or Terry Gross making fun of someone to their face. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
55 Personal Photos That Capture Both The Challenges And The Joy Of Single Motherhood - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015...
55 Personal Photos That Capture Both The Challenges And The Joy Of Single Motherhood
Don't look if you don't want to cry. Or maybe that's just me. - laura x from Bookmarklet
Just the intro made me cry. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
"You are Lois and I'm Superman. I'm coming to help!" #somekindsofhelp
Does anyone else have a student loan serviced through Aspire Resources Inc., and if so, do you have as much trouble getting on their damned website as I do?
I have mine through them (I miss direct loan service muchly). Having trouble how? - Hedgehog
Yeah. I haven't been able to get the website to load for two days in a row. I just want to find out when my next payment is due to post and how much it's for, and I don't want to have to call them, because, you know, this is 2015. - laura x
Hmm, I got in just fine right now. I inevitably have to change my password because of too-many-passwords-brain-freeze on occasion but other than that, it's been okay - Hedgehog
Although, my tax info isn't up yet, which IMO should be available on Jan 2. It's not like I could make retro payments on Jan 10... - Hedgehog
One computer reboot and two different browsers, and I still can't get the site to load. - laura x
A Birth and a Choice http://wp.me/pQ2Qk-aR: Happy Roe v. Wade Day!
A Birth and a Choice http://wp.me/pQ2Qk-aR: Happy Roe v. Wade Day!
Laura, that is so lovely. I have tears in my eyes. Happy birthday to ToddlerX and happy choice to all of us. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Happy birthday, Peter, with love to you and honoring all the forces that made you possible. - Jenica from iPhone
Happy birthday dear Peter, and happy honoring of choices to you Laura! - Galadriel C.
As a mother of three unplanned boys, I really appreciated your words, laura x. Thanks for taking the time to write such a thoughtful post. - Jenny H. from Android
Thank you so much, all. It means a great deal to me. - laura x
Another relevant link, via MetaFilter: http://www.theguardian.com/world... - laura x
Hey, @SeaChangeProg, I wrote a happy Roe v. Wade post partly in your honor: http://newrambler.net/ramblin...
Hey, @SeaChangeProg, I wrote a happy Roe v. Wade post partly in your honor: http://newrambler.net/ramblings/back/673
I am playing the new Sleater-Kinney loudly enough to drown out the sounds of the volunteer who once told me my son didn't have a real family.
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