librarian action figure

I’m trying not to be frustrated by the design of this librarian action figure, but of all the things that librarians do, shushing isn’t our most useful action. If we are superheroes because we “make sense of the world of information,” then why not make an action figure that represents that? I do have a … Continue reading “librarian action figure”

I’m trying not to be frustrated by the design of this librarian action figure, but of all the things that librarians do, shushing isn’t our most useful action. If we are superheroes because we “make sense of the world of information,” then why not make an action figure that represents that?

I do have a sense of humor, but sometimes I get tired of the same old stereotype being drug up time and time again. Couldn’t they have modeled this action figure after the Librarian Avenger?

[added note: Apparently, I’m not the only person having this reaction.]

blogging in the virtual classroom

I took a literature class last fall, and there was an attempt by one member of the class to get a blog going on topics related to the literature we were reading. I was the only other person with blogging experience, so it was just the two of us who seemed interested. Today, I put … Continue reading “blogging in the virtual classroom”

I took a literature class last fall, and there was an attempt by one member of the class to get a blog going on topics related to the literature we were reading. I was the only other person with blogging experience, so it was just the two of us who seemed interested. Today, I put a link in the library catalog for a free peer-reviewed ejournal that discusses technology use for educators. It’s called The Technology Source and it’s published bimonthly by the Michigan Virtual University. One of the articles in the most recent issue caught my eye. It is on using blogs to facilitate online courses and puts more emphasis on the professor communicating with the students than on student interaction, but it is still an interesting article.

what’s that smell?

NPR Weekend Edition Sunday did a story on The Onion yesterday. It was interesting, and it reminded me that I have not read it in a while. I’m now on the mailing list to be notified when there is a new edition. I’m also signed up on the mailing list for Biblia’s Warrior Librarian Weekly, … Continue reading “what’s that smell?”

NPR Weekend Edition Sunday did a story on The Onion yesterday. It was interesting, and it reminded me that I have not read it in a while. I’m now on the mailing list to be notified when there is a new edition. I’m also signed up on the mailing list for Biblia’s Warrior Librarian Weekly, which is similar to The Onion, but focuses on librariana.

OpenURL

One of my big projects at work has been getting our SFX database set up. For those unfamiliar with the name, SFX is an OpenURL link resolver that connects (among other things) citations with content. My department head sent me a press release a couple of weeks ago about NISO releasing a trial standard for … Continue reading “OpenURL”

One of my big projects at work has been getting our SFX database set up. For those unfamiliar with the name, SFX is an OpenURL link resolver that connects (among other things) citations with content. My department head sent me a press release a couple of weeks ago about NISO releasing a trial standard for OpenURL. I have not attempted to understand all of the technical verbage used in the documents, but I am excited that the world of electronic resources is moving towards creating standards that will allow different resources to talk to each other.

post-conference depression

I suppose that unless you have experienced it, it is difficult to imagine how much fun one can have at a conference with a bunch of serials librarians. We only get together once a year, so perhaps that explains the intensity of everything, from the session topics to the late night laughter. On the flight … Continue reading “post-conference depression”

I suppose that unless you have experienced it, it is difficult to imagine how much fun one can have at a conference with a bunch of serials librarians. We only get together once a year, so perhaps that explains the intensity of everything, from the session topics to the late night laughter. On the flight home, I felt slightly nauseous and inexplicably sad. It has been a long time since I have felt like that, but it is a familiar to anyone who has experience summer camp. I was ready to go home when it was time, but at the same time, I wanted to hold on to those experiences and to the bond that has been created between my cohorts and me. I have to look on the bright side; even though we are scattered in four states and two countries, we will almost certainly see each other at least once a year. Perhaps that is what makes our time together this past weekend as precious as it is.

As you can see, it’s been quite some time since I posted anything new here. Part of that has been a result of my busy summer, but part of it has also been a lack of enthusiasm. The format of this blog might be changing from purely links with minimal commentary to a blend of reflections on my experiences as they happen, along with important links with commentary. Basically, I’ll be keeping both the format and the content eclectic, which is as it should be.