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So … you might have suddenly been bombarded with about 200 posts in your feed all from this blog.
First of all – I am SO sorry.
Secondly – to make a long story short, I’ve changed my username everywhere to “esquetee” (like SQT) since librarienne and epist are already taken in many places.
Again, I apologize. Please forgive me and follow the RSS feed at the new digs. Thank you for understanding!
Susan tagged me to do the following meme:
1. Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.
“Well, Clare, there’s nothing wrong with my legs.”
“Okay, then, we’ll go to the Orchard.” I take her arm, and away we go. When we get to the edge of the Meadow I say, “Shade or sun?” and she answers, “Oh, sun to be sure,” and so we take the path that cuts through…”
I tag Unexpected Librarian, should she choose to accept.
I’m trying out a dual-blog personality for a while – I’ll be writing on everyday me stuff here at the original “esquetee.wordpress.com” and I’ll be putting my more library-like stuff at the brand new “librarienne.wordpress.com” … so, I should probably rename this one but I don’t know what to use yet. Ideas?
Word of the Day for this past Monday:
abecedarian ay-bee-see-DAIR-ee-uhn, noun:
1. One who is learning the alphabet; hence, a beginner.
2. One engaged in teaching the alphabet.
1. Pertaining to the letters of the alphabet.
2. Arranged alphabetically.
3. Rudimentary; elementary.
So, I’m looking ahead to June and the ALA Annual conference in D.C. I’ve heard all sorts of opinions on Annual from “don’t bother, it’s too big/expensive/not worth it” to “freebies! networking! parties!” I haven’t done much yet in the way of conferences, certainly nothing with, oh, 30 thousand Nancy Pearls running around (bless her heart … even if she did leave out Connie Willis).
Naturally I started asking around to figure out what this whole Annual thing was all about. Here are some things I’ve learned this week (please feel free to correct, counter and add in the comments):
- ALA is all about committees; you go to Annual to see your tribe, I mean, committee
- not all the events happen in the convention center; a lot of committees hold their stuff in the hotels
- call or email people you know and plan on coffee/lunches beforehand; super important for 1st timers
- if you’re not on a committee, you’re not really in ALA yet
- ALA brings a mobile post office along so you can send yourself all those freebies you pick up
- don’t register at the convention center, register at one of the satellite places, usually a hotel
- did I mention committees?
I think you see the trend I’ve been picking up on. And I’m happy to be active, but how do I choose a committee? There are all those great bloggers in RUSA MARS, and then there’s the great connection between the IRRT and my new job, oh but I should probably hook up with NMRT, too. Doh! Pretty soon I end up with a schedule like this (fast forward to June) in which I’m listening to Meredith Farkas in one room, the European Library Education panel in another, and a librarian from Chile in a third. All at the same time.
About a week ago, Jennifer and I posted about the need for a library student community and Karin took us up on the idea. Lo and behold we now have LIS Students at Ning, which is a simple little community-making website. Our little ning corner already has some great discussions going, such as:
But wait! I can sense what you’re thinking … you don’t want yet another place to go check for updates and such. No problem – you can tap into the site on the RSS feeds in the comfort of your own cozy reader:
For the good of us all, visit the Ning site at least once – lisstudents.ning.com – to sign up. It’s simple and painless. Use the “Sign Up” link in the black bar at the top and you won’t even have to deal with another window or the back button or anything. Takes you less than a minute.
I almost let it go by! Two days ago, Librarienne turned one year old. Oh, what a stormy year it has been. My head is a spinning cloud of many different thoughts right now so I’ll just pull a few out of the air and paint this post with random colors (how’s that for mixing metaphors!):
- As of this moment I have at least 5 posts in draft status … the oldest one was a comparison of Google Books vs. Google Scholars, another one looked at the paradox of librarians protecting patron confidentiality when so many people are so blatantly public these days, and the most recent post to go on draft status was a look at some movies we watched over Spring Break and which all seemed eerily related somehow (Sherrybaby, Lady Vengeance, Possession, Match Point).
- I wish I had made a screen shot of all the looks/skins/appearances I put my blog through in the past year. I must have tried a dozen different WordPress themes at one time or another with different widgets and what-nots. It would be nice to look back through them and remember what I liked or didn’t like about each one. For those of you reading this on an aggregator, I recently added a widget to my sidebar for my Google Reader shared items. That little box is *way* more active than this blog, I’m sorry to say, but it’s also a good place to see what I probably wish I had time to blog about.
- Which reminds me… I’m toying with an idea for a little class research project, but I’m not sure how well it would work so let me know what all you bloggers think of this. I’d like to find a lot of different blogs that feature a link or widget to the blog writer’s Google Reader shared items list and compare the number of items they share to the number/frequency of posts they write. Long ago in another land I had read something about the large number of content readers vs. the comparatively small number of content creators. I’m wondering if the amount of stuff we, as content creators read, affects the amount of our output. Of course it does, but how? I’m not sure exactly how to measure that. Number of links or citations per post? Number of shared items against words per post? At first I thought it might be better to look at Bloglines lists instead to know how many feeds blog writers subscribe to, but – with myself as a great example – I know that subscribing does not necessarily equal reading. The idea is still in its infancy.
- I’ve recently subscribed to a blog that is completely out of place in my blog reader – it’s not techie, not about libraries, not news … it’s about … (wincing in embarrassment) romantic comedies. Well, it’s from a guy who edits and writes screenplays for these bizarre little tokens of pop culture. And I, for one, think his blog posts are really fun and witty reads. He includes so many “what were they thinking??” quips when he discusses the latest script he had to suffer through, but he doesn’t go completely cynical, which is refreshing. One of my favorite posts of late has been his combination of “petting the dog” with “jumping the shark” thus creating “posting the pet” … I am plenty guilty of this over in Flickr (slideshow recommended).
- Some big changes at home of late. Very positive changes that raise big questions about the future, which is always closer than I think. In some ways my partner and I are complete opposites, but one of the things we have in common is that we’re both rather reserved, private people. It takes us some time to really integrate ourselves into a new circle of people. I’m thinking of this now in light of a theory I read about way back in high school, that has constantly popped up in my mind over and over since then. I like Erikson’s ideas but disagree with some of the values he includes in his stages of development. For example, my partner and I are on the cusp between two stages right now. The corresponding “crisis” per Erikson is “intimacy vs. isolation” and “success vs. stagnation” (… actually, Erikson uses the term “generativity” where I use “success” because he was referring more to producing children which has no interest for us whatsoever). So here we are, still trying to iron the details of “intimacy vs. isolation” as we look ahead to “success vs. stagnation” and I can see how a person’s methods of dealing with the former will significantly affect the latter. I can see we’ll have a lot of details to figure out in the next couple years but I think a lot of these details are going to figure themselves out, too. I’m wondering, in an excited what-will-I-get-for-Christmas way, what our backgrounds will make of us.