I’m done.

Posted by lynn on May 14, 2007 in Favorite Links

I graduated yesterday. I’m officially done, folks. Can you believe it? I can’t. It really hasn’t sunk in yet.

I did suffer a small snafoo though; permit me please to whine about it just a bit. Perhaps bitching about it here will let me get over it for good.

They didn’t call my name during the ceremony.

I had about 20 people crammed into my living room, watching the ceremony. As we got closer and closer to the J’s as the graduates were being called, the cheers would get louder and louder. And then they didn’t call my name. The room went silent. Needless to say, that was a bit embarrassing, and the mood of the party changed a bit.

I did get an apology from the school. They mistakenly put me down as attending the ceremony in person, and when no one picked up my name card…well, no name was called. An apology is all I can ask for, so I guess I’m satisfied on that front. I’m still a bit peeved though. I feel a little robbed.

Other than that, as I said, it hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m done. I can say that this blog is not done. I intend to keep it going as long as I can to document my life as an “information professional”/project manager-type person.


School…new job…stuff….

Posted by lynn on Mar 28, 2007 in Favorite Links

Hi everyone. I’m in the last throws of completing yet another assignment, but I figured I’d give everyone an update. Without incriminating myself too much prior to graduation, shall we say that one class I’m taking is pretty good and I’m learning a lot and the other is a huge disappointment? Let’s, shall we?

Good class is, well, good. Not my favorite class, but not my least. Disappointment class probably beats the other not-so-awesome class taught by the Dungeons and Dragons-obsessed cat lady for Lynn’s Least Favorite Class. The instructor is extremely disorganized and that means everything is like shooting at a moving target. Assignments change, get renamed, disappear – all at the last minute and with little notice. All very frustrating – especially more so when I’ve already got a major case of senioritis. Cat Lady was just a visiting instructor. Sadly, this dude is tenured faculty. Oh well – I guess 2 lackluster classes out of 11 ain’t so bad.

On the job front, I’m starting to settle in. It’s a little overwhelming. I have a commute now. I have a Blackberry (which appears to be only good for shopping lists and looking up directions while you’re in the car). I have to walk down the Sunset Strip to get to work. It’s all a little surreal, but I like it. So far the people and projects are cool. Here’s hoping it stays that way after the honeymoon is over.

As a final note, I placed my ballot for the ALA Elections today. It was a slow time at work (you have a lot of those when you’re new), and so I read each and every one of those bios and placed my votes. First of all, I’d like to say – write something unique, folks. I swear, almost every candidate statement contained at least one of the following five statements:

• librarians need better pay
• we need to protect intellectual freedom (and all things I consider related – ie., copyright, PATRIOT act stuff)
• we need to recruit, mentor and help find jobs for new librarians
• we need greater diversity within the profession
• we need more visibility for the profession and the ALA

Those are all nice things, but it’s hard to select 33 people out of 80 some-odd candidates all saying the same thing. A few did stand out though. Most notably there were two candidates who made it quite clear that they were conservatives (one stressed “Christian conservative) who felt that the ALA was too left-leaning. I didn’t vote for either of them, although part of me applauded the fact that they admitted their political leanings considering that their views probably won’t strike much of a chord with ALA members. One of them stated (this is my attempt at paraphrasing, mind you) that he felt that intellectual freedom was all well and good, but “pornography” wasn’t needed in libraries. That statement made me recoil a little since that statement goes right to the heart of the idea of intellectual freedom in the first place. I have suspicion that some of what this man calls “pornography,” I, an arguably educated, practical person, would call “art,” or at worst, “erotica.” I would also guess that even the stuff I would call “pornography,” may have some real, intrinsic value beyond it’s obvious sexual one to someone as well. As such, I don’t think it’s a librarian’s place to say “That stuff is porno; I’m not having it here.” It’s one thing to say, “I don’t think my user community would want or need something like this,” but not “I don’t think they should see it.” You know – the whole “selection vs. censorship” argument. It’s a fine line that sometimes gets inadvertently crossed (humans are humans and are prone to error), but I think this dude doesn’t get it. That’s my $0.02 for what it counts.

If you’re interested, I leaned towards voting for people who wanted to make ALA more efficient and accessible to its general membership as well as represent those five ideals above. It took me about an hour.


Librarian Dress Up

Posted by lynn on Jun 2, 2006 in Favorite Links

Thanks, Sarah, for these fabulous links:

The skirt I need to make

More librarian fashion



Dewey Decimal Time!

Posted by lynn on May 8, 2006 in Favorite Links

In tribute to one of my favorite sections of Cataloguing:

(You may have to copy and paste this; my blogging software refused to accept this as a valid url in an “a href” element.)

Ah, I love Dewey. Did you know that 910.41 is for “travels around the world?” It is. Isn’t that awesome?

I’m going to go lay down now.

Update: Phil pointed out that I should have told you what the Dewey Decimal in the video means. Well, it sadly appears to be a made up number (and I’ve never seen a Cutter (“SOB”) like that before). 616.722 isn’t in anything I can find, but 616.72 is for Ophthalmology – specifically “Diseases of uveas.” Not exactly a section with books about “American Girls,” but okay.

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