- MacbBook at home
- laptop at work
- cell phone
- portable DVD player
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Alan Bradley 2009 KINDLE
- When You Reach Me Rebecca Stead 2009
- Un Lun Dun China Mieville 2008
- Cocktails for Three Madeleine Wickham 2001
- Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl 2007
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney 2007
- Anywhere but Here Mona Simpson 1992
- Seven Up (Stephanie Plum, No. 7) Janet Evanovich 2002
- The Tennis Partner - A Doctor's Story Of Friendship And Loss - Abraham Verghese 1998
- The Moorchild Eloise McGraw 1998
- Cutting for Stone: A novel Abraham Verghese 2009 Hands down the best book of 2009
- Room for One More Anna Perrott Rose 1950 Reread
- Finn Family Moomintroll. Tove. Jansson 1989
- Moominsummer Madness (Puffin Books) Tove Jansson 1973
- Light a Penny Candle Maeve Binchy 1983
- The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver 2008 Reread, but still love this book
- Matters of Chance: A Novel Jeannette Haien 1998
- My Family and Other Animals Gerald Durrell 2004
- Certain Girls: A Novel Jennifer Weiner 2009
- Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) Stephenie Meyer 2006
- A Fatal Grace Louise Penny 2006 KINDLE This was a close second for "best"
- The Archivist: A Novel Martha Cooley 1999
- Elsewhere Gabrielle Zevin 2007
- Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann 1997
- All-of-a-kind Family Sydney Taylor 1980 Reread
- The Witches of Worm Zilpha Keatley Snyder 1986
- The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion 2007
- Fearless Fourteen Janet Evanovich 2008
- The Whistling Season Ivan Doig 2007
- Talk Before Sleep A Novel Elizabeth Berg 1997
- Breath: Life in the Rhythm of an Iron Lung Martha Mason 2003
- Finding Betty Crocker Susan Marks 2005
- The Senator's Wife Sue Miller 2009
- Coraline Neil Gaiman 2006
- The Great Gilly Hopkins Katherine Paterson 1987
- Eat Cake Jeanne Ray 2004
- Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World Vicki Myron 2008
- The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger 2004
- Homeless Bird Gloria Whelan 2001
- The Addict: One Patient, One Doctor, One Year Michael Stein 2009
- Water for Elephants: A Novel Sara Gruen 2007
- Lucky Everyday Bapsy Jain 2009
- I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti: A Memoir Giulia Melucci 2009
- The Know-It-All A. J. Jacobs 2005
- The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame 2006 Stanza
- Twelve Sharp Janet Evanovich 2006
- Hungry Monkey Matthew Amster-Burton Good enough to read twice in one year.
- The Laws of Harmony: A Novel Judith R. Hendricks
- Academy X: A Novel Andrew Trees 2007
- The Middle Kingdom Andrea Barrett 1992
- Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited Elyse Schein 2008
- Back When We Were Grownups Anne Tyler 2004
Monday, December 14, 2009
Frankly I live vicariously through my reference librarians. I push papers all day. I guess I do make sure my advisees remember to register for classes, but what I do seems very far removed from real students most days. Here is an email (with personal information removed) from a student to one of my reference librarians. Wow. This made my day and the praise isn't even for me!
"Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with me! Your help was just what I needed to finally get my paper right. It hasn't been graded yet, but the TA really liked it when he reviewed my rough draft! It was a really fun paper to research and write, and I honestly would not have written a paper as good as this one without all the sources and database know-how you taught me. I am very grateful and I hope you have a great holiday!"
Monday, October 26, 2009
Am I overstating my case? No! A bad bathroom can ruin an entire trip. I went to a conference in Philadelphia in January 2008 and arrived late afternoon. The hotel was overbooked and the only room that was available was a handicapped room. It was dark. It was January. It was a big city. What else could I do but grab the room? It never even crossed my mind that it would be a nightmare. I didn't understand that handicapped bathrooms do not have tubs or even show stalls. There is a shower (with a curtain for what that's worth) in the corner of the bathroom with a drain in the middle of the floor. The theory being that you can just roll your wheelchair under the shower head and away you go. The theory is good, in practice, not so good. Apparently my bathroom floor was not leveled correctly because instead of water going into the drain, it covered the floor. I don't mean a little dampness on the floor, I mean an inch of standing water all over the entire bathroom floor. I had to use every towel I had to blot up the water after every shower. I was afraid if I dried my hair standing in an inch of water, I would electrocute myself! No matter how briefly I showered, all the water pooled onto the floor and I had to go through the towel blotting exercise. After four mornings of this, I could not wait to come home to a functional shower. Other people come back from Philadelphia with memories of Reading Market. I will never forget the standing water covering my bathroom floor every morning.
I was recently at a conference in Chicago. The hotel front desk asked me whether I would accept a handicapped room. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
Follow Bathroom Blogfest on Twitter at #ladiesroom09 or check out the website http://www.bathroomblogfest.com/.
You can visit the participating bloggers for Bathroom Blogfest ’09:
Susan Abbott at Customer Experience Crossroads http://www.customercrossroads.com/
Reshma Anand at Qualitative Research Blog http://onqualitativeresearch.blogspot.com/Shannon Bilby at From the Floors Up http://fromthefloorsup.com/
Shannon Bilby and Brad Millner at My Big Bob’s Blog http://blog.mybigbobs.com/
Laurence Borel at Blog Till You Drop http://www.laurenceborel.com/
Jeanne Byington at The Importance of Earnest Service http://blog.jmbyington.com/
Becky Carroll at Customers Rock! http://www.customersrock.net/
Leslie Clagett at KB Culture http://www.kbculture.blogspot.com/
Iris Shreve Garrott at Checking In and Checking Out http://circulating.wordpress.com/
Julie at Julie’s Cleaning Secrets Blog http://cleaningsecrets.greatcleaners.com/
Marianna Hayes at Results Revolution http://www.resultsrevolution.com/
Maria Palma at People To People Service http://www.people2peopleservice.com/
Professor Toilet at Professor Toilet’s Blog http://www.professortoilet.com/
David Reich at My 2 Cents http://reichcomm.typepad.com/
Bethany Richmond at The Carpet and Rug Institute Blog http://www.carpet-and-rug-institute-blog.com/
Carolyn Townes at Becoming a Woman of Purpose http://spiritwomen.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Weaver at Experienceology http://experienceology.blogspot.com/
C.B. Whittemore at Flooring The Consumer http://flooringtheconsumer.blogspot.com/ and Simple Marketing Blog http://www.simplemarketingblog.com/
Linda Wright at Lindaloo.com: Build Better Business with Better Bathrooms http://lindaloo.com/
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Hmmm. To follow or not to follow? I guess the answer is neither and both. I am a strong advocate of paying attention to what other libraries are doing. And I don't just mean other ARL libraries. I look at what public librarians are doing. I look at what school librarians are doing. I don't have all the answers or all the ideas. I think it would be foolish NOT to occasionally follow. The league of librarians cards weren't our idea; we followed Carlton College library.
And on the other hand, we can't be paralyzed and only do things if everyone else is doing them. Sometimes we do have good ideas and good solutions. We never would have hired an anthropologist to do user research if we had waited for everyone else to do it!
So I guess the answer is, it depends.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Nothing much happened. There was a little flurry of activity on my facebook page when my friends saw the cards but not much else.
Wednesday, September 2, there is a mention of the cards on PAMNET with a link to the flickr set. Thursday, September 3, there is a short paragraph with a link to the flickr set in American Libraries Direct.
Stand back! When I left work on Thursday there were more than 10,000 views on the flickr set.
By Friday morning, there are another 5,000 views.
There was also a flurry of activity on twitter. bckaemper from Germany (!!!) read the PAMNET post and twitters. Wow. At the end of the day, there were 49 tweets on "league of librarian(s)" These were the twitter comments: fantastic, awesome, too cool, adorable, we need some, funny, love this, wow.
Of course I've pretty much died and gone to social networking heaven. Now let's see if our STUDENTS think they're as cool as librarians. ;)
Friday, August 28, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Credit goes to the librarians from Carleton College who created the "original" librarian trading cards. We just took their idea and expanded on it. Our amazing Marc Bollman came up with the league of librarians concept, took the photographs, and then made magic happen. We're going to roll them out at the technology expo today and Parent's breakfast tomorrow. I'll be interested to see if they're silly enough to be popular... Check out the whole set on flickr.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Chatting with Char Booth ALA TechSourceBy Daniel A. Freeman Char Booth is a Library Journal Mover and Shaker and one of ALA's Emerging Leaders, and is a voice of growing prominence in the Library Technology community. As the E-Learning Librarian at UC Berkeley, Char works at a unique .... The Foster and Gibbons Studying Students report from the University of Rochester was inspirational in that it illustrated the value of detailing the results of local research project in order to provide insight and motivation for similar studies ...
Friday, June 05, 2009
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
- just love Rochester
- had everything
- traditional campus
- atmosphere is "me"
- portable research grant (4)
- people less intimidating
- almost no one offers a microbiology major
- fits my personality
- feel most at home at UofR
- has everything I want - engineering, great location, beautiful campus, amazing resources
- feel more comfortable
- better financial aid (yet several turned down full rides at other schools)
- money was a huge issue
- open curriculum
- research situation always trumps an arts and science college
- from rochester
- cool program - I can study art and be premed
- homey feeling
- most money
- people extremely nice
- campus is gorgeous
- incredibly nice people - left with such a happy feeling
- people were great
- gave off the right vibe - great place, awesome people, awesome campus
- balance between social and academic life
- curriculum would easily allow you to study art and still fulfill all your premed reqs
- opportunity for someone interested in both music and sciences
- campus gorgeous
- people were nice as could be
- after visiting the Rochester campus allowed me to easily discard the other 7
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wow. It's been a long time since I've posted to my blog. Time definitely gets away from me. We had a clean up WEEK at work. I wasn't sure if anyone would bother to participate. What was I thinking??? We're all drowning in paper. Suzanne (whose office is spotless) spent two days cleaning out her file drawers. Even she threw away a huge pile of papers, literally. Interesting how we all needed permission (?) to take the time to clean, sort, and throw away.
Friday, January 30, 2009
- You dress up to go to Gleason [library], considering you will probably run into more people there than you will anywhere else on campus.
- You have a straight face when you tell your friends back home that a library is the social hub of the campus.
- You realize that the graffiti in the stacks is better than PostSecret's could ever be.
- One of the things on your to-do list before you graduate is doing some promiscuous acts in the stacks.
- There is always one person in the Gleason cubicle with a bathrobe on, and, yes, he probably lives there.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
- mostly B's with a few A's. Hmmmm. I guess I also shared the impression of my advisees that most students got A's in most classes. If my six are representative, that is not a true assumption.
- one student made the dean's list. I have much greater appreciation for a what a big deal this is now that I have seen every one's grades.
- a student who nearly withdrew from a class, buckled down and pulled off a good final grade. Impressive. First semester was a shock for all of them. Some were shocked on the first day of classes. It took some of them until the first exam...
- one student did quite poorly in a key class and yet had been totally confident the entire semester. I'm not sure what to make of that one.