I’ve been really busy lately, mounting a semi revolution and generally attempting to take a stand ’round these parts. I was motivated to re-think things at that math meeting a few weeks back. One of the mathematicians stated frustration that no one stands up and says, “THIS is what we are going to do” about the library. I’ve had my ideas nixed by coworkers, I’ve waited for my admin to make a move or a decision, I’ve waited for HMC to do something, so I am just as guilty as anyone else in this mix. But, I can change that. And I have.
A few days ago I decided we’d do three major things here that I want for our new collaborative work space.
1. The third floor will be a designated Food and Beverage Okay area. That means people can have pizza or thai delivered for all I care.
2. That floor will be accessible to the math community 24 hours a day. ‘Safety’ of the books be damned; I’ll buy another one if I need to.
3. The downstairs kitchen will remain unlocked and therefore open to users.
This was all prompted by the math department’s request to have the Math Club use the new space. So, I gave them an always locked study room (dont ask – I could never get the staff here to just LEAVE THE THING UNLOCKED (the staff here do not report to me, hence, no authority to make them do anything)). I wrote up this pretty little document indicating what I wanted to happen. I then immediately emailed it to our brilliant director soliciting approval. And I got it. And I then told my boss what I’d decided, with a ‘put on your tough pants, this is happening’ stance. If my users need someone to be stronger about advocating the library, well, so be it. Change is happening around here, and I am going to make sure I instigate as much as I can that will benefit the users and the library. I am not afraid to take risks, and see what works, and change what doesnt.
So, I feel much better about work than I did say, 2 weeks ago.
Other projects… making videos for the Sakai Administration Team and a few for math or whatever else strikes my fancy. I am using Screenflow, which is so freakishly easy… except that I cant automatically make a big, giant arrow and text box about something. There’s this ‘insert media’ feature, that I am going to try to monkey with next. I gather I can make ‘media’ that is an arrow and text box and insert it somehow.
So I guess I should quit messing around with blogging, pictures, flickr, and whatever else I’ve done for the last hour (which, I guess can technically count as lunch. I *was* eating while doing most of this) and get back to work.