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A Day (week) in the Life

Back today…. I enjoyed some wonderful time away from work and mostly away from the Intarwebz for the past week.  My family, Dad, Stepmom, and Gramma, came in to visit from New Mexico.  They stayed the weekend and we ate, hung out, watched my kid be a very poor loser at checkers, and generally had a great time visiting.  It sucks having immediate family a few states over.

Monday I took my little one to see Wall-E, which has got to be the best damned kid movie I’ve ever seen.  It was really powerful… I felt the full range of emotions one would expect from a grown up movie, and I was amazed at how much they could communicate without languague.  Quite profound, the image of fat humans plugged into a chair with a screen in front of their face, and the subsequent lack of interaction.  The dismal image of Earth, cluttered and filthy with trash and advertisements is a shocking reminder where we’re going if we dont change our ways.  Bravo, Pixar.  Bravo.

In addition to the movie, my kid and I wandered around the local hot spots, walking, hitting the bookstore, lunch, and all that fun stuff.  I bought a set of jacks at a local toy store, and quickly learned that my Lila doesn’t do that ‘bounce/catch’ thing so well.  She wanted to modify the rules so that I bounced the ball while she picked up the jacks, but I stood firm on her need to master hand/eye coordination on a teeny superbounce ball.  She elected to go find bugs after that.

It was great to have some time away from it all.  I generally ignored work email, only surfing for reference questions or queries from users, stayed offline, limiting my internet fun to games and my crochet groups.   But, back now, and the time away refreshed me to get motivated and ready for fall.

So today I taught my first class of the year, for HMC’s summer institute program.  27 newbie frosh brought in for leadership training asked brilliant questions and were generally engaged in my session.  I forgive the poor girl who napped through the hour, because everyone else was on the ball.  I continued my new trend of using LOL cats, GraphJam, and images from Fail Blog, which was a whopping success. I’ve never seen students so interested in a ppt about library research before.  And of course I dazzled them with a few Google goodies, like Scholar and Uncle Sam.

After that, back to my desk and finish those Sakai videos.  I finished two, and I am pleased with how they turned out.  I also exported the vids for iPod/iPhone, and boy, that was hella cool.

So it was a good day.  I got a lot done, and I’m about as near as ready as I’ll ever be for fall.  Tomorrow, I’ll log into RTM and see what else I need to take care of.   : )

A Day in the Life – Work

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.

A Day in the Life # somethingiforget…

So I know that technically the A Day in the Life project concluded on Friday, but I think I’ll try to continue the trend.  I realized over the last week that I am pretty down about my job right now.  That sucks, because I’ve liked it in the past.  But… change is inevitable.  I’m sure I’ll go back to liking it at some point.  And even if not, well, it’s still not the end all be all of my existence and I’ll make do because it does have its benefits.  Like a paycheck.

Anyways, I digress. I hope that maybe I can emphasize positive highlights in my A Day in the Life entries from here on out. I dont want my place of work to look like a horror movie for y’all or for me.

So…. what did I do today….

First, I stopped in on the Mothership and killed a half dozen Rats (Rats, for those of you havent heard me use that phrase before, are those things that rapidly pile up, breed like, well, Rats, if not tended to, and vary in degrees of importance.  I typically have an inbox full of them).  I needed to talk to some coworkers about the charity ventures that Ruth’s fiber friends are coordinating, so that the library’s donations in Ruth’s name can go towards those events.  I also needed to pop into BAS, AKA Bibliographic Access Services, and follow up about that CS linguistic database purchase.  We’d send in the licensing agreement last week, already!  Sure enough, they’d received it and had even charged our credit card, but failed to email us the download info.  Anyways, after negotiating with them on the phone I was up to IT to arrange for that being downloaded and hosted on the network, and proxied appropriately and all that.  Took a bit of time, but that Rat is killed.  Well, I still have to have it cataloged, so let’s say it’s in its death throes.

A quick lunch, then back to Sprague to negotiate with another science librarian, and the third via IM, about everybody’s favorite moving project.  After much heated discussion, I think we have an idea about how to go about putting the library back in order (at least, I *think* I got my way).  I then spent the rest of the afternoon moving books cubbyholed in the journals out of the way and to their new, permanent home.

Tomorrow I am taking my daughter to the beach.  I am leaving my phone in the car and my laptop at home.  We’re bringing sunscreen, towels, water, and a couple of pb&js. And that’s it.

Dont call me, I’ll call you.  : )

A Day in the Life #8

Oh…. lemme tellya.  This was one of the worse-er days I’ve had in a wee bit.

On the bright side, my trash was finally taken out.  Because I made a huge pile of it in the middle of the hallway in the library.

Now, back to our day.  So today I met with Math about the move in the library. The meeting was exhausting, with me as the target.  It went on for about 2 hours, and I felt rather pummeled within about 5 minutes into the discussion.  Math is angry about the lack of communication.  Lesson learned for me – dont trust other people when they say they’ll communicate things.  But when is the right time to trust someone that they’ll follow through with what they say they’ll do?

Math is angry that we live in this weird limbo.  See, we rent the building we use to house my library, and there’s always this tug of war game between the college that owns the building and the library regarding who is responsible for what goes on there.  Math is angry that no one entity, be it the library, the college, the council of presidents, or whoever, is stepping up to make a decision one way or the other about what is going on.  Math, like me, also feels out of the communication loop, and I tried to explain that in many ways I’ve been blocked from the Adminisphere, and in some cases, told out right “that I do not belong at that meeting.”  The last 4 years has been so frustrating for me because I have no power over the building in which my collections and services live, and no support for any decisions I make.  I’ve been a pawn.  And I was totally sandbagged at that meeting.  I am frustrated with the lack of leadership I have.  I’m frustrated with the level of responsibility yet lack of authority to do my job.

What’s the resolution?  I’m not sure.  Hopefully my Math peeps will resurrect the former math library committee that was dissolved before I was hired 6 years ago.  Hopefully I’ll get more face time at their department meetings.  Maybe I’ll even get some clout with their administration (and maybe even my own) that I know what I’m doing, and that I can put together a good library.

As it is right now, I’m disgusted with my job.

So, when that disaster was done, and I still havent talked to my Director about it, and how I may or may not have screwed things up and made things worse, I had a cup of coffee and tried to do something fun.

Yesterday, I obligated the library to create brief intro videos about Sakai for the colleges.  I’m happy to do this, as my Sakai cohort has Camtasia on her computer, and I’m down for finding something that will work on my Mac.  Thanks to the Twitterverse, I tried Jing, and immediately wanted to scream.  I cant get it to do anything longer than a minute, max, as it crashes rather unexpectedly.  If the damn thing would work, I think it would be pretty cool.

So, today was a total bucket of FAIL.  I think I’ll go play some solitare.

A Day in the Life #7

Boy, this day flew by.  I had to be there bright and early to open the library as everyone else is off.  I spent the first hour of my day having a few conversations with various staff members about Ruth’s passing, and how shocked we all are.  She and I were friends, so it is natural people would reach out to me.  Around 10:30 I settled in and began my presentation for the math faculty tomorrow.  I need to bring them up to speed on our giant moving project, what we’ve done so far and what our intended next steps should be.  See, there are a lot of faculty that are totally in the dark about what is going on.  The initial project began with the former department chair, who is on sabbatical, taken over by the current chair, who is also now on sabbatical, and currently headed up by the interim department chair.  Thus, there’s been a lot of, “uh, what’s going on?” going on.

I am totally Microsoft free, so I started my preso using NeoOffice, which I love, for non-Microsoft.  (I do have to give mad props to MS 2007; that handy ribbon bar and annoying mini menu pop up are most handy, actually, and I must say I miss that simplicity after using it for 4 months when I argue with NeoOffice about  doing something I think it should do.)  Based on a conversation I had with cool librarian Colleen Harris at ALA, I peppered my preso with LoLCatz. You know, to lighten the mood as I tell Math the library has been hit by a tornado of boxes and the likelihood of your print only titles coming back are slim.   My director loved it, so we are Go For Launch.  I’ll, of course, post about it tomorrow.

I worked on that steady till it was time to go to the Mothership, where I attend the IACC and chair the SAT meetings.  IACC is Inter-Academic Computing Committee and SAT is the Sakai Administration Team.  I love SAT; it is the epitome of what a productive team should be.  Imagine… things get done.  People say they’ll do something, and they do it.  That appointment is the high point of my work responsibilities.

After the meeting, where we talked about rolling out version 2.5, version 2.5 testing, and the tech and policy issues of photos in the Roster and Membership tools, I stayed to finish the minutes, post the action items, and take care of all that errata.  I prefer to do it right away instead of procrastinating and then forgetting all about it.

After that, I took a quick jaunt up to IT, where I had a conversation about MT/Wordpress.  I figured out last night that although WordPress imported all my exported posts and comments, all my pictures are still on the MT server at work, and WordPress is pointing to them.  FAIL.  After looking at tools, we decided that the best/only course of action was for me to go through my 200 posts and change the links to Flickr pics or upload them to WordPress itself.  Oh, funness.

So now I am home, spinach and cheese quiche is in the oven, and it’s time to find some pjs and a thing of yarn.

A Day in the Life #6 – Ruth Schooley, Librarian, Knitter, and Kind Hearted Soul

Boy, this day was a shocking reminder to just how short life is.

Today, we learned we lost a beloved librarian, Ruth Schooley.  Ruth was our poly sci/California gov docs librarian.  She worked on our collections team, gathering use stats every year for databases and tools.  She loved to staff the reference desk, and she would drop everything to help a student or a faculty member.  She networked successfully with our government and poly sci seniors, meeting with many of them individually, helping them gather the materials they needed for their senior thesis.  She was dedicated, above all else, to the library user.  There was many a Friday I would go to relieve her on the ref desk, where I would loiter uselessly as she worked diligently to finish out the reference transaction she began before I came on shift.  Never would she say, “This is what I did and this is where I am.”  No, not Ruth – she’d see it through to the end, she was that dedicated.  The user always mattered most, and they always came first.

Beyond her academic endeavors, she was our knitter and spinner on staff.  Every friday she would bring her spinning wheel and we would sit together at a local dining hall talking to students about fiber, arts, crocheting and knitting, and what the library can do to help them.  Her enthusiasm for outreach and her kind, happy demeanor brought a down to earth perspective to the library.  She was always so happy and willing to help, to do what needed to be done.  Her obligation and level of responsibility to the library and its users set a high bar for all of us.

Ruth and I would go to local crafting events, and she was so kind hearted, always surprising me with neat crochet gems she’d find during her travels through LA.  It was she that gave me that awesome Japanese motif book that I now use to create awesome motif doilies, bookmarks, edgings, and more.

Ruth, I’ll miss you.  We’ll all miss you.

A Day in the Life #5

12:24 PM

Well, back at work today.  My little one is on the mend, but I’m starting to feel a bit crappy.  Ah, well, such is parenting.

So here I am, sitting in my office, making a list of all that needs to be done today.  I have to put out a call for department mathematicians to meet this friday over lunch to discuss our plans for how we are going to attempt to put the library back together after removing and boxing half a floor of materials.  All the boxed content lives on the 5th floor in this giant, chaotic mess.  I need to try to explain to Math what this means, and how difficult it will be to try to make sense of it all in limited time (we are what, six weeks away from people coming back to campus?) and simultaneously preparing for fall and spring semesters.  It is not pretty at present.  I also need to draft together exactly what we’ve done, and possible options for what we will do.

Let’s see… I have a few ref questions that surfaced that need to be answered, and two book purchase requests.  One is tricky in that it is an ebook with no readily apparent licensing agreement, and I am wondering how we’d make that available to the 6000+ users of Claremont.  The other is an obscure, out of print German math book.  That promises to be a rather fun hunt.

Oh, and my trash STILL has not gone out.  I STILL have that huge pile of boxes in my office from Day One of this epic librarianship journey.  Today, I plan to leave my office door unlocked and wide open in an attempt to see if the trash will mysteriously manage to move itself out of my office.

Oh, and I have to go find 11 books that a staff member cannot find.

3:50 PM

Ugh, I am SO annoyed!  I spent oh, dunno, about an hour digging around for those 11 books, binned them, and routed them to the Mothership (our main library), only to receive an email from them stating that they no longer needed the books and we should not have looked for them in the first place.  So, it was a mistake that I was asked to deviate from more important issues to hunt for books that are no longer needed.  SIGH.  That was a major time waste that I just didnt need, on top of all the other things I am trying to work on.

Another annoyance is this constant problem of things boxed on the 5th floor.  People use the library, come to find out (golly, gee wiz, ma! Ya think?), and users expect us to somehow be able to scan things out of those boxes in a timely fashion.  That aint happenin’.  They have to be ILL’ed.  I know these are minor annoyances, but it would appear that my coworkers are delegating these things to me instead of handling the issues themselves, only for me to delegate them right back because I have enough issues I’ve got to take care of.

I am just generally irritated with all this stuff.  Moving library collections is stressful, even more so when you have insufficient data and labor.  I feel like I’m being cheated out of my summer – certainly no time off for me, and not adequate time to prepare for the cooler and more fun things I’d like to do come fall.  I got some great ideas for outreach and instruction at ALA, but I am not sure if I’ll be able to put things together in time.  And the same goes for all my Sakai things, too.  I’m way behind on my 2.5 testing, as well as updating and adding to my very successful Sakai site and subsequent librarian involvement project.  And the list of Things To Do just keep getting longer and longer….

A Day in the Life #4

Today is a very unusual day for me.  My little Miss7, My Lila, is down with what appears to be a mild case of the flu.  I say mild, because she is pretty well normal when hopped up on tylenol or ibuprofin and triamenic cold.  Let that slip, however, and she is back to misery with a fever, aches, and minor congestion.

So, I am home today with her.

Being home, I am not embroiled in the heated battle of day-to-day librarianship, but I am poking a bit at projects and emails here and there as I have time.

The hottest topic for today is a discussion of our LibX Firefox browser plugin.  This magical beauty of a Firefox extension is just amazing!  I am tickled to peices over it, and I cannot wait to show it to faculty and students come fall.

Essentially, once you downlaod this brilliant little thing, which Alexandra Chappell, the librarian at CUC that created it says was easy peasy to make, it runs a toolbar across the top of your Firefox browser, above the tabs.  You can set all sorts of cool preferences, search by keyword, author, title, subject, or ISN, or drop copied text onto a ‘scholar’ button that will shoot off a Google Scholar search.

But wait, there’s more!  For only 19.95…  Ha, Ha, kidding

But wait, there is more!  The gem of this cool tool is that it inserts open url links into things.  Let me say that again – it inserts open ulr links into things, like LibraryThing, and Amazon, WorldCat, and Google search results.  That means, I can browse amazon and click on our Mr Blais image, and access our open url form to either search our opac or log into ILL.  No logging into the proxy server, no opening  a new tab or window.  Just a teensy click.  Whoa, that’s awesome!  I think faculty will love this, seeing if we own or need to buy things for upcoming semesters.  I think students will love it for hunting up required and recommended readings.  I love it because it’s DAMN COOL. It is a great step towards a better integration of outside the library and inside the library tools.

So in addition to us talking about the neato things this does via email, we also began to brainstorm how we can tweak our open url resolver window to include ‘request this item for purchase’ links, which then broke down to a workflow issue, which broke down into a discussion of other things that must be done first, which broke down into….

ah, work politics.  : )

A Day in the Life #3

11:38 AM

Well, good morning-ish.  : )

Today is teh tired – I spent umpteen hours last night migrating my bloggy stuffs from our MT server at work, which is about to be FUBAR’ed by work, to WordPress.  So far, I am… well, i’m like switzerland about it atm.  I miss my cool widgets, which I cant seem to figure out how to make happen.  Do I need to learn CSS to get them n their javascript into place?  Is there some other magicks I dont know yet?  Alas, at least there’s widgets for my most frequently used social networking sites that I can plug in, and I am happy about that.

I must say, the wordpress interface is MUCH improved over Movable Type’s interface.  It is sooo easy to drag and drop things around, upload media and images, and generally link things together.  And the tagging option is hella cool.  So it has its advantages, even if I cant have my moon calendar widget thingie or my flash flickr thingie, or tag cloud thingie.  I do miss my Library Thing list – hey, @wordpress, where’s the widget for that?

But I do like the text box adding options, so I can have that blurb up there at the upper left that says who I am and what I do.  and the URL is super short and sweet for easy remembering, over that blah blah.

Change is inevitable, except from the vending machine, I say.

Today already has its ups and downs.  I am really tired and not as rested as I’d like, but hey.
Ups – I have a new wordpress, work free blog.
Downs – apparently the trash/recycling isnt going out lately.  So I’m tripping over all my cleaning (see days 1 and 2), and the Mothership has still to send their delivery emissaries for those 28 bins of giveaway books, also causing much tripping (see day 1).  Oh, and I have very concerned mathematicians about our moving project (see day one for link to frightening flickr pics).  We may not be able to easily interfile the stuff in boxes that are print only with stuff on shelves as we’re missing 2 key things – labor and data.  It may all go out of the building, and math is not so happy about that.  I’m hoping to catch up with one or two of them today to try and quell the fire.

For now, I’m starving, want cheese, bacon, and red meat, so I think I’ll try to find one of the aforementioned mathematicians and a 5$ buffet dining hall lunch.

L8rz, y’all

6:24 PM

Well, home now, resting in the quiet, well, quiet except for random gunfire and grenades from whatever game D is playing.  He ordered us pizza, so waiting on that, and I figured I’d round out my day.

This afternoon was spent in training for our new Institutional Repository at Claremont.  This is a pretty exciting addition to our digital library, and I’m really glad the library is taking a proactive, service-to-faculty approach with it. The CCDL is asking the librarians to beta it with selected faculty to outline the process and get enough things in there to encourage faculty buy-in.  Eventually they will have a staff member who will add materials to the IR on behalf of the faculty.

However…. I think they are going to have a struggle to get librarian buy-in.  Not because it’s a good idea, because it really is, but because the interface is really horrific.  And there’s a lot of steps to getting data in there.  And that’s a pain in the ass.  You log in, upload a CV (really, there should be a feed here from the faculty’s page, or this will get out of date FAST), have citations handy, look up the authority name in LoC (and this should somehow be searchable right from the IR interface, imho), make sure you have the right authority name, guess for co-authors you dont know, paste, paste some more, choose a publisher (or create a publisher record if none exists), paste the citation info into the ‘notes’ field because there’s no place for that in the interface (which stuns me to no end), and then upload a pdf of the paper.  Eventually, someone, I think in CCDL, will hunt up the publisher to verify copywright info.

It’s a lot of steps, involving a lot of different windows, and takes a lot of time.  In the hour and a half session, I got 2 citations in.  I am skeptical the librarians are going to take the time to do this regularly, because of the elaborate steps and time required.  I eagerly look forward to the delegation of this work to a permanent person.

In the mean time, it is a GREAT idea and I support the initiative, so I will plan to do one citation a day, first thing in the AM.  I’ll put it in my calendar so I have an annoying pop up to remind me.  : )

A Day in the Life #2

Well, this day was a big bucket of aggravating… It started off right away – See, we’ve been living in the 17th century at home the last handful of days as someone trashed the transformer to our area. They got it fixed last night, and for the first time, my little girl was getting a good night’s sleep (the pitch dark just freaked her out). I was letting her sleep in, until I get an email from one of the desk students. Our circ desk/student manager person called out, and had a desk student email me this news claiming his ’email was out.’ Irritated, was I.

I get in, and resumed the cleaning spree I started yesterday, now focusing on a storage room full of boxes and bags of journals donated a year ago by a widow of a mathematician. Since we are removing journals from the building and emphasizing electronic access, I no longer have to store them to see if we own them or not. They all can go. And they did. There’s a huge, giant mountain of stuff, boxes and bags, and I sure hope housecleaning comes by to pick up the recyclables today.

Right around lunch, my cleaning spree derailed when I got a chat from our NSA (Network System Administrator) that we need to move our blog server and make some fixes. So…. that means that all my templates currently used will break, and I will have to rebuild and reconstruct everything after the move. SIGH. So in the process of talking to said NSA, I asked if I could administer the new blog server and Movable Type. Nope, apparently that job is going to a publications coordinator. Yes, I am really disappointed. Lately, it seems our IT department is shutting out the librarians and restricting the development and exploration of new things. Ugh!

We used to have a really awesome director of IT, but she had to run off and go work somewhere else, and now we’ve got this herd that shuts innovation down and blackballs the librarians from exploring and trying new things. Although, they do play favorites, which also annoys me. I honestly think that if you have capable, curious people who want to try new things, you should enable them to do so. But, that no longer appears to be our culture at work.

So, this day was a big thorn. I’m glad it’s over, and that I can work on an afghan or something. Or read about hosting your own blog, since that seems like something I should learn up on.  : )

A Day in the Life #1

A Day in the Life #1, Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

So this morning on Twitter Lauren Pressley posted about a challenge by Bobbi L. Newman called “A day in the life.” This challenge is for librarians to post about their day in order to share their world with incoming librarians, those interested in librarianship, and, of course, other colleagues. Sounds fascinating, and hey, it will give the granny squares that typically lurk around here a run for their money.

So count me in. : )

8:00 AM

Oh, good morning, email.

Oh, Hai, odd licensing agreement from across the country. Let’s read you. Boy, you havent been updated since 1997, oh fair licensing agreement. We should ask some questions as to what UPenn expects the library to do once we get our 500$ downloaded linguistic data. See, yesterday afternoon I had a computer science faculty member email about a linguistic database she wants to use this summer with a student. She stated the tool was 250$, which is a lot, but manageable for their budget, and it is an area they’re researching in. So I inquire about it. This AM I get an interesting licensing agreement that doesnt exactly state what a library is to do with managing the data, AND the price has jumped from 250$ (a “reduced licensing fee”) to 500$. Hm. I need to find out if the thing can only be downloaded to a single machine or a library network drive or DVD. The last such database I bought for CS was on DVD. If it can only go on one machine, the prof is going to have to suck it up and buy it with department money. We’ll see.

9:19 AM

YES. Coworker just emailed about a free book giveaway. Score! See, engineering is renovating their office this summer and I have bins and bins and bins of books the professors donated to the library. At present, I’m a little overwhelmed with another book moving project, check out my flickr stream of that mess, here –
so I dont really have much time to sort through this stuff. Being able to route them directly out of my office (yes, office. it’s an obstacle course in here at the moment) to the main library is a huge bonus. Time to settle in, count the damn things, and send off for donation acknowledgment letters.

12:34 PM

Well, ~250 gift books processed and binned for the giveaway, and I’m interrupted to go cover the circ desk. Our student has been here a half hour after his shift and has to leave for an appt, and the next student is MIA. So is our student/circ desk manager, who apparently knew of this problem. SIGH.

Well, this means that I can get caught up on other administrative things I find necessary for my job. Like, my monthly summary. One of the things I learned from my father, an independent business owner, is to meticulously log my daily activities. I keep a notebook and a page for each day of work, where I mark what I’m working on, what I’ve accomplished, my To Dos, and any relevant stats, like Reference interactions, Instruction sessions, time spent on projects, or Outreach events. At the end of each month I consolidate this stuff into a monthly summary, which makes for super easy annual reporting and portfolio building. I highly recommend to EVERYONE that you keep a daily and monthly log. It is so very helpful, and, it captures all the work I really do on a day to day basis.

5:14 PM

Done for the day, thankfully! Processed a total of 28 bins of books, omg, I forgot I had enough space for a place for visitors to sit in my office! LOL

Prozac for Laptops?

i’ve been using a loaner laptop for the last month in order to beta test vmware’s fusion (first generation MacBook Pro). Pandora is her name, and, bless her heart, she’s caused nothing but trouble in the beginning. then, suddenly, she worked just fine. then, she started causing trouble again.

Pandora is clearly bipolar. “ooooh, we’re a happy laptop! we are working! look! here’s word! Look! here’s wireless! look! here’s google! look! let’s play games! lets do things!”

Then, “no, there is no wireless! there is no word! i dont work! who are you? what do you want? what do you expect from me? life is horrible! turn me off!”

then, “look! i found wireless! look! outlook is running! look! here’s some java! let’s play solitare! let’s connect to the vpn and talk to the cool servers at work!”

then, “no! there is no vpn! i have no IP! what do you mean, you want to print? there is no printing! there is no work! there is no fun! life is horrible! turn me off!”

Here’s an example – i am in a meeting, and i desperately want to download and view the ppt offered by our brilliant ADFUSTI. but, Pandora is having a little episode. over the course of one minute, i captured screenshots of her wireless connectivity.





just imagine it, blinking on and off like a circus light.

oh, and the Rainbow Swirly of Doom. I see that a lot, too.

oh, and she runs hot. REALLY hot.

She is not a lap friendly laptop. Poor thing.