One of the classes I am taking this semester is Management of Information Collections and my latest assignment was a paper comparing the collection development policies of three libraries or information centers. Being interested in academic libraries, I chose three university libraries: University of Oxford, University of Florida, and Harvard University's Andover-Harvard Theological Library. My choices were a bit arbitrary but they were not completely without rhyme or reason. This summer, I studied abroad in London for three weeks and visited various surrounding areas, including Oxford. The campus was beautiful as was the Bodleian Library. As for UF, aside from the fact that I have lived in Gainesville, home of the Gators, my whole life, I attended UF for undergrad. And at UF, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion (with a minor in Art History), leading me to choose the Andover-Harvard Theological Library as my third information center. Reading their collection development policy made me miss my religion classes a lot. I think the title "dream job" is in order here.
If you are interested in reading my paper, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - copies are available upon request.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Today I attended the Job Hunting for the Recent or Future MLS Graduate workshop offered by the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA), division of the American Library Association. First of all, I would like to express my frustration with time zones. In the past few weeks, the Eastern Standard Time/Central Standard Time difference has been tripping me up. But alas, I don't think that I would be able to make much headway in changing the nature of time zones, nor do I really think that a time zone revolution is actually necessary. Anyway, back to the webinar... It was quite interesting, addressing issues and best practices for all steps of the job hunting process. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the webinar was that, though it was hosted by LLAMA which is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, it was presented by Brian Keith, Assistant Dean for Human and Financial Resources at the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. Not only did I receive my Bachelor's from UF, I still (and always have, to be honest) live in Gainesville, Florida. So naturally, I have been applying for a number of jobs at the UF libraries. In fact, there was one in particular for which I went through an extensive interview process - unfortunately, I did not get the job. (But do not fear! For this means that I am still in the job market and would be more than happy to take my extensive skill set to an academic library position. Perhaps you have one in mind for me....) In any case, it was very insightful to hear about the other side of the interview process and have some context in which to place it. But as much as I appreciated the webinar being presented by an institution in my own backward, I'm now quite worried that a large portion of the over one-thousand-member audience will now be applying for the positions for which I have been applying.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Thank You, Thanksgiving by David Milgrim as a few more people showed up. Then, we glued together these turkeys for some festive refrigerator art while practicing our shapes and colors (here is where the original idea and pattern came from). While the glue on our turkeys was drying, we read Thanksgiving at Our House by PK Hallinan and then re-read Thank You, Thanksgiving for those who showed up a bit late.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
the recipe I use, a lot of the recipe involves allowing the dough to rest for a set amount of time. And what is this but time management skills? These bagels also require 10 minutes of kneading. I don't know if you have ever kneaded dough or not, but after a couple of minutes, it gets pretty boring and takes a decent amount of energy. However, I plow through those 10 minutes out of dedication to create the best possible end product. In fact, the whole process of making bagels takes a certain amount of diligence to see the dough through the multi-step process all the way through baking it into delicious bagel goodness. And though my bagels don't look perfect, I am nonetheless proud of my hard work...and plan to proudly devour one tomorrow morning.
Monday, November 15, 2010
I may be young and techy, but I am pretty old-school when it comes to books; I have little to no desire to obtain an eReader. However, being the aspiring librarian that I am, I recognize that eReaders are proving to be a respectable portion of the technology market as well as providing an interesting challenge and opportunity for libraries of all kinds. Whether it is a device dedicated to providing access to e-books such as Barnes & Noble's Nook or a gadget that has multiple media capabilities like Apple's iPad, people are catching onto the eReader trend. However, with competing companies comes differing options that sometimes limit the eReader's ability to access some e-books or other downloadable media. More and more frequently, patrons come to the Newberry Branch Library seeking advice on which eReader to purchase (or whether they should get one at all). Often, they are asking for suggestions in relation to the library's downloadable media. Thus, my latest blog post for the library is all about comparisons of eReaders with special emphasis on which are compatible with the library's media databases. And what better time to think about getting a new techy toy than right before Black Friday and just in time to add to your holiday wishlist...or as a last-minute gift idea.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
On Wednesdays at 11am, I present Pre-School Storytime at the Newberry Branch Library. Following my mom's suggestion (my mom is a school library media specialist), I choose holidays to determine the theme for each week's storytime. Sometimes this is a legitimate holiday such as Veterans' Day or Halloween but more often than not, these are pseudo-holidays such as America Recycles Day (Monday, November 15th, for the record) or, say, Dinosaur Month (October, in case you were interested). I originally wanted to do just Veterans' Day for this week's storytime, but there are not many good pre-school storytime-worthy picture books relating to said holiday. So, I combined these two holidays into one storytime. First, I read Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel. Then, in honor of Veterans' Day, we decorated bookmarks with crayons, colored pencils, and stickers to send to the troops overseas.
Luckily, the Tower Road Branch Library (where I worked for five and a half years as a library page) participates in the Books for Soldiers program which sends books, magazines, and other requested materials to troops overseas. Thus, I will be taking the bookmarks we made to the Tower Road library to be sent off in the next care package.
After making our bookmarks, we read The Garbage Monster by Joni Sensel. And after a "Read another one!" request, I also read Drummer Hoff by Barbara Emberley.
Next week's storytime: Thanksgiving, of course!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Why am I posting this to my resume blog, you ask? Well, in addition to showing off a passion of mine - baking - this apple pie exemplifies a few very transferable skills. First, baking requires the ability to read and follow a recipe (in the case of an apple pie, two recipes: one for the filling and one for the crust). Thus, I am clearly able to interpret and understand directions. Furthermore, I baked this pie all by myself, exemplifying my ability to work well independently and without constant supervision. Granted, I have watched my mom make an apple pie countless times and, according to her, she actually taught me how to make an apple pie when I was about 2 weeks old so perhaps I had a bit of a leg up on baking this pie. And I did have to borrow the pie plate from my mom as well, but that only serves to demonstrate my ability to recognize and utilize the resources that are available to me. Additionally, I enjoy taking on a challenge, in this case that of baking something that I have no prior experience baking. Not to mention the fact that I have my mom's amazing apple pie recipe and bake various delicious items frequently...often with the specific intent of bringing it to work to share with my co-workers.
Monday, November 8, 2010
For his senior project, the Newberry Branch Library's high school volunteer has chosen to report on the process of becoming a librarian. Today, he asked if I would be his mentor for this process. I felt quite honored and readily agreed. Not that I actually have to do anything differently when it comes to training him in the art of library work and education, but the fact that he asked me gives me a new sense of purpose. I am excited about the experience and potential challenges that this new title may offer.