Tag Archives: IL2010

Back in the USSR

24 Oct

OK, not really. I’m back in Monterey, and back in the wonderful world of library conferences, but the crossover portion of that Venn diagram is pretty awesome, and far from a centrally controlled totalitarian regime.

For now.

Flew in to Oakland on Wednesday, spent some time with some college friends, and then Nina and I set out for Yosemite. Which was unbelievably gorgeous, though it did set off of my vertigo on more than one occasion.  After several days, we trekked back out to Monterey, and found the Aquarium there to be as awesome as ever. More so, even, as it now includes several exhibits discussion issues such as climate change and the true cost of the seafood industry, all of which were admirably honest, surprisingly optimistic, and full of instruction on how guests could go home and get involved in making social change. (And more than a few bits that didn’t even require them to go home. Awesome.)

And then it was time for rocking out with my peers. This year saw Beatles RockBand make an appearance, to the joy of all involved. (It may also have something to do with the title of this post, and you don’t know how lucky you are, boy.  Girl. Person.) It’s really fun teaching folks how to play that game, and the fact that damn near everyone knows Beatles songs makes it even more fun. My kind of instruction interview.

I also got to chat for a while with Scott Nicholson, one of my favorite profs from library school and someone who’s doing awesome things with game design as teaching tool. I’ve got to post more about that, but I’m forced to wonder if this is the right blog for it. Thank Thoth-Hermes for cross-posting.

So far IL2010 is a mix of the familiar and the exotic for me. Looking forward to tomorrow.

Right back where we started from

15 Oct

Tremendously busy and notably productive week. While part of the latter might be credited to my participation in International Suit Up Day, it was more likely just me getting things squared away before heading out to Internet Librarian 2010. I’m excited; looking through the program, there’s a degree of crossover between “presentations being made by smart folks I know” and “presentations directly relevant to my work” such that the resulting Venn diagram could be titled, “Why Jim Will Be Attending A Workshop During Pretty Much Every Time Slot at IL2010”. Which would be a horrible title, so I’m glad I didn’t need to produce such a diagram to justify my travel expenses.

I’m also excited that I get to head out to California early and spend a few days with Nina in Yosemite. Northern California was where we spent our first summer together, our honeymoon, and the big vacation we took right before we decided to move back to Ithaca. I’m looking forward to going back again.

I always associate that first trip with this song, though the song came out a bit after we’d come back east:

Odd that I’d never seen the video before now. For what it’s worth, I heartily disapprove of the damaging of a Flying V. But rinsing your mouth out with Jack Daniels? That’s just rock ‘n’ roll.

Is this what being a librarian feels like?

13 Aug

I enjoy reading the “day in the life” posts that many blogger librarians write. After spending the last couple of days trying to hash out my week-to-week schedule for the coming semester, I think I’m close to being able to do that myself. At the very least, I’m beginning to see why such posts tend to be so long.

This fall, each of my weeks will include:

  • Three reference desk shifts here at Catherwood.
  • One shift of Cornell’s online chat reference service.
  • One shift of chat reference service for the co-op to which Cornell belongs.
  • Two classes in eskrima. (Which will not, I hope, prove directly applicable to the aforementioned reference shifts. But they will probably facilitate the maintenance of sanity.)

Every month, I’ll also have:

  • At least one meeting of the CUL Reference and Outreach Committee.
  • At least one forum, run by said committee.
  • At least one meeting of the CUL Digital Reference Committee.
  • At least a few meetings regarding the ongoing library consolidation plan.

And then there’s the other stuff on this semester’s to-do list:

It’s a more than slightly overwhelming list, especially since I know it won’t prove exhaustive. It almost certainly necessitates the delegation to others of a bunch of mundane tasks  that I still do because my previous position has remained unfilled. But truth be told, the folks above me in the chain of command have been recommending that I do that for a while now; this semester may prove the necessary impetus.

I feel like this semester is giving me a better picture of what my career’s gonna look like for at least the next several years. And the funny thing is, I’m not only OK with that, I’m pretty damned psyched about it. Overwhelming as it is, it also sounds like fun.

And not just the stick-fighting.