January 6, 2013
…AND 6 months later I update my *almost* forgotten blog…
My New Year Resolution for 2013 is…
Rediscover Minnesota History
Last year I challenged myself to read the digital format of a book instead of the print version. I am happy to say that I did do this, but it was difficult. I struggled to be on the waiting list at the library when I had the print copy sitting on the shelf of the library where I work. I also struggled not to BUY the eBook version if it wasn’t available through the library eMedia catalog. In 2012 I read 125 books. Here’s the breakdown:
- 18 eBooks
- 19 audiobooks
- 17 comix (comics, graphic novels, illustrated novels, etc.)
- 71 books in print
So, how am I going to rediscover Minnesota History this year? I say ‘rediscover’ because I took an entire year of Minnesota History in 6th grade (which was a long time ago).
Here are some of my ideas: Read the rest of this entry »
June 21, 2012
I’m not headed to the annual ALA conference in Anaheim like many info-pros are right now. Instead, I’ll be working my typical hours and continuing with the summer reading program events. I’m not disappointed, though. I’m hoping this fall I will be able to attend a conference or two. I applied for a scholarship for the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) annual conference in Raleigh, NC at the end of September and I’m hoping to get enough funds to travel up to the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) conference in October.
I’m looking forward to watching tweets and blog posts about the discussions at ALA. I know that although I’m left behind this year, good things will happen there because good people are attending and working to make librarianship better around the country. And, this is my promise to you, at some point in my life I will be able to physically attend these conferences to play a more active role in this process. I just can’t do it right now – because I’m really BROKE!
June 5, 2012
Another quick update of my personal challenge to read books using the eBook format instead of the print format. Here’s the original challenge and the first update. I’ve read 57 books this year.
13 audiobooks (either on CD or downloaded from the eMedia collection)
30 print books
You can find a list of the titles of books I’ve read on my Goodreads profile.
I’ve observed something interesting while reading using my Kindle in public. Instead of being asked if I like the book I’m reading or what the book is about (like when I’m reading in print), I get asked about the act of using my Kindle.
Do you like reading on that? What is it? Does it have games? Don’t you miss reading paper books? Which eReader should I get?
I am never asked about what I’m reading while I’m reading using my Kindle. I miss having those sorts of conversations, but I think we lose the conversation-starter of the cover of a book when we use eReaders. I know some people don’t like to talk about what they’re reading, but I love to! I’m not sure how we’ll move that conversation to eReaders because we live in such a visually-focused society.
In another attempt to be eReader-friendly at the library, I’ve eliminated the Summer Reading Program requirement to mark your minutes on a bookmark. We are using a different reading record instead. My hopes are that we’ll not only save paper at the library, but we aren’t limiting our readers by format by giving them a bookmark. We encourage them to read/listen to audiobooks, use their eReaders and also pick up newspapers and magazines.
June 1, 2012
Congratulations! You’ve got an interview for a library-job! Here are 5 ideas to float around as you prepare for your interview. Please share others, too! Also – check out several of the job-search related posts on Hack Library School.
- Be Yourself. Dress nicely but yet wear something you’re comfortable wearing.
- Ask questions. Ask about the history of the library, the community, the future plans for the library, etc. Employers like to see curiosity and excitement. They won’t think you’re stepping out of line – you’re interviewing them, too!
- If you’re heading into a public library, brush up on a few books from different genres. You never know when you might find yourself eating lunch or having coffee with a few patrons. They’ll be oh-so-excited (not to mention impressed) that you have read something they’ve loved!
- If you’re coming straight out of graduation from your MLIS or a related-degree, remember that we use jargon. If you’re being interviewed by the library board or even members of a city council, they don’t always understand that jargon. Use it wisely – again – we’re aiming to impress rather than overwhelm and confuse.
- Get to know the library and its community before your interview. Do some research – explore their website/catalog/Facebook. Find out as much as you can! (This will also help you formulate some questions to ask them.)
This post was inspired by a couple of amazingly intelligent librarians who recently interviewed and received job offers to some GREAT libraries! Great work! These libraries will be so thankful you accepted the positions!
May 31, 2012
Back in February, Abby tagged me in her “Eleven Things” post and I promised her I’d participate. I’m living up to my promise months later!
11 Random Things About Me
- I prefer to crochet instead of knit.
- I never wear my hair down because I’m terrified of getting head lice.
- My favorite part of any house is a screened-in porch.
- I’m trying to read 125 books this year.
- I can’t take my puppy for a walk without having an audiobook to listen to.
- I do laundry on Sundays.
- My favorite TV show is Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. I own the series on DVD.
- I want to visit the Canary Islands again.
- After 10 years of limping, I went to the chiropractor and found out one of my legs is shorter than the other. I wear a lift in my shoe and I don’t limp anymore!
- I have my nose pierced, but I won’t pierce my ears.
- I took dance lessons for 1 very very very long year and now I hang out by the snack table.
11 Answers to 11 Questions
- What is your earliest childhood memory?
I was 2 or 3 and I got salmonella from eating raw cookie dough with my mom. I remember throwing up on my toys and then getting to watch The Little Mermaid with my dad because my mom got sick too.
- Where have you always wanted to visit but haven’t yet?
- N*Sync, Backstreet Boys, or 98 Degrees?
Actually – none of the above. The Beach Boys. I’ve always listened to “oldies” and probably always will.
- When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An artist, a meteorologist, a math teacher, and finally, a LIBRARIAN!
- Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?
Yes – because you have to believe in things that you’ve seen…
- If you had to change your first name to something else, what would it be and why?
Laura – because I have always wanted to live in the adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
- Coffee or tea?
tea – I’m 1+ year without coffee/caffeine in its entirety! And I feel great.
- Which animal would you be if you had to choose?
A turtle – they’re always at home – they’re always the underdog – and no one cares if they take their sweet time to cross the street.
- What’s your favorite trait or physical feature about yourself?
I love my hair. It’s healthy, beautiful and grows quickly, so I’m able to chop it off and donate it to organizations that make wigs for children with cancer.
- Are there any foreign languages you’d like to learn yet in your lifetime?
I’d like to learn German and Norwegian.
- If you had a set of triplets tomorrow, what would you name them? (Boys, girls, or any combination.)
The Three Stooges! Okay. Kidding. I really don’t know, but they’d be named from characters I’ve fallen in love with through reading.
11 New Questions for You! - anyone can answer, but I’m specifically tagging 3 other bloggers (Nicole, Annie, Julia) because I’d love to hear their answers
- What vegetable could you NOT live without?
- What’s your earliest memory of a library?
- If you could revisit somewhere you’ve already visited, where would you go and why?
- What 2 people would you take with you to revisit that place?
- Do you prefer to swim in lakes, a pool or the ocean? Why?
- Are you an early bird or a night owl?
- When and where did you learn to ride a bike?
- You and only you are being sent to an island furnished with food, water and shelter for a lifetime – what 3 comfort items do you bring with you?
- What’s your all-time favorite television show?
- Chocolate or Vanilla?
- What’s your favorite board game?
Okay – now it’s your turn. Write 11 random things – answer my 11 questions – write 11 more questions! Take your time and have fun!
May 17, 2012
April 13, 2012 was the 1 year anniversary of my first day as Library Director of Muir Library in Winnebago, MN! And, of course, I was too busy to write something then. I think I tweeted about it, though…
May is my month!
Throughout the last year, I’ve essentially been “keeping up” and trying to learn as I go, but May is a month I’ve already lived through at the library, so I know what to expect. [Insert enormous sigh of relief]
Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love my job at this library! I get to interact with curious readers and potential-readers each and every day! But, there was a definite learning curve to this position and I now feel more comfortable having one year of experience.
So – why is May MY month? Here’s why… I have no programming going on at the library in May, so I have more time to spend preparing for June 4 – the first day of the Summer Reading Program at the library; I’m working on some awesome programming opportunities for this Fall. This month also has me taking a few afternoons off to get my garden planted, go on bike rides and read books I’m going to talk up to the kids during the summer.
It’s important to take time for yourself, professionally and personally, even if you feel like you’ll never be able to keep up with your everyday tasks. Schedule the time into your life and make sure you take it!
My honey and I dressed up for a wedding last weekend.
(Congratulations, Amanda and Tom!)
My new favorite smoothie recipe! I made it up…
(no picture because I drank it too fast!)
4-5 kale leaves
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
2 teaspoons of honey
1/2 cup water
cut up banana
rip stems off of kale and rip kale into pieces
makes 1 16oz serving
April 11, 2012
As promised, here’s a quick update on my reading during the past 3 months. I’ve read 27 books so far this year:
7 audiobooks (either on CD or downloaded from the eMedia collection)
14 print books
You can find a list of the titles of books I’ve read on my Goodreads profile.
I honestly cannot make any excuses for my reading of 14 print books so far this year. When I work in a library packed with print books each and every day, it is difficult for me not to pick something up and bring it home. It seems natural. I love browsing and finding a treasure. Because I don’t have my face stuck to a computer screen all day, I don’t find myself browsing the e-Media catalog as often as I did when I was taking classes. With that being said, I searched for ALL (except for one) of the print book titles I’ve read in the e-Media catalog and didn’t find them.
Next week I’m going on vacation to Texas and I promised myself (and my husband) that I’d only bring my Kindle. I purchased 4 ebooks I need to read for the annual Battle of the Books competition for teens this summer. I also received a notice that The Help is FINALLY (honestly I’ve been on hold since December 2011) available for me through the e-Media catalog.
I’ll have plenty to keep me eBusy next week!