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She blinded me with science

Library science that is. Jeph Jacques over at Questionable Content has introduced a library theme and due to popular demand created a new t-shirt to celebrate it.

She blinded me with library science

Another sexy librarian

Once you decide to enter this field you begin to notice all the librarian sterotypes around. Even more so when you decide to shoot for your ML(I)S. On one of my daily webcomics I had to laugh at another sexy librarian joke: http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=273

It could have been worse I suppose.

You know you've been reading too much when...

you read this title: http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/science/10/20/orca.calves.ap/index.html as: Washington orcs head south to feast. That was a fast click to wonder why this wasn't breaking news or something. I really should cut back on the Tolken.

gmail invitations

I got three gmail invites and no friends that need/want them.

The first three that reply with their email address gets an invite.

Let the stress begin

I was finally able to register Tuesday for classes for the upcoming semester at UK's MLIS program. After a breif orientation meeting that morning and a free meal I met with my advisor Dr. Chan (yes the Dr. Chan for those in the cataloging field). She advised that I should take the LIS601* and LIS602**. With those two classes out of the way I would be able to take just about anything the following semesters. A few hours later I was signed up and now I just need to head back to UK and get my ID and see if I need any books and I'll be off and running for my first of about 6 semesters.

Now if they can just get the billing software fixed I can see how much I owe them. My balance due is sitting at $0. I'm not complaining, I'm just saying.

*LIS601, INFORMATION SOURCES & SERVICES.
An introduction to basic information sources and services provided by libraries and information organizations. Consideration is also given to the ethics of information services, the user-system interface including question-negotiation and the formulation of effective search strategies, and the evaluation of information sources and information services.

**LIS602 INFORMATION STORAGE & RETRIEVAL.
A study of the basic principles and practices of information documentation, organization, storage, retrieval and dissemination. The structure of document surrogates, indexing languages, thesauri, natural language systems, catalogs and files, information storage media, retrieval systems, networks and information delivery systems are examined

Course descriptions from: http://www.uky.edu/CommInfoStudies/SLIS/bulletin.htm#courses

New Interlibrary loan policy.

If you haven't figured out yet I work at a Academic library. It appears that we've changed how we proccess interlibrary loan requests. Normally some change like this wouldn't have anything to do with me and I wouldn't be posting it as a new journal entry. However it is an interesting change and some folks around here may like to give it the once over as it may benifit them.

It was decided that when a professor requests a book through ill that if the book is one that has been published within the past few years that we will order the book and it will be put on the fast track and held for him. This will add a bit to my work load (the drop everything and do this item) and to the Acq. person (order this now please). It also appears to be a good idea in the way of collection development. The items that a professor needs is being ordered instead of something that they think they want or they think their students want. It appears that there is no change with the student ill requests but I have the feeling it may change as well.

Now for the $64 question: Whose budget does the money come out of, that departments or the general? Also I have to ask if this is similar to anyone else's policy?

Now I know why it was crazy registration...

I wasn't supposed to register yet. Makes sense doesn't it? They tell you how to do it, what classes are offered but not a word about not registering yet. I figured this out when I received my registration and orientation packet this weekend. Did I mention that when I opened it I danced around my apartment like a giddy little schoolgirl? However, I get to run around UK's campus in the middle of August and play freshman again. Its not so bad since everything appears to be in the same area but August in Kentucky is usually, hot and humid. Sometimes I wonder how people lived around here without AC. The best news that I recieved is that my advisor is Lois Chan. Needless to say when I read that I danced aroung like a giddy schoolgirl again. Anyone want to bet that she'll suggest that I go ahead and take Cat. and Class. 1 this first semester? For the record I'm shooting for the night class offerings of LIS 600, Information in Society and 601, Information Sources and Services.

One step closer to starting school again and becoming an honest to God professional!

More librarian sterotypes

One of these days I'll learn how to spell. It never was my strong point but I'm getting (slightly) better.

More on topic. Cnn is running a nice article on new fashion for ladies that isn't modeled after prostitues, here . About 2/3 of the way down it is described as "sexy librarian". ARGH!!!!!!! I'm not a woman but this is very irritating that this profession is still sterotyped as sweaters, glasses and hair in buns.

/rant

Please rant below if you must blow off steam.

Crazy registration

Everyday this past week I've tried to register for my first semester of classes at UK's MLIS program, and everyday this week it wouldn't let me and didn't tell me why. I guess it has something to do with the lack of advisor and orientation since I received the e-mail saying that the new students will be receiving those packets at the end of June. That's all fine and dandy but I got interest racking up on student loans since I haven't been out of school for almost 6 months (no payments yet!).

I guess this is as good as time as any to say this. I was planning on using this journal feature for documenting my trip through the MLIS program at UK. So first semester will be LIS 600, Information in society and LIS 601, Information sources and services. If they will ever let me register.

On a personal note, recieved a new toy Friday night, an Xbox with a flakey hard drive, no controlers and games but who could let a free xbox get past them. Just need to replace the HD and do some other interesting mods, that what this is for.

lordjim's future librarian mememememememe

1. Owns a cat(s)? Nope. Highly allergic. Plus I'm more of a dog person

2. Drives small sensible, economical car? 95 Ford Taurus. V6 all the way. The way folks drive around here those extra 2 cylinders really help.

3. Wears comfortable, sensible shoes? Do they make uncomfortable tennis shoes?

4. Reads constantly? Not as much as I used to. I only have one book going now instead of 3 or 4.

5. Never goes out? With out being outside of the home, nope. I'm usually somewhere else, gym, the RRG, Morehead, book store (the locally owned one).

6. Sexually inexperienced? Errr, That's on a need to know basis.

7. Friends are all librarians? Nope. Students, climbers, and college friends who've gone every which way (day traders to manager at the local food co-op).

8. Could care less about fashion? I have a shirt that until last year I wore on a regular basis around town that I bought in 95. Not to mention that flannel plaid shirts, jeans and boots will never go out of style.

9. Leans to the left when it comes to politics? Nope. I'm what you would call a Green Republican.

10. Was a nerd in high school? Yeah but so what. That was high school. It doesn't count anymore and it shouldn't have counted when you were there.

11. Wears hair in a bun? Nope, way too short. But when it was long the pony tail was king.

12. Is constantly covered in dust? Dirt and charcoal yes, dust, no.

13. Librarian by day/Bacardi by night? I'm a Bud man myself.

14. Do you wear glasses? Contacts now, but glasses before and since the 5th grade.

15. Are you female? Nope.

16. Abilities in the yarn arts? No. But I can sew and I've made a quilt before. When we have our first kid I'm making him/her one as well.

I'm in! or "I'm so happy, I do the Dance of Joy"

Hot damn I'm going to be a librarian. I received my notice of provisional admintance in Saturdays mail. I must say that I was starting to worry a little since I haven't heard a peep from UK about my application, not even a "We're missing X,Y and Z" form letter.

So the first wait is over and the second wait to the start of the Fall 2004 semester begins. I just need to figure out where the money is going to come from. At least I don't have to figure out which classes I'm going to take that first semester. Oh the joys of being a part time student again.

23-5

# 1. Grab the nearest book.

# 2. Open the book to page 23.

# 3. Find the fifth sentence.

# 4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

"For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgement; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him."

From my KJV. It just happened to be sitting 4 inches away from the laptop.

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