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It's been a while, and I'm sorry for it. Work has been busy (whose hasn't?) and we've had company from out-of-town.
So, what's new? I don't have any slice-of-life stories...
I read a good YA book, "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things" by Carolyn Macker. It's the story of Virginia. She thinks she's the ugly duckling in a perfect family, where everyone else speaks French and is in perfect shape. She's slightly overweight, and has low self-esteem. Virginia's world is shaken when her brother date-rapes his date and is sent home from college.
I enjoyed the book, and the way Virginia relates to her domineering mother. I also liked how Virginia starts to relate better to her body. One thing that made me uncomfortable is that Virginia notices that a classmate may have an eating disorder, but she does nothing about it; not even speaking to the girl. (Virginia's mom is well-known teen psychologist, so Virginia seems well-versed on teen issues.)
Anyway, just my thoughts. Feel free to share any thoughts you may have.
To: Center for Public Integrity
[ http://www.publicintegrity.org/dtaweb/index.asp?L1=40&L2=0&L3=0&L4=0&L5=0 ]
BPL departments reference desks
BPL unions collective bargaining labor relations advocates
Our Boston Public Library Department curatorial departments librarians
have censored their reports, censored city and state consultants' studies
and censored city and state consultants' reports about public libraries
collections and services. BPL President Bernie Margolis is in denial
about the lack of availability of background information
about our public libraries collections and services.
President Margolis delegated BPL Operations Director R. Kowal as so called
freedom of information officer only to improperly deny, delay or
apply punitive additional fees for public information contrary
to ethical and intellectual freedom principles. Reference enquiries have been
sent to city hall as a deterrent for public library users reference desk
enquiries contrary to established principles of reference desk services
[ http://makeashorterlink.com/?Y55925F54 ]
[ http://www.ala.org/Content/NavigationMenu/RUSA/Professional_Tools4/Reference_Guidelines/Guidelines_for_Behavioral_Performance_of_Reference_and_Information_Services_Professionals.htm ]
Public libraries users, public libraries personnel and public libraries unions
collective bargaining labor relations advocates do not have available to us
the basic public library services and the free inquiry to read this
public information held at our public libraries reference desks.
Other cities' public libraries have also censored in this manner for which
our Boston Public Library Department is a model of a bad example.
Okay... So I just wanted to share this link in honor of International Talk like a Pirate Day. Take the quiz to find out your pirate IQ. I'm a cabin boy! Which is odd since I'm a girl... Anyways, happy friday!
I've got an interview in exactly 4 days. It's a job that I am (in theory) qualified for... however, I am spending my freetime studying for the interview.
Has anyone ever had to do that?
It's a metadata librarian job. They are looking for someone to be a young expert on metadata. I am familiar with the issues surrounding metadata but not working in a very professionally nurturing environment I haven't been able to pursue it with any focus. Any advice from anyone on how to cram a semesters worth of metadata stuff in my head over a weekend?
Follow the big red arrow, the time and date are wrong, but location is correct:
Patriot Act. Boston Public Library.
Patriot Act. Cambridge Public Library.
43 days till I "tie the knot", and 45 days till we honeymoon in Hawaii!
I should have a laptop with me, and I'll be sure to have extra people around to baby sit LISHost & LISNews during my time on the islands.
I'm hoping that we'll be able to set up some kind of web cam for the wedding, there'll be at least 3 LISNewsterz there, possibly more, so it might be somewhat interesting to watch. Then again, probably not, but I may be able to set something up.
Never fight the urge to Buy Me A Present.
Well the powers that be decided that since no one from my particular college had applied for a faculty fellowship, I should do so. I filled out the application 5 minutes before closing one day and had it the next day. I am glad to have this, it should be fun--it involves working with some of the IT folks to "develop" my skills to work on a project. It looks like I'm doing some kind of library tutorial, unless I come up with something else better soon. My mentor is a web graphics designer. I already know HTML, and have been playing around with graphics.
Any suggestions on great ideas to learn and do would be appreciated--it would be nice to come up with something that is at least a bit unique and not just the standard basic "here are the library resources" presentation.
First html workshop tonight ..... very informative ..... group activity went well and even got a chance to mingle a bit with the lis web team ..... hmmmmm maybe I'll mention this online journal thing at next week's workshop ...... eventually, i hope, my journal will discuss more technical computer kinda stuff instead of this stream of consciousness kind of writing/babbling :P
Library Advocacy: A topic of great interest to me,
whether it be Academic, Public or School.
Lately I've been reading about so many library cutbacks, that I wonder what we, the Information Professionals, are doing right and what are we are doing wrong.
Specifically, when the public libraries were spared from the chopping block in Ohio, was it the protest rallies held at the Capitol and letter writing campaign to legislators that made the difference? Or was there other inside politicing going on?
Tommorrow , Sep 9, the Pennsylvania Legislators start their session to decide the fate of Governor's Reindell's budget PDF , which proposes a 50% decrease in funding to Pennsylvania public libraries, spending 37.5 million instead of 75.2 million for fiscal year 2003-2004. What will need to happen for the public funding decision makers to spare the library budget as proposed by 71 of the 203 Reps in HB 1590 ? What information will sway their decision? Will it be a letter writing campaign from the PA library advocates ? Editorials expressing outrage? Or will other groups' lobbyists present their cases more effectively?
It is paradoxical to me that we make our living as Information Specialists, yet, I don't think we are getting the specific information delivered to the audience that needs to see it in order to keep us afloat.
Governor Rendell hates this budget but wants to balance the 600 million dollar deficit. He believes these are the tough measures needed to bring the state back to prosperity so that he can reinstate the funding to the public libaries.
I believe he likes libraries, because he posed in front of library shelving for one of his photos that randomly appear on his web site.
You see, Governor Rendell explains his reasons for the tough choices. One of his sources cited was a report from the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) , a non-profit, non-partisan Foundation. Titled the Development Report Card (DRC) , it summarizes economic benchmarks for decisionmakers and is succinctly subtitled "How to Govern in a Recession ". The report "provides ten guidelines to help state policymakers make wiser choices in what programs to cut, what investments to sustain, and what taxes and fees to raise."
Each state gets a report card and is graded using raw data collected for 71 measures. You can then compare your state's performance in the recession to other states on such indicators as "Average Teacher Salaries" , "Crime Rate", and "Unemployment Rates". Also, you can check your state's individual strengths and weaknesses.
The 71 measures are grouped into three Indexes: Performance, Business Vitality and Development Capacity.
The Performance index hopes to answer the question, "How well is the state's economy providing opportunities for employment, income, and an improving quality of life?" Colorado (it got straight A's) had favorable data in the measures that make up that category.
Index 2: Business Vitality question, "How dynamic are the state's large and small businesses? Index 3: Development Capacity, What is the state's capacity for future development?
Now, if you think like I do, you'd want to find how effective public library systems were figured into the 71 measures. Surely, a state like Ohio, with its largely state funded public libraries got a few points for improving the quality of the lives of their patrons with job search strategies and improving the literacy levels of children through library programming. I supposed that a public library system that is successful in meeting it's mission statement (especially with state dollars) would be figured into the first index question, "How well is the state's economy providing opportunities for employment, income, and an improving quality of life?"
But, after searching all the measures, I could not find a single one that included any public library statistics. I called the CFED and they confirmed that they had not included public libraries contribution but, were open to the idea of including PL data next year.
Now, here is a project where ALA or PLA-types could lend a hand. Will the CFED really make these changes on the basis of one librarian's request? How can I assume she will find all the wonderful sources of data already collected?
ALA does address federal funding issues , but I think either PLA or ALA could come up with some strategies for dealing with the state funding crisis affect on public libraries. This brings up the question, to quote Blake
"Does the ALA need to do More for budgets and worry about Filters Less?"
State library associations like PaLa can only do so much with their limited funds. Compare the PaLa web site to the < a href="http://www.olc.org/budgetupdate.asp"> Ohio Library Council budget update and Advocacy Handbook (PDF) for an idea of the inequity of state level organization and support.
Iowa Library Association complies Library Success Stories and the grass roots campaign by MaryLaine Block to collect library success stories looks promising, however I did not find a compilation of the stories, I wonder if anyone sent any to her.
I did join the ALA Advocacy Now, (ALADNOW) "A discussion list of the ALA Library Advocacy Network for idea sharing, updates, and legislative alerts." to find out more about the ALA's Advocacy programs . For example, who do I talk to about this issue of a national think tank missing the PL data? I e-mailed someone at ALA but there must be something else that can be done.
I am new to this profession and have a lot to learn about the professional organizations. I welcome your comments.
Password Rage is a fact of life I suppose. I am trying to figure out how many username/passwords I need to keep track of.
I have 2 for work.
2 for AOL.
1 for another mail account.
3 for LISNews mail.
1 for my personal shell account
Root @ LISHost
3 different MySQL accounts
3 different LISNews accounts
2 websites I use often (Mefi & Slashdot)
Several others that are not used often
1 for the home linux box
Another few at OSU
eBlake.com gives me 3 more
Assorted other accounts on one of 2 servers.
I dunno, what's that...about a million?
Here's my secret... NONE of them are the same! I am not lazy when it comes to passwords, or other security, and it's a bit of a challenge to keep them all correct in my head sometimes. Most of them are 5 or 6 letters/numbers long as well.
No use in complaining as it's the only way we can keep things secure at this point.
I mentioned I'm a public librarian. I work at both the Childrens and Reference desks. I don't have a favorite because I like both for different reasons. I like the kids because they're so thrilled when you find what they want. I also like that if you don't find the exact book (it's checked out), they'll consider other books on same subject. Some of the adult patrons aren't that open-minded. They can't seem to believe that someone else has an interest in the book they want, and that we let them check it out. More on frustrating patrons in the future.
School, work and the baby ...... the juggling went well until the mini suv went caput :S i'll be shopping for a minivan this week ...... hmmmmm ..... this week is going to be a learning experience ...... i'm finishing my last week at my job, looking for the new mommy mobile, doing homework & entertaining the little bundle of joy .....hmmmmmm it doesn't look that bad written down.
Oh btw if anyone is interested my classmates and I are making pathfinders and doing 5 minute presentations on various topics. My topic is the Book of Hours.
I'm taking two classes - history of books and libraries and intro to info and ref services - both classes are tremendously interesting ..... I'll elaborate more when I have a bit more energy ..... the fiancee and I spent the day vehicle shopping .....the combination of that intense new car smell and the hot sun - whew - until next time. bai bai
I'm probably not going to be using this journal feature at lisnews very much. You can catch my thoughts at my own site.
This is my first post here at lisnews.com
So, I'm probably not going to use this journal thingy much, at least not until I figure out what to say here. I have a blog over on my own site, and even that doesn't get updated on a regular basis. I think I'm spending too much time reading LISNews.com and other librarian blogs.
This journal will be a combination of thoughts on the librarian profession and "slice of life" entries.
I'll be in touch soon!
Das ist mein erster Eintrag im System von LISNews. Aber eigentlich schreibe ich mehr in http://log.netbib.de 8-)
The RSS feeds that include descriptions (descriptions.rss and others) seem to be breaking whenever there are ampersands in the descriptions. Can something be done to XML-encode ampersands?
The toughest part about going back to school is ....... waking up at the crack of dawn to join the morning rush into Honolulu. I would say 'beat the morning rush' but that would mean waking up at 3 in the morning. LOL I don't think I'll be doing that anytime soon.
First day went pretty well. Saw some familiar faces. Got an extra long 5 hour break between classes to have lunch, chat with classmates, blah blah blah. LOL I have to be more focused during that gigantic break - I think I could have finished more than the first reading.
I promised myself that I would make the most out of that 5 hour break. My next little project is to break down my assignments into manageable pieces. I guess I'm micromanaging my time :S
Anyway, the first day of class went really well .... and I wasn't the only one sniffling and coughing throughout the day. Apparently there's something going around and I'm not the only sicko in the bunch. :)