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  • No, these aren't all the books Obama has written. Although he certainly has an ego to have written as many as he has so far considering he's not really accomplished much. This is a list of the books that inspired him. There is a bookstore that has put up a display and I think it may be interesting to do something similar. Anything to get people to read. Well, maybe not anything…
    (tags: book library)
  • …and placecards. These are really beautiful an simply designed invitations. If I ever through a party, this would be the style of invite I'd choose. And they're FREE downloads.
  • More sweet printable downloads that I had to share. Here you will find a wonderful collection of tags.
  • Did you have a sticker book when you were a kid? I did! I loved collecting stickers of all sorts. As an adult, my tastes have matured somewhat, but I still get excited about stickers. And these stickers are worth getting gleeful over. Put some of the sticker sheet printing paper and have a blast.
    (tags: crafts freebie)
  • I don't use bookplates in the books I own because I don't always keep them. But I might just have to start after seeing these lovely designs. Wonderful FREE printables.
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All sorts

Posted on: January 28, 2009

  • Some interesting info in Elsevier's newsletter. Will have to take some time to read this.
    (tags: library)
  • Simple, but beautiful looking markers made with polymer clay.
    (tags: crafts)
  • Want to increase your followers? Do you even twitter? Do you even care? While I'm not too concerned about have thousands of followers, this is interesting. I think I'm going to start using hash tags for some of my content, specifically library and knitting stuff.
  • We don't have 3-D photos yet…but you can make something fun that gives you that effect. This would be a great thing for a gift for someone. I like the idea of combining different photos. Think how unique you could go!
    (tags: crafts photo)
  • I like bean sprouts. They're great in salads and on sandwiches. But I can rarely find them at the grocery store. Now I don't have to worry about that. I can grow my own right in my apartment. They'll go well with my Aerogarden lettuce.
    (tags: food)
  • I've been looking for some simple Valentine's crafts that aren't too supply intensive. I found some cute fabrics in my stash the last time I was in KS and think they would work well for this project. Just have to pick up some batting at the quilt shop and a spool of ribbon. If you don't like the unfinished back, I think you could easily cover it with a piece of fabric, decorative paper, or posterboard.
    (tags: crafts)
  • This is very easy-to-understand tutorial for a very cute quilt. I kept staring at the picture trying to figure out how the zig zag's were done. It's really simple! Now I'm seriously thinking about bringing my sewing supplies back to IL after my next KS visit.
    (tags: crafts)
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  • "Despite the internet's origins as an academic network, when it comes to finding a book, e-commerce rules. Put any book title into your favourite search engine, and the hits will be dominated by commercial sites run by retailers, publishers, even authors. But even with your postcode, you won't find the nearest library where you can borrow that book. (The exception is Google Books, and even that is limited.)"
  • Free pattern for a cute Kufi-style hat. Perfect if you just need something to cover the top of your head. I like the pictures of the ones made with variegated yarns.
    (tags: knitting)
  • "Stay connected with programming resources with Programming Librarian, an online resource center for all things related to presenting cultural programs for all types and sizes of libraries." Another great resource for librarians. I don't anticipate doing many programs at my current library, but I can translate some of the ideas into online and physical exhibits.
  • I don't watch the Oscars generally. Watching award shows is akin to stabbing myself in the eye with a knitting needle. However, I am always interested in the nominations and, ultimately, the winners. I'm not surprised the Benjamin Button got so many nominations although I'm not sure it should have. There are some other interesting items on the list.
    (tags: news movies)
  • The Brazen Careerist has another great post on how to improve those dreaded first impressions. Something fairly simple and almost painfully obvious. But how many people walk in a way that doesn't leave a good impression?
    (tags: advice)
  • I've hesitated to buy any sort of e-book reader knowing that the technology is advancing quickly. Looks like I might wait a bit longer until this new reader is released. Of course, the other part of why I haven't bought one is the expense. Wonder how much this will sell for?
  • This is another way to keep track of your spending. I think it might be time for me to try something like this. It would be interesting to really see where my cash goes each week, month, year…
    (tags: web)
  • "The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Digital Collection features books, pamphlets, invitations, reports, speeches, maps, articles and more. It includes items from the collection of the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)."
    (tags: library alaska)
  • An online magazine about Alaska. Discovered this thanks to an Alaskan librarian who I follow on Twitter. Social networking the awesomesauce because of stuff like this!
    (tags: news alaska)
  • Some weekend instead of playing around on FB or FF, I'm going to spend some time looking around this site. The women behind some of the country's most famous men is bound to be fascinating.
  • How did I manage to miss this for so long? What a great resource!
  • It's time for the fruit embroidery pattern of the week. I'm seriously tempted to start making these on some flour sack towels. And I would actually use them instead of putting them in a drawer because they're too pretty.
    (tags: crafts)
  • If you're like me, you probably have tons of t-shirts laying around. Most of my old t-shirts have a stain on them somewhere, so I can't give them to Goodwill (or I won't). But this is a great idea for using those old things. It's also a simple enough crochet project that even a relative noob like me could handle it.
    (tags: crafts crochet)
  • A slide-share of a presentation by Lauren Presley. Provides some great information on this growing area in librarianship.
  • Great resources for the progressive librarian in all of us.
    (tags: library)
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Moving on

Posted on: October 29, 2008


Pending my background check, I am the new coordinator for the Learning Resource Center at the east campus of Blackhawk College. Yes, I’m going to be the boss woman. I’m excited about the prospect of moving back to Illinois.

For those of you who don’t know me well, I’m originally from IL. Almost 10 years ago, I left to get married and travel the world. The married thing has been wonderful. There hasn’t been too much traveling of the world. It feels right to finally be returning after a decade. It’ll be good to be closer to family.

And the job is fantastic opportunity for me. I’ll have the freedom to try new things and really spread my wings. Plus, no more tenure rat race. Although I am on track to get tenure and shouldn’t have had any problems meeting the requirements, it will be nice to feel that my research, presenting, service and etc. are coming from a pure desire (on my part) to be involved in the profession. They are already doing some great things in the area of instruction and I’m looking forward to building on this foundation.

I don’t have a start date yet. It will likely be in early December. There are a few projects I want to finish working on here before I go. It would also be nice to know that they’ll have to open position filled so that I’ll just be leaving one hole.

I’m still in a bit of shock. It’s amazing how things fall into place sometimes.

As of now, my job hunt (short as it was) is officially over. *happy dance*

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Today is Open Access Day. I will attempt to answer the questions posed at that this blog, A Blog Around the Clock:

* Why does Open Access matter to you?
* How did you first become aware of it?
* Why should scientific and medical research be an open-access resource for the world?
* What do you do to support Open Access, and what can others do?

As someone who works in academia, Open Access is becoming more important. As a librarian in academia, it’s becoming a hot topic. As publishers continue to increase subscription costs while library budgets flatten or shrink, it’s becoming more important to find other options for scholarly research. Open Access is allowing students and faculty easier access to an increasing array of information. As a librarian, I am encouraged when I see more researchers and universities supporting the concepts behind Open Access.

I first become aware of Open Access over a year ago when I started at LittleU. Although I’d already benefited from it in my own research, I didn’t realize precisely what I had stumbled on. Over the past year (and a few months) I’ve been researching Open Access to understand what it is and how I can help spread the message.

Although I can understand researchers and scientists reasons for wanting to control their findings, I applaud the ones who are embracing Open Access. By freely sharing information around the world, we may speed up scientific and medical discoveries. This can only benefit the world.

Although I’m a very small voice in the wilderness, I am attempting to support Open Access by information the students I work with of the availability of information that they likely wouldn’t be able to get to without this movement. As I continue to build relationships with faculty and researchers, I can continue to spread the message and encourage that they consider making their research available through Open Access methods. For those who are also small voices, if enough of us make a noise, we will become a big sound. I will continue to learn more and follow the developments.

Happy Open Access Day!

I was tagged to write about how I developed my love of libraries. So here goes.

I wrote in my earlier post today about my love of books. My love of libraries came about later when I entered elementary school. I grew up in a more rural area that was outside city limits so I didn’t have free access to a public library until I was much older. Now the township has its own library a short bike ride from my parent’s house. I’m glad for the children growing up there now.

I don’t have many early memories of going to the library in my school, but I do remember it as a great place. It wasn’t a large room, but that didn’t matter. Some of my favorite times were spent in the library. As I got older, our librarian allowed me to stay after school to learn how to type and use the Apple computers. Just imagine the joy I felt being surrounded by books, in the quiet, on my own. This is one of my favorite memories from grade school.

Our high school library wasn’t all that large and it was far from my house (it was a 40 minute bus ride to high school for me), so I started using our community college library when I needed to do research. This is where I discovered the pleasure of microfilm. Not so much because I enjoy getting dizzy watching the pages flash by, but because I could look up all sorts of things and read old news. My family had been in the area for some time, so it was interesting to look at wedding announcements and other tidbits from the past. At the library! Who knew?!

The community college library was where I first experienced shelf after shelf of books. That you could touch and read. Filled with all sorts of information and facts and stories. Of course, I’d been reading for a long time, but I don’t think until that point I really understood how much was out there to experience.

Our local city library was in an old stone building with lions guarding the entrance. I loved this building (the library has since moved to modern quarters in an office building). It was the epitome of what a library should be. Wooden floors, tall ceilings, the smell of dust and paper. I never spent much time there, but the few times were a treat.

Since becoming an adult and living on my own, one of the first places I find in any new town is the local public library. Even though I work in a university library, I still turn to the public library for my pleasure reading. And it’s always a good place to hang out. My favorite room in BigUtown’s library is the periodicals room. Comfy chairs and magazines. It’s great! LittleUtown’s public library is much smaller, but still as wonderful. I like libraries better than bookstores because I don’t have to feel guilty about browsing for hours and not taking anything home with me (although that rarely happens.)

To me, libraries are magical places. No matter where I travel, I always feel at home when I walk into that city’s library. What’s not to love about a place like that?

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One thing I’ve noticed this week is that I do feel more centered, more grounded. It was definitely a week that could have felt chaotic and out of control since I came back to a full week of instruction and desk shifts. There have been few moments when I haven’t been multitasking. While I like being busy, this can often lead to exhaustion and feeling unsettled. Unwittingly, I set my alarm incorrectly last night and didn’t have enough time to meditate this morning. And I can tell that I’m not as calm today because of it. This helps reinforce my commitment to the 2 hours a day minimum. Already, I’m thinking about how I can add another hour into my days.

Another thing that came out of my time at the retreat is a desire to start really improving my overall physical health. This means exercise. We have access to personal trainers here at LittleU and I’m looking into working with one. Hopefully this will make me more motivated. Often, being accountable to someone other than myself is a good motivator. I also plan to start doing Yoga. This will actually help me improve my ability to meditate.

On the work front, instruction is now in full swing. Between teaching, I’ve also had time to start doing some book/materials ordering. One area that I really want to grow this year is our selection of DVD’s. To begin I’m using the AFI’s Top 100 list. I had written a grant request for this purpose, but haven’t heard anything yet. I’m also working on plans for the KS One Book. We’ll be doing some discussion groups and other events. And I’m partnered with a very talented colleague in this project, so it’s pretty exciting. Might even turn into a conference presentation at some point if things go well. Besides all that, I’ve also got two presentations to prepare for that are coming up in October and early November. So the fall will be productive and full.

Still, there is always time for knitting and football. I’m slowly working my way to finishing the second pair. I have about an inch of cuff left before I start turning the heel. As to football, we are playing one of our rivals this weekend, so I’ll be staying in LittleUtown Friday night so I can go to the game on Saturday. Next weekend DH and I are heading of to HugeUtown for a book festival. I’ll be working at it for a couple of hours in the morning. Then it’s off to lunch at the local brew pub and shopping at the Yarn Barn. Fun!


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