Quote of the day

30 Jan

I came across this quote today and was completely taken with it:

“The reference librarian […] should be possessed of an angelic disposition, and be filled with an unquenchable desire to assist human beings” – G.T. Clark, a 1904 librarian at the San Francisco Public Library*

I can’t claim an angelic disposition, but I think it’s that unquenchable desire to assist that pushed me back to library school. Earlier this winter, I overheard a random guy on the street ask his friend why a certain bus wasn’t on its normal route. Before I could stop myself, I jumped in and gave the explanation. Awkward looks ensued.

All this to say – I’m excited for my reference practicum this semester. No word yet on where it will be.

*Quote is from Ahern, M.E. et al (1904). Reference work with the general public. Public Libraries, 9 (2), 55-65.


Monday Eye Candy: Awesome Snail Mail

6 Feb

This week’s Eye Candy is pretty short, since my pick doesn’t actually have much in the way of visual whizbang. It’s just this simple link:


At the end of the rainbow: a whole lotta awesome featuring some big literary names.

(Special thanks to my friend Shelley for the tip off!)

Monday Eye Candy: Bookless Cont’d

30 Jan

Since I’m sure you all read my last post with rapt attention, these art works need no introduction. The full list of participating artists at Bookless can be found over here. I’m just going to feature a couple of my favorites.

Photo by Trent Miller via flickr

pneumatic tubes

(The Oracle) Photo by Trent Miller via flickr


Photo via flickr

Nicole O'Connor - Bookless 2

Photo by Nicole O’Connor via flickr

Bookless: Reporting Back

29 Jan

This one’s for my auntie, as promised. I only made it to the late-night portion, so I can’t report on the family activities, but by all accounts, they blew minds.


Bookless Exhibition and public event at the Madison Public Library Central Branch. Photo booth was a collaboration between Christina Endres, Laura Damon-Moore and Erinn Batykefer of the Library as Incubator Project and Jim Escalante.

Bookless. Madison Public Library’s central branch is currently under demolition for its $30 million renovation, and as part of the fundraising campaign, they had a big shindig in the empty building last night. My former boss is the development director for the library foundation, and she roped a few of my former colleagues into helping out, and they, in turn, peer pressured me to come out past my bedtime. Added to that were the approximately 80,000 SLISers who were there to volunteer or see the sights, and I couldn’t not go.

It was crazy. In an amazing how did they do this, this art is interesting/incredible/weird, I feel like I’m in an alternate universe sort of way. The dancing in the stacks was…and the series of art installations on the second floor! As you can see, I’m still processing. I think my favorite things were twofold: 1) The twitter stream computer by the bar with a tweet that read something to the effect of: “Largest concentration of people with master’s degrees in the US at #Bookless” (If you throw in the almosts like me, for sure), and 2) The Oracle. I didn’t even test the Oracle, but I just loved the concept so much it made my night. There was a set of pneumatic tubes with folks in the basement answering askers’ questions.

Other items of note: There was a line winding out the block and apparently a projected attendance of a few hundred ended up in the couple thousands. 100 local artists brought their A game and created installations in most of the spaces. What used to be the administrative section became a crazy maze of art. The downstairs stacks – empty, down to the metal bars – made for a warehouse/maze club complete with a bar. A wooden dinosaur looked on. Some of the SLISers were responsible for the incredibly popular photobooth, pictures from which are featured over at the library’s flickr stream. You’ll see both my bosses, and more SLISers than I can count. Including those two kids up there.*

More thoughts and personal photos found in the #Bookless twitter stream

Major, major props to all the artists, musicians, volunteers, and planners who pulled it off.

*He’s actually not a SLISer, but he sometimes visits the library, so I count him.

Monday Eye Candy: The New Year Edition

23 Jan

Oh. Hey there. I bet you thought I forgot about you.

Nope. I knew you were here, waiting; I just ignored you. Sorry about that. I was busy with some other stuff.

House Photo

Celebrating the holidays

Duluth shoreline

Visiting Gitche Gumee

Looking over a cliff

Exploring our state parks


Meeting, loving, and helping baptise my beautiful god-daughter

Groom statue

Tackling some wedding crafts (The little me is cropped out so as not to give my dress away)

Demo'd bathroom

Engaging in a home improvement project or two


All in all, it was a very busy, but very refreshing break. Now I’m ready to get started in my new classes, work with my practicum site, and double down here. I’m also trying to train for a half marathon with my friend Lindsay and get everything together for the wedding, now a scant/too long five months away. This semester’s going to fly by!

Practicum Placement!

13 Dec

I just received word about my practicum placement: Wendt Library, which is….ENGINEERING.* Gulp! My English-major heart is quaking a little at the thought, but it’s an incredible opportunity to gain lots of experience.

Some of my duties will include:

  • Co-teaching class sessions
  • Moderating online discussions (it’s an online class)
  • Maintaining the grade book
  • Checking over course materials to make sure it all makes sense and links, etc. work
  • Teaching workshops (EndNote and Google for Academic Research)
  • Teaching library resource sessions

Whew! That’s a lot, especially since the class occurs over a 6 week period, rather than stretching over the whole semester. I haven’t done ANY of these things before, so I’m anxious to get started.

Wish me luck!

*Editor’s note: I should add that I quite like engineers. So much, in fact, that I’m marrying one. As the future hubs rightly pointed out after reading this post. 

Monday Eye Candy: HTML5

12 Dec

My Information Architecture professor was talking about the future of the internet in class tonight, and one of the things we discussed was HTML5. Although it’s not implemented yet, one of its future properties is the ability to draw on the screen and create, as my professor put it, “visual images on the fly.”

This probably isn’t making much sense to you, but the eye candy for today is a) an example of what I’m talking about and b) amazing:


I’d recommend typing the address of SLIS in the box (600 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706), because it’s super neat to see UW-Madison in the video. If you’re not familiar with SLIS, the address of any landmark would be just as interesting.

Ah internets, you’re so much fun.