Listserv Rage

February 19, 2007

Everyone has probably experienced road rage – an incredibly insidious phenomena. Fortunately, I only have a 4 mile commute to work – so I am able to keep my incidents to a minimum. This is especially auspicious since I am prone to severe irritation with the majority of drivers on the planet. I’ve been able to kind of keep the problem under control. However, lately, a new rage has started to emerge – that of listserv rage. I generally don’t participate in most listserv discussions – even though I must be subscribed to at least 20 different ones. If I have an answer to a question being asked, I will respond. But beyond that, I just lurk and hit the delete key over and over and over again.

Despite the fact that I don’t participate, I do find that I tend to get caught up in the battles that take place. Some listservs seem to be prone to these types of battles more than others. It becomes kind of like a sickness that I can’t help but follow. I wonder who might have responded now. Who will be silly enough to send an unsubscribe request to the whole listserv? Oh, so and so is out of the office again – and obviously doesn’t believe in unsubscribing from listservs. Who is going to scold whom today? And then I get listserv rage. I can’t believe that person wrote that. What were they thinking? How could they say such a thing?

I’m thinking of unsubscribing from them all. It might help my own sanity.

A big thanks to Jane’s (from A Wandering Eyre) husband, Mr. Rochester for helping me make the road rage connection. I feel his pain about the left lane drivers.

What A Good Idea

February 19, 2007

Over at the Free Range Librarian, K.G. Schneider discusses her need for a training plan– or BOPSIASK (Bibliographically-oriented Prism on Sequential and Intentional Acquisition of Scholarly Knowledge – see original blog post for proper pronunciation). Schneider has given this plan a whole lot of thought – it is broken down into several categories: reading, hands-on education, conference programs, vendor schmoozing, teaching and training and writing. What an excellent idea. I find that sometimes life seems to spin a bit out of control – and I’m usually left wondering exactly where I’m going. For me, this means that there seems to be no real direction to what I’m doing (for more, read my What Am I Doing Here? post).

While I may not exactly be ready for a training plan (because school is actually dictating my current training regime and I can’t bear to add anything else to the mix at this point), I think that an overall plan might be a good idea. This may help me feel as if I’m a bit more in control over things happening in my life. At the very least, I really need to be giving more thought to my school work, what I’m doing and what I want to get out of the experience. After this semester, I will only have 4 classes left. I guess I can float through or try and find a way to get the most out of the time I have left. A plan – I’ll have to give this some thought.