My Personality Via Peanuts

June 29, 2007

I still can’t resist these things – and I’m sure you are all dying to know which Peanuts character I most closely resemble. Found via The Itinerant Librarian.

 
   

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School in the Summer? Yuck!

June 29, 2007

I hate going to school in the summer – absolutely abhor it. There is just something that seems so wrong with the whole concept. I’m sure it harkens back to the fact that as children we got the summers off from school – and that it was such a wonderful time. Of course, I know that I only have myself to blame for my current pain. No one forced me take one class last summer or two classes this summer. It was really my own idea. Of course, last summer’s class was bad – possibly the worst in my entire program so far. This summer, my two classes are really good – and, in theory, I’m enjoying them. However, I also forgot that summer classes are a bit accelerated due to their shorter timeframe. This means that I currently have work to do all of the time! So, I don’t remember last summer fondly – and I doubt that I will remember this summer with anything less that frustrated irritation.

This week, I have had two assignments due. The first was a digitization assignment for ILS655-Digital Libraries which required us to create (or digitize) a text, sound and/or movie file. It wasn’t difficult, and I actually let myself play around with Photoshop and Windows Movie Maker. Oddly enough, it was a fun assignment, and the professor graded the work within 24 hours. The second assignment involved writing 6 mini-essays on different aspects of outsourcing in libraries. This definitely wasn’t as much fun as the digitization assignment, especially since I was pushing the deadline to actually finish it. I finally completed it last night about 10PM – only an hour before it was due. I have very mixed feelings about the quality of my work, but am happy to be done.

Within the next week or so, I have two more assignments to complete. By 11PM on July 5th, I have to write my reactions to two scenarios that involve ethical dilemmas in hiring (for ILS566-Library Personnel Management). I also have to write a review of a digital library or of a digital library technology (for ILS655-Digital Libraries). This one is due on July 9th. I would like to just be able to enjoy some time off for the the 4th of July, but I guess I will be busy doing homework.

Good news for the future: This should be the last time that I take summer classes. I will cling to this fact to help get me through this summer session!


This Is Worth A Look

June 28, 2007

Last week, we were discussing ways of organizing digitized content in ILS655-Digital Libraries. In my section, we had a good debate about social classification schemes. Too bad, christy1975 hadn’t put up this group presentation yet.


Parenthesis For Me

June 27, 2007

I often can’t resist these web quizzes – and I especially couldn’t resist this one that determines which type of punctuation one resembles. I found this one from Mark “the semicolon” Lindner. I’m looking for some apostrophes with whom to engage in an epic battle. 🙂

Your Score:

Parenthesis

You scored 23% Sociability and 29% Sophistication!

You enclose and envelope life, as well as things that aren’t vital to the main topic. You are something of a loner and take pleasure in the simple things in life. You are uncomplicated for the most part, and don’t need anyone (though you are strangely attracted to LISP programmers). The apostrophe is your natural enemy. You like periods (and commas), but tend to keep them somewhat outside.

Link: The Which Punctuation Mark Are You Test written by Gazda on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test


A Typical Wednesday Evening?

June 27, 2007

Hopefully not! I have an assignment dealing with outsourcing in libraries due tomorrow at 11PM for ILS566-Library Personnel Management. I should be working hard on it, but think that my husband and I are going to venture out to see Pirates of the Caribbean III tonight. I’m very excited. Fortunately, I have all of the background material that I need – and just need to start writing. We are expected to write 5 mini-essays (which is vague enough to scare me) about different aspects of outsourcing in libraries – and to include our opinion about the appropriateness of outsourcing. I’m busy jotting down an outline, so I think I will be fine. I should probably stay home, but my husband is leaving work early, I have no idea when else we would be able to fit in 3 hours in a movie theater and it is Hazy, Hot and Humid – so the air conditioning in the theater will be wonderful.


Blessed Listserv Silence

June 22, 2007

There is a noticeable dip in listserv traffic now that thousands of librarians have ventured forth to DC for ALA. The silence of the listserv maelstrom is a beautiful thing.


The Whole Britannica/Gorman Brouhahaha

June 20, 2007

I spent just about as much time as everyone else reading, pondering, wondering and disagreeing with Michael Gorman’s recent blog postings on the Britannica blog. Several library bloggers contributed to the discussion – and I didn’t have anything to say that others hadn’t already said. Along with the fact that I was not really in the mood to blog, I decided not to comment. However, this commentary from Jane over at A Wandering Eyre made my day. Totally hysterical! I’m still laughing. And, she makes a good point about elitism.