Hmm, An Unexpected Result

August 31, 2007

Ok, I can’t resist these quizzes. Honestly, I wasn’t suprised by the Oscar the Grouch part – but was about the Elmo reference. I’m pretty sure that no one has ever described me as childish or naive about the world. I think I tend to be more jaded and world weary. I’m now picturing myself as a part green and part read muppet. Anyway, this is the first time that I got a tie in one of these quizzes.

Which Sesame Street Character Are You?

You are part Oscar the Grouch. You can be gruff and often have a chip on your shoulder. Despite your intelligence, manners (and cleanliness) are of little importance to you. At the same time, you have a few very close friends who you allow to see a softer, kinder side of you.
You are part Elmo. You are lovable and ticklish, and always inquisitive. Sometimes, though, your excitement about the world can make you seem childish, naive, and occasionally irritating to others.
Find Your Character @

Found via Martha Hardy at The Vital Library.

Happy Blog Day 2007

August 31, 2007

It is Blog Day again. Here is a list of five blogs that are new to me over the past year – and that I now read assiduously.

  • Gather No Dust -Jeff Scott is a library manager who blogs. He blogs quite a bit about technology and its impact on library staff – a topic which I think needs more attention.
  • – Karin Dalziel is a fellow LIS student. I thoroughly enjoy reading her blog – she always reminds me that I’m not alone in my struggles in graduate school.
  • The Vital Library – Martha Hardy is another LIS student. I often get many web quizzes from her – and that makes me happy. 🙂
  • Midnight Run – Joe Fox is also an LIS student in an online program at San Jose State University. He posts quite a bit about his experience in school.
  • Circ and Serve – Mary Carmen Chimato is the head of access and delivery services at a large academic library. She add a unique voice to the world of library blogs – one that I always enjoy reading.

A Brief But Beauteous Blogging Break

August 29, 2007

I’ve deliberately stayed away from blogging – both reading and writing for the past week. Summer session 2007 was a difficult one. I had a great deal of school work to do with some serious outside distractions (meaning life – or my attempt to have one outside of school and work). I have been wholeheartedly enjoying my time off from school, somewhat dreading the start of the fall semester and trying to relax as much as possible. I think that I have probably read about 40 books over the past week (all fiction – mostly of the trashy variety – nothing intellectually stimulating to say the least), and it has made me happy. I’ve also had a week long moratorium on computer time while away from work. I definitely need to do this more often!

Something That Makes Me Happy

August 21, 2007

Originally uploaded by ScruffyNerf.

Regardless of how smoothly things seem to be going before the students return at the library where I work, something always happens to muck up the works. It is generally fixable – sometimes the problems are easier to resolve than others. However, stress abounds for me at this time of year. Today, imaging machines in one of our labs is just not working as hoped. I’ve given up for the day in hopes that tomorrow will be filled with a greater measure of success. Sadly, that may be unrealistic. But, I’ve had all I can take today.

So, I’m turning to those things that make me happy for some amount of peace – my Han Solo and Princess Leia wallpaper – and my picture of a Stormtrooper helmet. The helmet is from Nick Malley’s The Yoda Guy Gallery in Saint Marten. Mike & I were lucky enough to meet Mr. Malley on our last visit to Saint Marten. Very cool!!

My Last Two Weeks

August 20, 2007

Several family members have asked when school starts again. I was a wee bit embarrassed to have to admit that I was completely ignoring the thought of the fall semester and had no clue. Well, I knew it was after Labor Day. Anyway, classes start on September 4th – two weeks from tomorrow. I’m planning to fully enjoy my last two weeks without homework, heavy reading and paper writing.

A Book Is A Book Is A Book – Or Is It?

August 16, 2007

I’m fascinated by this discussion about books and what actually constitutes a book. There is quite a bit going on in these posts – and the discussion has changed focus during the ensuing conversation. Iris Jastram from Pegasus Librarian summarizes the discussion with the following: “Over at See Also, Steve and Dave* are hashing out whether a book is a book if it’s not printed on paper.” Both posts and the accompanying comments are worth reading. But what really caught my eye was a sentence in a comment left on Lawson’s post from Mark Lindner – “A book is not the contents at all; it is a specific form of container.” This is a response to David Lee King’s contribution that “The content in a book – the actual words… that’s the book.”

Hhmm . . . I guess last week I wouldn’t really have thought too much about the concept of a book. The notion means something specific to me – I understand my own conception of a book. But, it is obvious from this discussion that people have different ideas about what constitutes a book. In this discussion, my thoughts about books are much closer to David Lee King’s than to Mark Lindner’s. The word book, I believe, has come to mean much more than just the packaging. I read a book because of its content, not because of its format. I admit to prefering paper books for pleasure reading. However, I’m all for ebooks especially for things like textbooks and for shorter works. Last semester, I purchased one of my textbooks in ebook format, and I would do so again in a heartbeat. I refer to that electronic copy as a book. I think of it as a book. Its format is actually irrelevant to me. I have purchased several shorter length text in electronic format over the past several months. I still call them books – and have been surprised to find that it isn’t all that unfulfillling to read them on a computer screen.

One of the reasons for Lindner’s belief about books has to do with language and our use of it. I understand where he is coming from on this (and I’m not trying to add to his angst). I do agree with his assertion that book is not a content word. Books are books regardless of their content. However, the word book has become symbolic of a bigger reading experience – at least it has to me. The thought of books can evoke feelings – both good and bad. This isn’t unprecedented because words can often mean much more to people than what their definitions suggest they ought to mean. Language and its use is incredibly complex. It is dynamic – and connotation, implication, emphasis all change language dramatically.

I think this is a very complicated topic – and I doubt that everyone will agree with one another. But to me, a book isn’t always just a book. It’s meaning is in the eye of the beholder or rather the holder.

*Steve Lawson from See Also and David Lee King and his eponymously named blog.

A Peaceful Evening

August 16, 2007

The Reflecting Pool

Originally uploaded by ScruffyNerf.

It is a beautiful, although muggy, August evening. I’m enjoying some much needed peace and quiet – and anxiously awaiting a new episode of Burn Notice tonight at 10PM. Life is good!