Why I Haven’t Been Blogging

December 5, 2007

I think the blogger’s block is gone – although I can’t really tell because I haven’t been blogging. But, the reasons that I haven’t been blogging are numerous: back issues that kept my horizontal for much of November, school work and my latest social networking site that has been keeping me very,very busy. I am now officially part of WebKinz World. My niece and nephews bought me a panda WebKinz for my birthday. They are WebKinz fiends – and felt compelled to share the experience with first their parents, then their grandmother and then me – Aunty Jen. Within minutes of meeting my new pet, I was at the computer with my nephew, Jimmy, going through the adoption process. He then gave me a cursory tour of the WebKinz website – paying particular attention to his favorite parts of WebKinz World.

All that I can say is that I am quite amazed by the whole thing. I’ve been aware of WebKinz for quite a while. I’ve bought several as presents. I’ve watched the kids the play games, helped them answer trivia questions, etc. However, I didn’t realize how intricate the whole process would be. WebKinz World is a fairly sophisticated social networking site – for children. Before you can adopt a new pet, you need to create a login. When I went to register, I was amazed to see that simple passwords are not allowed. People must use a number in their password. One the registration page, there is information about password security.

From there things get interesting. My nephew helped me add friends – himself, his sister Emily, my sister in law, brother and mother. “We can chat. We can send each other notes. And you can send me presents,” he told me. He then showed me the games. Sadly, he didn’t tell me about the fact that one has to regularly feed and exercise one’s pet. Don’t worry, though. Jimmy sent me a treadmill, and now I’m exercising and feeding Freddie regularly!

So far, I’ve added a bedroom, a bathroom and an outdoor space (to grow the corn that I received as a present from my niece Emily) to Freddie’s home which originally had only one room. I’ve furnished the bathroom and the bedroom with my Kinz cash. Of course, all cash must be earned. So far, I have done several jobs and answered lots of trivia questions. Jimmy keeps emailing me in order to check on my progress. He is worried that I am not taking care of Freddie. All in all, this is a fascinating world. And, it is where I have been spending ALL of my free time. This is one of the major reasons that I haven’t been blogging of late. Now that I’m comfortable with WebKinz, however, I think I can spend less time there. Well, unless my niece and nephew find out . . .

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Weeding – Not So Much Fun!

December 5, 2007

Ok, there is something incredibly satisfying about throwing things out. One of my fondest memories from my time in the world of libraries is getting to toss many years of hardcover Index Medicus volumes out of a third-story fire door into a waiting dumpster. The fact that this was in preparation for a move into a new library made it that much more exciting. However, when weeding a section of a library for a school assignment, you don’t actually get to experience the thrill of the toss. And, while I have thoroughly enjoyed my collection development class, it has only reinforced my earlier belief that collection development is not a job that would make me happy.

As you might guess, I am knee deep in my final project for ILS519-Collection Development. I am weeding a section of QA76 books in my library. This is a very, very time consuming project. We need to examine each book, determine whether to discard, keep, replace, etc. Should we replace a volume with something else? We need to make recommendations about new titles where appropriate. I feel like I am up to my eyeballs in library catalogs, Books in Print, OCLC, Resources for College Libraries, Choice and other sources. Realistically, I probably have a good handle on the project. But, it isn’t due until Friday (which isn’t that far away) and I feel compelled to keep looking for more information on the titles in question. I think that I am physically incapable of finishing an assignment early. I have an obsessive compulsive need to keep working. I still have to do quite a bit of narrative also.

Well, it is time to get back to work!