A Day in the Life

So last week, there was this whole Day in the Life of a Library thing happening that I had no idea about until I saw a couple of librarians posting on it last week. I haven’t been doing much that’s very exciting lately, but on Wednesday I thought that I would keep track of what I did and post it. This week I have actually pretty busy, but that’s partially because I was out on Thursday and Friday, and partially because the head of my department is pulling together our annual report, and needed various writeups from us by Friday. Continue reading

Multigenerational libraries

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the multigenerational workplace as it applies to libaries. Partially because my supervisor and I are looking into the possibility of proposing some sort of session on the topic for next year’s Maryland Library Association conference, and partially because, well, it comes up nearly every day at work in one way or another. On our staff of 34, only three of us (that I know of) are 30 and under. From what I can tell, there aren’t that many people who hit the age range between us and our parents’ generation (and several people here have kids who are in their mid/late 20s), so there’s not as much of a buffer.

With some people the 20/30+ year age difference is not an issue; with other people there have been some weird interactions, and sometimes I can’t help but wonder if some of these things wouldn’t have happened if I were older. It’s not as prevalent as it was my first few weeks, but things still come up. For example, at a couple of recent meetings I was introduced as “our Millennial.” I understand that the term is being used to indicate a young, tech-savvy person, but from most of what I’ve read, Millennials are the people right behind me — today’s middle-schoolers up through college students (ish). Lumping me in with them — even if it’s just a shorthand to describe me — doesn’t really help me break down some of these age-related issues. Those of us born in, say, roughly 1978 – 1984, don’t neatly fit into the Gen X or Millenial categories, and there really wasn’t anything (I think) that Gen Y could coalesce around. I think sometimes in getting so caught up in “the generation gap” we forget that people don’t neatly fit into these boxes. I have plenty of friends also born in 1980, and you couldn’t use “Millennial” as a descriptor for all of them, because not all of them are (or even want to be) that tech-savvy. So to me, that means there must be a better shorthand to indicate “young, tech-savvy person.” Like maybe just saying “she’s quite tech-savvy” and letting the fact that I look young speak for itself. Hehe. Continue reading

Doing the happy dance

Things have been just a bit stressful around here over the last six weeks or so (due to some personal circumstances, as well as a bunch of stuff going on at school, more on that soon). But right now, I’m doing a little happy dance (I literally did one the other night, ask my housemate).

I’ll graduate this semester, and I started looking at and applying for professional, full-time jobs in late July. (If you actually come to the blog to read my posts, you may have noted a little box on the right with the current tally.) Well, over the course of this week I have been contacted by two institutions to set up a preliminary interview.

This makes me feel so good! Over the last two years at GSLIS, whenever I felt whiny or stressed out, I would try to remind myself that it would all pay off in the end — all the things I do at school would really help to get me a great job. But it’s one thing to tell yourself that, and another one to start getting the emails from strangers that back it up!

I don’t intend to blog my way through the interview process (if you know me and you’re curious to hear the latest dirt, you know how to get ahold of me) so you probably won’t hear much more about this. But, I just had to share the good vibes!

DC Weekend: American Library Assn.

ALAIf you’re going to be at ALA this weekend please stop by my presentation on Saturday afternoon and say hello! Jen, Ellen and I have a fantastic poster and are really excited that we’re going to be participating in the poster session. I know there are a lot of other great programs going on during the same time slot, but if you can dash by and find us, we’d love to see you.

Saturday, June 23
1:00 – 2:30PM
Poster Session II: The Educators
Front of Exhibit Hall C

And if you’re not going to ALA, but you’ll be in DC for some other reason, feel free to give me a ring and see if we can meet up (although, if you don’t already have my phone number, you now have a very limited amount of time in which to contact me and get it. Oops.) I’m there from Friday afternoon – Sunday afternoon. I haven’t actually looked at the conference schedule for Saturday or Sunday, so I haven’t made plans to go to any sessions. 🙂

On being involved

This topic (you did read the title of the post, right?) came up twice last week, with two friends who are newly-minted librarians: Laura (who went to Simmons) and Marielle (who’s out in CA). Both are looking for full-time jobs right now. Marielle’s story is linked above; Laura finished up at Simmons in January, and recently moved to Chicago to join her sweetie.

Both are struggling to find something; this is in contrast to excellent response my resume has been getting lately, for both full and part-time jobs. I don’t think that coursework had anything to do with the response, and I don’t think it’s my jobs (neither of which has involved any true library functions). I think it was all the extras–chairing ASIS&T@Simmons, coordinating the GSLIS Workshop Series (technically listed as part of my work for the GSLIS Tech Lab), teaching workshops, and my upcoming poster presentation (with the Knitting Librarian) at NERCOMP.

So, I suggested to both of them that they think about getting involved with a professional association. And when I say that, I mean more than just going to events. I mean actually volunteering to do things. Yes, sometimes it is really annoying to give up your time, and maybe you will miss part of the event because you have to run the registration desk or something. But it is worth it for the networking possibilities. Continue reading

On shopping, specifically sales

 Gentlemen, my apologies, you may not really care that much about this post.

meucci shoesHere we have a pair of Sesto Meucci shoes on my very own feet. (Sorry for the distracting background, I couldn’t get a clear picture anywhere farther away from the lamp.) They are quite cute. The chocolate and reddish-brown colors wrap around and expand to cover the back of the shoe, while the shiny brownish-brown that makes up the main color in this photo tapers off. They and have a stacked kitten heel. While I won’t be walking around the city in these, I think they will be fine for all-day wear to work.

The best part of this? I can’t find these exact shoes online anywhere, but other Sesto Meucci shoes I am seeing go for $160ish. I paid $26 at DSW. Yeah! These will work well with skirts, and potentially also with some pants  I got today. (The next female friend who is over at my place will be subjected to critiquing a few things I bought today at Ann Taylor. Consider yourselves warned.) Continue reading

Second semester begins

This week my second semester of library school started. Again, I’m just taking two classes, though I may speed it up next year. I’ll see how I feel partway through this semester.

In any case, I’m taking Public Libraries and Information Organization (aka cataloging). It’s always hard to judge based on just one meeting, but so far I like these both. They’re interesting topics and the professors are great. It looks like there will be a lot of reading for each, so I will need to buckle down on that. Right now, I feel very driven to do well in both of these classes, because they both speak to the direction I want to move in within the field –technology and/or technical services in public libraries. I finally figured out what technical services is (there’s a class here with a nearly unintelligble description) — someone who took the class briefly explained it to me, and so now that course description makes a bit more sense: acquiring books and equipment, cataloging, preservation of materials, etc.

I say public libraries because in talking about the issues surrounding public libraries — providing access to the Internet and other information for people who can’t afford it, serving the community’s needs, acting as a public gathering space — really engage me. Don’t get me wrong — all kinds of libraries are important. But I think public libraries are set up to fill a lot of needs within the community. I’m not sure when it happened but this public service thing has really taken hold of me. I guess that’s what you get for working for a nonprofit right out of college!