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1) This whole LeBron James thing is ridiculous. Who the hell sets up a primetime event to announce a job change? That’s insane. I read someone justify it because it was somehow benefiting the Boys and Girls Club. Couldn’t he just donate them some more money instead of putting the kids on national TV while he breaks their hearts? Ultimately though, for me, I think this is the best thing he could do, because I no longer give a crap about where he goes, and I already hate Florida – so it works. Thanks for the classless display Bron Bron. The only good thing about him staying in Cleveland would be that we could avoid headlines like this:

As a lifelong Cleveland sports fan, I am so over seeing that Cleveland sports failures package that they play during EVERY playoff game.

I can't wait to hear what two-word name they give this incident

2) I have about four zygotic blog posts that I will get to eventually, I promise. Especially since I’ve yet to say anything about ALA.

3) Oliver isn’t feeling well. He hasn’t eaten much today, and we’re heading to the vet soon.

4) And! Today is probably the most important day of my career so far. I’m speaking to ELEVEN HUNDRED first-year-orientation counselors tonight (in eight back-to-back sessions), and I really need to be enthusiastic and composed.

Wish me luck, folks.

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If phase one is planning, then phase two is doing. That’s where I am now. I spent a good chunk of the spring semester planning and pitching things and good news, they’re happening. Although, that means I’M happening. I distinctly told myself that I wouldn’t overcommit to things, but geez, things are busy around here.

I’m looking forward to phase three – assessing, phase four – self back patting, phase five – frequent napping, but not so much phase six which is writing about phases 1 – 4 and then going back to phase one again.

It’s the circle of academic life, y’all.

Isn’t The Lion King the best Disney movie EVER?!

Hey folks. I kind of missed the month of May. After my 3 conferences in 30 days palooza I got back to work just in time to pack up my office and move to a new building. I got unpacked (mostly) just in time for all the projects I’ve been trying to put together to magically all come together on the same day. Seriously. Weeks/months of planning and I got emails from all the contact folks of all the projects within 36 hours of each other.

Right now I’m doing a lot of prep work for fall instruction sessions and focusing on outreach with student groups. I do have one IL session scheduled so far for summer school. Which is good, because this fall there are 56 sections of the class that we do the most IL sessions with.

I’ve been thinking about some new (well new to us) models of instruction for the fall. I usually have the 50-minute one-shot sessions (although sometimes I get a T/Th class so I get 75 minutes). I know some people don’t like those, but I do and think they can be beneficial if you design them carefully. However, I don’t believe that it is enough. Call my crazy, but I think students need to think about the library for more than 50 minutes in 4 years. I went to the Off-campus library services conference in my beloved Cleveland, Ohio (#2 of the 3 conferences in 30 days palooza). I figure that I probably won’t be able to convince all 56 sections of the class I work with to come into the library, let alone to come in more than once, and even if they wanted to I’m not sure we’d be able to (sanely) support that. So I decided to head up to The Cleve and learn ways of connecting with students online from the distance ed experts. It was neat. The folks from ANTS were there. I love that they’re making the conference rounds. I’ve already sent tutorial links to my favorite college student, and my coworkers at another one of our libraries. Fantastic!

The OCLS conference presenters had a lot of student feedback about learning objects and LibGuides. Don’t you love it when other people do research and publish it so you can learn from their experiences don’t need to start from scratch every time? (I *hate* the phrase “reinvent the wheel”) The conference proceedings are phone book thick (luckily our travel folks signed me up for the digital version – thanks y’all!) so there is a lot of material to wade through, but it’s full text searchable in Acrobat which helps so much.

This is the point of the post where I would usually insert some relevant song lyrics or a movie quote, but I’m listening to Yo-Yo Ma play the first movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85. Yeah, y’all didn’t think I was cultured, did you? 😉 Ooh and now my shuffle has steered me to Radiohead’s “Punchup at a Wedding”. Good stuff!

Have you all heard about the libraries in Baltimore that are serving as a grocery delivery station in two neighborhoods that do not have grocery stores?

How cool is that?

Also, it would totally solve this surprisingly-common problem:

Now I have two songs in my head 1) C is for Cookie, 2) the Bon Secours Bal.ti.more jingle.

You may recall my post on guerilla reference in IHOP (which I type as iHop every time, darn you Apple). I am pleased to say that this remote-reference-during-finals plan has come to fruition. Yay! Instead of IHOP, a team of two librarians will be in and around the student dining halls. We’re doing two lunch time and two dinner time sessions. Although we will, of course, provide solid reference services, I see this more as an outreach initiative than a reference initiative. Exciting stuff and further proof of the power of pancakes.

thanks to flickr user kevandem for sharing this gorgeous picture

Post title from:
Sharmat, M. W., Sharmat, C., & Simont, M. (1990). Nate the Great and the musical note. A Break-of-day book. New York: Coward-McCann.
“I, Nate the Great, needed pancakes. Pancakes help me think” (p. 33).

So, apparently I can’t turn the librarianing switch off in my head. Tonight while relishing in the blueberry pancakes I have been craving for three months I overheard a young woman asking her friend if she had to put a page number for a source if she used a quote from it. Inside my head I’m yelling “Yes! Yes you do! mmmmmm pancakes! Author page number and year!” This general discussion went on through my pancakes, the last foamy remnant of whipped cream, the last bite of pleasingly salty bacon, and the last cantaloupe chunk. I paid my bill, finished my water, tucked Sense and Sensibility and my newly-complete grocery list back into my bag. I looked at the table again, where the two were packing up computers and notebooks as their food was just arriving. I thought, well it’s now or never and went over to their table where I explained that you do have to have a page number for a direct quote. She said she thought so, but wasn’t sure how to handle an online non-paginated article. I explained about paragraph numbers and threw in a little tidbit about the “chat with a librarian” feature available through our university library. She seemed a bit confused by the initial information ambush, but overall pleased with obtaining the correct answer.

This has made me think about different ways to do embedded librarianship. If people are studying in IHOP, can I sit at a little table with an “ask a librarian” sign? I don’t think this would really be a great use of my time on a day to day basis, but I must say, this brief encounter has made me think of some fun, gimmicky, potential outreach projects for finals time.