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LibDay8 – Friday, February 3, 2012

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My University sponsored an open technology forum today, “Blending Technology Boundaries: Transforming Organizational Landscapes to Ensure Innovation and Collaboration” featuring four speakers, Tina Nunno, Dr. Joel Hartman, Dr. Philip Long, Dr. Randall Stiles.

Later in the day a few colleagues and I visited the University of North Texas Libraries to look at various technology spaces.  We had a wonderful tour of UNT’s new Eagle Commons complete with demos of their smartboard system and NCast video.  We also toured Willis Library to see their digital signage and other new tech features they have recently rolled out.

Soundtrack of the Day:
The Caretaker– All You Are Going To Want To Do Is Get Back There

LibDay8 – Thursday, February 2, 2012

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Unfortunately was not able to attend to the two Handheld Librarian workshops presented today, but did get to a session recommended by our library administration – 60 Minutes of Outlook Secrets.  It was actually pretty good with a few tips and tricks for categories and colors I might use.
Do, Delegate, Defer, or Delete!



Soundtrack of the Day:
Kurt Vile – Baby’s Arms

LibDay8 – Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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Faculty appointment to discuss creating a LibGuide for her class.  After discussing things for a bit it quickly became apparent to both of us that the course wiki she had prepared for the class was excellent and would work better for the students.

Attended a webinar on personal communication.

Worked at the Reference Desk for a couple of hours in the afternoon.

Soundtrack of the Day:
Philip Glass – Metamorphosis II

Happy 75th birthday Mr. Glass!

LibDay8 – Monday, January 30, 2012

library diptic 1Today kicks off participation in Bobbie Newman’s Library Day in the Life Round 8. For the week I hope to offer a glimpse into a few days of my work as an academic librarian.
Away we go!

Start the day with a committee meeting about redesigning a teaching and learning space within the library.  The committee further discussed best options and received a few updates including the most current sketch.

Attended the ALA Midwinter Tech Wrapup webinar featuring Jason GriffeyMarshall Breeding, and Sue Polanka.

Attended Guide to Reference Essentials webinar.

Attended a training session for librarians who will be teaching library instruction sessions to our English 1023 classes.

Worked on the Reference Desk for an hour in the afternoon.

Soundtrack of the Day:
Coeur de Pirate
– Les Amoures Devouees

Three Things I Am Thankful For

I was able to reflect a bit this Thanksgiving on some of the things I am thankful for as  I spent the holiday break in Alpine, Marfa, Terlingua and the Chisos Mountains of the Big Bend area of west Texas – all far removed from work, traffic, and technology.
At some point during the week before Thanksgiving I read the Chronicle of Higher Education article, Three Things We’re Thankful For This Year from the ProfHacker Team which prompted me to consider my own list of three things and here they are!

  1. Working in academia: It seems in the very difficult social and economic times many of us are facing, academics is still holding on.  Granted, there are many budget cuts for both public and private institutions of higher education. The public colleges and universities in the state of Texas are feeling the hit as our state is looking at 10 percent budget cuts for next biennium. And this is before our legislature even convenes next year.
    Even with these challenges, I am still very thankful to be working in an environment of change helping students and faculty.  The ebb and flow of semesters is a constant reminder of change, learning, and progress.   Often working with students during their academic careers, one shares in their pride and accomplishment  after a word of “thanks” once they finish the final papers and exams and prepare for graduation.
  2. iPhone: What can you say? My iPhone is indispensable. Even in the high desert regions of Texas jumping from ‘No Service’ to the E and even the O networks, it was still ever-present.  Filled with songs for road, used for snapping photos and shooting video, or even quickly checking email,  the iPhone is something I  could not do without and for which I definitely am thankful.
  3. Colleagues who share: This one is pretty big and I have to send out a lot of thanks to the many who share their work oftentimes simply for the sake of sharing.  I have learned so much over the past few years from the many colleagues out there who daily share their valuable thoughts, opinions, and knowledge.  With so many wonderful librarians blogging, tweeting, writing, presenting, and just outright giving in many other ways, sometimes it can be burdensome to try to keep up.  Thankfully though with tools like Google reader, twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, slideshare, and others,  it has become increasingly easy to not only follow leaders in the field but to reach out and connect with them.
    I follow countless colleagues via facebook, twitter, and in my feed reader but here in no particular order is but a mere sampling of librarians who share. Follow them if you don’t already. Oh, and share a bit along the way too.