when DIY = sigh.

Backlogging again. As time wears on I find I'm starting to rather like being late to the party: not only am I well rested, I can take my time getting ready. DIWhy This post follows a relatively recent thread on libraries and DIY (if not exactly in response to it). On the core issue of what-is-DIY-and-why... Continue Reading →

farewell cal, hello claremont.

Several years ago, after I started my position at Cal, I wrote an homage to Ohio University that outlined what I gained and learned during my time there. Thanks to my love of the place and the impressions it left on me, this was simultaneously one of the easiest and most difficult things I have... Continue Reading →

log lady v. agent cooper.

This week I have been laid up and largely computer-averse due to a most unpleasant eye infection. With a merciful ray of (non-migraine inducing) light, a guest post at In the Library with the Lead Pipe that I loved writing came out on Wednesday: Librarians as __________: Shapeshifting at the periphery. I admit it: I... Continue Reading →

in memoriam.

I have been fortunate to benefit from many strong and lasting mentorships, which have invariably brought a great deal of richness to my learning/working experience. It was therefore with great sadness that I received news today that a loved and respected teacher and mentor of mine, Dr. Sandra "Sandy" Turner, passed away this week after... Continue Reading →

postcards from saturn, part one.

In the past few months, I have finally started to feel like I’m entering the home stretch of a long and fierce Saturn Return. If you are dimly versed in pseudo-astrological wooness, this is the period around your 28th year where life kicks the proverbial shit out of you. More like what makes you you,... Continue Reading →

library (fri)day in the life.

Actual Thursday and Ideal Thursday stayed in lockstep, and ended with a busy reference shift with several sharp/long/interesting interactions (anthropological readings of food and folklore, gendered social conditions under different dictatorships, etc.). Ideal Friday is looking much less relentless: - Backup scheduling duties for web-requested instruction sessions while a colleague is out of town -... Continue Reading →

library (thurs)day in the life.

Actual Wednesday was another resounding success - made good headway on my updating and communication housecleaning, and was satisfied with my progress on the tutorial. The editing, however, left me a little cold. Still stalling on the chapter submission front - beating the dead horse otherwise known as revision has never been my strongest suit.... Continue Reading →

library (wednes)day in the life.

Actual Tuesday was right on, especially in terms of the Anthro instruction session I led, which was indeed earth-shattering. In the summer my teaching/training load goes way down, so it's not unusual for me to feel a bit out of my element. This class, however, had a very engaged grad instructor and unusually bright/attentive students,... Continue Reading →

library (tues)day in the life.

Actual Monday ended up resembling Ideal Monday, although I completely scrapped the Drupal chapter (no surprise there, really) and half of the FAQ work in order to make better headway on the syllabi. Ideal Tuesday -finish preparing for instruction. - lead an earth-shattering session for the 6 students in Anth R5b: Politics of Ordinary Life.... Continue Reading →

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