Posts Tagged ‘learning experiences’

I’ve been to two Library events this weekend, one radically different from the other. The first was the Westchester Library Association (WLA) conference in Tarrytown, and the second was the LACUNY event on Critical Pedagogy and Library Instruction at Brooklyn College.



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Apparently, there’s a whole slew of other Drexel interns at my library, and various members of the library staff here been hosting a small set of lectures for us on what they do in the different sections of the library. Today I got to hear about Electronic Acquisitions, and learn some of the nitty-gritty about ordering and maintaining an incredibly large set of databases and e-journals (also that EBSCO costs a cool few mil!).

It wasn’t something I necessarily thought about before – how do the resources trickle down from EBSCO to the publishers? How exactly will the institution gain access? Also, that licensing agreements should definitely be read over and, if you’re a large institution, can be worked on until a mutually agreeable individual contract can be produced. Interesting stuff, although I’m still finding that I enjoy reference work and cataloging more on the whole…

On a totally different note, here’s a recommendation for you all!

There’s a wonderful glossary of useful rare book & manuscript terms over at the British Library. It doesn’t have everything, but it does contain quite a bit, and tends to include illustrations using real manuscript pictures, which is incredibly handy!

Check it out!

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Well, it’s finally happened. Real life has encroached upon our untouchable haven of an apartment. I emerged from the shower to see a MOUSE run into my closet. Growing up on a (non-working) farm, I’m not wholly new to this kind of thing. But there, I had two good mousing cats who’d take care of the problem.

So what do I do in a situation with NO cats? Stamp my feet, shriek slightly, and run to my roommate, who joins in my whining all the way to the local hardware store to try to find the least horrific mouse traps (do we get a cat, or the traps, we wondered. In the end, the traps were easier to acquire quickly).

It is only a small mouse, and despite my being much bigger and my closet being closed with a trap in it, I’m still a bit apprehensive about sleeping in my bed tonight. I crawled into my roommates comforter and curled up, oblivious to the world in my attempts to find a safe haven:

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For my class “Professional And Social Aspects Of Information Services,” the one required textbook is Complete Copright: An Everyday Guide for Librarians, edited by Carrie Russell, published in 2004 by the ALA. When I went to Borders to pick up the book, I was a little surprised by the pastel green spiral binding, and the picture of the sassy librarian on the front, but these were the least of my surprises from this book…


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A visit to the famous Di Bruno Bros. (mostly just to drool over their cheese selection) left the roommate and I with some nice Brie and sparkling lemonade (we know how to live it up). I made some french fries from the potatoes I got at one of the local farmer’s markets, and we had a very pleasant dinner.

Until we ran the garbage disposal.

The garbage disposal is still a novel device for me. Probably the question I ask the most while in the apartment is: “Can this go in the garbage disposal?”

We’d turned on the disposal – making sure to run water at the same time – and out came truly horrible array of sounds from our poor sink. We assumed a spoon, or a chopstick, must’ve gotten inside. Neither of us wanted to reach inside to feel around (I saw that scene in Heroes, I know what will happen to me if I reach my hand into a garbage disposal!), and of course we did not have a flashlight between the two of us.

But technology came to the rescue! I have recently acquired an iPod Touch, and have been downloading free apps like mad, from the very useful (WeatherBug and the New York Times, as well as the complete selection of Shakespeare’s works) to the very useless (PhoneSaber, which makes lightsaber noises as you wave your iPod Touch/iPhone about, a magic 8 ball, a DJ scratching sound maker, etc). One of the latter categories had me downloading an app called Flashlight. This app takes advantage of the brightness of the iPod Touch, and emits a very bright white light, acting as an ersatz flashlight.

With my iPod Touch glowing madly, the roommate and I leaned over the sink in an attempt to find the rogue piece of silverware only to see a measly lemon peel kicking around. We used the aptly named “crazy tongs” and lifted it out.

One more thing to add to the ever-growing list of “Things the Garbage Disposal Cannot Digest” on our fridge.

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