The Weekly Wrap: April 30, 2023
One of my work projects this week was putting together the logistics for our summer webinars. This is the first summer I've opted to do webinars and I'm oddly excited. Since our on-campus students and faculty numbers are lower, I'm focusing on broader topics to see if I can attract outside interest.
One of the sessions, personal archiving, grew out of a class workshop I provided at the end of this semester. The professor was teaching a course on global archives and she wanted her students to understand the role of archival work in their personal lives. As a former preservation librarian with inherited knowledge of archival practices (thanks, dad!) who happens to have just worked on her own personal archive, I was eager to provide this session. The class went great and the students asked wonderful questions. I'm going to use that input to improve the presentation. (People need to know about transcribing handwriting!)
I'm thrilled to provide this as a broader webinar because I don't think people consider their photographs, diaries, cookbooks, memorabilia, and online presence as an archive. But it is! We are the archivists of our own personal and family history. Before "stuff" can make it in to an institutional museum or archive, it has to be collected and saved by someone. Even if a person never "makes it big," these personal collections are important.
I'm using this session to share what it means to curate a personal archive. I'm including best practices - physical and digital - as well as ideas of what to save and how to save it. Plus, I'm digging into extra information like what to do with your archive once you have it. To provide an example of what this work looks like, I'm sharing photos and insights from my own personal archival journey.
I have never been so enthusiastic about a webinar before. I think, given our student and community population, I may turn this into a standing thing I offer a few times each year.
Do you have a personal archive?
Just Good Things: April 28, 2023
It's been raining all day. This weather is one reason why the husband returned home from business trip at 2:30 a.m. instead of midnight via Dulles instead of DCA. As annoying as a delayed return is, I'm just glad he's home. Kiddo has been asking "Where's dad?" all week and is eager to give him a hug.
Here's what made me happy this week:
Pinpoint: How GPS is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds
I picked this one up because nothing else looked good at home. (I really should make library requests faster.) I'm only a handful of pages in, but the story of GPS is already interesting. I had no idea that it was a completely free, U.S. government-run system. While I'm not really in the mood to read non-fiction right now, this is an okay stop gap until the book I requested from the library comes in.
Earlier this week, I finished reading The Adventure Zone: The Eleventh Hour. It's the most recent graphic novel from the McElroys. As with the others, it was entertaining with great art.
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The Now: April 26, 2023
My folder of webinar recordings is out of control. Normally, I try to save them for Friday afternoons but, this week, I've taken to popping them on when I'm working on less "thinky" projects. Gotta make a dent somehow.
Here's what else I'm working on:
The Weekly Wrap: April 23, 2023
Just a brief intro this week.
I spent Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning on a brief spa getaway to Bedford Springs with my bestie. The kiddo's daycare was closed for spring break this week and my parents were in town to help. I took advantage of this to leave for a few days. (The husband left for his own solo vacation.)
I thought I would feel guilt about this trip - both from a financial and a parenting perspective. Instead, zero guilt. I feel absolutely no guilt whatsoever about spending time and money on myself. It was a glorious few days where I was reunited with the cold dip pool which is my mental happy place.
The bestie and I made plans to make this a thing we do every two years.
It's a good decision - one I feel no guilt about.
Just Good Things: April 21, 2023
At this very moment, I am sitting in a beautiful hotel room in an historical spa resort with my best friend. We just went for a hike and will both eat a small lunch before heading to the spa. This is day two of our spa getaway and it is glorious. The last time we did this was five years ago. We are now plotting if it would be possible to get away every two years.
Here's what else made my week:
Also, special shout out to the cold dip pool. It is just as amazing as I remember it being. It will continue to be my mental happy place.
The Now: April 19, 2023
I just added "summer projects" to my to-do list. Each spring semester, I spend an hour or so plotting out what I want to accomplish at work over the summer. I'm always too ambitious. Maybe I should add a note reminding myself how many hours are in a week...
Here's what I'm working on:
The Weekly Wrap: April 16, 2023
It's fascinating for me to see how people integrate reading into their lives. There are five laws of library science and book habits are an integral part of them. We all find/use/share books in different ways. I thought it would be fun to share a bit about my life with books and reading.
What are your reading habits?
Just Good Things: April 14, 2023
My parents arrive in town tomorrow to spend a week with us. Well, actually, daycare is closed so they are here to spend a week with their granddaughter. My husband and I are just a side dish on this trip. I haven't seen them since Christmas and it will be really good to have them in town.
Here's what else made the week a good one:
I'm just pages away from finishing Midnight in Chernobyl. I should have finished last night, but I fell asleep in seconds. I've only get the notes to get through. This was a great book. I love narrative non-fiction and, while this one was heavy on the hard sciences, it was easy to follow and read like a thriller.
For work right now, I'm making my way through two different books. The first is Assessing Service Quality: Satisfying the Expectations of Library Customers by Peter Hernon and Ellen Altman. One of my work areas is customer service. This book is helping me figure out a few ways to assess how we're doing. It's probably way to long for what it is, but that happens a lot with academic texts. I'm also reading How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. This one is most for me, but also will help me with our antiracism LibGuide. It's a lot to take in, but I like the mix of lessons and memoir.
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