The Now: March 22, 2023
I just spent an hour outside hoping to talk to students during a "roving reference" session. I timed this session to overlap with our weekly sprit event on the campus plaza. There are lots of students who show up. Unfortunately, as it turns out, today there was no spirit event. Bummer for talking to students. At least I got a chance to enjoy the gorgeous weather.
Here's what I'm working on.
The Now: March 15, 2023
Greetings from Pittsburgh, PA! I'm in town for the ACRL Conference and had quite the delightful road trip up here. A colleague and I shared a car and proceeded to chat the entire way. It was a mix of work, personal life, and general discussion. I love working with great people.
Here's where I'm at:
The Now: March 8, 2023
I'm doing a little dance in my cubicle and item number one will tell you why.
Keeping this intro short today because my brain is 100% zapped.
Here's what I've been working on.
The Now: March 1, 2023
Each month, I submit a monthly report to our library director. When the alert to get to work on February's went off, I refused to believe it. How in the heck is it the third month of the year already? It feels like time is flying by extra fast this semester.
I'm positing that it's because none of my big projects have hard deadlines. They are all just long term projects I'm working on and no one is telling me it has to be done by X date. That just makes the weeks slip by more quickly.
Here's what I've been focusing on:
The Now: February 22, 2023
I had several meetings and webinars I needed to attend today. They were scattered all over my calendar. The gray weather also meant that my brain just didn't want to work. That made it hard to concentrate on anything in particular. By 9:15AM, I declared today to be a "clear out tasks" day. Those days are when I focus on the tiny little things I've been putting off. They don't take long by themselves but, together, they fill a work day without requiring me to use too much deep brain power.
Here's what I've been focusing on when my brain is working:
The Now: February 15, 2023
Yesterday was Valentine's Day. Our kiddo came home from school with a small bag of delights from her her classmates. It was a mix of homemade cards, commercial valentines, and little toys. I remember the days of those little cardstock cards in school and I wish I had the forethought to give some to my colleagues. I think it would be fun to drop off a cheesy, mass-produced card for everyone. Maybe next year.
Here's what else has my attention:
The Now: February 8, 2022
About once a week, I try to get out to do "roving reference." We're in a temporary location while the main library is being renovated and this is my way of putting the library where the students are. Today, I posted up in the student lounge. While I did answer a few questions, I mostly enjoyed seeing the students hang out with each other. Campus feels alive when there are students around. I greatly missed that when everything was online.
Here's what I've been working on:
The Now: February 1, 2023
This was supposed to be our first full week of childcare in the new year. Instead, our kiddo got sick at school yesterday and came home early. We decided to keep her home today as a recovery day. She's napping right now (which she definitely would not have done at school) and I feel vindicated in our decision.
Aside from extra childcare, here's what I've been working on:
The Now: January 25, 2023
Yesterday, I found out that my proposal to speak at the 2023 CALM conference was accepted. I did a little jig in my cube. The conference is not until June so I have some time to prepare. I'm debating if it's worthwhile to harness some of my excitement to outline my session this week. I probably won't get to it, but I'm at least thinking about it.
Here's what I am working on.
The Now: January 18, 2023
Earlier this week, the reference librarian team talked with a professor about her class which is focusing on archives. It was a winding conversation that ended with us volunteering to teach a few workshops. (Yeah! I'm doing two. One on preservation and another on personal archiving.) It also reinvigorated my love of why libraries/archives/museums are important and have to continue to speak out about things. We are not neutral! We never were. We need to acknowledge our shortcomings to make things better for the future.
Here's what I'm working on: