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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Jeopardy

Well, I took the Jeopardy test tonight. I tried to take it last night, but evidently the site doesn't like Firefox. So tonight, I used IE and it worked fine. Wow, that was a really hard test. It was 50 questions long and you only had 15 seconds to read each question and type your answer. There were some where I just drew a complete blank even though I thought I should've known the answer. If you did well enough on the online test, then you get called in to take the test in person. I would be beside myself if I actually get called. I have wanted to be on Jeopardy for so long. I still think that the test questions are much harder than the questions on the show. Ah well, at least now I can say I've taken the test.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Grannies get naked

I just saw this article on FOXNews titled Grannies Get Naked for a Good Cause. It is so funny to me that this made national news. It has actually been the topic of more than one discussion in my Sunday school class since we have people there who work in Winchester and the church is located in Randolph county. We actually just talked about it yesterday. We were wondering what exactly are they doing with the money raised from the calendars and who has control of it?

Friday, March 17, 2006

Oops

I really meant to sign on to my library's blog. Well, the big news in New Castle today is that Starbucks is open. Becky and I went for a sneak preview on Wednesday night. They were swamped. On my way back from lunch today, I went by and picked up a latte. They're doing a pretty good job for their first day open.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Family Togetherness


Family Togetherness
Originally uploaded by Librarygirlie.
Lady, Mom and Emily spent a little together time in the hammock while we were in Tennessee. Maybe the girls got on either side to help keep their grandma in the hammock. This was a photo-op too good to pass up.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Balance (more conference stuff)

Ooh, I just read another good comment that I wrote down from the conference. Although, I'm not sure who said it.

Anyway, people need to find the right balance between being connected and contemplative; between being on top of the information and unplugging. What a great thought. We all need some down-time.

One thing nice about being at Brent's house is that they hardly ever have the tv on. I often wish I could live my life that way. The tv is on constantly at my house and it sometimes drives me nuts. I usually can't help it since I share the house with other people, but sometimes I long for quiet. Maybe that's one reason why I love summer so much. I can go outside and sit on the porch swing and just read or be alone.

Continuous Partial Attention and more conference thoughts

One of the concepts that I first heard about at the Internet Librarian Conference this past fall and heard more about at the SirsiDynix Conference last week was continuous partial attention. Basically it's that kids are so used to doing many things at once that they pay partial attention to lots of differnet things at the same time.

So, on Sunday as I was walking from my hotel room to the conference center I thought about getting my iPod out and listening as I walked. It's really not that far - maybe a 5 minute walk at the most. I decided that for that amount of time, I could manage to walk without music. I've noticed other people though who are always plugged in; at every available moment. This made me think about the concept of being unplugged and continuous partial attention. I was also pondering the need for alone time or quiet time. Is this just my personality or is it an age thing? I don't know. Sometimes, it's just nice to be alone with my own thoughts (even in a crowd.)

So, later that day in between sessions I was was listening to my iPod and pondering being unplugged. And I had these thoughts:
Either as I'm getting older or maturing in my faith, I have learned to be careful about the things that I put into my mind. In deciding whether or not to listen to my iPod- I decided to listen to Selah because I thought it would be a good way to redeem the time between sessions. Their music is uplifting and I can use it as a way to renew my mind and reflect on the Lord and praise Him - particularly today when I can't be in church. Music is such a powerful thing - to uplift and encourage and comfort.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Conference Thoughts

I'm sure I'll have more to post later, but I thought I'd post a few post-conference thoughts.

One of my favorite parts of the Executive Conference is the final wrap-up session. This is where we talk about what we're taking away from the conference. It's a good time to reflect and nail down new ideas and concepts. It seems as if a lot of libraries and administrators are being held hostage by their IT department. There were a few who kept saying things like the IT department won't let me use IM (or whatever the technology might be.) And I thought 'who's the boss, here?' And basically, that's what Stephen Abrams said.

Another concern was how to convince the library board to let them use all these neat things like blogs, wikis, IM, etc. It reminded me of the recent blog workshop I did at my library. It was great! It was a small group of adults who really wanted to learn more about this new technology that they'd been hearing about. How better to convince them of the uses than to show them.

One other thing I have been thinking about is that the Executive Conference should be for more than just library directors and administrators. They have such great, inspiring speakers that I think the "techies" should sit in on some of the sessions too. I keep wondering how to inspire my new Systems Supervisor to love the library. I've been debating with myself about whether or not he should love the library. I mean, I think everyone should love the library, but we don't all have to be librarians. But, I really want him to understand how Systems fits in with the library vision as more than just tech support. These connections with our customers are so important. And, using Web 2.0 applications is going to become critical for us.

I was struck by a comment today by a comment one of the librarians made. He was telling a story about when another library director was asked about her vision for her library. She responded by saying that she wanted her library to be the best in the world. Quite a big vision. But how do you know that your library is the best in the world? The answer for them was when their public loved them. That's what I want our library to be for my community. A library that people love. We have an incredible new building. But, do we have the service to go along with it? I think we have a way to go. I want the people who work at the library to love it too. In turn, their love of the library would spill over to the people we serve. It's all about service. I wish I could make my staff understand that. It's all about service - person-to-person, in the building and virtually.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Gaylord Opryland Hotel


Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Originally uploaded by Librarygirlie.
I'm here at the SIRSI SuperConference. This is the first morning. I just came back from breakfast. It's not quite as extravagant as the last time. Some things seem to have changed from last year and I'm not quite sure that I like the changes. I plan to blog my thoughts about the day's events later on. I'm really looking forward to hearing the speakers as this is one of my favorite conferences.

I just wish my foot wasn't hurting so much. If it doesn't feel better soon, I may have to go back to the doctor.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Dark Days

It's not been a good day today. I didn't sleep well and I don't really feel good, so my day didn't start out right.

So far, I've only dealt with problems at work - people who don't want to pay their fines and bad mothers and stepmothers who very clearly don't like their husband's ex. And now employee problems. The desire to crawl under my desk into the dark is very great right now. I don't think anyone would find me there.

I just read a post from one of the blogs that I like to read about dark days the author is going through. It touched me because these are dark days for me too.

I've been thinking a lot lately about how I feel "messed up." I don't know what else to call it. Looking at situations in other people's lives, I realize that I'm not the only one. Life takes its toll. Whether it's through divorce or death or disappointment or some other hardship we're all left with scars.

I love the 23rd Psalm. Even though I feel as if I'm walking through the valley of the shadow of death, He is with me.