Hot off the Press

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Just found in my mailbox: 2 advance copies of the October 2009 American Libraries. Why do I care?  There's a feature article in there called "E-Readers in Action," by yours truly. I'm very excited about this article for several reasons, but primarily because it's the first "big" look at the Sony Reader pilot project that we've been working on at Penn State. You may remember that we had a few rumblings back in the beginning, but now that an entire academic year has passed, and we're well into a second, it's awesome to be finally sharing some of the results and insights that came out of the project.

I don't want to turn this post into a spoiler, so I'll keep it short. Look for the new issue in your own mailboxes in the next few weeks, and don't hesitate to let me know what you think!

Full Speed Ahead

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This semester I have scheduled blogging time on to my calendar each week with the hope that maybe I'll use it. Here I am, 45 minutes into that hour, and I'm just beginning a post. No need for recap of the 7 months since I last spoke here. Life and work right now are FULL SPEED AHEAD.

No time to wrap my head around the fact that we're already closing the books on week two of the new semester. Only enough time to look ahead to what's coming - it's gonna be a great one!

Moving forward with a galloping pace  - 6 classes to teach next week (hoping to use the response system); the Annual Open House the week after - followed by more classes (I've lost track of how many sessions I've got on the books - at least 20 so far I think); team teaching LST 083S - it's the same First Year Seminar as last year with a new look and feel. Got it on the books officially, and we're trying it out as a jam-packed 5-week course, meeting from 9/29 - 10/29, twice a week, culminating with a multimedia presentation which is being assisted by the Digital Commons and Ellysa Cahoy, ETS Faculty Fellow and library colleague. Late October brings a season of travel - heading to Monterrey for Internet Librarian, where I'll be co-presenting a session on handhelds that includes the Sony Reader project. Immediately after that is Charleston, at which I'm presenting in an E-Books pre-conference November 4th. Throw in there two book chapters due this fall, and you'll see why there's no looking back!

Nothing Like a Meme...

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...to get me back into blogging.

My friend Ellysa posted an interview meme, along with the offer that she would pass along the meme (and new interview questions) to anyone interested.  Of course, I had to take her up on it!

If you'd like to try this too, just follow these instructions:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I'll respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions.)
3. You'll create a new post on your blog with the answers to the questions. Be sure you link back to the original post.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Here are the questions Ellysa sent me (along with my answers):

1) Why did you decide to become a librarian?

I'm not sure whether becoming a librarian was a decision...it's been more of a process. All of the makings had been there for a long time - love of books, people, learning, analysis, etc. - I just had to find the right outlet to put them to work. As a clerk at a Christian bookstore, and then through an internship as a senior English major, I found my calling.

2) What is the best part of your job?

Wow, there are so many good parts. I like that no day is the same, and that shopping for books is a job requirement. My favorite part of my job by far, however, is in the classroom. I love teaching (which was a big surprise to me when I discovered it!) and I love introducing something to students for the first time. I make an effort to make each class session new and different, and to make a connection with the students which will lead them to view me as a valuable resource, and, at the very least, to remember that the library is a helpful and inviting place.

3) Name a leisure reading title you've recently added to the collection, and want to read.

I just put in an order for Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. I've been wanting to see the film based on this book, but - as with most book/movie adaptations - I'm suspecting that the book is much better. It's been a long time since I read a good romance . I'm looking forward to this one.

4) Look ahead five years. Where do you see yourself?

Wow this is a tough one. Professionally speaking, in five years I'll have tenure...for over a year...YAY! There will be much rejoicing over that :) Because I'm good at organization and communication, I imagine that I might be moving in the direction of administration. But I really don't want to put words in the mouth of the fortune teller. 

Personally speaking, I'd really like to DO something with this cooking thing I love so much. So this might end up being a professional rather than personal goal.

Who knows? My home will be warm and welcoming always, and no one who comes to visit will ever go hungry.

Another bit in the category of "who knows?" Maybe there will be a mini-me by then, but like I said, there's a certain element of mystery about the future...most times I like it that way:)

5) And just because they don't all have to be library-related...What are you going to enter into the Grange Fair this summer?

Well, Ellysa, you HAD to ask :)  To preface this, last year I entered white bread, canned peppers, and eggplant and squash, knitted leg warmers, chocolate cake, and pecan pie - and the pie won first place in its category!!

This year, I hope to enter...

 - the knitted shawl that was supposed to be done by December, but now I just hope to have finished in time for the Grange.
 - something else knitted.
 - Many vegetable specimens, including eggplant, squash, tomatoes, peppers...
 - canned goods: peppers, apple butter, apple sauce, and whatever else I come up with early in the season
 - probably some more bread, perhaps rosemary this time.


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