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New Blog: SEWARD PARK AUDUBON CENTER LIBRARY TRANSFORMATIONS

January 14, 2013 Leave a comment

I’m currently working on an independent study with Anna Nash at the Ann Lennartz Memorial Library at the Audubon Center in Seward Park. I’m going to be focusing most of my information-related blogging on a project blog (http://sewardparklib.wordpress.com), so excuse the lack of presence on this one.

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I’m Back! Let the Second Year of Library School Begin

September 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Though I didn’t announce it, I did end up taking a break from this blog over the summer, as per advice from one of my peers. I’m excited to be doing more reflection this year, and find time to write in real prose (rather than just aggregate aggregate aggregate!–though aggregation is good!).

One of the best experiences in library work I had over the summer was from the Seattle Aquarium, where I helped catalog the entire collection (over 1,400 items) with just a handful of other volunteers. Here’s a picture of me and the other folks on the last day, when all the work was completed.

In other news, I completed my 6 month stint as a welcome desk volunteer with the Seattle Public Library, which was an amazing experience in learning about the customer service required for library work. SPL also invited me into an internship opportunity where I will be working to create metadata for their podcast collection–very exciting–I’ll be starting that soon. I also began (and continue) cataloging for the Zine Archive and Publishing Project (or ZAPP), under the wing of Violet Ward. I should get some pictures of me in there–I’ll make sure to do so this Wednesday. And as you can imagine, I’ve continued to volunteer as a librarian, tech instructor, researcher, organizer, and cataloger at the Ballard Landmark. Here’s a recent shot (from this month):

Finally (I think!) I put in a single day’s work into volunteering at the People’s Library of Seattle during the week of Seattle Public Library Closures. While my work wasn’t necessarily complex, as all I was doing was greeting and organizing shelves, volunteering there felt like I was important, serving a purpose.

In any case, looking forward, there is still quite a lot of room for figuring out my specialties and focuses. At the moment I’m going for “well-rounded.” I’m hoping to inevitably work for a public library at this point, but I really, really don’t want to leave Seattle. But the potential to do international work is also extremely enticing, to this day.

Tuscon Book Traffickers!

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

“Educators in the Houston metro area are readying a “book trafficker” caravan that would travel March 12–18 from Houston, Texas, to Tucson, Arizona, to donate books about the Mexican-American experience to four volunteer libraries. The donations are meant to counter the January removal of at least seven titles from Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) classrooms, where they had been taught as part of the district’s now-outlawed Mexican-American Studies (MAS) program. Reminiscent of the Occupy Wall Street Library movement, the book traffickers, or Libro Traficante, organized by Houston Community College professor Tony Diaz, plan to contribute titles to underground libraries in Houston, San Antonio, Albuquerque, and Tucson.”

More info at the American Libraries Magazine blog here.

Categories: General Library, News

Vid: Googlighting: Microsoft’s Attack on Google Apps

February 22, 2012 Leave a comment
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Pic: “A Staggering Tower of 15,000 Abraham Lincoln Books”

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment
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Robert Darnton Receives a 2011 National Medal of Arts

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment
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New TASCHA Talk Recording Available Online @taschagroup

February 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Just follow this link for a great discussion on/presentation on the current international libraries work TASCHA is conducting. Also, check them out on Twitter @taschagroup

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