Guerrilla Blogging

...Not in the combative sense (except that I'm fighting for time to blog), but certainly in the irregular sense.
  • State-tris (Tetris with state shapes; great for teaching kids where the continental US states are, or for educating yourself--I never remember where Ohio is.)
  • "Steal this Book? Don't Bother" (article on C|NET news that promotes using your local public library to obtain content.)
So, let me briefly... er... de-brief you on all the things that are currently keeping me too busy to blog:
  • preparing for my new boss, Suzanne Sears, who starts work next Wednesday
  • ...one item of above includes moving my office
  • usual duties--digital collections, liaison collection development, reference, supervising two student assistants, etc.
  • helping a professor update an online art history course
  • applying to the Higher Ed PhD program here at UNT
  • adding content to the new library CMS
  • adding content to the new library newsletter CMS (which I'll be managing)
  • learning the ropes for the ALA GODORT Web Admin position
  • preparing for the 2008 Denton Reads program
  • working on the NDIIPP Web at Risk project
  • preparing one-two presentation proposal(s) and one article proposal
  • writing a second book review
  • still processing material/information from ALA Annual
At least I have decent excuses, right? Right?!

So, as far as the second item on that list goes, I'm all moved, but my floor is covered in file folders. Why? Because the folders are legal-sized... and my new file cabinets are letter-sized. Doh! And honestly, I'd rather change folder sizes than exchange file cabinets--they are heavy, and there are five of them. And the new ones have easier-to-open drawers.

Ah, ridiculous vanity, thy name is librarian!


Quick and Dirty

  • Still trying to recover from work stacked up before ALA.
  • Getting my feet wet as Web Admin for ALA GODORT.
  • Madly slapping content onto our new library website (go check it out!).
  • Interview with Gene Ambaum of Unshelved to read.
  • Moving offices this week to make space for new boss (yay!) in less than two weeks.
  • Did I mention the work from before ALA? Okay, I'll go work on that.
Update: dangit, I knew I'd post the wrong link. Okay, the new library website link now works.


In Living Color

Okay, file this under the "sheer genius" category-- the site COLOURlovers.com not only provides ever-changing color palettes that are ranked by users, but you can download palettes in a variety of formats, including CSS. You can browse palettes by newest, top, or search by specific color combinations.

So, so pretty. Good for adventures in interior design, graphic design brainstorming, or a CSS recharge for your website.


I've Got Mad Web Administrating Skilz!

Yes, that's right, I got the ALA GODORT Web Administrator position--woohoo! It's an appointed position with a three-year term, and it also leads the GODORT Web Managers group, which meets at ALA Annual and Midwinter. So, I'll be responsible for posting content to ALA's CMS for GODORT, requesting content be sent to me, holding meetings of the other web managers, etc. etc. I talked to Lesley Pearce this morning, the current web admin, and she's spectacularly nice and helpful, so I feel a bit more confident.

I've sadly had to cut short my participation in our library's new Book Cart Drill Team, and they have a killer of a theme, sigh. But my professional responsibilities are more important at the moment, particularly to my long-term career, and considering I'm looking at that PhD application, I don't think I want to take on a bunch of "fluff" commitments just yet. I'm learning to say "no," but it's awfully hard and not much fun.

However, I hope to be free at TLA during the competition so that I can photograph/film the team and cheer them on!

...So, I didn't use my three days off to edit/post photos and finish my ALA blogging. Really, is anyone but myself surprised at this? I will try to get those up in a reasonable amount of time.