A half a month and not a single post later, I think I am finally recovered from BEDA. And now for a recap. Continue reading Mid May
Experienced Tweeters know to use hashtags to make it easier for others to follow a specific topic. A hashtag might be used for a general topic, such as #TV or #haiku. Professionals often hashtag conferences such as #ALAMW09 (American Library Association Midwinter Meeting 2009). I’ve seen a few professors encourage their students to get accounts and use a specific course hashtag.
If you were following an activity like #drumcorps today, you might have noticed a lengthy discussion regarding which hashtag corps members, fans and alums should use when they are Tweeting about this summer’s tour. Continue reading Tag, You’re It
In preparation for my new position, I’ve been methodically doing bits of cleaning at my desk so that I won’t have to do it all at once when I move. I found a few sheets from an old word of the day calendar. The words are niveous, sequacious, nugatory, persiflage, and syllepsis. I’m not sure why I saved these. They are pretty nifty words. Must try to work them into writing or speech.
In addition to physical cleaning, I did LOTS of cleaning of a bibliographic nature today. I handle most of the cataloging problems in my current position and there are a few tough ones still sitting around so I resolved those or to the extent they could be at least. I fear we may never know what book belongs in that wayward phase box… It feels good to get those shelves empty. I’m pretty much done with problems (although seven more were just delivered after lunch). It will never end but in two weeks, it will be a problem for someone other poor soul.
I’m looking forward to the new job. A joint Digital Library Program-Techinical Services Dept project to encode texts of Indiana Authors is in forging ahead to the planning stages. I have lots of reading to do in XML and TEI (luckily, only TEI is new to me, XML is old hat). I’m excited about the education aspect of my new job. There are likely to be workshops and things to attend and this makes me happy. I think I will like project management a whole lot more once I know more about what I’m talking about. I look forward to getting to know new people, learning new things. Just excitement all around.
Speaking of excitement, I have plans to go to a greenhouse today. It will be a miracle if I don’t end up uber-splurging on myself and coming home with armfuls of greenery. I need some more plants for that window I’ll have in two weeks. At least, that is what I’m telling myself. Tim: you might need to rein me in. Just saying.
Note: this post was written on Thurs, April 16 but could not be published until administration had its ducks in a row, which was quite quickly.
I am very happy to report that I have just accepted the position of Metadata Specialist & Cataloger in the Indiana University Libraries Technical Services Department. This is a brand new position in the department and a promotion for me.
Yes, Jen, you say, but what does the fancy title MEAN? Fam and friends, this means that I get to do the FUN (no, really, it is!), cutting edge stuff: enhancing information discovery through text encoding (similar to marking up web page content, only more complex) and metadata enhancement, developing new projects, acting as a liaison between Technical Services and Digital Library Program, and let us not forget adding an arsenal of acronyms to my daily vocabulary. In short, I am giddy with excitement.
Although my official start date is May 4th, I will be attending a project planning meeting next week. The timing of it all is rather satisfying to me. I started my current position on May 2, 2006. I will have been a Monographs Cataloger for exactly three years before starting my new job.
Still spinning back and forth happily in her desk chair,