March 2012 Archives

Simmons MSLA-SIG Conference Tomorrow!

I'd like to take this blog post to shamelessly plug the annual Simmons MSLA-SIG conference happening tomorrow in the Main College Building from 8:30-3:00 p.m.  Though I admittedly had a personal role to play in organizing the conference as the secretary of the Simmons student interest group of the Massachusetts School Library Association, I would encourage anyone interested to come because it promises to be a great day.   We're featuring panelists discussing "how to survive your first year" and "teaching middle school" as well as two presentations that were given at the 15th annual AASL conference this past October in Minneapolis on fostering collaboration and getting multicultural literature off the shelves and into the hands of readers. 

I think this conference also demonstrates what is so wonderful about Simmons and the GSLIS program in general.  The MSLA-SIG is a student-run organization, though the wonderful Dr. Fran Zilonis serves as our advisor.  This conference, which has been going on for several years now, is entirely student organized, and attracts phenomenal speakers from across the state each year.  And it's not just Simmons students and alums who make up the audience - we attract professional school librarians who want to take a great (free!) opportunity to further their professional development.  I think that's remarkable and something to be incredibly proud of.

So won't you join us?  There'll be a continental breakfast and a free lunch provided, and the panelists and presentations we've put together will be thought-provoking and insightful.  You can RSVP at http://bit.ly/Hq5zfV.

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Change of pace | Library recycle bin find

Library recycle bin find. Copyright 1972. Patterns include a dog blanket, wall hanging to display blue ribbons, and a throw for your horse knitted with circular needles you made from that leaky hose in the backyard. -via rockstar Somerville librarian Cathy P.

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Want Your Own Action Figure?

All I have to do is look around a typical GSLIS classroom and any librarian stereotypes disappear.  I don’t know anyone who looks like this action figure (although I am guilty of wearing my hair up in a clip on occasion…who has time to style hair in library school?).

As I regard my peers on any given day, I see a mix of men and women, young and not-so-young, tattooed and pierced, in all manner of clothing and hair styles.  Any doubters just need to peek at the Men of the Stacks 2012 calendar:  http://menofthestacks.com/  or check out the Belly-dancing Librarian: http://www.sonic.net/~erisw/bdlib.html to know that these old-fashioned shushing librarian stereotypes have no place in modern librarianship. We are fun! We are tech savvy!  We love helping people!

Librarians come in all shapes and sizes just like everybody else...so why do the stereotypes persist? And how will we change them?  To learn more, check out this book by Ruth Kneale:  You Don't Look Like a Librarian: Shattering Stereotypes and Creating Positive New Images in the Internet Age.  Together, we will change our image, one librarian at a time!

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DIY Archives: NEA Spring 2012 Meeting

As Danielle kindly mentioned in her last post, she and I recently shared a blog-worthy experience; this past Saturday, we attended the New England Archivists (NEA) Spring 2012 Meeting. Running the risk of blog redundancy, I’m going to spend a bit of time writing about my experience at NEA. Luckily, Danielle and I attended some different sessions and got different take-aways from the meeting, so I’m thinking this post will be unique after all!

The NEA Spring 2012 Meeting was held at Wesleyan University, which makes its home in the quaint city of Middletown, Connecticut. It was really nice to have the opportunity to get out of Boston for a day; I love the city, but getting out to smaller-scale America is something I really appreciate doing from time to time. As a bonus, Wesleyan University is a beautiful campus, and since the weather was somewhere in the realm of “This can’t be March!” we were able to get some time outdoors between sessions.

This was my first ever professional conference. It was very exciting to spend a day with so many archivists!

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Library Promotional Considerations

New technologies are changing how people use libraries, and libraries must evolve their services and outreach accordingly. Last Wednesday I went to the volunteer kick-off event for the Friends of the Somerville Public Library. The Friends, like many similar organizations representing public libraries across the country, are always looking for new ways to promote their library. So, over the past few days I came up with some fun means of bribery to generate awareness of the library.

[Disclaimer: some of these ideas are more feasible than others.]

Readers’ Race Library 5k – A road race is not a novel idea (pun intended), but serves as an effective promotional technique. The race starts and ends at the library, and all proceeds benefit the Friends organization. Free books would be available at the finish line, and local businesses could set up booths in the post-race hangout area.

Get a Free Library Card Day – Ok, so every day is Get a Free Library Card Day, but maybe emphasizing the FREE aspect might help catch people’s attention.

“Random Reader” displays – Inspired by these little libraries, create small carts or displays of books that the library has removed from its shelves and put them in random places around town. The books would have the call number and library bar code on them but would not be part of the library’s current circulating collection. Users could keep the books for themselves, return them to the display, or bring them back to the library for a staff member to return to the display. People could even add their own unwanted books to the displays, thus creating a fluid, truly random collection.

Library Patrón Appreciation Day – You say patron, I say Patrón. Same spelling, different accent, different connotation. On Library Patrón Appreciation Day, library patrons of drinking age (with valid I.D.) would pay a $5 cover charge plus the cost of drinks to come to the library for patron-inspired Patrón drinks. Ordering a “Patron on the Books” would get you Patrón on the rocks, and ten types of margaritas would be named 000, 100, 200, etc. through 900 to honor the Dewey Decimal System. Empty Patrón bottles could serve as bookends on library shelves.

Why not put some FUN into the fundamentals of library outreach?

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Reflections on the NEA Spring Meeting

Lucky for me, I get to beat my fellow blogger, Elise, to posting about the NEA (New England Archivists) Spring Meeting! Though it was actually the first time I had ever met Elise, we and two others carpooled down to Connecticut and shared a hotel room this weekend. If you want to see the response on twitter, check out #neasp2012. And according to NEA, session handouts and presentations should be available on the NEA website soon if you weren’t able to attend yourself.

This spring, I served as a session reporter for “Funding Your Archives Project: Money Does Grow on Trees!” which featured presentations by Linda L. Carroll, Gwenn Stearn, and Giordana Mecagni, who unfortunately, was unable to attend, though her presentation was given by her colleague Jessica Sedgwick. I’ll be making a full report in an upcoming NEA newsletter, but there are some initial reflections I would like to make here.

I found Giordana Mecagni’s presentation on outreach and advocacy as the best potential fundraising resources the most interesting and relevant to where I see archives heading. One of the major themes of this meeting (and, really, many of the classes and most of the literature I’ve been reading) is that the archives profession is rapidly evolving into something more than simply holding and preserving old stuff in restricted-access repositories. In order for archives to remain relevant, archivists will need to engage with their constituents and communities and find new ways for people to access the extremely valuable materials in their holdings. If we can demonstrate that value and our need for adequate funding, money shouldn’t be the problem. Access and finding people to share the workload become the problem, which isn’t necessarily easier to address, but is much more exciting!

I also attended the sessions “Strategies for Engaging Your Constituents” and “Start the Presses! Publishing to Promote Your Archives,” both of which stressed the necessity for archivists to become advocates for their collections. Finding ways to promote or even publish your content, whether that’s through Facebook and Twitter or even crowd sourcing through Wikipedia, will be essential to the survival of archives moving forward. The meeting gave me a lot to think about, and I was definitely thrilled to be there.

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National Bookmobile Day | Coming Soon

Brought to you by the American Library Association, the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Service, and the Association of Rural and Small Libraries comes the (third?) annual National Bookmobile Day -April 11, 2010.

Bookmobiles are currently one of the most expensive services of many public libraries so inevitably the first to be chopped when budgets are cut. Just a plain old fact there... and a mobile library may be slightly anachronistic for some, i.e. those that have the internets... My 2cents; bookmobiles fulfill several needs and beyond that are a fantastic visual reminder of the mission of a library -to connect people to information.

Vintage photos below via the flickr of the Harris Country Public Library, TX.

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Time Management?

In thinking of what to write this week, all I could say is “I am swamped.”  I know we eat and sleep more than med students, but maybe not this week! This is a week where some of the time management skills I have preached to my daughter could come in handy.

Please forgive the brief entry and enjoy this funny video of why Library School Hurts So Good!  I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw it, and hopefully, it will ease some of your stress, too. I really love Library School!

Library School: Hurts So Good

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Embracing Technology

On the first day of my Introduction to Archives class, my professor made certain to emphasize the fact that, while the archival field certainly involves a great deal of work with “old stuff,” it’s also very much concerned with and immersed in the realm of “new stuff,” that is, technology. Archivists’ relationship with technology is twofold:  they are tasked with preserving and making available information stored on machine-dependent materials (e.g., floppy disks, VHS tapes, the Internet) and with using technology to make their collections as accessible as possible (putting them online, making them searchable, etc.). I have not had the opportunity to do a great deal of work with digital preservation yet, but I’m excited to take Archiving and Preserving Digital Media later on in the GSLIS program. I have, however, had the opportunity to learn about the other side of technology in archives in a course I’m taking this semester called Archival Access and Use.

One of the main purposes of this course is to teach students the archival description standards and practices currently prevalent in the field. When archivists create finding aids, which describe their collections, it’s important for them to make them as accessible to users as possible. Many repositories go about doing this in different ways.  In general, however, most strive to at least display finding aids online using HTML and, if they are associated with libraries, make them discoverable in the library catalogs by encoding them using MARC (MAchine-Readable Cataloging). Many archives also encode their finding aids using the XML standard known as EAD (Encoded Archival Description).  Doing this turns finding aids into powerfully searchable tools and makes them easier to index in repository databases, thus facilitating access in multiple ways. EAD is what we are currently focusing on in class, and I’m finding it’s something I really enjoy learning.

I was never especially “techie” prior to coming to Simmons GSLIS. I suppose I’m a member of “Generation Y” because I have grown up with computers; I remember playing Snake on my dad’s MS-DOS-based PC as a toddler. Even so, I never took more than a functional interest in computers--they were there and I generally knew how to get them to do what I needed them to do. I honestly was a bit intimidated at the idea of learning behind-the-scenes skills like HTML and being introduced to anything that involved the word “encoding.” I knew, though, that it’s important for archivists to have at least a basic understanding of these skills and concepts, so I gave myself a pep talk and walked into the first class of EAD with an open mind.

It turns out that, largely thanks to my tendency to pay an extreme amount of attention to detail, I’m the kind of person who likes EAD! The instruction I’ve received has definitely been effective. Three weeks ago, seeing this picture would have inspired me to hide under the covers, but now it’s something I understand because I wrote it myself. It doesn’t intimidate me anymore!

I’m grateful for the technology training I’m receiving in the Simmons GSLIS program and I know it’s definitely going to come in handy down the road--I’ll have a nice set of skills to list on my resume and be more adept as a professional. Also, it turns out, the nitty gritty computer stuff can be pretty fun!

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Best. March. Ever.

During mid- to late-March you can find me parked in front of a television watching college basketball. I can unabashedly say that I have spent at least 24 of the past 96 hours either actively or passively watching college basketball, but that is about to change. Over the next few weeks, I will supplement my basketball watching with an array of library-related talks and panels. This could be the best March ever!

It all starts this afternoon at Simmons with a talk called “Developing Diverse Library Leadership in the 21st Century” to be given by Molly Raphael, President of the American Libraries Association AND Simmons GSLIS alum. (If that doesn’t go to show how far a Simmons GSLIS degree can take you, I don’t know what will.)

Then, as James posted a couple weeks ago, Wednesday is a kick-off meeting for the Friends of the Somerville Public Library, and I am definitely going to check that out.

On Friday, I am going to MIT for a “Panel Discussion on Libraries and Best Practices in Fair Use.” I would explain the concept of fair use except I don’t know much about it, thus making this the perfect learning opportunity. I am fascinated by copyright issues (especially with digital materials), so I am really looking forward to this one. And come on, of course I want to start sentences with “When I attended that esteemed panel discussion at MIT…”

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The Suburbs

One of the benefits of going to school in a city like Boston is that, aside from everything you’ll be doing in school, the city itself has plenty to offer.  I completed my undergraduate school at a tiny university in central Pennsylvania—Shippensburg University, to be exact.  And even though I loved the school, the faculty, and my experience there, the best thing the town had to offer were fields of corn and cows.  Sure, my friends and I frequently made trips to D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia to see shows, etc., but that usually meant at least a 1 1/2  to 2 hour commute one way.

Boston is much more expensive than middle-of-nowhere Pennsylvania (my roommates and I shared an apartment and only paid $125 a month each in PA), but it’s justifiable in the end.  In a few weeks, PAX (a huge video game convention) will be coming to Boston.  I’ve already registered and am totally looking forward to it!  Sometimes  I do find myself missing green things and a little bit of nature, but Boston isn’t crazy big or tall like New York, and there are actually trees and parks if you look for them.  The squirrels in the Boston Commons are the chubbiest little things I’ve ever seen, and there are TURKEYS near Kendall Square.  No exaggeration.  One day I hope to get back to the suburbs, but I’m slowly learning to appreciate life in a city.

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Spring is here...sort of

Forgive the tangent from more scholarly, library-centric posts, but I would be remiss in my duties as a blogger for the Admissions Office if I did not comment upon the weather in Boston.   You see, before I moved to Boston, I knew that it got a lot of snow.  This seemed self-evident - we are, after all, living in New England.   What I didn't know is that Boston is very much a "four seasons in a day" kind of place, though usually the changes are spread over the course of one day to the next.

Take this past week, for example.  Last weekend brought with it the time change, clocks going forward an hour, giving us extra daylight at the day's end.  This is a welcome change even if it does result in lost sleep because it means instead of getting dark at 5:30 (now - in the depths of winter, it's pitch black by 5:00), it's now dusk until somewhere around 6:30.   The beginning of the week brought the most extraordinarily gorgeous weather, the first tantalizing promises of spring.

Everywhere you looked, people were embracing the sunshine.  Crowds on Newbury Street.  People lounging on grassy patches to read, outer layers stripped off, puppies frolicking joyously, crocuses and daffodils bursting into bloom.   And then came Wednesday.  We were promised highs of sixty, but the mercury never crept above 45.  It rained, it was grey, the cold returned and my spring trench got hung up again after its brief outing in favor of my down jacket.

So for now, everyone has returned to huddle inside, and I am mourning our brief flirtation with spring.  Spring will return again, bringing with it an explosion in outdoor life (Bostonians seem to revel in their good weather because they know what a fickle friend Mother Nature can be), flowers, picnics, visits to see the ducks at the Boston Gardens, and all around generally great weather.   Until then, however, I will wait, patiently, and huddle in my cozy L.L. Bean jacket and be consoled by the fact that I'm not missing glorious sunshine by being inside a school all day.

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Kentucky pack-horse librarians

Converted bakery trucks are fine, a restored International Harverster Metro would be neat, but how about Appalachian mountain riders as your bookmobile service? As a feature of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the 1930's that was the case.

Thousands of people lived in the crooks and hollows of Kentucky's mountains. Without newspapers, telephones, or radios, they were almost totally isolated from the outside world. Since there were not paved or even gravel roads, the only way in was by foot, horse, or mule. People followed creek beds and mountain paths to their tiny communities and homes in the hollows.

Small one-room schoolhouses nestled in coves and mining camps were almost entirely removed from the outside world. These schools barely had enough textbooks for their students. Some had no books at all. In face of the daunting essential needs, food, clothing, medicine, employment, funding for libraries seemed a very low priority. Without enough money to feed their bodies, how in the world could money be found to "feed their minds?" asked First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The answer came in the form of an ingenious WPA program known as the Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project. -via Josephine's Journal

Photos below via the New Deal Network, a research and teaching resource on the World Wide Web devoted to the public works and arts projects of the New Deal created by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (FERI). [daywrecker warning -ed.]

 

Carriers on Horses, 1938

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An Archives Kid behind the Circ Desk?: Gaining Meaningful Experience at the Social Law Library

Today marks six months that I’ve been a Patron Services Assistant at the Social Law Library.  I have to say, I’m still surprised at the fact that my venture to Boston led me behind the circulation desk of a law library; as an archives concentrator with no prior interest in law or law librarianship, it seems like quite the anomaly!  As unexpected as it is, I’m quite grateful for the opportunities and experiences I have had at Social Law.

When I was making plans to move to Boston and attend Simmons, I was hesitant at the prospect of working and going to school at the same time.  Many of the graduate school workshops I attended as an undergrad emphasized that, for a graduate student, school is your job, and warned that working during grad school would be too overwhelming.  I’m glad I realized that this advice was usually geared toward students pursuing academic degrees rather than professional ones.  In the library science field, gaining experience in and outside of the classroom is incredibly important.  Not only does it beef up resumes, but it also allows for personal development as students figure out how their classroom work can directly translate into the “real world” work.  Simmons GSLIS responds to students’ need for real world experience by incorporating internship courses into its curriculums, but I’m generally of the mind that more is better in this situation and am very glad I chose to apply for jobs in Boston.

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Spring Break and the Older Student

No bikinis for this forty-something….trust me, this is a good thing!  For me, spring break was an opportunity to catch up on housework and have the time to go to NY to visit my adult daughter.  I had told myself that I would get ahead on schoolwork, and while I did do some, there was no “getting ahead.” After six intense weeks, my brain needed to ease up, and my non-school life needed some of my attention.

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If you read my first post, you saw that I had some misgivings about returning to school as a full-time student.  I would like to revisit those initial thoughts now, halfway through the semester.  It has been so invigorating to be in school.  While I sometimes feel like I am drowning in a sea of acronyms, I am learning so much.

When I started the program full-time, I had quit my job, figuring that school, home, family, a long commute, and volunteer work would keep me busy enough.  That was a good plan!  When my volunteer work evolved into a job offer at my local library, I couldn’t say no.  A library job, however small, was still a library job!  But the plan… the plan….

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The Grand Canyon of Libraries

Last week was Spring Break, and instead of crashing crazy parties in Cancun I traveled through northern Arizona and southern Utah. Having never been anywhere in the Southwest, I had no idea what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised by the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Zion National Park, and the red rocks of Sedona.

Now that I am at GSLIS, my travels prompt me to think about the libraries that support the places I visit. This may sound silly, but I really do love when I see a library in an unfamiliar town. Or, even if I don't see the library, it is interesting to check out its website afterward. After spending two days in Springdale, Utah (population 457; a small, touristy town right outside of Zion National Park), I was not surprised to find that its library staff consists of three people and that without a library card, internet access costs $1 for 60 minutes. After two days in Sedona, Arizona (population 10,031; an artsy, touristy, and outdoorsy city), I was not surprised to find that its library homepage features the "latest bestseller reads" and that its website has an interactive graphic interface for kids and teens.

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Two Weeks In

The crowning experience of the SLT program is the two practica, which are carried out at the elementary and high school levels (though starting this fall, middle school will be an option as well).   In addition to a mountain of paperwork and a log that could possibly qualify as a lethal weapon due to its sheer weight, part of what we are meant to do is learn the ins and outs of being a librarian.  This includes not only shadowing our cooperating practitioner, but writing our own lessons, collaborating with teachers, planning activities, creating displays, doing our three minor projects, and, of course, teaching.

Yesterday marked the end of my second full week (though this week was a little off-kilter), so I thought it might be interesting to give you all an idea of what happens at a practicum at the beginning stages.

In the past two weeks, I have:

Introduced myself to the students and found out about what countries some of them have lived in

Written and taught the first lesson of my unit on nursery rhymes to kindergarten, including an animated discussion about the meanness of Mother Goose's goose (hint: it's a very mean goose)

Pulled over a hundred books from the fiction section to be considered for weeding, and actually weeded nearly 70 already

Discovered a whole heap of books that should be recatalogued, including some wonderful treasures that I plan to booktalk and promote in some way

Helped kids draw pictures about themselves using KidPix, and learning that favorite pastimes of some first graders include "building things with Lego," "skiing," and "going on mysterious adventures"

Attended the annual MSLA conference in Hyannis, where I learned of a whole bunch of nifty curation tools that I want to use for a research project

Suggested a poetry exercise to my cooperating practitioner, which developed into a unit on poetry with the fourth graders - this week, we wrote sense poems

Went to a district-wide department meeting with my cooperating librarian

I'm at my school four days a week, which is unusual, but I'm glad for the opportunity.  I've learned an incredible amount already, but the highlight is definitely working with the students.  Elementary school students are not only adorable, they're also bright, inquisitive, and fascinated by what they're discovering about the world around them.  It feels great to finally be putting everything I've learned into practice, and I hope to share more of my experiences with you all over the coming weeks.

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Get out there -easy if in Somerville

Unless you are working full-time and taking 3 classes while commuting from Maine, I bet a lot of the readers are also volunteering in some kind of library-related function. "Friends of the Library" groups are great for this, and as a connected, energetic, knowledgable library student you are perfectly placed to led your enthusiasm to your local public library. Even if public librarianship is not your aim I would encourage it. You don't need to sit on the board (though nice little line item on the resume...) but just being an upright and breathing volunteer can be useful.

If you live in Somerville (or Cambridge or Medford) let me mention that the Friends of the Somerville Public Library are looking for extra volunteers and having a kick-off meeting on March 21st; why not attend? See the Facebook link. If you don't care for FaceSpace, there is an EventBrite link as well; friendsofthesomervillelibrary.eventbrite.

For those GSLIS students with little to no library experience this seems like an absolute no-brainer. Hope to see you then.

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What It Means to be Blended

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Blended and Online classes offer amazing opportunities to learn from practicing professionals who genuinely want to share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of library professionals. What could be better than learning from real world librarians!

Being my first semester, I had no idea what a Blended class actually entailed.  I knew there would be some face-to-face meetings and other meetings online, but I wasn’t sure what that actually meant in practice.

Face-to-face is what it implies – a class meeting on campus in the traditional sense.   My blended class combines face-to-face meetings on Simmons West (Mount Holyoke) campus with synchronous online sessions.  Synchronous means that we all log in at class time – either from home in our PJs or some of us choose to log in together in an empty classroom or in the GSLIS West office. While PJs are appealing, I enjoy the group gathering as it has allowed for some excellent peer interaction and good company with my morning coffee.

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The Big Move (Part 2)

To continue my account of my move to Boston, I’m here this week with the second installment of “The Big Move.”  I left off last week setting myself up for quite a task, which is to tell my stories and offer some tips regarding finding a place to live in Boston and using public transportation.  In the interest of not overwhelming you with a term-paper length piece, I’m going to back off from that and stick to discussing housing only and saving the wondrous MBTA for another week.

One of the most intimidating elements of my planning phase leading up to moving to Boston was trying to find a place to live.  I was living in Missouri at this time, and I didn’t have the means or the time to schedule a trip to Boston to look at apartments in person.  In fact, I didn’t travel to Boston at all until it was time to move.  This means I was 100% reliant upon this good ol’ Web of ours in my apartment hunt.

I began, as I feel many librarians-to-be would, by conducting some serious research on Boston.  I quickly found out that “I want to move to Boston” isn’t nearly a specific enough desire.  Boston has 21 official neighborhoods, and that list doesn’t even include our neighbors across the river in Cambridge and Somerville, which act as homes for many Simmons students.  A crucial step in my process was determining the locations of and differences between the neighborhoods so I could narrow my search for housing. 

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My Vow to Browse

When I visit a library with the sole intent of choosing my next book, I tend to become borderline robotic. In fact, last week I embarked on Mission: Obtain this month’s Book Club selection. I looked up the call number online, went to the library, grabbed the book, and left. I was in the library for no more than two minutes. If a million dollars was sitting on the shelf below my book, Justin Bieber was manning the reference desk, or the periodicals were on fire, I didn’t notice. I was on a mission. Must.Get.Book. (Spoken in robot voice).

That high-speed library mission got me thinking about the last time I entered a library without a specific book in mind. I decided it was probably sometime in fifth grade. These days I usually know, or at least have an idea of, what I want, and look at nothing else. Must.Get.Book. In a library full of infinite browsing possibilities, my robot-like obstinacy keeps me focused exclusively on what (I think) I want, which can be both a blessing and a curse.

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The Joys of Public Libraries

For someone who grew up going to the public library on a near weekly basis and then spent two years overseas in a library wilderness, moving to Boston has been nothing short of a heavenly experience.

As a Boston resident, I am entitled to borrow books from any of the branches within the Boston Public Library system (extensive in its own right), and I am allowed reciprocal privileges through the Minuteman network as well.  What this means is that I basically have any library between here and New Hampshire at my disposal, through the wonders of the OPAC and interlibrary loan.

In addition to the countless hours of personal pleasure the BPL and Minuteman libraries have afforded me, they have also played a central role in my GSLIS academic career. 

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The Geisel Library Building

This brutal beauty of reinforced concrete and glass is a library for UC San Diego designed in 1970 by architect William Pereira. The library was originally called the "Central Library" until a renovation was completed and it was renamed the Geisel Library Building on December 1, 1995 in honor of Audrey and Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) for the generous contributions they have made to the library and their devotion to improving literacy.

UC San Diego’s Mandeville Special Collections Library is the main repository for the papers of Dr. Seuss. The Dr. Seuss Collection, contains more than 8,500 items documenting the full range of Geisel’s work.

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