Sunday, April 29, 2007


Hooray! I've finished all my work for the semester, and survived an incredibly busy weekend. Tomorrow, I spend one last day at my field experience (which is very sad!) and then start my summer projects:
-Spring cleaning (scary but necessary)
-Get some photos printed and scrapbooking
-Reading as many kids' and YA books as possible
-Brainstorming and deciding on a topic for my master's paper
I'm sure others will crop up as well.

To celebrate I'm going to put a picture or two in. :-)

My favorite recent picture of Mark and me (on Easter).

A cute Rosie the cat picture.

Monday, April 23, 2007

PBwiki and Grrr towards G-mail

Apparently we can now get more free space from PBwiki if we post information about it on our blogs, so here goes nothing:

It also spices up the blog a bit, n'est-ce pas? Basically, this is a wiki I created as part of a project on capital punishment for my Humanities and Social Science Reference class. Our group created a whole page of resources to go with UNC's Summer Reading program, at Feel free to check it out, but it's not a happy topic.

The "Grrr" directed at G-mail has to do with SLOOOOOOW service today. I thought it might be my browser/computer, but both Safari and Firefox have given me trouble, on this and on another computer. I hope it's solved soon--I didn't realize how deeply I rely on Gmail!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Almost there...

The semester doesn't end for another week and a half (classes) to three weeks (when last assignments are do). I don't have any final exams, and have just realized that if I put in good solid work tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday, I can FINISH all my work. This would be especially good because there are special end-of-semester activities going on next week that I am supposed to help with, plus stuff at church and the public library.

So I need to stop procrastinating (which is technically what this is) and get to work.. wish me luck!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

To Do Lists

I'm a big fan of To-Do lists, and now I've just learned how to make them better. RP, my fabulous field experience supervisor at Culbreth Middle School (at least for a little while longer) shared the following advice. She got it from somewhere else, and I'll have to find where that is and add it.

-Separate to-do lists by place (so, one for at the computer, one for at a computer that prints, one for in the library stacks, one for on the reference desk, etc.)--this makes it easy to make the most of your time wherever you are

-Break tasks down so you don't have any item on your list that takes more than 20 minutes to complete (not always possible with graduate school work, but seems to fit in nicely with a lot of library work and lesson or story time planning)--this lets you get more "things" done, but also streamlines your work because you know what each step is that needs to be done.

I've tried it some this week and it seems to work very well!

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Picture Now Mysteriously Works

Ok, I tried to rotate the picture in iPhoto and that didn't work, but just uploading the original photo from the "Modifed" folder instead of the "Originals" photo seems to have done the trick. Hooray. So here is the beautiful Davis Library in all its glory.

Let's try to put some news from this week in:

-Went to an "RTP 2.0" gathering on Wednesday VERY briefly. Had no fun. It was mainly business people and total techies; only one other SILS student that I ran into, and he was IS (Information Science rather than Library Science track). Also, it was in a bar (not my scene) and I came out smelling smoky. Yuck! Conclusion: I will monitor their blog for a bit, but I'm not going to run out to any other events.

-Had Friday off and slept in. Hooray!

-Got significant work done on my Humanities and Social Science Reference group project. We are researching capital punishment to create a website for UNC freshman. Their summer reading assignment is The Death of Innocents by Sister Helen Prejean. I'll put in a link when it's finished. For part of my contribution, I created a wiki! It of course has no discussion but can be found at

-Finished my readings and consideration papers for my Public Library class this evening after dying eggs at a friend's house. Now it's time to go to bed in preparation for tomorrow.

Happy Easter! He is Risen!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Picture attempts

Okay, I'm attempting to put my first pictures, but I have the issue of one of the pictures being turned. On iPhoto, it shows up the correct direction, so I'm not sure how to change it for Internet posting. I'll play with it for another post, but if anyone has suggestions, I'm all ears.

So, the first, rotated picture is Davis Library on the UNC campus, which has a beautiful reference room in which I spend a fair amount of time. The second building (and it was a beautiful day--I should get SILS to use this as an advertising picture and pay me! :-) is Manning Hall, where SILS is located. I spend most of my on-campus time here.

That's all for this post. More actual information to come!

Monday, April 2, 2007

Library 2.0

I would have to wait until I'm nearly half-way finished with library school before starting a blog of my time here.

However, in my Public Library Seminar class, I choose to lead discussion on, and therefore research Library 2.0, which is where I've finally learned about all this blogging hype.

So, for now, I'll look at this as a way to update my Gwinnett County Public Library friends and other select few who I don't think will laugh too much at me of my library school experience.

I actually have my digital camera with me today, so maybe I'll post pictures soon! :-)

P.S. If this ever does reach a larger audience, I should tell you where I'm going to library school: School of Information and Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill.