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We all talk about our jobs--obliquely at times, clearly at others--but too often we have no clue what we all do every day. What do you do? In more than a three sentence summary, with as little unexplained jargon as possible.

What I do at my dayjob. )
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-Where did I put that page of notes on Victorian madness and insane asylums? REALLY. It's been days since I started looking for it.

-Is it necessary to point out random connections when I talk to people on the phone? "Hey, my name is Merrie, too!" or (today, on the phone with an ILL staff member at Northern Illinois University) "Do you know [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne? Because I do!"

-Am I overdrying my skin by taking too hot showers, or is it okay because I used that stinky, oily body scrub from Aveda that was in my Christmas stocking?

-Don't put that stinky, oily body rub in your Christmas stocking next year.

-Possibly also, stuffing your own stocking isn't really that fun, but I don't want to miss out on the cool Sharpies I buy for everyone else. Conundrum!

-Here's a page of notes on what constitutes a "proper English education": dress, conversational subjects, musical instruments, singing, dancing, speaking French. Possibly also: needlework, the getting up of fine linen and ironing. In addition to that, Jane Eyre was able to teach history, geography, and the use of a globe, plus grammar and writing. On my notescrap, I have also written "maybe arithmetic" but I don't know where I got that from. Most of the rest of the information came from Understanding Jane Eyre: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources and Historical Documents. Which I need to check out from the library again. Because I did not take adequate enough notes on insane asylums.

-The Herbalist's Apprentice, as a spoken phrase, is occasionally too easy to trip over. You have to jump in, and elide the sibilants or die trying.

-I am rereading some of Anne McCaffrey's romances with a more critical eye to the gender politics. And I wanted to wash myself. And I was actually doing the re-reading in the bathtub, so you see how bad that is. (FOR EXAMPLE: "He clipped one warm, strong-fingered hand under my elbow, and I have never been omre conscious of a square inch of my own flesh than that moment. As if he sensed my reaction, he removed his hand and gave me a quick searching look. 'It's a cup of coffee, Miss Dunn, not an invitation to rape!'" UHM, DUDE, DID YOU JUST CASUALLY BRING UP RAPE (as in you-and-me-time) WHILE TRYING TO INVITE ME FOR COFFEE? This conversation is OVER.)

-On the other hand, I thought this book was just lovely when I was younger, and thus I have faith that The Kids These Days are going to come through the Twilight-era just fine.

-I *seriously* could not love Cougar Town and Community more. Cougar Town *is* Scrubs, reborn without daydreams and internal monologue. The cast interactions have gelled so fantastically that it reads like a sitcom that's been on the air for years. Community is a bit more self-aware and absurd, but it's very emotionally truthful. Between those two shows and Castle, I could get by with watching only shows that start with the letter C, if I had to. (But I would be sad to miss Tabatha's Salon Takeover, which is mine and Kayla's new thing, because we love competent women who make people cry.)

-HEY! I just found my old collection of fortune cookies. (My current ones are: "Adventure can be real happiness" and "Use your instincts now." My old collection includes "Education is the movement from darkness to light." (I wrote beneath that one: "So is phototropism."))

-And THAT is a picture of the Bronte parsonage in snow. *grab* Need that for my Jane Elliott collage.

-I purchased STORY by Robert McKee on audible.com, and started listening to it today. And promptly turned it off, after screaming obscenities at it. Mr. McKee says that because we are all horrible, cynical people with eroded values who live and breathe by the code of relativism, that there has been an erosion of story. We can't get good stories from Hollywood because we don't have the morals to appreciate story. We can't tell good stories because we can't impart the values that people need to know.

WHAT??

Did I mention I was SCREAMING obscenities at my radio after this? Because, between Unitarian Universalism, anthropology, and a particular preference for the protection of civil liberties, I am, yes, deeply relativist in my moral world view. Cultural relativism, mainly--as long as it doesn't impede on individual human rights. Informed consent, mutual consent, and consent in general--as long as there's that, people should be allowed do what they need to do, and I should not be allowed to stop them. To me, that is the core of my value system, and my ethics system. (I think library-ness comes in there, too--the ALA Code of Ethics comes in there, too; I haven't worked in libraries for 15 years without that stuff seeping in.)

I promise you, my being what I believe to be a reasonable human being does NOT impede my ability to deal in story. Either to hear it or to tell it.

Whatthehell.

-Anger aside, I am going to a) start cleaning the basement tomorrow; b) buy a new heat register at the hardware store so we can stop baking our plants on the plant stand; c) schedule a massage.

-And d) finish finishing my damn book

-I got more and more anxious while thinking about going back to my new doctor, the one who was so terribly dismissive of my heel pain, and on top of that, when I asked to have a pelvic exam, basically said, "Why would you want one of those?" Like, dude. You're a doctor. AREN'T YOU SUPPOSED TO BE TELLING ME TO GET ONE? And also, she didn't care about any of my other bloodwork, even though my good cholesterol is too low, and other things. All she cared about was my vitamin D. So anyway, I got a recommendation from the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] redmomoko, and I'm going to go see her doctor. But not until May. Because that's how far out they're scheduling her. WHATEVER. NEW DOCTOR, YAY. Old doctor? NOT A GOCTOR! (tip of the hat to [livejournal.com profile] porphyrin and [livejournal.com profile] mrissa and Robin, there.)
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There was sledding:


The guys on the left (one with shovel) were responsible. They said they were doing it for fun, and hawked rides to any passers-by--and when we left at 7, they were out there building it up further. "Now our professor wants it to be an experiment," they said, still grinning.

I knew those guys. I mean, I don't know those guys, but there are a bunch of people reading my friends list right now who did stuff much like this, back in the day... Oh, my school. *heart*

And the library folks are like, "Well, they're not destroying any property, so..." And then half our office went out and sledded. *hearts my library, too*
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At Excelsior the other night, Sarah was telling a childhood story of the Evil Censoring Librarian, who would not pull a Victor Hugo novel off a high shelf for her "because you'll never finish it." Lawrence (a librarian) and I both gasped. "That violates one of the Laws of Library Science!" I shrieked.

Sarah said, "What are the other Laws of Library Science?"

And Lawrence and I looked at each other. "Uh... Well, they're good rules," we mumbled, "and that definitely violates one of them."

Without further ado:

The Five Laws of Library Science


by S.R. Ranganathan

  • Books are for use.
  • Every reader his (or her) book.
  • Every book its reader.
  • Save the time of the patron.
  • The library is a growing organism.


I got my Field Guide to Surreal Botany entry out of the last one, plus a short story no one has published yet.

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Also, for IBARW: That which everyone else has already linked to, I feel, but the author is a librarian, Aryan Elves and Damsels Distressed: a Librarian-Writer’s View of Bias in American SF

God, I love librarians.
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[10:16] FairMer10:: Anyway. The one funny thing said today, but didn't get written down, was about the "misshelved" designation.
[10:17] FairMer10:: Misshelved, if you think about it, is the most useless thing to say about an item. How do you know? Isn't it just lost? If it's honestly misshelved, you can't know that. If you do know that, go shelve it properly.
[10:17] DiraSudis: *nodsnods*
[10:17] FairMer10:: So, we were coming up with "positive things" to say about the Aleph implementation.
[10:17] FairMer10:: (shrug)
[10:18] FairMer10:: And I said, "They decided to do away with 'misshelved.'" And there was blinking, as everyone took it in.
[10:18] FairMer10:: And someone said, "Who comes up with something like that?"
[10:18] DiraSudis: *grins*
[10:18] FairMer10:: And Harold said, "Well, Aleph is widely used in France."
[10:18] DiraSudis: hee!
[10:19] DiraSudis: Oh, France, man. I have heard horror stories - well, a horror story, anyway - about their big national library.
[10:19] FairMer10:: Oh?
[10:19] DiraSudis: Apparently it's just a big building full of rooms full of boxes full of things that are probably books.
[10:20] FairMer10:: "probably"
[10:20] FairMer10:: Yikes.
[10:20] DiraSudis: A professor I had for a drama class had gone over there to do research and they just took him to a room and said, "Here. What you're looking for is probably in here. Somewhere."
[10:20] FairMer10:: Yeah.
[10:21] FairMer10:: That's about as bad as it gets.
[10:21] DiraSudis: So, on the bright side, there are probably lots of treasures of French literature lurking somewhere.
[10:21] DiraSudis: And on the other bright side, at least we aren't the French.
[10:21] FairMer10:: Suddenly, misshelved takes on a whole new dimension.
[10:22] DiraSudis: Also, wouldn't that be a cool job? Trying to *fix* a library like that?
[10:23] FairMer10:: Yes.
[10:23] FairMer10:: Well, I'm jealous of what Brandon got to do in the Titiev library, and it wasn't half that bad.
[10:23] DiraSudis: Dave actually recommended me a SF book once, where the main character was a librarian and that was what she was doing - she was *creating* a library from all these boxes of stuff, and I was just, like. Guh.
[10:24] DiraSudis: But then it started focusing on guns and action and drama and stuff, and I lost interest.

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