Monday, February 28, 2011


BOOLEAN member Julie F. has sent her her second pair of exceedingly awesome legwear - with the bonus addition of a pretty cool looking skirt.

White tights are an unexpected color which makes them awesome!

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On the Job: I want candy!

It's raining out. While I love a good rainy day (when I can cuddle up with a mug of tea and a good book), my staff usual arrive in the office looking unhappy and wet.

Thankfully, I have a candy dish.

It's a small gesture that really boosts the mood of the office. I buy candy in bulk at CostCo (or at post-holiday sales) and refill the dishes as needed. I have a jar of loose candy and a bowl of wrapped candy.

My staff love to see when new stuff appears and it helps brighten bad days. I make sure to get suggestions from my staff so that I can always offer something everyone likes. (The peanut m&ms seem to run out the fastest.)

The candy dish is more than just a sugar rush - it's a small gesture to show I appreciate my staff and their valuable contributions to the library. It also offers "water cooler" moments. As my staff are selecting their candy, we can have quick conversations which keeps an upbeat mood in the office.

If you can't offer a candy dish, try to offer another small gesture - office pet, library swag, coat rack, etc. Small things that make the office a nicer place to be leads to happier, more productive employees.

(The downside to the candy dish... I find myself eating out of it far too often.)

Friday, February 25, 2011

BOOLEAN: Friday Fashion Find - Wind Blown

Twas a rather blustery day in D.C. (Gusts of up to 60 mph - yikes!) The wind conditions inspired me to find a pair of tights that looked like a breeze.

This pair of swirl pattern fishnets fit the bill.

Send your links for Friday Fashion Finds and images of awesome BOOLEAN wear to

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Variations on a Theme: Snackage

February is National Snack Food Month. I (and I suspect everyone else everywhere) am a fan of snack foods. (Goldfish for the win!) This month's Variations on a Theme is all about snacks - creating them and consuming them in some fashion.

MoonPie: Biography of an Out-of-This-World SnackMoon Pie: Biography of an Out-of-this-World Snack
David Magee

The second I saw this title, I started craving a moon pie. This book chronicles the history of the moon pie through its birth in the south, to wars, and survival through economic depressions. It is a history of the U.S. told through snack food.

Crunch!: A History of the Great American Potato Chip

Crunch!: A History of the Great American Potato Chip
Dirk Burhans

Potato chips are the quintessential snack food. Burhans details how chips were created and sold throughout history - from the corner market to the modern day snack industry. This book also deals with the unsavory aspects of the chip industry - like price fixing and anti-trust activity. I dare you to read this book and not get salty finger prints on your copy.

Dinner With Rosie: and other literary snacksDinner with Rosie:and Other Literary Snacks
Patrick J. Furlong

This book acts as written snacks. The stories in the text are short and sweet, perfect for little reading snacks throughout the day. The stories cover a range of emotions (from salty, to sweet, to savory) to fulfill any reading craving.

Sprinkle with Murder (Cupcake Bakery Mystery)

Sprinkle with Murder
Jenn McKinlay

This is the first book in a mystery series set in a cupcakery. The scene is set when a bridezilla orders 500 cupcakes for her wedding... and then turns up dead. The cupcake baker is the prime suspect who seeks to clear her name.

100-Calorie Snack Cookbook100-Calorie Snack Cookbook
Sally Sampson

I love to eat, and snacks are one of my favorite types of food. To prevent on lovely finger foods, it's a good idea to be aware of the nutrition factor when you're noshing. This book provides a wide variety of low-cal snack recipes to tempt your taste buds.

Snack Time Around the World (Meals Around the World)Snack Time Around the World
Michele Zurakowski

It's always fun to learn about foods around the world. This children's book showcases the foods children eat for their snacks around the world. It's a cute, illustrated story about what we nosh on as kids.

Other Snackage Books
Chewing Gum, Candy Bars, and Bar: The Army Px in World War II - James J. Cooke
Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light - Mort Rosenblum
Confessions of a Professional Gummy Bear Giver Outer - Brandon Boswell
The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret Worlds of Hershey and Mars - Joel Glen Brenner
Glazed America: A History of the Doughnut - Paul R. Mullins
Glazed Murder: A Donut Shop Mystery - Jessica Beck
Olives: The Life and Lore of a Nobel Fruit - Mort Rosenblum
Party Snacks!: 50 Simple, Stylish Recipes to Make You A Popular Party Host - A.J. Rathburn
Popped Culture: A Social History of Popcorn in America - Andrew Smith
Shark Snacks: Food Chains and Webs - Richard Spilsbury
Sweets: A History of Candy - Tim Richardson
Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Food Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated Into What America Eats - Steve Ettlinger

BOOLEAN: New Member Number 3

Another Megan and Library Science Masters student has sent along two images of her fantabulous BOOLEAN wear. Along with her pictures Megan said, "It just felt like a Steampunky day."

Fantastic boots are a perfect reason to wear exceedingly awesome tights.

I have never seen tights like that... and now I want a pair for myself.

Share your legwear! E-mail your pics and comments to

Links and Stuff: February 24, 2011

UPDATE: The Library of Alexandria reopens.

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011

    BOOLEAN: Another New Member

    Co-Founder Katie B. received a picture of these rockin' lace tights from a teacher and fiber artist. Our new member loves romances and mystery novels. Welcome to the group!

    Want to join the club? Send your legwear pictures to

    Tuesday, February 22, 2011

    BOOLEAN: Think Pink

    BOOLEAN Co-Founder Katie B. had to work a weekend shift at the library. She donned this brilliant pink tights to bring some whimsy to her day.

     Share your legwear! E-mail a picture and any relevant info to

    YouTube Tuesday: Watch the Shadows

    I wish we got to wear black robes to work.

    Monday, February 21, 2011

    BOOLEAN: New Member Tights

    The Roomie, while not a librarian, is a bibliophile. She sent me this shot of her lacy tights which were perfect for last Thursday's unexpectedly warm weather - fashionable and breezy.

    Notice the book to the left of her foot. I think it's a mystery novel.

    Come join BOOLEAN! We have fun (legwear, that is). All are invited. Just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to.... just kidding. Send your pictures and comments to BOOLEANgroup(at)

    On the Job: Dress Code

    There is a saying that you should dress for the job you want and not the job you have. Meaning that one should always don clothing to suit the type and level of position they hope to achieve.

    That saying makes perfect sense... in most non-library jobs. Library positions, on the other hand, can be tricky.

    For instance, I spend a lot of my time bending, stretching, lifting loads of up 50 lbs, crouching, sitting on the floor, and running around in the stacks where the dust bunnies hide. It's hard to wear a skirt suit and heels all day when you spend half of your time doing physical tasks. In fact, wearing a suit would be foolish.

    So, how can you show those around you that you are professional when you're sitting on the floor sorting books onto carts? Simple. Know each days duties and your wardrobe really really well. I would never wear a skirt during the end of semester rush. It would be covered in dust and I would spend far to much making modesty adjustments. Those weeks, I wear jeans, comfortable tops, and the all-important flats.

    I can wear jeans during these months because I make an effort to dress professionally the rest of the year. When the job is less physical I break out the skirts (and tights - you know a plug for BOOLEAN had to be coming), jackets, and other classic business attire. This is the time of year where I build up my "professional dress capital," which allows me to wear more casual clothing when my position calls for physical activity.

    Library work often requires balancing the needs of the professional workplace with comfort conducting physical tasks. You have to be prepared to match your wardrobe to the days activities. If you know you have a staff meeting, dress a little nicer. If you're day calls for working with damaged books, get an apron and don't wear your white or khaki business skirt (like I tend to do - doh!).

    Librarians are often pegged as fumpy, casual, sloppy, and/or unfashionable dressers. I think that's a bunch of hooey. There are days we have to dress for crawling around on the floor during storytime. I'd like to see someone do that in a Dior suit. It just won't work.

    Once you know your job, you can alter your wardrobe to suit your assignments. And, when you have the chance, you can dress for the job you want.

    Friday, February 18, 2011

    BOOLEAN: Friday Fashion Find - Warm Hearts

    Washington, DC experienced a brief warm period this week which caused my tights wearing to diminish. On warm days, it's best to wear sheer or "holey" tights. This pair of Black Sheer Heart Tights would have been fantastic for the 70 degree Valentine's Day we had this year.

    If I owned these, I'd pop on an entirely black outfit with a pair of red shoes. Sadly, something like this is hard to wear more than once a year.

    Submit your fun legwear (either what you're wearing or what you've found) to BOOLEAN by e-mailing BOOLEANgroup(at)

    Thursday, February 17, 2011

    BOOLEAN: Grapes

    This Thursday is brought to you by the color purple.


    I admit, I wondered if people would sing the Barney song at me today. Luckily, I made it home without being serenaded. I did, however, have a craving for purple jolly ranchers all day.

    Lime green? Zebra patterned? Stripes? Send your fun legwear pictures to BOOLEANgroup(at)

    Links and Stuff: February 17, 2011

    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

    Useful Things: Just the Fax, Ma'am

    Faxing. Yick.

    I don't like it because it's annoying. You have to dial all the numbers in the right order, deal with weird machine tones, and hope that your document went through clearly. I tend to think fax machines are out to get me because something always goes wrong. Could be user error, yes... but I blame the machine.

    While most documents can be e-mailed to wherever they need to go, sometimes you have to send a fax. Luckily Fax Zero exists and you avoid going all Office Space on a real machine.

    All you need to do is fill in the form, upload or type your document, and click send. Ta da!

    Most faxes are free (but you are limited to 2 each day). You can also fax larger files for the relatively cheap price of $1.99. The best part of this web service is that you don't need to own a fax machine (or borrow teh one in the office) to use it. Anyone can fax anything anywhere. Brilliant!

    Book 10: Managing Student Assistants

    TITLE: Managing Student Assistants
    AUTHOR: Kimberly Burke Sweetman
    STARTED: January 24, 2011
    FINISHED: February 11, 2011
    PAGES: 187
    GENRE: Library Science

    FIRST SENTENCE: The majority of academic and research libraries could not function without a large contingent of student assistants.

    SUMMARY: [From] Whether a volunteer, intern, work-study student, or part-time employee, students can be a valuable part of the library s staff. With their benefits, however, come unique challenges. Kimberly Burke Sweetman, a frequent presenter of management workshops, shares practical guidance for making the most of students in your organization. She examines the basics: building the case for student workers in your library, designing the position, drafting the job description, and preparing for the hiring process; then walks you through advertising the position, recruiting the right candidates, and interviewing effectively. Here is the practical advice you need to recruit, hire, orient, and train student workers as well as motivate and coach them appropriately to minimize turnover. This guide is filled with examples, checklists, forms, templates, and exercises.

    THOUGHTS: This is a good guide for librarians who currently supervise or are thinking of hiring student employees. I've supervised students for several years and, while this book taught me a few knew things, it mainly reaffirmed my current methods.  

    Managing Student Assistants is organized like a handbook/workbook. It guides the reader through the step-by-step process of hiring, training, and supervising student employees. Sweetman's text is straightforward and easy to understand. She breaks down each chapter's overall themes into digestible pieces that can be easily incorporated into a supervisor's daily routine. The author also includes workbook like pages to help the reader jump start their new skills. The book also includes several appendices, one of which includes a full part-time student manual.

    This text is probably most beneficial to new supervisors, but long-time bosses can find a few lessons to extract as well. I appreciated the chapters on retaining employees and ensuring good performance.

    RATING: 6/10 [Good]