Sunday, April 23, 2017

What I Read This Week: April 23, 2017

The Husband and I were supposed to attend the March for Science yesterday, but I am a rain wimp and opted to stay home. That said, I put a lot of work into my Ms. Frizzle costume, so I took some pictures and participated virtually on Twitter and Instagram. I give the highest of fives and the strongest of kudos to all the awesome scientists and science lovers who marched in the dreary weather. You all rock! Also, the signs at all these marches were particularly fantastic.

In other news, Readathon is next Saturday. I need to start prepping! First, I need to see what books I can read at home before I start raiding the library. I have a feeling this readathon is going to be rather eclectic.

  • Work 
    • College and Research Libraries News - April 2017 - I skimmed the majority of this issue, but the article on collaborating in the humanities was pretty good. 
  • Magazines
    • Food Network, May 2017 - I didn't bother to read any of the articles in this issue, but I did spend some quality time with the recipes. I loved that the entire issue was themed around Tex-Mex food. Now I need tacos. And avocado. And sour cream. 
    • Good Housekeeping, May 2017 - I want Connie Britton's hair! In other news, there was a lot of pastel to be had in these pages. Aside from that, the article on laundry tips was the best part of this issue.
    • The Atlantic, April 2017 - OMG this issue! I read the cover story on women in Silicon Valley and fumed the entire time. The fact that this outright sexism still exists (on top of inherent bias) is downright infuriating. If you don't think sexism is a problem, read that story. Aside from that, the piece on bringing wooly mammoths back to Siberia was incredibly interesting. It makes you wonder how far we should go with science. The shorter stories were also good, particularly the pieces on data in therapy and Beowulf.
  • Books
    • The end of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is in sight! I'm excited by that because I want to see how it wraps up... and I am sooooo ready to move on to another book. I am going to try to finish this before readathon, but I have a feeling I will be finishing this next Saturday morning.
  • Other
    • I read a lot of news every day. One of the problems with that is that I can start to suffer from compassion fatigue. CNN posted a story this week about a photographer who tried to save a child instead of taking pictures that moved me to tears. It's a reminder that what is happening each day in Syria is still devastating. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Friday Find: Stationery

I love paper products and I love libraries. Ergo, I love these bibliophilia postcards.

You can buy these from the Library of Congress store.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Links and Stuff: April 20, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

YouTube Tuesday: Pairings

If you like tea, it might be worth watching the entire tea and book pairing series.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

What I Read This Week: April 16, 2017

This was a good week. It was a short work week due to the Easter holiday. The Husband and I got to see the Caps in their first playoff game. (Thank goodness for the OT come back!) Yesterday, I hosted a girly coloring and movie party complete with homemade scones and tea sandwiches. And, today, we're going to a park to hang out with friends. I like weeks like this.
  • Work
    • It was a short work week for me, so part of my To Do list was trying to clear out my backlog of article reading. I read and skimmed a bunch of things, but I found the stories below to be most useful:
    • I'm still working on Digital Preservation. The introductory chapter did a great job of highlighting why this issue is so difficult and complex. With digital preservation you're not just saving a real life thing - you're saving bit streams plus content plus a thing. Oh, and then you have to make sure you can legally save these things. 
    • American Libraries annual issue on the State of America's Libraries came out this week. As usual, the report highlights how important libraries are to their communities and how we're always doing more with less. This year, however, there was an emphasis on how libraries and librarians are important in crafting a well-informed citizenery in the age of "fake news."
  • Magazines
    • HGTV Magazine, May 2017 - Not gonna lie. I read this issue whilst tipsy. And by read... I mean skimmed. It was mainly pretty pictures of colorful home decor. The only article I stopped to read was the various ways of laying out a gallery wall.
  • Books
    • I made a decent dent in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. My goal is to finish this book before read-a-thon on May 29th. I just might make it.
  • Other

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Friday Find: Travel Art

I have travel on the brain, so I thought I would feature something that combines both travel and reading. I think this art print accurately depicts how bookworms pack for a long trip.

You can find this in TheLightFantastic Etsy shop.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Why I Love... Killing Time

A few weeks ago, The Husband needed to get a haircut. We were already doing other things downtown so it didn't make sense for me to go elsewhere. Luckily, there are several bookstores in the location of his hair cuttery. I decided to head to the nearest one to kill time.

I absolutely love killing time in libraries because, no matter how much time you have, you can always find a way to fill it. If you have a few minutes, you can browse the shelves. If you have a half hour, you can grab a book that looks good and read a page or two. If you have longer, you can always buy a book or magazine, sit down, and read until your time is up.

On this particularly day, I went to Kramerbooks. It's a fabulous independent store with an attached restaurant and coffee bar. The store recently expanded, so I made a beeline for the new area to check things out. I didn't know how long I had before The Husband would be finished, so I spent about 45 minutes scanning every shelf in the store while the smell of coffee wafted from from the cafe. The smell of freshly baked pie also tempted me, but I was able to distract myself by tracking down a book I've not been able to find in the local library system.

Before I went to the store, I told The Husband I would only buy two books. I left with four. (Oops.) It was a great way to idle away an hour of my time.

Can't wait to do it again!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

YouTube Tuesday: Wishbone

I have seen every episode of this classic kids' show. I might need to watch them all again.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

What I Read This Week: April 9, 2017

This was my first "normal" week in quite some time. It was kind of nice knowing that I would be going home each day after a typical day at the office. Sometimes I enjoy a good "rut." That said, Lady K and I saw Beauty and Beast on Friday and it was both awesome as a movie and spectacular as a trip down memory lane. We did not go to a sing-along showing... but that did not keep me from singing along in my head.

This week, I also finished the S-Town podcast. It left me with many, many feels. It's not the story you think it will be and that is what makes it so special. I highly recommend adding that to your list.

  • Work
    • I started reading Digital Preservation by Marilyn Deegan and Simon Taner. This is a book that is, shockingly, about digital preservation. Our library is making moves towards ensuring our digitized material is around for the long haul, so I thought I would bone up on the topic. 
  • Magazines
    • Food Network, April 2017 - There were two things I loved about the issue. The first was the quick-one page recipe on how to make a cake look like a galaxy. (So cool!) The second was the feature on destination DC. I'm a sucker for stuff on where I live. This issue also had some tasty looking veggie noodle recipes. I also liked the brief piece on all the colorful
      small appliances there are out there.
    • Good Housekeeping, April 2017 - This was a skim issue for me. The only piece I stopped to look at slightly more closely was on how to add more color to your home.
    • Cooking Light, April 2017 - Normally, I love this magazine for the recipes and party menu ideas. This issue, however, had some great articles devoted to healthy eating. The first article looked about the myths and science behind how food impacts metabolism. The second was about what healthy means now (as compared to when the magazine started in the 1980s). The last article was about how to go green (as in eco-friendly) in the kitchen. There were also some great recipes. Good issue!
  • Books
    • Ugh! One of these days I'll get into a long reading session for 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I'm enjoying the book, but I have been reading forever and I'm kind of itching to move on to other things. At least I know I will finish it before or during readathon in a few weeks. No matter what, I will be reading a new book before April is over.
  • Other
    • This article, posted on The Atlantic, shows how former Obama White House photographer Pete Souza's Instagram account provides visual criticism (read: epic levels of shade) of the current administration.

Friday, April 07, 2017

The Friday Find: Glasses

Yesterday, I shared a link to Harry Potter related cocktails. Today, I share a bar and glassware set you might want to purchase to drink said cocktails out of.

This is just epically awesome.

You can buy this set from the StarGiftShop Etsy store.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Links and Stuff: April 6, 2017


Sunday, April 02, 2017

What I Read This Week: April 2, 2017

Hoo-boy! I don't normally have to extrovert this much in a month... let alone in a week. I spent the bulk of the week attending the Computers in Libraries conference. It was three days of great sessions, meeting people, and following conversations on Twitter.

I ended the week celebrating a friends wedding. On Friday, The Husband and I attended the welcome dinner. These friends work with the State Department so they've traveled the world, and the food was awesome. It was taste of everywhere they've been. The wedding, yesterday, was lovely and a heck of a lot of fun.

Now I need to spend some time introverting to recharge my batteries. Excuse me as I burrow under a blanket and ignore the world for the rest of the day.

  • Work
    • This is quite work reading, but roll with it. This week I attended (and presented at) the Computers in Libraries conference. There were a bunch of great presentations but, as always, the tweets surrounding the event make it even better. If you're interested, check out the #cildc hashtag on Twitter.
  • Magazines
    • Washingtonian, February 2017 - The bulk of this issue was devoted to the best DC area restaurants. I added a few to my list, but I've seen most of the names before. In this issue, I most enjoyed the article on the ghostwriter who worked with mulptiple high-level politicians. It was a fascinating look into political life that you don't often hear about. Finally, I enjoyed the article about Larry Hogan, the governor of Maryland. 
  • Books
    • I am still reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I am still enjoying the story - even the minutia. At this point, I have a feeling that I won't finish this book until readathon. But finish it I shall!
  • Other

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Friday Find: Business Card

Keeping with the theme of the week, this week's Friday find is something I wish I had for my library conference. I have new business cards and I was excited to share them at the CIL conference. The bummer was that I had to borrow The Husband's business card holder. It's branded with his company's name and logo. If I had planned ahead, I might have found a business card holder like this one.
You can find this in the Joyful Moose Etsy shop.

UPDATE: Since I drafted this post, The Husband surprised me with a lovely, red business card holder from Etchey. They have some great business card holders that you can customize.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Variations on a Theme: Conference Reading

This month's Variations on a Theme is a bit different. I am not going to share a list of books focused on one theme or topic. Instead, I want to share all the books I've added to my reading list from the Computers in Libraries conference. The conference just wrapped up, but it always seems to leave me with some fun homework. These titles were either mentioned by the conference's speakers or were authored by speakers. If you like keeping up with discussions in the library world, I recommend adding a few to these to your TBR pile as well.

BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google
John Palfrey

Libraries today are more important than ever. More than just book repositories, libraries can become bulwarks against some of the most crucial challenges of our age: unequal access to education, jobs, and information. In BiblioTech, educator and technology expert John Palfrey argues that anyone seeking to participate in the 21st century needs to understand how to find and use the vast stores of information available online. And libraries, which play a crucial role in making these skills and information available, are at risk. In order to survive our rapidly modernizing world and dwindling government funding, libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible—by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material is publicly available online. Not all of these changes will be easy for libraries to implement. But as Palfrey boldly argues, these modifications are vital if we hope to save libraries and, through them, the American democratic ideal.

Carol S. Dweck

After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with agrowth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment. In this edition, Dweck offers new insights into her now famous and broadly embraced concept. She introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. She also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organizations. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love—to transform their lives and your own.

Kathryn Dilworth and Laura Sloop Henzi

Successful Fundraising for the Academic Library: Philanthropy in Higher Education covers fundraising, a task that is often grouped into a combination role that may include, for example, the university museum or performance venue, thus diluting the opportunity for successful fundraising. Because the traditional model for higher education fundraising entails the cultivation of alumni from specific departments and colleges, the library is traditionally left out, often becoming a low-performing development area with smaller appropriations for fundraising positions. Most higher education development professionals consider the library fundraising position a stepping stone into another position with higher pay and more potential for professional advancement down the road rather than as a focus for their career. However, for universities that invest in development professionals who know how to leverage the mission of libraries to the larger alumni and friend community, the results include innovative and successful approaches to messaging that resonates with donors. This book provides information that applies to all fundraising professionals and academic leaders looking to strengthen their programs with philanthropic support, even those beyond university libraries.

David Folmar

Using game thinking and game mechanics in non-game settings to promote engagement and learning is a new trend in both business and education sectors. Savvy marketers are gamifying their efforts by offering customers loyalty badges, check-in incentives, and achievement rewards and clever employers are leveraging this new trend to gamify their training and innovation processes. Discover how you can use game design techniques to involve patrons and motivate staff in your library. This primer will walk you through incorporating game thinking into bibliographic instruction, staff training, the online catalog, and more. Learn how to gamify the library experience.

David Lee King

Presenting a practical guide for any organization that aspires to create direct, deep, rewarding relationships with its patrons and prospects, social media expert David Lee King goes beyond Facebook and Twitter to demonstrate how a range of Web 2.0 tools and techniques can be used to start and sustain conversations and humanize the organization in the eyes of those it seeks to serve. Suggesting myriad ways to connect with customers using photos and video, communities and networks, and specific tools such as blogs and location services, King uses real-world examples to illustrate the dos and don’ts of using social media. The book covers topics including responding to criticism, listening to consumers, creating an approachable tone, and designing a human-centered site, as well as explaining all the critical components of any effective customer-engagement strategy.

Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman

Daily life is connected life, its rhythms driven by endless email pings and responses, the chimes and beeps of continually arriving text messages, tweets and retweets, Facebook updates, pictures and videos to post and discuss. Our perpetual connectedness gives us endless opportunities to be part of the give-and-take of networking. Some worry that this new environment makes us isolated and lonely. But in Networked, Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman show how the large, loosely knit social circles of networked individuals expand opportunities for learning, problem solving, decision making, and personal interaction. The new social operating system of "networked individualism" liberates us from the restrictions of tightly knit groups; it also requires us to develop networking skills and strategies, work on maintaining ties, and balance multiple overlapping networks. Rainie and Wellman outline the "triple revolution" that has brought on this transformation: the rise of social networking, the capacity of the Internet to empower individuals, and the always-on connectivity of mobile devices. Drawing on extensive evidence, they examine how the move to networked individualism has expanded personal relationships beyond households and neighborhoods; transformed work into less hierarchical, more team-driven enterprises; encouraged individuals to create and share content; and changed the way people obtain information. Rainie and Wellman guide us through the challenges and opportunities of living in the evolving world of networked individuals.

J.C. Spender and Bruce A. Strong

Most organizations fail to take full advantage of their employees' knowledge, initiative, and imagination. In this accessible and practical book, J.-C. Spender and Bruce Strong provide a guide for building entrepreneurial workforces through carefully designed conversations between management and employees. These 'strategic conversations' make employees partners in the strategy development process, engaging them to help shape the organization's future. The result is transformational: instead of strategy being a dry, periodic planning exercise for the few, it becomes a dynamic and continuous act of co-creation enriched by the many. Case studies illustrate how leading organizations have used strategic conversations to build sustained competitive advantage, create innovative business models, make better decisions under uncertainty, reduce the need for change management, and enhance employee engagement. The book will appeal to managers, entrepreneurs of all stripes, and teachers and students in schools of business and public administration.

Links and Stuff: March 30, 2017

In reaction to bullet point #3...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Why I Love... Conference Hashtags

Short and sweet this week because I'm at a library conference. Said conference has a hashtag on twitter (#cildc). Said hashtag is the inspiration for this post.

I love conference hashtags because it gives me a deeper experience of a conference I am attending OR lets me follow a conference that I can't get to. The hashtag allows people to share their ideas, quotes from speakers, sassy reaction gifs, and networking moments.

It's an easy way to get a lot of information all at once.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

What I Read This Week: March 26, 2017

This week was all over the place. There were many (many!) meetings of various sorts. There was a lot of pie at work. There was dinner with Lady B that involved some delicious udon noodle soup. There was scanning many little boxes of microfilm and packing them in bigger boxes for digitization. There was space lecture. There was a train ride to Baltimore for a day trip to the ACRL conference. There was a trip with the Husband to a winery we love. There was just a lot of things... and next week looks just as busy.

  • Books
    • I'm still working my way through 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I'm very much enjoying the story but what I really need is a night or two where I can read for an hour straight. That's not going to happen until April, but I am determined to make it happen.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Friday Find: Swing

Hat Tip to Lady KS for sending me the link to this awesome library swing skirt. It's so retro and awesome. I want to get it simply so I can flounce through the stacks in it.

You can but one from Unique Vintage.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

What I Read This Week: March 19, 2017

This was a weird week. Instead of covering all of it, I'll just talk about the moment that stands out the most... the moment 6 firetrucks came to the library.

Early Thursday, someone detected smoke in our main reading room. We evacuated the building and let the firefighters do their job. As the Head of Preservation, I feared the worse as I saw the two ladder trucks deploy while people ran into the building with hoses. Books do not mix with smoke, fire, and/or water. In the end, nothing was too wrong. Turns out one of our HVAC units had an issue and a belt started smoking. We just had to vent out the space of the haze and burning rubber aroma.

I would call that one of the craziest moments of my working life.
  • Magazines
    • Washingtonian, January 2017 - I was not looking forward to reading this issue... given the cover subject. Aside from my distaste for the new president, however, this was a fine issue. There was a great story about the local Flying Dog brewery and I also enjoyed the guide to newcomers in Washington (the advice was quite spot on). Normally, I skim the home section, but this issue had a nice piece about an attic redone as a study.
    • HGTV, April 2017 - I merely flipped through this issue, but I did love all the colors. It was a very bright issue that was pleasing to the eye. The last article, on sweet
      smelling flowers for your garden, was also nice.
  • Books
    • I'm surprised by how easy it is to read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Normally, books from this era have "stodgier" language that it takes me awhile to adjust to. Not so with this translation. It's really easy to dive into the story. I think I might have to set aside some time this weekend to really focus on the book.
  • Other

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Friday Find: New Uses

Many libraries have decommissioned their card catalogs. These large, usually wood pieces of furniture are now being turned into many awesome things. I've seen card catalogs turned into rolling coffee tables, recipes boxes, wine holders, and sideboards. What I have never seen was one turned into this most excellent end table. It's not a stretch from the other uses, but I love how this turned out.

The best part of this table... it splits apart and becomes modular. You could have extra seating!

You can buy this from Merles Vintage on Etsy.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Why I Love... Reading During a Meal

It's a little thing I never paid attention to until yesterday, but I love reading while eating a meal. Yesterday was a snow day so, during lunch, I grabbed a book while I ate lunch at the table. It was only twenty minutes, but it was twenty minutes of enjoyment.

I ate my cucumber and tomato salad while reading a few pages of Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. I'm not too far into the actual story yet, so I relished getting a few extra pages in since I don't bring my book to work. The moment was simple but maybe that is why it was so enjoyable.

I had spent my morning working on a massive to do list I gave myself (website creation, laundry, shredding, filing, etc). I knew I would spend the afternoon also tackling that list, so I decided that I need a break during lunch. I'm normally an eat-at-your-desk sort of person, but yesterday called for something different. So, I turned off my background noise of Netflix stream, I walked away from my computer, and I gave myself a real rest. Those twenty minutes were a true break from work. I could disconnect from what needed to get done and focus on myself and the book in front of me.

I think these breaks from the everyday are what make reading so enjoyable. Particularly when you're reading a high-interest book. Sometimes, the simplest things are the best.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

YouTube Tuesday: Snow Day

When you need to seek refuge in a library from some horrible winter weather. Seemed appropriate for those of us on the East Coast today.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

What I Read This Week: March 12, 2017

This week, I discovered that the only read clothing I own is related to the Washington Capitals. Since I had to work on the #ADayWithoutAWoman, I want to represent my position by wearing red. Lacking clothing, I DIYed some holiday ribbon and made a pin to wear. It wasn't much, but it worked. I work in a profession that is predominately women and our staff are mainly women. We happened to have an All Staff meeting on the day of the protest, and I loved that our (male) library director wore a red tie and gave a shout out to all the women. It was a brief moment, but it really made my day.

In other news, I am been a magazine-backlog-reading bad-ass. I've caught up on all of my subscriptions save for one (Washingtonian). I hope to keep up with my activity and finish of the rest of the backlog soon. I never realized how much reading I got done on metro until I had to UBER/Lyft to work for a month.

  • Work
    • College and Research Libraries News, March 2017 - I almost skimmed through the entirety of this issue but I did stop to read the brief piece on digital scholarship centers and building relationships.
  • Magazines
    • National Geographic, March 2017 - On the whole, this was just an "ordinary" issue for Nat. Geo. I enjoyed the cover story on Vikings but I wish it had spent more time on how they're use technology to help uncover settlements. A more intriguing piece was the expedition story on caving in one of the world's deepest caves. The one piece I loved in this issue was the picture story on the wisdom of trees. The images were fantastic and it as a great
      reminder that trees were here before us and they will be here (hopefully) long after us.
    • Real Simple, March 2017 - Two of the articles in this issue were placed many pages apart from one another, but I think they actually go together. The first article was on how to become more resilient. Grit. It's a good thing. The second piece was about how to stop being a martyr. I recognized a few traits of the martyr in myself, so I'm going to try to put a few of the recommendations in this piece to work. On a less serious note, the article where design pros give their best tips for purchasing furniture could come in handy if The Husband and I ever get around to buying a place.
  • Books
    • Well... I am finally making headway on the actual story in my edition of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea... but this edition comes with footnotes. A lot of footnotes. I could be reading this book forever. At least the actual story is good and the footnotes provide context and relevant information.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Friday Find: Super Cool

When I can't quite think of anything in particular to post in this feature, I always go to Etsy. This time, I searched "librarian gifts" just to see what would pop up. There was a ton of great stuff, but I was really drawn to this mug. Its message speaks to me.

You can find your own in the MikaMugs shop.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Links and Stuff: March 9, 2017

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Check Out This Pinterest Board

My friend, Kathleen (also known as Lady K), is a prolific user of Pinterest. I follow her because we are friends (and I like all of her stuff), but I think you just might want to follow her too.

I would like to draw attention to her Design - Libraries board. On this board, she collects wonderful images of libraries. They come in all shapes and sizes, from multi-story wowers to the tiniest of reading nooks. Kathleen has an eye for pinning images of places you just want to go to. They invite you in and you will want to sit and stay awhile. With a book. Obviously.

I think what I love best about this board is that it shows all the ways we present our love for reading and books. No two libraries are alike because no two readers are alike. We all enjoy reading different things so we all display our books differently. Some readers like organization and deep, dark wood while others like haphazard stacks of books and piles of pillows. Kids love to read in tents and nooks (and, if I'm being honest, adults like me do too). Some readers can build extravagant rooms in their home dedicated to books while others make do with a smaller space or use their local library. Libraries are wonderful because we can make them our own.

Here's just a taste of some of the wonderful images she has collected.

If you liked this sample, you should really head over to Kathleen's board and look everything. And she's adding more every day.