Exciting News!

I have two bits of news that I've been sitting on for a while, and it looks like I can finally announce both of them. First newsbyte: For the spring semester, I will be interning at the library at the University of Arizona John E. Rogers College of Law. I'll be helping one of the reference librarians there put together an interactive learning module for one of the library's legal reference classes. I'm overjoyed about this: I'll get to do some fun geeky things, and I get to be a little bit involved in teaching, which is cool (my parents are both teachers - love of teaching is in the blood).

Second newsbyte: Election results are in, and I am now officially the Webmaster for my school's Library Student Organization. Because my school has a significant number of distance students, our online presence is important, and I'm hoping that in my time as webmaster I can come up with some ways to give our distance students more of a chance to particpiate in the organization.

Of course, between these two things, regular classes, a job search, and life in general, I'm going to be extremely busy during the spring semester. But hey, I've never done bored well, and sleep is overrated. ;-)

Next semester's gonna rock!

Rollin' Home

The end of the semester has come once again. This one just flew by, and since I didn't have an final exams, just final projects and final bits of discussion, I'm kind of left feeling that it hasn't really quite ended yet. One nice thing about final exams - you do get a wonderful sense of closure when you're done. It's been an... interesting... semester. I think it's going to wind up being one I remember more for stuff that happened outside of my classes than for the classes themselves. That's not to say the classes were bad or anything (although one of them was so good that it made the other two look bad in comparison). But when I look back at some of the other stuff that happened this semester: Internet Librarian, the Symposium here in Tucson, the fact that our Library Student Organization had a pretty active membership this semester, the classes kind of take a back seat. I'm still trying to decide if that's a good thing or a bad thing.And now after two days of mad rushing to finish up projects at work (school may be finished, but when I'm the graduate assistant for a winter session course and work continues throughout the break - at least I can do all of it virtually for now) and at home, I'm just about to head off to Colorado for the holidays to see family, friends, pine trees, Pikes Peak, mountain air, and with any luck, snow.

I can feel my stress level dropping already.

Redecorating

You know, this is probably a sign that I shouldn't be left alone with a bottle of wine, an internet connection, and a day off. For reasons that are no longer entirely clear to me, I decided to redecorate "Adventures in Library School" this afternoon. Fresher theme, nicer banner. Oh, and widgets. Mmm, widgets (gotta go see what other ones are out there one of these days). At some point I do intend to do my own theme, but of course, I've been saying that since May. And there's something slightly goofy going on with the banner image (at least on my computer). For the moment, though, I'm kinda liking this new look.

Let me know what you think, and if you notice that anything's broken.

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all my family and all my friends (old and new), I wish you the best this Thanksgiving. Enjoy the day, enjoy the food, enjoy the football if that's your thing. If you're spending the day with family and friends, enjoy the company. If you're flying solo, enjoy the solitude. Relax, laugh, play.

Oh, and to my fellow SIRLS students, for heaven's sake, put the homework away and take the day off. I am, and if I can do it, so can you.

Peace.

Free Time?

Oh, yeah, I've heard about that. That's that thing that happens to other people.... In the week or so since I've been back from Internet Librarian (of which, more shortly), it's come home to me just how much I have to do during the month of November:

  • Finish my part of a group project for my Ethics class (on Intellectual Property) and then glue everybody's contribution into something comprehensible.
  • Do my individual project for my Ethics class (which I'm ashamed to say I haven't really started yet) - I'm hoping this will be a code of ethics for information architects - I really need to e-mail my prof for a topic okay soon....
  • Write three small papers for my management class (including a writeup of Internet Librarian, which I get to do instead of an article survey about facilities management, wahoo!), all of which really need to be turned in by the end of the week.
  • Finish up the group project for my management class - a 30-page strategic planning document for a community college library.
  • Write a critique of two information-related websites (one good, one bad) for my User-Interface and Web Design class (sooo many bad websites, sooo few good ones).
  • Actually keep up with the reading and class participation in all my classes.
  • Prepare a presentation on RSS for the LSO Graduate Student Symposium that's happening in two weeks (oh, and by the way, we had fewer presenters than expected, so instead of sharing the time slot with somebody else, you get the whole 50 minutes). Whee.
  • Help out with the pre-class organization of Yet Another Intro to Library School class (my third so far - at least I know what I gotta do by now). Aaaand, they're actually going to let me teach the intro unit for our online courseware again, so I must not have made too much of a fool of myself the first time around (a minor miracle considering that I had so much other stuff to do, I had no time to prepare and did the intro cold - note to those of you who teach: avoid getting into that situation whenever you can - preparation is a good thing).
  • Finish the paperwork for my spring internship. The internship's mostly lined up - I'll be doing webby things for the Law Library, but there's always the bloody paperwork.
  • Get the application for a travel grant into the Graduate and Professional Student Council - 'cause I'd like some help defraying the cost of attending ALA MidWinter.
  • Making some Christmas presents (of which I can say no more, because the intended recipients are probably reading this).
  • Heaven only knows what else.

The scary thing is, I'm having too much fun to be stressed about anything. And since, for reasons passing understanding, school stuff's pretty much going to be wrapped by the first week in December (something like 2 weeks before the official end of the semester), if I can survive November without going stark raving mad, December should be relaxing.

Only 26 days to go....