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Month: December 2006

‘Twas the Day Before a Long Weekend…

… And all through the library not a creature was stirring, not even a … well, I hope there aren’t any mice here to begin with.

I’ve moved out of my office for the day because it’s just too lonely to sit for another day all by my self in the row of offices by the reference room. Not a single other office there is occupied. Everyone else has plans for the day, family to be with, or parties to prepare for. So me and my laptop have moved in with the library’s technology guy and media guy so that we can be comforted by the sounds of each other’s keyboards clicking away.

Next week is going to be quite a shock to the system after the tomb-like quiet of this week. I don’t know that I’m ready for classes to start. In fact, I know I’m not ready for classes to start. But I do know that I’m ready for my co-workers to come back and keep me company.

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Gould Goes Multi-Media

At the very beginning of Fall term here at Carleton, two other librarians and I recorded our first podcast: an audio tour of the library. But then the term hit with such force that we didn’t have time to figure out the technicalities of putting it up on the library’s web site. Turns out, we had to get the college’s web team to turn on a media page type in our CMS and then everything worked great, but it takes a certain amount of futzing to figure out what we aren’t able to do and then ask to have that done. It only took the web team a matter of seconds to fix the problem, but what with one thing and another, it took us until this week to get things figured out.

You can go here to listen to a tour of our library (and follow along on the tour map found in the blue “Related Documents” box). I take you through the bottom two floors (First and Second), so for those of you dying to know what I sound like when I talk… have at it. I kind of hope that’s not what I sound like in real life, but I’m afraid it probably is.

We’ve also loaded our “Library Survival Guide” onto that page, as well as a video we made just before graduation last year. It’s a really big file, but there are some pretty funny bits.


Five Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Me

I’ve been tagged. Phooey. Now I have to think up 5 things….

  1. I never went to school until college. Home schooling was the best gift my parents could ever have given me not only because I learned well that way, but also because I learned that each learner is different (two of my three younger siblings were absolutely designed to thrive in the regular school environment).
  2. When I did go to college I promised myself I wouldn’t major in a science or English, and I wouldn’t go to graduate school. I majored in English, and I went to grad school twice. Never believe anything I say.
  3. I’m a big “24” fan, though I still haven’t seen seasons 2, 3, or the first half of season 4.
  4. My parents both grew up in Japan and lived there until college, though I’m only a quarter Japanese.
  5. My dad and I designed an MS Access database that helps you solve the game “Clue.” (Available upon request, but remember: your family may hate you if you use this thing.

Now I’m supposed to tag people… Well, Steve, Jason, the people at Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette, Tom, and “Jane“.

p.s. As a bonus thing you don’t know about me: I’ve been developing a language of my own, off and on (mostly off, recently), for the last several years. Words from that language make great passwords for all the online apps I use. And to update the passwords, all I have to do is conjugate or decline the original word. :)

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all, and Happy New Year. I may pop online every once in a while, but if you don’t see any posts here for a while, think of me reading a book in front of the fire, staring out the window and the (mostly snowless) landscape, visiting with family and friends, testing the limits of my cat’s purring mechanism, and generally having a grand old time.

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