Feb. 9th, 2012 12:41 pm
gwynhefar: (action librarian)
One of the fortunate difficulties of teaching library skills these days is the difficulty in finding journals that the University doesn't have access to as an example of what to do if you can't find what you're looking for.

So I'm going to appeal to a larger audience, particularly those of you working in the tech field in the 80s and early 90s - can anyone give me titles of obscure or lesser-known academic journals, newspapers, or trade publications that we might not own?


Jan. 25th, 2012 03:20 pm
gwynhefar: (birds of a feather)
Why is it that so many of the major ornithology journals take their titles from a single species or genus, despite not having any particular focus on that species or genus? The Auk, The Condor, The Ibis, The Emu. You don't see journals of mammalogy calling themselves "The Elephant" or journals of entomology calling themselves "The Beetle" unless they're actually focused on elephants or beetles.

Ornithologists are weird.


Jan. 23rd, 2012 04:44 pm
gwynhefar: (action librarian)
Today I have ordered replacement reserve books and faculty requests. I have caught up on discussion regarding the recent changes to our new catalog software, and met with a representative from IT about data management. Why is it, then, that the thing I have done today that fills me with the most satisfying sense of accomplishment is creating a suggestion box out of an empty tissue box and print-it-yourself wrapping paper?
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Woohoo! My thematic display on inter-species hybrids went up in the library today.
gwynhefar: (zomg!)
Moved in this weekend. My apartment is in East Boston, in this wonderful little ethnic neighbourhood full of corner groceries and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. And, amazingly, it is even nicer in person than in the photos. The building is a converted school building, and the apartments are converted classrooms - so hardwood floors, high ceilings, huge windows, etc. Plus the grand staircase in the lobby.

Robin is alternating between 'explore neat new place' and 'OMG scary must squish self into smallest nook available' modes and helpfully discovered the gap in the kitchen baseboards that allowed him to hide behind the dishwasher for most of a day. He was out and about when I left this morning though.

Commute on the T was annoying, but not horrible (too much standing room only on the first leg of the trip). Awesome local grocery is awesome -- I totally need recipes for Hispanic dishes. I didn't even recognise half the food in the grocery.

Anyway, lots of tours and orientations and getting to know places and people at work this week. Comcast coming to hook up my internet on Saturday morning (how ever will I survive?) and then picking up [livejournal.com profile] rainbowmagnolia on Saturday afternoon for a long weekend and job schmoozing (so good thoughts requested). Also haunting freecycle and begging [livejournal.com profile] shadesong's local friends for furniture.
gwynhefar: (did you know you could fly?)
So last Thursday I woke up feeling totally run down and exhausted despite getting a decent amount of sleep. I'd been feeling burned out for awhile, as October had been a very busy month for me and I had taken a lot of extra weekend shifts for people. So I decided to take a sick day. Apparently, this made my body go "Ooh! You mean I can *rest* now?!" and after spending most of Thursday resting I did not feel better on Friday. In fact, I got about 3 hours sleep Thursday night and woke up Friday with a migraine. So I called in sick again on Friday. Earlier in the week I'd gotten someone to cover my Sunday night shift, which meant I basically had a four day break.

Oh. my. gods. I should have done that *ages* ago. I don't remember the last time I felt as good as I do today. I showed up to work ready to buckle down and accomplish things, and I've already checked a number of things off my to-do list and I still have half the work day left. It's *brilliant*. I don't feel like I'm spending half my energy just keeping myself awake and upright.

Apparently I really *really* needed the break. Stress can creep up on you so slowly you don't realise how bad it's gotten until it gets better!
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Organisation Meme: Pick a drawer, surface, area of carpet, etc. Some relatively small place in your environment that is cluttered. Clean it up, and post what you found (assuming it's not sensitive) and where it really should go.

Ok, right side of my (wraparound) work desk: )


Dec. 18th, 2009 11:59 am
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Well, I've bit the bullet and requested a schedule change. Right now my work hours are 7:30am-4pm. I really liked the getting out early. But with the insomnia and the medication shuffle, getting up early enough to be at work by 7:30 has been increasingly difficult, and I've often had to use up leave coming in late, when I am simply too exhausted in the morning to be safe driving in. So, in the interest of not crashing my car, and possibly getting a little more sleep, I've requested to change my schedule to 9am to 5:30pm, which is the latest schedule I'm allowed. It'll mean a slightly longer commute, since I'll be driving during rush hour, and I won't have as long of an evening - but since half of my evenings are either spent napping or trying to distract myself from the desire to nap, I suppose it's not much of a loss. And I'll be able to sleep in for another hour and change every morning, which can sometimes make all the difference.

In other news, I have created CD inserts (front and back) for my Sad Songs Mixes #1-11 (yes, I do have that many). I'm not offering the actual mixes (I do have some limits when it comes to file sharing, not to mention the logistics of getting that many music files out to folks), but if you want the CD insert files (and thus the track listings), let me know. How you get the actual music is up to you, although I'll be happy to point you in the right direction for some of the more obscure stuff. Personally, I'm quite happy on how the images turned out.
gwynhefar: (Default)
So last night I had a dream that there was a new dress code at work -- we could only wear t-shirts if the picture/text on the front was the same size as the picture/text on the back. I argued until I was blue in the face that this was unnecessarily restrictive, and that I would have to replace my entire wardrobe, to no avail. I even pointed out that the official library t-shirt (we don't actually have one, but in the dream we did) had a picture on the front and a single line of text on the back thus it was disqualified. This caused some discussion, but in the end the new dress code was upheld. And then I woke up. But I remember being so frustrated and angry!
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Overslept this morning. I don't know what happened, actually. My alarm was set properly, but I don't remember it going off at all. I suppose it's possible I turned it off in my sleep, but I haven't done that in years. Either way, I woke up a little over an hour *after* I was supposed to be at work. The extra sleep was nice. The panic at being late not so much.


Aug. 24th, 2009 11:35 am
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I've really sucked at updating LJ lately, except for book reviews and such. So here's a little of what's been going on with me lately:

1) Depression/insomnia stuff - I've been on the new medication for about a month now. No bad side effects. As of the week before I left for vacation I was still having serious insomnia issues, but most of the depression seemed to have backed off some. I also have sleeping pills now to help with the insomnia, and hopefully between the anxiety/depression meds and the sleeping pills I can get my sleep schedule back on track, which I think will help enormously with my mood.

2) Vacation - I just got back on Saturday from a week in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. This is the parent-funded "we don't see you and your brother enough so we're going to fix that by taking you on an awesome vacation" trip. With the exception of the day I forgot to wear sunblock and got sunburned, it was all heaven. We stayed at an all inclusive resort, which means you pay one price to stay there, and everything on the resort (food, activities, alcohol, etc.) is free. Right outside our room was a huge pool with a swim-up bar, and the beach was just on the other side of the building. The scenery was spectacular, although we really spent more time at the pool than we did the beach.

3) Work - My first semester class starts tomorrow. I think I'm pretty much ready, but I'm nervous. I've done one shots and guest lectures before, but this'll be my first time teaching an actual course. Hopefully I won't do too badly. I'm still working on a recalcitrant paper on Virtual Worlds with some colleagues, but it's mostly been put on the back burner while I prepare for class. I'll have to get back to it later this week.

That's mostly it, although since I've been so bad about updating, if you've been wondering about something or just want to say hi, feel free to comment :)
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Today is not a good day. My allergies are acting up, making me sniffly, sneezy, drippy, and cotton-headed. I'm utterly exhausted, because I didn't manage to get to sleep last night until after 1:30am, and I was woken up around 6am, not by the massive thunderstorm that was raging outside, but by the howling of the panicked cats that were afraid of the storm. Of course, today is the day, according to the notice left by my apartment complex, that they are coming to check the chimneys and make sure all is safe. The notice politely asked me to make sure that all pets were secured in another room.

This means that I had to attempt to herd 6 cats into the bedroom, without the others escaping. Considering they were already skittish due to the storm, this was not an easy task. Furthermore, they balked at entering the bedroom because they *know* they're not allowed in there. Unfortunately, it's the only room I can seal off from the living room, where the fireplace is, so that's where they have to be. I don't even want to think about what my bedroom will look like when I get home today.

In the end, I got all of the cats except Siobhán and Finnegan - both of whom hid under the couch and refused to come out, even for tuna. I can only hope that they'll head back under the couch when the folks come to check the chimney and stay there. Which is actually a pretty good bet, since neither of them like strangers much.

Of course, what I *really* want to do right now is go home and take a nap, which I can't do for the following reasons:

1) I really shouldn't take the time off. I have the leave, but I'd like to build some up and not use it as soon as I get it.
2) I have a desk shift at 2pm that I'd have to get someone to cover if I went home.
3) Even if I *did* go home, I have no way of knowing if the chimney folk have already been there, or if not, when they will be coming. Inspections were to be conducted between 8am and 6pm, so any time in between is fair game. Which means I can't let the cats out until 6pm at the earliest, and even assuming my bedroom is not destroyed, four cats confined to the bedroom is not conducive for nap-taking.

Ergo, I must remain at work and not nap. This makes me very sad :-(

My Weekend

Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:08 pm
gwynhefar: (Default)
Had a great weekend, although quite tiring. Isaac and I went down to New Orleans for the Palimpsest show on Saturday, got to see [livejournal.com profile] shadesong, and Kyth, and [livejournal.com profile] s00j, and bunches of other great people. The show was very good, although there was a little more bondage than I was expecting :)

Sunday Isaac and I went to see Knowing, which I think takes the prize as the creepiest disaster flick ever. It was very creepy. And nightmare-inducing.

Which brings us to today, where I'm home sick at least partially because I barely got any sleep last night because I kept waking up thinking that creepy blonde people with black eyes were in my room watching me.

The other part is my damn allergies/cold/whatever, which seems to kick in whenever I'm tired and run-down. Suddenly, in addition to being tired and run-down, I'm sniffly, sneezy, coughy, and itchy-eyed. Is very annoying.

On the other hand, I'm getting lots of work done remotely, as there are fewer distractions at home. Although in a little bit I think I'm going to take my sniffly sneezy self and go take a nap, in the hopes that I will be rested and thus non-sniffly sneezy in the morning.
gwynhefar: (Chaos Theory)
Ok, this is less a holiday update and more of a stuff-you-may-have-missed post.

First-off, for those of you keeping up with the Liath story, there were two new bits posted. Just click on the 'liath' tag at the bottom of this post to get everything written there.

Secondly, for those who missed my original post last week, I am officially hiring myself out as a genealogical researcher. Caveat -- I have no official training in this area. I have a subscription to Ancestry.com that I have been using for myself for almost a year. And I have a Master's degree and several years experience as a librarian, so I'm good at research in general. I've done some trees for some friends and they've all been quite satisfied, but it's a time-consuming process, so I figured I could do something I enjoy and earn money at the same time.

If all you want me to do is look up a name or two and get information on them, it's $5 per name. For more complex genealogical research, including actual trees, I'm charging $20/hour. I'll need full names and at least approximate dates for you, your parents, and your grandparents at least back to 1920 or so to get started. I can make no guarantees on what I'll be able to find and the more information you can give me the easier it will be. I'm also pretty good at knowing when a tough nut will crack with just a little more work and when a dead end is simply beyond my ability to get past. If you prepay me for a certain number of hours and I hit a dead end before the time is up, I will refund any unused time and let you know what resources I exhausted in case you want to take it further with someone else. Just let me know.

In addition, I'm going to try to get back to my jewelry making and start posting stuff to sell - probably on a separate journal or at least under a filter. Let me know if you want to be included in those posts. I also take design requests, assuming I have or can get the requested materials.
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Got home around 4:30 yesterday afternoon and slept mostly through til about 10am this morning. The cold has definitely moved into my chest now. I've got to do another 4-hour shift tonight from 6pm to 10pm, but I think I'm going to call in sick to work tomorrow.
gwynhefar: (library)
The best book title/author combination *ever*. And yes, this is real:

Insect Physiology by Sir Vincent Wigglesworth.


This week

Oct. 24th, 2008 09:05 am
gwynhefar: (Default)
Let's see --

Took Wednesday off because I've been having really bad insomnia lately and I think I'm coming down with a cold on top of it. Slept until noon on Wednesday and then spent the rest of the day playing Neverwinter Nights, to which I am completely addicted.

Watched I am Legend last night. Liked it ok, but thought it was depressing. Then I went online and found out that it had an alternate ending (that wasn't on the Netflix DVD) that was simultaneously less depressing and more meaningful. Now I feel cheated. Why exactly didn't they go with that ending on the theatrical release again? The alternate ending is also apparently closer to the book as well. Makes no sense to me.

Anyway - busy busy at work. Pidgin (which we use for Virtual Reference here at LSU) pretty much went boom last week. It's be up and down off and on since, with no explanation I can find (and I'm not the only person having problems). Discussion on what to do about it brought up the fact that we actually have a comparable product that came with our internal communication software - no one mentioned it because we already had something in place that was working, but since Pidgin is having problems we're going to switch to this other one. Which means I've spent all week working with IT to get the new program installed and configured. And next week I'm going to have to teach everyone how to use it. *sigh*

This is all in addition, of course, to trying to get my other projects done, or at least progress made. I work this weekend, but thankfully we're closed tomorrow due to a football game (yes, it's a religion down here), so I really only have to work Sunday.

The chronic insomnia is driving me insane, as well as increasing my reliance on my early morning caffeinated soda beverage, which I am certain is a major contributor to all the weight I've been gaining lately. I really don't eat all that badly, but I'm mostly sedentary and I have my soda addiction. And I can't stand the taste of artificial sweeteners so diet soda is out. I need to find a way of getting my caffeine in the morning that doesn't come packed with tons of calories. I never realised exactly how much of a strain the sciatic pain was putting on my body until it was gone.
gwynhefar: (action librarian)
I have been the Queen of Productivity today! Not that it means much to most of you, but so far today I have organized and narrowed down the information on one weeding report and scheduled and downloaded the results from two more, verified a citation for an email patron, trouble-shooted the VR system, followed up on a paper submission, arranged my desk coverage for Thanksgiving, completed and filed my monthly report for September, and solicited and scheduled half a dozen weekend shifts to help make up my leave balance so I can actually *have* both Thanksgiving and Christmas. In 15 minutes I go on desk and I can relax and get some reading done (work-related, of course (no, really!)) in between patrons.

Yup, a finely productive day all around.
gwynhefar: (defeated)
I'm in a really crappy mood today and I don't know why. I'm easily annoyed or frustrated, and I had to literally bite my tongue to keep myself from making a sarcastic reply to a person at the reference who as being particularly obtuse. I should go home early today, for everyone's continued sanity.
gwynhefar: (action librarian)
Damn, it has been a busy day. Busy busy busy. Wading through the email accumulated while I was off last week took two hours. Finished up one project that's been languishing at the last stage and went to my doctor's appointment. CAT scan was fine, no new tumour growth, he wants to see me in 6 months and if everything is fine then we can go to a year between checkups. Got back to work and had just enough time to go through the email that had come in while I was at the doctor's before it was time to go out on desk. And the reference desk has been *busy* today. I had 5 VR transactions in an hour, which I think is a record. Not to mention all the people walking up. And hard questions too, not just the easy stuff. I'm exhausted. Thankfully there seems to be a bit of a lull right now and I get to leave in 20 minutes anyway.


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