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my 10 random things… 2008 December 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — nova @ 2:45 pm

in order to fulfill the goal for helene’s bonus “thing” in Learn & Play @CML, here are 10 random things about me:

  1. i am a classically-trained pianist.
  2. i am ambidextrous. i eat with my left hand but do everything else with my right hand. but i can do everything with my left hand that i can do with the right, even writing. i’m mixed up, i think.
  3. these things freak me out: dolls, puppets, and clowns.
  4. my creative outlet is card-making. i have a whole studio devoted to making art, burning things and soldering.
  5. i ❤ dogs and have two of my own, along with 2 cats. i like to give my pets people names ’cause i think it’s funny. my pets are rudy, miss esther, lucy and beatrice.
  6. i want to be a yoga instructor someday.
  7. i started playing the banjo this past april and have done pretty well for a beginner. i’m in a band called The Hawaii 63 and sometimes i’ve been known to “sing” (if you can call it that) about my cat (esther) that hides a lot. oh, and she’s a kitty-ninja.
  8. i love to garden and i like to make outdoor sculptures and art from rusty metal things, especially old farm implements.
  9. yes… i know how to western square dance. it’s not a talent i’m especially fond of, but i might as well come clean about it now before the rumors start.
  10. i love movies that have ray harryhausen’s special effects. stop-motion animation rocks my world. i was raised on rankin-bass christmas specials! i also love godzilla movies.

there you go! all done!


day two (technically, day three) @Internet Librarian 2008 October 22

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i would be kidding you if i said i wasn’t having a great time out here in monterey, but it’s a combination of the conference and the setting. the conference this time around has been the best time i’ve ever had. and, since i’m now familiar with the setting, it feels like coming back to some place comfortable.

i sat in on helene blowers‘ presentation this morning and i’m still constantly amazed at her passion, enthusiasm and skills at not just giving presentations, but inspiring the listeners. when i think how she hasn’t even been at CML for a full year yet, but look at how much we have accomplished since she’s been here, it’s nothing short of fantastic. she said that she was a little nervous because she hadn’t given this particular presentation before, but i certainly couldn’t tell that she was; she is definitely comfortable in front of an audience.

i did manage to work in a pedicure late this afternoon at a spa across the street from the hotel. i’m okay with it, though, as i don’t treat myself enough, in the grand scheme of things…

we had the speakers’ cocktail reception tonight and that was a lot of fun. we met some folks who were former colleagues of helene’s from charlotte and ended up going to dinner with one of them. i also had a chance to get to know even better some of my fellow CML colleagues over dinner. i really think conferences can serve so many purposes… yes, we get to listen and learn about libraries, what other libraries are doing, and how we can improve our own libraries, but we also get a chance to connect with our coworkers in a non-regular-everyday-work-setting and i think that is very valuable. often times we might not want to open up at the office, but find it much easier to talk when we’re having dinner and relaxing. it’s a great way to bond and form lasting friendships. i’m glad that i didn’t come to this conference alone! i do work with some wonderful folks. 🙂

tomorrow we’re meeting helene for breakfast and later in the afternoon macrina, sam and i are going to rent bikes and go to the aquarium, cannery row, and wherever else we end up going. should be fun! i do love the aquarium!!!


Internet Librarian 2008 2008 October 20

Filed under: Uncategorized — nova @ 6:31 pm

sam and i just finished our IL presentation and i really appreciate and respect him for how well he did.  knowing that he would do his part prefectly made it so much easier for me to do mine.  i hope we were able to effectively convey our message to the audience.  we go back around 4:15 to have a panel Q&A.  we’ve already had one lady ask to eat dinner with us!  it’s great to come to conferences and make connections.

i was able to see amy and maria give their presentation and they were excellent!  they were so clear and concise and did a great job of explaining our homegrown ILS and how it integrates with Aquabrowser.  great job, ladies!!  🙂


keeping busy with lifelong learning… 2008 August 17

Filed under: post-launch,Uncategorized — nova @ 10:56 pm

wow, what a week it’s been for the kickoff of learn & play!  i’ve been super busy with maintaining the l&p blog, and suddenly realized that i couldn’t neglect my own blog.  we had michael stephens in on tuesday, august 12th, and he didn’t disappoint!  i’ve been talking about him for four years now and it was so great to finally have him come to CML.  he’s like a rock star in the library world, you know!  😉

i had what i think was a great learn & play moment last week that i have to share.  one thing i had been stuck on for weeks while trying to get the learn & play blog ready was to set up an email subscription service so that people who are participating from the community can the blog updates via email.  well, i couldn’t remember the name of the web tool that did this.  helene was trying to help me and she thought it was feedster.  well, there was a feedster at one time, but it’s gone now.  so, i ended up just having to move on to different things and hope that i’d figure something out later.  not the best resolution, but it was all i had at the time.  well, last weekend i was on facebook and i saw a status update from one of my friends that said something about subscribing to his feed.  i clicked on it and, YES, there it was, FEEDBURNER!!!  so, once i had the name of the correct tool, thanks to my friend, i then had to figure out how to get it into the learn & play blog.  i poked around in the back end but couldn’t figure out where to put the code.  so, i turned to my teammates, because that’s the best way to learn: ask for help!  it was sam to the rescue after that.  he put the code in and it was ready to go in time for our kickoff.  and, of course, he showed me how i was missing one step and pretty much overthinking the problem.  it is true that sometimes i think too much!

i like watching the seven and a half habits of lifelong learners video, no matter how many times i’ve seen it.  😉 i get scared sometimes and worry that my brain will give up on me before my body (’cause the body’s already going downhill, haha), and because of what happened to my mother.  so i exercise my mind and attempt to keep it sharp, and i believe that if i can keep myself in the state of mind where i’m open to receiving and learning new information, then i will.  it’s as simple as that.  and stressing that importance of play is so very vital.  i think the climate at CML is changing and i think this program will help bring people together.  i’m not trying to be all “hearts and flowers and unicorns” here, but i do think we’re on the brink of something big.  something that will change the organization and, what i really hope, is that it will change each of us.