The problem with blogs is for them to be relevant, they need to be kept up-to-date.  Well, it’s been over a year since my last post.

My librarianship has been going pretty much as my systems admin position.  Not much has changed.  I have been put in charge of a monthly library faculty meeting.  I do not care much for this responsibility it does not excite me.  I have been put on the library’s reference desk for at least once a week.  This can be kind of scary because I want to do what’s best for the patron, if ever they stop by or call, but I am afraid that I do not have the skills needed.  I want to polish this search skills but then I do not go about doing so since it doesn’t excite me.

So what to do about my career? I have a sense that I should create a poster session or a presentation for a group.  I should be me involved with the school that I have been assigned as their liaison. Maybe a PhD, naw not ready for that.

Coronacropped15Coming up in less than a week is the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse across the U.S.A.  My son and I are planning to go to Lime, OR to stand in the Moon’s shadow.  It will be a trek up through Nevada on our way to Boise, ID then over to Lime and back home to Southern  California.  Here’s hoping the weather holds, the crowds are not too bad, there are no shortages of necessities, the truck holds up and we have a safe trip.

ePortfolio Published

k1259158I cleaned up my ePortfolio to remove any references that would violate the privacy of others.  This is a mandate of the ePortfolio in the Affirmation section.  Therefore the password has been removed and it now linked straight from this blog.

Otherwise, I have been keeping busy learning how to be a reference librarian.  This is a difficult task as I want so much to help our patrons but sometimes I feel like I don’t have the skills yet to help out the best I could.  More time and practice will help.

Otherwise, I have just been performing my same duties in the information systems side of work.

Saying Goodbye to GoDaddy

geraldsplaygroundAs part of my LIBR 246 Drupal class, I had to purchase a domain name and hosting from GoDaddy. After the class, I thought I would maintain the Drupal sites as part of my SJSU SLIS graduation portfolio.  But after several security hotfixes and paying $6.99/month to maintain the site, I figured I could save my money and transfer the portfolio to this WordPress site.  So tada, my new portfolio site:  https://starnight71.wordpress.com/slis-eportfolio/.  I am hoping I can maintain it as similarly as possible with the old site.  There aren’t as many features in this hosted for free WordPress site as the a self maintained Drupal site but it isn’t a big site to maintain.

Theme Change

Trying out some themes as the one I originally started with “Fresh & Clean” has been discontinued.  😦

Tried Elegant Grunge but, I did not like the fonts used nor the dirty look.

Tried iTheme2 not reallty for the Apple look-n-feel but because I liked the font clarity and the space background.  I didn’t like the limited header image size.

Then found Big Brother theme.  It says the theme is ideal for big companies and government organizations but, I like all the options available for colors, background and header styles.  The header will appomidate my original image and a background.  I think I will be sticking with this theme.

At Internet Librarian as a Student

otterThis week I’ve been at Internet Librarian in Monterey California.  I have been to this conference many times but this is the first time as a SJSU student.  I’ve been learning a lot these few days.  Going back to work with plans to redesign the website, becoming more social media active and telling stories to guide users.  Too bad I missed the MOOC session with former professor Michael Stephenson.  I am thinking about an email I received them SJSU for a new upcoming class with Michael on WordPress for CMS.  I just hope that it is not too hard or would demand too much of my time.

Meanwhile, I am a little over halfway done with this semester classwork.  Finding time is definitely a factor and I have missed a few discussion questions during the semester.  But all in all the classes are going well.  I am glad that I have taken the cataloging class.

Break time again

20130815-195457.jpgSummer 2013 class, LIBR251 Web Usability, is now over. Well, I had to complete my final paper a couple days early, Aug 7, because I was flying up to Seattle for a conference and I did not want to take my laptop if I didn’t need to. I was a rough week getting my paper finished and packing for my trip but in the end, it all worked out. I just looked at my grade and I got 100% on my paper and an A for the class.

Onward to Fall 2013 in a week, starting on Aug. 21. Taking a management class and a design class. Already dreading the management class when I got my thick book titled, “Management Basics for Information Professionals.” Hope I do not fall asleep reading it.

Can’t wait to be a librarian

librarian2smJust taking a couple of classes at SJSU SLIS and thinking about how to change the LLU library has be wishing I was librarian now.  What do I mean?  I mean that I have all these ideas and I have the ear of the director and librarians but in my heart  I am not a librarian.  So, I do not feel I am equal or at the same level as the librarians and therefore, I feel like I don’t have the same say in these ideas that will effect the very nature of the library.  But I do have a say and I say it.  I do get things done and do them.  But, well just thinking about social media and the library’s commitment to it.  I cannot really participate in responding with authority to patron research questions because I don’t have the librarian title.  So, hoping I can get through these MLIS classes as quickly as possible so that I can give myself permission to be a librarian and well as act like one.