My life as an academic librarian at a regional branch campus. Day-to-day activities, projects and other odds & ends.

 

humansofnewyork:

"I’m studying to be a librarian."
"What’s the sexiest part about being a librarian?"
"I’d say the width of our knowledge. The rest of academia seems to have a rather specific focal point, whereas librarians need to know enough to serve as a guide for researchers of every discipline."

I always say I know just enough to be dangerous. 

humansofnewyork:

"I’m studying to be a librarian."

"What’s the sexiest part about being a librarian?"

"I’d say the width of our knowledge. The rest of academia seems to have a rather specific focal point, whereas librarians need to know enough to serve as a guide for researchers of every discipline."

I always say I know just enough to be dangerous. 

Date: February 18, 2014
Activity: Attended workshop titled “Using Social Media for Teaching Purposes”
It’s always nice to find workshops that not only help me to hone my technology skills but are also on topics that I find fun and enjoyable. It’s a plus when said workshop is led by a friend and colleague. Sadly, there weren’t many things that were directly applicable to my day-to-day job but it was helpful to find 

Date: February 18, 2014

Activity: Attended workshop titled “Using Social Media for Teaching Purposes”

It’s always nice to find workshops that not only help me to hone my technology skills but are also on topics that I find fun and enjoyable. It’s a plus when said workshop is led by a friend and colleague. Sadly, there weren’t many things that were directly applicable to my day-to-day job but it was helpful to find 

5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do

Yes, I do all of these things to some degree or another in my current job as Reference and Web Services Librarian. 

Date: September 30, 2013

Activity: Attending our college’s Renovation Celebration. This event brought the college together to celebrate the completion of our renovation project, which included renovating the library. There were several speakers and of course, food! The top photo is the official ribbon cutting and the bottom includes several members of our library staff (I’m in the green top and black jacket) as we walk back into the building.

Photo credits:  UC Blue Ash College, Flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ucblueash/sets/72157636063434266/

Date: March 25, 2014

Activity: I took part in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf for Women’s History Month. This scarf rotated among 15 faculty and staff of UC Blue Ash College. Each woman agrees to wear the scarf for a day, take a photo,  and pass on the scarf and an encouraging word, quote or phrase to the next woman on the list. There’ll be a wrap-up celebration displaying all of the photos. Unfortunately, I’m not available for the celebration. Above is the lovely note I received with the scarf.

Date: March 31, 2014
Activity: Mileage Expense Reports. Every month I submit mileage reimbursement for all the miles I rack up driving to/from the various UC campuses. A one way trip is 13 miles and 26 to/from campus to my home. The miles add up quickly. This was a weird month because I had 2 days that required me to drive to main campus first thing in the morning and again at the end of day. Normally takes me 45 minutes door-to-door. Lots of time you don’t get back. Thank goodness for audiobooks.  

Date: March 31, 2014

Activity: Mileage Expense Reports. Every month I submit mileage reimbursement for all the miles I rack up driving to/from the various UC campuses. A one way trip is 13 miles and 26 to/from campus to my home. The miles add up quickly. This was a weird month because I had 2 days that required me to drive to main campus first thing in the morning and again at the end of day. Normally takes me 45 minutes door-to-door. Lots of time you don’t get back. Thank goodness for audiobooks.  

Date: March 31, 2014
Activity: Voting. It feels like every other email the past few days have been soliciting me to vote. So far I’ve voted on 1) revised Reappointment, Promotion & Tenure criteria, 2) a library faculty representative for the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), and 3) members of 2014-15 college committees. 
I’m not running for any elected positions at this point. I have a number of committees that I’m sitting on for an ongoing time period and require a heavy time commitment. 

Date: March 31, 2014

Activity: Voting. It feels like every other email the past few days have been soliciting me to vote. So far I’ve voted on 1) revised Reappointment, Promotion & Tenure criteria, 2) a library faculty representative for the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), and 3) members of 2014-15 college committees. 

I’m not running for any elected positions at this point. I have a number of committees that I’m sitting on for an ongoing time period and require a heavy time commitment. 

Date: March 24, 2014

Activity: Entering college photography contest. I’m a photography hobbyist and enjoy taking photos when I have some free time. I’ve been able to carry it into my work too. I’ve taken photos of our library, staff and students for our websites, I photograph some of the committee/group events that I help out with, take photos for this blog and have even taken photos of my colleagues to use as profile photos for our website and their various social networking sites.  

I entered my first photography contest held by my college’s communication’s department. It was a fun, low-stress competition. The theme was Spring & Summer and I submitted a photo of my nieces enjoying the fountains at Washington Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. From the college’s Facebook page:

The 3rd place winner is Michelle McKinney for her photo of kids playing in a fountain in Washington Park. She wins a UC Blue Ash College Grip N Go mug for hot or cold drinks.”

2048: Knowledge Alliance Edition

Date: March 28, 2014

Activity: Playing a customized version of 2048 based on Knowledge Alliance Profile photos (mine included).