carnival #19

Hear ye, hear ye (how I love to use archaic language in a digital environment): the first Carnival of the Infosciences (#19!) of 2006 is up and running over at Wanderings of a Student Librarian.

Among its many gems are some obvious to some but good nonetheless interview tips from Grumpator. Heidi Dolamore, who writes the wonderfully named quiddle (and is running for ALA Council!) has also been posting on the topic of the great librarian job hunt. If you’re looking for a job yourself, definitely check out her blog–she’s been giving great run-downs on different kinds of interviews and what kinds of questions they ask.

I have, in fact, embarked upon the Great Job Hunt myself and may have more to say about it in the coming weeks and months–although it’s also entirely possible that I’ll be extremely busy with said job hunt plus the usual jobs and school and thus not posting much at all.

In the meantime, enjoy the Carnival and consider signing up to host one yourself!

the tinfoil carnival

I am going to stop apologizing for being so late in posting new installments of the Carnival of the Infosciences. As others have mentioned (I’m thinking at the moment of Walt Crawford’s “Blogging Trumps Life” [edit 11/5/05: of course I actually meant “Life Trumps Blogging”–duh–thanks to Walt for noticing that little discrepancy] essay in the most recent Cites & Insights), the beauty of a) RSS and b) multiple people keeping an eye on things and writing about them is that we do not all have to be responsible for everything.

I am nevertheless greatly pleased to point you to the Carnival of the Infosciences #13, hosted by Rochelle Hartman of Tinfoil + Racoon. Enjoy!

carnivals and dereliction of duty

I am so woefully behind that I have even neglected the marvelous Carnival of the Infosciences. I am sure that, due to the wonders of the biblioblogosphere, you have picked them all up elsewhere, but to give them the credit they richly deserve, here they are:

Carnival of the Infosciences #8 at The Industrial Librarian
Carnival of the Infosciences #9 at . . .the thoughts are broken. . .
Carnival of the Infosciences #10 at A Wandering Eyre
Carnival of the Infosciences #11 at Christina’s LIS Rant

And there’ll be another one tomorrow!

big wheel keeps on turning. . .

Carnival of the Infosciences #7, at Mike’s Musings.

Carnival #8 stops next week at The Industrial Librarian. Send your submissions to davehook [at] rogers [dot] com. Here are the carnival guidelines, in case you’re new to the show or want a refresher.

I have all kinds of things to say but no time of late to get them written up. A substantive post or three should be coming up sometime in the next week or so; in the meantime, cruise on over to the Carnival and enjoy the ride.

back to school


by the numbers
Originally uploaded by newrambler.

update on 9/21: URLs fixed!

I’ve now started all my fall classes, which are a slightly different line-up from when I last posted on the topic. I’m now taking

LIS 721 Library Materials for Children
LIS 745 Searching Electronic Databases
LIS 763 Readers Advisory Services

All told, that makes for 9 hours a week of class, 19.5 hours a week at the library, 8-12 hours a week of dog-walking, and 8 hours a week commuting, not counting time spent schlepping between dogs. And all told that adds up to lots of time spent on various duties and not so much time for blogging, I expect to be checking in periodically.

Also, may I belatedly add that you should check out the most recent stops of the Carnival of the Infosciences:

Carnival of the Infosciences #4

Summer is ending, school is starting, and, like me, many of you may be wishing to spend these last few dog days sitting around and watching the river flow. But time stops for no one, and neither does the Carnival of the Infosciences, although it may this week be showing a few signs of wear and tear. The rides are still running, though, so step right up, grab yourself something from the concession stand, and enjoy the ride.

This week’s carnival is small but meaty. Our first stop takes many of us far afield, or perhaps more accurately, far out to sea. Von Totanes, the Filipino Librarian, weighs in on the great digital divide debate in “Digital Divide: The Other Side.” I’ve noted before that the world is not flat, and I hope we see more international voices in the Carnival to give us an idea of just how varied a world we live in.

Just in time for those of us who are going back to school, Joy Weese Moll of Wanderings of a Student Librarian comes out with some advice on “How to read a journal article“.

Joy’s advice is so good that it was recommended by Mark and followed up on by Angel. Mark also points us to another just in time for back to school post from Angel, the Gypsy Librarian. “What does Generation Y Want?” is a review of an article from portal: Libraries and the Academy which suggests that what Generation Y needs are just the kind of skills that Joy recommends. (Oh, the synchronicity!) Mark notes “it is one of the few things I have read that takes a pragmatic approach to serving this group versus just wanting to hand over the keys to the asylum to them.”

And now for a few added Editor’s Picks:

Since I’ve already stretched the rules of the Carnival a little by posting a day late, I’m going to stretch them just a tiny bit more so I can include “Codex Seriphanianus,” by Nichole of nichole’s auxiliary storage. It’s a fascinating and beautifully illustrated piece about a librarian’s worst nightmare: unwittingly buying a stolen book.

I am not a cataloger, but I live in awe of them, and two cataloging blogs this week have items of note. The first, “Lafof zobac (Ĉu vi parolas Dewey? 2.0, with added religious fervor),” comes from Jonathan Furner of the Dewey Blog and picks up on the international theme with a discussion of the Dewey Translators Meeting at IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress. One important discussion dealt with the options in the 200s (where, as you may recall, Christianity takes up a bit more than its fair share of numbers in the world of religion).

In “Trackbacks,” a post on Catalogablog, David Bigwood considers the possibilities of trackbacks, tagging, and other Internet classification tricks for libraries and library catalogs. The folksonomy vs. the taxonomy seems to be another one of those subjects where people tend to freak out and zealously guard their ground. There will be no tagging of our carefully controlled vocabulary! say the taxonomy people, while the folksonomy folks rant that taxonomies are dead, wooden, lifeless things (rather like taxidermy, which perhaps explains why I often have difficulty keeping the two terms straight). David points out that there’s room for both.

Finally, Christine Borne, NexGen Librarian extraordinaire, has reemerged from a dormant period with several thoughtful posts about being a librarian, including this one, “More introspection.” I like old people, too.

That’s it for this week’s carnival. I’ll pack up the bags and send them on over to Christina’s LIS Rant, the next stop on our virtual tour. Here are the general submission guidelines. And if you’ve missed any of the previous stops of this extravaganza, check them out:

Carnival of the Infosciences #1
Carnival of the Infosciences #2
Carnival of the Infosciences #3

updates, carnival and otherwise

Greetings from Iowa City, my hometown. I’m currently sitting downtown on the pedestrian mall, using wireless courtesy of the Iowa City Public Library. I took a last minute trip here this weekend and will be headed back today.

Due to the nature of traveling (lots of time spent with friends, not so much time spent online), I’ve only just now learned that a number of e-mails to me have been bouncing. My apologies.

Due to various crises, I also have a rich full day today, and so–with apologies to Greg if this violates the laws of the carnival–I’m going to extend submissions to 6 pm tonight, and I’ll get the carnival up tomorrow morning. So, if you haven’t been able to reach me, send a submission of a blog post (yours or one you admire, or both) from last week to lauracrossett [at ] hailmail [dot] net (which should work–and if that bounces, try laurapalooza [at] sbcglobal [dot] net). Of course, if you’ve written something this week (since 6 pm last night) that you’re especially proud of, you should save it for next week’s carnival, at Christina’s LIS Rant.

Again, my apologies for the technological snafu and the delay. I promise a carnival, due penance, and (special added bonus!) some pictures from my trip when I get back.

roll up for the mystery tour

The Carnival of the Infosciences #3 is here, hosted by Joy, of Wanderings of a Student Librarian fame! Meredith notes the brilliance of the whole carnival idea:

[I]t highlights bloggers who are writing great stuff and who may not yet be on people’s radar screen (probably because they haven’t been at it too long). Second, it physically brings people to different blogs every week that they might not otherwise visit, also expanding their biblioblog repetoire. Third, it’s a great reader’s digest version of the best material of the week for those of us who don’t have the time to read everything. Finally, it motivates some people to write thoughtful, interesting posts so that they can be submitted for the carnival. What a cool idea!

And, not entirely incidentally, I’ll be hosting the Carnival #4. How do you get on board? Check out the original submission guidelines, and then send your submissions to me at laura [at] newrambler [dot] net (incidentally, if you have another e-mail address for me, it will probably work too–most of them lead to the same place eventually) by 6 pm on Sunday. I’ll say 6 pm central time, since that’s where I live, but if you east coasters don’t get to it till 7, I don’t imagine it will be a problem. And if you’re submitting from outside the continental U.S. (you never know), send it on in by 0000 Greenwich mean time (or coordinated universal time, as one is apparently now supposed to call it).

And might I add that if you’ve been thinking to yourself, gee, I should start a blog, why not do so now and join the carnival? The blogging community–and the biblioblogosphere in particular–may be one of the few places where more are always welcome–at least, I have yet to hear anyone say, “@#$%!, not another goddam library blogger!” We’ve got room for all kinds of sideshows here on the virtual carnival grounds, so come join the fun!