Sunny Sunday Morning

I am sitting outside, in my front yard, enjoying the morning sun and Kansas wind. I woke up nice and early today, even though 8:30 doesn’t seem terribly early, it is for the weekend and I could still be sleeping. Now that I have a job that requires my presence by 7:00 am Monday through Friday, getting to sleep in two-and-a-half hours later on the weekends is a dream. The weekend mornings have become my favorite time. My roommates usually sleep until noon or later on the weekend, unless they have to go to work and then they just wake up to leave. So the house is quiet, and I can read, get some dishes washed, or watch anything on the den tv I want (that is immediately available). Not only am I up and around early, but my days today and tomorrow (Memorial day – paid work off!) are completely open and planless and I will be able to do whatever I want whenever the mood strikes. Amazing!

What are my activity options?

-I could read. I have two books going right now – “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” and The Dhammapada, which is an important text of Buddha’s teachings. I am enjoying both books, but haven’t read either for a few days. I am a weird reader. I really love reading, but as I am generally an impatient person, I am also an impatient reader. Some books I can just fly through and read in a few short sittings, but this doesn’t happen very often because while I am an impatient reader I am simultaneously a SLOW reader. So if I can’t finish a book quick enough I lose interest and dump it for another. I guess the great thing about books, though, is that even if you don’t finish it the first time around, it will always be there for you to pick up again if you are so compelled. So, while both of the above books are interesting and good reads, I still get impatient reading them occasionally, and do not know if I will finish them. I will try to read at least a little of both today.

Another thing about books that I find daunting is the sheer quantity that exist. I feel like I will never be able to be a well-read person because I am overwhelmed by just how many books are out there that I would be interested in reading. So when I select a book, and while I am reading it, I am already out looking for what I will read next, and when I do that I lose interest in whatever I am reading! It is a vicious cycle that recurs merely because of my literary ADD.

-I think I will knit some today. I am trying really hard to get rid of all my yarn so I at least have a better excuse to buy new yarn for new projects. I also have knitting ADD, though, and skip from project to project without fully finishing one, or I will unravel the yarn and start over because I do not like something. There are similar reasons I am distracted by other projects as my book-reading issue – there are so many potential projects to work on that I cannot stay focused on one! It is craziness. But today I will work on my cotton cowl that I started a few days ago, just to get rid of most of the rest of my yarn. Next week I will try to make it into Wildflower and get some chunky yarn with which I can make something super quick with really big needles.

-I think I will also lay out in the sun today on our roof. It is really nice to be able to lay up there, because you are up high and get a lot of sun, but because of the trees blocking Manhattan Ave, there is a surprising amount of privacy. Except for the next-door neighbors, they can always see ya if you’re up there. Which is okay. I have never heard any complaints!

-I may look up some recipes to find something delicious to make for dinner. I have been eating out WAY too much in the past month and really need to focus my dining experience to the home. Sam and I went out to Tasty China House (best Chinese food in Manhattan…seriously) on Friday to celebrate pay day, but I claimed that would be the last time I would eat out for a week! Let’s see if I can handle that. I should probably limit myself to eating out once a week. That way it is more special and I will choose the location wisely! I have gotten so lazy about cooking and eating at home, and I want to get better at finding healthier home-dining options. I have never felt better than when I am eating great, home-cooked, healthy meals on a regular basis. This usually only happens, though, when I have a good partner who is interested in the same thing and we encourage each other and cook together. I don’t really have this in my house, so I’ll just have to take it upon myself to do it. That way when I move into my own place I will be ready! Yes!

-I may also get ahold of a disposable camera at some point. I haven’t taken pictures in a long time, as my film camera is acting WEIRD and I don’t know what is wrong with it. It has been that way for a while, though, and at this point I’m wondering if I’m ever actually going to get it fixed or if it will just sit there on my desk until I move and then in my new place for months before I just decide to get rid of it. I could always sell it for like $2 on Ebay and say it is broken, for anyone who would want to fix it. I bought it off of Ebay for about $10, and I could probably do that again. I just need a camera, really. A digital camera would be great also. Maybe I’ll look on Ebay today for cheap cameras. Yeah!

Alright. Those are my options. They seem pretty good. They make for a nice Sunday. I’m going to go get to it!

Hannah

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Multitasking

I always have between five and ten tabs open on my browser at any given time. Right now, I have seven open. Am I really paying attention to seven things all at one time? What triggers me to flip from one tab to another when I am right in the middle of something? I really couldn’t tell you, but I find myself distracting. I can’t finish one thing without thinking, “Oh! I need to go to my Etsy shop and update an order,” or “I wonder what the presidential candidate news is for the day,” and I’m off, without finishing my previous thought. Is this “multitasking” any more efficient than if I were to just do one thing at a time, ignoring all other distractions? 

I think I will turn this into an upcoming challenge. Starting tomorrow, I’m going to only have one tab open at a time, or more if there are more needed for one task. I will tackle one task at a time, and see if overall I am a more efficient worker/user. 

What do you think? Is the ability to “multitask” online helpful and more efficient? Or does it really just make it harder to focus and complete tasks? 

Hannah

What Conference/s should I attend?

I haven’t posted anything that wasn’t just pulled from another web site for a few weeks — sorry about that. Now I actually have something relevant to blog about in my own words. I am at the point in my job where I can start thinking about what library conferences I can attend over the next year. This takes a lot of pre-planning, and this is my first time learning how/when exactly to plan for library conferences that will enhance my personal professional development. It is quite exciting!

I work in the Interlibrary Services unit of my library, which falls within the Content Development and Acquisitions department. I think this may be a bit of a different system than other libraries, but I am not sure exactly how so or if that is correct. I don’t think ILS was always in CDA, even within the past few years during my time as a student employee. Basically, it would behoove me to attend a conference that focuses on ILS or acquisitions, but the R-Squared conference in Telluride, CO grabbed my attention when a librarian steered me in its direction. She said it would be a great conference for “young professionals” in the field to attend, and there is a group of people from my area traveling together in a van for the conference in September. It is all about finding and implementing creative ways to keep your library alive and relevant today and in the future. The specifics of the conference can be found at http://rsquaredconference.org/. I think it looks exciting and would be incredibly enriching. I think I could bring back a lot to K-State Libraries and it would also be useful for my future if I decide to go to library school. However, it doesn’t exactly fit well with my position and it would take a bit for me to argue to my department head why I should be able to be reimbursed for conference fees. She suggested I look into other possibilities, which I thought was a great idea (I tend to put all my eggs into one basket and then am more often than not disappointed when some of those eggs break!). She sent me a few suggestions, I asked some librarians I know for suggestions, and I have spent the past few days, and some time this morning, looking through possible library conferences that may be relevant, or just seem interesting to me. They are:

-Acquisitions Institute in Oregon: http://www.acquisitionsinstitute.org/
(suggested by my department head)

-Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition in Charleston: http://www.katina.info/conference/
(suggested by my department head)

-Internet Librarian in Monterey: http://www.infotoday.com/il2012/

-Brick and Click in Maryville, MO: http://www.nwmissouri.edu/library/brickandclick/index.html
(librarians from K-State are attending)

-ACRL in Indianapolis: http://conference.acrl.org/registration-pages-169.php

-Access Services in Atlanta: http://accessservicesconference.org/

-SPARC open access in Kansas City: http://sparc.arl.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=94

-Midwest ILL conference (next conference info not yet available)

-ILLiad International Conference at VA Beach (next conference info not yet available)

-Rapid Conference in Ft. Collins, CO (next conference info not yet available)

If anyone reading this has been to any of these conferences, are there any you would highly recommend? Are there any you would discourage a young library employee from going? Why? Are there any other conferences coming up in FY 2013 that anyone knows about and would recommend looking into?

I’m very excited about the potential possibility of being a librarian, and I like to think I am throwing myself “all in” at this job I’ve only had for a few months. I am very fortunate to be able to develop professionally before even having a masters degree, and I want to use the opportunity wisely to best benefit me in the present and hopefully in the future as well. Any input is greatly appreciated!

Hannah