Thursday, September 20, 2007

Oh, dear.

One of my student assistants shared a story from a science lab this week. A girl in her group was using a light meter to measure the amount of sunlight in a particular area of a tree. The girl asked where to put the light meter, and the other group members told her it needed to point toward the southwest, near the sun. Her next question?

"Where's the sun?"

Friday, August 24, 2007


There has been some chatter about the annual Beloit College list of "things to know about this year's college freshmen that will make you feel old."

I've been reading some of the comments (e.g., at Dances with Books and The Annoyed Librarian) and decided I would add a few items of my own. Please note that although I have looked at the list in the past, I have not memorized all of the previous entries. I apologize if I duplicate some things that have been said before.

I started college in 1989, when most of this year's freshmen were born. Here are some things I have to say about this age group and their realm (not necessarily using 1989 as the "starting point"; how many of us remember much before we were 3 or 4?):

I'm sure I'll think of other things. Feel free to add your own in the comments.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Come on, and do the Circulation!

Today is the first day in my 10+ years of library work that I've actually spent time at a circulation desk. It's a whole new world!

This definitely isn't my turf.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Hipster librarians?

Here's my favorite line from

"Asked how she can tell the archivists from the librarians, Ms. Cane said, 'Different gang colors.'"

That's great!

7/26/07 - Follow-up

A colleague asked what the gang colors are for archivists. I suggested "black and blue."

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Hi! Welcome to my ramblings. I just want to see how this works!