priorities

Well, they certainly did change a bit in the last few months to a year.  I started a new job, Mr. Booties started a new job, child #1 started a new job and moved, and child #2 quit a job and had some other “learning to be an adult” adventures.

Blogging and knitting definitely suffered as a result.

As far as knitting for this year … I had some grand plans.  Suffice it to say that I’ve scaled those back to manageable levels.  A few baby gifts, a few small things for myself (maybe a cardigan or two) and some gifts for friends in Australia where we’re headed in August for two weeks.  I’ll post separately with an update on projects finished, underway, and planned.

The design front came to a grinding halt too.  Plans for mitts, socks, and some new booties are all on hold.  Hopefully, I’ll have time to work on those through the winter.  I am planning a quick and easy sport-weight scarf to keep me occupied while we’re in Australia.  We’ll see.

Work was wonderful – a very rewarding first year.  The very busy second half of the year was made even busier by the decision to renovate the entire first floor of the library building this summer.  Quite a few projects I had planned were put on the back-burner due to the need to pack, weed, and redistribute furniture in the last month or so of the school year.  I’m looking forward, this summer, to working on some of those projects and to getting workflows and procedures figured out for them.  I do hope next year is a little more settled, but with a newly renovated space, another new librarian coming on board, and my review/evaluation in the fall it will probably just be a different kind of chaos. ;)

work stuff

This is the box with the most pressing stuff in it, packed from my office (which is being demolished) at the end of the year.  The big binder is my new “keep it all in one place” to-do/action list and I hope to get some of the peskier little messes out of the way this summer.

 

reorganizing fiction … done!

This week I finally finished this huge project. I’m thrilled with how wonderful it looks and it already seems to be appealing to both our regular and our reluctant readers.

fiction by genre adventure

I asked a student yesterday if she liked the new arrangement:

“Yes, it’s a lot easier to find what I want.”

Another student, when I showed her the Sci-Fi-Fantasy section:

“Oh, these are my books …”

She was down there for about 15 minutes because there were “so many good books to choose from.”

fiction by genre horror

And, from my boss:

“Anything that makes their lives easier makes our lives easier.”

fiction by genre sportsGoals achieved:

  • Entire fiction section weeded
  • Genre stickers added to all relevant books
  • Books needing repair identified, pulled, and repaired
  • Books in need of replacement identified

Bonuses:

  • Classics identified and put in a resource list (stickers will be added by our student aide) – 10th graders are required to read a “classic” 2nd semester and the hunt to identify an appealing one has always been horrible
  • Terrible collection of (mostly) outdated and unused VHS tapes ruthlessly weeded – we needed the space to extend the “regular” fiction section
  • Short story and biography collections gained a little bit of much needed space
  • Display space also gained for short story and biography collections
  • I improved my upper arm muscle tone – I must have moved some sections of fiction about 10 times in an effort to minimize disruption once we started breaking out the genre sections ;)

We have some more signage to take care of next, but this is basically done!

Circulation statistics will be watched closely for the next few months … I’m betting they go up for fiction.

better than sliced bread

Email received today:

From: University of Alabama ILL office

Subject: Your requested Interlibrary Loan material has been mailed

Body:  Dear Katherine Popadin (DE),  A loan that you had requested:  Title: An annotated bibliography on hand knitting with an historical introduction.  Author: Gifford, Virginia Snodgrass.  has been received and per your instructions regarding delivery is now in transit to you at the following address …

This is beyond the usual ILL magic.  This (self-published book), according to WorldCat, is owned by five libraries in the U.S.  (Oh, and UA is not one of them).  And it’s in the mail to me!

Why?  Well, I have to design and develop a Web site for a final project for my Intermediate Web Development class through Mizzou.  I’m going to create a knitting pathfinder.  :)