The National Anthem of September 1st!
-Goin’ Back to Hogwarts from A Very Potter Musical
More questions :)
Nicknames: Katie is short for Katherine (which I never go by, so I don’t usually count Katie as a nickname). Other than that, Katie, Kitty, Katrix, Katie Disco.
Birthday: 7th May
Height: 5’6 and a 1/2”
Time Zone: GMT
What time and date is it there: Almost 10pm, 1st September 2014
What’s the average number of hours of sleep you get a night: 8 to 10
Last thing you Googled: “dart timetable”
Most used phrases: lovely, not at all, grand
First word that comes to mind: bottom
Last thing you said to a family member: “thanks a million”
One place that makes you happy and why: The sea shore near my house. It’s where I reset my mind.
Favorite beverages: iced coffee, (real) lemonade, diet coke and fizzy water
Last movie you saw in the cinema: What If (our boy has grown up!)
Three things you can’t live without: words, hugs and dry shampoo
Something you plan on learning: How to live without daytime naps
A piece of advice to your followers: It’s something I’ve read on Tumblr (but in my own words) - If you think you’re not going to survive something difficult, remember that you’ve survived and overcome everything so far. Maybe that’s not advice, but I like it.
Blogs: This, my personal blog (send me an ask if you’d like the url), my wordpress blog and a bunch of college module blogs.
How many times are we going to insult and alienate our colleagues like this?
How many more times will we sabotage our collective work?
“Just so everyone is aware, there is a bunch of misleading info being spread around re: ALS research - the “27%” figure is based on previous years’ annual funding; furthermore, the remainder goes to improving the quality of life of those suffering from ALS. Given that the annual funding is approximately 16M, that’s just over 4M spent on decreasing their suffering. It isn’t greed, it’s a lack of money.”
Shut up already.
And the next time you start to complain about a charity either a) working on multiple fronts (because that’s what ALSA does—both seeking a cure and helping people suffering now) or b) daring to have administration expenses—let’s see how long you can last, much less tackle a cause, without printer paper and an internet connection.
As someone who has watched a family member die from a neuro-degenerative disease; funding to develop better wheelchairs and bedsore creams is *just* as important as funding research to cure the disease itself…
A friend of mine posted an update from one of HER friends to FB earlier. Her dad has ALS. The ALS foundation came out to see if they could put in a ramp for his wheelchair, but they couldn’t afford it because of the kind of ramp he needed for the kind of house they had.
This week they called back and said hey, the thing is, we suddenly have a bunch of money, so we’re coming out to build that ramp. And they did. She posted pics.
So if you feel like bitching about the ice bucket challenge…reconsider.
or more accurately, here’s a link to a guardian article explaining that you’re a sack of shit if you seek out and look at those photos because it is a violation of their privacy
if the living garbage pile that is the hacker that tore apart these people’s privacy posted their private pictures online and no one looked, responded, or cared to perpetuate the sick mentality wanting to see the private photos of celebrities, then we wouldn’t have a problem. the reason that assholes keep doing this is because it gets attention. stop giving it attention. stop perpetuating the cycle. read the guardian or the bbc or any respectable news organization if you want to keep up on what happened and the legal action that the celebrities might be taking against the hacker, as well as the investigation. do NOT seek out the images. do NOT click anywhere that might be posting them, do not support those websites.
First day of my new job tomorrow! I’m so excited. I’ve made my lunch and laid out my clothes (I guarantee that this will not be something I keep up).
I am so excited!
ETA: I just realised I repeated myself. Oh well. Did I mention that I’m so excited?!
How, how has it taken so long for me to discover the awesomeness that is the Piebrarian? Avid reader and baker Hanna posts literature-inspired pie recipes every other Friday, complete with spoiler-free synopses and analyses of how her recipes relate to the chosen book — like the Bennet Sisters Tea Tart pictured here.
Chocolate ganache infused with lavender and earl grey in a lemon sweet pastry crust, inspired by Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
The chocolate ganache filling has five ingredients, one for each of the Bennet sisters. Lydia, decadent and silly, is the chocolate. Kitty, barely there (but still important), is the vanilla. Jane, sweet and wholesome, is the lavender. Lizzy, strong and a little bitter, is the earl grey tea. And Mary, sensible and slightly bland, holds it all together as the cream.
You can even browse pie recipes by canon and author — are you in the mood for cult classics? Comedies of manners? Neil Gaiman?
Now, if you’ll pardon me, it’s a perfect weekend to bake some Princess Bride-inspired blackberry-peach pie.
And just because I can’t resist … WHEN COME BACK BRING PIE!!
between this and Fictitious Dishes, we’re getting hungry!
The #SVYALit Project: Using YA Lit to talk about sexual violence and consent in the lives of teens. Here are a few book lists and book reviews.
Because No Always Mean No, a list of books dealing with sexual assault
Take 5: Difficult books on an important topic (sexual violence)
Take 5: Sexual Violence in the Life of Boys
Book Review: The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely
Thinking About Boys, Sex, and Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian
What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
September Girls by Bennett Madison
Discussing THE S WORD by Chelsea Pitcher, a guest post by Lourdes Keochgerien
5 Reasons I Loved Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Charm and Strange by Stephanie Khuen
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Uses for Boys by Erica Loraine Scheidt
Killer Instinct by S. E. Green
See the complete #SVYALit Project Index Here: http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/2014/02/svyalit-project-index.html
This is important. Could very well help those struggling to read these books. Don’t leave anyone in the dark.
Q:HI! I have an honours degree in an unrelated field. I am considering MLIS & starting experience in a library setting soon. I have heard that the toughest part of MLIS is that it's more of a test of endurance regarding work load as opposed to the work itself. I would love to know a little about your personal experience of the course. I am similar age to you, but quite shy & beginning to doubt myself on this one. A lot. Any words of advice or insight would so really appreciated. Thanks in advance!
I don’t know where you’re planning on studying, or if you’re considering an online or in-person course. The advice I have to offer is based on my experience studying for an MLIS in Dublin, Ireland. From what I read from my fellow Tumblarians abroad, many aspects of my experience differ from those who did the course in North America. The main difference is that, here, the MLIS is a one-year course - two thirty-credit semesters and a thirty credit Capstone (which was a group research project and thesis). In my case I actually took three semesters (plus the Capstone) as I had to take some time off through illness.
But anyway. Keeping the above in mind, here are the main challenges I faced during my MLIS.
Group work - This is possibly where the age (and resulting life and work experience) really showed. Groups were almost always assigned. Being thrown together with different personalities was almost always difficult. I am a perfectionist and a hard worker. I found it incredibly frustrating to work with people who just wanted to pass, people who insisted on doing only the section of the project which most interested them and people who expected me (due to my age and personality) to do more work than everyone else. I did learn how to overcome these difficulties. On a few occasions, myself and a few like-minded others approached professors before groups were formed and requested to be put together. This saved quite a lot of stress.
Volume of work - I won’t lie. The volume of assignments and reading was hard to keep up with at times. This might be because I was taking five modules per semester. I’m also not particularly good at completing assignments early (though I had to change this particular habit). There were some weeks where I thought I’d never get through everything. As with group work, my perfectionism was a hindrance here. However, I did get through it. And even when there were weeks with multiple assignments due, those weeks ended. And the stress gave way to sheer, exhausted relief. Two things helped most during these periods. The first was keeping a calendar of when things were due (and how much they were worth). Here’s my calendar for the first semester to give you an idea:
The other thing that got me through the stress was coming onto Tumblr. It was a space where I could vent, look for advice and read about how others were getting on. It was also somewhere where I could follow actual, qualified librarians and remind myself why I was doing this in the first place.
Peer hysterics - When I was an undergraduate (and even when I was completing my first Masters), Facebook didn’t exist (or, in the case of my first Masters, didn’t exist as it does now). There were no class groups. Initially, I thought the MLIS Facebook group would be a plus. A place to rant about assignments! A place to share resources! A place to virtually hang out with my classmates! No. People didn’t share. People didn’t support each other. People stressed out about essays and projects. Group hysterics can be contagious. I often thought I’d done all I could with an assignment - even finishing a day or two before it was due - and then I’d see ten posts (with multiple comments) where people were asking whether fifteen pages was enough (CRAP - I’ve only got twelve!), whether anyone else used X reference (UH OH), what a particular sentence in the assignment criteria meant (I DIDN’T SEE THAT) or whether anyone else had spent twenty bazillion hours on research (I NEED MY SLEEP). So yeah. If you’re like me, probably stay away from these groups, or at least keep notifications at bay when you’re working on something.
Actual MLIS work - Like you intimated in your question, this wasn’t the main issue. Mostly, I enjoyed the content of the modules I took. I found the readings interesting. I got so stuck into the assignments that I got further ideas for other assignments. Sure, there were some courses I found difficult (mainly Management and Statistics) but most of them were fine. And if I had been less of a perfectionist, even the workload wouldn’t have been too heavy.
During my time as an MLIS student, it was my life. I didn’t socialise much and I didn’t have a job. In retrospect, I should have made more time to see friends. I would have benefited from a part-time library job too (though I’m not sure how I would have fitted this in). But there isn’t much else I could have changed. I knew it was going to be hard work. I met some interesting people - fellow students, lecturers and guest speakers - and I learned a hell of a lot.
I had doubts before I started my MLIS and I certainly had doubts during it, but none of them were doubts about whether I wanted to become a librarian. I doubted my ability to get through it and whether I’d be able to stick it. During the course of my second semester, I became ill and had to go into hospital. I was in hospital for three months, but my department were very supportive about enabling me to return and complete the degree. I don’t think I’d have had the heart to do this if I hadn’t wanted the qualification at the end. I’m graduating (with first class honours - something I’m very proud of!) next week, as well as starting my first library job on Monday. It was a tough road, but oh so worth it.
I wish you the best of luck with your decision. I’m sure others in the Tumblarian community have experience to share too, so I invite them to add theirs to my own.