Sunday, July 25, 2004

Vacation time

My folks rented a house in Florida and invited the whole family to joing them on their vacation. Since I rarely get to see my niece and nephew (who live in PA and FL, respectively), I am taking the opportunity to visit with everyone. See you after August 1...


Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Tour de France

I'm the first to admit that I know nothing about the professional cycling world.  The only time I ever pay the slightest bit of attention to the sport is during the Tour de France.  I can hardly believe that Lance Armstrong is well on his way to his 6th consecutive victory.  For the past six years he has been impossible to beat in this grueling competition.  His lead has been extended to 3:48 and the tough mountain stages are over.



Sunday, July 18, 2004

Information Literacy in the real world

My presentation at the interview dealt with how to provide information literacy skills to both students and faculty.  This is a topic that I worked on throughout my last year in graduate school and one that I find fascinating.  Information literacy basically means that one should have the ability to identify what type of information is needed, identify the best ways to get that information, be able to find the information, access the information, and then synthesize the information.
These are basic skills that librarians have taught for many years.  The growth of electronic sources has made the job a little more challenging.  Many library patrons today (especially among the young college set) are unwilling to go look at a print source.  They want all the information on the computer screen in front of them.  I think that this means that librarians simply have to be more creative in how the teach these skills.
After all, library instruction can be fun!


Interview over

Friday's interview went well, I think.  I feel good about the answers I gave to all of the questions that were thrown at me.  I honestly can't think of anything that I would change or do differently.  The presentation went well and everyone was suitably impressed with the screen capture shots of a catalog and database search that I incorporated into my discussion.
Unfortunately, since this is the academic world, I probably won't know anything for a couple of weeks.  The search committee meets this week, then they make their recommendation to the Dean, who in turn makes her recommendation to the Chancellor's office.
Now I just have to find ways to distract myself until I hear one way or the other....


Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Interview time

I have a day long interview on Friday for a position at a local univeristy. It is a for a reference positiion (my first choice) and the promises to be interesting. My first meeting is at 8:00 am and the last one is scheduled for 4:15 pm. I will be meeting with a total of 9 different groups of people (including the Dean). Plus I have to give a 10 minute presentation to the entire library faculty and staff.

I'm not worried about the presentation's content as I feel quite comfortable with the topic. The only thing that bothers me is the fact that the presentation is limited to 10 minutes...the topic could easily be a 30-45 minute presentation.


Friday, July 09, 2004

"I just haven't had time" what John Kerry told Larry King in regards to being briefed on national security.

The man who wants to be the next President has not made the time to get a briefing on national security? He's had time to criss-cross the country to campaign. He's had time to attend a celebrity filled fundraiser on his behalf. But he can't take the time to learn what threats have been made against our country?

I don't know why I'm surprised. Kerry has missed 88% of the Senate's votes this year. Why would he take national security any more seriously?