All posts by L. Stein

Everything ready for ALA

I am very fortunate to have this awesome grant that not only helps for my library school tuition, but has some perks that allow me to attend professional conferences for free.  Last fall, I went to the Georgia Library Association COMO conference in Columbus, and that was fun.  It was lively, but not too overwhelming. But in June, I will be attending ALA’s annual conference, in Washington, DC.  ALA – American Library Association – is the big kahuna. It is going to be craaa-zyyy.

I am really excited about it. First off, I get to stay in a nice hotel near the convention center. Plus, my dad and a couple of good friends live in the area, so I hope I will get a chance to visit with them (in between attending conferences). I plan on going to a few panels, as well as “trick-or-treating”  – I mean- browsing  in the exhibit halls.  While networking and learning about the new technologies in the field is nice, so is picking up a few pens, notepads, pieces of candy, etc.  Mainly, I hope to visit with some recruiters. Thus, I will come armed with many copies of my resume….something to dump in their trick-or-treat bags :).

Since it is a large conference, I will have to be choosy about what I can attend. Luckily, ALA has some stuff specifically for new members, so I may go to a couple of those meetings. I am particularly interested in those that have to do with digital libraries, and how libraries utilize technology (such as Web 2.0, databases, etc).  I have been learning a lot about technology in my concentration, but when I finish my MLIS, I would like to pursue some programming courses.  It can never hurt to know more about computing and technology!

Shout out: Still Stream

I love ambient music. Something about it just speaks to the soul, and is able to take your mind to creative places…far, far away from all the hassles of the real world. It offers all the benefits of drugs, without the nasty withdrawal afterward.

Unfortunately, most mainstream radio stations do not play ambient music, but I have stumbled upon a great streaming radio station that I listen to every night before I go to bed:  Still Stream. Still Stream has been on the air since 2005, and has several player options and a great selection of ambient music, with NO commercials. Plus, it is work-safe, though I am sure some co-workers give me strange looks when they are playing some more “avant-garde” stuff.

So if you are interested in ambient music, or want something soothing to listen to after a rough day, I highly encourage checking out this site.

Be careful what you tweet…it really will end up in the annuls of history

According to this article by Slate Magazine, the Library of Congress is on a mission to archive all Twitter posts…it will be “mind-numbingly complete”, it reports.  So, everything you post will indeed be encapsulated in our complex human history.

Now, many years ago, we sent out the space craft Voyager in attempts to contact extraterrestrial life. But what if, one day, aliens visit the earth, and they find such gems as these from the top tweets:

“MJMcKean Calling Green Day a “punk band” is like calling Madonna a teenager.”

“RT @OMGFacts: Make a fist with your left hand, squeeze your left thumb, then put your right index finger down your throat. NO GAG REFLEX

…and pretty much anything on S*** My Dad Says

The latter, of course, is one of the only times I ever visit Twitter, by the way. A while back, I created an account on Twitter out of curiosity, but never really got into the whole culture of “tweeting.” I tend to be more of a Facebook user, updating my status every 3 days or so. But I never thought that whatever I was doing at any moment of the day merited continuous “tweeting.” However,  I would like to leave my mark in history, and for the vast majority of people who may never see their 15 minutes of fame, the fact that their cat peed on the carpet, or that the Yankees won the World Series (again), will live on forever is indeed pretty interesting.

Introductory post

I am not going to lie.  Introductions are always very difficult for me. There is so much that could be said (and so much that is better left unsaid), that by the time I come up with something, it just sounds incredibly drab. So I invite you to come and sit down, and have a cup of tea with this milk toast.

I suppose it is appropriate in my first post to talk about what I plan to do with this blog. I have been on the fence about blogging, but after hearing a lot of positive things about blogging as of late, I feel entitled to my piece of real estate on the interwebz.

The blog is entitled Rising With the Moon. I originally wanted to call it Lunar Sunrise, but someone already took it (someone who has not updated since 2008, mind you!)!  I wanted to come up with something that could describe my essence…what I am about.  I just finished illustrating the above header specifically for this blog (I just love moon jellies, they are such gorgeous creatures…until they sting, ouch!). First off, I am a nocturnal person (which is evident if you look at the time of this posting). Second, I like to think of myself as constantly “rising”…trying to better myself both personally and professionally. Right now, I am finishing up my masters in Library and Information Science, along with a certificate in Digital Content Management, so having this WordPress blog will certainly help! I have been inspired by so many great librarian blogs out there that I would like to have one of my own :).

However, this blog will not be just about issues in the library/info sciences. One day I may be talking about psychology and personality theory, reviewing a resource, or discussing a current event.  anything goes! That being said, so far I really like WordPress and am excited to get started with blogging, reading others’ blogs, and maybe get a small following if I am lucky :).

Until then,  I am going to go crawl into the lovely cocoon I call my bed…can’t wait to sleep in tomorrow morning!