deborah: the Library of Congress cataloging numbers for children's literature, technology, and library science (Default)
Here is what I am currently doing for my job: an accessibility review of one of my favorite reference books, so my employers can know what needs to happen to make it more accessible.

I am making one of the best reference books more accessible. And in order to do that, I am having to spend a lot of time going to lots of pages on the reference book's website.

I don't know what I did to deserve this, but I want to find out so I can do it again and again.

#Yes, I have favorite reference works. That's how we librarians roll.
#Once a librarian, always a librarian.
#I've been spending enough time reading tumblr that completing a post with a series of rambling postscripts just seems normal now.
#But I actually use my tags for classification and discovery.
#Cf. above re: "librarian"
#So apparently I am fake hashtagging because I am a hipster.

dude! job!

Feb. 27th, 2006 11:31 pm
deborah: the Library of Congress cataloging numbers for children's literature, technology, and library science (Default)
Today was my first day of work.

What, work? you say. How can you be working? Aren't you the unemployed bitter library job-seeker?

No, my friends, I am now the proud owner of a professional librarian position. (I was temping for a bit in there as an Electronic Resources Librarian, but there wasn't much to say about that; I knew it was temporary and the position was low-key. This seems much more exciting.)

After 14-months of job seeking drought, I actually found myself in the enviable position of deciding between two positions. The first, which I liked very much but regretfully turned down, was for electronic resources (read: databases and DSpace) and bibliographic instruction (I love teaching) at a small local institution.

The position I accepted is that of Digital Initiatives Librarian at Brandeis. I'm quite excited about it. Right now here's my reading of the job:

  • Own the university's Digitool installation

  • Meet with people all over the library and the institution as a whole

  • Ask me again in a month and I'll know more

There's plenty of money for professional development -- they're sending me to classes and conferences (in fact one of my first assignments was to book myself for a slew of NELINET courses). The staff are wonderful. Library and IT at Brandeis merged last year, so I'll never find myself being the defacto library sysadmin. It'll be weird being in a big organization; LTS alone practically has more employees than any local office I've been in before.

Thanks to all of you for hanging in there with me, and here's hoping there'll be some interesting posts in the coming months as I learn my way around metadata and Digitool.
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