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Getting back in the saddle

Interview Monday morning for a library job followed by getting set up with the local schools to be a substitute teacher. This is a slow easing back into the saddle. I do think it is a needed step, though.

Adventures in producing a video podcast

So I have embarked on an adventure in video podcasting. Is it LIS-related? ex-cataloger produces it and the host is a school media specialist. The podcast is more about the school media specialist's ranch than anything else.

The subject? Alpacas. Yes, alpacas.

Things to think about

I took a stand for intellectual freedom and for it I lost my job. After everything I am still wondering: why do I keep pushing ahead? Why do I keep trying to stay in a profession that within the United States is a house divided? After having taken almost five weeks to recover I just am still at a loss.

I see references to "stands for intellectual freedom" and promoting intellectual diversity. Are those merely pious niceties that never require one to get their hands dirty? Are those the highest ideals of our profession? What can one do when a supervisor is in a position where he can rubbish the Code of Ethics and the Library Bill of Rights? Does one merely point out the fault and move on or does one try to make a difference?

I guess that comes to the root of the problem. I do not deal in pious niceties. Action was taken that resulted in the loss of my job. Such was not a bad thing, though. Massive problems were pointed out to administrators. The potential further damage is being hopefully limited drastically so that that person who otherwise should know better cannot harm the integrity of any other library.

Passing resolutions is one matter. That lets an organization speak in its collective voice. Taking action is different and is something I can barely find in the profession. When faced with something wrong, unethical, or immoral what do we do? Do we just ignore it and move along? Do we tolerate evil things through such ignorance? Or do we try to uphold standards and ideals even though there may be a cost in doing so?

Without ideals and ethics, is librarianship even a profession? If such is treated merely as pious niceties do they actually have any real meaning? Or can such be disregarded as being just words written on scraps of paper?

I am just at a loss. I truly am. Do I try to continue in librarianship? Do I give up and try for a different direction in my life? Being an old millenial/young gen-Xer (such depends upon whose year cutoffs you look at) means that I have possibly quite a number of years ahead of me. Some family already mention that even though I have aptitude for the profession it seems to them like my heart just is not in it any more.

(If any of the editors want to contact me privately via e-mail you might have my address on file. There is more of a story to tell, unfortunately.)

Air Traffic (Lack of) Control?

Eventually the flight details for my new job may be settled. It is not cool that the new employer's e-mail server goes wonky whenever I am supposed to submit hyper-critical replies. The flight is supposed to come up really soon and the nice lady in HR has been waiting all weekend for an e-mail from me that keeps getting bounced with a 550 5.7.1 rejection. Then again, I will be in a position to help promote change perhaps. Maybe being a Mac user might flip people out?

Wow, perhaps I should write more!

At the moment I am helping build a barn in northeastern Nevada. The only aspect to this that is library-related is that I have an MLS and my uncle has an M.Ed. in school media.

Soon and very soon I am taking up a post in the South Pacific. I will not be leaving the sovereignty of the United States, though. The new post will be very exciting. Part of it involves coordinating the union catalog for a political subdivision.

Once I actually make it to the posting and do at least one day of work I can then say where.

Tired on Lake Erie's south shore

Well, what can I say? I had a temporary contract for a single semester as an academic librarian. I cataloged and cataloged. I did well and got good reviews.

And, now what? I am back to where I was before January 7th. I am substitute teaching again. Subbing is as hard as ever but being at the end of the school year that is kinda supposed to be expected.

Coming up to periscope depth...

As Blake noted in a thread I came up from very deep lurking recently. I kinda have been busy. Presently I work as an academic cataloger on a temporary basis outside Pittsburgh. The Australia project as librarian-on-mission alas did not happen due to funding problems (specifically three named Katrina, Rita, and Wilma).


So today is my 24th birthday. I am way too busy with everything else right now (getting Australia ready, selling electronics, delivering newspapers, churchwork, etc.). More contributions may come...some day...

Trying To Aggregate "Campbellite" Katrina Updates

Churches of Christ, a stream of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement sometimes called "campbellites", lack a hierarchy (the buck stops with the local conregation's elders and goes nowhere else but to God). In a case like Katrina it makes it hard to follow up on how badly churches are flattened. I know Bobby Ross from The Christian Chronicle is on-site in the area to investigate for the paper...but still. What about blog posts? What about other things Mr. Ross does not catch?

Katrina and Being a Associate Minister/Librarian

Oh brother. Bobby Ross at The Christian Chronicle has had plenty of breaking news about Katrina from my Christian tradition's perspective. I have to teach Wednesday night class tonight at church (finishing my series for August).

Podcasting Questions

What would a proper subject heading be that would address podcasting? Are there any monographic book forms on the topic? Are there any appropriate journals discussing the matter that are contained within aggregators that could be accessed through OPLIN (Ohio Public Library Information Network)?

Winding Down Outside DC

The AshtabulaGuy is soon to be back in action...a little under a week till I am done being a camp staffer...more commentaries to come!

Fighting The 'Creepy Crud'

Oy. When one is at a summer camp as an education director one cannot easily take "sick leave". I almost collapsed twice today and feel like utter garbage. All I have to do is get through this week and next which would then see me getting on an aeroplane to head home. I have termed the virus going around camp all summer thusly: "The Creepy Crud".

Looking for Whips, Chains, and TASER Guns

Alrighty, that that should have gotten a wee bit of attention. Life in Virginia has been great as my camp's education director. I have had no mutinies on the parts of teachers and campers yet. This is a good thing. I am also very much so off-camp for my day off this week so I can unwind a wee bit.

Coming to Periscope Depth...

Camp is going well here in Virginia. Staff week has been interesting as my job is the least defined. I serve as "education director" and have no curriculum in front of me to work with yet!

Regrettably somebody called home to offer me a job last night. I am already commited out here in Virginia so running home is not doable. What was the job?

Back to being a beat reporter again!

Submerging to normal cruising depth...

Running Deep, Running Silent...

Bibliofuture wrote offering Gulag Archipelago recently. I sent a request for such this morning. After having been on standby for so long with my grandfather in the hospital, I am still trying to adapt. I still do not know why I switched "Gualg" for "Gulag". Oh well. I feel bad about making such a stupid typo.


Hmm. Apparently it looks like I will be dually a missionary and a librarian for a year coming up. Where to? AUSTRALIA! I would be working at a theological college of my religious tradition out there as a sabbatical replacement while working on a grad degree in theology. Preaching will erupt at various points as a requirement, of course.

Three Things...

1. Wow. Over 37 stories accepted? Wow.

2. Apparently my congregation's elders have something cooking where I may end up taking a year-long deployment as a missionary-librarian (scary thought) to an AACR country that is represented in the JSC. I do know that such would not include the USA, Canada, or the UK. To the best of my knowledge that only leaves two Commonwealth of Nations dominions left...

So Why Has AshtabulaGuy Been Quiet?

I must admit I have been playing with kids substitute teaching. I had a first grade class last Friday, a dreadfully broad-spectrum special education unit yesterday, and today I get to play with fourth graders. Working with my special ed kids yesterday wore me out as effectively I had groups of kids with conflicting disorders not to mention conflicting personalities.

How Do We Stand On Moderating "Anonymous Patron"?

I know this is the wrong time of the month to ask since Blake does not have month-in-review stats reports (I get the same way when the church elders want "meaningful stats" about my congregation's website at this time of the month), but where do we stand in the moderations of "Anonymous Patron" (hereafter referred to as "AP")? Has AP been heavily praised or severely smacked around? Is the experiment working? Do we need to fine tune things?


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