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Thursday, March 1st, 2007
11:37 am
Classic heroine
Jane Eyre

Jane, orphaned at a young age, is turned out by her aunt. After a gloomy childhood at boarding school, she leaves to find mystery and romance with the dark, strange, Mr. Rochester...

Which Classic Heroine are You?
Friday, October 13th, 2006
1:47 pm
Olin Beach
I remember Olin Beach (as mentioned in a Forum article in today's Student Life). It was a big feature of my undergraduate life in the early 80s and was every bit as awesome as Sara Remedios imagines. I can remember studying up there while watching everyone on campus walk by. Since no one looks up, it was always up to me whether I wanted to keep studying, or shout at someone I knew to get some company.

Current Mood: nostalgic
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
11:29 am
Eyes on the Prize
The email, below, came to library staff this morning. Eyes on the Prize is every bit as good as I remembered and, if you haven't seen Living St. Louis before, it's worth checking out, too.

Subject: Living St. Louis

Don’t miss Living St. Louis on Monday, October 16 at 7:00 pm on KETC/Channel 9.

This very special Living St. Louis will feature a segment on the Henry Hampton Collection at the Washington University Libraries. This collection features the work of Henry Hampton, the creator and producer of EYES ON THE PRIZE.

EYES ON THE PRIZE has a direct connection to St. Louis. Henry Hampton (1940-1998) was a St. Louis native and 1961 graduate of Washington University. He established Blackside, inc., the largest African-American owned film production company of its time, and became one of the world’s most respected documentary filmmakers. The materials used to create Blackside’s films are now housed in a new film archive at Washington University’s West Campus Library.

Don’t miss this very special Living St. Louis on October 16 at 7:00 pm and don’t miss EYES ON THE PRIZE on KETC on Monday, October 9 and 16 at 9:00 pm.

Thanks!
Amy

Amy Shaw
Vice President of Education
KETC/Channel 9
3655 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63108
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006
9:06 am
IM a Librarian
We're now monitoring the IM address WULibraryAskUs at the reference desk. Pick up one of the bright red bookmarks or check out the new web page:
http://library.wustl.edu/research/im.html

I'm working on the web page today--it should look better tomorrow if I don't get too many distractions.

Current Mood: busy
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006
2:49 pm
Yesterday was Staff Day--the 31st. I knew it had been around for a long time because I remember it when I was an undergraduate. I always seemed to be on campus on Staff Day--I was on campus most days since my summer job was working at the Muny and I never had an air conditioned apartment to hang out in during the day. Anyway, I was always jealous because it looked like they were having such fun.

So, finally, I got to participate in my first Staff Day. And it was fun! First, a ceremony for service awards--including awards to several employees who have worked 40 years at the University (one in the library). Then, lunch in Bowles Plaza.

After that we had a selection of activities. I took the tour led by Jim Burmeister of Public Affairs. We went up to the roof of Brookings! There are gargoyles (which he told us is a misnomer--gargoyles are part of water spouts--we should call them grotesques) on the parts of the towers that face the roof--you could never see them unless you're on the roof.

The day ended with Ted Drewes, presentation of trophies for the afternoon's sports' participants, and drawings for some really great prizes (season tickets to the Ovations series at the Edison, dinner for two at the Whittemore house, Cardinals tickets). I didn't win anything, but I liked my odds since they gave away about 20 prizes and you had to be among the 200 or so people present to win.

Current Mood: satisfied
Friday, May 19th, 2006
9:17 am
Modern Technology
I'm watching John Major speak at Commencement--on my computer in my office:
http://hosting1.wustl.edu/asp/commencement/ref.asp
Very cool!

Current Mood: happy
Thursday, May 18th, 2006
8:41 am
Haiku
Chairs fill the Quad
Library windows being washed
Tomorrow, commencement commences

Current Mood: creative
Friday, April 28th, 2006
1:18 pm
Mechanical Bull
Hope everyone is having a good time at Final Friday. It's a bit quiet here in the library....But I did get to walk over to Bowles Plaza and see the mechanical bull--the longest ride I saw was about three seconds.

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
3:36 pm
I'm so lame
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Current Mood: amused
Friday, March 31st, 2006
2:46 pm
Fire alarm
The fire alarm just went off in Olin, my second since I've been here. This one was more fun--we weren't outside as long and it was much warmer!

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, March 30th, 2006
2:19 pm
Ask Us! using IM
I pasted the following from the Ask Us! page on the library's website:

Washington University librarians are experimenting with Instant Messaging. Three of us currently have addresses on AIM and Yahoo Messenger (let us know if you use different IM software). Ask a question and put us on your buddy list!

  • WULibrarianJoy: Joy Weese Moll, Reference/Web Services Librarian

  • wubiolibrarian: Ruth Lewis, Biology Librarian

  • wulibweb: Carol Antoniewicz, Library Webmaster


  • That top one is me! So give it a shot. And let me know if you read about it here.


Current Mood: excited
Friday, March 24th, 2006
4:11 pm
Writing 1 Symposium
This was really great. Four Writing 1 students from last semester talked about their experiences of writing their papers. They were all very articulate about their topics--the enthusiasm was contagious. A couple mentioned finding more material than they expected in the library. They all struggled at various times with their topics, but they all expressed pride and satisfaction in the final product.

I helped out with lots of Writing 1 sessions in the library this semester and the semester that I did my practicum (Fall 2004). We see students in the library fairly early in the process, as we should. But it does leave a bit of an unfinished feel to the whole thing: Did the student investigating Brazilian dance find enough material? Are their accessible primary sources on domestic servants in southeast Asia? Did the student who was waffling between a paper on the airline industry or a Hebrew author manage to find a good topic?

So, it was helpful to see that students really do accomplish this task and learn a lot and sound incredibly well-informed when they discuss their topic a few months later. If you get a chance, stop by the Special Collections room. Some of the materials these students used and parts of their papers are on display.

Current Mood: satisfied
Monday, March 20th, 2006
9:51 am
Is it spring yet?
I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break!

Don't you love St. Louis weather? Spring officially arrives today, but it's sleeting and we're expecting two inches of snow on the ground tomorrow morning.

I feel bad for daffodils in the Quad and the cherry tree that was blooming near Rebstock last week and the pear trees in front of the Laboratory Sciences building.

Current Mood: confused
Tuesday, March 14th, 2006
3:33 pm
Spring Break
In case anyone was wondering what happens on campus during Spring Break, that's when they fix sidewalks, run cables, and lots of other maintenance that requires noisy heavy equipment. So, it's quiet on campus in one way, but in the most literal sense, it isn't quiet at all.

The daffodils are blooming in the Quad!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful, relaxing, and safe Spring Break!

Current Mood: weird
Friday, March 10th, 2006
8:48 am
Spring Break
I'm working through spring break (no vacation for new employees in the first six months). I anticipate that it will be very quiet around here. A wish for all those who will be away: Safe travels!

Current Mood: optimistic
Thursday, March 9th, 2006
8:42 am
Teach for America
I went to hear Wendy Kopp at the Assembly Series in Graham Chapel yesterday. She started the Teach for America program, a kind of Peace Corps--only the participants teach for two years in under-served schools in the United States. If this had been available when I was an undergraduate, I would have found it a very appealing opportunity for my first job after college.

Current Mood: nostalgic
Friday, March 3rd, 2006
4:51 pm
West Campus
I had my new librarian tour of West Campus today--pretty cool. Lots of neat old stuff, including primary sources of various kinds. The Archives has Student Life from back to the beginning in the 1800s!

I walked both ways. It's twenty-five minutes door-to-door which is probably about as fast as I would manage with the shuttle by the time I re-arranged my schedule to match its schedule. A pleasant enough walk on a nice day.

I noticed on the way back that the maple trees are blooming. Tiny obscure reddish flowers. I only notice because I'm allergic to them and the cedar trees which bloom about the same time. So if you find you're having hay fever this weekend, that's probably why. The good news is that the Bartlett pears should bloom in the next couple of weeks and the dogwood and redbud pretty quickly after that. I'm going to have to manage a walk on Wydown when that happens.

Current Mood: energetic
Thursday, March 2nd, 2006
4:59 pm
Meetings
Meetings can be useful. Meetings all day long don't allow time for interesting things to happen that I want to write about in LJ.

Partly my own fault. Note to self: if I start lots of balls rolling on Monday, they will all hit me on Thursday and Friday.

Current Mood: busy
Wednesday, March 1st, 2006
11:40 am
Succeeding in College
Here's a great page of suggestions from students about how to get organized for doing work in college. Now that I'm back in the working world, I can say for certain that organization is easier in a 9 to 5 office job than it is in school. If it feels like it's harder being an organized as a college student than it seems to be for your parents or older friends who are working, you're not imagining it and it's not only because they are more experienced.

When I graduated from graduate school, I put my organizational scheme on my blog. It's one of the entries that generated the most buzz--because graduate students in library science we're looking for organizing ideas, too.

I found the page about college organization via a blog I've been reading recently called collegev2. It has lots of great tips and tricks each week about getting the most from the college experience, particularly using web-based tools.

Of course, I would add to the tips that talking to a librarian near the beginning of any research project is likely to help you figure out a good strategy.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
12:31 pm
Eating out
I bring my lunch most days, but today was special--the last day at work for a friend of mine. A group of us went to Jimmy John's--my first trip there. I had a Turkey Tom, which didn't totally blow my food plan and was still yummy!

Current Mood: full
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