SparkPeople Librarians (or Wanna-Be Librarians) Team Messageboard This group is for all the librarians (or wanna-be librarians) out there, because, hey -- librarians can be hot! SparkPeople Librarians (or Wanna-Be Librarians) Team Messageboard best library weed I once pulled a book in 2012 from the nursing section called "Computers in Hospital Rooms a new technology" it was written in 1989. Fri, 24 Apr 2020 20:46:03 EST worst books to deal with books on the top shelf <BR> books on the bottom shelf <BR> skinny books with the call number not on the spine <BR> folio books <BR> <BR> for me it's the skinny books. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:41:46 EST Greetings and Salutations Hello everyone! <BR> My name is Maria Gagne and I am a 24 year old that lives in Flowery Branch, GA. I am a recent LIS school graduate that received a Master of Science in Information Science from the University of North Texas last May. I plan to have a career in academic or special libraries. <BR> <BR> While I have been searching and applying, I came faced with family health crisis with my mom’s heart. And then personal health crisis with being finally diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, star... Tue, 29 May 2018 16:41:49 EST Librarian game What do you know best: <BR> <BR> Dewey, LC, NLM, SoDocs? <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:57:50 EST Unemployment Ideas I am presently in a situation where I have finished my MLIS and have a few years of experience, but due to a "family issue," I will be unable to start working again until mid-October. The last week of September, I have to make a coast-to-coast trip which I expect will take 3 weeks, give or take. Obviously, I can't get a new job, then ask for 2-3 weeks off after I've been there a month, so I've decided it'd be better for all involved if I didn't apply to jobs until that issue is solved. <BR> ... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 13:54:56 EST New here I just got back to using Sparkpeople and FitBit. I have been a librarian for over 30 years. I am at a USAF research lab in Rome, NY. I am a government contractor and manage the day to day operations of the library. I have been here for five years. Before that I was in the State University of New York system. My first blog post on Sparkpeople: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338233 </link> <BR> <BR> . <em>381</em> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:34:19 EST Adirondack Assistant Librarian Hi, I am the Assistant Librarian in a small town in Upstate NY. <BR> My boss will be retiring in 2-3 years and I have been taking classes through and to further my skills, in order to apply for her position. <BR> <BR> I need to lose 35 lbs. for health reasons, I am excited to be on a team with like-minded people striving for the same goals. <BR> Sat, 21 May 2016 19:52:31 EST Moving from Academic to Public I've worked in libraries for more than 20 years and all but 18months has been in academic libraries. This May I'm making the move back to public. I'll miss the students but I really hope this will be a good thing. <BR> <BR> Anyone else out there switched the type of library you work in? Mon, 18 Apr 2016 21:51:20 EST Hello all! Hi guys! <BR> <BR> I just joined this group last night. I am an archivist, with my MLIS, at a university in northern Manitoba, Canada. I do RM, Archives, Cataloguing, GovDocs, and oversee cataloguing. I graduated in 2003 from University of Western Ontario in Canada. <BR> <BR> I also keep buying books and gaining weight. That's why I'm here on SP. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 22:44:12 EST Difficult Decision Hi. I'm in school for my MLIS/MED, and when I signed up, I was told that all my courses would be online. However, due to a recent change, 3 courses I haven't taken are now offered on-campus only. This wouldn't be a problem, but I live in a different state. <BR> <BR> Choice 1: Take the courses (over the summer) at my local (major state) university. I have shown the course titles and descriptions to my advisor, who thinks they'll be considered equivalent, but can't guarantee it. The school wi... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 01:31:12 EST New to the Group Hi. <BR> I'm Marleen from Salem, Mass. <BR> I have an MS(LIS) and currently work as a copy cataloger, working on a Dutch art collection of Art and Architecture manuscripts, serials and auction catalogs. But I will be looking for new work soon since my contract is up in October. This is my second career having gone for my masters after many years as an intern architect / exhibition designer. I've been on Sparkpeople for a while and looking for a new group to help keep me going as I try to lo... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 14:50:44 EST Prison Librarianship I just recently saw a position for a librarian at a correctional facility and I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on being a prison librarian? My husband and parents hate the idea, but I think it sounds great. I'm prior military, so I think that will help my chances for getting the job and integrating with the general atmosphere. <BR> Does anyone have any experience working in a correctional facility, or just general input? <BR> Thanks! Sat, 15 Aug 2015 02:53:57 EST Library Tech here! Hi everyone! I'm Sarah, I will be graduating in 3 weeks from a Library and Information Technology program and I am super excited about it. My life goals are to get into healthier shape and get a job in the public library system in my city. <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 22:59:52 EST Is this doable? I'm in library school, and my program requires 58 credits. (Dual Masters.) <BR> Presently, I work PT (at a library) and take 10 hours. <BR> I'm considering working FT (also at a library) and going to 15 hours. <BR> I don't have kids, but I have a spouse who is also in school. <BR> My PT job isn't paying the bills (and no, getting a PT job for my spouse isn't an option -- we already tried that), so I feel like I need to work FT. I also need to finish my program ASAP so I can get a "real" job ... Tue, 5 May 2015 01:45:21 EST Whatcha readin? Hey awesome fellow librarians! I'm an elementary librarian and I'm always looking for great new books to read. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> I'm currently reading "Saving Lucas Biggs" by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague. It's really good! It's intermediate level and there is apparently going to be some sci-fi twists, though I haven't gotten to that part yet. So far it reads like a historical fiction novel about a mining town that is run by the company. <BR> <BR> Happy Reading! Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:07:14 EST How do you bring diversity into your library? Since I'm working on our diversity unit I started wondering how other librarians incorporate diversity into their libraries. <BR> As I've been looking for items to review for my assignment I'm struggling with finding books for African American children that are more modern. Most of the items I've found so far only deal with the eras of the Civil Rights Movement or slavery. Where are the modern books with African American protagonists? Or Chinese or Latino and Hispanic? I see a lot of white f... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 08:05:56 EST Learning Spanish for Library Job I was recently promoted and relocated to a high Spanish speaking library. Now, I need to learn Spanish. Fast. Has anyone else had to suddenly learn a new language for their library job? What did you use and did it work? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks! Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:55:26 EST School Librarians and Common Core? I'm working on a paper for school about how school librarians can support teachers with Common Core. Has anyone been doing this and have any personal experience they can share? <BR> I had to interview a teacher about it. Apparently there aren't any school librarians here where I live, which is really sad. He had very few ideas about how librarians could support him with instruction because he just has no experience working with a librarian in the school setting. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:43:06 EST cataloguing docs for a small organization Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm just starting a volunteer project to catalogue all the documents of a small organization. Partly this is just so they know what they have, but it's also to develop exhibits for future events. So it's arranging and describing, preservation and conservation, and display creation. <BR> <BR> Do you have any suggestions for me to get started? I kinda know what to do but if anyone has experience I'd love to hear anything that could save me some time or make things extra-good!... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:44:04 EST Volunteers I am curious, how many of you use volunteers in your library? <BR> <BR> What types of duties do they perform? <BR> <BR> How do you recognize them? <BR> <BR> What is your interview process? <BR> <BR> What are your expectations? Sun, 11 Jan 2015 07:30:10 EST simple tagging system Hello librarians...can you help me answer a question from a friend? She works for a charity: <BR> <BR> "Was wondering if you could help me with something. At work, we're looking for a small guide for tagging digital assets. Do you have a guide that you use at work for tags that are useful? Any suggestions you can provide will be really helpful, thanks!" <BR> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:39:17 EST #Fit2Feast Challenge SparkPeople is holding the #Fit2Feast challenge. Get ready for Thanksgiving and the holiday season by doing at least 10 minutes of exercise a day (you choose what to do!). Check out <link><BR>st=get_fit_before_you_feast_a_november<BR>_challenge </link> for more info. If you are participating, let the team know by updating here! Sun, 2 Nov 2014 00:54:20 EST Accepted to MLIS. How many hours should I take? Hello. I was just accepted to library school (Kent State, online), and I'm trying to determine how many hours to sign up for. (I presently work PT at a local library.) <BR> Did anybody go to school FT (9 hrs or more), and work PT or FT? <BR> Would it be better for me to quit my job so I finish sooner, or keep it for the experience? <BR> Or should I do both PT (work PT and take 6 hrs)? <BR> Any opinion on whether I should take 6 or 9 hrs my first term (to adjust to grad courses, or just jump i... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 11:35:19 EST New to the group Hi, I'm new to the group. I'm a current MLIS student at home mom. Currently I have a 2 year old and we're expecting #2 in March. I'm trying to not gain too much with this pregnancy as I did with the last. <BR> I'm in my 4th semester, but I'm only part time, so it's going to be some time before I am done. I'm in the process of volunteering at my local library. <BR> I am interested in reference and research as well as readers advisory. (I'm actually interested in a lot of areas, but those two... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:58:15 EST index your cookbooks with this Well this is neat! You can put 5 books in your "library" for free but after that there's a monthly charge of $2.50 USD. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-eat-your-books-creates-an-index-to-al<BR>l-your-cookbooks-20140819-story.html </link> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:25:35 EST Pursing a lower weight and an MLIS Hello. I just finished my bachelor's degree (after nearly 15 years), and I'm looking forward to applying for my MLIS. This weekend, I had a few nice meals in celebration, so I ended up hitting an all-time highest weight. However, I just wrote down my stats, took a few pictures, and am determined to both lose weight and finish my master's. I'm hoping to begin graduate work in January, and a new diet/ lifestyle tomorrow. All good things. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:22:11 EST Which Dewey Decimal Category Are You? My library doesn't use Dewey, but I still know some of numbers and this is cute: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mal-category-are-you/#.UymblPldWE4 </link> <BR> <BR> I got 900s: Geography, History and Biography Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:30:37 EST professional development Hello! Have you taken any courses to upgrade your MIS? <BR> <BR> I'm interested in DAM or MAM (Digitial or Media Asset Management) because my library is moving that way. <BR> <BR> I can't imagine fitting night school back into my schedule but I'm getting bored at work (mostly cataloguing) and I'm wondering if taking a course in this newer area of librarianship would be worth it. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:21:25 EST ALA Midwinter 2014 Is anyone from this team going to be at Midwinter in Philly later this week? Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:36:30 EST Hello, I'm new here Hi, <BR> I've been on Sparkpeople for quite a while, but just recently found this group. I've been an elementary school librarian for 13 years. I'm married with two teenagers and two cats. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:48:58 EST Maine Librarian Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been with SparkPeople longer than I have been with the library! It is nice to see a team hear for librarians. Is anyone from Maine? <BR> <BR> I began my public library career 5 years ago, as an entry level circulation librarian. I had no previous experience in libraries other than being a patron. I am now participating in the Maine State Library Voluntary Public Library Certification Program. This is a wonderful opportunity especially as there are no fees fo... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 07:41:13 EST 2014 Challenge: Read/Listen While You Work Out! I know we all love reading and books - so how do we combine that passion with fitness? <BR> <BR> For myself, listening to audiobooks is a wonderful way to engage me in activity, because it both distracts me from the fact that I'm exercising, and keeps me engaged for longer just to hear more of the story. <BR> <BR> I know others like to prop a book up on the treadmill to read while working out at the gym. <BR> <BR> Well, APRYLFLYNN has suggested a great challenge for this team - commit to a... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:09:58 EST Hello and Happy New Year! What is your username? <BR> nvbookgirl <BR> Do you work in a library? <BR> Not right now. Previously, I've worked as a solo librarian, also at Apple Computer, and a community college. <BR> Are you a student? <BR> Continuing. I earned my MLIS many years ago through SJSU and then stayed home with my 3 kids. Now that it's time to re-enter the job market I decided to go back to school and update my Masters. I'm doing an online Library Science post-masters certificate program. I finish up this Spr... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 02:11:16 EST January 2014 - Audiobook Challenge! Lately I've been really enjoying walking while listening to an audiobook. So here's a fun challenge for January: listen to an audiobook of your choice while you walk (or do housework, or work out, or do yoga, or whatever it is that gets you moving). See if you can let your desire to hear just one more chapter or a few more lines of the story keep you on the go for at least 20 minutes a day. <BR> <BR> Post your audiobook title and author here! Mon, 30 Dec 2013 01:05:37 EST New Library Student Hey, I'm from a San Jose State SLIS grad student from OH and I am hoping to lose some weight in 2014. I was on track in the beginning of this year and lost nearly 20 pounds. Then, I gained 35 pounds over 6 months of not paying attention anymore. My goal is to lose 40 pounds by the end of the year. I'm going to need all the help I can get. I get distracted and lose motivation but I do want to get fit and feel better about myself. I'm excited to start this journey. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:57:58 EST Happy Holidays to the Spark Librarians! Happy holidays to all! <BR> <BR> I'm thinking a new challenge for January is in order. Since I got a step tracker as a gift (thanks to the hubby) I'd like to set a step-oriented challenge for myself. Wondering if others would be into participating in a group step challenge for January? (If some can't because they don't have trackers, that's okay! We'll come up with an alternative challenge for you.) <BR> <BR> Other ideas are welcome too. Write them here or send them to me via direct message... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 17:29:08 EST New from northern NY State Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I joined this group for two reasons: <BR> <BR> A) I am a new school librarian and could use some "companionship" and a place to talk shop since I am the one and only librarian for our K-12 building. I'm not LMS certified and will be working on that. Long story short: I was working as a TA in our school for four years after grad school waiting for a teaching position to open up. Eventually our school librarian retired and the superintendent asked me if I would like the... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:47:55 EST Freelancing Has anyone ever done any freelance information work? Research, technical writing, consulting, etc.? I'm interested in hearing any stories about how it's worked out for you. I took an indie librarian course at my library school, but it's been a few years, and it seems like freelancing has changed a lot with all the websites like oDesk that make the whole contracting thing a little easier to arrange. At the same time, it's also very different to market yourself online, and you're competing with... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:43:12 EST scientific journal subscriptions Hello! <BR> <BR> Do you have an academic journal subscription service that you're happy with? We're looking at the Wiley journal service for a small dental hygiene college. We've had the Cochrane Library (through Wiley) for awhile but it's not good enough for what our students want. It's a small college so we can't afford to get all the subscriptions out there. <BR> <BR> thanks! <BR> Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:44:15 EST Online MLS -- do you trust it? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm looking at a career-change mid 40's, and what I've really wanted to do is work on my MLS. The only problem for me is that I'm stuck living where I'm living and there are no schools nearby (IUPUI is about 3 hours from me.) <BR> <BR> I've been looking at some of those programs that allow you to get your MLS online. Or 99.9% online. For those of you already in the workplace -- are those online degrees trusted? Are thery respected? I've been in an industry that's seen... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 09:00:26 EST college librarian and student confidentiality Hello! <BR> <BR> I have a side-job as librarian for a small dental hygiene college. I'm on campus once a month for two hours, and otherwise I answer reference questions by email. I've been billing about 15 mins per question. Now the boss wants to know more about how to pay me and how much work I do from home. So she asked that I cc her on all email I write to students. Do you think that's okay?Should I let the students know that the director of the school will be CCed on all correspondence w... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 11:31:37 EST open access science articles Hello! <BR> <BR> I have a side-job as librarian for a small dental hygiene college. The students are pretty frustrated that the articles they find in Google Scholar cost so much to read ($30ish/article!). <BR> <BR> The school has a subscription to the Cochrane Library but it really isn't great, or else the subscription we have isn't tweaked for our needs (have to investigate that!). <BR> <BR> I'm getting them into the habit of using PubMed and filtering for free full text. Are there any o... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:49:42 EST whoops wrong section! hi - please to professional section! Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:47:50 EST Public Access computers: Software updates I recently retired and for the last several years I was responsible for maintaining updates on all of our tech equipment. The person who took over for me is struggling since she's never seen or had to really do these processes on a regular basis. She being encouraged to change the method I used (and has already created a problem I haven't been able to help her fix .. and she can't tell me the steps she had taken that might have caused the software to corrupt). So .. I'm trying to help her jus... Thu, 9 May 2013 12:35:24 EST Your First Library Job? Your Dream Job? Hi there Libraryfolk! <BR> <BR> I've been absent for some time, so I thought I'd post a new topic for discussion. <BR> <BR> What was your first library job? (Professional or non-professional, either way!) <BR> <BR> Or, if you're not working as a Librarian, what is your dream library job? <BR> <BR> It's good to be back! <BR> <BR> Jennifer Tue, 7 May 2013 11:50:59 EST Busy Month Ahead April, it turns out, will be a busy month for me. I have a group project/presentation due next week, and another paper due April 30, for my library school class (Intro to the Academic Library). For work, I have to write staff evaluations and have conferences with my five staff members, who are great, but it still takes time. <BR> <BR> So I'll be trying to stay sane, get exercise, eat right, get rest, and get everything done on time! Yikes! Fri, 5 Apr 2013 08:23:28 EST Who is your current favorite author and why? I have just discovered Barbara Kingsolver, and she is currently my favorite author. Her characters are very real, and even after you finish the book, the characters remain with you. Her most recent book is Flight Behavior, which I am reading with one of my book clubs. I loved it so much that I sought out other books that she has written. I just finished reading Bean Trees and its sequel, Pigs in Heaven. I highly recommend all three books. <em>149</em> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 11:07:05 EST small town librarians? Really small towns where you know all your patrons by name and when they see you on the street they ask you to renew their books! Or they promise you they really will return those books. I've had patrons bring me vegetables, fresh trout and venison they've shot. Of course, this isn't Mayberry, and sometimes I know way too much about my patrons that I wish I didn't. Still, I'd much rather work in a small library than in a large one and know everyone, warts and all. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 00:45:21 EST Any Other Second-Career Folks Here? I feel like I'm really on my third career, because after 10+ years in high tech I did a few years' stint in educational technology before finally landing my dream job as a systems librarian. Anyone else here had another career before you became a librarian? Mon, 10 Sep 2012 01:45:19 EST A New Beginning NAME: kdcovington...Kim <BR> Not in school at the moment and unsure if I'm going past my bachelors. I waited late to begin and now ready for a break. I am a library tech III at a small public library in a small town in NC. <BR> I mainly work with the teens, order books and everything that goes along with Marketing! <BR> I've been diagnosed with diabetes for 6 yrs and kept fair control until lately. The pounds have slowly crept on and now all is out of control. Heard about Spark People weig... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 20:25:38 EST Anyone going to TLC conference in St. Petersburg? I know this is a long shot... but if you are going, we HAVE to do lunch or something! Wed, 29 Aug 2012 20:17:56 EST Interesting Article Here's an interesting article that I thought some people here would find interesting. It's a wonderful combination of libraries and fitness! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>events/cycling-for-libraries-2012-libr<BR>arians-take-to-the-baltics-by-bicycle/ </link> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 00:20:05 EST Reference "Bloopers" This summer, I took a reference class for my MLIS, and in this class we read the article "Oranges and Peaches: Understanding Communication Accidents in the Reference Interview" by Patricia Dewdney and Gillian Michell. The article begins with a humorous anecdote about an undergraduate student who is really flustered and asks for "Oranges and Peaches" which really turns out to be "On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin. <BR> <BR> This lead me to wonder what reference "blooopers" you migh... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 23:02:42 EST Favorite Library Discovery System Our library is about to get Summon. I have limited experience with library discovery systems but I know for our library this will change everything. Finally Books & Articles in one Google like box. <BR> <BR> Anybody have any opinions about Discovery Systems? Wed, 27 Jun 2012 22:26:58 EST Anyone going to Anaheim and want to meet? For a walk, or to visit exhibits, or a healthy dinner? <BR> Let me know. I'll be checking SP regularly. <BR> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:39:16 EST hello! Hello! I'm 26 and a branch librarian at a public library in Louisiana. I'm super bummed about not being able to go to ALA Annual this year, because I was planning on giving George R.R. Martin a good finger-wagging for not writing fast enough-- but I delivered my first child three weeks ago, so I guess that makes up for it. =) This summer will be spent perfecting the 2013 reading list for my branch's book club and redeveloping healthy habits instead. <BR> <BR> Look forward to meeting you all... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 11:17:57 EST Hiyas!! Hi all! I just got accepted into Drexel's Library Science program and I'm stoked. Anywho, I'm Zephie or Z. Hope all is well :) Thu, 5 Apr 2012 16:15:57 EST PLA Philadelphia Mar13-17, 2012 WIll anyone be going to the Public LIbrary Association conference in Philadelphia this week? I will be staying at the Sheraton downtown, and going mostly to programs on children's + youth services. If you are interested in getting together to exercise or to walk once, or for one of the dineouts (I was thinking about doing the Italian choice), please email me at or sent me a spark mail message. <BR> Edith Sutterlin Sat, 10 Mar 2012 23:00:18 EST Job searching suggestions and experiences Currently, I am sending out applications and I have not had a single rejection letter but I have also heard very little in response. <BR> <BR> So would you lovely librarians mind gracing me with some tips on waiting, applying, interviewing and perhaps share how your journey to professional employment went?! <BR> Wed, 7 Mar 2012 10:37:25 EST stolen books The library I work for has recently begun finding book jackets shoved into shelves and the books are obviously being stolen. Although this doesn't remove the security device many of the people I work with are uncomfortable doing searches. Personally I'll search them recover the stolen items handcuff them and write a police quality report and ban them myself however this is as I'm sure most of you have experienced bad PR and I'm not there all the time. One of my beginning measures will be to r... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 13:03:49 EST Hi y'all! I'm a public librarian in NYC - I'd like to make the switch to special library work next year, once I'm vested, but I want to get healthy before going on a job search! I don't even fit in any of my old interview clothes anymore! Sun, 26 Feb 2012 20:49:06 EST Just a happy ^_^ Usually, on my morning break, I go back in the workroom and read for 15 minutes. Now, I go out and walk around campus instead. I told my boss about it and she was really proud of me. NOW, this morning, she said I had inspired her and that she was going to walk on her break, too. Her parting words as she went out the door were, "Rach, we'll just get skinny together"! Made my day! Thu, 2 Feb 2012 11:01:12 EST Hey ya'll My name is Rachel, and I currently work as a parapro at a university in Georgia. I've worked in libraries since I was a little girl, and I began work on my online MLIS through Valdosta State University earlier this month. <BR> <BR> I am DETERMINED to lose weight before I graduate! Tue, 31 Jan 2012 10:54:51 EST Recent grad ready to lose weight and gain a job This is Amy -- live in the midwest and just completed my MLIS with a focus on digital libraries and metadata. Trying to lose weight to look and feel better, especially when I go out on interviews and as I pursue a job at an academic library ... and just to have a better quality of life. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 09:45:06 EST Need to Weed So I've been doing some collection weeding--my favorite book that I pulled <BR> <BR> "computers in hospital rooms: a new technology" from 1983. I think our university got it when the nursing program was new and somehow it survived past culling. <BR> <BR> What books have you found on a shelf that probably shouldn't be there any more. <BR> <BR> also check out if you need a good laugh on this topic. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:31:08 EST MA 'brarian ready to make a change Hey all, <BR> I'm a 29-year-old academic reference librarian in Massachusetts (live in Cambridge, work in Lowell). I quit smoking 6 months before my wedding (I'm married to a lady - yay MA!) and since then have gained almost 40 pounds... It's time for a change. <BR> I'm already in really good shape - I work out 4-5 days a week (stairmaster mainly, with Body Pump and spinning classes thrown in), and ran a half-marathon a few months ago. It's the eating that I need to rein in. <BR> Here we go! Sat, 7 Jan 2012 12:07:04 EST Lazy DC librarian on the loose. Hi all - I'm a metadata cataloger at a govt. library in DC as well as a library intern at the University of MD and a student in the iSchool at UMD as well. Definitely have struggled with my weight for a long time - I lost 50 lbs. in 2009-10 but really the tough part is keeping it off and making the right lifestyle changes and I obviously failed to do that, as I'm up 15 lbs. and feeling that nervousness of having pants getting tight and inching back to that old place I don't want to be. So I... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 07:34:26 EST ALA Annual Conference 2012 (Anaheim) Who's Going? Who's going to Anaheim in June?! I plan to be there as part of the ALA Student to Staff Program! Don't know where I'm staying yet, though. <BR> <BR> Would be fun to meet other Sparkers in this group from across the country! <BR> <BR> Lesley Fri, 16 Dec 2011 09:12:14 EST Hello fellow librarians! Hi all-- <BR> my name is bexie and I work in a paraprofessional capacity in an academic library in southern California. I was already working there when I began my MLIS (I graduated from SJSU in 2009) and remained because I really like my job. There aren't a lot of librarian jobs around here so I thought I should just stay put. <BR> I'm really nervous about posting, but i've put it off long enough! Here I am. I'm wanting to lose about 40 lbs. total (I've lost 10 so far!) but I have a ver... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 23:54:15 EST Banned Books Week Banned Books Week for 2011 is September 24th - October 24t! See <link><BR>d/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm </link> or <link> </link> for more information. <BR> <BR> Do you have any plans to celebrate? Is your library, graduate school, or another group hosting any events or putting up a display in conjunction with Banned Books Week? Are you submitting a video for the Virtual Read-out? Please share here! Wed, 14 Sep 2011 23:06:34 EST Which Library School? I couldn't find this as a topic at quick glance, so here it goes! Where are you in library school, or which library school did you attend? <BR> <BR> I've just started working on my MLS at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. <BR> <BR> Lesley Wed, 14 Sep 2011 21:35:20 EST Favorite books about libraries? I'm starting my graduate program for my MLIS in the fall, in a library teacher program, and I'd really like to collect children's books about libraries. <BR> <BR> I absolutely love "Goin' Someplace Special" by Pat McKissack, this book won a Coretta Scott King Award, it's beautiful and I highly recommend it. I'm also a fan of "Biblioburro" by Jeanette Winter. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear of other people's favorite library books! Fri, 3 Jun 2011 17:35:54 EST The Public Library Hi friends, <BR> <BR> I read this article the other day and I've re-read it a couple of times, because it so perfectly captures my frustration at the attitude of some people that public libraries are unnecessary these days "since everything is on the Internet". I thought I'd post it here for a little discussion among my Spark Librarian friends. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>9/all-hail-the-public-library/ </link> <BR> <BR> As someone who graduated 2 years ago wi... Mon, 30 May 2011 15:49:43 EST Cultural Programming I'm in a class about Cultural literacy and programming for families. Tell me all about your library's cultural programming. What does your library offer to diverse populations. How successful was the program? What would you change? How did/do you get people of other cultures to come to your library? What diverse cultures and programs are you planning? Any and all information is welcome! Wed, 18 May 2011 20:44:08 EST 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans Is anybody going to the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans (June 23rd-28th, 2011)? This will be my first time to attend, and I am highly excited! What are you looking forward to? Do you pick one area of sessions to concentrate on or do you pick and choose what interests you? <BR> Sun, 15 May 2011 19:08:02 EST E-Readers Do you own or use an e-reader? If so, what are the advantages or disadvantages that you have experienced? Would you recommend your model to others? <BR> <BR> Feel free to let the ideas and discussions about e-readers flow! Sun, 15 May 2011 18:59:28 EST 1 Million Steps Challenge How long it will take for us as a team to log 1,000,000 steps? Let's track it here and find out. <BR> <BR> I will be checking math totals, so don't feel intimidated! You can add steps as many times a day as you want, just make sure that you don't double-count any steps. If you don't own a pedometer, you can estimate the number of steps you take by walking in place for 1 minute and counting the number of steps. Then, you will just need to track the number of minutes that you walk and multipl... Sun, 15 May 2011 18:55:33 EST New Member from Alabama Hi, I'm a new member. I am currently in grad school at the University of Alabama's SLIS program. I only need four more classes to finish. I plan on becoming a program librarian. I'm glad I found this site, and hope you guys can help me reach my goals. Sun, 8 May 2011 08:42:41 EST Job Changes+/- Hello. My position as a school librarian has been eliminated by our district. A job change is inevitable, though I did not plan or want it. When you experience these kinds of events in life, when circumstances are not as you would like, or change is forced upon you, how do you react? Tue, 3 May 2011 16:08:53 EST National Library Week Any libraries doing anything new or different for National Library Week? Anything Fitness related? <BR> Happy National Library Week to all of you. <BR> This is my 1st yr. in the Orange, NJ public library for National Library Week, having just moved here from Pa., so I'm not sure if anyone celebrates it in Adults. No one has talked about it, as budget's tight, but we're doing several programs in Children's, and I happen to have very luckily had an author and a poet (local) both volunteer to do... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 19:33:53 EST Graduate School End of Program Assessment I know that there are several members of the team who are currently in grad school or will be starting soon and will be facing end of program assessment options. For my own degree, I have the choice of writing a thesis, preparing a portfolio, or completing a comprehensive exam. What options do (did) you have? What pros/cons did you see for each option? Any tips for those facing these choices or preparing for their own end of program assessment? All input and feedback is welcomed, including a... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 22:25:42 EST Spring Challenge Today (March 20th) is the first day of Spring, and it is a time marked by cleaning out the old and making room for the new. So let's take this time to do the same in our own health journeys. For the next month, I challenge you to purge one unhealthy habit, food, attitude, etc. and to replace it with one new healthy habit, food, attitude, etc. <BR> <BR> So what will you choose to remove and, more importantly, to add? Share your goals here, and please encourage one another as we do some Sprin... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 19:09:23 EST Been Accepted to Library School! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I just found out last evening that I got into library school, starting in August! I can't wait! I'll be attending North Carolina Central University. <BR> <BR> Suddenly, there are so many things I need and want to do between now and August, including losing weight!!!! Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:03:12 EST Help! School librarian s/reading programs Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm a library student at Syracuse University. Are any of you school librarians in districts that use reading programs such as Accelerated Reader, Success for All, or Reading First? I've been assigned to talk to a librarian about how such a program is administered and how it does (or doesn't!) tie in to the library. I've had a hard time finding a school that does use one of these programs, so I thought I'd give my Sparkfamily a try! If anyone would be willing to tal... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 09:54:10 EST Things to Do When the Munchies Strike I am having trouble coping with late night hunger. I hit upon a great idea tonight, engage in some active learning to take my mind off of it! <BR> <BR> I recently found a website called <link> </link> , which lets you practice a foreign language with native speakers (and you can help others with your language, as well, if you choose to). <BR> <BR> Tonight I got the munchies so I turned on my laptop and spent about a half hour responding to other people's English attempts. It w... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 02:04:37 EST Valentine's Day Mini Challenge It is two weeks until Valentine's Day! As this day approaches, we may find ourselves searching for a way to celebrate with loved ones and show them how much we love them. How often, though, do we stop to love ourselves? I challenge you everyday during the next two weeks (through Valentine's day) to come and post one lovely comment to yourself (and your teammates) in this thread in celebration of your own beauty! Post a complement that you have received, a motivating comment to yourself, or s... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 01:55:33 EST Hi, I'm new & any tips for feel-good books? Do you work in a library? <BR> Yes; a law library. <BR> <BR> Are you a student? <BR> No. <BR> <BR> Where in the World Are You? <BR> Northern California. <BR> <BR> Other info you want to share: <BR> I don't keep books at home since I work at a library. I also enjoy movies, music & travel. <BR> <BR> Since we're all librarians, surely someone knows of good "success story" type books that we'd all be interested in reading. Any ideas? Wed, 19 Jan 2011 13:18:49 EST Celebrate 2010 Accompli shments! Let's take a moment and celebrate our accomplishments in 2010. This can be anything that you want to share: meeting a goal, personal or professional achievements, etc. Nothing is too big or small, so please share whatever you want to celebrate! Mon, 10 Jan 2011 01:10:33 EST Is anyone going to ALA Midwinter in San Diego? If anyone is, do you want to meet up? That would be so fun! Mon, 3 Jan 2011 17:15:01 EST Hello all <BR> My user name is wielandla, My real name is Lisa. <BR> I am a librarian @ Calvert Library in Prince Frederick, MD <BR> I live in Calvert County <BR> I was born on Nov 23 '68 <BR> I was just placed on Cholesterol lowering drugs and want to do my part so I can get off the drugs! Thats a major goal for me right now. <BR> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 12:03:20 EST Fundraising Ideas? I'm a new board member of my community library and we are thinking about doing some fundraising in the new year. We are short staffed, so anything we do would need to be easily executed or a one-off event done by the board. <BR> <BR> I'd love some help from you guys since you're more familiar with what can and can't be done in libraries. So, any ideas? Fri, 10 Dec 2010 05:55:34 EST 2010 Wrap-up Challenge Hello, LOWBLs! As 2010 draws to an end, it is time to start our last challenge for the year. The holiday season can be very stressful and busy, so it is incredibly easy for us to get derailed. This will be another self-directed challenge to help us get through the month of December and reach our own personal goals. Since this is self-directed, you will pick your own weekly goals and an end-of-challenge reward. Be creative and share your weekly goals and progress in this thread with the rest o... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 16:45:17 EST Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Greetings to some of my favorite Librarians (and Wanna-Be Librarians)! <BR> <BR> Did you stick with your plan tonight? I did! (OK, my plan did include a second mini-helping of stuffing ... and a slice of homemade pecan pie ... but I stuck with it!) <BR> <BR> I had a smoothie for breakfast and some couscous for lunch - eating light and getting ready for the Big Event, turkey, stuffing, gravy, green beans, and cranberry sauce. And a sliver of pie - can't go without it. :) <BR> <... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 20:37:40 EST job offer while waiting for another Hi! Wondering about the etiquette here ... I've applied for a couple jobs and there's one that I don't want IF I get offered the other one. But if I don't get offered it, I'd rather take the meh-job than continue doing the job I do now! The meh-job interview was earlier so I have a feeling they will make a decision earlier. <BR> <BR> So...without sounding un-professional, how can I say I'm waiting for a better offer?! Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:40:36 EST What's your goal for today? Returning those library books, and strength training. <BR> <em>84</em> Fri, 8 Oct 2010 12:40:13 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 26 Sep 2010 09:06:08 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 22 Sep 2010 21:12:59 EST What is your favorite first book? What stood out to you as a child? What was your favorite first book that you really remember? Picture book? Fiction? <BR> <BR> There are a couple for me: Madeline <BR> My uncle gave me my own hard cover copy and it was my first ever book given to me as a gift other than a golden book. I still have that beat up copy. <BR> <BR> 2nd book - first fiction - Little Women by LM Alcott <BR> I loved this book. Sat, 4 Sep 2010 23:00:07 EST LOWBL Fall Fitness Challenge Hello all you fellow librarians (or wanna-be librarians) or those among us that just love books so much they have their own personal library. Are you getting ready for story time? Meeting new college students? Studying to become a librarian? Are you just checking out books at the library every chance you get? Then this challenge is for you <BR> <BR> September is almost here! Have you accomplished what you aimed for so far this summer? Do you have fitness goals you want to reach before Thank... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 21:51:03 EST Hi Hello All, <BR> My Name is Sara. I am 26 and work as a circulation clerk in a library. I love my job. Starting in a week and a half I am going back to school to finish my BA in English. Next stop Library School, and I can't wait!! Mon, 30 Aug 2010 08:30:19 EST Librarians Call for Leadership Good evening fellow librarians or wannabe librarians. <BR> I have been putting this off, but incidents that happened this week regarding my work restrictions for my health have caused me to look for some more wannabe librarian leaders here in our group on Spark People. <BR> <BR> I am currently on work restriction due to a back injury, and I think that I should curb my leadership in this group. I would like to be a co-leader, but doing more may be a disservice to you, as well detrimental to m... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 00:20:44 EST Library Survey Hi! Our library system is having a staff training day in October. One of our activites will have to do with the following survey. If you could go to the survey and fill it out, I would greatly appreciate it. <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 22 Aug 2010 19:00:35 EST DOES THIS HAPPEN IN YOUR LIBRARY??? Today I've kicked out the third person in a month for viewing pornographic images. We use opendns as our filter but as you know the things we're allowed to filter are pretty well controlled. Anyway this is the third time i've kicked this person out so he's out for a year now and it gets turned over to the local police for prosecution to which they respond oh yea we know this guy he's on megans list had sex with a 12yr old a few years back....Is this only occuring in the NE part of the country... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 23:40:53 EST Hi! Hi, I am 28 years old and I live in Kentucky. I have two sweet boys, and am married to my best friend. I am beginning my Master of Arts in Teaching in the fall, so I can begin the process of becoming a School Librarian. <BR> Right now, I am the Coordinator of Teen Programming at my local public library. <BR> <BR> I have been on SparkPeople on and off since 2006 and have never taken it super seriously. Recently, I got down to the lowest weight of my adult life, and then I gained three pounds ... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 09:22:52 EST Hot Summer Challenge - August 2010 Hello all you fellow librarians (or wanna-be librarians) or those among us that just love books so much they have their own personal library. <BR> <BR> August begins tomorrow! Have you accomplished what you aimed for so far this summer? Do you have fitness goals you want to reach before Labor Day? How about all that summer reading you said you would get to? This is going to be a simple self motivated challenge since it is summer after all. Do you want to look hot before Summer ends and the s... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 16:58:11 EST Summer Reading 2010 Summer reading is not just for kids! <BR> What are you reading this summer? <BR> Post what you are reading this summer, and edit your post as you read more (rather than creating a new reply) <BR> <BR> Lunadragon <BR> Deborah <BR> <em>149</em> <em>67</em> Sat, 10 Jul 2010 12:11:57 EST Introduction! Hi there! My name here is Lillian Idol (but that's my silly madeup goth/steampunk persona name). My real name is Kimberly and most of the internet knows me as Kiba. I'm a not-quite-30 graduate student in library school. <BR> <BR> My goal here at Spark is to have an easy way to keep track of and stay friends with folks while working towards health goals. My BMI puts me in the obese category but after reading a lot and living a little, I've realized that I'd do better to measure my health ... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 11:00:14 EST Healthy books I am a cataloger at a public library, so I come in contact with a TON of diet/nutrition/general health books. What are some of the best you have read or heard about? Sun, 13 Jun 2010 09:49:15 EST Are You Looking for Kaplan GRE Review Materials? I have the Kaplan GRE Premier Live Online 2010 Edition review book and the GRE Exam Math Workbook. Since I took my GRE in September and will be starting grad school this fall, I no longer need these books and would be glad to recycle them to someone who could use them. Do you need GRE review materials or know someone who does? My local library didn't want them, and I hate for them to sit and collect dust. The books are in great condition and have not been written in or marked on. They con... Sun, 16 May 2010 16:09:20 EST Need education opinions/advice Hey all. I am having a very hard time trying to make a decision about my education! I am about 74 hours into my bachelors degree in history. I'm not sure whether or not to finish my bachelors and move on to a Masters in Library Science, or earn a certification at an ALA accredited school nearby. I have seen some jobs pop up locally that I could qualify for with the certification. I have taken a break with school for about a year and I need to get back to it. My ultimate long term goal i... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 08:28:06 EST May Challenge Ideas Just soliciting ideas from everyone re: our May Challenge. What would you like to do next month? <BR> <BR> Post your reply here! <BR> <BR> Jennifer Mon, 19 Apr 2010 23:21:42 EST New Challenge! April Showers Bring Fitness Flowers Good morning LWBLs (or Low-Belles)! <BR> <BR> For this month, I've got a two-part challenge for you! <BR> <BR> We all know April showers bring May flowers. Did you know that April showers can bring fitness flowers, too? This month we're going to prove that, with two kinds of April showers. <BR> <BR> 1. Shower yourself with plenty of WATER <BR> 2. Shower another Sparkie with plenty of ENCOURAGEMENT <BR> <BR> This is an every day challenge, but it has two parts, so we're going to be working... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 11:03:37 EST New Feature: Secrets of Success You can read others' secrets of success and share yours here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ss.asp </link> <BR> <BR> If you post a Secret, let us know by replying to this post! Let's continue to inspire each other and other Sparkers! Thu, 25 Mar 2010 15:10:44 EST March Challenge: Goal-Setting! It's March 1st. Other than St Paddy's Day (because it wouldn't be March without the Wearin' o' the Green, now would it?) what is associated with March? Hmm, the Ides of March. No, that's no good. Scratch that. <BR> <BR> What about the word? Ah yes. There we go. No one ever "marches" without a goal, right? There's always somewhere you're trying to march to. So let's march this month to a goal we set for ourselves. Post your goal for some achievement by March 31st - it can be weight related ("... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 12:54:02 EST Hi y'all! I've been a public librarian for going on 5 years now - yikes! I currently work for the Queens Library system in NYC. My weight's fluctuated wildly all my adult life, and I find myself about to be 37 and ginormous (look it up, it's a word). ;) So I just joined Sparkpeople, and I'm looking forward to getting this poundage off for good! Good to be here! :) Wed, 3 Feb 2010 11:10:22 EST February Challenge: Be Your Valentine! Here is the challenge for February! We all love love, and with Valentine's Day this month we get a chance to express it - but how often do you take time to express some love for - you? <BR> <BR> So this month, find a way to be your valentine. Make a commitment to do one thing every day that will make you feel good, increase your positivity, get over a barrier, break through a plateau, or just help you move forward. It can be the same thing each day or different each day. Take a multivitamin,... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 01:53:34 EST Well, I THOUGHT I'd introduced myself here .... Hi, <BR> I'm Mary. My MSLIS is from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. I now live in South Florida. While I currently work in Corporate America, not in a public library, I did work for a while for The New York City Library. And no, the building with the lions in front is not the main library building - it's "just" the Humanities Library. LOL Sun, 31 Jan 2010 12:07:39 EST Hi Hello! I saw this and I had to join! lol I am not a librarian but I am a clerk at the library. Would love to share stories and ideas, just anything, with other librarian peeps! Fri, 29 Jan 2010 12:24:38 EST Kids who make me love my job Today I held the first Manga/Anime Club meeting at our middle school. At the end of our meeting, a girl said, "Thank you for starting this club, I used to think I was the only one who liked Manga. I used to feel so ALONE!" It made me feel good inside. Wed, 27 Jan 2010 21:42:30 EST Fat librarian HI All - Well, I've always been fat. But I've never dieted - really! My self esteem has always been based on intelligence rather than personal appearance. But now I'm over 50 and health issues have cropped up. I'm so stiff! I waddle when I get up! I have to take blood pressure pills now! My goals this year are to incorporate exercise into daily life and to eat fewer sweets and salty things. My addiction is eating junk food while reading. And I read ALOT! Do other librarians have the... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 02:36:23 EST elementary librarian (aide) I work in an elementary library, technically I'm an aide because I don't hold a degree but I perform all the duties of a librarian and I don't even have anyone supervising! I was trained by a wonderful lady who I worked with for about 9 years at a private school before I got my current job at a public school. I have gone back to school but I am not going for library science for several reasons. One is I am starting almost from scratch and in Texas I need to be a certified teacher and teach fo... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 23:00:23 EST Introduction Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm not very good at the forum thing, but I figured I would give it a try! Recently I took a new position as an Air Force librarian, and they have a program that allows me to take an extra hour (paid) at lunch twice a week to visit the gym here in base. How could I resist that? I'm hoping it will balance out the fact that I spend most of my day sitting at my desk, staring at a computer! <BR> <BR> I joined Sparkpeople a long time ago, but have never really used i... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:52:35 EST Anyone going to Midwinter in Boston? Just curious... I'll be there as part of the Emerging Leaders program. Tue, 5 Jan 2010 20:06:18 EST *** JANUARY CHALLENGE *** 2010 to launch 2010! JANUARY CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> Let's celebrate this New Year by thinking of something we can do (and track) related to 2010! <BR> <BR> So ... be creative! <BR> <BR> What's a "2010" goal you can set for yourself in January? <BR> <BR> Examples ... <BR> <BR> 2,010 fitness minutes a week (or a month) <BR> 2,010 steps a day (I *know* you can do that) <BR> 2,010 mg or less of sodium every day <BR> 20 servings of vegetables a week and 10 servings of fruit a week <BR> 20 minutes of running and 10 ... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 04:10:57 EST What Books Can You Live Without? We all know there are books we hold dear, that we would never get rid of in a million years. This NYT blog brings up the opposite - what books are sitting on your shelves, just taking up space? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Give this a read, give your personal collection a little thought, and share your "I'd get rid of ..." list here! (Or if there are lots, and you'd rather talk about the ones you *can't* live without, share that list!) Wed, 30 Dec 2009 11:24:09 EST Spreading the Spark @ Your Library Hiya Lowbelles! <BR> <BR> I bought The Spark to help support SP, but I we can spread the spark in a special way by working with our acquisitions folks (if we are lucky enough to work in a library now, which sadly I am not) or by requesting the book through our local PL's (which I will do). <BR> <BR> Are you spreading the Spark @ Your Library? <BR> <BR> Jennifer Mon, 28 Dec 2009 12:21:01 EST Happy Holidays Librarian Friends! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Just stopping in to say hello and Happy Holidays to one and all! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and/or any other holiday you celebrate this year, and have a safe and happy New Year! <BR> <BR> Jennifer Thu, 24 Dec 2009 13:49:10 EST Moxy- MS Library Aide (don't have my letters) Hello! <BR> <BR> I am a library aide in a PA middle school assisting our librarian (in super hero terms, she is the Friendly Neighborhood Librarian and I am her sidekick, Bookgirl!) <BR> <BR> My husband says I should go for my MLIS (or, as he says, my "letters")- my grandfather was the head librarian at the University of Idaho for many years so it seems to be in the blood... <BR> <BR> I have two BAs, a husband, baby, and dog (not in that order). I'm looking to lose about 10 more lbs havin... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 13:46:02 EST Spread the Spark Weekend Are there any Librarians in Michigan who would like to get together for the Spread the Spark Weekend? Thu, 10 Dec 2009 18:39:19 EST December Challenge! Hi fellow L(WBL)'s! <BR> <BR> (Hmm, we need a snappier short form for our name. Lowballs? No, that just doesn't sound ... reputable. L-Wibbles? Hmm, a bit silly, not to mention hard to remember. Anyone have ideas? But I digress ...) <BR> <BR> OK - Here is the real topic - Our December Challenge! <BR> <BR> Because the holidays will have us all on our toes anyway, I'm keeping it simple. <BR> <BR> There are just 3 things to remember, and they're things you're probably doing anyway just beca... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 23:29:39 EST Not a librarian, but a museum curator. And by museum curator, I do mean a curatorial assistant. ;) <BR> <BR> I mean, I do a lot of archival work, and really enjoy various book smells, so that makes us somewhat kindred, right? <BR> <BR> I have considered presuing an education in library science, but I'm not sure I'd be very good at it. Despite my current job, I'm terribly unorganized. <BR> <BR> Anyway, If you don't think I think in with all of you, I can leave, and will take no personal offenses. ;) Mon, 23 Nov 2009 14:12:51 EST To Renew or Not to Renew? Hi all, I belong to the regional library association where I got my degree (BCLA, the library association of British Columbia, Canada) but I'm not living there any more. I just received a reminder email to renew my BCLA membership. What do you think, renew, or not? Do you belong to any regional associations outside of where you live? Mon, 23 Nov 2009 03:24:47 EST Long time lurker, first time poster! Hi all! <BR> <BR> What is your user name? misslisa8 <BR> <BR> Do you work in a library? I am a library intern at a high school library and hope to work in an academic library. <BR> <BR> Are you a student? Yup! I'm a college student and I'm just starting to apply for graduate school. <BR> <BR> Where in the World Are You? (Geographic area you live in) Rural Virginia <BR> <BR> What month and day where you born? September 8th <BR> <BR> Other info you want to share: I can't wait to get int... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 13:25:04 EST What Did They Say? This is actually 2 questions: What did people say when you decided to become a librarian? Or what did people say to you to encourage you to become a librarian? <BR> <BR> As I am sharing my decision to switch careers, I have been amazed by some of the reactions I have received. The librarians that I worked with in college are, of course, thrilled; they were the ones who planted the idea of a library career. So I would like to hear your experiences because I know that everyone has diverg... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 23:23:53 EST Let's Hear it for Audiobooks! Are you an audiobook "reader"? I am! For 3 years while getting my MLIS, I had a four day a week commute that took between 2 and 3 hours EACH way. Audiobooks saved my sanity. Now I listen to them on my iPod. I'd love recommendations for especially good readers and great audio "reads"! Fiction, nonfiction, whatever you've enjoyed. <BR> <BR> I'll start the ball rolling. One of my favorites was "A Thread of Grace" by Mary Doria Russell. Jay Gregory was the reader. Tue, 30 Jun 2009 05:35:48 EST Let's Hear it for Audiobooks! -- moved to General Discussion Forum -- oopsie! Tue, 30 Jun 2009 05:31:05 EST Help Save Ohio Libraries! Please delete if you don't think this message is appropriate. <BR> <BR> Gov. Strickland has proposed HUGE budget cuts for Ohio Libraries, a step that will force libraries across the state to drastically cut programming (including outreach to shelters, etc), services, operating hours and staff. <BR> <BR> With the current economic climate, library usage is reaching all-time highs. The community uses libraries for job searches, resume writing, classes to learn computer skills and how to write... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 17:39:05 EST Online/Distance MLIS Hi all! As a wanna-be librarian, I am currently researching grad school MLS/MLIS options. For various reasons, including finances and work, I am looking to complete my MLIS through an online, or mostly online, program. (The nearest ALA-accredited master's program is 5 hours awasy, and it isn't feasible to quit my job and go back to school full-time.) <BR> <BR> Do you have any advice or suggestions on what to look for in an online program? Or if you have you completed an online program,... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 14:15:04 EST Unusual Items for Checkout? Renee, Oddbodkin, mentioned she belongs to the state's librarian's newsgroup (Libnet) in Colorado, and they have been listing unusual things that public libraries check out to patrons. It's an interesting list of realia. One library lends unusual cake pans, for example. Another offers patrons tools for working on cars. That sort of thing. <BR> <BR> So are there any unusual things that patrons can borrow from your library? Or have you borrowed anything unusual from a library? Fri, 19 Jun 2009 23:25:55 EST Members, Add Info Here if Your Bio Isn't Listed 1. What is your user name? (Real Name if you want to add it.) <BR> 2. Do you work in a library? If so, what type? Or are you a student? Or are you a wanna-be, Let us know about you? <BR> 3. Where in the World Are You? (Geographic area you live in) <BR> 4. What month and day where you born? <BR> 5. Other info you want to share. <BR> Fri, 19 Jun 2009 08:47:24 EST Team Birthday List -- Please Do Not Reply Here <em>228</em> <BR> Here is our team's Birthday list! <BR> If you are not listed, are listed incorrect, or I am missing your birthday, please EMAIL me. <BR> PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS THREAD! <BR> <BR> Thank You! <BR> <BR> IMOFF2DLOONYBIN--February 10 <BR> Abuers--March 14 <BR> SUZIEQTLICIOUS--March 18 <BR> Poetchik--April 8 <BR> Zemkat--May 19 <BR> Grandma-nanny--Paula--May 20 <BR> Lisrey--May 21 <BR> KATTIKITT--Stephi--May 27 <BR> Honeybite--Sally--May 28 <BR> VYRIEN--June 4 <BR> Bebop... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 23:50:35 EST Library Organizations and Conferences What library organizations do you belong to? Tell us about your organization, dues, benefits, etc. Would you recommend it? <BR> <BR> Do you have questions about an organization? Post them here. <BR> <BR> What conferences/conventions have you been to? Which would you recommend? <BR> <BR> Are you heading to a conference/convention? Let us know what is upcoming, we all love to learn new things and network! Thu, 18 Jun 2009 09:05:39 EST Weekly Topic, June 15-June 20 -- Summer Plans What are you doing this summer? Mon, 15 Jun 2009 09:23:27 EST Weekly Topic, June 7-June 13 -- Scheduling Does your school have an open or flexible schedule? How do you schedule your library time? Explain to us how your library works. Sun, 7 Jun 2009 21:21:01 EST High school librarians!!! I have the opportunity to do a second independent study this fall, involving an internship in a local high school library! I'm meeting with my professor, the coordinator, and the librarian I will be working with tomorrow. Do you have any suggestions for things I should ask, or projects I should suggest? I don't really know what to expect as far as what I'll actually be doing. If you had an intern, what would you wish for them to do? What would you want them to know? Wed, 3 Jun 2009 22:04:27 EST Books You Recommend! What book(s) would you recommend? Tell us a little about it and the author. <BR> <BR> This could be books for anyone, kids to adults. It might be helpful to let us know who it is recommended for as well. Tue, 2 Jun 2009 19:08:06 EST Log In Points! What were your daily log in points? Tue, 2 Jun 2009 19:04:25 EST Weekly Topic, May 31-June 6 -- Ideas I am looking for some ideas on topics you might want to see as topics of the week. I know we have a lot of different types of librarians, and some people that in a library yet, so what are some types of topics you would like to see? Sun, 31 May 2009 20:31:43 EST Weekly Topic, May 25-May 30, 2009 -- Sorry I am late! <BR> <BR> What are some of your favorite summer, low calorie snacks? Be sure to add brand names if necessary so we can find them. List calories if you can. Mon, 25 May 2009 21:25:46 EST Hi, I'm new! Hello. Started using spark people initially because of a "Biggest Loser" competition my base is offering here in Hawaii. Thought I peruse it, see what it offered and compare it to another site I have been using for years. I like this site a whole bunch, I seem to find something new about it everyday. My favorite feature on here is the cookbook section in which I can put my own recipes that I love to use in my virtual cookbook. Of course none of my meals are super-nutritional or diet-lik... Mon, 18 May 2009 16:43:42 EST picture yourself skinny I found this neat virtual tool on Prevention Mag. Website. Design the body to look like yours by picking shape, color of skin/hair, height, and current/ goal weight. It will show you how you look now and when you reach your goal weight. <BR> <BR> <BR> cm_mmc=Spotlight-_-05182009-_-Weight%2 <BR> 0Loss-_-Weight%20Loss%20Simulator <BR> <BR> You need to register with your e-mail but subscription is free. Mon, 18 May 2009 09:43:22 EST Weekly Topic, May 17-May 23, 2009 -- Web Sites What web sites do you frequently use for the library? Sun, 17 May 2009 08:43:50 EST Weekly Topic, May 10-May 16, 2009 --Weeding Sorry to be late this week. <BR> <BR> Basic topic: WEEDING <BR> <BR> Does your library have a weeding policy? <BR> What do you do with books that you weed? <BR> Other than your policy, what general rules do you follow when weeding? <BR> What tips do you have for others concerning weeding? Mon, 11 May 2009 22:16:52 EST Hello everyone! Hi, I am a 53 yr old widow, two college-age girls, just finished my MLS after many years as a teacher, and now I need to lose the 50+lbs I've put on in the last three years. I'm thinking some of those clothes might still be in fashion if I'm quick enough. <BR> I think this site looks super and I am looking forward to having support from the community and tools here to help in my goals. Sat, 9 May 2009 14:55:40 EST Weekly Topic, May 3-May 9, 2009 What type of exercise to do on a regular basis? <BR> How often do you exercise? Sun, 3 May 2009 00:39:45 EST Challenges! What challenges are happening in your life and/or your library? Mon, 27 Apr 2009 02:42:17 EST Positives! What POSITIVES are happening in your life and/or your library? Mon, 27 Apr 2009 02:38:43 EST Book Recommendation! Do you have a good book to recommend? Please let us know, as we would hate to see a good book pass us by. Mon, 27 Apr 2009 01:22:38 EST School LMC: Quotable Facts Note: I just ran across this info when I was searching for something. I found it interesting so I thought I would share it. <BR> <BR> 1. The highest achieving students come from schools with good library media centers. <BR> <BR> 2. Libraries are at the heart of the learning experience for almost 44 million elementary, middle and high school students in schools with library media centers. <BR> <BR> 3. In the United States, sales of video games and other entertainment software ($7.3 bil... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 01:19:46 EST Weekly Topic, April 26-May 2, 2009 What are your thoughts on Library Confidentiality and the US Patriot Act? If you are in a school library, does your district have a Confidentiality Policy? <BR> <BR> Info is available at this ALA web site: <BR> <link><BR>ellectual_Freedom_Issues&Template=/Con<BR>tentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&Cont<BR>entID=21654 </link> Sun, 26 Apr 2009 22:11:23 EST Greetings! Hi all! A (hopefully) future librarian here. I am currently an accountant, but I worked in the library during college and loved it. I guess I am now looking to trade one set of books for another! <BR> <BR> I am currently researching grad school options and hope to start working on my MLIS in the fall of 2010. Hopefully, I will be able to keep you posted on my progress in the coming months! Sat, 25 Apr 2009 01:03:33 EST Weekly Topic, April 21-26, 2009 When considering book purchases for your library, what selection requirements do you follow? Tue, 21 Apr 2009 21:17:02 EST Librarians: Humor These comments were made to folks who are in library <BR> school, wittily collected by Jane Gresham <BR> and shared in the June 15, 2004 Library Journal. <BR> <BR> 1. I’d love to be a librarian because libraries are so quiet. <BR> <BR> 2. I thought about becoming a librarian, but I need enough income to support myself. <BR> <BR> 3. You need a graduate degree for that? <BR> <BR> 4. I thought the Internet put libraries out of business. <BR> <BR> 5. Don’t you have enough college degree... Sun, 12 Apr 2009 21:08:55 EST Weekly Topic, April 12-18, 2009 Summer Reading! What Ideas Do You have to Share? <BR> <BR> Do you have any planning going on for Summer Reading at your library? Share your plans. <BR> <BR> If not currently, have you planned things in the past for Summer Reading for a library? Share what you did. <BR> <BR> Do you have ideas to use in the future for Summer Reading? Share you ideas. <BR> <BR> Thanks! I can't wait to see the creativity! Sun, 12 Apr 2009 21:00:53 EST Topic of the Week! April 5-11, 2009 <BR> <BR> What are some of the ways you promote books? Sun, 5 Apr 2009 23:42:51 EST independent study opportunity! I met with my advisor today to pick classes for the fall. I found that I need an upper division English class to complete my concentration, and the only thing being offered is Dramatic Literature, which I have little interest in. My favorite professor has agreed to do an independent study with me on the topic of Young Adult literature. She suggested maybe picking a decade to read from and comparing the books to each other and to the events of that time. I don't necessarily have to do that... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 17:47:43 EST Electronic versus Print There has been a lot of discussion about whether libraries will be needed in the future with the influx of electronic media. Do you think a library with print resources will be a thing of the past in the future? If so, when? What are your thoughts and/or concerns? Thu, 2 Apr 2009 02:27:59 EST Wrinkles - Dermitage Spark Ad Are you seeing that Dermitage ad with the half wrinkled face and half smooth and glowing? Do you believe it? <BR> Lily Sun, 29 Mar 2009 12:20:25 EST April Challenge! Get Ready--For--A--Challenge <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> April Challenge <BR> <BR> There will be a mini-challenge for every day in April. I will post 7 days at a time. Be sure to check in to let me know you completed the day’s mini-challenge. You can copy the list in your first post, and then just add a emotion or something behind it to let me know it was done. Then just edit your post as you complete each mini-challenge. <BR> <BR> There will be prizes of SparkGoodies as the month goes... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 01:22:46 EST Law Librarian here Hi - I'm dulcibelle. I've been a law firm librarian for over 25 years, since I got my MLS. Located in Houston, TX. Born Dec. 3. <BR> <BR> I found SparkPeople a little over a week ago. I'm taking it slow and steady, but really hope to see results. Mon, 16 Mar 2009 19:55:57 EST Challenge: Fitness Minutes During Work/School Weekly Challenge: <BR> How many minutes can you ADD to your regular fitness minutes, by doing some minutes during your work or school day? <BR> <BR> *Can you walk for part of a lunch hour? <BR> *Can you do some desk exercises while sitting at your desk on the phone? <BR> *Can you walk while collaborating with a colleagues? <BR> <BR> I know I have times when I could be working in some fitness minutes. I usually get my time in before work or in the evening. What about you? <BR> <BR> Do you ... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 15:48:30 EST Goals? Where are you and where do you want to go? What was your goal when you started Spark? Has it changed? Have you achieved your goal? Do you have any "non-scale" related goals? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Wed, 11 Mar 2009 23:41:58 EST Team Birthday List (Please Do Not Reply) <em>228</em> <BR> Here is our team's Birthday list! <BR> If you are not listed, are listed incorrect, or I am missing your birthday, please EMAIL me. <BR> PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS THREAD! <BR> <BR> Thank You! <BR> <BR> IMOFF2DLOONYBIN--February 10 <BR> Abuers--March 14 <BR> SUZIEQTLICIOUS--March 18 <BR> Poetchik--April 8 <BR> Zemkat--May 19 <BR> Grandmananny--Paula--May 20 <BR> Lisrey--May 21 <BR> KATTIKITT--Stephi--May 27 <BR> Honeybite--Sally--May 28 <BR> VYRIEN--June 4 <BR> Maewin... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 10:03:14 EST Team Bios (Please Do Not Reply Here) <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Please do not post new information to this thread! If you have correction or change, please email me. I will make changes. THANK YOU! <BR> <BR> This is the format: <BR> Username (First Name) <BR> Work or School Info, Location <BR> *other info shared <BR> <BR> Abuers <BR> Teacher Librarian at 2 schools- a high school 3 days/wk and a middle school 2 days/wk, Southern California <BR> *I have 2 lovely daughters. I've been married to a great man for 28 years. I a... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 09:58:25 EST LIS Student Hi Everyone! I'm Nancy and I'm a LIS student from Argentina. <BR> I was born on September 19th, 1985. <BR> I am new to the site - just signed up yesterday - but I already love it! Mon, 9 Mar 2009 05:51:08 EST Question of the Day! I will try to post a question of the day, every day. I may actually post the question the night before though, as I often do not get online until evening. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Please feel free to post a question of your own at anytime. Sat, 7 Mar 2009 14:30:59 EST What 10 books would you take to a desert island? Let's have some fun. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Just what 10 books would you take to a desert island? <BR> <em>149</em> <em>149</em> <em>149</em> <em>149</em> <em>149</em> <em>149</em> Sat, 7 Mar 2009 14:08:57 EST What would you like to see done on this team? Let me know what you would like to see on this team. Would you like me to start a challenge/contest? Would you like some fun and games items? Would you like easy threads to earn points? Other suggestions? <BR> <BR> It looks like we have lost some interest in the team. I would like to try and get more members visiting the team. <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> Tue, 3 Mar 2009 21:30:22 EST What's for Lunch? Meals that carry. After visiting MS.D-SHAYA blog I came up with the idea to share ideas for healthy meals to take to work. I know I get stuck in a rut packing my lunch. Hopefully we can come up with some interesting ideas to share. <BR> <BR> What are you taking? <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Feb 2009 22:14:07 EST Say Something Positive About Yourself Every Day! What better way to boost our motivation than to think positively about ourselves. In this thread, try to say something positive about yourself everyday! Fri, 20 Feb 2009 22:27:54 EST New Members Please Introduce Yourself What is your user name? <BR> Do you work in a library? If so, what type? <BR> Are you a student? <BR> Where in the World Are You? (Geographic area you live in) <BR> What month and day where you born? <BR> Other info you want to share. Thu, 19 Feb 2009 02:20:00 EST Reintroduce Yourself Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Since we have new members and old members out there, how about we reintroduce ourselves? I will try to create a list of our info here in this forum. I will add new members as they join the team. <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> What is your user name? <BR> Do you work in a library? If so, what type? <BR> Or are you a student? <BR> Where in the World Are You? (Geographic area you live in) <BR> What month and day where you born? <BR> Other info you want to share. Thu, 19 Feb 2009 02:14:38 EST New Library Tech Student It took some time for me to realize that I was not very happy with my career. Actually, I would go to my favorite corner in the library and write goals and lists then one day it hit me like a ton of bricks, I wanted to work at the library. <BR> <BR> A good friend of mine is a children's librarian so I spoke to her briefly about it and took a couple of library classes at the community college. All I can say is wow, I was in love! I felt so in place and in tune that I couldn't believe it. My ... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 23:56:44 EST Reading is Sexy Does anyone know where I can get the Reading is Sexy bumper sticker?? Wed, 11 Feb 2009 16:56:01 EST Suggestion for Teen Books I am a 5th and 6th grade librarian, but I have several older female students that I still have contact with. They are wanting book suggestions. They loved the Stephanie Meyer Twilight series and the Scott Westerfeld Uglies series. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have some suggestions? Mon, 9 Feb 2009 00:10:49 EST Hi- I am a wannabe Librarian! Hello everyone! I am a wanna be and hope to start my MLS the summer of 2010. My name is Tricia and I am 37 yo, married with a 17 month old. In starting my MLS, I will be embarking on a midlife career change and it is scary! But it is never too late to change your life and do what you love, right? I am open and excited to receive any advice, instruction, guidance and counsel from those of you already in school or in the career! <BR> <BR> I joined Spark People this month and love it, especiall... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 19:39:03 EST Hello fellow MLS students This is my second time with Sparkpeople and my second semester in Library School. I'm very excited about both, nice to be here. <BR> <BR> Emily Wed, 21 Jan 2009 17:54:07 EST Check me out! Hi! I'm a reference librarian at a public library in South Florida. <BR> <BR> I'd love to get to know my fellow librarian Sparkers better! <em>41</em> Sun, 11 Jan 2009 13:28:52 EST Well-Meaning Patrons Help! I work in a small public library and we have some of the best patrons, but how do I handle their gifts of food? One lady in particular is extremely generous. Charlotte is our hurricane Katrina survivor who decided to stay after being bused here. She loves to play the horses and always buys us lunch after winning. Apparently she is good at the horses, because she buys us lunch alot. She is always bringing us Kentucky Fried Chicken, chips and dip and donuts. Help! Tue, 6 Jan 2009 08:09:55 EST Stripper Name This is an old game. Take your first pet's name and pair it with the name of the street where you grew up and that is your stripper name. Mine is ScaredyCat Siskiyou. Wed, 31 Dec 2008 07:51:09 EST Cardio Challenge Share your favorite ways to get cardio into your day. I put on my pedometer and challenge myself to walk 10,000 steps in a day. This works pretty good at work when I'm on my feet all day. Wed, 31 Dec 2008 07:44:56 EST Daily Sign In This is just a place to check in. I'm recovering from a stomach virus, so I'm not 100 percent yet. Sun, 21 Dec 2008 11:39:39 EST Introduction Board for New Members Come on in and introduce yourself! We would love to learn more about you. <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> <BR> Fri, 19 Dec 2008 08:31:46 EST Weirdest bookmark found in a book? Once I found a roach, not the crawling kind, the end of a joint. Fri, 19 Dec 2008 08:14:55 EST Roll Call Let's find out where everyone is from. I live in Oklahoma and work in a public library. Fri, 19 Dec 2008 07:46:08 EST Funny Book Hi ya'll <BR> I am an ex librarian, and now stay at home mum! I want something hilarious to read, can I please get some recommendations? I typically love Wodehouse, Bill Bryson, Dave Berry, etc... David Sedaris not so much... <BR> I think I would prefer fiction though... Please let me know... <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Honolulu Girl Sun, 7 Dec 2008 15:44:05 EST I need some reference help... The book I need an APA intext and reference for is <BR> <BR> Nurses Legal Handbook, (5th ed.). (2004). Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins <BR> <BR> There is no author, the title page has 21 names listed under “staff” <BR> <BR> There are many different titles, including clinical editors, copy editors, and one regular editor found in the middle of all the other mess of names. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There is a page with contributors as well, but no ton the title page. There are 10 of them. <B... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 18:08:57 EST Holiday Weekend (American) Morning everyone. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving Day (for those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving). We have been pretty laid back on T-day since we stopped trying to go here and there. We get up and start making the foods we want and like, hang out, play games, and just do what we want. LOW STRESS!!! Today we are planning to hit the movies to see Quantum of Solace. Daughter and I are spending time reading our respective books, hubby is in the office with a friend/coworker teaching h... Fri, 28 Nov 2008 11:33:01 EST New Member - Library Technician Student Hi all; <BR> <BR> New Spark member, but will be graduating and getting my degree in April. I'm a Library Technician student in Winnipeg, Canada. <BR> <BR> Been overweight since childhood, but since I'll be starting on my career soon I'd like to start looking better so I can start on a family down the line, too. I'm looking to do some traveling after I work for a while as well. <BR> <BR> Anyone else here a technician? Thu, 27 Nov 2008 21:21:40 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 24 Nov 2008 17:22:06 EST too much computer = too much librarian :P I've been a librarian for eight and a half years. The first in a school library, the rest in an academic. I finally got tenured on July 1, so now I feel like I'm resurfacing and assessing where I am now...overextended on everything, which makes finding time for exercise challenging. <BR> <BR> Luckily, after starting with SparkPeople and walking again, I'm no longer winded when I go up the stairs with my Freshman on the library tour of BI. <BR> <BR> Glad to have found this group! Sat, 22 Nov 2008 19:10:51 EST hello Hi! I'm Amy! I've been a librarian for about 4 years now. If you looked at the list of books/DVDs I've checked out (YOU on a diet, yoga for beginners) you'd think I was pretty svelte by now!! Look forward to being on the team! Mon, 17 Nov 2008 22:05:09 EST Library Associate Hi all! <BR> <BR> I have worked for the last five years as a library associate at my public library. I work in the Public Services Department and also supvervise the Page staff! Sat, 15 Nov 2008 23:05:48 EST libraryt Does anybody use it? It's a lovely website that lets you catalog your collection and gives recommendations based on what you've read. I find it useful for remembering what I've read and for keeping track of the ever growing 'to read' list! Wed, 5 Nov 2008 22:49:40 EST Hi Everyone I'm a librarian from Wisconsin and I love pandas - thus the username. It's nice to find other librarians here and I look forward to getting to know you. <em>149</em> Mon, 3 Nov 2008 22:27:32 EST I'm actually just a library assistant.... Hey guys, I'm a library assistant at a public library in Texas. I love my job. I WILL get that ms in library science one day!! Nice to meet you all. Sun, 2 Nov 2008 20:50:38 EST What is your funniest Library Moment? Anytime one works with people, things can get pretty frustrating, but we also have a lot of laughs, too. The other day I was reading "Read All About It" by First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter to a group of second graders. I showed them the back cover of the book, which had her picture, so that they could see what she looks like. I think Mrs. Bush is about 10 years older than I, so you can understand how funny it was to me when one boy said, " You know, if Mrs. Bush were just a little bit o... Sun, 19 Oct 2008 21:12:23 EST How do you deal with life/book balance? I am finding it hard to get my "me" time in (which I usually spend reading) since my free time is now spent exercising or being exhausted and fighting the urge to veg in front of the TV. <BR> When I do read, my kids and my husband get jealous and say "all you ever do is read!" I tell them they just notice the reading since it is the only time I am still--otherwise I am a blur! lol <BR> So my question is how do you find time to read how do you balance the needs of family, self and work? Thu, 16 Oct 2008 15:18:03 EST I found You! Hey there! I knew there had to be other librarians on this site!I've been on SP most of the summer, but I just found this team today. I'm a YA and children's librarian in a small public library in North Central Ohio, and I've been here for 10 years. When I became full time, I promised myself that I wouldn't let the stress of the job cause the health problems that most of my co-workers had. I've done pretty well, but lately, the stress of the job ( as well as my age )has started taking its to... Tue, 14 Oct 2008 19:29:25 EST Library Scavenger sight website<BR>/lp261-05.shtml <BR> <BR> along with this i googled Library Scavenger hunts and many sites came up <BR> :-) Wed, 24 Sep 2008 17:50:08 EST One of the wanna-bes Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I joined the team a few weeks ago but never got around to introducing myself! I'm 23, and returned to school this spring with the goal of becoming a librarian. I do work study in the library at school, and I interviewed for a library aide position at the local public library as well (which sounds amazing and I really hope they hire me, wish me luck!) I spent years in and out of college trying to figure out what to do with my life, and almost went to nursing school, ... Tue, 23 Sep 2008 20:13:44 EST Library scavenger hunt I am preparing one for a group of kids all ages. I would love some help with clues and ideas!! Has anyone ever done this before? <BR> Thanks! <BR> Tracey Mon, 15 Sep 2008 17:28:17 EST Marion the Librarian -- well, shelver actually Good morning! <BR> <BR> Do shelvers count? <BR> <BR> My name is Marion and I've been a shelver at the main branch of our local library for about a year and a half now. I really enjoy it. Before that (library-wise) I volunteered at the school library and helped out every year with the book fair. <BR> <BR> Occasionally I'll get someone who makes the "Marian the Librarian" connection, but I've found that some actual librarians (with library science degrees) don't really like it when oth... Wed, 10 Sep 2008 08:02:55 EST Just joined today. Hello. My name is Anita and I am a school librarian in Southern CA. I was an English teacher before I got my MLIS and library credential. I am assigned to a high school and a junior high school. (Hey, at least I have a job!) In CA, the education budget is in another crisis, so even though our district keeps talking about needing to hire more librarians, it won't happen this year. I love to read. I love to write. I love research. I know, I'm sick. I am also our church librarian (volunteer). I ... Fri, 22 Aug 2008 16:41:26 EST A great site for school librarians One of the sites I find myself going to frequently is : <link> </link> <BR> I like it a lot, and I'd be interested in what other teacher/librarians think about it. Wed, 20 Aug 2008 07:57:52 EST final project for summer class My summer class is technically over, but the professor is really nice and he is giving incompletes if the work is not finished. I'm done with everything but the final paper/project, so I'm taking the incomplete to make sure it's a good project (hopefully if it's an A it will help me earn a high B for my final grade). <BR> <BR> We have to write a strategy for an innovation within a library that already exist or one we made up. I'm using the library I work for and am creating a Young Adult ro... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 10:49:24 EST My sister is reading! I'm sooo excited. My younger sister always hated to read, you would hardly ever catch her with a book. Well that has changed! WOOHOO! She has been grabbing the true crime novels that I take out for myself and she's been reading through them in no time while she has down time at work. I'm getting her two Ann Rule books from work today, and I let her borrow one of my own true crime novels I purchased from amazon. I'm really excited that she's so interested in reading now and will make sure to get her these books... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 10:14:40 EST Hello. Hello there. I just wanted to introduce myself. I am going to be starting school in the fall to get my MLIS. I am really excited to start, I have always wanted to be a librarian. Wed, 23 Jul 2008 17:38:44 EST Librarian in California Hello, my name is Ashley. I recently moved from Texas to California where I am working as a preservation assistant at an academic library. Previously, I worked in reference. Its nice to see that there is a Librarian section on Spark. Fri, 18 Jul 2008 18:10:08 EST I'm almost a librarian Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm happy I found this team! My name's Diana I'm almost done with my library degree. I'm working as a librarian trainee right now, I've been working in libraries since I was 17, I'm 26 now. Going to be 10 years already soon. <BR> <BR> I've got 2 1/2 more classes and one thesis project to finish and I'll be a real librarian! YES! Fri, 18 Jul 2008 17:37:42 EST High school library orientation Hi! <BR> <BR> I know there are some high school librarians here. I'm curious what you do for your freshmen orientation to the library and its services. Do you do one presentation or a series of presentations? Do you collaborate with classroom teachers to teach skills at point of need, or do you have a separate curriculum (or a combination of the two)? Within the first two weeks of the school year, every Freshman English class will visit the library for orientation, and I'm looking for fresh... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 11:34:44 EST libraries and homeschoolers Hi! My director would like me to develop programs that will create an even better atmoshere for homeschoolers. Does anyones libraries do different and great activities or classes just for them? <BR> Thanks! <BR> Tracey Sat, 12 Jul 2008 21:29:44 EST Chat Hi! I just wanted to say hello to everyone and wish you a good week. How is everyone's summer going (besides fast)? <BR> Renee <em>185</em> Tue, 8 Jul 2008 11:31:30 EST Librarian form NSW, Australia Hello - my name is Fran and I am a Librarian too. I live and work in a regional city in NSW, Australia. I work as a Librarian at the local TAFE College. Ive been there for nearly 10 years and I love it. I have three children & my partner, Phil. I am loving the SP website and love finding so many people with whom I have lots in common. Its very exciting! Fran Tue, 24 Jun 2008 08:26:03 EST Another Newbie Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm a high school librarian from Colorado. I've been at my current school for 28 years now, and I absolutely love my job. <BR> <BR> I'm here because I want to lose about 15 pounds before my birthday in October. It's a birthday I've been dreading, and I think I need to feel as good as possible about myself before the day arrives. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to be here. <BR> Renee Sun, 15 Jun 2008 14:15:27 EST New to you, not SP Greetings librarians! <BR> <BR> I am a credentialed public school librarian in northeastern California. Now California is 51st in the nation for the number of librarians per student which partially explains why I am teaching second grade and do librarian stuff for free for our district! But I love my school and my job. <BR> <BR> I love working with kids and reading! Looking forward to sharing ideas and thoughts with everyone! <BR> <BR> susie Sat, 14 Jun 2008 16:46:35 EST newbie Hello all you lovely librarians. <BR> I am a 24 year old high school librarian in a suburb of Buffalo, NY. <BR> In four weeks I will have completed my first full year on the job. It has been a great year meeting wonderful co-workers, great kids, and starting a book club. <BR> But now it's my time to focus on myself and get healthy. Mon, 2 Jun 2008 18:40:10 EST Anyone else see the Hollywood Librarian? the documentary about librarians in the U.S.? They screened it tonight here in Geneva. I have been waiting to see it for over two years and it was definitely worth the wait! Mon, 2 Jun 2008 15:32:23 EST MLIS bound Hi~ <BR> I'm Jeannie, 40 years old and married. I work as a library tech in a community/technical college in Minnesota and am currently working full time on my MLIS degree through Drexel in PA (online). I am so excited to find this team!! I'm looking forward to sharing this journey with you!! Fri, 23 May 2008 09:49:10 EST new to this Hi everyone. I'm new to the site and the world of librarianship. Starting the MLIS in September. Have been a stay-at-home mom for the past 6 years (2 boys aged 5 and 3) and worked in Financial services before I had kids. So, I'm changing career and lifestyle! Wed, 14 May 2008 08:09:37 EST Academic Librarian Hello, I'm Rikhei. I'm an academic librarian, and I live in Michigan. <BR> <BR> While I wouldn't mind losing weight, right now my focus is on recording and observing what I eat, and reincorporating regular exercise into my life. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all! Thu, 24 Apr 2008 21:54:49 EST Book Club Choices - Mystery genre Most of you probably visit the Spark Bookworms team so I won't go into too much background on how this trend started. <BR> <BR> We've experimented with book discussions for two mysteries written by P J Tracy. We're finishing up The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie. <BR> <BR> The fourth is the Woman in White which is very far behind (due to me taking on too much and trying to finish my last library director certification class). <BR> <BR> I also participated in Turning Angel on anoth... Wed, 23 Apr 2008 17:11:45 EST collection of short stories Which ones do you think our libraries should have? <BR> Thanks! Sat, 19 Apr 2008 13:06:56 EST Chubby Childrens Librarian Hi all. I am Barb and I am a Children's Librarian in Minnesota. I attended the University of North Texas and got my MIS in 2003. I am blogging my weight loss program, which involves a clinical trial of a combination of two meds. If you would like to, check it out at Fri, 18 Apr 2008 00:52:52 EST Library School Do any of you have any insight about University of Denver of University of Kentucky library school? I am down to the final two and am trying to make a choice! :) Thu, 17 Apr 2008 17:00:41 EST Stains in books Is there a way to get a pen mark out of a book? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 16 Apr 2008 09:15:50 EST I'm new Hi I work in a public library in the UK. Just joined SP and looking forward to chatting with you all and changing my username to mediumlibrarian or even smalllibrarian <em>249</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2008 11:30:32 EST I'm a newbie My name is April. I'm soon to be 26 and I live in the great state of Michigan. I was a librarian at the Buchanan District Library for two years and am thinking of applying at the library here in the Portage/Kalamazoo area. I love it. It's a career and a hobby all rolled into one and you can't beat that! MY goal is to lose at least 50 pounds by new years eve so wish me luck!! Thu, 10 Apr 2008 17:15:32 EST Hypothetical situation -- your opinion? I am in a reference class and this question has posed a lot of controversy. I'm of the opinion "carpe diem". The other extreme is one director feels the patron must be aware of the controversy when checking out the book. <BR> <BR> Here's the question that has stirred up a lot of debate: <BR> <BR> "A new diet book is at the top of the nonfiction best-seller list. Many newspaper, magazine reviews, and other articles imply the diet is dangerous and that the author is not the least bit qualif... Sat, 5 Apr 2008 12:09:36 EST Selling Rare,Old ,Antique books My director just gave me this job..... <BR> <BR> Any tips and helps would be most welcome!!!!! Thu, 3 Apr 2008 20:21:53 EST I'm new too. SP is wonderful! Hi everyone! <BR> I am a reference librarian at an Oklahoma university. I just found SP and it is such a service! I am having fun already and the learning that is possible really appeals to me. <BR> Indigo <BR> "Librarians, the original search engine." Thu, 3 Apr 2008 15:07:16 EST Best Online College What do you think the best online spot to receive your MLS and why!? Thanks so much! <BR> Lily Fri, 28 Mar 2008 18:22:36 EST I'm new! Hey there! <BR> <BR> I just started using sparkpeople and hope to lose twenty pounds and to run a 5K! I am currently a teacher, but just finished my masters of library science in December. I will be the elementary school librarian at my school starting in June and am looking forward to being a librarian. Fri, 28 Mar 2008 14:54:26 EST NC Sexy Librarian here Good afternoon all. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to extend greetings. I am new to the team. I am hoping that this team can be one of encouragement - hopefully we can all accomplish our goals. <BR> <BR> Snippet about me: Currently a librarian at the public library in Charlotte, NC ( Sat, 15 Mar 2008 17:21:35 EST librarian-to-be Hello. I just joined the site and am so excited that I found this group. I have applied to grad school for the fall of 08 to get my MLIS. Haven't heard anything back yet, but I am on pins and needles! Mon, 25 Feb 2008 13:43:41 EST Books made into movies Just wanted to see which books everyone thought were better than or almost like the movies they were made into. <BR> <BR> A couple of books that were like the movie: <BR> Shawshank Redemption & Green Mile <BR> <BR> Books that were way better than the movie: <BR> Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood <BR> <BR> There are probably more but I can't remember them all Tue, 12 Feb 2008 08:18:00 EST Library Techs Welcome? Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm new to this group but not to SP. I'm one of those "on again - off again" SP users *sigh* (don't get me started! lol) I'm currently a student taking a 2 year Library Tech program and wondering if there are other Techs in the group! <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Jan 2008 21:11:50 EST Not Getting Promoted Hello all: I want to eat large amounts of really crappy food and I need some encouragement. <BR> <BR> I have worked full-time in an academic library for 4 1/2 years. I've been killing myself getting the master's degree for 3 years. Graduating in May. <BR> <BR> It is not looking like I'll get promoted. <BR> <BR> I don't hate my job, and hey, in this economy and in the field of libraries/education a decent job can be a rare thing. <BR> <BR> What advice do any of you have about tryi... Wed, 23 Jan 2008 11:43:21 EST Hi Team I just joined the team - I'm a wanna-be librarian currently volunteering at my new local library, hoping to gain meaningful employment with them, as soon as possible. <BR> <BR> Don't have any qualifications, just love being in the company of books and book-lovers. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 30 Dec 2007 15:49:51 EST Mock Caldecott I am heading to a Mock Caldecott tomorrow. I can't wait to hear from people who have been part of the REAL Caldeoctt committee how the book is selected. Sat, 1 Dec 2007 01:01:27 EST Current Book I thought we might get more active if we talk about what we all have in common: books. <BR> <BR> So, post your current book you are reading. Be it kid, YA, or adult. Nonfiction or Fiction. Post why you choose the book, basic premise of story (no spoilers), and who would be a good audience for it. <BR> <BR> ie: <BR> Title: Quantum Leap: Foreknowledge <BR> Author: Christopher DeFilippis <BR> Audience: YA or Adult. Or anyone who remembers the TV show. Easy Scifi series. <BR> Premise: Sam (s... Sun, 11 Nov 2007 12:05:09 EST guitar hero?? Hello!! I work with middle school kids at the local public library. We have a playstation 2 and ddr that they all love. Now they want guitar hero 2 as well. I'm going to put in a request for it with our FOL but I thought I'd ask for your feedback first so that I can hopefully share other libraries success stories with them. <BR> <BR> Do any of you have guitar hero at your library? Has it been a successful program? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> p.s. If you have guitar hero and consider it uns... Fri, 12 Oct 2007 15:54:30 EST Trying to breathe... I can't get overwhel med..... Hi. I'm Dawn. I'm 24. Recently Married (November 06). Just started my writing my thesis so I can complete MA in English Literature in the Spring. Started my MLS degree this past summer. Received a job in course reserves (good foot-in-the-door) at a NC university. I was in ICU this past January right after my husband was deployed. I weighed 251 @ my wedding. Since January I've lost 56 pounds but it has slowed as I get more in the swing of my new job. I have 30 pounds to go. I was always ... Wed, 3 Oct 2007 23:05:28 EST How important is a MLS degree ,really? I have a bachelors in Special Ed and Elementary Ed. I have a Masters in Reading. I taught for YEARS and Years in many different capacities( Special Ed, Learning Disabilities, Gifted, I did all testing and evaluating for three school districts, taught GED, wrote,advocated and put together successful childrens reading programs and story hours in a library. I have done alot of research and referencing for people,too.I have been working in one for five years, many different capacities.... <BR> <... Mon, 24 Sep 2007 11:00:34 EST In search of the "perfect" recipe..... I apologize if this becomes repetative to anyone who is on more than one team with me, but I intend to place this on all my teams to stretch my question as far as it will go. <BR> <BR> We are having a baby shower for a friend of mine October 13th, with a Halloween theme. I have offered to make the cake (in an attempt to make it something I can enjoy, and not feel bad about eating). <BR> <BR> This is a "jack and jill" baby shower at a sports bar. The cakes will be decorated like jack o lan... Mon, 24 Sep 2007 09:52:08 EST hello fro TS I found this group by accident but wow does it fit me <BR> <BR> I started in library work doing TS work in 1980 at a public library thinking I would only be with a it for a few years till I found a real job. <BR> <BR> Here I am still in TS working in an academic library <BR> <BR> Love the work; have no desire to be a librarian, I would rather work with the books. <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> Mon, 17 Sep 2007 21:08:05 EST Any advice for a wanna-be librarian? I have always wanted to be a librarian, but I always felt like going back to school to get my masters was unattainable. I'm currently looking into scholarships and financial aid. I work full-time and my husband stays home w/ our daughter so money is tight. <BR> <BR> I have always loved reading, writing, research, great w/ computers. I love visiting my library, and in the summers when I was in h.s. I volunteered at the library in summers. I live near Chicago, IL. <BR> <BR> Any advice... Fri, 14 Sep 2007 12:14:43 EST What did you do make a difference in someon's life What did you do today to make a difference in someone's life? <BR> <BR> Was it related to a book? A gift of friendship? A change in use of resources? Thu, 13 Sep 2007 20:55:11 EST What do you wish you knew then? Hello all, <BR> <BR> I was so excited to find this team! I just joined sparkpeople yesterday and am already hooked. And this January I'll be starting an MSLIS program at Pratt. <BR> <BR> I'm coming to librarianship after deciding the PhD program I was in was just not the right path for me (too few jobs, and thus too few chances to choose where you live). I'm still figuring out where I want to end up -- I'm specifically debating between working as an archivist or a reference librarian i... Wed, 12 Sep 2007 21:26:39 EST What listserv, blogs, wikis.... What listservs, blogs, wikis, do you read on a regular basis? <BR> <BR> Have you created any of the above? <BR> j <BR> (decided we needed a new topic to get us active again) Thu, 6 Sep 2007 21:13:50 EST CASSIE We just started using this system for our computers... so far.. LOVE IT!!!! <BR> <BR> Patrons come in and use their library card numbers and the computer shuts off at designated times.... <BR> <BR> We can also keep a close eye out for offenders and lock their computers up at the first sign of it. <BR> Does anyone else have this? Sun, 26 Aug 2007 08:01:59 EST New to Librarians I am a librarian at a small community college in Central Mississippi. I have been with SparkPeople for about a month, but am just starting to explore the teams. All I can say is thank goodness for audio books, otherwise I would not be able to exercise for want of reading some book or another! Sat, 25 Aug 2007 23:46:18 EST Excited about September coming up? Are any of you excited about September coming up? I know a lot of you will be wrapping up the summer. Best wishes on that! <BR> <BR> I actually am looking forward to the end of August because I'll start up my first classes towards my MLIS at that time. I just hope I remember being excited two months from now when I'm in the thick of assignments and readings! Mon, 6 Aug 2007 20:57:18 EST Educational Background? Hello! Sorry, hope it's OK to start these new topics. I'm curious what everyone's background is. If you went with a formal Master's in LS what school did you attend? If you don't have an MLIS or equivalent, what educational path did you pursue to become a librarian? Sun, 1 Jul 2007 19:10:45 EST Archivists? Just curious if there are any archivists around. My initial aim is to be a fine arts librarian at a large university, but until I begin the program I'm keeping an open mind. Archives also sounds fascinating to me, as does anything working with databases. So who knows what path I'll ultimately take? Sun, 1 Jul 2007 19:09:05 EST Classics discussion Ok, I am in charge of getting toghether a list of classics that every library should have; which ones we do; the condition how many and so forth!! ACK! The more I get into it the more I think OH what about this book/author. <BR> <BR> What do you all consider important and WHAT makes a classic? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 27 Jun 2007 19:14:44 EST Librarian speciaties I was reading infogoddess' reply and saw she specialized in history and genealogy! I didnt realize there were other specialties like that..... <BR> <BR> What are others..... <BR> <BR> I LOVE my job in the library and my Mom has been nudging me to get my MLS ( I have undergrad elementary/ special ed Masters in Reading Ed) <BR> <BR> Should i ? And what are the other specialties... ? <BR> Thanks a bunch!! <BR> I am off to work but will be back to chat! <BR> Tracey :-) Wed, 27 Jun 2007 08:02:15 EST Elementary Librarians here? Hello, <BR> I have just been hired as an elementary school librarian after 24 years in secondary grades (7-12). Any suggestions for scheduling would be appreciated, since I start next week (year round school ). I know I am going to enjoy the younger kids. <BR> <BR> Cathy Tue, 26 Jun 2007 23:07:25 EST Need help ASAP--please I am great need for help in finding titles that fit around the following themes. Titles can be nonfiction or fiction and need to be appropriate for 6th grade. Can be recent publication or older. <BR> Thank you in advance for any and all help. I have until Wed to create a list of 10-20 titles for each theme for purchase. PANIC mode is in full throttle. <BR> <BR> Themes: <BR> Personal Best <BR> <BR> Friends to the Rescue <BR> I already thought of: <BR> Snow Treasure <BR> Number the Sta... Sat, 2 Jun 2007 12:59:22 EST Hello- Hello all, <BR> I am not librarian specifically. I am a middle school English teacher. My entire philosophy on kids' learning is that ANYTHING worth teaching as far as reading and writing must have immediate applications to real books that a person chooses to read. <BR> <BR> My passion is books. So I have nearly 2000 books in my classroom shelves (and boxes and drawers and (about 3rd grade level to adult) for the students to choose to read. I devote a great deal of the we... Sun, 20 May 2007 14:59:14 EST A Library Rule Question.... How do you all (or your libraries) handle food at the computers and cell phones in the library? <BR> Thanks a bunch! Thu, 17 May 2007 08:49:46 EST SY 2008 Battle of the Books (HELP!!!) I have a small reading group of 4th graders (3 boys and 5 girls). I would like to start a novel for the last few weeks of school. I figure a jumpstart on the BOB list? Any recommendations for my demographic?? Any that you think I should steer away from? Tue, 1 May 2007 19:22:29 EST Kudos to librarians! Just wanted to pay my deepest respects to librarians! I am a teacher who is currently substituting. I have been in a library during the last two days for inventory. I want to say that I never knew what it really took to get this done. My body aches after crawling all over to scan all of the books. And now, the hard part, the search for all of the missing, or invalid barcode, or duplicates! Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for all that you do behind the scenes every day to keep our li... Wed, 4 Apr 2007 08:13:02 EST Calling librarian superpow ers-need help Friends,librarians, countrymen-Lend me your ears! <BR> <BR> Does anyone know how to get quality children's books on weather (besides Orbis Pictus)? Thesis coming up and I need quality works. Fri, 23 Mar 2007 18:15:03 EST Hello from NH Hi, <BR> I am a children's librarian in a "little" NH town. I have only been in this job for less than a year!! I LOVE it!! I always wanted to be a librarian, and it took me YEARS to finally get to this point. We dont need degrees up here, however when classes come up..the town will pay for us to take them. So far not many classes make their way up this far north <BR> : ( I am 48 and have 3 boys, ages 21,18, and 12. and one grandson-9 months, with another grandchild due in June! Any oth... Thu, 15 Feb 2007 07:16:54 EST Newbie intro Hey all, I'm a newbie to SP and wanted to introduce myself. I'm a church librarian and have been working at a library of some sort for the past 23 years, I LOVE BOOKS!!! There isn't enough time in the day for all the books I want to read. Sun, 11 Feb 2007 17:42:51 EST Greetings from a sort-of newbie! Hello! My name is Andrea; I joined SP last year but didn't get too far with it. I'm back and more motivated than before <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not a librarian--or even a student--yet; I'm currently wrapping up my applications to two MLS programs and hopefully I'll start an MLS program in the summer or fall, depending on which program accepts me. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I work as a risk analyst/contract manager/paralegal-without-a-lawyer in Beaverton, OR. <BR> <BR> I'm looking fo... Tue, 23 Jan 2007 10:59:04 EST Children's Lit There is a great discussion over on KidLit Club thread about what makes a classic. Sun, 21 Jan 2007 12:20:32 EST Conferences Anybody checking in from ALA Midwinter? <BR> <BR> Something we were discussing elsewhere: how do you make the right choices at conferences? Especially the ones where your sleep schedule is thrown off or nonexistant, there's free food, and all the meetings seem to take place in bars and restaurants. Do you find time to exercise? <BR> <BR> I think the only conference I managed to lose weight at was ALA Annual last summer, and that wasn't so much the result of sane choices as all the walking. Sat, 20 Jan 2007 08:51:08 EST speculation on children's book awards? My favorite activity this time of year is to speculate on what books might win the Printz, Newbery, and Caldecott awards. Anyone have any ideas? Mine are: <BR> <BR> Printz: The Book Thief or Octavian Nothing (to win), The Rules of Survival (honor), Ptolemy's Gate (honor), maybe The Poet Slave of Cuba? <BR> <BR> Newbery: Gossamer (probably to win), Toys Go Out (honor), Freedom Walkers (honor), maybe The King of Attolia? <BR> <BR> Caldecott: Admittedly, I'm not great with picture books ... Mon, 18 Dec 2006 19:30:27 EST Introducing myself Hi all! I'm Debra, a collection development librarian (I buy the adult fiction and audiobooks for 22 public library branches -- how fun is that?). This is where I have landed after working in various library capacities since 1978. Got my degree at Case Western Reserve eons ago when they still had a library school. <BR> <BR> Sitting at computers all day, dealing with injuries, and lack of control mean that I have lots of weight to lose. I have lost nearly 50 pounds, but have more than ... Wed, 13 Dec 2006 17:32:19 EST New Librarian Movie Remember to watch the new Librarian movie tomorrow. I think it is on TNT. Sun, 3 Dec 2006 01:10:36 EST A Fun Question This is supposed to be a really fun post, so take no offense! <BR> <BR> Okay, here is the deal... I have this pair of dress slacks. Black with blue pin stripes. Before I started this diet, the zipper busted every time I bent over or sat down, and my cell phone would pinch my skin every time I clipped it onto my waist band. <BR> <BR> Now they are becoming more comfortable, the zipper doesn't bust every time I sit down or bend over, and I got room to clip my cell phone and pedometer comfort... Tue, 28 Nov 2006 22:24:51 EST Hello - New to SparkPeople and this group I just registered on SparkPeople last night and this is my first day of using the site. <BR> <BR> I am a librarian at a law firm. MLIS from Univ of Pittsburgh. (Go Panthers!) <BR> <BR> Look forward to "meeting" everyone. How exactly does this forum work? Thanks. Mon, 27 Nov 2006 13:00:55 EST Hello from a wannabe! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I just signed on to this group to say hi and see what you are all about! <BR> <BR> I began working in a local library almost a year ago as a circulation assistant, and was promoted to librarian assistant about three months ago. I love working there... I'm like a kid in a candy store! My favorite authors are early Patricia Cornwell, Jennifer Weiner, Jennifer Chiaverini, James Patterson, John Saul, and Elizabeth Berg. I am currently reading "Circle of Quilters" and "The T... Sat, 25 Nov 2006 22:35:16 EST AWESOME Fiction Website <BR> <BR> It's an awesome website that has almost every fiction writter, their books, what series they belong to, and in the order they were published. <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> Thu, 16 Nov 2006 14:50:32 EST I'm a wannabe But I have worked at a library for 4 years. I do love it. I'm just droppin by to say HEY! <BR> And yes LIBRARIANS ARE husband told me so :-) <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> Wed, 15 Nov 2006 17:10:35 EST Good or Inspiring Reads? Okay I admit I'm looking for some recommendations for some good reads fiction and weight-loss nonfiction. I have received a lot of inspiration for "Looking Good Now" magazine and a few books that have given me ideas have been "Good Housekeeping's Shopping Cart Diet" and "Winning by Losing" by Jillian Michaels. Anyone else have some good recommendations? <BR> <BR> Fiction authors I love are: Nora Roberts, Iris Johansen, Linda Howard, Jayne Ann Krentz and more than I can list. <BR> <em>149</e... Fri, 10 Nov 2006 13:33:37 EST Librarians in training: classes? Which classes are you taking now? Which are you looking forward to? Which have been your favorites so far? <BR> <BR> I'm currently studying Cataloging, Archives & Manuscripts, and Preservation Management. I love them all. Sat, 4 Nov 2006 23:02:50 EST OT- interview Hi y'all <BR> <BR> I'm so excited! I have an interview at a library on Friday. I'm really looking forward to this, especially since I'm applying to grad school to my master's in Library Science. <BR> <BR> Any interview tips from people who are already working or have worked in a library? Wed, 11 Oct 2006 20:04:36 EST I'm a wanna-be Hi y'all <BR> <BR> I'm a wanna-be librarian in Texas. I just graduated with my BS and a teaching certificate. I'm thinking of applying to UNT (university of North Texas) to get my master's in library science. I'd like to be a school librarian. <BR> <BR> Are there any other texas librarians out there? Wed, 4 Oct 2006 19:08:18 EST Librarians (or wanna-be librarians) Group Forum This topic was automatically created when the SparkPoints Group "Librarians (or wanna-be librarians)" was started. Here is the description for this Group: <BR> <BR> This group is for all the librarians out there, because, hey -- librarians can be hot! Tue, 11 Apr 2006 18:20:50 EST