Tag: library science

At last

I started writing the following a little while ago, but never finished it.

I’m at the hospital waiting to check in for my MRIs. I see the neurologist next week for a 6- month follow-up. She’ll review the MRIs to see how effective the Copaxone injections have been.

The hospital’s main floor is busy. It almost seems like some senior citizens are here on a field trip. It’s kind of unnerving.

This is really not a post about MS, but I’ll report that I had a not-so-great leg day on Monday. I think it was because I didn’t go back to bed for more sleep after Sadie got me up at around 7:30. The last two days have been much better.

I dreamed this morning of two old friends from grad school (UIUC Dance Dept.) I also saw swirling letters or words. When I have these dreams a try and see if the letters are spelling anything, but they fade away too quickly.

Tomorrow is the second to last class of my Library Science grad school career. My application to graduate seems to have gone through, and I’m looking forward to not being a student.

21 days later I’m finally posting

I got an email confirming the address my diploma will be mailed to, so I guess I have graduated. The neurologist said my MRIs looked good and she’ll see me in 6 months. I suppose the Copaxone is working.

This week is dragging. On Monday, I thought that if anyone at work asked how I was, I would say, “I’ve had enough.” No one asked. Tuesday wasn’t as bad, but it wasn’t great. Wednesday was better. It could be that I’m tolerating life better because the arctic air has been moving out. I hate being cold!

If I’m going to get this posted, I need to stop writing. I should have more time to blog now that school is over.

I also have got to stop playing Enso. It’s ruining my neck.

Enso game




Finding a Way

It’s time to face my fears and take some action! In a previous post, I said something about making money from blogging. The idea has been on my mind for quite a while, but it has remained only an idea. If I want to move forward, I must start doing some concrete things to achive my goals.

 I’ve been giving thought to what my money-making blog would be about.  The topic should be something that I care about deeply. I’ve been interested in web content curation for a while, but it’s not really my passion. If I were more of a reader I could review books. I thought about library related stuff, but I’m not a working librarin and don’t plan to be after I get my degree. I wouldn’t have the requisite street cred. 

I think it comes down to jewelry and mixed media art/art journaling.  I mentioned that I suffer from anxiety and depression. It occurs to me that if I started using art journaling as a therapeutic practice I could blog about it. I could learn new techniques and share them. It seems the most sensible thing. 

I figure I’ll get started with the blog and see how it goes. If it seems like it will take off, I’ll start taking steps to monetize it.

That’s a plan. Time to execute.

In other news, I saw the doctor today and he increased my Fluoxetene dosage from 20 to 40 mg. I hope it kicks in soon. I’m tired of the misery.

I finished my paper about Thomas Fountain Blue over the weekend. I think it’s a bit mediocre, but there is not a lot of information to be found on the man. I should have picked a different topic. Oh well, it is what it is. 

Here’s the most recent journal page I worked on as part of Donna Downey’s Inspiration Wednesday. Maybe I can be the next Donna Downey after my blog takes off!

Books and School

I’m reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It’s about overcoming what stops you from sitting down and doing your art. I learned about it from a blog post  about books by Amanda Miniger. I really like Ms. Miniger’s  writing style. I just finished reading the fourth of the Wool series by Hugh Howey and wanted to switch gears for a bit before hitting the next one so I did a search for “best books of…” The War of Art came up again. It seemed like a good sign.  It’s a fast and enjoyable read.

Today is the day I finish my essay on public libraries. I’m enjoying the writing. I decided not to be there for the final group presentation in class. My part is small, and my energy is still pretty low. The other two group members are way more invested in it than I am anyway. Need to do some work for my real job too. I might take a stab at organizing one of the pantry shelves too.

Kitchen pantry

After counting up my credit hours for the MLS degree, I have determined that I need 3 more. Happily, the History of Libraries is being offered! It’s in the first summer session which is an intense 6 weeks so I’m in for hard work. I’m looking forward to going back to being an IU employee and not a student.

Herman B Wells Library at IU Bloomington
Herman B Wells Library at IU Bloomington









What about today?

PT (physical therapy) at 9:00. That’s not so easy because mornings are not my thing. It’ll wake me up and get me motivated. Balance is my number one priority for these sessions. I’m hoping that every exercise I do causes my brain to make new and better connections. 

OT (occupational therapy) at 9:45. Yesterday I folded clothes and practiced walking in the kitchen with a walker while moving a jug of juice from point a to point b. I don’t plan to need the walker at home unless I’m having a flare-up, but learning these skills is important. Learn about flare-ups at this WebMD page.

We meet with Dad’s care team on the psych floor today to discuss what’s next. It’s gonna be okay.

PT and OT again later today. Meals, snacks, nap.

I want to start my position paper for class. I’ll be arguing that public libraries are still necessary and relevant. People have been trying to put libraries out of business for years, but they fill a need in society, and I intend to show it. It’s funny that I have a lot of passion about libraries, but I don’t want to work in one, and I don’t  visit the Monroe County Public Library all that often. I do use their online resources extensively though. What I learned in the Management of Public Libraries class will serve me well for this essay.

Other randomness: I would like to put together a post about MS and different exercise modalities.  I’m thinking about the hoopla hoop to start with.

Hooping Lady

Stick a fork in me

You shouldn’t really stick a fork in me, as I’m really not done. IU’s six week first summer session is over. The  two classes I was dumb enough to take during the short session are over. I however, am not done. I have many more hours to complete before the masters degree in Library Science is bestowed unto me.

The six weeks was stressful. I had a Mon./Wed. class and a Tue./Thurs. class. There were readings, and assignments, and papers. I didn’t really have time to give it my all, but I actually did pretty well. I think that getting through that grueling session boosted my confidence. I’m starting to feel like I can accomplish anything. I can go ahead and get started doing the things I want to do-making and selling jewelry for instance. I can start blogging again.

In other old news, I had some of my jewelry for sale at the Different Drummer Belly Dancers table at the Spencer Pride Festival.  Nothing sold, but that’s okay. I think I need more merchandise to attract people. I’m planning to sell at Gencon in August too. The next step is to organize all of my jewelry-making stuff so I can start producing pieces!

Here are some pieces.

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Green and white beaded bracelet


Looking for library types

Zero to Hero Day 14 is Blogger’s Choice. Here’s what I did.

I’m  working toward a Masters degree in Library and Information Science. I’m taking one class this semester, Reference. The class met yesterday, and the professor told us that the library world is a very networked world.  That makes me think I should search for blogs authored by librarians, and people like me who are studying to become librarians. I can start building a network of my own.

I found one today called Mr. Library Dude. The tag line:  “I’m a librarian. I’m a dude. Mr. Library Dude. Blogging about libraries, technology & teaching.”

Screenshot of Mr. Library Dude page
Click to visit Mr. Librarian Dude

Mr. Librarian Dude (Joe Hardenbrook) wrote a post titled No More Bullet Points: Finding the “Right” Creative Commons Images for Presentations. It  was a nice short post about a topic that interests me. I learned about using “outside of the box” search terms when looking for images, and I was introduced to a new-to-me image site, morgueFile.

Screenshot of morgueFile homepage
Screenshot of morgueFile homepage

Almost didn’t do it

Zero to Hero Day 11: Leave comments on three new blogs

I commented here: A Hundred Thousand Empty Words

and here: Simon van Rysewyk ‘think and wonder, wonder and think’

and here: Alice’s Adventures in Knittingland

I will admit that there wasn’t much substance to the comments, but they were at least complimentary.

These posts are getting more and more bare bones. I felt today like I was coming down with something, so I almost didn’t bother with Day 11 tonight. Ain’t I a trooper?

School starts for me on Tuesday. I’m a little scared. I’m determined to excel in the pursuit of this degree.

More birds below…

Little birds drawn and cut out
Little birds drawn and cut out

Change of plans

Remember when I said that I was signed up for the GRE so I could apply to the Instructional Systems Technology program? Guess what? I’m not doing it! Here’s what I’m doing instead.

I am back in the library science business. I originally moved to Bloomington because my friend Karen was enrolled in the library science program at Indiana University,  and she jokingly said, “Why don’t you move to Bloomington and go to library science school?” I said, “Ok.”

So I moved, waited a year to establish residency, and then applied. I got in (the year was 2000), took quite a few classes, and then dropped out because I had too much going on. I was heavily involved a a local dance troupe, and that commitment took up a huge chunk of my time.

Fast-forward to 2013. I started filling out the online application and came to the point where it asked for the names of the people who would provide my letters of recommendation. It occurred to me that it might be a good idea to check with the ILS program to see if I could get back in without re-applying. By the way, the Department of Information and Library Science (ILS), used to be SLIS, the School of Information and Library Science. SLIS merged with the School of Informatics to form the School of Informatics and Computing. Just so you know.

Anyway, I contacted the admissions coordinator and she told me to write up a proposal to have my courses re validated. I did, and in a matter of days I was back in the program. I’m registered for a course in Spring 2014 and I’m  ready to  be all scholarly and stuff.

Yes, I’m a little  scared of all the hard work that’s in store for me. But I’m motivated and I’m excited!

That’s the plan.

This is what I say when I went out the door by  the ILS offices in the Wells Library.  They’re building the School of Global and International Studies.

Building site near Wells Library
Building site near Wells Library