February 28, 2005

Phone banking rocks

There's nothing like a good campaign with great people for a great cause to get me pumped up. I am definitely on a first-night-of-phone-banking high (the pizza and cookies probably didn't hurt the sugar level part of the rush) and you should definitely all come and phone with me next Monday because it was SO much fun (and a very supportive list to be calling).


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YA26: Izzy Willy-Nilly

Izzy Willy-Nilly
Cynthia Voigt
Simon Pulse, New York: 1986
Paperback, 280 pages

This was a really incredible book and, like much of the YA gems, extremely depressing. You know it will be from the cover, which clearly warns that "One drunk driver changed her life forever..." But it is wonderfully told and Izzy is a great character, as is her outspoken friend Rosamunde who helps her deal with what has happened and how she has changed. I would definitely recommend it -- and will probably put it on my top ten list for the class, but keep the kleenex box nearby.

Publisher's Weekly called it "one of the Newbery Medalist's most poignant novels." School Library Journal said, "No one will be able to finish this story without understanding the psychological trauma an amputee faces." Booklist said that it "Conveys a keen understanding of the physical practicalities involved in coping with a handicap." And Kirkus said that "Voigt has a gift for writing books that are impossible to put down, not because of breathtaking plots but because her characters so involved the reader in their inner lives.This is a penetrating look at some real people.Izzy is a winner."

Not to slight the actual issue the book addresses, but I feel the reviews focus too much on the amputation and not enough on the transformation Izzy goes through internally. The book is about friends and family and perceptions and depression and life -- and while you may not think you'd identify with a girl who has lost her leg in a car accident, it addresses a lot of the deep, universal issues that these great YA novels tackle in a very accessible way.

Ages 12+, Grades 6-9

Mom will be pleased to know that the author, Cynthia Voigt, is a Smithie ('63) and grew up in Southern CT (not sure where, and she went off to boarding school in MA anyway I think, but some of her other books take place around Bridgeport and elsewhere in the state).

If I have time this semester I'd definitely add another of her books to my list.

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Phone Banking Starts Tonight

We're kicking off our phone banking tonight for the library campaign -- if you're interested in helping, please let me know! It's going to be fun (really!)

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Happy Birthday Aunt Susan

Happy birthday today to Aunt Susan and to my college suite-mate Matty!

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February 27, 2005

Oscar Night

So what was up with making all the nominees for art director all come up on stage? And the makeup folks accepting from the back of the theater? Our guess was so that it saves time (since no one has to walk up to the stage) but its a little strange?

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February 25, 2005

Milpitas Post Article

Library parcel tax election to be held by mail
Milpitas Post, February 24, 2005
The Santa Clara County Library District is taking another shot at extending a parcel tax approved initially 10 years ago to maintain current hours and services ...

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February 24, 2005

Teen TV, part II

Ok, so I sat through the TIVOed TRL Awards. The show is certainly filled with screaming teenagers (in the studio and out on Times Square hoping for a chance to peak at their favorite stars), so it seemed like a good choice, but boy was every moment of it painful to watch.

TRL's 1ST LADY AWARD: Lindsay Lohan
ROC THE MIC AWARD (Best performance): "What You Gonna Do" Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz
QUIT YOUR DAY JOB AWARD (Best Guest Host): Mischa Barton
WALK THIS WAY AWARD (Best Entrance): Destiny's Child by Helicopter
FAKE ID AWARD (Best Guest Under 21): Jesse McCartney
WET YOUR PANTS AWARD (Funniest Guest): Will Ferrell
MOMENT OF THE YEAR AWARD: Ciara & Vanessa's Limbo contest
and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Eminem (and they showed his Mockingbird video which features home videos of his daughter and niece growing up.)

There was even a "Just Lose It" award where they featured fans who totally flipped out when they won a chance to interact with one of the stars.

Ah! The official word from my brother is that TRL is more middle school -- and that it used to be passible but has gone downhill. That's quite reassuring since it was so awful to watch.

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Leprechaun Lattes for Literacy

Unfortunately these are only sold on the East Coast, but for any of you there:

greenlatte.jpgKaren writes: "I am proud to announce the start of this year's Starbucks Leprechaun Lattes for Literacy campaign with some exciting news - the contribution to Jumpstart from Starbucks per latte sold has increased from $.05 to $.25 this year!! So treat yourself to a tasty and colorful Peppermint Mocha today and tomorrow...and the next day, and thank our local Starbucks friends for their support of Jumpstart."

Starbucks is the Official Growth Partner and National Sponsor of Jump Start.

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February 23, 2005

And OSN ends

After 2 1/2 pretty crazy weeks, the Online Social Networks 2005 Conference has finally come to an end. We're leaving it open for people to write some closing comments over the next week, but I'm planning to take a few days off from obsessively monitoring it so I can face it anew in March and prepare the cd-rom archive and other housekeeping duties. Over 450 people signed up and participated and produced a tremendous volume of discussions, links, ideas, and comments. It's going to take a while to sort through it all and I think we all learned a lot and were exposed to new tools and applications that we'll be exploring for months to come. It is a lot of fun to work on events like this -- especially knowing that there is an end in sight for the intensity and sheer amount of work it takes to pull it off. I'll admit I'm exhausted from it and need to go back to catching up on everything else (like the paper that's due Friday...)

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YA25: Alphabet of Thorn

This is probably more of an adult book, but I'm going to include it in my database anyway (and hope that I manage to read more than the bare minimum required so a few stretches will be overlooked) School Library Journal writes "This belongs in most fantasy collections and is suitable for both adult and YA readers." And some of Patricia McKillip's other books are in the children's section. I had originally seen the title on some teen reading list that now I can't find, and when I realized it featured a library I immediately sought it out.

alphabetofthorn.jpgAlphabet of thorn
Patricia A. McKillip
New York : Ace Books, 2004.
314 p

Nepenthe now 16 years old, was orphaned as an infant on a cliffside and adopted by the royal librarians of the kingdom of Raine (they had a tradition of taking in abandoned children and were up to the letter N when they found her). She is given a book to translate (in a language of strange thorns) and finds it drawing her in and revealing more than she ever would have expected. A new, young queen has been crowned and challenges face the realm from unexpected sources. Magic, stories, language, love whirl around in this book that I just couldn't put down and didn't want to end (it did end a bit abruptly I thought).

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Teen TV

Ok, so I'm supposed to watch TV and movies aimed at teenagers for my YA class (yes, this is homework, I have to keep a journal and stuff). Any suggestions? I had Tivo grab American Idol, One Tree Hill, Gilmore Girls, some MTV shows and a couple of random others. What else should I add to my list? C'mon - I know you guys watch :)

So on the One Tree Hill episode I watched, the kids at Tree Hill High School in North Carolina are recording videos for a time capsule that won't be opened for 50 years. Its a great conceit for an episode, which allows the characters to reveal all sorts of things to us the audience that they're friends and families may not know (until two sneak into school and watch them, of course). I am struck by how much older high school kids on TV look than I felt when I was in high school. I liked the transitions from one scene to the next where one word is picked up in a completely different contect. According to one fan site, the characters are supposed to be sophomores - or maybe juniors this season I guess. There seems to be a love triangle of sorts between two half-brothers and a residual custody battle involving the parents. Now they're all sitting around drinking at a party. I like the description from The Tangled Web: "As the youth of Tree Hill do their best to find their way in a world riddled with emotional ups and downs, the adults must grapple with the consequences of the choices they've made along the way. Will the children make the same mistakes as their parents, or will they also have to struggle to make sense of a life that is anything but predictable?"

Getting along, finding love, figuring out who you are, fitting in, what you're meant for, making sense of the world, tearing down your parents... regular stuff I guess (shown in the parallel to how similar the issues were in the 1954 tape).

The actors seem to be well known teen stars: Hilarie Burton, who plays Peyton Sawyer, is an MTV dj and interviews people on TRL. Chad Michael Murray, one of the brothers, was Katie Holmes' love interest in Dawson's Creek, was in the remake of Freaky Friday, with Jamie Lee Curtis, and was the love interest in Cinderella Story, opposite Hilary Duff. And the coach is the from Northern Exposure!

I'm a bit surprised at the number of ads aimed at parents of young kids (interspersed among the soda, fast food, cell phones, and promos for other WB shows), but maybe it doesn't really correlate. The best ad was a Mastercard ad to win an intership (and a preview for the upcoming Ice Princess movie opening 3/18 of course))

The episode featured music from kaiser chiefs, kasabian, jem, and bettie serveert (and yes, I feel old) All of which can be downloaded as ringtones to my cingular cell phone I suppose from the wb site)

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February 22, 2005

Refgrunt, 2/22

Tuesday night on the J desk, here are some of the questions:

prairie dogs
porpoises and sea otters
Dragon Ball Z
historical fiction
Japanese Anime
Sammy Keyes & the Psycho Kitty Queen
2nd grade chapter books
magazine articles about pandas
4th grade chapter books
help finding book on shelf
Missing Mummy
Mary Kate & Ashley books
Magic School Bus videos
biography of a dead person
magazine about skiing
Barney videos
Micmac Indians
Trumpet of the Swan
Car repair manuals
teletubbie DVDs
Dealing with Dragons on tape
Thomas the Tank Engine books and videos
Diary of Anne Frank

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Francesca Lia Block in NY Times

Francesca Lia Block, author of those Weetzie Bat books I loved so much, is featured in a big article in the NY Times:

Writing Frankly, Young-Adult Author Pushes Limits
Published: February 23, 2005

This summer she will publish "Necklace of Kisses," another Weetzie novel, but this time for adults, about a troubled marriage. Now, Weetzie is in her 40's and her children are in college. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, her relationship with her boyfriend is troubled. Weetzie goes to a magical pink hotel where she encounters a mermaid who kisses her and starts her on the way to healing. ... She has at least two more young-adult books on the way, she said, and two more for adults.
"How can I tell you this without sounding too crazy, too West Coast?" she asked, with a laugh. "I believe life is infused with magic. I believe in creativity and art as experiences of magic. I do."
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The Gates

Vicariously enjoying The Gates through Mom's photos:

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February 21, 2005

Happy Birthday Katy and Mark

Happy birthdays today to Katy and Mark!

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February 20, 2005

Fremont Peak

Shachar and I drove up to Fremont Peak State Park but it was cold and I was tired so we just looked at the view and didn't hike around. It was beautiful up there though.

Anyone have any idea what kind of plant this is?

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February 19, 2005

The next Raffi?

Looks like Eduard has a new fan base (Betty was in this picture that Mom sent too, but she looked so utterly bored that I figured I'd spare her)


(goodness, it looks cold and snowy out there!)

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Brian on OSN

I forgot to mention how great everyone has been saying Brian's call was the other day in the OSN Conference (you can listen in here: Real Media or Windows Media)
but I had to share this one comment someone just made:

Brian, you rock!
I really thought you were someone else, some jaded middle-age media guruperson, when first listening to you, and participating in the audio-event - etc. and blah blah.

It just made me smile.

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February 18, 2005

YA24: The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

secondsummer.jpgThe Second Summer of the Sisterhood
Ann Brashares
Delacorte Press, New York, 2003
373 p

I meant to just read a little bit of this and then do some other homework and/or go to bed early so I'd be ready for class tomorrow, but this was one of those books I just couldn't put down.

This is the sequel to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and takes place the following summer. I wasn't sure that it could live up to the first one, but I fell right into it and ended up crying quite a bit. I may need to wait until I finish enough books for my class project before I can read #3, but it is definitely now on my list.

My teacher today said that she felt that the audio version was even better, so I might have to add that to the list too (though I am very much enjoying Summerland in my car now)

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in class all day today and tomorrow...

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February 17, 2005

Knitted Room

This is old, but someone just posted it to our company's internal knitting list (how cool is it that there's a knitting list in the company???) and since it reminded me so much of the beaded kitchen I love, I thought I'd share:
Strathaven folk knit themselves a room.

I haven't had any time to knit at all... but now I guess I'll need to start on a little iPod cover

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February 16, 2005

April 29

Oh so very exciting! Hitchiker's opens April 29th (Amazon's doing a big promotion with the new trailer). I must say it's going to take some getting used to the new look since I love the old BBC one so dearly (and what's up with Zaphod's 2nd head?) but I'll definitely be waiting in line for it opening weekend with the other geeks! (and then there's Star Wars on the IMAX May 19th...)

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February 15, 2005

Refgrunt, 2/15

My regular Tuesday night shift, 4 hours J. Some of the questions:

Mission Santa Barbara
All the members of the cabinet
Mary Kate & Ashley
Charlie Bone book #2 on tape
3 Little Birds by the Brothers Grimm
Schwarzenneger (of course the only J-bio was from 1994 so it missed a few things)
Christopher Reeve
Jennie Hanaiali'i Woodd
Diego Rivera
George Washington
Paul Revere
Neil Armstrong
Otherwise Known as Shelia the Great
Asian countries
Stone Fox
Caroline's Year (little house books)
President's Day
care of chihuahuas

and, surprisingly enough, I realized that I like tutoring math. It was pretty slow and a girl came over for help with her math homework. That's not really my job, but she needed the help and I spent a lot of time with her (despite some looks from the librarian on the desk with me) We tried to work on adding and subtracting fractions (finding common denominators, simplifying the answers, etc.) It was really great fun (fleeting thoughts of teaching math... quickly dismissed) and I realized what an art it is to be able to help with homework without giving too much away or without getting in over the kid's head (since I guess some of my explanations bordered on algebra instead of 4th grade math without realizing it). I didn't get anywhere near the right balance but it was fun to try -- to be aware of what I was saying and how much I was helping (or failing to get my ideas across). I admit I was rather horrified when she said that the teacher doesn't check or collect the homework (when I had asked if it shouldn't be a bit neater before turning it in). I wish we were one of those libraries with a staffed homework center where there were always tutors and resources on hand to help with situations like this -- a) If it hadn't been so quiet (the weather seemed to keep people at home) I would never had had the time to spend working so long with her on the problems and b) I don't have any training in this, no relationship with the schools to find out what the assignments and things are and c) helping with homework isn't really a supported activity on the desk. Anyway, like I said, I really enjoyed it (and really really hope she'll be able to take something away from it and be able to do the problems in class tomorrow)

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February 14, 2005

Ze on Vday

So our special event today at OSN2005 today was a conversation with the very very funny Ze Frank (of 'How to Dance Properly' fame, which is even part of the Tech's NetPl@net exhibit).

Check out Ze's take on Valentine's Day

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Bridget as your spiritual guide

This month's Virtual Chautauqua has started and it is featuring a book called Becoming a Goddess of Inner Poise: Spirituality for the Bridget Jones in All of Us by Donna Freitas. I just started it and am enjoying it a lot (it is written in Bridget-y style which is v.v. fun to read). Come join us for a discussion with the author!

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Happy Valentine's Day!

vdaycookies.jpgHappy Valentine's Day (aka Chocolate Appreciation Day) to you all!

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February 13, 2005

Whale Watch

whalewatch1.jpgShachar and I went on a whale watch today from Montery on the "Sur Randy".

Apparently, each winter, gray whales migrate south from Alaska to their calving grounds off Baja California. In spring, they return with their calves to their feeding grounds off Alaska. Since we're in early spring, there were a few slow-pokes going South and a few early ones already heading back North. January's probably the ideal time, but we spotted at least one pod of two or three whales (and either saw some other ones or those same ones a couple of times) They're great fun to spot because you really do see the spurt of water and then have time to all rush to that side of the boat in time to see the whale's back and then the very cool tail flip by.

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February 12, 2005


After this morning's campaign meeting, Ellen and I spent a few hours in the sunshine talking to people outside the library about the campaign and trying to encourage people to sign up to help with the phone banking (hint, hint!). There was a Friends' book sale today so there were loads of folks -- and of course since they were all library users they were pretty supportive.


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OSN Fieldtrip

Just like in a regular ftf conference, our virtual conference sometimes has little side trips to places outside of the conference center. Today, a bunch of us met up in one of the other participant's space on Second Life, the virtual world that we have that mini version of in NetPl@net at The Tech.

Here's *me* arriving at the meeting spot.

and the group sitting around chatting:

There were a bunch of "regulars" who were telling us visiting newbies why they used Second Life and how it worked for groups. Very interesting discussion of RL vs. SL.

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Happy Birthday Bill's Dad

I think his birthday is actually tomorrow, but check out Bill's dad on Westport Now, celebrating his 95th birthday at the Y (last year they gave him cupcakes). He really is just amazing!!

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February 11, 2005

Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy birthday today to my Dad!

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February 10, 2005

Million Dollar Baby

milliondollarbaby.jpgI thought I would get out of the house for a few hours and see a movie (since obsessively reloading the center page of the conference or checking how many people are logged in every few minutes is not really healthy.) Million Dollar Baby, the new Clint Eastwood/Hilary Swank/Morgan Freeman flick was playing down the street and I've been eyeing it for a few days now (but talking myself out of going and staying home and working instead). But at 6:30 I IM'ed Emy and asked her advice about whether I should go. Her comment that Rush & crew were protesting the film decided it for me and I ran down there for the 6:45 showing.

It was NOT what I expected (since I hadn't actually bothered to read any of the buzz, just knew that there was buzz) but it's a good movie worth seeing. Only had to hide for a few scenes. I'd recommend it (not to you Mom) but its not the escapist sports-flick rah-rah thing I was expecting at all.

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Go Bill Murray!

Emy just IMed to let me know that Bill Murray gave his winnings from a Pro-Am golf tournament to saving the Salinas Library! Here's the article from the SJ Merc about it.

Their web site is http://www.savethelibraries.org/ (not to be confused with ours, which is http://www.supportourlibraries.org/ since luckily we're not nearly as bad off as their libraries are.

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YA23: Wizards of the Game

wizardsofthegame.gifOk, for slightly younger than YA's, but I'm counting it anyway -- and felt I deserved a nice fluffy one after Fallen Angels.

In Wizards of the Game, Mercer Dickensen spends all his free time playing a fantasy role-playing game and runs into some _real_ wizards along the way that need his help. Add in religious fanatics protesting the game to the school board, a cute popular girl, a would-be witch, a roomful of paper-mache monsters, and all of a sudden you almost wish it was still just a game.

I tried to give it to a kid the other day since he was looking for InkHeart and other light fantasy (and this was next to Inkheart in the to-be-shelved cart). I took it home because it made me think of Eduard and all those Magic games and tournaments. And then I started it yesterday because some people were talking about RPGs in the staff room Tuesday night at the library and I was telling these two teenage girls about how I had briefly played Robotech in high school... but mainly because I was the only girl with all these cute -- if geeky -- guys (but I was a geek too, so it worked for me). Anyway, I enjoyed it. Its not a must-read, but it was fun.

Wizards of the Game
David Lubar
Philomel Books (New York) 2003

Ages 9-12, Grade 5-8

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YA22: Make Lemonade

I really do like listening to books in the car -- I'm making a bit of progress on my homework, I don't have to feel guilty that I should be doing some other work at the time, and I've avoided listening to any of the terrible things going on in the world for little stretches at a time (I try to catch a bit of NPR anyway so I don't go through withdrawl, but the car rides go by much faster when I'm not weighted down by real news).

So today on the way to work I finished up listening to:

Make lemonade [sound recording]
by Virginia Euwer Wolff
New York : Listening Library, p2002.
Read by Heather Alicia Simms

Its the story of two teenager girls -- 14-year-old LaVaughn who is saving money to go to college by babysitting, and 17-year-old Jolly who has dropped out of school and is trying to raise two little kids on her own.

I'm going to have to go back and read it though as well, since the Publishers Weekly review writes, "Poetry is everywhere, as Wolff proves by fashioning her novel with meltingly lyric blank verse in the voice of an inner-city 14-year-old." It was wonderful to listen to, but I bet it would be to read as well. It sounded almost like poetry but I didn't even realize it was written that way. Already its going to be one of my favorites of the YA books on my list and now I'll have to go check out the other two in the trilogy...

Ages 11-14

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Happy Birthday Karen!

Happy birthday today to Karen!

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February 09, 2005

Newsletter on Blog in Newsletter

blogison.gifYay! The new issue of the library's newsletter is out and posted on the blog (of course) and one of the front page stories is about the blog! I was so pleased to walk into Tina's kitchen the other day and see the newsletter posted right on her refrigerator (since it is a great place to find all the libraries' hours and contact information in one place) so I really thin that lots of people might actually read it and learn about the blog! How exciting!

(Plus, there are quite a few librarian blogger types attending OSN2005, which is pretty cool too!)

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YA21: Fallen Angels

fallenangels.gifIn contrast to the last YA book on the list, there was definitely nothing light and fluffy about this one. Yet it is an amazing book and I could see it appealing to teenagers. I certainly never would have picked it up if it wasn't required, but it is one that will stick with my for a long long time.

Fallen Angels
Walter Dean Myers
Point, Scholastic, 1988

Coretta Scott King Award, 1989

I barely know what to blog about it. Its the story of Richie Perry, a 17 year old from Harlem who ends up fighting deep in the boonies of Vietnam trying to make sense of what's going on, but mostly just trying to get out of there alive.

Its one of those books that I wish I had finished early enough in the day to go to the movies afterward so I can displace some of the images still floating around in my mind.

I thought I was signed up to work tonight, but must have had the date wrong and since I had a free evening I thought I'd polish it off. I would have been finished earlier but got slightly distracted setting up a character in Second Life so I can participate in one of the events scheduled for OSN2005 where we're all going to meet up at someone's part of that virtual world and hang out online. The conference attendee list is up to 340 and people have already begin to have some really interesting conversations there!

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Let the fun begin!

The Online Social Network Conference (OSN2005) has officially begun! I opened the virtual doors around 1am pacific time and already there are people in the space checking it out (clearly people from other time zones... I hope.) The participant list is around 320 right now and hopefully still growing. It looks like it's going to be quite an interesting gang of folks.

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February 08, 2005

Refgrunt, 2/8

5-9pm on the J desk, some of the questions:

Zach's Lie by Roland Smith (again, the first question of the night was from a YA!)
learn to play the guitar
"What year did Shakespeare die?"
Caldecott medalists
Thomas Edison
Phonics Pathway
Elizabeth I
Greek Gods and Myths ("you know, the one with the wings on his feet)
any mystery (I gave her Sammy Keyes and some others)
The Runaway
Wright Brothers
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's Farm
Ben Franklin
Langston Hughes
Encyclopedia of the solarsystem
Harry Potter DVDs
CDroms for toddlers
SAT9 2nd Grade test prep book, newer edition
Spy Kids movies
Mists of Avalon
Lizzie McGuire movies
biography of someone - anyone
valentine's day books w/ tapes
Lemony Snicket #4&5
King Tut
In the Hand of the Goddess
Poems about weather or water

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spresent.gifAloha today to Shachar who is in Hawaii giving a talk today to the Weed Science Society of America Annual Meeting.

1:30 PM
Effect of soil carbon: Nitrogen ratio and organic amendments on seedbank longevity. Shem-Tov, S.1,*, Klose, S.1, Ajwa, H.A.1 and Fennimore, S.A.1 1University of California Davis, Dept. of Plant Sciences, Salinas, CA. (324)

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February 07, 2005

Mom's Tea

Look at Mom in Westport Now today!

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February 06, 2005

Refgrunt, 2/6

4 hours A, 2 hours J. Some of the questions:

Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and biographies on Shakespeare (I was very excited that my first patron of the day was a teen so I could practice what I'm reading in "Connecting Young Adults and Libraries," the text for my YA class)
Malcolm X
Indian movies
Writer's Digest
Francoise Sagan
Resume books
Where to put salary requirements when applying for a job? On your resume? In the cover letter?
Uncle Tom's Cabin on video
Pendragon books
Star Wars books
Ink Heart
Thomas the Tank Engine books
love poetry
Body for Life
Eat, Drink and Be Healthy
The Road Less Travelled
Julius Caesar (the play)
DC phone book
sending email from Word
Primal Leadership (on tape)
Newsweek article from last Sept
addresses for French companies
The Tortilla Curtain
What vitamins are in what foods?
Lewis and Clark expedition map
Florence travel videos and books
Chinese language materials
Taxes for Dummies
Biographical Literature (its a Chinese language periodical)
Pay it Forward (book and movie)
DVD Demystified Vol 3
Strictly Ballroom
science fair projects on the flammability of fabrics

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The Evolution of the American Academic Library Building

I know, it sounds pretty boring, but I actually really liked it and found it fascinating! Needless to say, this was required reading for my Library Buildings seminar.

evolutionofaalb.gifThe Evolution of the American Academic Library Building
David Kaser
Scarecrow Press Inc, 1997

It was really interesting to see how library building design has evolved over time as changes in education, styles, funding sources, technology, building materials, etc. shaped them. I'll have to discuss it with Margaret and Alan to see what they think of it.

I actually learned quite a bit about the Amherst Library in the book and decided to dig around on the website to see what else I could find. There's a great photograph on their history page showing the inside of the original Morgan Library. And one of the reading room. Apparently, among academic institutions before the Civil War, their's was the only library built in the simple rectangular style with perimeter shelves that was popular in European libraries of the time (3). The library opened in 1853 and in 1857 housed 12,000 volumes (to William's 7,200) The library was only open for service three hours/week (to William's 2) (ok, ok, Harvard had 74,000 and was open 28 hours a week in 1857). According to Kaser:

In both its exterior appearance (neither Classical nor Gothic but Italianate) and its internal use of space (perimeter wall shelves), Morgan Library differed from its contemporties. Superseded as the College library when the Converse Memorial building was opened in 1917, Morgan Hall today houses College offices. (19-20)

Morgan Hall now houses the Departments of American Studies, Anthropology and Sociology (and also houses a copy of Dad's thesis). Here's a photo c. 1885 of the outside of Morgan Library and another of the stacks.

Here's a photo from inside of Converse Library and of the outside. Converse Hall now has administrative offices and the Red Room (renamed after I graduated to something else I think) where Auban and I used to sit and knit during student government meetings.

To add to the list of influential Amherst librarians, the book mentions William Isaac Fletcher who wrote an influencial essay in the American Architect on October 27, 1888 to help bridge the growing tension between librarians and architects over design of stacks, etc. I'm not entirely sure what he meant when he wrote that some librarians were "perhaps a trifle long-haired"? (48-49) It is also noted that Amherst carpeted its library in 1964 (I had no idea that carpet was such a significant innovation in the library world!) (122)

Frost Library, which the book doesn't mention, was completed in 1965 (photo of the construction.) The library now seems to have more than 1,003,887 volumes and more than 575,177 other media materials.

(and I didn't know that there was a library school there in the summers from 1891 to 1905!)

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Not that I'm watching

I'm not actually watching the game, since I'm here at work at the library, but had to share these stats I heard on Morning Edition the other day:

Morning Edition, February 4, 2005 The Super Bowl is also Supersnack Sunday, and diet columnist Charles Stuart Platkin has come up with the following incentive for you to try low-calorie alternatives. To melt off the calories in a single nacho chip loaded down with beans, cheese and guacamole -- would take nine minutes at training camp. A handful of beer nuts? Twenty-one minutes of cheerleading. And two slices of pizza? Doing the wave 1,182 times
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A few more days to vote

If you haven't already, don't forget to check out the silly video that Amytha and I made and Vote For Us!

Go to the page, "click to enter," scroll down to where you see the San Jose City Limit sign and -- if you like our video -- please give us a "good" rating. Thanks!! Voting goes until 2/13 -- vote early and often!


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February 05, 2005


mailing.jpgMerged, printed, signed (by the whole committee this morning actually), folded, stuffed, sealed, and sent a batch of almost a hundred fundraising/volunteer recruitment letters this afternoon -- and I haven't even done the set to friends and family yet. Of course after that I needed a nap so I haven't gotten any of the other things on my list done yet today, but I was quite proud of the pile of letters (even though they're long-shot, cold-leads gleaned from FEC filing lists).

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Pulse, a Stomp Odyssey

pulse.jpgAfter our early morning library campaign committee meeting, I raced downtown and made it with about 30 seconds to spare for the special volunteer showing of the new IMAX film, Pulse, a Stomp Odyssey. I was going to wait and see it later, but Van organized a cookies & coffee social for the volunteers after the showing so I wanted to be sure to go to that.

The movie is great - the sounds and images are spectacular. It ties in nicely with the new Amazing Music Studio exhibit (there until May 15) which I haven't even had a chance to play in yet.


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February 03, 2005

YA20: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

angus.gifOne of the YA Librarians I work with recommended this one, but I have to say I really didn't like it. There were some very funny laugh-out-loud moments, but overall I just didn't click with it at all. Its billed as "a younger bridget jones," (or worse, a combination of Adrian Mole and Bridget Jones) and is the diary of 14 year old Georgia Nicolson, a British school girl discovering the joys of teenage life.

Angus, thongs and full-frontal snogging : confessions of Georgia Nicolson
HarperCollins; 1st American ed edition (May 31, 2000)
256 pages

Of course the School Library Journal review says, "It will take a sophisticated reader to enjoy the wit and wisdom of this charming British import, but those who relish humor will be satisfied," so perhaps I'm just not up to the challenge.

Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL), Books for Youth Editor's Choice 2000 (Booklist), Top 10 Youth First Novels 2000(Booklist), 2001 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, 2001 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA), and 2001 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers (ALA)

Ages 11+, Gr 7-9

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boing boing

So proud... I got a thank you for submitting a site to boingboing

Oh, and the early bird special for the conference has been extended through Feb 8th by popular demand, so it's not too late to register for the low low price of just $35. socialnets.org

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February 02, 2005

Shakespeare in Hollywood

Shakes_in_Hollywood.jpgJust got back from a fun production of Shakespeare in Hollywood at TheatreWorks.

The story surrounds the filming of the 1935 movie version of A Midsummer's Night Dream, complicated by a bit of magic that has Oberon and Puck playing themselves (or, as one review puts it, "Puck goes to Hollywood, wreaks havoc.") It draws heavily on Shakespeare quotes (apparently drawing from at least eight different plays or more) while twisting and turning them.

I'd agree with Spinnity's comment below (posted before I had a chance to write anything more than a placeholder here), that there were moments of genius but also some weak points. It fits nicely though into my favorite literary genre of characters from books having adventures outside of their stories and was a lot of fun to watch.

The best part, as usual, was the discussion with the cast afterwards. Its always fun to see them out of character and they had some great insights into how the different audiences on different nights really play a role in how each performance goes (we were apparently a particularly good audience of course).

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Small world story of the day

So I'm looking through the blogs that are linking to our upcoming Online Social Networks Conference (gotta love Technorati for ego-surfing) and I see this one from jobster blog... and it turns out Brian used to work for the author. Best part was this:

And in the far reaches of the web archives, here is a photo from 1997 of Brian and me at Camden Yards when Brian was writing one of the very first blogs in history, reporting on his journey across the U.S. to visit every major league baseball stadium that summer.

(emphasis mine) Ah, yes, the famous Great American Baseball Trip (I do like to think I played a small part in the online aspect...) Eegad we've been at this for a long time.
Great American Baseball Trip

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Happy Groundhog Day

groundhog.gifAccording to AP reports, "Punxsutawney Phil has spoken, and the news isn't good. The world's most famous furry forecaster saw his shadow Wednesday on Gobbler's Knob, suggesting another six weeks of wintry weather."

Of course a Wisconsin groundhog named Jimmy begs to differ with Phil.

Did you know there were Groundhog Day songs?

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February 01, 2005

Another reason I'm going to have to break down and buy an Ipod...

Brian's been podcasting

(what is podcasting, you ask? Well, according to wikipedia -- which seemed like an appropriate online social networking kind of place to find this out --

Podcasting involves the recording of internet radio or similar internet audio programs. These recordings are then made available for download to portable digital audio device. One can then listen to the podcast internet radio program while you are away from your computer or at a different time than the original program was broadcast.

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I really meant to...

I meant to go to the "Conversation with Mas" kick off of Silicon Valley Reads tonight except that

a) I can't find my copy of the book so I haven't read it yet
b) I seem to be completely unable to end meetings on time so our VAB meeting didn't quite end in time to make it to a 7pm event (even though it was in an adjacent building)

Hmm... I'm not sure I can make it to any of the other events (which is pathetic because there are a million of them) Oh well. I'll at least try to track down my copy of the book (or check out another one) and read it before the end of the month.

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It's alive!!

latestsccoop.gifIt's official! Today is the Santa Clara County Library Blog Grand Opening! Check out the Latest SCCoop (http://www.santaclaracountylib.org/sccoop) As our Adult Services Manager wrote, "The Blog is On!"

Welcome to the Santa Clara County Library Blog The Latest SCCoop delivering up-to-date news and events for all of the nine libraries and bookmobile that serve the communities of Alum Rock, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County.

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Way to go Paul for building such a great site (and getting all the needed approval!)

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