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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Net Neutrality


I saw this clip this morning on youtube about Net Neutrality and I'm curious to read what everybody thinks about the issue. Do librarians have the responsibility to be a voice against blocking Net Neutrality? Is the ALA doing anything about this? I haven't heard much about from librarians myself.

Here's a link to the clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5RQrxkGgCM

And here's a ninja breaking down net neutrality: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H69eCYcDcuQ&eurl==

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Undergraduate Library GSA Blog

Hello, fellow LISPers!

I just wanted to let you all know that the Graduate Student Assistants at the Undergraduate Library here at WSU have created a blog to share our experiences under the questions mark. Please feel free to check it out, post comments, etc.

http://clubugl.blogspot.com

Also, keep in mind that there will be TWO GSA positions opening shortly. The GSAs at UGL will continue to contribute tips and tricks to help folks interested in these (EXTREMELY WORTHWHILE) positions. UGL is a really fast-paced place, but now you have a window into what types of things we go through. If you can work at UGL, you can work anywhere in the nation.

And, for some other library and archives related stuff, check out my own personal blog at http://knowledgeiscool.blogspot.com

Friday, June 09, 2006

With the sincere hope that I don't rekindle this conversation, I'm going to mention the flurry of "diploma discussion" that just plagued our listserv. My first question is...who cares? My undergrad is still sitting filed away in the dark and that's where my MLIS will end up as well. It's a piece of paper that I won't ever pull out unless I need it.

How my diploma looks means NOTHING to me. It's what you have to back up the degree that's important. I like the idea of my diploma just being the tip of the iceberg. My "education" section on my resume is very small. It's just school. I get that there's perfectionists that need their 4.0's and their dilpomas glittering so they can show all their friends, but I'm more interested in the practical experiences that one can get from WSU. I'm interested in the caliber of classes offered, GSA positions, the internships, practicums, research projects, etc. The last thing I'm going to whine about is a stupid piece of paper.

Tell me, do you think that a possible employer will hire the person with the pretty diploma or the person that's been involved in a student organization? Do you think that a person will be more impressed with your glossy degree or the fact that you volunteered at your local historical society on the weekends? Do you think think that wonderful looking MLIS means anything if all you've done is classes?

I say not. I hope this diploma discussion is buried, never to be recovered, because it teeters on the edge of absurdity.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006



Got this cartoon from one of my listservs.

Da Vinci's Cell

Ok, I'm taking Lucie up on her suggestion to start a discussion on how they replaced the librarian character from the book with a cell phone in the movie version of The Da Vinci Code. I'm surprised that this has not gotten more attention in library land. For awhile I was thinking that either I was remembering the book incorrectly or perhaps I was the only person in library land that had both read the book and saw the movie, both of which are quite likely.

I'm not giving anything away by saying that in the book the heroes go to a large research library in London to use the expertise of a brilliant librarian whose knowledge helps save the day. In the movie the heroes hop on a bus and borrow some dude's cell phone to google the information. What kills me is that the rest of the movie follows the book page by page!

Anyway, there's my rant. I'm so glad that we have this blog as a medium for ranting.

Friday, June 02, 2006

I found this really great site that has library job postings. Check it out here - http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/jobweb/
It is certainly one of the best sites I have found so far on my "job hunt".