Sara and Dad

  Originally uploaded by broken thoughts.

Today I had the pleasure of attending my "baby" girl’s graduation from Oberlin College. 

It was hot as hell and blazingly sunny.  Jeremy and I (and many others) sat in the sun for 4 hours.  Many moved to more shady ground.

She has a job, but it isn’t finalized and I don’t want to jinx her so I’ll be quiet for now.

I put up my pictures from this weekend with no metadata for now.  And it looks like they are out of order in the set…?  No time to worry about it for now.  I’m way behind on class work and I have a group presentation on Thursday.  Yikes! 

Maybe I’ll just have to talk about "the one thesaurus to rule them all."  Anyway, it’s late and I need to relax a bit and get in bed.  Up early tomorrow and focusing on merging thesauri.

Congratulations Sara!

Welcome to MySpace

A couple days ago my son IM’d me to let me know that he had posted a comment pointing me at  some comments he made about the families lack of communication since his return from Iraq.

Back in January I found out that my son and daughter and my sister Angie have My Space accounts via Angie.  I half-heartedly tried to see if I could find them but it seemed I needed an account.  I wasn’t ready to give them that info them so I skipped it.  But this time my son IM’d and commented on my blog to direct my attention to something in his MySpace account.

Now I had an explicit reason.  This morning I finally set up an account and got to read what my son wrote a few days ago.  I commented on it there and he has emailed me back and also replied there.  It is good if it has us talking.  I found his sister’s too via comments on his post.

I only looked around a little at both.  It feels weird.  Not quite right somehow.  Jeremy did, in effect, invite me in, and I have no doubt that he fully understood that.  I appreciate that gesture.  Sara, though, did not invite me in.

Well, this weekend I can ask her about it.  I’d like to be in more of her world, but I don’t want it affecting her "space," or Jeremy’s either.

I probably won’t be hanging out in MySpace much.  I have enough "places" to be in the world, virtual and otherwise.  And, honestly, it is plain freakin’ ugly. 

That said, here is mine:

I’m heading to Ohio tomorrow for Sara’s graduation from Oberlin College.  I am so proud!  And she has a job already!  Something in nanotechnology in Cleveland.  Yay, Sara!

Jeremy’s soon to be promoted to the rank I retired as, and he has done it on about 60% of the time I did.  Very darn impressive!  I am so proud of both my adult children!

I hope the kiddies are enjoying themselves

On the walk home from schwork* today I realized that it was perfect disc golf weather.  It was nice out, sunny, not too hot but not cool and the winds were light.  I suffered through the walk home in my non-walking shoes.  Despite the developing hotspots I even stopped and smelled a few flowers, peonies mostly.

So once I got home and stripped off all those "bad" clothes, relaxed for a few minutes and then got properly dressed for early summer weather and headed to the park to toss some discs and relax. 

Damn Flickr is causing me issues getting today’s schwork photos (to and fro) uploaded into sets.  ||  Oh well.  That was a pain.  And a few photos are missing or out of order. 

Walk to Schwork 23 May 2006

Walk from Schwork 23 May 2006

And yes, the red peonies at the end of "to" and those at the beginning of "from" are the same large grouping.

So back to the disc golf….  Off I head sometime after 6 PM only to arrive with cars hanging off the lawn of the school yard and "traffic" clogging the driveway.  "WTF?," he thinks.  Turns out the elementary school is having its end of year fair or something.  There’s big blow up jump/slide/(consume sugary things) sort of things behind the school.  Damn!  I sure those kiddies (and their parents) are enjoying themselves.

See, the frisbee golf course sits behind an elementary school.  It’s in a park.  The park just sits behind the school and uses the school parking lot as its lot.  <le sigh>

I came home, made a sandwich, ate it and some chips and read an article by Soegel on SemWeb.  Since then I’ve been fighting with Flickr and this post.  Seeing as it’s about 8 and I have more homework I should do I think this is it again.

*schwork noun (locational and/or situational and/or lifestyle- and/or career-oriented).  1 Contraction of school and work as I finally got tired of saying "school and work," or wasting energy in figuring out which one to use when, and getting confused when both are applicable (as they often are).  I started using it in my Flickr sets on 16 May.  I think this is the first time here and I don’t believe I’ve used it in "polite" conversation yet.

Weekend so far…

Yesterday afternoon after a not-so-great apartment hunting expedition I went to the LIS Library to collect the materials that Pauline spoon fed us to get us started on our reading reports.

Last night I went to Kasey‘s party at Boltini due to cancellation of Schlossball.  [Pics here.]  When I got up this AM it was beautiful out so I leisurely got ready to go to Market on the Square for my 2nd breakfast.  The Market only opened last weekend so there aren’t yet a lot of venders, and not too many fresh vegetables or fruits yet either.  A few things though.  I got some ginger snap cookies and a blueberry muffin.  I ate the muffin while sitting on a curb with my coffee and people watching.  [Pics here.]  Saw several folks.  Ran into Matt and Mary who were on break from the Books to Prisoners book sale.  Bought some beeswax candles. 

After putting my stuff in the car I headed in to the book sale.  Found an iris show and contest in the mall.  I didn’t bother taking anything but snapshots but there were some lovely ones (irises, not snapshots).  [Pics here.]  Matt asked me if I wanted to open a request letter from a prisoner so I did.  We were able to supply them a new dictionary (which they requested) and I was able to find one book sort of related to one of their other requests.

I told Matt that it had just been a ruse to get me looking in places I could have more easily avoided on my own.  I ended up with 10 books for $6.50.  Matt jotted a reply on the letter I had opened and wrapped up the dictionary and book I found and addressed it to be mailed.  I went and paid for my books.

I got the following books:

Validity in Interpretation, E. D. Hirsch, Jr. 1967.

The Elements of Figurative Language, Bradford T. Stull.  (Elements of Composition series) 2002.

The Changing Nature of Man: Introduction to a Historical Psychology, J. H. van den Berg. 1964. (one of Dr. Stivers’ influences)

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, T.S. Eliot and Edward Gorey. 1982.  This lovely little beast (but as a cassette read by Sir John Gielgud and Irene Worth, not as a paperback for sale to grade schoolers, although cover is basically the same) caused untoward havoc early on last semester in Advanced Cataloging.  Laurie brought it to me to remind me and I figured it’s definitely worth 50 cents.

What Computers Still Can’t Do: A Critique of Artificial Reason, Hubert L. Dreyfus. 1992.  (another Stivers’ influence)

The Shelter of Each Other: Rebuilding Our Familes, Mary Pipher. 1996.

Directions in Cognitive Anthropology, Janet. W. D. Dougherty, ed.  1985.  I’m not familiar with anyone in this collection as best I know, but what kind of classificationist would I be if I weren’t interested in Section titles like "The Representation of Basic Categories," "Contexts for Learning and Reapplying Cultural Knowlege," or "Systems of Cultural Knowledge?"  Anyway, for a half a buck it might point me to something extremely interesting.

Adventures of the Mind, from the Saturday Evening Post, ed. by Richard Thruelsen and John Kobler. Intro by Mark Van Doren. 1959.  From the year of my birth. 21 essays by leading intellectuals of the time:  Loren Eiseley, Jacques Barzun "The Misbehavioral Sciences," Paul Tillich "The Lost Dimension in Religion," J. Robert Oppenheimer, Edith Hamilton, Aldous Huxley "Drugs That Shape Men’s Minds," Edith Sitwell, Hans Selye "What Makes Basic Research Basic?," Lewis Mumford "How War Began," Aaron Copland, S. I. Hayakawa "How Words Change Our Lives," Bertrand Russell, ….
The knowledge of these essays has crossed my path a few times, as has Mark Van Doren.

Sociomedia: Multimedia, Hypermedia, and the Social Construction of Knowledge
, Edward Barrett, ed., 1992.  I’m not familiar with too many of the authors in this collection of 25 essays and an intro essay by the editor but it looks promising.  A note says that most of these papers were presented at the 1st conference on "The Social Creation of Knowledge," directed by the editor in Spring 1991.  Here are two that might be of interest to many, especialy in an historical context:

 Anderson, Gregory T. "Dimensions, Context, and Freedom: The Library in the Social Creation of Knowledge." 107-124.

Conclusion:  Knowledge creators, librarians, and technologists need to establish the organizational and technological infrastructures to play with the possibilities for the creation of knowledge. We need to build libraries that are transformed into the networked information environment, and we need to propagate them with a variety of electronic data upon which systems can be designed and prototyped. We must find data and work with them in order to learn about delivering knowledge and about multimedia system design.
    We need to play, to fulfill our drive to play, our spieltrieb. Let’s strive for greater continuity between research and application. Let’s be prepared to fail and be prepared to succeed. As we succeed we must prepare ourselves for a very different and exciting world where the social creation of knowledge is nurtured by the services of libraries and of multimedia" (123).

    Burnett, Katheleen.  "Multimedia and Library and Information Studies Curriculum."  125-139.

The Administration of the College Library, 3rd ed., Guy R. Lyle, 1961 [1944, 1949].  I thought this might be amusing for $1.

Apartment hunting.  My realtor has a lot of furnished places in Urbana but few unfurnished left.  I saw two places yesterday (that are even possibilities). 

The first is a basement.  Seems pretty decent all in all and is cheap.  Parking.  A washer and dryer for a few apartments.  But it is dark.  The front door, at the bottom of a stairwell, has a window in it.  And in the bedroom there is [ this ].  That’s it for natural light.  I don’t think I can do that.  I could buy lots of fluorescent grow lights for the plants and me, but I think that would just be asking for a massive depressive episode on everyone’s account.

The second was a 2 bedroom, odd shape.  Possible parking.  More apartments in the group.  More light, but still little.  A small window in the smallest bedroom.  And the entire front wall (except the front door) is plate glass with floor-to-ceiling vertical blinds.  So, if you want light in your place you have to open your entire front room to view.  The place is laid out kind of like a cheap hotel might be.  Sad, really.  This story line to be continued….

I need to get reading much of that stuff I acquired yesterday.  More on my group reading report when we get further.  I’m in 2 groups for this class.  Beth, Kristin and I are doing our thesaurus as a group.  Beth works for User Services (where I started) and Kristin is a  member.  We’re doing our thesaurus for our budding knowledge management system for the Office of Technology and Research (User Services, Applications Development, and Systems Administration) and Instructional Technology and Design Office .

The 2nd group is my Reading Report group, briefly mentioned at the beginning, which is Kristin again, Shaw and me. 

I need to run out to the grocery store and other places too.  Dang.  Oops.  iPod needs charging.  Maybe I’ll go to the store this evening.  Time to either get this entered or start on reading about merging thesauri.

Time keeps flowing….

A couple hours later and here’s this post, still in rough shape, and no shopping done.  Of course, the iPod isn’t charged yet, but still.  I’m not reading stuff for class.  <shame>

My own banner image

I updated the banner image with one of my own.  I linked to the full image in Flickr over on the right (and here).  Now that I have somewhere near 1200 photos, mostly of flowers and plants, I have a few that I’m trying to cut some slices out of for banner images.  There are a lot of nice pics on the Web, but it’s nice to have a few of your own in the mix I think.

I went with something green for now since it replaces the previous one fairly easily without worrying about the other colors of the blog.  Maybe some color change in a month or so.  Oh yes, I’ll aim for my next Carnival hosting—The Post-Father’s Day Issue or, on a more upbeat note, The Pre-Summer Solstice Issue (June 19th.  Oh.  Exactly a month away).  Something more colorful in a month then!

UPDATE:  Another new one.  I tried to make the green border lighter but it would not change for anything.  I’ll see what I can do.  Off to eat, shower andd go look at apartments.  Oh.  And check the dryer. 

So much for desire

I have just finished my "1st month of Thesaurus Construction.  There are 15 classes and thus one per week.  Turned in my 1st assignment this evening too.  It’s not due until noon-ish tomorrow but I need to go look at apartments tomorrow. 

My stupid mind.  Re: desire comment in title.  As soon as I got my assignments in I told myself to let the project(s) go even though they are long term, because I would be starting Thesaurus Construction in less than a week.  Well, as often happens when you give your mind permission to ignore something it takes off on its own really thinking about it. 

I’ve been doing meta-bibliography from many angles, reading about bibliography, finding things for the bibliography, getting ideas for articles, developing strategies, deciding on a scope and purpose ….  But I have to stop now! 

I took myself to Crane Alley to "celebrate" my "1st month" of class done.  I worked on some ideas and read some articles.  One of the meta-bibliography articles I recently collected is:  Paling, Stephen.  "Classification, Rhetoric, and the Classificatory Horizon."  Library Trends 52 (3) Winter 2004: 588-603.

I read over half of it before I got tired of chewing my steak and hit my 2 pint limit.  Actually, I stopped about 11 pages in cause it was serious work.  I think it’s a good article, but I need to finish it and re-read it when I can concentrate on it.  I do find it humorous that one of the main sources it makes use of is:  Tanselle, G. T. (1974). "Bibliography and science."  Studies in Bibliography, 27, 55–89. (Reprint-
ed in Selected studies in bibliography, pp. 1–35, by G. T. Tanselle, 1979, Charlottesville, VA:
Bibliographic Society of the University of Virginia)

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote this involving just this article as I was finishing up my 2-week Summer I Bibliography class with Sid Berger.  My paper for Sid brought this Tanselle paper into dialgoue with others.  I look forward to getting to/back to this sort of stuff once Thesaurus Construction is over.

And where in the hell is my printed and annotated Hsieh-Yee?  (my previous comments)  Clearly, it was printed and written on.  59 pages.

Well.  That’s not even 10% of the ‘simple’ things I want to tell you.  Why can’t we be allowed to work on the things we’re excited about while we’re excited about them?

I’ll check in when I can.

Hail to the New Librarians

Update:  Pics are up at Flickr.  I’m even in one (they’re from my camera).

A (very) partial list of classmates and friends graduating:

Honore Bray:  The Library School Alumni Association Student Award

Katharine Chandler:  Congrats and Good Luck in Philly Kasey

Matt Cordial:   Social Justice Award.  Summer II when I start (hopefully) trying to learn XSLT I’ll be calling Matt.

Julia Derden:  Jane 
B. and Robert B. Downs Professional Promise Award

Kirk Hess

Maggie Hommel:  Herbert Goldhor Award for Public Librarianship  Birthday verse.  Thanks for being you Maggie! 

Lisa Hyder:  One of the LEEP students I got to know more recently, over dinner.

Katherine (Katie) Kopchok:  "Madame President" of ACRL@UIUC

Beth Larkee:  Ms. User Services, I’m glad Beth is also staying for a CAS.

Annette Lesak:  Anne M. Boyd Award (Beta Phi Mu).  Annette and I started together Summer 2004.  We were in a small group together in our very 1st class and are still friends.  I am so happy she’s hanging around to do her CAS.

Michelle Maloney:  Bryce Allen Award for Reference Services

Angela Maycock:  2005-2006 Masters Student Representative to the Faculty, Co-supporter of justice for all in LIS education (Thanks again partner!  I get to take a class with Pauline starting tomorrow.  I just might start bouncing like Tigger if I’m not careful!), and All-Around Cool Kid.

Mary Miller

Kyle Naff:  C. Berger Group Entrepreneurial Promise Award

LeAnn Suchy

Karin Suni:    Good luck in Philly Karin!

Richard Urban:  Jane B. and Robert B. Downs Professional Promise Award.  Richard blogs at Musematic, among other places, inhabits interesting cultural spaces, and I’m happy he’ll be here for a while longer working on a PhD.

Candle Marie Wester-Mittan:  Small group member and still likes me after I dumped about a pint and a half of syrupy lemonade in her purse and on her cell phone.  Yeah, not one of prouder moments (although accident, not intentional).  Best, Candle!

Virginia Weil:  One of the very 1st LEEP students that I got to know, over coffee.

August 2006 Grads

Jonathan Chepenik

Parmit Chilana

Elizabeth Marie Edwards:    This young woman is always inspiring!  Hell, she got me up on rollerskates and thus to my Rollerblades.

Kristin Schar: 

Perry J. Trolard: 


Keren Moses Joshi:  Literate Attachments in a Multilingual Kindergarten: A Case Study.  May 2006

I broadcast Keren’s LIS409LE Storytelling via LEEP Spring 2005 while I was taking Betsy Hearne’s Storytelling on campus.  It just further added to the experience of storytelling education.

and to so many other graduates here and elsewhere … Congratulations!

NOTE:  I could talk about these folks (and so many more) for quite a while.  You have all influenced me in some important way and hopefully a few not so important ways.  Time to post.

I Be A Librarian

I am finding it very hard to believe but, as of today, I am a grade-ALA, certified Librarian.

Take time to give thanks
Make time to be giving
I’m going to stop and think twice
About the way that I’m living

I’d like to thank my Mom for believing in me and being there all these years!  I wish I could be with you today, but I’ve given you the 2nd best thing I can think of—another Mother’s Day graduation.  If I time things right there might even be a 3rd one in a couple of years.

Did I say a kind word
Am I proud of my actions
You know a job well done
Gives me satisfaction

I’d also like to thank my children, Jeremy & Sara, for setting such a wonderful example for me, and for also believing in me.  My sister Deb and her family, and my Dad and his family also deserve my gratitude and thanks.

Can I earn your trust
Your love and affection
Just one step at a time
In the right direction

My mentor and one of my best friends ever, Maureen Brunsdale, deserves more than I can ever repay her for.  I know that she’d say different, but it is how I feel and always will.  My graduation is hopefully a good start towards the debt that I feel for all of her love and support over the past several years.  And yes, Mo, I know that it is the best thing I could do by you.  Yes, I did it for me, but I feel that I also owed it to you.  Thank you for every thing, my friend!

Going to aim for the sky
Keep my feet on the ground
Raise my voice to the heavens
Make a joyful sound

Many other folks, librarians, staff and students, at Milner Library and Illinois State University deserve my deepest gratitude.  Joan Winters, Maureen Brunsdale, Katie Sawyer, Diane Mather, Sharon Naylor, Vanette Schwartz, Bruce Stoffel, many others, and especially all of my patrons. 

Dr. Richard Stivers, Dr. David Anderson, Donna Larsen, Iris, Mimesis Reading Group, Dinner & an Argument Reading Group, Kierkegaard Reading Group, …

Greet everyday with full purpose
With passion and pride
I’m going to follow my heart
And have nothing to hide

Many folks here at GSLIS also deserve my thanks — Carole Palmer, Betsy Hearne, Linda Bial, Boyd Rayward, Taylor Willingham, Kathryn La Barre, Linda Smith, Jill and Garret Gengler, Matt Beth … [I might get all gushy here but I get to hang out with these fine folks (and more) for a few more years].

A moment of insight
I know why I’m here
You know when the time just stops
See it all real clear

I’ve got to set an example
Make some mischief and fun

Can you believe they gave me an award?  Seriously.  I am honored.

The Peggy Harris Award.  The Peggy Harris Award was established in 1995, in memory of Peggy Harris, a former staff member. It is given to the individual who most exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism, and a concern for others and for the welfare of the School.

I got to work hard everyday
And give it my best
Grab hold of fear and negativity
And lay them to rest

Several of my friends are also receving awards.  I am humbled by human beings like these [official Convocation program : pdf]

  • Honore Bray:  The Library School Alumni Association Student Award
  • Matt Cordial:  Social Justice Award
  • Julia Derden:  Jane 
    B. and Robert B. Downs Professional Promise Award
  • Maggie Hommel:  Herbert Goldhor Award for Public Librarianship
  • Annette Lesak – Anne M. Boyd Award (Beta Phi Mu)
  • Michelle Maloney – Bryce Allen Award for Reference Services
  • Kyle Naff:  C. Berger Group Entrepreneurial Promise Award
  • Richard Urban:  Jane B. and Robert B. Downs Professional Promise Award

These folks come from near and far, large and small, are all ages and are all wonderful people.  I wish them all well in their endeavors and am excited that Annette and Richard will be here with me for a while longer.  Annette is also starting on a CAS and Richard is starting on a PhD.

I know my time here’s important
Can I do the right thing?
Practice patience and forgiveness
Feel the joy that they bring

The ever amazing Elizabeth is graduating in August and also moving into the PhD program.  Speaking of Team Awesome , it’s about to be decimated.  Everyone except Angie is graduating now or in August:

  • Elizabeth Edwards
  • Mark Lindner
  • Kristin Schar
  • Karin Suni
  • Perry Trolard

E is staying as her gig is e-learning.  I may stay and do some classes in the fall as an hourly depending on what opportunities present themselves.  I could do far worse than working with wonderful people like those on Team Awesome.  And it’s one of the better paying jobs.

Can I lay down tonight
Without feeling regret?
I know the love that I give
Becomes the love that I get

My rambling song is about finished, although incomplete.  I am forgetting many people, no doubt.  But before I go, I’d like to say thanks to Emily Rogers and Cindy Welch for looking after me and helping me to grow.

Well do you hear what I’m saying
Making sense to you?
Well if you feel it in your heart
Then you might want to sing too

The String Cheese Incident. "Joyful Sound"  Outside Inside

Fellow bloggers, readers, others I’m addressing, authors I’m engaging, ….  Thank you for all of the conversations, non-conversations, opportunities to screw up, learn, and grow [Of major continued positive influence: Angel, Jenica, Laura, Walt] .  I hope to get back to more of the scholarly here.  Expect to hear about thesaurus construction over the next 4 weeks.  Maybe even a plea for help.  If I can get it adequately worded.

Thank you one and all and congrats to all of the new librarians!

Cultural Creative

You scored as Cultural Creative. Cultural Creatives are probably the newest group to enter this realm. You are a modern thinker who tends to shy away from organized religion but still feels as if there is something greater than ourselves. You are very spiritual, even if you are not religious. Life has a meaning outside of the rational.

Cultural Creative
















What is Your World View? (updated)
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Found at Library Tavern.

I really like the last line, emhasis mine.  And that "postmodernist?"  well, I’d relabel it Ancient Greek (and more) and be happy.  I actually have two lines related to "reality outside the rational," from disparate sources—Ani DiFranco and poetry magnets (the Philosophy set)—engraved on my iPod.  Once could say the Ani quote is more about experience, but since I’d say that the majority of experience is (or should be) outside of "the rational" I’d also say Ani is spot on.