It’s like talking to the wall

He’s incommunicado
No comment to make
He’s saying nothing at all

Yeah but in the communique
You know he’s gonna come clean

[Communique – Dire Straits]

Seems I don’t have much to say anymore. We’ve all read of the death of blogging. The move to Friendfeed and Twitter. XYZ.

None of those are entirely true. I have plenty to say and a fair bit to talk about. [I have a whole series of posts about the Ethics of Info Org conference I went to at the end of May planned out and started]. But there are other things that I have chosen to give my time to.


Recently I was engaged in a project at work which involved us processing about 41,000 volumes of serials and monographic series out to our Oak Street remote storage facility in a projected 10-week period this summer. We managed to finish the project in 6 weeks.

I was the primary cataloger, 95%+ of the time. As in I was 95% of total cataloger time spent on it. This means that conservatively I had “critical eyes” on 1000 bib records a week.

I lasted just over 5 weeks before my mind shut down on me. Pretty much literally. Luckily El Diablo was there to step in and finish the project. By the time a couple days passed and I was ready to return they had wrapped it all up.

In other work-related news, I have accepted an offer for another year as a Visiting Serials Cataloger and Visiting Assistant Professor of Library Administration. Yay for knowing I’ll have a job in the near future. The current contract was over 15 August so this is none too soon. [Hopefully the Trustee’s approval will be routine.]


I have met the woman I was destined to spend my life with. She is my heart and soul and shortly I will no longer live alone.

At the end of the work day, I go home to do every thing that our project team was doing. I am pulling, inventorying, checking, boxing and slinging the boxes for our move across town. “Life is grand.”

Well, life was grand. A wrinkle has been added which complicates things, to say the least. I am kind of stressing right now but will recover. I’d put my moving skills up against anyone’s. Sad as that may be.

In this department life can throw whatever it wants at me. I care little, even if it stresses me in the short-term. I am shortly moving in with the woman who I have chosen to give my time (and life) to. I shall give her as much of it as is required.

Another wrinkle has arisen in the time it has taken me to finish this post. If it appears somewhat disjointed I apologize as the several weeks it has taken has required several rewrites and as many removals and additions.

New Employee Recognition Day

A couple weeks back the library held its annual New Employee Recognition Day. Seeing as I was hired within the last year I was—like all others hired in the last year—introduced by the Dean. Based on the state of this humble blog in the past year I was horrified that the vast majority of my intro came from my About page here. My being named one of “The LISNews 10 Blogs to Read on 2008” was trotted out as I shrank in embarrassment. At least it made me realize I need to update that page.

The blog

Speaking of the blog, there are going to be a few changes around here soon. Does that mean I may finally start posting again? I can’t really say.

One of my first thoughts upon hearing the Dean tell everyone assembled at NERD (Oops, I doubt they mean for that acronym to be used) was to simply kill it entirely. Oh, yes. I did seriously consider that.

But as several other libloggers have written recently, I like having this space in case I do want to share and get around to doing so. It’s nice to know it is here waiting on me.

Was having trouble getting in to my own domain recently for assorted reasons but finally got it figured out. Thus, I just upgraded from WordPress 2.7 to 2.8.1 with one click (after backing up). Plugin upgrades also only required one click each. Wow! Can I just say “Wow!”

Anyway. Enough of this blather for now. It is time to kill this thing and just post it. With any luck anyone still out there will be hearing from me again soon.

6 thoughts on “It’s like talking to the wall

  1. I’ve been meaning to write to you for a long time, Mark. Sorry. It’s like I not only post to my blog very much, I hardly keep in touch with anyone anymore, period.

    Congratulations on just about all fronts! Know that I am very happy to hear about these positive developments.

    Finally, I am in the same boat regarding blogging. I’m going to keep at it but won’t get too stressed if I don’t post for long stretches until I really have something to say that’s worthwhile. Especially on professional topics, where I feel like I have yet to really find my voice.


  2. There is always the old saying that life trumps blogging, and it seems you have plenty of good things your life now. I am happy to hear about them.

    I have been blogging a bit less as well, mostly due to work which saps a lot of time and energy (and not all in a good way). I have the ideas of stuff I want to write; it is just finding the time to write them out. But still hanging in there.

    As always, best and keep on blogging.

  3. Yes, congratulations on all fronts. I do miss your blog posts – a lot! Not to stress you, I’ll wait until you’re ready to come back to blogging, I just hope you decide to.

  4. Steve, thanks so much. I know the feeling. I have not been keeping up with people the way I should, or at least feel that I should.

    There are many topics I have wanted to write about but either chose not to for assorted reasons, or just never got to. Having someone in my life that I can talk to on a daily basis has lessened my need to write here. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to but only that I don’t feel the need so strongly.

    I, too, fear I haven’t found my professional voice. I sort of had (as in felt) for a while but that voice was far too strident. I still want to do the sorts of critiques that I (attempted) but I need a better way of going about it. All in good time I hope. For both of us.

    I have you in my aggregator so when you do decide to post I will see it. Lots of people’s blogging has fallen off but the aggregator is there especially for folk’s like us.

  5. Thanks so much, Angel! And I sincerely hope you can find a way to deal with the energy sapping. That is a frequent issue for me, too. I am hoping now that I’ll get research time this year that some of that can be mitigated.

    I wish you the best!

  6. Ah, Christina, my friend. I don’t know how you do it; I truly don’t but you set an amazing example.

    I will be back. Probably with less frequency than in the past but hopefully more than in the recent past. Maybe some more considered pieces.

    First, I have a move to accomplish. I’ll be trying to get settled in quickly and getting back on the horse, so to speak.

    I have an appointment with my thesis advisor on Friday and am hoping we can set me on a course that will be productive towards that end.

    By the way, knock ’em dead on your comps! I know you will. 🙂

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