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Tuesday Fun

July 22, 2014

Happy Tuesday, dear readers! I hope your week is going well. I can hardly believe we are in the second half of July. The summer is just rushing by. So today, I have some fun things for you to read/view as a reminder to take a break today.

I love calligraphy and had to share this great photo post of optical illusion that makes calligraphy jump off the page. So beautiful. It makes me want to start practicing my calligraphy more.

Also, I can’t resist lists of best librarians from literature, television, film, etc., so had to share SciFi and Fantasty’s best librarians list. If all librarians were like the librarians in Night Vale, I think we’d spend a lot less time worrying about whether or not people take our profession seriously.

Finally, enjoy this amazing video of ceramics masters creating works of art. Absolutely breathtaking:

I hope you have a fantastic rest of your week. I’ll be back soon with more news and notes. Allons-y!

Online Tutorials for IL Instruction: Thanks NCCPL!

July 18, 2014

Happy Friday, dear readers! I hope your week has gone well. Yesterday I had the pleasure of talking at a workshop hosted by NCCPL (Northern and Central California Psychology Libraries) on using online tutorials for information literacy instruction. It was a lot of fun and I just wanted to share a bit from that talk today.

The NCCPL Workshop was held at the lovely Palo ALto University. I’d never been there before, but it was great to be up in the hills for the day.

Palo Alto University sign

Palo Alto University sign

It was a great, friendly group of librarians and we heard about new information literacy modules from vendors as well as the information literacy module process undertaken by Menlo College Bowman Library. (Very interesting process and cool module with open source code that you can download and modify for your organization.)

I talked about best practices in creating online tutorials, contexts for using online tutorials, and showed how we use online tutorials at my library. Happily, my laptop even held up through a brief walk through of the tutorial software we use. (*happy dance*) And no one fell asleep during my talk, even though it was after lunch. I just wanted to share my link to the resources and tools I talked about yesterday: http://goo.gl/1qI6jQ. Hopefully you find something of use.

I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend, dear readers. I’ll be back next week with some more news and notes. Allons-y!

Tuesday Fun

July 15, 2014

Happy Tuesday, dear readers! I hope your week is going well and that you had a lovely weekend. I can hardly believe we are into July already. Time is flying, even in the relative peace and quiet of summer here on campus. Today, as with all Tuesdays, I have some fun to help you through your day.

I highly recommend this video by Ruth Change on how to make hard decisions. Really great TED Talk and yes, though serious in subject matter, it is fun to watch.

I think summer time definitely calls for trying out new recipes (we’ve been making a lot of flatbread recently) and Joy the Baker has a bunch of tempting recipes. I’m thinking this one would be hard to beat: strawberry raspberry crostata.

I hope you have a lovely rest of your week and I’ll be back soon with more news and notes. Allons-y!

Summer and Focus

July 4, 2014

Happy Friday, dear readers! For those readers in the United States, happy 4th of July! I’m excited to have a three weekend, do some celebrating and relaxing, and really feel like it is summer time. In honor of summer, let’s talk a bit about focusing and a bit about relaxing so we can enjoy the summer.

I know it might sound a bit counter-intuitive to want to talk about focusing and relaxing in the same post, but I really think they have a lot in common. I enjoyed reading this article from Lifehacker, why we brag about being busy and how to regain focus, which really resonated with me. It is so important to focus, especially when we have so many deadlines to meet and different things competing for our attention. In that vein, I love the idea of asking
yourself what you can let go every day. No one likes unending to do lists and it is always nice to be able to totally take something off one’s list.

And with better focus, hopefully we’ll have some more free time and can use it to build your summer manifesto. I love the idea of a summer manifesto and have started creating one for summer. I find that time flies by so quickly that if I don’t plan out some things to do, it will be fall and I won’t have done anything! On my summer manifesto: eating outside, planting some new flowers, and doing a lot of fun reading.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend, dear readers. I’ll be back soon with more news and notes. Allons-y!

Tuesday Fun

July 1, 2014

Happy Tuesday, dear readers! I hope your week is going well. Today I have the usual assortment of fun things to share to give you a bit of a break on Tuesday. Today’s fun has to do with type, so let’s get to it.

First, another wonderful this week in fonts for your viewing pleasure. I quite like Sanelma as it just looks perfect for summer signs.

Also, in type news, I think this book, The Typewriter: A Graphic History of the Beloved Machine looks like it will be a lovely read with fun photographs.

I think these wooden blocks might just be the perfect block set to give as a present to a kid: typeblocks. Amazing! Somewhat expensive for a set of blocks, but what a great early exposure to typography!

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day and week. I’ll be back soon with more news and notes. Allons-y!

Tips for Negotiations

June 20, 2014

Happy Friday, dear readers! I hope you had a good week and that you are looking forward to a restful weekend. But before we get to the weekend, let’s talk about negotiation. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find negotiating difficult. Because it is difficult, I like to arm myself with strategies and tools, and wanted to share some with you.

Did you just get promoted? If so, great job! Did you negotiate a raise? You should. You and I both know it, but it can be hard to ask for a raise. Luckily for us, Lifehacker as a good article on the right way to ask for a raise and get what you deserve. Yay for getting what we deserve!

I’m always interested in learning new negotiation techniques, so I thought I’d share this one: use the yes and negotiation technique to get better results.

Also, because really, who doesn’t like lists of three things? They are so easy to remember. I give you Lifehacker’s how to be a better negotiator with these three rules. Now go out there and create some winning outcomes in your negotiations!

And, because it is Friday, we should really end with something fun. So, go and check out these awesome Welcome to Night Vale glow shoes then check out the podcast, if you aren’t already a fan.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, dear readers. I’ll be off next week doing a bit of traveling, but then back in July for more news and notes. Allons-y!

Tuesday Fun

June 17, 2014

Happy Tuesday, dear readers! I hope your week is going well and you had a lovely weekend. Today, as with most Tuesdays, I want to share some fun with you. So let’s just get into it.

It is summertime, which means berry time. I’m excited for berries and even more excited about trying out this lovely recipe for triple berry cinnamon swirl bread from Joy the Baker. Also, I’m excited in general for making bread this summer as we recently went to a bread making class led by Cat of Sour Flour, in which we learned to make amazing flatbread. So excited to bake up some more from our lovely starter we got to take home.

Also, because it is definitely time for some ridiculous fun, I had to share this from Gizmodo: guy jumps over an entire island while kitesurfing. So crazy and amazing.

Finally, who can say no to looking at some lovely fonts for fun? Definitely not me, so I give you this week in fonts. I’m rather taken with Eveleth.

I hope you have a lovely week, dear readers. I’ll be back soon with more news and notes. Allons-y!

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