This past week has been a very busy one for me. On Sunday I hosted my sister’s bridal shower and with the help of my two best friends we were able to successfully pull it off. Two days later I attended the Vermont Library Association Conference. It was a lot of fun, though I look forward to attending it again minus crutches. VLA is a great way to network and see what other libraries around the state are doing. I attended a few different lectures. They were all interesting in their own ways. One of the lectures I attended was titled “Rapid Reviews” this is one I try to attend every year because its great to hear actual people review books they have read over the year. The books are broken into categories and suggestions are given. I have hopes to add some of the titles reviewed to our collection, they will be a great addition to our collection and I feel our patrons would like the titles. Another program I attended was all about the Red Clover and Dorothy Canfield Fisher books for next year. While I am not a children’s librarian it was great to stay up to date on what books are on the local children’s award lists. This appeals to me as I studied children’s literature while I was in college. It was funny when I would talk to friends from home and tell them I was reading Winnie the Pooh for homework.
Another thing I did this week was to teach a very basic introductory class to PIntrest. While there were only two people who attended, at least I was able to connect with them. When I am working with someone one-on-one it forces me to slow down and think things through. I have to mentally translate things in my mind and try to explain them in a way anyone can understand. I have hopes that I was able to explain why so many people are drawn to using Pintrest and how it can be useful.
When I was talking to my roommate last night we were talking about college degrees and who of our friends are actually using their degrees. While at school I received an English degree. While it may not seem like I am using my degree, I actually use it on a daily basis while at work. My knowledge of children’s literature is great when I am talking to patrons about certain books and being able to say which one comes first in a given series. There are so many projects and crafts that can be coordinated with children’s books. Pintrest is a great source of inspiration if you want ideas for projects to pair with books.
In a world where we use computers in our daily lives for a wide variety of things, it is easy to get lost in the shuffle and confusion of endless websites to be used at a later point in time. One way to stay organized and less overwhelmed is to create a social bookmaking account. This is a great idea because your bookmarks are not confined to one computer, smartphone, or tablet. It is especially useful to librarians in a smaller library where staff members are encouraged to be cross-trained and work at different computers in the library.
There are two free social bookmarking sites to use for this purpose; they are called “Delicious” and “Diingo”. I found personally Diigo is the site that will work best for me. I can use tags to organize all the bookmarks I reference on a daily basis. I can send bookmarks to others and mark them to read at a later point in time. It will prove useful to me to have bookmarks on a social site for when I am working from home or at a different computer at work. A lot of the sites I use on a daily basis at work help me to figure out where a book is in a certain series or to figure out the volume number for a graphic novel. As a cataloger, I often use three main sites to figure out the placement of a book. In a lot of book series for children there will be the main series with a number of sub-series. These can be confusing and hard to keep track. The increasing popularity of Graphic Novels has introduced older book series like The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew to a new generation of readers. A lot of people still like to read books in order. When cataloging books I try to label the book series and the number in the series. Diigo can be helpful in this area.
Diigo has an app you can download for free to your smartphone or tablet. The app will is great for when you are on the go at a conference and do not feel like bringing a lot of devices with you. This will come in especially helpful when I am at VLA (Vermont Library Association) conference in May. The app is user friendly and easy to use. Its a great way to stay organized on the go in this fast paced world.