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I was not tagged but wanted to play so here is mine. Hope no one minds! For those who are not aware of this exercise I first learned about this from Michael Stephen’s Tame the web  blog. Pretty much the blogsignment (see I made up my own word) is to “Post a picture from a source like FlickrCC or Flickr Creative Commons or make/take your own that captures what YOU are most passionate about for kids to learn about…and give your picture a short title” Then tag five others to keep the quilt going. However, everyone I read already had an entry ( I am fairly new to the blogging community) so I have not tagged anyone. (sorry!)

flexible guy!

Be Flexible

Fact: I am 24 years old. fact: I guess that makes me a millennial. Fact: Many of us are afflicted with the dreaded quarterlife crisis (yes it does exist). Fact: We sometimes feel as though every minute of our life is planned out! (Sorry, suddenly the Lysol commercials were popping up in my head 🙂 ) Last month I was sitting in Barnes and Noble in one of those insanely comfy chairs ( the ones you can curl into a ball and fall asleep in) and one of my buddies was in the next chair over from me and she was reading a book. In the other two chairs that made up a little square were these two teenage girls who looked to be either juniors or seniors in high school and they were discussing their lives. One said, “I know exactly  where I am going to be in five years.” My friend wanted to roll her eyes so badly and later was lamenting on that sentiment. She along with many of my other friends are planners and now that things are not planning out exactly how they like, it is as if their world comes crashing down, and that somehow they have failed as human beings. I often notice that students I work with self destruct if a class, test, or thing in their personal life does not go the way they planned.  I also notice that if students choose a database or a type a term in the catalog and it does not work they think the library does not have anything. I try to tell them to look around and experiment and they will be amazed at what they find.The truth is things are not going to always go as they planned but it is important to realize that it is okay. Believe me I fully expected to be working a full time job and not two part time jobs after grad school, but I have met some really great people and have had some amazing opportunities for personal and professional growth. I had this biology professor once always encourage us to step off the treadmill every once and a while and examine other options. He said we all have tendencies to stay on the treadmill with tunnel vision and miss everything around us. Pretty much he told us to breathe.

 I would like to instill in students the idea of when life closes a door, look for a window, which can be a window of opportunity. When they take that window they can do even more amazing things than they ever dreamed. I think the only thing you can really plan is to plan to be surprised!

 

 

 

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During the summer I love to take a short jog. Not a marathon mind you, the trek is between 1- 3 miles and at most a half hour. Running is so therapeutic because there is a mentality of getting through obstacles that calms me deeply. Every step is one closer to my goal. This mindset gets through a lot of things. So much so that when I am stressed or tired all I think is I wish I could go for a run.

This mentality helps me in my library career. Being librarians a lot is put on our table. People often ask me what do you do with yourself now you are done with school? Like I am lounging around and twiddling my thumbs all of the time? (Somebody forgot to tell me!) Especially because I am part time, and do not have faculty status I guess I am free. Here is the thing, I am still learning so much every day. Not only I am I learning how to do better reference transactions, to make handouts, and thinking how I would do instruction, learning management techniques, coming up with possible projects for myself and student workers, I am trying to learn as much as I can about fine art and business. Now most of you are going, fine art and business? What in tarnation does a former English major and history minor doing with fine art and business? One job I work in an art school and the students expect me to know everything there is to know about the art world and when I do no they are severely disappointed. Case in point: last week a student asked me if I knew anything about printmaking and I thought about it, and I really did not. (oops) I knew where the books are but not the content. I showed the student the books and was a little embarrassed, because as a librarian I am a chronic helper. It simply kills me if I cannot help someone find what they need. So after the student left I pulled out a book and got crackin’. Now at my other job I have become the defacto person for business. You never quite think you know a subject until you have to weed it. So in my spare time at that job I am reading blogs and keeping up on the business world as well. At the same time trying to keep up with what is going on in the field. So back to the point (after a long explanation) , my brain lately has been running a marathon. Some days I get overwhelmed: Frank Stella’s work from the 70s? Movie about Basquiat? Who killed Andy Warhol? Why do ticker symbols exist? What constitutes a recession? Why are food prices so high? Is corn ethanol really cheaper? Where can I find articles about all of this content? Gah! Whoever said, you should have learned everything you need to know in grad school is crazy.

Grad school did give me a good base, but it is up to me to add to the knowledge to become a valuable resource for students. My friends no matter what area of librarianship tell me that what we are all doing is nothing what we expected. We should all get tshirts that say Expect to be surprised!

At the end of the day I think we should all deal with it like we would a run, one step at a time.

This is my first post to my blog. I have been lurking around the blogosphere for a while and decided it was time I create my own blog. I am a young librarian learning about all of the things technological that can hopefully help patrons’ lives easier. This blog will mainly focus on library stuff and if you are wondering accidentally curious refers to the fact that I can be random at times and things usually happen by chance. Happy reading !