Bringing Archival Reference into the 21st Century: Meeting the Needs of a New Generation of Patrons

In honor of passing my comps four years ago I give you, my comps paper.         October 16, 2012   Popular culture helped to create and broadcast the stereotype of the Dusty Archivist for many years (Cox, 2006). When the word archivist is mentioned most imagine a spectacled old lady with her greyed hair in a bun to come and assist in riffling through musty mothball eaten boxes in a dimly lit basement room. However Archivists are breaking free of these stereotypes by bringing the archives into the 21st century. They are discovering new and inventive ways to … Continue reading Bringing Archival Reference into the 21st Century: Meeting the Needs of a New Generation of Patrons

How my mom fueled my love of libraries

As I get closer to my due date (34 days left! Holy cow!) I have been reflecting on how the library has influenced me throughout my life and how my mom is probably solely responsible for this love of reading. From how having access to a public library shaped me, to how I was treated by librarians versus other teaching staff, to not being censored from material I wanted to read, libraries and my mom have been key. Expect a lot of tangents in this post. Sorry. I have received several children’s books from friends and family members and which … Continue reading How my mom fueled my love of libraries

Infographics!! WooHoo!

WHAT?! A new post!? No I am not dead, just really, really, really, really tired! I have had a lot of changes going on recently in my little corner of the universe. For starters, I applied for and got a second job at Valencia College as a Reference Assistant. So I have been doing that on top of my full-time job at UCF (yay for 60 hour weeks!!!) Then, because that wasn’t keeping me busy enough, my husband and I also decided to start adding to our little family. So I would like to formally announce (on the blog at … Continue reading Infographics!! WooHoo!

Cross-training Opportunities for Library Students and Staff

MLIS Cross-training Experiences This past May was the Florida Library Association Conference, where I was fortunate to be able to show a poster presentation along with two colleagues and friends of mine, Ariana Santiago and Natasha White. The three of us have had various experiences in cross-training while working in an academic library, and thought that our experiences may be similar to those of other MLIS students and recent graduates. We developed a survey to gather information and opinions regarding library cross-training, and received survey responses from ten staff members at the UCF Libraries who are either currently enrolled in an MLIS program or … Continue reading Cross-training Opportunities for Library Students and Staff

4th Annual UCF Book Festival

Wow! It has been a pretty awesome day! I was fortunate enough to be asked to moderate a panel of Authors for this year’s UCF Book Festival. This year there were 55 authors conducting 20 panels. Topics ranged from children’s books to pop-lit to horror and more. So this is how it went down. I got an email on Monday from a coworker in a panic because she wasn’t able to moderate the panel. She was looking for help. I volunteered because it looked AWESOME! The 4 children’s books were dropped off to me on Wednesday. I read all 4 … Continue reading 4th Annual UCF Book Festival

Book Binding

Wow! We are four months into the year! Where is time going? Any way, a post is long overdue and I am sorry for the lapse in writing. I have been busy catching up on some fun reading (26 books since January 1st). However on to the show. I am sure most of you are aware that I have a deep love of books: reading them, buying them, touching them, making them, restoring them… So I am sure it doesn’t come as a surprise that I would choose to write about them. I came across this video HERE and loved … Continue reading Book Binding