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

Repairing a loose binding

So here is a long overdue post. Sadly, this was the last repair I was able to do in the UCF Special Collections department. At least it was a fun last project. Warning! This is a picture heavy post! This was probably one of my favorite repairs. I love that there were multiple things that needed doing and I really enjoyed bringing the book back to life. Sadly, it was my last repair job at UCF as of now, but maybe I will be allowed to come repair items as a volunteer here when I get more free time! Continue reading Repairing a loose binding

A new job calls!!

So as you all may or may not be aware I have started a new job! Up until mid April I was employed with the University of Central Florida’s University Archive and Special Collections department, but now I am a Senior Library Technical Assistant with the University of Central Florida’s Universal Orlando Foundation Library, phew! That is a mouthful! Basically I am the circulation supervisor for the UCF Rosen Library. I am quite pleased to be chosen for this position as it is an increase in responsibility as well as pay. But I am very sad to leave the Special … Continue reading A new job calls!!

Here is to a New Year!

First of all, allow me to begin by wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! I hope all of your season’s festivities were grand.  It has been quite a year. I started a new job, started my Master’s, and started seriously looking into future job situations. 2011 has been a year of change and growing for me and I hope it continues into 2012.  I finished my first term at USF and ending it with a larger knowledge of the Library and what it entails to work in one. There is a lot more going on behind the scenes than … Continue reading Here is to a New Year!

Random Mishaps from this Past Month

So we know no body is perfect, and this post is to prove it. So here is what happens when you do not tighten the lid on your glue jar. This glue mass was the size of a softball. So from this I have learned that I need to double check that the glue jar is tightly closed. Also as I am sure you are aware, I live in Florida, so we have random sun showers. And when I say sun shower I really mean torrential downfall. And this following picture is what happens when you forget your umbrella in … Continue reading Random Mishaps from this Past Month

Using Methyl-Cellulose to Clean (UCF Special Collections)

So today I decided to take some pictures of the work Whitney and I are doing this week. Being new to conservation I was unaware of Methyl-cellulose’s ability to clean gunk from old bindings…. It works quite well I must say. One of my personal books I decided to test on. I know, I know, this is definitely an awesome book. Very tempting alas I must do a little damage to it! So the cover paper isn’t attached to the board at all and the spine is held together with, yup you are seeing it correctly, MASKING TAPE! Well, I guess it … Continue reading Using Methyl-Cellulose to Clean (UCF Special Collections)