Hi! I’m an academic librarian who dabbles a bit in blogging. I am currently the Associate Director of Research & Outreach at a small University in Minnesota.
- Ann the Librarian: Adventures in too much information. Thoughts about academic librarianship — in particular, the role that staplers play in an undergraduate library.
- For Little Eyes: A community for parents of young kids in glasses, eye patches, and contacts. The site has resources, tips, tricks, photos, videos, and a list of books for kids about vision issues.
- Tragic Optimist: my personal blog mostly devoted to thoughts about my life, gardening, parenting, with some thoughts on what it means to parent after infertility.
Why “Tragic Optimist”?
I have a comic strip, clipped from the paper, from years ago in which a boy is talking with his friend. His friend asks if he’s done his homework. No, he replies, but maybe that’s ok, maybe it was all just a test to see if he really is independent and willing to think for himself, and if so, he’s just passed that test and bound to get an A. “You really are a tragic optimist, aren’t you?” replies his friend. The concept of one so optimistic as to border on tragic really struck home with me. Later, as we battled with infertility, it seemed even more apropos. Month after month, failure after failure, I kept holding on to this hope and running calculations. Was this the month? If so, when would I be due, and what kinds of clothes would we have to buy for the baby? What clothes would I need? How would I tell friends and family? . . . You get the idea. A tragic dose of optimism is still tragic.