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Yes read the book!

Watching Zoe learn to read has been one of those crazy things.  In a way, it’s very reminiscent of when she was first learning to talk.  Before starting kindergarten, she had one or two words she recognized (“no”, “on”, and “zoo”), but then she started coming home with small simple books, and she’d work hard …

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on the care and feeding of academic library staplers

(Edited: Update at the very end, also some minor edits, I should have proofread before posting.  I also wanted to note that I cannot take credit for the ideas here.  They all came from our library department, I’m just documenting.  Ann Z) So those who know me on Facebook have probably noticed that many of …

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first library card?

Yep, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted.  We’re moved, and getting awfully close to settled in.  My pregnancy continues to go pretty well, except that it’s been really hot lately.  But I know that I’m not the only one hot and miserable in this weather, and one of the great perks of working …

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what I learned at the cooking class – part II: class design

This is part II of what I learned at the cooking class.  Part I covered the actual cooking parts. As we were finishing up our last rotation on the grill, waiting for the corn to finish, I asked one of the instructors how they came up with their ideas for classes, and how they planned …

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sometimes, there’s nothing more to add

I have the reference shift this afternoon at the library.  Since it’s spring break, we’re just on a pager – people can page us from the reference desk – and we don’t staff the desk from noon – 1pm. I came back from lunch to find this on the desk (we’ve been having network outages …

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Reason #7,458 to love Captain “Sully”

So you’ve all heard about pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger who was able to – against all odds – land the US Airways plane in the Hudson river with no fatalities in mid January. Turns out he had requested a library book about professional ethics through from California State University, Fresno’s Henry Madden Library. The book …

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behold the power of librarians

When I wrote that post about Palin being described as a “sexy librarian” I didn’t really expect many people beyond this little blog’s readership to read it.  But it got passed around a bit (which has left me doing my best to resist re-writing it or at least giving it a thorough go-through) which is …

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I know sexy librarians. You, Governor, are no sexy librarian

Yesterday, I ran across a reference to VP candidate Sarah Palin asking the librarian about how to ban books, back when she (Palin) was mayor.  I figured I ought to do a bit more research on whether that was true, and so googled for Sarah Palin librarian.  I’m sorry I did.  Most of the top …

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I may need to add a new category “zombies” to this blog

Who knew there could be so much to say on the topic of zombies?  My wonderful husband Chris, who didn’t bother to tell me that his field of study in college included zombies, has tried to make up for that fact by pointing me towards this post on geekdad about zombie critters.  I will probably …

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Great government document titles

Since Val mentioned the Canadian Zombie government document in the comments of my Zombie post, I thought I’d pull this old post from my Ann the Librarian blog about government documents. The Free Government Information site has a list of the best government document titles.  Some are awfully sad, “WRA: A story of human conservation,” …

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