Canadian Library Month Gets Inspired

It’s Canadian Library Month in October. Libraries put on displays and programming to highlight the important role libraries have in society. I changed my header for the blog to reflect this year’s theme Libraries Inspire.  The Canadian Library Month website will collect stories about the impact of libraries on people. In an age of information overload, libraries can offer a place to gather the best and credible, with a space to process and collaborate.

Therefore for the month of October I changed my header to the images used in the Canadian Library Month poster. Sadly I had to crop a few things, but below is the full banner:

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With a city election coming soon to choose a new mayor, funding still proves a major issue for libraries. It’s not just about the collection, everything from books to databases, but about the people inside. Libraries try to find the best people to staff desks, and help users. To an immigrant, a student returning to post-secondary for the first time, new parents, or the elderly the staff give ideas and help to get that novel or find that article. Most of all they may provide the first time a question does not seem stupid, or simply heard. Without those moments between staff and users, a library simply looks like a building full of stuff. We have enough of those sorts of spaces. It time to remember a space holding an incredible amount of meaning.

Coffee Sunday: Rainy Days, Busy Weeks, and Some Weird Connections

We had a brief respite from fall this week. Temperatures here in the high 20’s Celsius, and even broke 30 on Saturday. (That’s 70’s and 80’s to those without metric systems.) Sundays now bring rain and cooler temperatures as if to say break time over, time to head to winter.

Yet Another Debate on Libraries and Technology

Most of the time I get home and zone out. I had a Library Orientation/Bibliographic Instruction session each week for the past two weeks. More requests continue to come in from instructor’s finally realizing Wikipedia and Google are not enough. Today on Rex Murphy’s Cross-Canada Check Up on CBC radio, the Canadian national radio station, today’s topic fills me with both excitement and dread:

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I heard of variations on this topic so many times, it’s like hurricane season in some parts of the states. A persona may not like it, but they have to prepare for the storm anyway. A city council candidate in my old neighbourhood, Paul Quaye, wrote a post summarizing his views of libraries this way:

City administration could look at the city-funded money losing operations.  Let’s start with libraries, which are sadly a dying entity.  I used them extensively as a kid.  But, like our community clubs, they are under-utilized.  I think the Community Clubs can be saved, but can you honestly say that public libraries can in the light of where technology has taken us?

Paul Quaye, Where’s the substance?

Welcome to the argument librarians and library technicians deal with on a daily basis, even within their own ranks. It’s why I chip at those arguments a session at a time, a student at a time, or else go completely mad. ironically, despite owning a e-reader, I had a need to hold a physical book in my hand. From time to time I want to look at pages instead of screens. I want to think a little more beyond the Twitter soundbites.

Speaking of irony…

Stacks and Ranges Goes Political for a Bit

Part of why this blog has gone a little quiet is the upcoming civic election. Not all my zoning out from work involves actually zoning out. Often I fire up my computer and have a look at what’s going on with the civic election. Winnipeg has around 8 mayors running, but I would say it’s a race between four distinct candidates:

Judy Wasylycia-Leis Image Credit: Winnipeg Free Press

Gord Steeves Image Credit: CJOB.com

Brian Bowman Image Credit: Metro News

Robert Falcon Oulette Image Credit: Winnipeg Free Press

I would love to write about zombies, Westeros, and Richard Armitage at this time. Right now I need to think about the kind of person leading Winnipeg, and that means jumping in with both feet on Twitter. It appears people look at me as a bit of a pundit. In reality, I read and express opinion. I have experiences and express some more. Most of the time I read and listen. Whether it’s politics, or libraries, I learned the fine of art of mouth shut, ears open. When Oscar Wilde writes about our mistakes as experiences, he’s right to point out their evolution. Lesson 1: No matter what someone says, a person has something to say. Lesson 2: Try to be neither Ned Stark, or Petyr Baelish in political discourse. Be like Tyrion.

Speaking of geeky things, especially something along the lines of Game of Thrones, I have something to get out of my system. One time I sat in a debate on downtown issues with the candidates. While Brian Bowman spoke, my brain started its network of weird connections. In this case I thought about The Wire, and  Baltimore Mayor Tommy Carcetti in particular. Mr. Bowman reminds me a wee bit of the character as we first meet him.

Image Credit: Wikipedia

If the actor looks familiar, here’s something to jog the memory:

Image Credit: Wikipedia

Needless to say I took an eraser to that connection immediately. However, a tip of the hat is to Aidan Gillen for creating not one, but two memorable characters. There’s a hope for a return to the nerdy yet. Stay tuned.

What Next?

In the next episode of As The Week Turns, another Library Orientation session with a group of business students along with crash course with whomever comes over at my desk. (Am I using it right? Is it whomever?) Plus, with National Novel Writing Month coming up, it’s time to get into the habit of mapping out my next few posts. In blogging, and in writing, I would call myself a ‘pantser’ aka a person flying by the seat of my pants.. The goal for the next few weeks involves flexible planning aka making plans and outlines without turning flimsy or rigid. I like writing. I enjoy it, and I have to remember the joy. It’s what keeps anyone creative going.

From the bottoms of our hearts

Fatima:

Sometimes I go on Twitter or other social media to get the scoop-pun intended-on the play. I have fond memories of studying Miller’s work in high school, and even saw a production of A View From the Bridge at Manitoba Theatre Centre. (Now renamed The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. )
Hearing about rehearsals, the previews, and the stage door provided a buffer of sorts to my day. Hopefully the streaming will happen soon at my local movie theatre. Then again maybe, just maybe, I can see him on stage for once. I already decided I will skip stage door. Seeing the performance is enough for me.

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After Getting Up to My Eyeballs

Sometimes my brain looks like this:

Last night I attended a mayoral debate on downtown Winnipeg. The top 5 candidates talked about safety, drawing residents, businesses among other issues. For those in other parts of the world political rhetoric, like music, is universal. I got home feeling a little wiped, and woke up to a day of tired students and techno-boinks. (My word for everything from printer issues to software.) Like I once tweeted, I enjoy the job. I just had new responsibilities in collection development added to my work day, and a Library Orientation will happen on the 19th for a group of students in a program. Today proved one of those days my brain feels like that gif. It’s usually a sign to step back.

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I love that teacup

In the afternoon my hamster brain kept on its wheel to say why not make a pot of tea when I get home? The cold dampened my appetite, and brewed a pot . It felt so English I nearly wanted to put on Endeavor on Netflix. Instead I put on Wreck It Ralph, lit my LED candles, and tweeted a few thoughts about the debate. Still multitasking, yes, but something about the  movie proved a little soothing. I guess from time to time I want a little whimsical and funny. I like Frozen, but I really enjoy Wreck It Ralph. For the children of the 80’s, the pre-PS4 games will bring back plenty of memories.

I checked my calendar to put down an appointment, and realized National Novel Writing Month will happen in a month. I decided to not blog or tweet at all. (Once again see hamster wheel gif.) I like technology, but I always said I control it and not the other way around. I have to remember NaNo resembles a marathon. Nobody sprints over 26 miles, and this from a person running half that amount. It’s slow and steady, with preparation. I have 50, 000 words of a first draft in me. It’s as simple as  getting out of my way.

Up to My Eyeballs

Tweeting my head off regarding the upcoming mayoral elections here in Winnipeg. School returned to session, complete with beginning-of-the-year techno-glitches, and all I want is chocolate…and Richard Armitage. Perhaps for Richard Armitage to buy me chocolate.

This will pass and I will write something coherent.  Hang in there dear readers.

Blow off the steam and refocus

Coffee Sunday

It started with a post last week titled Coffee At Gene-O’s.  The coffee posts began after reading a series of such posts from Part Time Monster’s blog, usually called If We Were Having Coffee.  It later moved as a sort-of link up over at Just Gene-O’s. It’s simply, really, just write about a day as if talking with someone over coffee.

Saying a True Farewell to True Blood

My Sunday started with a bit of coffee before moving to hosting an afternoon showing of True Blood‘s final season. I record the episodes, my friend comes over for a little wine, a little nosh, and binge-watching in tiny doses. It’s possible to binge a bit at a time. In True Blood’s case, it became more of an obligation to finish the season then anxiously watching a new episode. I have no idea about the show’s ratings, but after last year’s Lilith debacle, it’s time for the show to finish. The novel series finished, and it made sense for the show to follow. At least the show’s producers had enough good sense things as opposed to other shows matching their decline with a ratings drop.

In the end, True Blood ends the latest vampire wave begun with Twilight. We can argue chicken-and-egg style regarding who came first, but I still remember seeing Twilight and feeling something seemed missing. Fast forward to hearing HBO took a chance on a show about vampires in the Louisiana, also based on a series of novels, and seeing the DVD on the new releases shelf at Roger’s video.  (Why did it seem like so long ago writing that last sentence?)

It started here:

Image: Trueblood.net

I just remember the deep-voiced way he said ‘Sookie’, and binge-watched the rest of the videos. I did remember saying to V to watch this show, from HBO, and saying “we have a vampire that can brood properly. Never send a boy (Pattinson) to do a man’s job.” The rest has now passed into history.

 

The 2014 Winnipeg Civic Elections, Or Nobody Needs to Get High to Have Crazy Ideas

While I have not written posts, my Twitter feed has lit on fire over the Mayoral Election in Winnipeg. We have 9 candidates for Mayor. No, none of them seem to have a drug problem. Although you might think someone does with stuff like this:

Gord Steeves Dumb Idea

 

I hyper-linked the image to the full article, but it’s only the proverbial tip of the iceberg in this election. How about this one from candidate Brian Bowman:

Mr. Bowman later accused Judy Wasylycia-Leis of being a ‘professional politician’. His power of the quip, after all he’s a lawyer, doesn’t just stop at left-of-centre candidates:

The election is on October 22nd. Something tells me Winnipeg will go from the sublime to the ridiculous pretty quickly.

One More Thing

Regarding review/fan girl diatribe over this guy in his latest movie:

Image: Armitage Agonistes Blog

It’s coming. Right now I research Mayoral candidates as a way to put one foot . I may need to plant my other foot in something a little fantastical in short order.

An Interesting Read: The Silent Spiral and Social Media

I still have a half-completed post on Into the Storm to finish, but this proved too good not to share.  I originally got the summary from Tech Crunch, but I wanted people to have a good look at the actual link below. I admit to doing my fair share of shying away. I do it in the name of being ‘nice’. I forget sometimes being nice and doing the right thing diverge from one another. I can still share an opinion, and I will also share a counter opinion if I have to as well.

I do remember the times people flamed me online. When people say “I am getting off social media for a while” they feel tired of dealing with the trolls, or fanatics, or even trollish fanatics.  It’s not just politics. I see it with fandom from time to time as early adopters look down noses at the ‘noobs’. It doesn’t matter if the early adopter starting adopting a fandom in a later season, or later in an performer’s career. It makes people scared to share an option, or ask a simple question. It actually saddens me if people have to qualify something with ‘please don’t send me hate mail in my ask box’ on Tumblr.

That’s only over an English actor.  Can you imagine heavy issues like abortion, gun control, and stem cell research?

Have a look below, or check out Tech Crunch’s own summary with a link to the full report as well.

 

 

Coffee at Gene-O’s

I went over to Just Gene-O to have coffee in the cyber-sense of the word. Before I opened my blog to write, I made some coffee. On Friday I had every intention to finish my Into the Storm post, but I simply felt tired. I just wanted to sleep, feeling like a cranky toddler as I talked to my mother. I looked over at my clock, the clocked glowed 7:30 as I pulled the covers over me. BOOM! I fell into a series of tense dreams as my brain tried to process the week.

I have a half-completed post about Intro the Storm complete with an actual storm over Winnipeg this past Thursday. Currently, I battle through another posting block. Every time I write something down, I stop, then its a few days before I write again. As a person with verb-tense problems in my writing, leaving things for a few days makes it worse. Other than waiting for a friend of mine to cover over to watch True Blood, my weekend has remained on the quiet side.