Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween at Backstage Library Works

I get into Halloween at work.
This year we did Little Shop of Horrors and had killer plants. Below is 'Two-ey" aka "Audrey 2"

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Today's random learning


A cartulary or chartulary (pronunciation: /ˈkɑrtjʊləri/, Latin: cartularium or chartularium), also called Pancarta and Codex Diplomaticus, is a medieval manuscript volume or roll (rotulus) containing transcriptions of original documents relating to the foundation, privileges, and legal rights of ecclesiastical establishments, municipal corporations, industrial associations, institutions of learning, or private families. The term is sometimes also applied to collections of original documents bound in one volume or attached to one another so as to form a roll. The word is formed from two Latin words, for a collection of charters – "an officer in charge of it."[citation needed] (

I did a card for one of these today and had to look it up.....

I also had an interesting poetry title. Lispings of Lagan I had to look up Lagan, apparently it's a river in Ireland-which makes sense being this is a research library IN IRELAND :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Further proof that some people should NOT have children

This news story is so heartbreaking!

People make me SICK.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Today's random learning

So my friend Lisa at work brought me a starter for Amish Friendship bread today.

That inspired a thought; was it actually invented by the Amish? According to Wikipedia, the answer is no. Although the Amish make a sourdough bread which is similar to the common friendship bread recipe, there is nothing definitively tying the two together. Commonly, Amish Friendship Bread is passed around in ziploc bags, which are a technology I would bet the Amish eschew.

So a related question was who invented the ziploc. This is apparently disputed. First of all, Ziploc is actually a brand name which was originally owned by the Dow Chemical Company and was first test-marketed in 1968. It is now owned by SC Johnson which bought the Dow Brands business in 1998. The actual design of a plastic bag which seals by pressing together two raised channels, similar to a zipper, was apparently originally licensed by a company called Minigrip in 1954 and first manufactured by them in 1959.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Another cause or two!

I have decided to start a relay for life team this year. Several people at work have said they will participate or are thinking about it.

Here is our team page

And Stephanie, my PM and friend is still raising money as well

Monday, January 24, 2011

Random learning of the day

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF or the Gates Foundation) is the largest transparently operated[4] private foundation in the world, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. The foundation is "driven by the interests and passions of the Gates family".[5] The primary aims of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. The foundation, based in Seattle, Washington, is controlled by its three trustees: Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. Other principal officers include Co-Chair William H. Gates, Sr. and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Raikes. It has an endowment of US$33.5 billion as of December 31, 2009.[3] The scale of the foundation and the way it seeks to apply business techniques to giving, makes it one of the leaders in the philanthrocapitalism revolution in global philanthropy,[6] though the foundation itself notes that the philanthropic role has limitations.[5] In 2007 its founders were ranked as the second most generous philanthropists in America.[7]

Friday, January 21, 2011

A random observation

I really don't like Patti Lupone.....I try to, but she just BUGS.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Serious neglect

I have not posted on this blog forever. I thought I had stuff to say, but I guess not.

What has happened since the last time I posted? A lot. I changed jobs, twice. I worked as a tech support rep at Teleperformance for about 3 months.

Then I found a posting for a company I'd thought about applying to before, while I was still at CyberSource, called Backstage Library Works. At the time, I didn't apply, because they didn't pay as well as CyberSource. But they pay the same as what Teleperformance was paying at the time, and it was a job MUCH more up my alley, working with library records. So this time I applied, and they brought me in for an interview which went really well. It was for a department they call recon, which is basically taking paper card catalog cards (remember those?) and turning them into digital records. At the first interview, they brought in a cataloging project manager since my resume indicated I have cataloging experience (A use for school library media certification, YAY!)

Then a second interview, at the end of which they offered me a job, not the one I applied for, but one in their tiny cataloging group (it was only 9 people when I started plus the two PM's: we are now up to 13 with a couple of those being part time) I have been at Backstage since the first of September. My favorite part is seeing some of the titles and topics people have written books about. An example: I cataloged a sociology journal which had an article titled "Does meat flavor have an impact on hunter's prey choice?" Not a whole book on that topic, but still, an unusual one I thought....

I also get exposed to lots of different interesting fields and sometimes have a chance to learn a little something about them (usually while I try to figure out what the book is about so I can assign it a subject heading)

Anyway, my new job is pretty awesome.

Other new stuff since the last time I posted. Jake started kindergarten, which he really likes.

Madi has turned into quite a little chatterbox and a performer. She loves to draw and dance and she even sings a little.

That's all I can think of at the moment. Going to try to be a better blogger from now on.....