Archive for April, 2014

4 things i learned the first year of library school

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , on April 28, 2014 by phanteana

although i obtained my MLIS a few months ago, i gained a great wealth of knowledge during my first year of library school…and i’m certainly not the only one. on the INALJ website, a current LIS student shares what they’ve learned so far as to be crucial to achieving success both in and out of the classroom during year one:

  1. it’s important to pair education with experience: i was fortunate to have already been (and still be) working in a library setting when i started the LIS program, although there were plenty of concepts and skills that were new to me. but i did what any student would do, and not only read about them but put them to practice. many schools offer graduate assistantships, which are part-time paid positions that allow students to assist professors, or work in the campus library and registrar’s office. so if working full-time isn’t possible, this is an option to earn a little cash while gaining a lot of experience.
  2. courses are challenging, but not as difficult as imagined: some courses were a lot more stressful than others (reading 30 YA Lit books in 6 weeks was time-consuming-yet-fun, and thanks to some of the more tech-based classes i am now less overwhelmed by coding language than i was when i first read the syllabuses), but they can help prepare students along the way. if there are assignments that are giving a bit of trouble, students shouldn’t be afraid to ask their professors questions to clarify anything that might be confusing.
  3. group work is inescapable: a group work setting (if utilized properly) can be a great way to not only make friends and networking contacts, but it also demonstrates leadership and teamwork skills. there is still the misconception that librarians are solitary workers, but that is not necessarily accurate. it is also important to divide the work equally so everyone can contribute to the assignment.
  4. technology is everywhere: digital information is on the rise, and libraries are more than just book hubs. Metadata is a key word in librarian jargon, and it’s important that LIS students can demonstrate their knowledge with hands-on experience. Code Academy is a terrific site for practicing HTML, CSS, and other coding languages…and it’s free!







the battle of the movie name change

Posted in Film with tags , , on April 25, 2014 by phanteana

Peter Jackson announced on his Facebook page yesterday that the final installation of The Hobbit would be changing its sub-title from There And Back Again to The Battle Of The Five Armies.



i hope my scenes don’t end up on the cutting room floor!



actually, the renaming makes perfect sense…while the entire status update is a bit lengthy to post, here is part of Jackson’s statement: “our journey to make The Hobbit trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along. There and Back Again felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. but with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in The Desolation of Smaug. when we did the premiere trip late last year, i had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. we decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. we reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate…and so: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies it is. as Professor Tolkien intended, There and Back Again encompasses Bilbo’s entire adventure, so don’t be surprised if you see it used on a future box-set of all three movies.”


i like the sound of that last line…and i fully trust Jackson’s ability to not make the final film’s battle sequence look like this:



a certain…je ne sais quoi

Posted in Art & Photography, Library Science stuff with tags , , on April 18, 2014 by phanteana

a ne sais quoi

wearing the love of literature on a sleeve

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , on April 16, 2014 by phanteana

check out these 24 amazing tattoos inspired by the field of librarianship on the Mental Floss website! while tattoos and piercings can still be a hinderance when it comes to more conservative industries, libraries have proven to be more flexible with candidates’ desire to express their individualities, although there are still some reservations when it comes to the hiring process. a good portion of librarians are tattooed, and it does not prevent them from succeeding in their field. looks can be deceiving, and people can be surprising!


happy National Library Week 2014!

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , on April 14, 2014 by phanteana

happy National Library Week 2014!



once again, it’s National Library Week! visit your local branch so you can partake in the fun and enrichment that libraries have to offer!


one person’s trash is another person’s…trash

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , on April 8, 2014 by phanteana

the hunt is on in New Mexico, as three Microsoft-owned entertainment companies have received the green light to unearth a massive pile of Atari‘s E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial video game, which debuted in 1982 as a franchise tie-in to the film. it’s widely known that the game was a huge flop, and sent Atari scrambling to reclaim its financial worth. according to Fox News, approximately 5 million cartridges were dumped in a landfill based in Alamogordo, a city of roughly 30,000 people about 3 hours South of Albuquerque. the site’s function as a “video-game burial ground” has taken on many urban legends over the past 30 years, garnering more attention than the actual video game itself. footage of the dig will be recorded and a documentary will be released by Microsoft. E.T., however, could not be reached on the phone for comment.




hangin’ on the telephone

Posted in Music with tags on April 4, 2014 by phanteana


Peter Murphy called…he said to get off the phone and watch the video to his new single “Hang Up“, from the forthcoming album Lion (released in the US on June 3rd*). it would be wise to heed the Godfather of Goth’s instructions.



*author’s note: ’tis a glorious day when Peter Murphy releases new albums and tours the country in support of them, as he will be doing once again this summer. always a pleasure to see him!