Is this the real life is this just fantasy?

I have an exam on Monday, and have been reading, reading, making notes and reading some more. At the moment I am hanging out for this studying malarkey to be behind me. Right now I am focussing on Monday afternoon, post-exam- have a nice lunch, followed by some rigorous exercise, as an incentive to keep up the reading :).

Congratulations to SallySetsForth who has been accepted to complete her Masters full-time, and also good luck!

Owing to the study this is a somewhat shortened post tonight (or morning). I will leave you with a YouTube clip¬† which I first heard on Countdown; in fact it was the first time I watched Countdown when Bohemian Rhapsody came on. My daughter was getting into the harmonizing and singing along with me- not yet two, she still thinks I have the best singing voice in the world. I have no plans to disavow her of that notion…

Burning the midnight oil

No post yesterday, as I am rushing to meet a deadline for uni. For those interested I have to annotate a bibliography, and discuss the role of information professionals in knowledge management. Luckily for me, I can lodge it electronically, so there are no trips to uni to post the paper in the essay box with minutes to spare. My deadline  is midnight tonight.

I must admit a perverse joy in studying- even if the universe in the form of cooking, laundry and son, daughter and Mr Bookgrrl conspire against me. And I won’t of course mention the other online distractions of Facebook and Twitter…:)

I will be off the air tomorrow owing to a quick trip to Sydney for a friend’s 40th birthday party. I remember going to his 30th, as Mr Bookgrrl and I had arrived home that morning from our first trip to the UK. This will be the fourth 40th party I have attended of a personal friend- I am getting old…

Have a great weekend. For Australians this Monday is the Queen’s Birthday public holiday- the only day when I am a monarchist!

it is all quiet, it is so quiet at work

A day at work, and half of it spent at the reference desk. There was the odd flurry of requests for information, then a lot of time where I was able to work on my other work, namely developing a wiki for staff professional development, drafting editorial guidelines for staff in my organisation who are responsible for web content and all the other things a librarian is called upon to do- the printer not working? You need to photocopy on both sides?

It can get frustrating sometimes after having done an undergraduate degree, followed by a graduate qualification to be actually called a librarian, that your professional life becomes enmeshed in recalcitrant photocopiers and printers, as well as the irate users of said machines. I learned quite quickly that the theory of being a librarian did not quite mesh with the reality :P.

Admittedly though, the theory and practice is coming together slowly in my current job. Returning to study has also opened my eyes to new roles that information professionals could adopt, particularly those in a corporate environment. I have just got to convince our users that we can do more than photocopy articles and fix photocopier jams…

Also vale McGills, a Melbourne institution- a victim of information moving into the online environment and competition from bookstore chains.