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A lot of my friends in the library world look forward to November and NaNoWriMo, but 1. who in school has time to write a novel? and 2. I learned in college that while there are many areas in which I write well, narrative is not one. A few years ago, some PhD students decided to make November their own AcWriMo: ACademic WRIting MOnth. If you, like me, have 846 papers you intend to write (I might be exaggerating just a bit–it’s more like 62), you can join in the fun by tracking your progress (and sharing encouragement with others).
This one isn’t library related at all, but needs to be shared. Remember 2048? A friend of mine just introduced me to 2584: it’s like 2048, but instead of progressing by doubling numbers, you progress by Fibonacci numbers. 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 144 233, etc. (As I’m typing this, I’ve gotten as high as 233. That’s why I stopped there in the sequence!) Be forewarned that if you liked 2048, you might have some trouble setting 2584 down.
For a seminar we have in my program, we’re spending the semester designing a hypothetical class. My friends and I are designing a class entitled Survival Informatics: Zombie Apocalypse, which is a ton of fun. One of the assignments I worked on was a materials preservation assignment, and it gave me the chance to go back to this *amazing* and comprehensive resource on preservation, which includes tips, best practices, and lots more (and is free, which is helpful!)
I’m also on the academic job market, and one of the resources I’ve found really helpful for listings, but that I don’t often see mentioned on job listservs and such is the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. If you’re on the market for academic positions, it’s definitely worth giving a look!
Finally, I’m continuing to work on my dissertation, and it’s amazing and energizing to see things fall into place and to get so absorbed into a project. One of the resources I’ve found helpful for thoughts on the degree in general and writing in particular is the Thesis Whisperer. Not all the posts apply to me (e.g. balancing a family and dissertation writing) but plenty do, so it’s worth a look if you’re considering a PhD, or are in the midst of a big project.
This week we announced our incoming writers. I’m so excited to bring in fresh perspectives on library school and can’t wait to read their first posts!
ArLiSNAP, the group for students and new professionals in art librarianship, and vreps, the group for students and new professionals in visual resources librarianship, are hosting a virtual conference titled Visualizing the Future: New Perspectives in Art Librarianship and are currently accepting proposals. I’m brainstorming a submission and, if you are interested in art or visual resources librarianship, archives, digitization, or metadata, you should too! Proposals are due on November 15 and you can apply here.
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