Psoriatic arthritis awareness


October 29 is World Psoriasis Day. I’ve already missed World Arthritis Day (Facebook link), which was October 12th. (I was too busy to write, then, anyway.) I’m going to bullet point out the conclusions I want you to draw from this post, before I get to the post itself. Consider this a TL;DR: Not all disabilities are visible. Many people are fighting battles that you can’t perceive. Some people literally have fewer hours in their day than you do, either because they need more hours of sleep per night, or because their body requires extra daily maintenance to work; some … Continue reading

What I’ve learned from the drive

Every time I came “back to America” from Alaska, I felt simultaneously excited, disquieted, and wistful about the proximity of other states to the state I was visiting. I would exclaim, “You can drive from here to other states! You just go that way on the interstate!” And perhaps people looked at me askance, but it honestly struck me, hard, every time.

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A book list and a trip update

Book stuff I complained on Twitter about The Name of the Wind, which I’ve had sitting in my Audible library for a while and decided to finally listen to, now that I’m finished with Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy (which is fantastic!). TNotW is clever, funny, well-written, and well-performed by the narrator, but there aren’t female characters, except for mothers and love interests. That annoys me, especially after reading so much speculative fiction that includes women. I shared as much on Twitter, and people asked for the list of what I’ve been reading. So, pulling from GoodReads, here are my recent … Continue reading

Driving South


When we came up to Alaska, Dale and I kept a shared blog. It was a fun way to chronicle a weird journey, both the drive itself and the transition to living in Alaska, which is a pretty unique place. It’s been useful to several people through the years, because they got to see what my move (driving from Pittsburgh) and Dale’s move (shipping a bunch of boxes and flying) looked like and get a sense of the pros and cons of each approach. But because we’re leaving Alaska, and because the blog’s title was “Moving to Alaska,” that doesn’t … Continue reading

Code of conduct pledge and cosigner list

Although I’ve mentioned it a couple of times, informally, I would like to more publicly/formally talk about my participation in the Code of Conduct Pledge (#CoCPledge) movement—and hopefully add value to the movement with a sortable list of co-signers. (I’m not using this post to make all the arguments about why codes of conduct are important, but I’ve written about it before, and I will again.) Now, I’m no John Scalzi, and I know there aren’t any events/organizations that would miss me so much that they will drop everything to develop one of these statements (and the buy-in and policy … Continue reading

#alamw14 in glimpses

A photo from Council Orientation

I don’t yet have the space, mentally, to process ALA Midwinter and summarize it properly. But here are some moments and some impressions: When I finished my schedule back in Anchorage, I realized how much of my schedule was eaten by Council (three and a half actual Council meetings, two Council Forum meetings, the Orientation, the Executive Board/Membership meeting, the Executive Board Candidates Forum), and I despaired. That was a low point, in part because I had just found out that my workplace is seriously considering taking away travel funding (which is, even now, only awarded on a competitive basis … Continue reading

Identity – developer, information scientist, librarian


Professionally, I’m in kind of a weird place, right now. (Feel free to make an Alaska joke, here, but that’s not what I mean.) I’ve finally come to understand that I enjoy and am pretty good at programming, and I want to improve those skills, which is something I’m working on. But, more broadly, I’ve also belatedly realized that what I really wanted to be, after library school, wasn’t so much a librarian as an information scientist, and I’ve been unconsciously approaching the entire profession from that perspective (when I don’t go full-on-IT, anyway). I realize perhaps this reads like … Continue reading

New Year’s resolutions


The traditional end-of-year blog post is a retrospective and a reflection on the year’s experiences, but I feel like I did some of that with my Thanksgiving post. I realize I missed some stuff, and, sure, I glossed over the negatives of the year, because I was trying to practice gratitude; but I’d probably have done that with an end-of-December post, too. So I’ll do the other traditional blog post, listing goals/resolutions. And, to some extent, I think my goals for 2014 speak to my experience in 2013, so there’s a hint of the first type of post in here, … Continue reading

Impostor syndrome


I’m going to say something I probably shouldn’t (for, indeed, what other purpose do blogs have?), but I hope that doing so will help other people, if they’re having similar issues. My admission: I’ve been feeling like an utter fraud and a complete failure at a significant portion of my job. (Spoiler: It’s better now!) I’ve been beating myself up for literally years, because I didn’t think I had an acceptable level of technical competence—specifically, coding prowess. And while there are legitimate disagreements about coding in the library profession, I think we can agree: most web librarians need a certain … Continue reading

Being thankful


With all the health issues (and the cost of all the health issues) and everything, it would be really tempting to write off 2013 as a “rebuilding year,” and I won’t lie: those words have escaped my lips. Maybe as recently as yesterday, when I found out that the Prednisone was more of a diagnostic tool than a cure. Now that I’m off it, the pain is coming back, to the total lack of surprise of my doctor; and now that my shock has worn off, I’m pretty angry that she didn’t warn me. Anyway, we’re looking into ways to … Continue reading