Yet again, no major news to report. I’m still working my part-time retail job (where I’ve been told I’ll be getting more hours) while searching for something more. It would be great if they could make me full-time, though I’m not holding my breath for that. What’s the point when I’d probably turn blue and fall over before anything happened? Anyway, I’m hunting for an additional part-time job, as well as potential full-time positions. Earlier this week, a friend clued me into an opening for a full-time entry-level librarian position with the Connecticut State Library. I put my application in the mail yesterday, and I’m hoping for at least an interview. Oh! Speaking of interviews, I spoke with the Rockefeller Archive Center this week. They’re looking for a part-time, on-site dedicated librarian. I don’t meet all of the qualifications quoted in the Official Job Description, but they told me they were interested in me because of the reading habits and experience with various ILS packages that I have in my cover letter. Again, not holding my breath, but it’d be a very nice place to work.
Archive for June, 2010
There are two songs from musicals that just popped into my head as somewhat appropriate for my job hunt: “Tomorrow” from Annie, and the title song from Rent. I know I have to keep my head up and try to maintain a positive attitude like that little redhead is always talking about, but I can’t help worrying about how I’m going to be able to pay the bills. I do have one interview tentatively lined up for next week – the Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY, is looking for a part-timer, and they contacted me based on the resume I sent them. I’m crossing my fingers and toes that I can go in there and convince them that I’m a good candidate.
I think part of the reason I had those showtunes popping into my head is that the 64th Annual Tony Awards were held this past Sunday. I wish I could get to see more shows, but it hasn’t been in the stars recently. Anyway, the Tony show definitely had some great moments (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Denzel Washington, and the musical Memphis won Tonys), but there were others that made my inner techie cry. They had some pretty big sound issues at the beginning of the show: sound levels on some of the actors’ microphones were either fluctuating or turned way down, Chris Noth had to be told live on camera that while he successfully presented the nominated plays the award wasn’t being given until later, and somebody missed their cue for putting the spotlight back on Paula Abdul after we got to see presentations of the nominated choreography. On the last one, I could imagine what was going on in the production booth. I could almost hear the stage manager saying, “Oh, crap! Go spot, go spot!” Other than those technical bloopers, the show went pretty well. Sean Hayes even sueezed in the following quasi-political joke: “Bernadette Peters … the BP who isn’t ruining the country!”
I’d also like to take the opportunity to share the following article. I’m sure that many people have heard of lolcats, those silly/cute cat photos paird with misspelled captions like I Can Has Cheezburger? This article talks about the CEO of what is now the Cheezburger Network, and how they keep the whole thing going while searching for new goofy stuff to post. It all reminds me of the zombie lolcat t-shirt I saw back in March: I can has brainz? Anyway, here’s the article, as published by the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/technology/internet/14burger.html
… I could open a fish market and maybe not have to worry about so much other stuff. Well, unless there’s a piscine nor’easter over the weekend (I believe they get them and froggy ones occasionally get on Discworld), my search is going to continue. I’ve applied to some more things this past week, and I’m hoping to get some good responses. I’ll keep searching, of course, until something good comes through. I have been exploring some non-library options because sitting home and searching won’t help pay the bills. I’m going to do my best to keep my head up and hope for the best, and I wish luck to all the new graduates.
Speaking of Discworld, I’m finally reading Unseen Academicals. I haven’t got that far in yet, but while I’m enjoying it it doesn’t seem quite the same. I understand that Sir Terry needs more help writing these days because of his Alzheimers, and full props go out to his assistant(s). I can see what I think are small differences between this most recent Discworld story and many of the past ones, but that’s because I have read the other chronicles. Other fans like myself will probably be able to tell, but it should still be highly enjoyable for new and old fans alike. Sports, academic politics, a bibliophilic goblin, maybe a bit of Romeo-and-Juliet-type plot … good stuff.
Sadly, nothing big to report for the fourth week in a row. I applied for another librarian position (though I’ll admit it could have been a re-post) with the Army. I respect the military to no end, but I’d much rather support them as a civvie librarian than join up. Two Marines have tried to convince me to join the Corps. They told me it’d be a great experience that will change my life, but after reading some letters written from boot camp (RIP, Chris Mix) and steadily working my way through a few different series of military sci-fi books*, I really don’t think that would be a great choice for me. I just don’t think I’d be able to survive boot camp – either I’d burn out and have to leave, or I’d get kicked out for talking back to a drill instructor. As I said before, I’d much rather be a civvie librarian for any branch of the military that will hire me.
I believe I mentioned a month or so ago that I went to hear AuthorGuy extraordinaire Christopher Moore speak about his newest book, Bite Me, at the Columbus Circle Borders in Manhattan. I’m a fan of his on Facebook, and the other day he posted the link to a hilarious video of the faculty, staff and students of the University of Washington iSchool (librarian grad school) doing their own version of a popular Lady Gaga song. Here’s the link, for you librarians (or anyone else) out there looking for a little comic relief: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_uzUh1VT98&feature=player_embedded#!
*Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein The Council Wars series by John Ringo The Posleen War/Legacy of the Aldenata series by John Ringo with Tom Kratman and Travis S. “Doc” Taylor The Looking Glass/Voyage of the Space Bubble series by John Ringo and Travis S. Taylor The Prince Roger/Empire of Man series by John Ringo and David Weber The Honor Harrington series by David Weber The Dahak Trilogy by David Weber