I’ve kept looking on the job boards, as always. And as always, while there are jobs being posted, most of them don’t fit my skill set and/or personal requirements. Many of them require experience, coursework and/or skills that I don’t posess at this time. Others look like things I could enjoy and grow in, but the fact that they are part-time would not justify my moving out-of-state right now, even if I were to gain and ace an interview. I’ll just have to keep searching, like all my fellow librarian job-hunters. I believe I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I figure there’s a library out there that desperately needs me, we just haven’t found each other yet.
This week’s news of interest includes fossils in California, a popular (mainly) children’s/young adult author, another famously out-of-this world author, and zombies on campus. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that a utility company building a new station in California unearthed an assortment of fossils that could shed light on the evolution of mammals, definitely in North America and possibly worldwide. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_fossil_find
Dubuque, Iowa’s Telegraph Herald published an article about a talk given by Gary Paulsen, author of Hatchet, Dogsong, and many other great books. I remember reading and enjoying Hatchet years ago, and the movie was pretty decent from what I remember. Anyway, Mr. Paulsen stated that if he hadn’t had a chance encounter with a librarian who encouraged him to read as a teenager, he wouldn’t have become who he is today. http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?id=296301
In case all you Discworld fans out there hadn’t heard, Terry Pratchett was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II last year as part of her New Years’ Honours. An online Australian news service posted an article detailing how Sir Terry was so thrilled to be a knight, he gathered steel (including some meteorite chunks) and proceeded with expert help to forge his own sword. There’s a link in the article to one of Sir Terry’s blog posts that includes a photo of the sword – I think it would do one of his dwarfs proud. http://www.news.com.au/technology/terry-pratchett-creates-a-sword-with-meteorites/story-e6frfro0-1225926584339
I mentioned zombies on campus. I’m not referring to sleep-deprived, over-caffeinated students, though I’ve been in that position often enough to willingly believe in that type of zombification. The BBC reports in its US & Canada section that the University of Baltimore is going to be offering “Zombie Studies.” Oh, how I wish that class, or something like it, had been available when I was an undergrad! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11219411
In honor of “Zombies 101,” this week’s word is Pall: a noun meaning a cloth coffin-cover, a coffin itself, a general covering, or something contributing to gloominess. Discworld’s Igor clan specializes in producing pall-like atmospheres for their employers. If you receive an Igor in a crate, beware – you, too, could be a mad scientist!