February 27, 2008

More from Rex Libris

My favorite a$$-kicking sesquipedalian librarian is back! Rex Libris #9 ("In the Grip of Ogpu!") came out just after Christmas, and Rex Libris #10 ("A Cock and Bull Story") has just been released... I love the standing order with my local comic store, I have them both to hand and will probably (finally!) read them on the plane this week.

Rex Tee #2
Plus SLG Publishing has come out with another Rex T-shirt, which I simply must have! "Have YOU returned your library books?"

I loves me some Rex! :-)

February 19, 2008

LoginToboggan Rocks!

So, I've been fairly quiet lately about the whole Drupal development thing, primarily because I've been madly pulling in data and creating node after node after node. It's really shaping up nicely. One of the big bugaboos I've mentioned here before was the access restrictions; was having a very hard time getting that all sorted out the way I wanted. Well, I threw a help email out to the Drupal4Lib listserv and bang, I got a good half-dozen suggestions. One of them, LoginToboggan, is exactly what I was looking for! (The folks on Drupal4Lib rock, I tell you.)

It's gonna be close but I think I'll make the end-of-February goal for going live with the new site. The public parts of the site are 95% done; the private sections are about 80% but I feel fine going live with some of the older historical data not quite posted yet (provided, of course, I get it posted within a month). The next big thing facing me is the actual migration; I have a sparkly new server waiting for everything, but all I've done so far is make sure the latest version of CentOS is installed and everything's updated. I haven't even installed Drupal there yet... bleurgh. But I have, what, ten days left? I can do this!!

It's a blissful, sunny 72° and a lovely breeze is coming in my open window.

Another reason to choose a private school

Sigh. The Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) is having a very bad year... in addition to recommending closing some of the schools, they have now made the decision to cut librarian and counselor positions and increase class sizes. I've been pondering what to do when my son reaches school age and private schools are looking more and more attractive as the public schools continue to be gutted more and more...

February 14, 2008

Kirk Coulda Been a Librarian!

Found via the always-excellent LibrarianInBlack, check out this short clip from Star Trek: The Animated Series. Spock scores again!

After days of stunningly beautiful weather, another storm is moving in and it's 67° and getting grey and windy. Tomorrow will be much cooler...

February 13, 2008

Go, us!

US News & World Report lists Librarian as one of the best careers for 2008, along with several other librarian-type skillsets (such as Data Miner and Usability Specialist). w00t!

February 12, 2008

Library Career Romances

Jinny Williams, Library Assistant Found via Library Journal, Jen Wolfe's "Library Career Romances" and "Miscellaneous Librariana" are interesting and amusing glimpses into the world of the "career girl" novels from the 40s through 60s, and into more modern writings as well. Jen has obviously put a lot of work into these lists!

February 7, 2008

ALA Goes Drupal

Sayeth Jenny Levine: "ALA is planning to move its current Online Communities service to a Drupal environment during the next few months, so we've posted an RFP for the project at http://blogs.ala.org/ittsupdate.php . Please help us publicize this to relevant groups so that we get as many responses as possible." Interested? Read more at the ITTS Update.