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$100 Million Donation to NYPL

Look what I saw in the New York Times. How nice. Funny, I work there, and yet did not hear about this before I saw the NYT story. Would it kill them to tell the staff before the general public?

And really, a cafe in Astor Hall? Do they have any idea how echo-y it is in there?
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Saying "I didn't want that job anyway" after you didn't get it is usually a case of sour grapes. But in the case of my recent experience, new information has come to light: that department is going to be moving its offices to Long Island City. A commute that involves going over the Whitestone Bridge and taking the Long Island Expressway during rush hour.

Boy! am I glad I didn't get it after all.

Granted, they aren't actually moving for quite a while, but still.


Oct. 23rd, 2007 05:59 pm
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I understand the logic behind having a maintenance man turn off the the library's AC compressor in mid-October. You're unlikely to use it after that point.

That being said, it is freaking 84 degrees in here, and I'm going to die of heat exhaustion. Save me!
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I was doing really well at posting regularly for a while, and then there was a crackdown on surfing at work, and I felt it would not be a good idea to go to LJ. And at home, it's such trouble to dig out the keyboard to the tablet, and the handwriting recognition editing gets old quickly, so....

Anyway. The latest news is that there was an opening at work in the department I've wanted to work in for several years (Branch Libraries' Information Systems - internal QA, kinda), so I jumped right on it. I'm still waiting to hear, since the application period only officially ended on the 30th. I got my first interview about a week after applying, and my second a week or so after that, so it's very promising. And I heard that only three people got a second interview. Cross your fingers for me.

In other news, my poor car got its hood crumpled, again. This one was not my fault. In fact, I wasn't even there - it was parked, and the person left the scene without leaving info. Lucky for me, there were several witnesses, and one took down the plate number. Can I say how much I love this neighborhood? The most annoying part was it evidently happened not five minutes after I parked it. Guess I should have been late to work that day, huh? All fixed now, and I didn't even have to pay the deductible. I love my insurance company. Just hoping to get reimbursed for the rental now.

I think that hits the high points of September. I'll post again if I can think of anything else noteworthy.

slow day

Apr. 6th, 2007 12:29 pm
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Today is shaping up to be an incredibly slow day. First of all, I am at the City Island branch, which is always less busy than almost any other branch. I am the only librarian here (everyone took Good Friday off). And the kids don't have school this week, which means there's no after-school rush.

Backlog of fanfic, here I come!
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When I got to work today (at a branch not my own), the internet was down. On the public computers, even on the staff computers. And of course that meant no patrons were actually in the branch - as soon as they found out there was no internet, they turned around and left. It was looking to be an extremely boring day. I actually weeded their reference section - removing all the stuff they obtained when they opened in 1973! Seriously, anything older than me has to go, I don't care if the content isn't out of date (yes it can happen - religious reference, literary analysis, etc.).

But thankfully, just as I left for lunch, the problem was fixed. Yay for ITG!
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It's payday, and my six-month raise went through! I am finally making more than I did at my last job. W00t!


Aug. 5th, 2005 11:19 am
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The AC at work is STILL broken. It is miserable here - 89 degrees, 52 percent humidity last time I checked. Plus, no patrons are coming in anyway, so tell me again why we're open? I hate feeling sweaty and sticky. The branch should close and all the staff should be sent to other branches.

work news!

Jul. 15th, 2005 11:25 pm
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My promotion has officially gone through! I am a full Librarian, and I got a $4K raise.

Now if they'll just move me to my new branch ASAP.

Snow day!

Jan. 22nd, 2005 01:13 pm
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W00t! Just learned that the library will be closing at 2:00 pm today, due to snow. Considering I get to go home early and STILL GET PAID, this is awesome news. Since I was planning to go home early, loss of pay or not.

And there must be a new person making this decision, because last year the earliest they ever sent us home was 4:00 pm, after much staff bitching. Someone has learned the value of keeping up staff morale vs. saving money on paid leave.
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This semester is shaping up to be nearly as stressful as last semester, which was as bad as it can get. The problem with this semester is that I am essentially taking three classes, not two, which I have always viewed as insane (if done while working full-time, natch).

I did not realize when I registered that I would be taking a seminar with NYPL during the semester. By the time I did realize, it was too late to drop classes and still get a refund. And heck if I'm going to lose the money. Plus, I don't want to take more than one class next semester because I'm going to be out for two weeks on my honeymoon - it's bad enough I have to do it in one class. And unfortunately, the seminar is not given in the spring, and I don't want to wait until next fall, because I can't be promoted to senior librarian until I complete it - which should happen in June.

Now granted, the seminar is only given every two weeks, but there is still a fair amount of reading and homework involved. Ugh. On the bright side, the homework for the seminar can actually be done at work, unlike the homework for the other classes.

And having just gone back and removed a lot of extra typed letters, I realize I need to trim my nails.


Oct. 3rd, 2003 01:16 pm
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It is now officially so cold in my branch, that I am making extra money for the inconvenience/hardship.

work stuff

Oct. 1st, 2003 03:01 pm
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Well, we had a librarians' meeting today, and a lot of my little annoyances were addressed. I feel better. More computers allocated to the internet, more for the teens, rules clarified (no card-playing, one person to a computer, etc).

And tomorrow, they'll tell us all about the new experimental software that will throw people off the computer for me, so I don't have to argue with them. I already love this software.
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I just found out that not only do I have a meeting to go to next week (which I usually don't mind, since it means going into the city and getting lots of errands done, but this one is in STATEN ISLAND! I have to make all the way from Westchester to Saten Island by 9:30 a.m. I am not happy, not happy at all.
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So it has been a busy week with my branch finally reopened to the public. All kinds of stuff that really needed to be done beforehand, but wasn't. And I get stuck with all the oh-so-fun jobs, like going through all the files and tossing unneeded stuff, or doing the same with all the information binders we keep behind the desk. But most of it's done now.

And today, the mayor is going to come visit. Which should be interesting.
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I cannot wait until my home branch opens, so I can be reasonably sure where I am going every day. I've gone to the wrong branch at least twice this month. And because I have no home branch, I don't have one place to check my own schedule. Why they can't email such information to me is beyond my comprehension. Or post it on the password-protected intranet, so I can look it up at home! Wouldn't that be a smart idea!

But, I am not looking forward to the complaints I am sure I am going to hear - namely, that we no longer have a printer at each public computer, they have to copy whatever they want printed onto a disk and have us print it. This is primarily to stop wastage of paper, to stop them from loading their own paper in and wasting our ink, and to cut down on how much time we spend fixing paper jams. I really like it, but still not going to enjoy the whining.
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So, finally got the word yesterday that my newly refurbished branch will be opening Monday. And it will go so smoothly with none of the librarians having been there for the week previous. But still, I am very happy to go back, to know which branch I will probably be working in each day, to have a pleasant looking environment, to be able to organize stuff because it's no longer entrenched, etc.
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So, I finished my second semester last week. Yay! I am definitely not taking a summer semester again if I can help it. It sucks. The few weekends I didn't have to work on Saturday, I still couldn't go anywhere because I had a paper due or an upcoming test. I did nothing fun this summer. Well, OK, no extended fun - I did one-night fun things.

So, I don't have my grade yet, but I should be OK. I got an A on my midterm and an A on my annotated bibliography. Turns out my paper was too short (I could have sworn there was no length requirement), but it should still be fine. I'm told I have a very concise writing style (academically, at least). And the final seemed easy enough.

So, I wanted to take cataloging this fall, but the universe is conspiring against allowing me to drop-add, and the schedule sucks anyway, so I'll take it in Spring. I think I'll like it. Several people have said they can see me being one of the people who really likes cataloging (see my online bookmarks for a reason why). Anyway, once I've taken that, assuming I like it, I'll apply to transfer to NYPL Technical Services, Cataloging dept. They do have trainees there. And I won't have to work Saturdays, or deal with the public, and I'll have the same schedule every work day instead of different shifts. Frankly, after 3 years of customer service at dot-coms and a year at a branch library, I'm ready to stop dealing with the public.

So that's my life plan for the moment.

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