Friday, January 27, 2012

In Remembrance

All photos personally taken by Ms. C

Today, January 27th, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Research, education, and promoting remembrance and respect of the Holocaust is a strong passion of mine. Last April I traveled to Krakow with E and visited the city's old Jewish district along with Auschwitz and Birkenau. Paying homage to the millions of Jewish, Roma, Sinti, homosexuals, and political opponents who suffered through the activities of the National Socialist state has always been a desire of mine. On this day of remembrance the Holocaust seems all the more vivid as I recall walking through the buildings, chambers, and fields of these camps.

Events during the 1930s and 40s, and the destruction of uncountable communities, families, and lives must never be forgotten.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

eReader resurrected ... kinda

I have a new eReader! The store exchanged my faulty reader for a brand new copy. it came with an update which is supposed to fix problems with the touch screen....

Fingers crossed this one lasts -- I'm nervous to even touch it right now!

Thanks for all of your helpful advice over the last few days!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Librarian 101

You know you're becoming a librarian when:
your writing a paper and need to find a source on what 'privacy' means in the Canadian context.


I know plenty of you are wondering how this all fits into becoming a librarian... let me explain.

This morning, when confronted with this very problem (and fueled by 8 cups of coffee), I began searching my university library's OPAC for academic journal articles. I've always looked to scholarly journal articles for citation needs - they were perfect in plunking a bit of needed credibility into my old undergrad term papers.

However, journal articles weren't cutting it for me today. I took a step back... I thought... and then I realized what I'm actually searching for -- definitions! One flashback to classes on reference sources and "that's a bingo!!" I found the perfect (reputable and Canadian) online dictionary for my needs.

Suddenly all of last semester's information on 'where to look for what' when answering reference interview questions is paying off for my own paper-writing needs.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sony eReader -- Why?

Just a quick (little) note --

I mentioned in my post how much I *love* my eReader yesterday.
I still do... but it's gone and killed itself.

The touch screen doesn't work anymore and it won't turn off. It did this once before but it didn't last very long. This time, however, it's been over 16 hours of nothingness. So glad we decided on the extended warranty!

Do any of you have the new Sony eReader? Have you ever experienced this problem?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hello, Hello!

So sorry to leave this blog unattended for so long! I finished my first semester at Library School in early December. I was exhausted and the thought of blogging was way too much for my body or mind to fathom immediately after handing in my last assignment.

Flash-forward a week after gaining freedom from Library School's due dates... and E was here for the holidays. He *almost* missed the plane. He's asked me not to glorify his actions - but I can't resist. He was stuck in traffic in London and ended up running for the plane (he's got all the athletic skill in this relationship haha). There were a few minutes I believed he wouldn't make the flight... and when he finally told me he was seconds from take off I was ecstatic!

During the holiday season I acquired a Sony ereader. I know this blog proudly displays the sign "i pledge to read the printed word." And, don't get me wrong, I still do. However, I have fallen in love with the ereader... and I know it will come in handy next time I travel across the Atlantic (*hint - there's a future trip a'brewing!).

I'm now in Library School's second semester. I am so glad I finished my foundation classes - they were brutal. However, I now have major procrastination problems... I'd like to think that is not why I'm writing here... but you and me both know it probably has something to do with it ;)

I may not be able to read as frequently as I would wish, but I am still planning to keep Coffee Tales up. Future posts will provide accounts of caffeinated graduate school adventures of many shapes and forms... along with book entries and hopefully a recipe or two.

Hope all is well,
Ms. C
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