Solo woe

What has become clear is that, as a solo cataloguer, I have no time for blogging. Although I look at this link on my bookmark bar almost daily, ruefully, and about once or twice a week I feel I have something meaningful to post here, I don’t have the time. Today is Friday and I’m feeling a bit unfocused, so I thought I’d make a wee update. For whom, I don’t know, since this is clearly the most boring blog in creation. Anyway, hi and goodbye. I hope to be back sometime soon!


Freudian type-slip

Entering some information into a new catalogue record yesterday, specifically the 730 Uniform Title field, I made a slip that was borderline Freudian:

730    $a Rain. $l Drench

Of course, the $l was meant to be French. But I thought it was amusing.


Here we have one of the most impenetrable cataloguing words available. I mean, I know it’s not strictly a cataloguing word, but it is not a word I have encountered anywhere else in my life. 

Defined as “apprenticeship” or “coming of age” stories, usually fiction, the origination this form is commonly attributed to Goethe (according to Wikipedia), which is kind of appropriate I guess. At least, I’m only marginally ashamed to say I’ve never read any Goethe, but the very name just seems to suggest that he might have created a literary genre with such a cumbersome moniker.

In any case, we do not use this term in our library catalogue, but defer to the simpler Coming of age–Fiction. I’m all for young library users understanding stuff without having to have it dumbed down for them, but there are limits.

Flip, flop and fly

I love my flip-flops. For years I couldn’t wear them because for whatever reason, I couldn’t find any that didn’t hurt the tender skin between my first and second toes. But now that I’m older, I guess my skin is thicker. Literally. So now I go around in flip-flops quite a bit during the summer. In fact, even when I’m doing chores around the house, particularly working in the kitchen, I like to wear my flip-flops.

When I was younger, I called them “thongs.” That was before the titular underpants became ubiquitous, and now I can’t use that word without thinking of that little lacy string that appears above the waistline of some women’s pants, usually at inappropriate moments. According to Wikipedia, these shoes are also known as jandals, pluggers, go-aheads, slaps, slides,step-ins, and chankla, among others (most of which, incidentally, I’ve never heard).

When I first thought of putting something about this beloved footwear on my blog, my question was going to be, “who invented the flip-flop?” But of course, because they are among the simplest possible garments, along with loincloths and cloaks, they have been around forever, and their invention couldn’t possibly be attributed to a single person, or even a culture.

The CBC radio program Head to Toe recently aired an episode in which the host asked people whether flip-flops are appropriate work attire. Sadly, as a librarian, even a solo cataloguer such as myself, I do not think flip-flops are appropriate footwear for my workplace. I do wear an open-toed sandal when the weather allows, but not my favourite bright blue rubber variety.



Reading and eReading

I have seen this post a number of times, on Grammarly and other places, a photo someone took of her/his mother using a Kindle eReader as a bookmark. Sadly, my wordpress newbie-ism is showing and i can’t figure out how display the photo to this post. So you’ll just have to follow the link. Or show me how to embed the photo here.

In any case, I realized I have something similar going on in my own life, although rather than using the device as a bookmark, it simply has a place in the ever-growing pile of analog reading material on my bedside table (mostly library books).

To wit:


Twitter update

If I could apply one adjective to my personal usage of Twitter it would be “inadequate.” I follow almost the same number of tweeters as tweets I have made (in the 70 range at the moment) and I have about 5 followers, about half of whom are related to me. My boyfriend and I talked about Twitter the other day, and he observed that Twitter seems to be mostly for celebrities and people who enjoy celebrity culture. I wasn’t sure I agreed with that, since I think of the 70-odd tweeters I follow, only about a handful are celebrities in the pop-culture sense. Most of them are library-related sites. But, today, I followed my first “real” celebrity, and it is Mayim Bialik, whose Twitter handle, in case you’re interested and too lazy to Google it, is @missmayim. I consider her to be kind of a celebrity anomaly, since at least half of her brain is clearly occupied by things other than what is going on in Hollywood, and in fact her Hollywood career, while perfectly successful at the moment and for quite a few years now, seems like it could almost have been her back-up plan. Also her name is the Hebrew word for Water, which I think is really cool. Anyway here is a link to her website, as well.

Phooey Dewey, Part II

Here’s another one I encountered recently. Anxiety. Books about anxiety can be classed in a couple different places. 152.46 is for anxiety disorders (emotions), while 616.85/22 is for anxiety (mental disorders or illness). In my mind, this is a pretty fine line. I suppose in some cases the distinction may be obvious with a fairly cursory glance, but other times it may require a longer look at the item in hand to determine its true nature. As a solo cataloguer, I usually don’t have that kind of time.