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Oh hai blog, I’ve missed you.
I’ve been taking a little step back from all things library this summer. We’re on a 9-month contract where I work but in the past I’ve always signed up for an additional summer contract and kept working through June, July, and August. This year, I decided to take June and July off (except for a few days here and there). I feel like I deserve a break after going through the tenure and promotion process this past year. I’m also trying to gear-up for our library reopening at the end of the summer. I’ve been feeling a little guilty about not being available while construction and other things are wrapping up. It’s so hard to take a step back… But at the same time I know that this break is imperative for my mental well-being. By the end of the spring semester I was feeling the need to create some space in my life in order to replenish my ideas and enthusiasm.
It’s been wonderful. I’ve been concentrating on my creative work—writing, reading, performing, sending work out for publication. I have lots of camping trips planned for July and I’m seeing old friends and making new ones. Making things… trying to build my community. I’ve been trying to do some things that are outside my comfort zone (reading my poetry at this house show, for example) and it’s great. Each time I do something that scares me it makes the next thing a little bit easier.
Some random updates in digestible list form:
- I’ll be presenting “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Post-Renovation Revelations” at the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) 2013 Annual Conference in Seven Springs this October with my colleague Melissa Gold.
- Our library renovation is on schedule and we will be reopening by the beginning of the fall semester.
- I’m tenured effective fall 2013! Still waiting to hear if I was promoted from Instructor to Assistant Professor.
- My poems “Renaissance Body” and “Tasks To Privilege” were recently accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of The Pinch Literary Journal. Stoked.
- I’ve been working on the Membership Committee of PaLA as part of my Director-at-Large responsibilities. We’ve been busy brainstorming creative ideas for recruitment and retention. Lots of good stuff.
- My trip to Italy was fan-freaking-tastic and made me want to go to all the places. Travel: you should do it.
How is your summer going? Anything fun in the works?
watching // twin peaks + audrey hepburn.
reading // snowflake/different streets by eileen myles.
working // on signage for the new library, summer plans + a new writing gig (details soon!).
writing // blackout erasure poems from an old ornithology book.
thinking // about letting go of the life i’d planned to embrace the life in front of me.
What are you guys doing?
(inspired by Kara at I Just Might Explode)
2011 was the first year I tracked my reading and it was around this time last year that I set the goal of reading an average of 3 books per month in 2012 (for a minimum of 36 books). I’m happy to report that I exceeded that goal and read a total of 46 books! Check it:
You can learn more about the titles on my Goodreads page. According to 5-star ratings, my favorite books were:
- O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
- Pretty Tilt by Carrie Murphy
- The World According to Garp by John Irving (also the longest book I read last year)
- Betting on the Muse: Poems and Stories by Charles Bukowski
- The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes by Janet Malcolm
- The New Fuck You: Adventures in Lesbian Reading by Eileen Myles
- Driftwood Valley: A Woman Naturalist in the Northern Wilderness by Theodora Stanwell-Fletcher
- Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
- Nature I Loved by Bill Geagan
- Sisters of the Earth: Women’s Prose and Poetry About Nature by Lorraine Anderson
- Strike Sparks: Selected Poems, 1980-2002 by Sharon Olds
- Kindred by Octavia Butler
I read over 11,000 pages! What did you read in 2012? Any reading goals or books you’re looking forward to reading during 2013?
A few months ago I came across the fabulous work of mixed media artist Kristen Solecki, out of Charleston, SC. There’s just something about her use of color that really draws me to her prints and paintings. I ended up purchasing some of her owl prints to give away as gifts and they were gorgeous in really simple Ikea frames.
Kristen contacted me a few weeks later to let me know about a new publication that she and partner Tim LeVan Miller are embarking on. Enter Sips Card:
“Sips Card brings independent fiction and local coffee shop/bar venues together. Customers can find Sips Cards at participating coffee shop-like venues. Each card contains a QR code, loaded with a short story from an independent writer meant to last as long as their drink. The cards are venue specific and include their business information as well as that issue’s author, story title, and website.”
Um, amazing. I immediately loved this project because it’s the perfect combination: coffee, good writing, and technology. Plus, it’s an example of QR codes that actually makes a lot of sense (rather than randomly slapping the darn things on every piece of paper in sight). Also, this would be a really fun activity for a library. I could totally see an academic library partnering up with their student-run literary magazine and in-house coffee shop to do a project like this. Maybe even team up with Sips Card to do a limited-series offshoot event of some kind. FUN!
Check out the Sips Card website or Facebook page to learn more about the project. Submissions of poetry and short stories will be accepted April 16 – May 31 for Issue 2. Writers, get a move on! Hope to see some of your best work featured on a Sips Card.
You might spot a familiar face or two over at Librarian Wardrobe! Melissa Gold and I work together as academic librarians in Pennsylvania. We’re modeling (air quotes) in front of our library which is currently smack-dab in the middle of a two-year renovation. You can learn more about the project here. The dress code at our place of work is pretty much non-existent… We typically use our best judgement based on our activities for each day. For example, you might find me in a blazer one day giving a presentation and then wearing jeans and converse to hang posters around campus the next. Thanks to Nicole for letting us share our outfits!
Check out my 6-question interview over on the website I Need a Library Job (INALJ) today! The site is a goldmine of ideas and resources for job seekers, new professionals, LIS students and career-minded information professionals. You can also find INALJ on Twitter, Facebook, and now my Blogs I <3 page!
Naomi will be posting more interviews in the coming weeks with fellow Lead Pipers Emily Ford and Ellie Collier. Oh yeah… I forgot to mention that I was invited to join the team at In the Library with the Lead Pipe! So honored to be working with such a fabulous group of professionals… and if you have ideas for guest posts over there, talk to me!!
In other news, I’ve added a sidebar widget (right hand side, just above Archives) called “Erin ‘Round the Web” to gather all of my various guest postings published outside of Library Scenester.