Cyberchrondia

I have to admit that I am a bit of a hypochondriac. This is why I keep myself busy so I don’t have time to obsess on small symptoms that are just in my mind. I used to be a medical librarian do...

Spreadsheet Heaven (or is it hell?)

I have spent the past week looking at spreadsheets and even making some myself though my staff of experts are much better at it than I. First, had to figure out why our serials budget looked like we ...

Budgets, snow and hidden collections

Just back from Denver and ALA Midwinter where it was 12 degrees many days and snowy! Always fun to see friends and go to stimulating meetings and compare war stories. The talk of the meeting was budg...

Amazing New Year!

Due to a surprise snow storm, ECU was closed on Tuesday and Wednesday Jan. 20-21 which meant I got to stay home on Tuesday. This gave me the chance to watch the Presidental inauguration festivities. ...

Charleston is not always hot!

For those of you who think Charleston always has moderate or hot temperatures, hear this! We are all freezing to death in record lows. The other day, we actually witnessed/felt 10 degree temperatures...

Books about books

Going over approval plan books, I have run into two interesting books about books. First, Ali Smith’s The Book Lover (New York: Anchor Books, 2006, 978-0-307-38608-3) seems to be a charming tre...

Long live library print collections!

I was just walking around the library stacks this morning searching for books and journals. The library is pretty dead since the students are not due back for class until this coming Monday. So, when...

The holidays are over and my refridgerator is new

Back to the grindstone after 16 glorious days of vacation, sleeping late, eating too much, reading, relaxing, cooking, and visiting with friends and family. Whew! Need to come to work to relax! Tryin...

Other Holiday Cleaning Adventures

This holiday season has been so very different in so many ways. Besides being in a new town with a new job, there has been the back and forth to the house in Boone. Being a landlord is a totally new ...

2008 Predictions

Somebody is going to figure out how to do electronic books right. There are too many smart companies out there trying. — Chuck Hamaker The e-only trend will slow down. — Katina Strauch Th...