Friday, September 30, 2011

Delicious links

Well, my delicious account is up and running. Enjoy my links

https://secure.delicious.com/singinglibrarian/

5 - Websites about Libraries using Web 2.0
Learning 2.0 - 23 Things
Teaching Web 2.0 technologies using Web 2.0 technologies
State of America's Libraries--Social Networking by the American Library Association
Library Media Specialist 2.0
Web 2.0 and Public Libraries: how youth participation has increased as a result

5 - Websites that are examples of Libraries using Web 2.0 tools.
Facebook page for my local library's (which is the Satellite Beach Public Library) teen services.
Facebook page for the Library of Congress.
Blog for the Library of Congress
Blog for the New York Public Library
YouTube video detailing the Digital Library of Congress

QR Code post

I created my QR code using bit.yl: http://mashable.com/2010/10/13/bit-ly-qr-codes/ The shortened web address is http://bit.ly/njEm0A.qr

Friday, September 23, 2011

Backstory as to why I decided to become a librarian

From the time I was a young child my parents encouraged, and instilled in me, a love of literature. Reading was always a joyful activity as I had an active imagination and I found it easy to get drawn into the story. Consequently, I would spend hours a day lost in a book. I was fortunate that my childhood home was within biking distance to our local library and it became my habit to go there at least three times a week. Over the years, several Librarians were constant figures and, therefore, saw me through my various stages of growth. They took an interest in my involvement in community theater and my volunteer work for a guide dog school. They went as far as keeping dog treats in one of the office desks for the puppies I brought with me on my library visits. As a teenager, I recall being impressed by their caring and helpful nature, which ultimately left a very special mark on my heart. Since then, my childhood habit of visiting the library has continued and my collection of literary works has grown and become quite varied to include many genres and styles such as classics, biographies, mysteries, and historical novels to name a few.

That love of reading served me well during my college years, particularly while I was pursuing my degree in history. Naturally, there was a lot of reading involved and, of course, there was quite a bit of research required for many of the classes. For me, the reading requirements were never a challenge as I, unlike a few of my fellow students, never dreaded or was board by the reading assignments. Similarly, I was never afraid of having to do research for a paper and I would look forward to studying and assembling all the necessary information about the particular subject. My professors always complimented me on my attention to detail and the thoroughness of my research. I was always able to achieve high grades in my history classes and I relished the lessons that they taught.

The idea of pursuing Library Science as a career did not occur to me until 2007. Pursuing this as a career is highly appealing as it would allow me to utilize my love of literature, history, and research and it would enable me to serve the public and, perhaps, to help instill a love of literature in others. Ideally, I would love to work either as a children's Librarian or in a school Library as I have always had a desire to work with kids.

The story behind the name...

Well, I guess I will start my blog with the reason for the name of it. I love doing theater almost as much as I love books and reading. I mostly do musicals so I often have to sing and dance in these productions. Though I have not done a musical in about two years, I still love to sing wherever I go. I almost always have some song stuck in my head and go around humming it for days. I figured that I should put some refernece to music and songs as well as my librarian ambitions in the title so this is what came up. Just a little insight into my head.

Monday, September 19, 2011