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Summer in the City

It’s only March and I’m already thinking about summer. I think that’s because the weather has been so nice for the past week. 60 degrees in March is so strange. It makes me worried about the heat this summer. However, I have three or four ideas for this summer that involve research, books, and generally being indoors, so that’s pretty nice, assuming I get accepted to any of them! I’ll have weekends for beaches and other summer things. I can’t wait to see what the North Shore looks like in the summer.

I’ve been keeping crazy busy. Part of that is my commute. I have about 1.5 hours door to door now. It isn’t bad, but it also isn’t the 5 minutes I used to have! I’ve been getting a lot of reading done and I started listening to audiobooks too, just to switch it up a little. If I read, I can listen to music; if I listen to an audiobook, I can do the crossword in the Metro.

Easter is coming up, and I’m looking forward to helping the Easter Bunny hide eggs for my little cousins. We had a lot of fun last year, and I think it will be fun again this year.



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The Milk Analogy

My new library collection is far smaller than my collection at HSC. I’m pretty happy about this, which seems odd, but it means I can pay more attention to it and really care for it. It’s like a garden! You can’t care for every plant on a giant farm, but you can care for every plant in a garden. That being said, oh boy, do I have some weeding to do.

See what I did there?

For those non-library folks, “weeding” is the terminology when librarians remove books from a collection. Weeding a library collection is very much like weeding a garden; just like you have to pull some weeds to let the plants grow, you have to get rid of old/damaged/out-of-date/unattractive books to let the collection grow. It sounds strange, but it is true. Teens especially see old, yellowed books and go “Blech, there is nothing here that I want to read!” when there could be a perfectly good and useful book sandwiched between two books from 1989.

Honestly, what high school student in 2015 wants to read The High-School Student’s Guide to Study, Travel, & Adventure Abroad from 1995? Yes, it looks like a cool book. Yes, it would have been fun for me to read in 2000 when I was a senior in high school, but the book is older than all of my high school students! How valid is this information now?

There’s a great analogy that compares weeding books to spoiled milk:

The Milk in the Refrigerator

The milk in the refrigerator is past the sell date, has an odor, and is curdled and lumpy. Would you?

  • Keep it, because you don’t know when you could get to the store to buy more?
    • Then why would you keep a book on the shelf with misinformation because you don’t know when you could replace it?
  • Keep it, because otherwise your refrigerator would look empty?
    • Then why would you keep outdated books on the shelf to preserve a false collection size?
  • Give it to a neighbor to keep in his or her refrigerator?
    • Then why would you send outdated encyclopedias or other materials to a teacher for classroom use?
  • Donate it to a food pantry for hungry children?
    • Then why would you send outdated resources to be used by children in this or other countries?

Dr. Gail Dickinson

I know not all of the texts I’m getting rid of are as bad as spoiled milk. Some are still interesting. I’m getting rid of two Joseph Campbell books, and I love his work, but it just isn’t something that students research, want to read about, or can’t find elsewhere. We are getting put on the Boston Public Library Inter-library loan delivery schedule, so students can even request books from BPL to be shipped here instead of picking them up at their local branch.

I have a goal; I want to make this library as new and as interesting as possible. It is going to take some time, but that’s OK.





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See you later, Boston

Moving day is tomorrow. Most of the packing is done.

Many people deserve huge a Thank You for helping me on my way through grad school and off to the beginning of my career. My family, my friends, my teachers, my classmates; you all know who you are.

However, I would never have done all this without Boston itself. I never wanted to have a big farewell to any city that I’ve left. I think we might go to Naked Pizza today, and that’s good enough. However, (almost) two years in this amazing city deserves at least a virtual send off.


Good-bye to “my” circ desk. I spent two school years learning how to be a librarian. If it wasn’t for BAA/FHS Library, I wouldn’t be prepared to face my own library:



Good-bye to Fenway Park. I’m sure I’ll be back, I’m just not sure when. You took a Yankees girl into your park and made her love the Sox as well:



Thank you for your one big winter, Boston. Thank you to the crazy college kids in Brighton who made sledding down the street seem like a good idea (it was awesome). I’ve never seen such ingenuity and engineering before:



Thank you MFA, just for being awesome:



Thank you Mallard family. Make Way for Ducklings was never a favorite of mine as a child, but you are a central point of this city and everyone loves you. I do too. I have seen cars stop on busy roads to let ducklings and goslings cross the street:



Good-bye, Cliff. I’m sure I’ll visit again. The Museum of Science hosts the Fenway science fairs, so thank you again, FHS for being amazing:



An odd thank you, but a thank you to Occupy Boston. You were a shocking introduction to what a few determined people in this city could do. I wish you accomplished more, but I think Elizabeth Warren will continue the fight for fairness in Washington.



Thank you Simmons:



So thank you Boston. It has been an amazing two years. I will always be #BostonStrong.



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Graduation was on Friday!

A very proud dad and me at my graduation:





My mentor and me with the Simmons flag:




The sunglasses make me look like a complete goofball, but I’m OK with that. It was a celebration, and a little quirky is fine!

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Snow Storm Nemo


There is so much snow outside! I’m so glad that my boots were located, even though I still got snow inside one of them, since the snow is really high and I fell over a couple times trying to get to the street. My apt management team hasn’t quite started shoveling yet.

That being said, it is fantastic out there! There are people sledding down one of the big hills a block away:


Yes, that is a mattress in a plastic bag. College students are very inventive.

MBTA isn’t running at all today. I’m glad I have food and power. Here’s just hoping we’re shoveled out enough by Monday so I can make it to work (assuming, of course, that BPS doesn’t have another snow day!).

A street near me:

I think it will take a few days for crews to get the city dug out properly. I hope all my friends who got hit by the storm are safe and sound.

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Today was so much fun! I tagged along on a 10th grade field trip to BU’s CityLab.

First, the explanation of what we were doing:

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Students doing lab work:

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My experiment. The blue means that Patient #1 is sick (in the B row, C is the control, and D is the healthy patient):

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Such a cool time, and the FHS kids are welcome back, even though they were a little rowdy and distracted at times. I think the CityLab teacher was very understanding!

Then, I went to the Museum of Fine Arts with Jamie and my friend Liz! This is Liz and me being a little goofy:

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Then I heard one of the most amazing things ever. We walked into the musical instruments room and there was a gentleman playing the harpsichord. I was blown away. Here is this centuries old instrument, and this wonderful person is just tinkling away, making beautiful music!

All in all, a really great day!

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Teaching and Doctorow

Today was a very interesting day.

I got to work at the high school library and I was informed that I would be teaching today. I’ve been volunteering and working at this school for almost a year, so I have helped out classes before. Today, I was the only librarian in the library for a science class research lesson. Their teacher handled most of the questions and such, but I stood up in front of a class and talked for the very first time today!

This evening, there was an author talk and book signing at Brookline Booksmith. One of my favorite authors, Cory Doctorow, has co-written a new book with Charles Stross. Tonight, they were talking and signing copies of The Rapture of the Nerds. I loved it. I had realized that Doctorow is a very intelligent person based on what I have read of his so far (Little Brother and Overclocked). However, I was floored by just how intelligent both he and Stross were in person. Hopefully, someone will have recorded their explanation of The Singularity and I will be able to share it here. I simply would not be able to do it justice. It somehow involved technology, religion, the USSR, and the Renaissance.


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