Oct. 26th, 2007 10:44 am
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Life is chugging along.  Last night was date night for LT and I, so we went to the Champlin 5-8, which was fabulous as usual.  I need to remember that Thursday nights there are bingo nights.  This makes for a much more crowded and loud restaurant.  Also, holy moly, the caller is from Minnesota.  I suspect a bunch of time "up north."  It's really funny to watch LT trying to make that Minnesota "o" sound.  

Work is perking along.  Right now, I'm frankly bored.  I've played with the spreadsheets I can.  Everyone else is fantastically busy writing up the attributions from the holdings I requested (no, that shouldn't make sense to anyone not in this industry). So, I'm left with one of two truly fascinating projects: 
 1.  Try to take apart the stack of wire-bound books in my bottom drawer.  Scan them in. Upload them to the portal site. 
 2.  Upload stuff from the network drive to the portal. 

Neither of these involves much brain work at all.  I could also work on writing up the procedures for the quarterly international attribution. I've been putting that off.  I'm very comfortable with gathering the data.  I'm mostly comfortable with writing the procedures out.  I'm not comfortable at all with how to format the darn things.  I've bugged [profile] wiredferret for guidance before, and she's been very kind about it.  Googling failed to find me any appropriate resources.  

Finally it occurred to me that someone had to have written some books on this.  So, off to Amazon I went.  After some fruitless searching, I finally stumbled on something that's relatively close.  Fortunately, in the related books, I found a much more closely related title.  Woot!  It looks like there is information out there.  But it isn't cheap, and I didn't want to ask my new company to spend much more money on me right now.  Hmm .... Time to see just how much paying off my civic contribution (aka my library fines) was going to cost.  Fortunately, it was something I could swing.  Further digging revealed that I can actually make ILL requests online.  Ooooooh these people are DOOMED.  DOOMED, I tell you! *evil chuckling*

Yesterday, two of the books came in.  Technical Writing for Dummies is utterly pointless. It tries to cover far too much in one book.  Also, none of it relates to the particular type of writing I'm doing.  However, the other book How to Write Policies, Procedures, and Task Outlines, this one is worth the time.  I've got several others coming via ILL, but I don't know how long it will take to get them. So, I'm reading at work, and thinking about how to apply this.

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Date: 2007-10-26 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Minnesota accent sentence: "I'm not paying no dollar for a corn muffin that's half dough." (It's like "The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain," only grammatically more painful.) That'll get her o's nice and round.

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Date: 2007-10-26 11:33 pm (UTC)
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I LURVE the Hennepin County Library online catalog and the ability to request titles.

I use it all the time. No, really.

Did you know you can make lists of books for future reference? And you can suspend your requests so they don't all come at once if you'd like (or, if like me, you end up with too many requests because you got a bit ahead of yourself).

And the system will email you three days before the books/etc. come due to remind you. And you can renew on line. And you can suggest books to them for purchase.

Did I mention I love it and use it all the time?

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Date: 2007-10-29 02:57 pm (UTC)
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Oh yes, I know all about that. However my new love is this ILL capability. Now I can request books from ANYWHERE. hehehehe


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