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Summer School going on right now. Not as many midshipmen have classes in the summer, but by 0750 (7:50am as I used to call it) every morning the library is swarming with midshipmen finishing up work on the computers and printing before class starts. Then, by 0800, the room is empty:
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And around the corner of the empty room’s wall to the left is our coffee bar, and if you click here: Coffee Mess you can watch a short video about the area where many midshipmen and faculty go to meet or relax. Right now there are a few faculty members back there acquiring their morning cup.
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Later I met Laura in the Coffee Mess to discuss the biennial survey I was trying to complete by the end of the day for the FDLP program for government information. Remember? I mentioned the FDLP in my last post. There were a few cataloging questions, and there in lies Laura’s expertise, not mine! I arrived a little early and took a few pictures from that back corner of the library.



Getting started on road and foundation repair. I think 🙂
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Looking across the river
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Took some time during my lunch break for more pictures from my office window. Here you can see the top of the Maryland state capitol building
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And then there is more architecture. I love every bit of embellishment on this building!
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On the way home I got caught by the drawbridge rising to let through a couple of the larger sailboats. While I waited I … well, you know … took a few more pictures!
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Well, thanks for sharing my day!

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Yesterday was a great day at work. Some reference. A little collection analysis and management via weeding. Working on the biennial survey regarding the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) – which is an important part of offering free access to U.S. government information. Yippee! Because I am all for transparency when it comes to a government by the people for the people!

OK, back to calmer thoughts. Since we Nimitz librarians are often not at our desks, we have dry-erase marker boards on our office doors to let people know where we are and/or when we will return to the office. Lately I’ve been drawing pictures on mine (and sometimes even my neighbor’s board, but shhh…. don’t tell her it’s me!). Not really sure why, because as creative as I like to think I am, drawing is definitely not a talent I possess. But for some reason, I cannot seem to stop this new obsession! Anyway, yesterday morning I drew a caricature of myself at the reference desk. Silly as it may look, I will share it anyway:


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And of course there was food! For supper I had fresh Maryland corn with just a little salt. Green beans from my mother-in-law’s garden, and you’ve heard me brag about her garden. Still one of the best ever found on this earth! With onion sprinkled on top. Half of a whole wheat roll. I also made a small salad with apple, raisins, pecan pieces, and vegan mayonnaise. That fruit salad was so good it felt like dessert!
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Saturday morning early. Planning my day. Quick trip to pick up new glasses today – the ones I use for work at the computer. A lot of reading ahead on the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and plans for the American Library Association’s MidWinter meeting in January.

A really bright spot in my day will be all the delicious leftovers in my kitchen. One of the most wonderful aspects of having a few good friends over for dinner is the leftovers the next day. At my house! Another perk is that I cleaned the apartment really well before they arrived and now it is quite the shipshape space this morning and will stay that way for several days! That’s my plan anyway 🙂 .

There were three of us, Alexis, Wan, and me …. and I forgot the camera. again. But the evening started with a favorite cheeseball I made the night before. along with a mixture of gourmet olives, cornichons, and red grapes. Followed by bowls of mushroom soup freshly created with shiitake and crimini mushrooms, butter, and a little heavy whipping cream in with the milk.

There was an eye of round roast, candied yams, and marinated raw veggies. I set out a plate of baked goodies cut into small pieces (thank you Whole Foods!) to serve with decaf coffee at the end, but we were all pretty much full by that time. Oh! And really cold Diet Coke out of the can for Alexis. Her fav!

You want to know what was really super fantastic? Even though we were too full to keep eating, we were not too full to keep talking. We each have different backgrounds, different thought processes, and our bachelor’s degrees are from three different areas. Wan has a JD; Alexis and I each have a Masters in Library Science. So naturally we did not totally agree on everything in our discussions. But we conversed for quite some time, explaining our thoughts about taxes and the economic situation and people in the news. We laughed and learned. It was simply a magnificent evening!

Yes, a clean house, quick trip planned to pick up my glasses, preparing for ALA and discussions to provide the best library services possible, delicious coffee by my side, and a refrigerator full of scrumptious yummies! Yes …. good day. good day.

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This past week was filled not only with work but also time spent with old friends and new acquaintances. And, of course, there were delectable foods!

I attended the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) conference in Arlington, where I learned more about possible changes in our future. Ways to hopefully manage this most important program on our tighter budgets without harming the free access to government information it brings to all Americans.

This discussion spilled over into just about every conversation, even when we were supposed to be breaking from the meetings/educational sessions. When I happily talk about my work during “off” times, I realize what a fantastic fit this librarian gig is for me!

There was a coffee break with a friend from UNC at Chapel Hill. A breakfast buffet (yum!) with new friends from Louisiana. A cobb salad lunch with three members of the Depository Council and someone from GPO. A soup & salad meal and a steak dinner with a good friend from Kansas. Even though some of the time around the table was spent talking about books we’ve recently read, movies, and current events, there was always conversation regarding our libraries and how we are dealing with keeping services as viable as possible when money is disappearing from every direction.

Friday after leaving Nimitz Library, I took the metro back into DC to meet others from UNC at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science. Many were completing their first year and were in Washington visiting other libraries. Some were graduates like myself. We met at the BlackFinn on I Street NW where we, again, talked about libraries and the positions some of these students would like to find after graduating. Many seemed focused on public libraries – and I say, “Good for you!!” I love ’em, and we all benefit from public libraries, even if we each individually do not use them. Our country benefits from a more educated society, and public libraries play a major role in providing this education.

The BlackFinn was fun and loud and full of vibrant energy. Toward the end of our time there we were all having to yell at each other to be heard. But I did not mind – the liveliness of the place was almost as wonderful as the fried haddock I ordered (fish & chips plate). Not until I moved to Annapolis did I try haddock. I’ve decided it is one of my favorites, and this restaurant served some of the best. Must go back and have it again sometime. 🙂

No pictures of the haddock, but recently I put together a meal from the already prepared foods from Whole Foods, and I have a picture of that meal. Fried fish, fish cooked with sweet potatoes in a Thai coconut sauce, curried cabbage with white potatoes, piece of whole-wheat pita bread, small green salad with a lemon/olive oil/garlic dressing, then finished off with a vanilla cheesecake from their bakery. Probably one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever devoured! Thus, the reason for such a small salad. So glad I didn’t eat too much salad – may have interfered with my appetite for the cheesecake!!

This second picture is from the McPherson Square Occupy DC location, also on I Street NW. Took the picture of the person snoozing with the blanket over his/her head – a way to keep the sun out of the eyes! Thought it was a practical yet humorous move, but when I got home I realized it was also a snapshot of the Occupy’s library. The sign says: “Library! Feel free to take a book and bring it back to share when you’re done. Remember – KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!” To which I reply – Absolutely!

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