Winter Update – Thanksgiving, MLT & Library School

It’s been a busy month or two. The weather is getting more and more horrible BUT it was Thanksgiving a few weeks ago! Thanksgiving Day was on Thursday, November 26 and since that was a normal working day for me, we had a little Thanksgiving dinner with friends the Saturday before. New for me this year was attempting pumpkin pie and catering for a vegetarian. Both came off well I think! If this whole Thanksgiving thing is new to you, here’s a website that explains the history behind it. It actually brilliantly sums up my families’ typical day: ‘Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family.’

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“Tom Turkey’ …as named by Jill…’ by Olin Gilbert. Flickr CC license.

My work with the Music Libraries Trust also ramps up this time of year. I’ve started organising our annual bursary scheme for the IAML (UK & Irl) conference in April. This involves some admin, letter writing and sending out loads of emails, posters and tweets advertising the bursaries. For more information on our work click here. We’ve also got a shiny, new website you might want to check out.

I’m in the final stretch of my library school coursework as well. I finished the final two modules yesterday. The assignments had become all consuming as they are wont to do. I wrote an article about the pros and cons of the new cataloguing standard Resource, Description and Access (RDA) which was implemented by most major national libraries including the Library of Congress and British Library in 2013. No one likes change and librarians are rather bad at it so you can imagine the uproar over this. RDA is a departure from the print-centric standards of the past and instead seeks to accommodate any type of content no matter the format. In short I think it’s a positive step into the 21st century for the field.

Now I will be busy with driving lessons (blog post forthcoming) and Christmas! Also, *space nerd geek out* I’m following the current mission to the International Space Station including the first British astronaut, Tim Peake. The BBC has done a brilliant documentary on him. Their Soyuz docks in a few hours. Current ISS resident, Scott Kelly is also worth following. He tweets the most beautiful photos and is part way through a year long stay (a human experiment trying to understand the long term effects of zero-G by using Kelly’s identical twin brother on Earth as the control). So cool. Geek out over!

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