Over the past few days, I’ve had a number of friends and colleagues inquire as to how I am doing. (Thank you for asking.) Here’s the update:

While I seemed to have regained some of my energy and the sinus infection seems to be pretty much cleared up, my lungs are still exhibiting the crackle sensation and sound characteristic of pneumonia…and I’m still coughing…a lot.

My follow-up appointment is on Thursday morning and I was already told that I’ll be having another chest x-ray.

Today, I spent the majority of the morning and afternoon working on my term paper for LIS 7790 (the history of books, printing, and publishing). My topic: the history of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I downloaded, via iTunes, The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond and jammed out while writing. Despite still feeling like klunk (a reference to The Maze Runner), I have thoroughly enjoyed this paper and am excited to submit the final product to Dr. Neavill within the next few days. I’ll likely share something here, too, as I learned so much about the book!

Here’s a fact: In 1967, Ballantine Books published a censored and expurgated edition of Fahrenheit 451 without Bradbury’s knowledge or adding notation to the copyright page on the verso. From 1973 – 1979, only the expurgated edition of the book was available until an observant friend alerted Bradbury. Thankfully, since 1980, only the “pure” unexpurgated edition of the book has been available (Sova, 2006).

Further thoughts on the SLIS listserv before putting the issue to rest and moving on…
I’ll cite it again and again and again.

V. We treat co-workers and other colleagues with respect, fairness, and good faith, and advocate conditions of employment that safeguard the rights and welfare of all employees of our institutions (ALA Code of Ethics).

Five points to think about before responding:

  1. Is it True?
  2. Is it Helpful?
  3. Is it Inspiring?
  4. Is it Necessary?
  5. Is it Kind?

As I’ve stated to my classmates, there is already enough negativity in the field at the moment with the economy being what it is and library budgets subsequently being decimated coast to coast. It is one thing to discuss the SLIS program and the direction it should be taking…or the direction students should be taking in order to prepare themselves for successfully entering the field…and something completely different (not to mention off-topic and unethical) to bash students…even the unmotivated.

What I’d, personally, like to hear instead:
…tell me about what inspired you to become a librarian…do you still like your job…what do you wish you knew more about…if money was no object, which workshops or classes would you take…what do you wish you’d done differently, if anything…what’s your favorite part of the job…least favorite part of the job…where do you see the field in 10 years…what are your thoughts on OverDrive and the Penguin situation…do you go to conferences…have you ever dealt with a challenge to a book or item before…what’s on your professional bookshelf…what is your board like…what review sources do you prefer…what is your professional wardrobe like…what was your first job…did you do a practicum…what was your favorite class…what’s your dream job…

I’ve had a very long day and tomorrow is going to be even longer. Gute Nacht, meine Freunde.