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I’m going to officially retire this blog, rather than let it languish, neglected, as I move on to other ventures. My last day at the San Diego Zoo will be July 9. From there, I’ll be focusing on packing and moving to Chicago, then starting a new job at the University of Chicago (but not as a librarian, for the time being).

I’ve still been reading and keeping up with zoology and ecology, but nothing has inspired me to post in the last month or so. It seems as though nearly all of what I’ve been reading has to do with the Deepwater Horizon spill and the ensuing ecological disaster, and I just can’t bring myself to comment on this. It’s too horrible for words, and I find myself feeling so fatalistic that it almost seems better to just distance myself from it.

I’m going to spend my free time doing the small things that can to help contribute to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. Maybe at some point I’ll start a blog documenting my adventures on public transportation, or experiments in gardening and home-canning local, sustainable produce. Instead of having our beer shipped in, we’ve been making our own.

Wish me luck!

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I’ve been posting here much less frequently than I’d like to lately, and you deserve an explanation. Yes, you. Let this serve as both an explanation for my intermittent absence, and a sincere apology and promise to do better by you, Internet Audience. There are so many wonderful things I’ve been meaning to tell you about, like the miracle elephant baby in Australia, elephant twins in Thailand, and a reminder of 85 reasons to be thankful for librarians (ahem).

For what it’s worth, I have several good excuses for my absence. First, this was given to me by my darling boyfriend, along with a proposal.

He proposed, not unreasonably, that we get married and move to Chicago together, since he’s been offered a very good postdoctoral position at Northwestern University. I’d be crazy to turn down an offer like that (and while I may be crazy, I’m not that crazy), so I’ve been terribly busy planning a big party, looking for a job in Chicago, and trying to locate a home for us in the Chicago area.

I’m still busy with those activities, but nonetheless, I promise to do better by you, Internet Audience. Now, I’m off to busy myself with making good on that promise. In the meantime, if you know of any jobs in the Chicago area, please contact me for my resume.

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k

2009 was a very busy year for me. As the Assistant Librarian for the zoo, I kept the library running smoothly (no easy task), by handling all of the collection maintenance, supervising volunteers, obtaining inter-library loans and answering any questions people threw at me. But that’s not really enough, is it?

  • I cataloged 342 items for the library, sending out monthly emails to alert our staff when new items came in.
  • I added 205 articles published in 2009 by our staff to our publications list, reformatted that list, and added password protection to the directory of PDFs to be in compliance with copyright law.
  • I created an online archival database for the Zoological Society archives, based on Archon open-source software (the records are still being propagated with data, however).
  • I created a sitemap for our library website and set-up a Google custom search engine, so our staff can more easily find whatever they’re looking for on the site.
  • In honor of Darwin’s 200th anniversary, all three of our library staff members teamed up to create a video for the zoo’s Darwin Day celebration. It’s not available online, but it was pretty neat and worth mentioning.
  • I updated the library’s Technical Processing manual, last updated in 2003, to reflect the myriad technological developments and revised processes we’ve had since then.
  • I bottle-fed and hosed down a baby rhino.

…But, as an hourly employee, my workweek is only 40 hours long. What on earth have I been doing with the other 100+ hours I have each week?

And, most importantly, I spent a lot of time with my two favorite guys in the world. Like I said, a very busy year indeed.

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I’m reading Infinite Jest in all of my spare time. I confess, I’m hooked. I’ll be back with more great science-y and library updates very soon.