Curious about where I work?

There’s a great new hour-long episode about Perkins from Accessible Media, Inc. (They’re a Canadian company that provides captioned, visually described, and other accessible media content throughout Canada, as well as producing programs of interest to their audience.)

The episode is called “Holding the Key”, and you can access it on their AMI Originals Presents page. (Free streaming video: captioning and transcript available.)

The woman you see in the first segment is my predecessor, and the other segments give a good overview of the many things that Perkins does. You also get to see what a gorgeous building I work in – the first segment is filmed in the museum, in the Howe Building, which is around the corner from the Research Library.

(I promise, there will be content here again sometime. Still catching up from moving.)

Three weeks in

I’m now three weeks into my new job, and I’m loving it more and more every day. There’s a huge amount to learn, but I now feel like I’ve got an idea of all the things I don’t know yet, which helps.

Everyone at Perkins has been tremendously welcoming, both in explaining things and all those things like including me in lunches and conversations. My predecessor (who is retiring and who had her last day on Friday) was extremely thoughtful about transitioning things to me. She’s left me with excellent notes and her entire file of reference answers over the course of 14 years. This being the kind of job where you get things coming up every few years, that’s hugely helpful.

(Fortunately for me, she’s continuing as a remote employee on another Perkins project, so I can email her if something comes up that completely stumps me. This is good, because there’s a vast range of information I’m still getting my head around, and expect I will be for some time to come.)

Read on for more about the actual job.

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New job! New home!

I haven’t updated here recently, but for very good reason – it’s been a really busy month.

Starting on May 4th, I am going to be the Research Librarian at Perkins (formerly known as Perkins School for the Blind, but they do a lot of other things besides being a school these days.)

The job involves providing reference and research assistance for people at Perkins, for people who are interested in the unique collections there, and supporting the research of educators who come from various places (including 67 countries) to learn new techniques and skills. You can learn more about the Hayes Research Library (including links to finding aids and archival materials that are online) on their website.

I’m really looking forward to learning a lot more about their collections and resources (they have the largest non-medical collection of materials about blindness in the US).

I’m also very excited to be moving back to Massachusetts, much closer to many friends and to my mother and brother (and his family) so it’s a great move in multiple ways.

I expect to pick up regular posting again in a couple of weeks.

The Librarians and the Loom of Fate

IMDB : aired January 18, 2014 : previous episode  
index and explanation of these posts

Plot:

The season finale for season one, which ties together a number of elements from previous episodes and raises some new questions.

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The Librarians and the City of Light

IMDB : aired January 18, 2014 : previous episode  
index and explanation of these posts

Plot:

One town. Some UFO conspiracy theories. Other mysteries abound.

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The Librarians and the Heart of Darkness

IMDB : aired January 11, 2014 : previous episode  
index and explanation of these posts

Plot: 

You’ve seen those movies with haunted houses? Yeah. Like that. Only not.

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Links of Interest : March 13, 2015

Welcome to this fortnight’s links!

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The Librarians and the Rule of Three

IMDB : aired January 11, 2014 : previous episode 
John Rogers (executive producer) answers questions about this episode
index and explanation of these posts

 Plot:

Science fairs are complicated places. Especially when you have both technology and magic at play.

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The Librarians and the Fables of Doom

IMDB : aired January 4, 2014 : previous episode 
John Rogers (executive producer) answers questions about this episode
index and explanation of these posts

Plot: 

When fairy tales start coming to life, the Librarians have to figure out why (and how to stop it).

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Link roundup : February 27, 2015

First, a note (now that I’ve gotten through the initial bustle of dealing with the news):

I’m job hunting again, since my position is being cut due to budget issues. I’m looking widely (and have already had some interviews) but if you’re reading this and know of a position that might suit someone with my interests and skills, feel free to point me in that direction.

  • My resume is online here (PDF).
  • The thing I most enjoy in library work is connecting people with information and resources that make their lives better, easier, or just more fun.
  • That translates into especially loving reference, instruction, reader’s advisory, and collection development, as well as a fascination with how we can use technology to do things better.
  • I’ve got a broad range of library skills beyond those things, too, and strong technology/user training/etc. skills and experience, but am not a coder. (I’d like to do more of that sometime.)
  • I’ve got a particular interest in accessibility issues, and in how collections and library services support and reflect the diversity of the community a given library serves and the world at large.
  • Geographically, I have some preferences, but I’m really looking for the right mix of job and life (I’d like to put down roots somewhere), and willing to consider a lot of options.
  • If you’ve ideas or other questions or want to talk about a possible job, feel free to contact me via the contact form (or the email on my resume).

On to the links! I didn’t manage a roundup two weeks ago because I was in Boston for job hunting purposes, so this is a long one.

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Hi, I’m Jen

Librarian, infovore, and general geek, likely to write comments about books, link collections, and other thoughts related to how we find, use, and take joy in information.

I'm the Research Librarian at Perkins (You may know the name as Perkins School for the Blind but they do a lot of other things these days). More about my job.

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