It’s not easy being green.

Okay, yes, I just quoted Kermit’s infamous line from Sesame Street. There’s a reason I could read when I was three and those adorable muppets had a lot to do with it. But, I digress…

Kermit may have only referred to his actual body color, but there is more than one truth to his lyrical statement. It’s not easy being green. Learning new things and finding your footing in a new situation can be as much or more of a challenge to us as finding himself the same color as the leaves was to Kermit.

I am officially smack dab in the middle of my second week of library classes. While I will not concede to having bitten off more than I can chew, I will grant you that I will have to chew slowly and carefully if I intend to avoid choking. After only a week and a half I think I can already see what my greatest challenge will likely be. One might assume it would be the deadlines, the writing assignments or so many other things… Most who know me would never dream that the greatest challenge I see before me so far is the reading.

That’s right, I said the reading. Oh, not the act of reading itself. I love to read as much now as I did when I was three years old surrounded by my mountain of story books. However, leisurely reading for pleasure is very different from actively reading with purpose. Again, don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved sitting down with a text or article, highlighters, sticky notes, and a plethora of colored pens. But when I’m reading for pleasure I can curl up in bed with a novel or kindle app on my fire phone. I can relax in the tub or find a sunny spot in the yard. That’s not exactly how you read an article for discussion or chapters from the required text.

So, yes, so far I see the most daunting obstacle before me to be the readings. This week alone there are several chapters I need to finish from a couple different texts as well as a stack of articles I’ve only thus far scratched the surface of, in addition to some lectures and discussions.

It’s certainly a challenge to spend eight hours staring at a computer screen trying to trudge my way through bibliographic records and MARC tags and databases and links. Then to come home to all that reading about more of the same. I’m not complaining. I know very well that I am the one who made my schedule. I am simply observing, reflecting, if you will. My eyes may permanently cross in my head, but I will accomplish this.

It’s just…. well… not easy being green.

I am still a new cataloger (the only one in our library) doing both copy cataloging and some original cataloging and I spend a lot of time feeling like I’m just not quite sure if I will ever wrap my head around everything. Now I’ve started these classes and I listen to these lectures and read these readings… Well I find myself with that same sort of feeling.

I keep reminding myself to take a deep breath and step out there despite my uncertainty and misgivings. What I really would like to do is blend in with the leaves like Kermit. But I also want to accomplish things. So I will just have to keep reminding myself that it’s really not so bad and that it will get better.

Unlike my beloved muppet, I will not always be green.

Hello LIBR 200.

My name is Elisha Wells (pronounced like Alicia). I live in Greenup County, Kentucky. I work as a Library Specialist at Clark Memorial Library at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. I started out as a student reference assistant while working on my undergrad. After graduating with a BA in Social Science in 2011, I was hired on as the part time Government Documents Clerk. I am now the Cataloger. I am interested in academic librarianship.

Here are a couple of fun facts about me:

I’m Kidz Klub Director at my church and we just finished a Dr. Seuss themed Winter Bible School. I wore an orange wig and crazy clown hat. 🙂

I have symphalangism.  I was born without the middle knuckles on all the fingers of both my hands. It runs on my Dad’s side of the family. 🙂

It’s time to start library school.

Hello, LIBR 203.

Let me just be honest, it just seems easier to use this as my blog for my library classes. I mean after all, how much more appropriate could “kooky library girl” be? I may have to change the tone a bit for my class posts. The look and feel definitely started off as a relaxed, “kooky” sort of blog. I fully intend to continue in that vein with any non course related posts. However, I will attempt to rein it in for those posts related to our assignments.

As an added bonus, perhaps this will be another avenue to keeping me organized and prioritized. Anything is worth a try.

It is my hope that through this blog others can get a glimpse of me. In case anyone is interested in where I spend most of my time (i.e. where I work), take a minute and check out Clark Memorial Library.

There are enough hours in the day.

Yes, it’s true. I hear it said all the time and I’d be rich if I had a nickel for all the times I’ve said it myself. There aren’t enough hours in the day. But, that is just not the case. There are enough hours in the day. As usual, the problem is not with the day or the number of hours in it, but with me. There are enough hours in the day, I’m just trying to pack too much into them.

My To Do List is about six miles long (if you leave out spaces and punctuation and abbreviate even the small words). I never seem to catch up because before I can check off one thing I’ve added two more. So, I’m making an effort to organize and prioritize. I mean, really I have no choice with all I have going on.

Since I spend so much time cataloging at work, I’ve decided to apply the same principles to other areas of my life. Soooooooo…I am working on “cataloging” all the puppets and costumes and supplies in the puppet room at church. I have organized all of my class materials and supplies in a similar fashion. My laundry and my closet are even getting a whole new approach.

Some might think I’m taking the cataloging to the extreme. Perhaps I am. But using the same sort of system in all areas of my life right now just seems to simplify things. And it’s not like I’m digitizing my puppets or writing my homework in MARC code. Now that might be extreme.

I’m determined to get organized and prioritized and to make better use of the hours in the day. After all, if there are enough hours in the day for the sun to rise and set, I’d wager there are enough for anything I need to get done.

I am only human.

Hi. I am Kooky Library Girl and I am only human.

I have to remind myself of that a lot. Despite not always having the greatest self-esteem, I have sometimes ridiculous self-expectation. It’s like I subconsciously think I’m supposed to be Wonder Woman or Bat Girl or something. I’m sure there is some Something-or-others Anonymous out there that would be perfect for me.

For instance, take my life at the moment…

I work full time in the technical services department as the library cataloger. Which means that I spend 40 hours each week slaving away mostly in a cold library basement. With the exception of the four hours a week which I spend at the library service desk with a smile pasted on my face. And let’s just be honest, money talks, so if I’m offered overtime I’m going to take it.

I am active in my church. I sing in Praise Team. Which means practices. I am on the women’s committee. Which means events. I teach the 10 – 15 year old group on Sunday mornings. Which means study and prep. I organize the Wednesday night children’s program, with songs and puppets and games and lessons. Which means a lot of patience, a lot of study, a lot of prep and a lot of creativity. I organize and orchestrate the annual three day winter vacation program (much like summer vacation bible schools). Which means creativity by the boat load and every second I can spare. And I’m sure I left something out.

I sound busy don’t I? I’m not done.

I just started taking classes online. Full time. I intend to get a Master’s in Library and Information Science. Those classes start this week.

I try to get to my brother’s house one evening a week to help out but I’ve been slacking here lately. He is an incomplete quadriplegic. That can get interesting.

Plus I am married and have two dogs and a house with all the normal house hold things hanging over my head. You know, dinner and laundry and trash…

And if all that is not enough, my latest hair brained idea is to blog.

So, perhaps I should remind myself again.

I am Kooky Library Girl and I am only human.