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.