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Friday, October 12, 2007

Wow -- Emma is 8 years old!

So Emma turned 8 years old this past Sunday -- October 7th. I can't believe she is this old already. Also, something about 8 just makes it seem like a milestone. The end of being a little girl and the beginning of being a big girl with all the contradictions involved in that. She's so grown up sometimes and still very much needs us at other times. For example she loves to dance and sing to the soundtrack of High School Musical 2 which we got her as a present -- but also still carries around, sleeps with and plays with her 3 stuffed WebKinz animals (two were birthday presents). For those of you in the know about WebKinz she has a black cat (the newest WebKinz released for Halloween), a black and white cat and of course a Pug Dog. If you have no idea what I am talking about just click on the link above.

We celebrated her birthday by having several friends over for a sleepover party. It went really well. They had Pizza and cake and opened presents and then played downstairs in our finished basement room -- they all got ready for bed without complaint and then watched High School Muscial (the first one which we have on DVD) while lying on their sleeping bags -- and we finally got them to sleep by 10:15 or so. In the morning I heard them around 6:15am, but they didn't come up until after 7 and then I made French toast with strawberries for everyone as their parents were coming to pick them up at 9. We just got the mess cleaned up in the basement room but it was fabulous to have this space for them to hang out and not worry about being in the way or being overheard.

Here's Emma dressed up in her pink party dress -- exclaiming over the gift of the latest Webkinz she's just received as a gift.

Here's the cake Emma and I made and she decorated!

Olivia and Kayla -- both 1st graders that live on our street -- and Ally who is Emma's best friend in her 2nd grade class. They are watching Emma open presents.

The party decorations were Hannah Montana themed. Yes, another Disney phenomenon. We played her music to of course.

This gives you some idea what the basement room looked like in the morning. Here's our neighbor Diana who turns 9 soon and our down the street neighbor Kayla who turns 7 this weekend. Ally is in the background.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Interesting post from Library Land

I just read this interesting post by Karen Schneider on the ALA TechSource Blog which I scan for the TS-SIS TechScans blog. Check it out at: http://www.techsource.ala.org/blog/2007/09/sailing-on.html

I agree with a lot of what she says, but am really reluctant to give up Classification as a unique ID or atleast as a form of subject access. Just because people aren't using it doesn't mean that they shouldn't. It is an excellent way to browse across types of materials such as print and electronic at the same time. On the other hand I firmly believe that libraries need to share more bibliographic data without manually editing and downloading. As a Law Librarian/Cataloger I think it wouldn't it be great if there were a group of top notch Law Librarians doing all the cataloging for Law Libraries and doing it extemely thorougly and well adding lots of access which libraries could then tailor to their cataloging and needs with a profile like an approval plan. Or it could all do into one super catalog which all the libraries could access and choose to search just what they have access to or what everyone has access to. I think this really could work in a more limited environment like Law Libraries or just Academic Law Libraries that have very similar priorities and needs. Where it gets harder is when you throw all libraries into the pot as they are OCLC and then the level of cataloging is not suitable for the academics or it is overkill for the smaller libraries. Just my two cents.