database programming

~secrets that librarians will never tell you~
  • No, they don’t get sick of books. A lot of them have always been, and probably always will be, readers. They love discussing all things books both in and out of the library.
  • But they DO get annoyed when people say things like “All you do is read books all day, must be nice!” They’re ALSO collecting materials (books, movies, databases, etc.), providing programming for all ages and hopefully all demographics, going out into the community to show how the library can benefit them, teaching classes, etc.
  • It’s not uncommon to find ~surprises~ inside returned books — food, mold, and a few soaking wet books. They also see books with pages ripped out, weird stains on pages, and just completely ruined books. TAKE CARE OF YOUR SHIT.
  • Catching people in the act of fulfilling the ~sexy librarian fantasy~ isn’t as common as you’d think. They’ve definitely caught and broken up a few makeout sessions. It comes with the territory, especially if you have hidden corners and comfortable furniture. But nothing more extreme than that. However, they’ve heard that happens more frequently in libraries on college campuses.
  • They don’t really mind if books are a little overdue. However, it’s annoying when a book is WAY overdue. What’s worse is when patrons straight-up deny even checking a book out. C’mon, dude, let’s not make this awkward. Just secretly return it in the night drop and no one will say anything.
  • Despite what the media portrays, they are not constantly shushing people all day. They really only monitor the noise level in designated quiet areas. In those places, they do have to shush people sometimes, which isn’t fun. Libraries are incredibly multifaceted spaces that reflect their communities and no longer places where everyone is told to “Shhhh!” But they really don’t like scolding anyone, TBH.
  • And they don’t get annoyed when patrons are loud in the non-quiet areas. Public libraries have a lot of loud programs (ex: children’s programs are almost always loud), so it comes with the territory. Libraries are more than what people used to think of them as. There are science experiments and movies and music and lots of other awesome stuff going on in them!
  • They love giving recommendations, so don’t be afraid to ask. They love giving book recommendations (or what us library-types call a “reader’s advisory”). It’s honestly one of their favorite parts of the job. If you’re looking for a new book to read, ask your librarian!
  • A big challenge for librarians in public libraries is providing fun, resourceful things on a tight budget. Having a limited or small budget and wanting to provide ALL THE THINGS is difficult. Thankfully, librarians are resourceful and pretty badass in their desire to promote knowledge and open access to information for all.
  • Nothing beats finding out they’ve helped someone succeed. Once they had a regular patron pass his nursing exam that he had been coming to the library daily for months to study for. He asked them to read the computer screen that showed he passed. That was a great thing to be a part of, albeit from a distance, as just providing a safe, comfortable place and the technology and tools for him to study.
  • They really do love helping people. That could be helping a child find books that will encourage their love to read, showing someone how to use computers to help them gain job skills, or providing tools on helping someone go back to school or where to go for somewhere safe and warm to sleep for the night.
  • They also *LOVE* hosting events for the community. Seeing the community get involved and enjoy the programs is a big thing for a lot of them. Also, they usually put on programs that they’d want to attend, so it’s a double win!
  • They’re not terribly offended with the nerd stereotype. Mostly, librarians are rebels and justice warriors with really good searching and organizing skills.
  • They don’t mind trying their best to help you find a book based on only the cover, but it does help if you have more information. It’s not easy, but they try.
  • They appreciate when patrons do nice things for them, but the main way to keep your favorite library going is letting your local government know. They’ve received thank-you notes, flowers, etc., and they always appreciate them, but they also try to tell people to support your librarians by using your library and letting your local government know that you love the library and want to see more money go toward purchasing items and bringing in new resources.

Super quick personal update in case anyone wants to know: job is going very well even though I’m stressed outta my mind a lot. It’s a good kind of stress because I’m having to learn skills on the fly and apply them, and I’m already doing 300% more than what I got hired to do, which gives me a lot of leeway with the traditional workday model. Luckily I also love what I’m doing.

Hoping to convince work to foot at least part of the bill for me to start on some database management and programming certifications this year, too.

It’s weird bc I’ve always felt this extreme sense of peace when I’m working with code and “computer stuff”, ever since I was like… 8. And I’ve always been a “tech support person” but like most who came up learning it for fun, the formal education was never there. I never had a focus. But thanks to my current work I’ve figured out that database design and management is something that reeeaaaaaally feels right for me.

my first class just became available on blackboard aaaa….It Begins

this semester im taking System Administrations, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Programming 2, Database Management 2, and Fundamentals of Web Development

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY!!

LIBRARY PSA

It has come to my attention (many times and often) that most people don’t realize what their library has to offer them.

So here is a small list of the things your library potentially has in its collection:

Books (duh)
eBooks
Audiobooks
eAudiobooks
Magazines
eMagazines
DVDs
eReaders (sometimes pre-loaded with books)
Video Games (yeah for real)

Other services:

Homework help (sometimes online as well)
Book clubs (or they can get you the books for your own book club)
Computers
Printers
Scanners
Photocopiers
Homebound delivery (and other services for people who are disabled)
Museum passes
3D printers
Programs
Databases

SO MANY WONDERFUL THINGS. USE YOUR LIBRARY PEOPLE. CHECK BOOKS OUT. PLAY VIDEO GAMES. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. READ MAGAZINES. DOWNLOAD AUDIOBOOKS.

And the most important resource:

YOUR LIBRARIANS. ASK THEM THINGS.

That is all.

Agent Daisy Jiang aka “Quake”

During an operation in the Guangdong province of China, SHIELD raided an AIM facility that was hastily abandoned, leaving behind a mysterious baby Daisy Jiang. Her name was the only piece of information SHIELD could find for her at the time. Not having the facilities to raise a child, SHIELD decided to place her up for adoption and kept tabs on her. She was raised by a Taiwanese couple who lived in New York City.

As Daisy grew up, she she began to develop an interest in computer science and hacking. Buy the age of 12 she was able to crack into corporations’ databases and program her own viruses to infiltrate other computer networks, often leading her into trouble. However, Daisy ended up getting caught in a attack on Manhattan, where a person had stolen what he thought was a bomb from a SHIELD caravan and detonated it in her neighborhood in Queens. The bomb, however, turned out to be a containment vessel for Terrigen Mist, which ultimately revealed Daisy’s Inhuman background, transforming her into the superhuman she is now. 

After her exposure, Daisy was granted geo-kinesis and was able to manipulate and move rock and earth at her own disposal. It was here where she was approached by SHIELD and recruited into SHIELD Academy where she eventually earned the title of agent. She is a force to be reckoned with and it is no wonder Nick Fury keeps her close by, with her combination of hand to hand combat and earth manipulation, she can defeat almost any enemy. She has been nicknamed “Quake”.

Design Notes: [AOS SPOILERS DONT READ THIS] Basically I combined the television adaptation of Daisy with the comic book and then shifted her powers to be less “earthquakey” and more “earthbendy”. I also based her costume off of Kuvira and Suyin’s armor in the Legend of Korra series.