Flying to St. Paul

Its been a while since I have been able to fly due to one thing or another, so today Cheryl and I flew to the St. Paul Downtown Airport/Holman Field (KSTP). There were a few planes in the pattern doing various things and KSTP has some weird runways and the river is right there. So while I was trying to land on Runway 14, a bigger plane was still on the Runway 14 waiting for clearance, so we had to land at on Runway 13 instead, while the bigger plane was still sitting on 14! It was wild and that landing was a bit stressful. Because its the Downtown Airport you cannot go very high due to the MPS Airport, so I was flying at 2,000 AGL, and you have all sorts of buildings in your view and the river and its not my normal airport. I did get one nice photo of the capital, we flew right over it, but I was a bit busy to take any other photos (Cheryl took control of the airplane as I took the photos, as flying and photo taking do not mix). Then it was back to Anoka, where I had a totally awesome landing! Landings are hard, but kind of important, so it was nice to get a few in.

 

EQS 2017

Enhancing Quality Staff in Changing Times:

The 25th symposium for library paraprofessionals and support staff presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries
May 23, 2017
Continuing Education and Conference Center
St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Another year, another EQS. The EQS (Enhancing Quality Staff) in Changing Times Symposium is for University of Minnesota library staff and library staff from other universities and public libraries that want to attend. Basically its an all day conference for the library staff. This is my 9th EQS and they have all been fun. Sadly no prize wins this year (but I have a friend who has now won 4 years in a row), but I did attend some very interesting talks and one of my talks was cancelled.

 


First talk of the day: ‘Free tools to help manage big messy projects’ with Ben Wiggins.


‘Two Efforts at Reaching Patrons Experiencing Homelessness’ by Chris Ruiz and Kyle Orcholski

 

 


Lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 


‘Ex Libris: Bookplates and Other Marks of Possession’ by Margaret Borg

 

 


Fee libraries bag of the libraries!
Cake vs ice cream the ultimate battle! EQS snacks.


‘Google Search – Advanced Search Tricks, Limits & Teaching Tips’ by Nancy Herther
Monopoly chocolate! The best talks bribe their audiences.


‘The Nuts and Bolts of Insect Illustration’ by Dr. Ralph Holzenthal


My Google Scholar profile was used in a talk today: “Online Identity- Do’s and Don’ts” by Kristen Mastel and Caitlin Bakker. I wasn’t there to see the presentation, as I was attending another talk, but I’m sure it was awesome! I was asked last week if they could use it in their presentation as a “Do” and I said sure. Thanks for photo Kristen!

Congratulations Doctor Dave!

My friend Dave Davis (aka Hugh L. Davis III) finished his PhD and is now Doctor Dave! Dave’s dissertation was on “The Impact Of Commercial Banking Development On Economic Growth: A Principal Component Analysis Of Association Between Banking Industry And Economic Growth In Europe.” He was very kind and thanked me and fellow PhD students: “To my classmates, Shawn Lowe, Ed Bee, Richard Baker, Greg Bonadies, Patton, Melissa Aho, and Madeline Messick: had it not been because of their friendship, it is doubtful that I would have ever completed this chapter of my life” (pages iv-v). I am sure that Dave would have done just fine without us, but its still nice to be thanked. Thanks Doctor Dave!

The Part Where I Am Thanked

 

My friend Todd just had an article published and he thanked me in the paper for helping edit the paper. How cool is that. Thanks Todd!

Barry, Todd. 2017. “Trade Gains via Business Market Share: U.S.-Global Posturing with Insight from Previous Manufacturing Battles” International Journal of Business and Information Volume 12 Number 1.

You can find the paper here: http://ijbi.org/ijbi/article/view/201

Todd Barry 2017

I sorted into Hufflepuff!

Hufflepuff! I sorted into Hufflepuff! That’s what I get for answering the questions on Pottermore honestly. Hufflepuff!

When Pottermore first started a few years ago I signed up, but never got around to being sorted into a Hogwarts (Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry) house. So I figured I would finally give it a try today and I got sorted into Hufflepuff! Yes, yes, everyone likes Hufflepuffs and they are loyal, patient, fair, hard-working, and true and even J.K. Rowling says she likes the Hufflepuff house the best, but that’s coming from a woman who was sorted into Gryffindor. Once you are sorted into a house the Pottermore site does not let you change, so once a Hufflepuff, always a Hufflepuff. Some famous Hufflepuff’s include: Helga Hufflepuff, Nymphadora Tonks, Cedric Diggory, and Newt Scamander. But why did Helga Hufflepuff pick a badger for a house mascot and the house colors of canary yellow and black? Sigh.

 

 

I was also sorted into the Ilvermorny (Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry) house: Horned Serpent. Which was “Named by Isolt Sayre after the great horned river serpent that has a jewel set into its forehead; Horned Serpent house is sometimes considered to represent the mind of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Horned Serpent favours scholars. The house traits are: Represents the mind. Favours scholars”.

 

My wand is: Elm wood, dragon heartstring core, 12 ½” in length, and brittle flexibility.

 

And my Patronus is: Black Mare

They say it’s your birthday…

Today is my birthday! The evil twin’s birthday too. And it was my Grandmother Kay’s birthday too. So a very good day.

An amazing photo by Ben Cooper of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sent my friend Paul with the start of my birthday. Thanks Paul!

New book review published

New book review published: Alec Ash’s “Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China”. Library Journal, March 1, 2017, Vol.142(4), p.95. This is book review #125!!!

With this book review, I have been reviewing books for Library Journal for over 10 years!