I’m still having lots of foot pain and swelling when I walk, so I asked my regular doctor if I could get a second opinion from a new podiatrist (I still like my old podiatrist, but a fresh perspective is always good) about the foot and she said yes, but I should be aware that feet are difficult so I shouldn’t expect too much. So my foot appointment was today and I had some new x-rays taken and then meet with the new podiatrist. Guess what he found? My titanium toe joint implant is defective/malfunctioned and I only had it for two years. TWO YEARS! Looking at old photos from this time last year (aka May 2016) show none of the damage we are now seeing. So it all happened sometime in the past year. Fantastic. The foot will never get better. The pain and swelling will never go away. So my new options are 1) do nothing and live with the pain, 2) get a new implant and try again, but its going to have to be bigger due to the damage of the last one and it has less of a chance to succeed, and 3) fusing the toe together. Fusion is a last ditch effort and it was something we hoped to avoid during the past two surgery’s. But that’s what we are going to have to do now. You can see the damage in the photos. Notice all the dark space around the implant, which is being caused by the implant shimmying and destroying the bone around the implant as I walk. Also notice the little shark fin bone spur which has now grown over the implant. So surgery this summer, which will be #3 in the past 5 years for those that are counting. Bipedalism sucks!
When I arrived at work today I found a mangled envelope (innercampus mail is always a crapshoot of “if and in what condition” things will arrive) addressed to me and inside was my Boreas Leadership Certificate certificate! It was a wonderful surprise, even if it was bent. Thanks Kate and Kristi!
My newest book review (my 126th book review) was just published:
Melissa Aho. 2017. Review of Jonathan Faiers & Mary Westerman, editors, “Colors in Fashion.” Library Journal, 142, no. 10 (June 1): 110.
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.
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.
‘Two Efforts at Reaching Patrons Experiencing Homelessness’ by Chris Ruiz and Kyle Orcholski
‘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!
For the past few years I have been working towards the Boreas Leadership Certificate. Boreas, which is part of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, allows graduate, professional students, and post-doctoral fellow to work towards the certificate, which “offers students the opportunity to delve deeper into the challenging world of leadership and change making. By pursuing the Boreas leadership certificate, students build on the skills and networks developed in Boreas programming and practice leadership through a leadership project. Students completing the requirements receive a printed certificate, are recognized on the Boreas website, and may reference the accomplishment on their resume or CV. Like other Boreas programming, the certificate is offered at no cost” (http://environment.umn.edu/leadership/boreas/).
So I learned today that my certificate went through and that they even posted it to the website (how nice is that!) http://environment.umn.edu/leadership/boreas/certificate/
My Boreas certificate project was “Having Your Voice Heard”
Having your voice heard
It is becoming clear that in today’s society individuals need to be able to communicate and have their voices and opinions heard. Building upon Boreas workshops that I have attended, I decided to examine two ways that individuals are able to have their opinions heard: the more traditional newspaper opinion piece of the ‘Letter to the Editor’ and the new digital audio podcast. For the first part of my project, I sent ‘Letters to the Editor’ to three newspapers – two (national and local) traditional print newspapers and one local online newspaper. Then for the second part of my project, I contacted and met with two local podcasters to discuss how they get their views across in the podcast format. The expected outcome is to become more confident in expressing my opinions in the public arena and to learn about podcasting – a format that allows everyone to have a voice.
Part 1: I wrote three Letters to the Editor
1) Letter to the MinnPost: “In praise of the political podcast.” MinnPost.com (April 18). https://www.minnpost.com/letters/2017/04/praise-political-podcast
2) Letter to the Saint Paul Pioneer Press: “Close Unethical Schools.” Saint Paul Pioneer Press (April 19): 10A http://www.twincities.com/2017/04/19/letter-pedestrians-can-help-their-own-cause/
3) Letter to The New York Times – not published
Part 2: Talking to Two local Podcasters
-1) Stacy Verdick Case, the host of the podcast ‘The Not Boring Book Show’, which is also a MyTalk 107.1 podcast, http://www.podcastone.com/the-not-boring-book-show.
-2) Derek Kosky, the host of podcast ‘Off The Shelf’ https://www.mixcloud.com/derek-kosky/
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!
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
Last week I learned that a Letter to the Editor that I had written to the Saint Paul Pioneer Press Newspaper was going to be published, but I did not know when. So today was that lucky day! It was in print and online, so I stopped and purchased a few copies. You can see it online here http://www.twincities.com/2017/04/19/letter-pedestrians-can-help-their-own-cause/
A Letter I wrote to the MinnPost (a nonprofit online newspaper) was published today! I did not even know it was accepted and I was just looking at their site and there it was. A wonderful surprise! You can read it live and in person here: https://www.minnpost.com/letters/2017/04/praise-political-podcast