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HLS Day in the Life – Friday!

I am always so, so exhausted by Fridays. They are probably my lightest day of the week though. I went to my internship in the morning. It also rained today, which was nice. (Rain in Los Angeles is really rare, so I always cherish when it happens.)


Today, I gave an informal presentation to the UCLA Library Social Media Learning Group on the work I’ve been doing this quarter. I talked mostly about my desire to highlight the library’s “pleasure reading” collections like graphic novels and recent fiction. Then, I talked about my analytics evaluation and showed some screenshots from Twitonomy, which I think is a pretty cool free Twitter analytics tool.

After my presentation, the Writing Librarian at Powell (who is also a UCLA MLIS alum!) told me that after I posted a picture of the recent fiction new arrivals display on Instagram, 3 of the books from the display were removed (and presumably checked out)! I have decided to assume that this is due to my outreach efforts, in spite of having only circumstantial evidence to that effect.

After I left work, I headed up to the Information Studies building to finish hanging up flyers for Dodgers Night (which, if you are from UCLA and reading this, you should absolutely attend!). While I was there, I managed to reserve an even better room than the room I had before for the SLA Spring Career Panel, and I ran into my awesome friend Vanessa!

Usually when I get home on Fridays, I intend to do a lot, but I actually do absolutely nothing. Today, I got home around 3:00 and got through quite a few emails! Then I did a lot of nothing and fixed a frozen pizza for dinner. Tonight, I’ll probably watch TV and do some reading for classes, as per usual.

It’ll be a busy few months from now through the spring – both of my final projects are due the week of March 18th. We have the last week of March off, and then Spring quarter (my last one…) starts the 1st of April. Our portfolios for the UCLA MLIS program are due on April 12th, so that is certainly what I’ll be spending almost all of spare time on between now and then. After portfolios are turned in, we have to present them in May. Then in June, I’m headed to the SLA annual conference, and I’ll be graduating! It seems like so little when I just type it all out like it’s no big deal…

Anyway, this whole HLSDITL thing has really been fantastic! I’m excited to have new blogs and twitter accounts to follow and to have started to get to know so many awesome people. Hopefully, I’ll keep blogging more than my normal once a month (although it absolutely will NOT be daily – this is hard!)


Library Student Day in the Life

I’ll be participating in the Library Student Day in the Life project by Hack Library School during the first week of March. Mostly, during that week I will be working on class projects, interning, working, and job hunting. Then, each day I’ll blog about it! I’m very excited to see what other people involved are are doing while in school. I can’t wait!

Cooking for Graduate Students


Since I’m in graduate school right now, I don’t cook very much. However, I occasionally find something that’s fast and simple and makes a lot of leftovers. This is a fantastic combination for me. Not only am I avoiding fast food today, but also there are fewer $3 pizzas in my future.

This dish is called Baked Spaghetti and Mozzarella, and I got it out of Everyday Food magazine. This magazine is, sadly, no longer in print on its own. I think it is now available as a supplement to Martha Stewart Living. However, you can still find this recipe (and others) online (http://www.marthastewart.com/333884/baked-spaghetti-and-mozzarella). This is a really hearty and filling meatless dish that was equally tasty when re-heated. It also smells amazing while cooking and provides a nice sense of accomplishment when you take it out of the oven.

One note to this recipe is that putting two 28-ounce cans of whole peeled tomatoes into a food processor turned out to be disastrous to my kitchen. I ended up just gently breaking the tomatoes apart with my hands. If I tried this recipe again, I would try using one can of crushed tomatoes and one can of either diced or whole tomatoes instead.

I’m would like to be able to say that Cooking for Graduate Students will become a regular series on this blog, but I’ve sworn off making additional time commitments for a little while. For me at least, cooking is a nice break from research and reading, and I hope that someone else will enjoy it too.