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  1. libra89's Avatar
    My uncle who passed away last year was one of the first to get a PhD in library science back in the day (that too in my home country). He helped start a library science department at the University where he found employment after graduating. He would come visit often (my dad was his favorite brother-in-law) when he was in town for work and usually he would be meeting with people from book companies and book distributors. So of course he would bring lots and lots of books for me as presents. I grew up reading books from so many different genres that were mainstream here in USA at that time but not common back home. This I believe is one of the main reasons for inspiring me to become a voracious reader. I also think this helped me assimilate here in USA since I was so familiar with the norms/culture.

    Thanks for bringing back fond memories!
    Wow, that is so cool! What a story.

    You're welcome, thank you for sharing such a story.
    03-10-2017 10:46 AM
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    Ooh let us know how that goes.
    Well test driving the phone was fun. It is a superbly crafted device, feels awesome in hand for such a large phone and the screen is just gorgeous. The screen protector on the other hand started to lift up because of the case. I think I just have to get used to using this device without a screen protector. I like it and can see why people bought this in droves last year. I would argue it has a better feel in the hand than the regular S7 which I kept for about 4 weeks last year.
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    03-10-2017 10:46 AM
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    Wow, that is so cool! What a story.

    You're welcome, thank you for sharing such a story.
    A side corollary to the story. The library science department is now named after him at that University :-) And our family sponsored a scholarship in his name to help more folks get interested in pursuing library science as a career choice.
    03-10-2017 10:48 AM
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    I worked in a library part-time from 1985-1992, while I was in high school and college. I really enjoyed working at the library.
    That's very cool. Do you remember what you did or did it vary?
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    03-10-2017 10:49 AM
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    Well test driving the phone was fun. It is a superbly crafted device, feels awesome in hand for such a large phone and the screen is just gorgeous. The screen protector on the other hand started to lift up because of the case. I think I just have to get used to using this device without a screen protector. I like it and can see why people bought this in droves last year. I would argue it has a better feel in the hand than the regular S7 which I kept for about 4 weeks last year.
    Nicee.
    Sounds like it was worth getting it when you did.
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    03-10-2017 10:56 AM
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    That's very cool. Do you remember what you did or did it vary?
    I was a page and a clerk.
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    03-10-2017 11:00 AM
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    A side corollary to the story. The library science department is now named after him at that University :-) And our family sponsored a scholarship in his name to help more folks get interested in pursuing library science as a career choice.
    That's amazing on both points! Your uncle must have been a wonderful, hard-working guy. Much props (not that you need them, I'm just saying).

    Going against the expected grain feels hard, so I can only imagine how he felt going down that path. I get mixed reactions about wanting to be a librarian (good and bad). Mostly people are like, "Oh you're the only person I know that wants to do that" or they think that I'm foolish because of what they think they know.
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    03-10-2017 11:00 AM
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    That's amazing on both points! Your uncle must have been a wonderful, hard-working guy. Much props (not that you need them, I'm just saying).

    Going against the expected grain feels hard, so I can only imagine how he felt going down that path. I get mixed reactions about wanting to be a librarian (good and bad). Mostly people are like, "Oh you're the only person I know that wants to do that" or they think that I'm foolish because of what they think they know.
    I think Library Science has a lot more going to it than just "Oh you're the only person I know that wants to do that", so don't get discouraged by that. Most people do not realize how and why are books categorized/catalogued the way they are. Why is there a numbering system, and how was it designed to help people find books and also for library staff to put them back in the right place, etc. etc.
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    03-10-2017 11:11 AM
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    I think Library Science has a lot more going to it than just "Oh you're the only person I know that wants to do that", so don't get discouraged by that. Most people do not realized how and why are books categorized/catalogued the way they are. Why is there a numbering system, and how was it designed to help people find books and also for library staff to put them back in the right place, etc. etc.
    Thanks for the encouragement. You're so right. Some of the people who tell me that kind of stuff look at the amount of money in it and tell me that it wouldn't be enough.

    At the point I am, I have no choice but to get a ML(I)S if I want to advance career wise. I'm okay with that, but I'm working on the steps to get into the program.
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    03-10-2017 11:28 AM
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    I'll be back in an hour or two. Need to take care of some meetings.
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    03-10-2017 11:30 AM
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    I am going to brave the ugly LA traffic today. Have to go to UCLA for a 3PM appointment.
    You all have a good weekend.
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    03-10-2017 01:14 PM
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    I am going to brave the ugly LA traffic today. Have to go to UCLA for a 3PM appointment.
    You all have a good weekend.
    Good luck! And thank you, you too.
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    03-10-2017 02:44 PM
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    I am going to brave the ugly LA traffic today. Have to go to UCLA for a 3PM appointment.
    You all have a good weekend.
    Good luck! I hope it goes well.

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    03-10-2017 02:47 PM
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    Sounds like you have a long one. Hours long?
    I used to lose 3.5-4 hours a day round trip commuting. It still takes 2 hours to go from the GF's to the internship.
    03-10-2017 05:14 PM
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    On the work note, I have never really said what I do.

    I am a library services specialist that works behind the scenes in an academic library. I'm aiming to go to library school (grad school) but I don't know what area I want to be in, exactly.

    My career is libraries, really. It's not common but it fits so well for me. Not sure what else I would be doing if I wasn't here. Probably something administrative.
    I had an ex (the break up was horrid) who was in Divinity school during our relationship ended up getting a post grad degree in this subject...She can be a curator for a museum now (and was an adjunct professor at last check).
    03-10-2017 05:16 PM
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    The No Man's Sky Path Finder update is amazing!

    03-10-2017 05:53 PM
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    Loving the new "photo mode"!

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    03-10-2017 05:55 PM
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    I used to lose 3.5-4 hours a day round trip commuting. It still takes 2 hours to go from the GF's to the internship.
    Wow, that's long! It sounds like you basically cut your time in half, but still a while. I feel for you.
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    03-10-2017 06:25 PM
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    I had an ex (the break up was horrid) who was in Divinity school during our relationship ended up getting a post grad degree in this subject...She can be a curator for a museum now (and was an adjunct professor at last check).
    Hmm, that's interesting. What are the chances of that?! I have heard that people have done similar things, but that's the first time I have heard of this kind of shift.
    03-10-2017 06:27 PM
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    Btw, the Córdoba is running great!

    03-10-2017 06:28 PM
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    Hmm, that's interesting. What are the chances of that?! I have heard that people have done similar things, but that's the first time I have heard of this kind of shift.
    To go from learning to be a preacher to be a museum curator? Yes, that's some kind of shift indeed...
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    03-10-2017 06:54 PM
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    Wow, that's long! It sounds like you basically cut your time in half, but still a while. I feel for you.
    Time was the same, honestly. Injustice to log the same amount of time going from my house to the GF's and from my house to work. Public transport is a fun endeavor sometimes...
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    03-10-2017 06:56 PM
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    So turns out it took about an hour to get to UCLA for the appointment. We were early by 1.5 hours. They actually accommodated us even though we were quite early. We left at 3PM and got home by 4:15 PM. So it wasn't as bad as the previous two times. The downside of this is that while I was away I got an urgent message from work so I am slaving away here at 6PM on Friday night....
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    03-10-2017 07:58 PM
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    To go from learning to be a preacher to be a museum curator? Yes, that's some kind of shift indeed...
    I wouldn't expect a religion degree to count for a museum curator job. I would've expected the museum to want someone with an art, archaeology, or history degree.
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    03-10-2017 08:17 PM
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    I wouldn't expect a religion degree to count for a museum curator job. I would've expected the museum to want someone with an art, archaeology, or history degree.
    That's why she ended up with two master's...One in divinity and one in library and information science.
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    03-10-2017 08:27 PM
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