Scruff monsters

My scruff monsters Ollie and Mia are heading to the groomer tomorrow so here are some ‘before’ shots.

Pre Grooming 012They haven’t been groomed since last November so their hair has gotten really long. Of course this is better for the winter, it keeps them nice and warm but their hair matts very easily so it’s a constant battle to get rid of matts as they appear.

Pre Grooming 011So tomorrow they are getting their hair cut very short. They are usually quite cold for a few days after being groomed but I have a few doggie jumpers I can pop on them. So bye bye scruff buckets, I can’t wait to see them with their new haircuts tomorrow.


Colour Affection 004So here they are post groom. Totally different dogs but I’m sure much more comfortable.

Nearly there

Colour Affection 056Just a quick update on my Colour Affection shawl. Last night, very late, I finished the three striped section. Phew, those are some looooong rows. I’m now at just under 400 stitches. I would really love to get the boarder finished today but I have some college work to finish so I think that might be a bit ambitious.

Colour Affection 052I’m also finding it really hard to get a realistic rendition of the vivid pink in my photos, so if anyone has any tips please share them with me. I’d be very grateful.

Happy Valentines Day everyone

Heart (5)Happy Valentines Day everyone. To be honest I’m a bit over Valentines Day. All that enforced romanticism? I’d much rather do little romantic things for my hubby every day. I think that’s more important.

And what is romantic anyway? Yes, the grand gestures are romantic, and they are certainly appreciated and treasured. But to me romantic comes in many different forms. Like refilling my wine glass on a Saturday night so I don’t have to put my knitting down. Like knowing I’ve had a busy day and making sure the dogs are walked so I can relaxed for the evening.Like bringing me coffee in bed. Like a wonderful bear hug for no reason. Like just being a wonderful person. These things are romantic, little ways of showing the one you love just how much they mean to you. So although we exchanged small gifts and cards today the everyday romantic gestures mean just as much even more to me.

A quick update on 80s Pop

As I expected would happen when the new semester started back, I don’t have much time to knit. But I do try to take some time in the evenings for me. Just to relax and unwind before going to bed.

Progress 016So progress on my Colour Affection (which I’m calling 80s Pop, that’s the name the colours told me) has been slow enough. I’m on the second section and have about 4 more repeats or 8 stripes to go before I add in the pink colour and start the short rows. I am so in love with these colours together, I can’t wait to add in the pink to see how it transforms the combination again.

Progress 013I’m slipping the edge stitches purlwise to give a nice neat edge but because I’m such a tight knitter naturally, I have to make a special effort to make sure I leave these stitches nice and loose, particularly on the edge where I’m carrying the yarns up the side.

Right back to the books. No rest for the wicked.

Library Association of Ireland Career Development Group Open Day

Phew what a title, and something of a departure from my usual blog posts but I hope you’ll bear with me.

Semester two of my Masters in Library and Information Studies has started back and it’s time to get focused  Focused not just on my classes but also to get focused on getting a job when I finally have to re-enter the real world. With that in mind some of my friends and fellow students and I attended the LAI CDG Open Day. The LAI CDG is the Career Development Group of the Library Association of Ireland. Their Open Day 2013 focused on alternative careers for librarians and information professionals and was a really great event.

2013-02-02 14.03.04The day kicked off with Edel Kelly from INOU (Irish National Organisation for the Unemployed). I hope I won’t be an unemployed librarian for too long once I finish the course, but realistically this is inevitable. Edel explained how the social welfare system works in Ireland and also some of the services available for those looking for work. I was also delighted to find that once we have finished our full time lectures we will be available for work and will hopefully be eligible for social welfare, as well as JobBridge internships if I don’t find work within 3 months.

Next up was Tina Byrne from Arcline, a company that specialises in archives and records management. She explained that librarians with cataloging skills would be very useful to them for many of their projects. These projects can last from 2 weeks to 2 years. From my point of view this kind of project work, while not the ever sought after permanent job, would give me the opportunity to work on a range of projects and with a range of people. She said they were looking in particular for librarians with MARC21, AACR2, LCSH and experince in various LMS. They would also look for an interest in rare books and historical collections as well as those with language skills, particularly Irish . Once classes finish in April I will definitely be contacting Arcline with my CV.

The day ended with a talk from Brian Donovan, the CEO of Eneclann Ltd. He spoke about digitisation, publishing and management of archives. He also referred to the extent of the genealogy market and of making various data sets (e.g. the Petty Courts records) available to the public. He spoke of the importance of digitisation in the coming years in this field. This is an area that I have a particular interest in, as well as the technical background that (I hope) will stand to me when it comes to looking for a job. Although librarians don’t need to be programmers they do need to have a good understanding of what the possibilities of the various systems are, as well as the ability to produce clear specs for projects.

SAMSUNGI have to say that I left Pearse Street Library on a bit of a high. So much of what I heard about resonated with my own personal interests, as well as with my Capstone project on Open Data. The Open Data movement strives to make data sets open to the pubic and giving the public access to these records. It was great to see that there are non-traditional roles for librarians and that there are commercial companies looking for people with these skills sets. It has helped me think about my skill set and how I can position myself when it comes to looking for a job from April. Right now, back to the books. This stuff isn’t going to learn itself.