April 26th, 2012

Welcome MLA News Readers!

When Kelly Gonzalez asked if she could review my rambling here for the debut of the Blogs to Follow column in MLA News, I agreed but was a little nervous.

When I learned she was also planning on featuring Krafty at the same time, I freaked out since Michelle is not only known by everyone already but she started blogging for medical librarians before I even had librarianship on my radar. To be referred to as a ‘medical librarian mainstay’ by MLA News editor Laurie Thompson is quite humbling.

So, beyond the gracious introduction Kelly has already given you about me in the column, I figured a few additional bits of information might be helpful too.

Who are you and what on earth is an Eagle Dawg?

If you want the full scoop my About section has me in various forms. The short story about the name is that it is the combination of the mascots of the University of North Texas and the University of Washington.  The context is over in this entry, and the portraits on the wall of my site (please tell me the word ‘Boobie’ has not appeared in MLA ink until now) are based on those statues. My office view is not even close to realistic, the ever-present coffee from our BUNN is though.

What continuing education course assignment started all this?

Believe it or not, the 2008 Web 2.0 101: Introduction to Second Generation Web Tools course from MLA. My first post explained that on March 11, 2008. I’m sorry to say the index page for the course works but the rest of the content doesn’t appear to anymore. It’s too bad because my recollection is that it’s a great snapshot documenting how we were approaching learning and using those tools at the time. If you want a good laugh, you’re welcome to see my assignment posts ranging from one of my favorite commercials of all time to strange interactions with a National Library of Medicine mug.

What’s your MBL/NLM Biomedical Informatics coverage?

Here it is! I still refer to my blog coverage instead of the Powerpoint copies sometimes even though the course was 3 years ago and the curriculum has apparently changed a lot.

 Why don’t you blog all that often now?

Part of it has to do with the fact that I was working part time when I was researching and blogging in depth about things through fall 2009. I really miss being able to do that. However, my work day currently starts at 7:15 each morning as I telecommute for an hour before our son gets on the school bus, put in office hours the rest of the time, then race off to an increasing number of activities each night (right now way too much soggy Little League). My husband also is both a full time supervisor and student, and it’s my turn to shoulder more of running the family as he did while I was finishing my degrees.

I will never blog here on taxpayer time. For work I blog over here (want to learn more about MedlinePlus Connect?) and for my LAC co-chair duties over here. That said, I am going to make a renewed effort to write at least one quality post a week here again. There are so many entry fragments I want to finish and share.

Other questions? Let me know and thanks for checking things out!


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2 Responses to “Welcome MLA News Readers!”

  1. RachelW says:

    Congrats, Nikki! I was thrilled to see your work featured in the column, and didn’t even blink at your being there alongside Krafty. Kudos!

  2. Nikki Dettmar says:

    Thanks Rachel! Yours had better be up next or I will be very put out 😀

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