Automated Retrieval System


I tried to get some pictures yesterday and I did a great job of getting pictures of people who were around the library yesterday. I also wanted to get a picture of the SCU Library’s new Automated Retrieval System. An ARS is a large building in which books are stored. There are no stories. The books are stored in bins and they are stacked on top of each other on shelves. Automatic cranes retrieve books as they are called in the library catalog.

I hadn’t seen this in action yet, so I went back there this week to see how it works. It’s actually quite amazing. The cranes zip through really quickly and grab the bin from it’s place, zoom it to the front, and then a student assistant picks the desired book from the bin. It all only takes about 30 seconds.

An interesting thing about it is that there is no rhyme or reason to the order in which the books are placed in the bins, as long as the computer knows where it is so that it can be retrieved. This got me to thinking about the usefulness of Call Numbers in the future. If things move toward this kind of retrieval system, Call Numbers, I believe, could be a thing of the past. They could serve a purpose, I supposed, as a browsing tool in the library catalog. But it’s kind of a clunky way of browsing books.

It’s kind of sad in a way. There is a lot of serendipity that goes on when one is browsing the books stacks. Books tend to jump out at you in ways that are not possible when you merely search the computer.

But at the same time, the new technology is very exciting and interesting.

Weird. I was going to blog about my last day at work but I went on about the ARS instead. Oh well. I’ll tell you about my day tommorrow.

FR10 – last day at work edition

Books, Music, Art, Movies
Count Basie

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So sad! My last day at work. πŸ˜₯

you know how it works. put your mp3 player on random and let her go. Post the first 10 songs that play.

  1. 1 o’clock jump. Count Basie. Swing Back with Count Basie.
    Good way to start this off. Count Basie always makes me smile. Love that trumpet!
  2. I want to be the man to warm your mother’s heart. White Stripes. Elephant.
  3. Hostias. Berlin Radio Symphony.Mozart’s Requiem.
  4. Wrong Side. French Kicks. One Time Bells.
  5. Why cant he be you? Patsy Cline. Patsy Cline Story.
  6. Cleanin out my closet. Eminem. The Eminem Show.
  7. Eight Miles High. The Byrds. 20 essential tracks from the Byrds.
  8. Don’t Fear the Reaper. Blue Oyster Cult. Agents of Fortune.
    Okay. This puts a smile on my face. I can’t listen to this without thinking about that SnL skit in which Will Farell is the cowbell player for Blue Oyster Cult and they are laying down the track for this song. They really do have a cowbell playing in the background of this song. “You know what this song needs? More cowbell.” Gotta love it πŸ˜†
  9. Bush as Dictator. The department of Homboy Security. The presidential remix.
    I can’t even remember where I got this song. It’s about 45 seconds long and it is just bush saying that infamous quote, “”If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier – just so long I’m the dictator.” (you can see the video of him saying it here) It’s just DJified. I don’t know what it is about people putting Bushisms to music but I kind of find it amusing.
  10. Lies. Violent Femmes. Add it Up.
    Oh. my. god. How apt is it that this song comes up directly after the previous one?

Alright. I have to bitch about something here. And this is totally unrelated to my friday random 10. Well, except that it falls in line with it being my last day at work.

I just got my last paycheck, and they included the cash amount of my vacation leave in with it. I had about 125 hours of vacation leave saved up that I didn’t take, so I had quite a bit of extra money coming to me. Like I said, I got my check and they took out a LOT of money out for taxes. Basically, they took out the amount of money I take home in a paycheck! It kind of pisses me off because I was planning on living on this money until I get my first paycheck from my new job. I knew that they were going to take out a lot of money for taxes but this is way more than I thought it would be. Kind of puts a dark cloud over my day…Can I blame Bush’s tax cuts for the rich on this? πŸ˜‰

FR10 – Pack up your office edition

Books, Music, Art, Movies

It’s Friday! Yay!

The internet has been on and off at work this morning so while I listened to my Friday random 10 I packed up my office. It’s kind of sad. 😦

  1. Forever Yellow Skies. Cranberries.
    To the Faithful Departed
  2. Logical Song. Supertramp.
    Magnolia: Music from the Motion Picture
    I totally dig this song.
  3. A Familiar Face. The Ocean Blue.
    The Ocean Blue
  4. Beetoven’s “Archduke” trio in B-Flat. Performed by Beax Arts Trio.
    Beethoven for Book Lovers: An Intimate Companion for Reading
  5. Impressive Instant. Madonna.
  6. Fly me to the moon. Vince Guardaldi Trio.
    A Boy Named Charlie Brown: The Original Sound Track Recording Of The CBS Television Special
  7. Zak Attak. Roni Size.
    Touching Down
  8. Crash Into Me. Dave Matthews Band.
  9. Story of My Life. Social Distortion.
    Social Distortion
  10. Downtown Lights. Anni Lennox.

Heard back from Boxer, too!


Here’s a snippet from her email response (I hope it’s okay to post these):

There has never been a more important
time for U.S. intelligence agents to be able to
do their work unimpeded; the threats posed by
terrorists are simply too great. Our national
security requires that we protect the identity
of undercover agents, and that sacred
responsibility clearly is more important than
personal relationships or political posturing.

She also outline what she has been doing regarding this, which has been reported in the news. That is, sending a letter to Bush, along with her colleagues in the Senate, asking for Rove’s resignation.

I’m glad they got back to me. That makes me feel better.

Heard back from Dianne Feinstein


Here is a snippet of her letter to me:

I am deeply disturbed by the possibility that someone with
access to classified information could be involved in leaking it for
political purposes. If in fact Karl Rove was engaged in such
conduct I would hope the Administration would take decisive
action. I cannot comment on whether he should be prosecuted, but
clearly this conduct should not be condoned or ignored. The
President has clearly said that if anybody leaked information they
would be fired. I would hope that he would keep his word.

That’s cool. It’s nice to know that she actually read my e-mail because she responded directly to a comment that I made.