laurie_robey: (Hamm Hamm)
I got 853/900! I was so convinced I was going to fail it at first because of one of the simulations. Now, on to the CCNA studying. But first, a celebratory dinner.
laurie_robey: (Hamm Hamm)
I passed my ITIL Foundation v3 exam with 90% today. Security+ and CCNA to go. Possibly Network+ too, if I can swing it. Then on the Certified Ethical Hacker.

Also working on my resume and LinkedIn profile.

I really hope I can find a good job I like with all this.
laurie_robey: (Helikitty Grenade)
I was scheduled to be off today and tomorrow. I have tons of PTB (vacation and sick time combined) and quite a bit of comp time built up after working so many nights and weekends in September. So I scheduled some time off once the end of fiscal year surge in work had passed. The surge was made even more busy this year because of the loss of one contract, and another was going to have its budget cut in the new fiscal year.

Then the shutdown happened. While I was out today, everyone in the office was sent home around 1:45. They were told they were all furloughed, and they can't charge PTB or comp time either, so it's leave without pay.

I was unaware of this until about 7:30 this evening when one of the project directors called me to tell me that one aspect of her contract had not been shut down, so my staff could continue to work on those tasks. I called them all and told them to work from home, which they were grateful to hear.

Now, I was scheduled to be off tomorrow, but if I take off tomorrow, it will be leave without pay, even though I have comp time and PTB "out the wazoo" so to speak. Given that John's last day at the company was Monday, I'm wondering if I need to go ahead and work tomorrow, just to keep my paycheck from being short.

This really sucks.
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JOB SUMMARY: This position is located in the Rare Books & Special Collections Department, Smithsonian Institution Libraries. The Head, Special Collections Department promotes knowledge about and use of rare books and other specialized collections of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries by developing and managing collections, displaying them to the public and making them available world-wide through the Internet.

Uses expertise in Early Modern History and the history of science and technology to provide comprehensive reference and research services to individuals and groups. Many of these texts date from the 15th through the 19th centuries with numerous examples in Latin and other classical languages, French or German.

Quality Ranking Factors: (Among those who meet the qualification requirements, these factors will be used to determine who are the highest qualified candidates. On a separate sheet of paper, submit a paragraph describing specific experience, education, or training for each of the factors listed .)
1. Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of librarianship and an expert knowledge of these as they relate to the history of books and printing, rare books and special collections.
2. Knowledge of Early Modern, Renaissance History or history of science.
3. Ability to read French, German or Latin.
4. Ability, as demonstrated by experience, to supervise, lead and motivate a diverse staff.
5. Ability to cultivate and work with donors.
6. Knowledge of basic principles of exhibition and of safe methods of exhibition relevant to rare books and other fragile materials.
7. Skill in oral communication to promote library services and discuss strategies, project needs and requirements with a wide variety of library users, donors, special interest groups, committees, etc.
8. Skill in written communication such as preparing scholarly articles, reports, brochures, reference correspondence, bibliographies, etc.

It sounds like the perfect job for a character like Indiana Jones OR a character from a Lovecraftian story, depending on how you want to spin it.

"Position available immediately after mysterious disappearance of previous supervisory librarian."
laurie_robey: (NW--WWAGD?)
I've been home sick today, and thanks to the new laptop, obtained with the assistance of [ profile] mamallamadevil, I've been able to relax in the den and still look up information on the Web. I've been using this time as an opportunity to think about occupations and eliminate some options that I'm not really serious about. This allows me to narrow it down to the options I'm really interested in and that will use my strengths and talents.

The interests still left on my list:

Film history/critique
Writing (not sure; I haven't exactly been driven to write.)
Architectural history
Crafts (may be just a hobby interest)
Art historian/appraiser
Flash animator

Of course, I always have my current profession to fall back on for income if nothing works out.


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