Like all Jedi, I have adventures now and then.
This past August, the Star Wars Convention, Celebration VI, was in Orlando for a second time. I made my debut at Celebration V as the Jedi Librarian, even though I had only just applied to USF’s program. I was sure I was in. Celebration is always fun to do. Right off the bat learned from a reading teacher in line that Hasbro is finally releasing the Jocasta Nu action figure, thanks to millions of fan requests. The woman even took my picture with her son. I’ll have to get one when they are released, despite the fact that my reference professor used her as an example as the worst reference librarian in the galaxy. It would be the perfect thing to put on my future desk! Sadly, I did not get to meet my fellow Jedi Assembly members, or any of the other friends I made last year (including a Stromtrooper! What a photo op that would have been!). Also at the convention, I picked up a poster from one of the publishers’ booths that has Yoda surrounded by a pile of books on one side and a list of all the Star Wars books published by that company on the back, in timeline order. I made sure to snag an extra for the New Port Richey Library. And I got my picture taken in front of the promotional poster for a new book.
Speaking of the New Port Richey Library, I wore my “Jedi robes” to the toddler Halloween party at the library again this year. I was such a hit last year, I just had to do it again (although someone asked last year if I was an Egyptian Princess…). I had a lot of fun with the Younglings, singing songs and Trick or Treatign in City Hall.
This year, October 6th was Star Wars Reads Day at the Holiday Branch of the Pasco County Library System, unfortunately I was unable to attend as my niece was getting married that day. Even a Jedi can not be in New Jersey and Florida at the same time. I hope to try and plan to have Star Wars Reads day at the NPR library next year. I will be doing fieldwork then, hopefully at that library, so it’s a possibility. If not, I’m sure the Youth Librarian and I can work together to plan it regardless if I am doing my fieldwork there or not.
Lastly, it has been my plan for about a year now to take UNC’s Summer Seminar in London in May of 2013. I first heard about the program my first semester back in the Spring of 2011, but it was after the deadline to apply. I tried for this year, but was unable to get the money together and convince my family that I would be completely safe in Bloomsbury, after all what kind of trouble can a bunch of librarians and student librarians get into, right? I finally get the money together and am ready to sign up when I discover that the credit for the class might not transfer in time for me to graduate in December. It seems it takes an awful long while for transfer credit to show up on your transcripts, and it as to be on you transcripts a full semester before you can graduate. So going abroad the semester before I graduate could be an issue. I met with the Study Abroad office last Tuesday. According to them, it’s doable. The prblem with transfer credit arises when someone is enrolled in a foreign instutution, and I will be enrolled in UNC, not UC. My department still has to approve it though. I’m still waiting to hear if they will. They might decide it doesn’t fit their requirements for a 3 credit course. I guess I’ll have to wait and see if this is an adventure I get to have.