Looking for a career? Learn what and how much

Looking for the right career? Try the Occupational Outlook Handbook. According to the handbook’s web site:

For hundreds of different types of jobs such as teacher, lawyer, and nurse the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you:

  • the training and education needed
  • earnings
  • expected job prospects
  • what workers do on the job
  • working conditions

If you already know what you’d like to work at, America’s Job Bank lists thousands of jobs drawn from the 50 states.

Or perhaps you’d like to find a volunteer opportunity or perhaps even work in Alaska’s seafood industry.

Book Review: Completing the Union: Alaska, Hawai’i …

I recently read:

Completing the Union: Alaska, Hawai’i and the battle for Statehood
by John S. Whitehead
ISBN 0-8263-3636-1

And wanted to share my review of the book:

John Whitehead draws together oral histories, extensive interviews and work with archival sources to tell a compelling tale of how Alaska and Hawai’i became America’s 49th and 50th states.

This compelling story is made all the more interesting by Mr. Whitehead’s first chapter where he explains how he could not interest any fellow historians in this history. Mr. Whitehead claims that every historian he approached dismissed the story of Alaska/Hawai’l statehood as an extremely dull legislative history.

Mr. Whitehead brings that history alive by setting the statehood battle against the backdrop of World War II and the the early years of the Cold War. America’s need to fight transformed the two territories and made their admission possible.

One fact that came out in this book I did not know before was that Japanese-Americans avoided internment in Hawai’i through the efforts of a single general – Gen. Delos Emmons. He was repeatedly ordered to round up the Japanese in Hawai’l and kept finding reasons NOT to carry out that order. Talk about about a solider fighting for people’s freedom. It also teaches that there are sometimes differences between what is ordered and what is right.

Thank you Gen. Emmons, for making a bright spot in an otherwise dark time for civil rights!

If you have any interest in American history at all, you will enjoy this book. Give it a try!

Juneau (Douglas) Beach Day

Juneau (Douglas) Beach Day
Originally uploaded by AlaskanLibrarian.

Here in Southeast Alaska, most of our coastline is rocky. When there are sandy shores, the beach is most often named Sandy Beach, like this sandy beach in Douglas. If you click on the large size of this photo, you can see a few people enjoying the summer weather.

Welcome to Alaskan Librarian!

Hello to anyone who might be reading this. I feel like I’m taking a chance moving away from the guaranteed audience I had at my LISNews Journal. I may well not have as many people reading me here as I did at my journal. Still, I feel like I need to strike out on my own. Partly because of functionality, partly because of content, and partly because of audience.

There are some things I can do with a stand-alone blog that I can’t do well with my LISNews journal. Like blogging photographs. With a stand-alone blog, I can blog from within my Flickr account. I can see the pictures as I’m blogging them. With my current journal, I first have to go to Flickr, locate my picture, then go back to my journal and create an “img src” tag. Not so much bother, but enough that I haven’t blogged a lot of my Alaska photos on LISNews.

Another functional benefit will be having my blog’s name in newsfeeds instead of LISNews Journal. There may be other benefits that I’ll discover later.

While my friends at LISNews have been very understanding about my ecletic blogging interests, I’m still putting alot of non-library related stuff in a place mostly focused on library and information science. No one has ever complained about this aside from one or two comments when I was blogging politics way too much, but I think that I can use a place where there isn’t a field specific emphasis. This last point also leads nicely into the last area of concern.

I’d be willing to bet that virtually everyone who reads me at LISNews is involved with the library/information field in some way. I mean, if you weren’t, why would you visit LISNews? (Go anyway, it’s interesting!). So I’m a librarian talking to other librarians and information professionals. Which is great, but we librarians need to be talking to folks outside the field too. I’m doing that a little bit with my efforts in MySpace, but MySpace is filtered in a lot of places (including my workplace!) and pending legislation could block it in more places.

So I hope to expand the conversation space here, even though I’m running the risk of talking to myself.


So, now that I’ve gone to the trouble of establishing the Alaskan Librarian blog, what can you expect to find here? While I reserve the right to post on anything that comes to mind, here are the major themes I expect to cover:

  • Everything about Alaska – Except for state politics. I work for a state agency and therefore leave opinions about state politics to the voters of Alaska.
  • Information resources, especially government information. While I team-blog somewhere else about government information policy, actual information resources will be posted here.
  • Photography, usually my own – I plan to take advantage of Flickr’s blogging capabilities to share a lot of photographs and other pictures here.
  • Astronomy – There is alot of wonderful stuff happening above our heads.
  • Book quotes and reviews – One part of the librarian stereotype I’m guilty of is reading a lot. Many times what I read interests me, so I’ll be sharing quotes from books. If I really like a book, I’ll write a brief review.
  • Politics – I know the world doesn’t need one more political voice, but I hope to say something different than the mutual villification that passes for political debate in our country.
  • Religion – I’m a Catholic Christian and while I don’t believe I have a right to force others to live the way that I do, my faith influences me and I’ll talk about that from time to time. I’ll also point out when our professedly Christian gov’t officials seem to diverge strongly from how I read the Gospels. Not too often, but sometimes I can’t restrain myself.

That seems to be enough themes for now. I hope you’ll find something in the next few weeks to interest you.

August Stars

Originally uploaded by AlaskanLibrarian.

I took this picture of my neighbor’s decorative lights in the early part of August, thus disproving that all of Alaska enjoys midnight sun half of the year.

I’m blogging this picture from Flickr, which is part of the reason I’ve chosen to set up a stand alone blog.