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Here's to a very happy birthday to dear [livejournal.com profile] lbilover, wishing you and your doggies a day full of hobbity and S/E goodness. Sadly, the Muse is still on an extended vacation (and didn't think to ask me along, darn her!), so I've nothing ficwise to add to the wishes. Have a great day, Ellen!

Date: 2015-09-21 09:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lbilover.livejournal.com
Thanks so much!! <3 I was out in your part of the world, actually, visiting my brother Chris who moved to Broadview Heights, Ohio, for his new job. My sister was there, too, and they treated me to a lovely lunch in Calvin & Hobbes territory, Chagrin Falls. I didn't get home until after midnight, but I apologize for the late reply. Hope things are going well with you! How far are you from my brother, btw??

Date: 2015-09-23 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frolijahfan.livejournal.com
Yeah, you were practically in my backyard--Broadview Heights is only about 35 miles or so from here.

It's been an expensive year, with a ton of car repairs (all four brake lines have died since February, among other things. :( But Fro is 14 years old and has to sit out year-round, so I 'spose that it's only to be expected.) Otherwise, things have been going reasonably well. We're still adjusting to the new director, who is a) a guy and b) quite young (32), both of which are quite new for us. And my friend and I just booked a cruise to the eastern Caribbean for later in the fall. It will be a new experience for me, since I've never been on a cruise before.

Date: 2015-09-23 09:38 pm (UTC)
ext_28880: Gift from Frodosweetstuff :) (Default)
From: [identity profile] lbilover.livejournal.com
Oh, I didn't realize you are that close to him! Well, next time I visit my brother we will have to get together. There wouldn't have been enough time on this visit. I was only there for half a day.

Sorry about your car, but it probably is to be expected, especially after this past winter.

Wow, a new young director! I hope he works out for your library. Our horrible director has at last been forced out and will be retiring at the end of the year - it was that or be fired. Now we just have to make sure they don't hire our assistant director to replace her. What a disaster that will be!!! But supposedly they are hiring a consultant to evaluate the situation at the library and make recommendations. She or he will talk to staff and we plan to say A LOT. Meanwhile, the reference dept. is grossly understaffed and we're struggling to keep our heads above water. It's a losing battle...

Enjoy your cruise!
Edited Date: 2015-09-23 09:38 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-09-25 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frolijahfan.livejournal.com
Yes, definitely! I can show you all the sights (that'll take about 2 minutes, lol)

Here's hoping that the director search goes well. We've used consultants for our last two searches, and while they talked to department heads, they certainly didn't seem to pay much attention to anything that we said. I hear you about an understaffed Reference Dept. Our Head of Reference is practically pulling her hair out trying to keep the desks covered.

Date: 2015-09-26 01:43 pm (UTC)
ext_28880: Gift from Frodosweetstuff :) (Default)
From: [identity profile] lbilover.livejournal.com
I'd love to see your library!

I'm not feeling terribly optimistic, to be honest. I suspect we will get stuck with our current assistant director who, the very first day she started, told me and our head of reference that we have too many reference librarians. It's been her goal, and the director's, to decimate our department and they are doing a fine job. We are facing the potential situation of not having anyone to cover the desk during certain hours. That has never happened before and it's horrifying to think that the public will go without reference assistance. But you can't get blood from a stone. We are maxed out, stressed out and morale is in the toilet.

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