Welcome to what is surely going to be one of many posts wherein I tackle the ‘librarian’ part of this blog. Believe it or not, in just a few weeks (2!!) I will be moving to Boston to start grad school for library and information science. As cool as it is to always write about food, I figured why not throw in a bit variety to my little blog. Mix things up a bit every now and then. While I will try to make these segments as informative and interesting regarding the subject of library and information science, there will be the occasional rant or two. Keep in mind, I’m still a student after all so a few minor frustrations are bound to happen. Like this one.
Can’t you just feel the seething anger in this librarian’s eyes!!!
Today, my parents left home for a brief vacation leaving me home with my grandma and two cats. With nothing much to do, I decided to tackle this online tutorial thing that my school is requiring all its new students to do. Broken into different sections, the tutorial wants to be sure that all incoming students are comfortable using the campus’s web-based technologies, online research databases, and other resources. While I think offering students a chance to brush up on stuff they might not be familiar with is nice, that does not give the school an excuse to treat their students like idiots.
What is a database?
How do you cut and paste on a Mac or PC?
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that these are things that if a person didn’t know than they probably would not have managed to get through their undergrad years let alone into grad school. But oh, the virtual belittlement gets worse. Those questions were only from the first part. In the second section, the questions focused on using the school’s library catalog and research database. Having worked four years in my undergrad’s library, I can honestly tell you that most library catalogs are the same. True they might have some differences but the basics are the same. Now I’m not trying to sound mean or anything, but once again, if a person didn’t know how to do this stuff, how on earth did they manage to graduate? Yea I can tell you horror stories of students at my undergrad coming up to me at the desk and admitting that, as seniors, they had never checked out a book before but they still knew how to research articles and journals. I would imagine that people who are going to grad school for library science would know something about well, libraries???
Am I crazy in thinking this??
There are two things in this massively complex world that I love: food and knowledge. Without one, we’d be dead. Without the other, well, let’s just say we wouldn’t be living in the wonders of the twenty-first century. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that I don’t have to say anymore to convince you why both subjects are important. We good? Good. Moving on now.
This blog, a rather rash idea suddenly spurred into action, is not going to be about me. Ok, a little bit of it will be about me, but I am not the star of the show. Food is along with the history behind it. Think of this blog as a research blog, one that has little crumbs of knowledge interspersed amongst recipes and the ramblings of a wanna be librarian and food-fanatic. Have I lost you? Let me try explaining this again. History is all around us, some of it more obvious than others. What I desire to do with this rather small piece of web-space is to showcase and highlight the history of food, its presence and impact on both my life and yours. How? By focusing on those that have made food what it is today. From the history of cookbooks in America to the [abridged] biographies of culinary heros and trendsetters, I wish to uncover and understand why our modern culture of food is the way that it is today. Throw in some niffy parts about me learning how to cook while researching these food heavy-weights along with studying to become a librarian and I’d say you’re in for a grand old time!
Now before you comment, I am quite aware of the magnitude of this project. It is going to take a lot of perseverance, research, money, and a sturdy wall to bang my head against during times of frustration. Is it going to be easy? Probably not, though I’m grateful that I possess quite a few skills when it comes to doing research (thanks to my sociology degree and four year work experience as a student librarian). And I’ll also say this, I can cook (kind of) as well as bake, so I won’t be hopping into a kitchen completely clueless. That’s already half the battle right there. Additionally, I will try very hard not make my posts the same lengths as something like an honors thesis. My goal is to be informative, to inspire the readers to do some research of their own if anything that I write intrigues them. The same applies to the recipes that I will feature; please give them a whirl and let me know how it works out for you. I have a massive recipe list stored on my computer, Demyx (I’ll explain the name later) that I’ll post eventually.
That’s all for now though I can assure you, more will be coming and its either going to be awesome or just simply hilarious. Either way, you’ll have something that will amuse you.
Till next time in which I promise to have 1). something informative to say, 2). an actual recipe, and 3). cute cat pictures,