#hyperlink #ing #people #ideas #creations

Mobile devices and connections

The Weinberger article was really insightful in looking past the obvious future (the present-day and next few years) into the next step future. When I look at the New Horizons reports, they seem either too obvious regarding smaller scale future, or too vague regarding far-flung future. As they are based on statistics and trends tracking, their scope is limited. Weinberger’s article “Let the Future Go”(2014) struck me as right on the money. Opening up libraries to APIs is a great way to keep libraries on the same future track with the rest of the world. Just as individual programmers create apps to fill gaps in our lives, so can they build apps to work with our libraries.

Reading the Weinberger article made me think of being able to have a digital library card, a universal library card, which would enable users to access the digital collections to all the libraries they carried card for. This thought brought me to thinking I wish I could have a digital copy of my card in my iwallet on my phone, which led me to googling if I could do this. (Yes! I can!) Here’s the article I found with a how-to….

https://www.howtogeek.com/286620/how-to-add-any-card-to-the-iphone-wallet-app-even-if-it-isnt-supported-by-apple/

Pass2U Wallet image link to app store

In other news…

I spent a day at the CLA conference in Pasadena this weekend and my brain is still reeling. I found that most of the seminars and talks centered on librarians and information specialists sharing their own experiences with programming and tools: what they’re doing, what works for their community, things that didn’t work for them. I would have liked more future thinking and problem solving seminars centered on user experience. Which reminds me I need to fill in my conference survey!

Weinberger’s thought on Library Graphs and finding the points at which we intersect reminds me of what I find to be one of the most interesting parts of life and people – how we all connect, intersect, and come together. It obviously relates back to intersecting information communities and information sharing, and makes me think sometimes that I am studying human beings, the world, everything. It’s weird that library and information science can be so specific and so all-encompassing at the same time.

Grad student rambling officially done.

Emerging Technology Planning

Implementing an Internal Blog in a Volunteer Run Library

Introduction:

I devote a considerable amount of time running the library at my children’s charter school. The school has about 900 students and is split between two campuses. There is a  library at each campus, both built by parent volunteers. The libraries are primarily used for weekly class visits (there are 30 classes with at least two parent librarians each), intervention learning specialists, and as a small group learning space. Teachers regularly check out books to supplement classroom learning. 

There are at least two parent librarians per class, and a total of 30 classes. Email is the primary communication tool used to share information with over 70 librarians. While email is effective for smaller group communication, with larger groups it becomes a newsletter at best, but most often an annoying and ignored lump in the inbox. Besides a bi-weekly email sent to all 70+ librarians, librarians also email the “master list” of volunteers when subs are needed for shifts. This creates twenty plus reply chains, with mistakenly clicked “reply all” buttons. 

In an effort to not only ease the burden on myself and my inbox, but also foment volunteer buy-in of the library, I want to create an internal blog for librarians. By creating a virtual space for librarians to share the happenings and needs of their library class, volunteers can not only learn from their peers, but also feel less isolated in their roles. The blog will be accessible from the library computers, making it easier for volunteers to access and use the blog for library related issues.

Goals/Objectives for Technology or Service:

  • Create a better communication channel than email for information sharing with volunteers
  • On-site blog access to enable librarians to share information and ask questions immediately, increasing buy-in to/for the community
  • Increase the exchange of ideas between volunteers who are seldom in the same place at the same time
  • Minimize unnecessary email chains that weigh down librarian inboxes
  • Spark interest and action in library happenings!
  • Centralize all library operational information 

Description of Community you wish to engage:

Parent volunteer librarians at Citizens of the World Charter School Mar Vista (CWCMV). Future goal of engaging teachers with the library at CWCMV.

sticky notes everywhere!

Action Brief Statement:

Convince parent volunteer librarians at CWCMV that by using an internal library blog to communicate with each other they will create an open information sharing system which will benefit the library and librarians because it supports collaboration, communication and a stronger group dynamic. 

Evidence and Resources to support Technology or Service:

Baxter, G., Connolly, T., & Stansfield, M. (2010). Organisational blogs: Benefits and challenges of implementation. The Learning Organization, 17(6), 515-528.

Brookover, Sophie. (2007). Why we blog: The only limits on what your blog covers are those imposed by your bloggers’ imaginations. Library Journal, 132(19), 28.

Costello, K., & Bosque, D. (2010). For Better or Worse: Using Wikis and Blogs for Staff Communication in an Academic Library. Journal of Web Librarianship, 4(2-3), 143-160.

Cromity, J. (2011). Fostering Internal Communication. Online, 35(4), 34-37.

Gordon, Rachel Singer, & Stephens, Michael. (2006). How and why to try a blog for staff communication. Computers in Libraries, 26(2), 50-51.

Gottfried, J., Delancey, L., & Hardin, A. (2015). Talking to ourselves: Internal communication strategies for reference services. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 54(3), 37-43.

Mcintyre, A., & Nicolle, J. (2008). Biblioblogging: Blogs for library communication. The Electronic Library, 26(5), 683-694.

Rodriguez, J. (2010). Social Software in Academic Libraries for Internal Communication and Knowledge Management: A Comparison of Two Reference Blog Implementations. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 15(2), 107-124.

Mission, Guidelines, and Policy related to Technology or Service:

The blog will align with the overarching goal of the mission of the school: “The four cornerstones of CWC — students, teachers, families, and the community — all work collaboratively to embody a true community of learners in which we all learn from and with one another” (CWCMV, n.d.).

As it is a school library, the blog will remain internal; accessible only to current library volunteers and fulfilling policies set forth in the volunteer handbook

All blogging would be library related, with the option to create broader themed pages as necessary. Reader’s advisory is a topic that has already been mentioned by several volunteers as a needed resource.

A “Safe Space” guideline for blogging would ensure all people are treated with civility and respect, and the privacy of students, teachers, and parents is not violated. 

Funding Considerations for this Technology or Service:

The library is at a publicly funded charter school, which receives less state funding than traditional public schools. There is no funding available to support this technology, so all funding, services and time must be donation based. 

The library currently uses the open source Koha system, with server space donated by a parent. We would use a similar open source blogging platform as opposed to purchasing software. 

Volunteer time is needed to design the blog site and upload the operational information to be housed on the site. Ideally, this task would be shared by a group of volunteers with interest/expertise in website creation. 

Google Sheet Schedule made accessible from blog

Action Steps & Timeline:

The main factor in determining the creation timeline of the internal blog will be the level of volunteer buy-in and number of volunteers enlisted to help design and implement the blog. As all volunteers are parents, many with full-time jobs, the timeline is a general guideline and subject to volunteer availability.

  1. Create poll to ascertain volunteer interest and recruitment to create the internal blog. Depending on the initial level of support for creating the blog, this step might also include rallying support and buy-in for the program. (2-6 weeks)
  2. Assemble volunteer Blog Task Force from interested parties, discuss hierarchy of needs and features wanted. (4 weeks) 
  3. Search and choose a free software or open source platform that satisfies blog needs according to priorities (2 weeks)
  4. Design blog using virtual and actual meetings with Blog Task Force (4 weeks) 
  5. Beta test blog with small group of librarians, use feedback to fine tune blog features. (3 weeks)
  6. Roll out the Blog! Train librarians in use of blog and features offered. Enable, simplify and ease access on in-library, offsite and mobile platforms. Training can be small groups in-person, shared one-on-one, and as a video how-to.

Staffing Considerations:

Enacting this technology will require asking time-stressed volunteers to give more of their valuable time to the school, in creating and/or using the technology. Simplifying use of the blog should be of primary concern to increase user buy-in. It is imperative to convince volunteers that this is a worthwhile endeavor to ease and enhance communication. 

Training for the Technology or Service:

Training librarians to access and use the blog will be fairly straightforward. Training can be small groups in-person, shared one-on-one, and as a video how-to. Email notification of the internal blog will prompt librarians of its existence and usage guidelines. Signage and instructions at the library laptops will outline the internal blog uses and features. Training librarians to add blog use to their weekly library tasks in order to create a habit will be the biggest challenge. A video tutorial accessible from the library computers could help understanding of the need and uses of an internal blog. 

The internal blog will work best as an in-library option first, helping to eradicate the plethora of post-it note messages placed all over the checkout desk. Adding the blog as a bookmark, as the Koha system is, will be a recognizable access method that librarians are already familiar with using. Once librarians have adapted the internal blog for communication, the technology can be broadened to accommodate possible mobile access and app based platforms.

upgrading from the tin can method i.e. email

Promotion & Marketing for this Technology or Service:

The most effective promotion of the internal blog use will be signage at the library checkout areas. Word of mouth will be slow, as librarians are seldom together at the same time. A possible prize incentive for internal blog use could include purchase of  books of the librarian’s choosing for the library or their children’s classroom.

Evaluation:

All current internal communication is through email, texts, in-person or handwritten notes left at the checkout desk. Initial evaluation of the internal blog would be counting the number of users that have posted and the total number of posts. This information could then be compared to the amount of emails, texts, and notes that are still being used for communication. 

A visit counter can also be added to information-only pages. Tracking the amount of sharing and replies on blog posts can also help assess blog use. In addition to all of these quantitative measurements, it is important to also measure the qualitative data. What kinds of topics are blogged the most? Is the internal blog creating an open dialogue between volunteers? Individual feedback on blog use is imperative to not only evaluate the blog, but also adapt it to better serve the needs of volunteers. 

References

Costello, K., & Bosque, D. (2010). For Better or Worse: Using Wikis and Blogs for Staff Communication in an Academic Library. Journal of Web Librarianship, 4(2-3), 143-160.

CWCLA. (n.d.) Our Mission. Retrieved from https://www.cwcmarvista.org/about/our-mission/

Gottfried, J., Delancey, L., & Hardin, A. (2015). Talking to ourselves: Internal communication strategies for reference services. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 54(3), 37-43.

Rachel, S. G., & Stephens, M. (2006). How and why to try a blog for staff communication. Computers in Libraries, 26(2), 50-51. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/docview/231148885?accountid=10361

Choose your own adventure:

School Libraries

The Choose your own adventure module was great! I died 4 times before I got to a fulfilling denouement. 

I chose the School Library path, as that is where I volunteer. This class has gotten me thinking again about becoming a teacher librarian. I love being a volunteer school librarian, but don’t think I can commit to getting a teaching credential – the eternal battle in my mind. I also don’t want to be a substitute teacher, which I’ve heard happens sometimes to teacher librarians. 

I wrote down so many great ideas from the readings! Green screens for video makerspaces, creating a librarian blog for all the volunteer librarians, collaborating with teachers on resources they could use for lessons. But I think I can do these things because I am an outsider to the system. The charter school operates outside of LAUSD red tape and bureaucracy. I am a stakeholder in the school, but not an employee. I wouldn’t be able to experiment with the library at an LAUSD school. I’m just winging it, and the school is letting me. Sounds a bit like “as much chaos as you can handle” (Stephens, 2019).

Technology

While many of the articles touted embracing technology as the savior of the school library, too often technology tools lay unused due to lack of project planning and user/space needs. Prof. Stephens commented on this in last week’s module with “Plan to Plan” (Stephens, Module 7). The LAUSD iPad scandal, in a state that ranks 47th in school funding, perfectly hammers home the lesson that technology is not the goal, but only a tool to get to that goal. Technology is not a necessity for participatory culture, but as the world is now hyperlinked, school libraries would be wise to open themselves up to that world and meet kids where they are learning.

Henry Jenkins talks about high schoolers having a “richer intellectual and creative life” outside of school rather than in it (Jenkins, 2013). At one point during the video, Jenkins refers to Participatory Culture as Folk Culture. This idea struck home with me. Youtube and Instagram are not creating a participatory culture. People are using Youtube and Instagram to share and create. They are the modern version of the roadside stand of oddities on Route 66. This idea also reminds me of what an old Sociology professor used to repeat over and over: There is no Society, we are society. 

CREATIVITY

Sir Ken Robinson and his TED talks “Do schools kill creativity” (2006) and “Bring on the learning revolution!” (2010) address the modern educational system and its antiquated logic. He advocates that schools move to an agricultural model, as opposed to the fast food industrialized model currently used. I was confused by this at first, as much of agriculture is an industrialized machine. But he was referring to education being an organic process. There is not a single educational system in the world that values dance and art over math, science, language, etc. (Robinson, 2010). Education systems are based on conformity. Yet everyone has different aptitudes and learning styles. There is no “one size fits all” answer to education. Robinson poses that we need to customize education to the people that we are teaching. 

The school library needs to customize itself to the school it serves, enabling students to have a rich intellectual and creative life in school, not just after school. The School Library is the spot where kids can experiment with greenscreens, coding, website building. Loertscher’s (2008) call for school library revolution (not evolution) are right on the money. Take the phones out of the backpacks and teach kids what they can actually do with that tool in their hand – a lot more than Animoji and texting. 

References

Jenkins, H. (2013, May 7). Henry Jenkins on Participatory Culture. Big Thinkers Series. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gPm-c1wRsQ

Loertsher, D. (2008, November 2). Flip this Library: School Libraries need a Revolution. School Library Journal.Retrieved from https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=flip-this-library-school-libraries-need-a-revolution

Robinson, K. (2006, February). Do schools kill creativity? TED  Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity

Robinson, K. (2010, February). Bring on the learning revolution! TED Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_revolution

Stephens, M. (2019). Module 6 Lecture. Hyperlinked Environments. Retrieved from https://sjsu-ischool.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=74c82b0d-bd96-4e81-9894-aab40123a319

Stephens, M. (2019). Module 7 Lecture. Planning for Participatory Services. Retrieved from https://sjsu-ischool.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=0f55e5f3-e6dc-411b-9e8c-aad6011842c1

#hyper on my mind

Hyperlinked for Real?

The Hyperlinked Community lecture touched on the topic that people are hyperlinked communities too, giving the example of a knitting group meeting at a library. While the knitting group is obviously an information community, sharing ideas and connecting with each other, I got stuck thinking on what about them makes them a hyperlinked community? They’re a bunch of knitters chitchatting at their meetup. I then thought that while the meetup at the library is not, in itself, an example of a hyperlinked community, the manner in which the group came together, and perhaps how they operate, is where the hyperlink comes in.   

            A library website rsvp, foursquare meetup, or perhaps a flyer on a tree got them there. Perhaps they have joined forces with a group that needs beanies for babies or chemo patients, and they post an invite on Facebook and Instagram for knitters to meetup for the cause. I’m wondering if they are now being labeled as a hyperlinked community simply because it’s part of the current zeitgeist, or if they actually fit the bill. Does Hyperlinked Communities now mean any information community that is connecting and linking with other communities, no matter if they use technology or not?

Users and Non-Users

            I really appreciated Schmidt’s (2016) article on asking the right questions. I find myself always cringing when filling out a survey, when I get to the ridiculous questions. “How likely are you to recommend visiting this Target to your friends?” ZERO. Nobody needs to recommend Target to anyone. “Please add in additional information about your visit today.” I AM FILLING THIS OUT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A PRIZE. 

Schmidt’s question prompts were specific and non-library oriented, a perfect way to actually find out information about users. The library already has the data about what people do in the library, they need the data about what they do outside. 

I think I will have to take the class that offers questionnaire design.

bus libraries?

 This works with current non-users of services as well. And, as referenced by Stephens (2016) in the Heart of Librarianship, taking the library outside of the building allows interactions with non-users on their own turf. Being out and about at parades, festivals, schools, daycares, parks, bars, ballgames – being seen and interacting with different communities, creates hyperlinks all over town.

References

Schmidt, A. (2016). Asking the Right Questions. Library Journal, 141(8), N/a.

Stephens, M. (2016). The heart of librarianship: Attentive, positive, and purposeful change.

Context Book Review

MESSY

The power of disorder to transform our lives

Tim Harford

Tim Harford’s Messy / The Power of disorder to transform our lives offers multiple examples in which elements of chaos and imperfection combine to help create historically transformative experiences and breakthroughs. Using the throughline of the juxtaposing of elements, he provides countless examples that support the theory that messiness and chaos are key ingredients in creating successful collaborations, workplaces, innovations, and creative solutions. Harford details “messy” examples in music, mathematics, technology, business, military, and even neighborhoods, showing in each situation how the elements of disorder, diversity, randomness, individuality, and improvisation serve as essential building blocks of success. 

These themes resonate strongly with Library 2.0 and the hyperlinked library. As libraries evolve into increasingly user-centered collaborative beings, messiness will serve them well in creating innovative lasting partnerships and services with and for their users. Harford’s thoughts on juggling multiple projects to encourage cross-pollination of creativity can help libraries create mash-up programs that bring diverse users together, in turn creating greater information society group capital. This idea can be taken much further than just the newly popular Drag Queen Story Time. Multiple library programs can also incorporate the benefits of Drag Queens: Makerspaces (Costume Design, sewing, knitting/crochet), dress-up time (not just for toddlers, but for all ages – makeup techniques and hairstyling), performance classes (karaoke nights, lip sync battles, and runway walks), and, of course, watching parties for RuPaul’s Drag Race show. 

The biggest similarity with Harford’s Messy and Library 2.0 is the example he gives of Building 20 at MIT. Originally intended as a temporary office building that needed to be quickly built to house the Radiation Lab, the building was designed in an afternoon and erected equally as quick out of cinder block and plywood. MIT did not care what the faculty and students did with the space, as it was destined to be torn down in two years. But at the end of WWII, there was an influx of students with the GI Bill, MIT needed space, and the building stayed. It housed the radiation lab, linguistics, electrical engineering, computer science, particle physics, adhesives lab, acoustics lab, plastics research, photography labs, anthropologists, architects, the list goes on and also includes the model railroad club. Building 20 had confusing office numbering, with lettered hallways that were not in alphabetical order and a floor numbering system based on the British method where somehow room 226 was on the third floor, not the second.

The diversity of the inhabitants combined with the illogical building layout and cheap temporary design of the structure, combined to form a space where creativity, collaboration and  innovation flourished. The occupants of Building 20 were responsible for nine Nobel Prize winners, war time radar systems, the first atomic clock, one of the first particle accelerators, the first arcade-style video game, Bose speakers, and the first internet networks and email. 

Building 20 sounds like the ultimate Library 2.0 example. Users had control of and customized their spaces, with the space fostering collaboration between users. This directly relates to Weinberger’s (2012) Library as Platform. Weinberger envisions libraries as “messy, rich networks of people and ideas, continuously sparked and maintained by the library’s resources”(Weinberger, 2012). 

While Harford doesn’t expand the ideas of MESSY into a reorganization of the corporate power structure, he does advocate for the embracing of individuality and diversity within the structure. Creating a space for individual expression and a rejection of “groupthink” are themes that also transfer to the hyperlinked library model. The Cluetrain Manifesto (Levine, 2000) not only embraces the messiness of the internet and life, it advocates for a decentralization and reversal of the traditional hierarchical power structure. I think Harford should have taken MESSY to this next level, but as he writes books mostly aimed at the marketing and business world, it’s obvious why he didn’t. 

I enjoyed MESSY on a librarian level and on a personal level, if those are indeed two separate things. As a person who is constantly juggling too many things in too many directions, living amongst various piles and stacks of “organization” and who enjoys doing research but usually ends up “winging it” in the end, I found the book to be a great emotional validation of my lifestyle. I’m looking forward to not chastising myself over how cluttered I am.

Harford’s TED Talk about all things messy.

Resources

Casey, M., & Savastinuk, L. (2007). Library 2.0: A guide to participatory library service. Medford, N.J.: Information Today.

Harford, T. (2016). Messy / The Power of Disorder to Transform our Lives. New York: Riverhead Books. 

Levine, R. (2000). The cluetrain manifesto: The end of business as usual. Cambridge, Mass.: Perseus Books.

Weinberger, D. (2012, September 04). Library as Platform. Library Journal. Retrieved from: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=by-david-weinberger

Foundational Reading thoughts

I found Buckland’s Manifesto (1992) interesting to compare to what’s actually transpired in the library world since 1992. His notes on self-service options and union catalogs are spot on. I was initially confused by his arguments toward the elimination of catalogs, but his thought of combining them with bibliographies, or having union catalogs is similar to the workings of Worldcat.org. I think library patrons would make more use of a catalog, or union catalog, than a bibliography. (Is this librarian heresy?)

Buckland mentions an Eric Moon quote, “I never knew a reader who wanted a book ‘right now’ who left the library wildly enthused by finding a catalog entry for it” (Buckland, p.25). This reminds me of the frustration I find when searching the King Library at times. I find articles that are in other databases, click thru and sign in to the other databases, then find that I cannot access them for some reason or other. I am unsure of whether this is an “I am the idiot” issue or if others feel the same way. It also brings to mind the customer service issue of libraries, which my other class (210-Ref Services) is touching upon; not only supplying access to information, but making sure patrons have the tools needed to access.

Buckland’s notion of the diminishing cost of data storage easing the financial burden of electronic libraries did not take into account the never-ending burden of cloud storage. So while actually hard drives are cheaper, there is a now never ending cloud data storage cost that grows as libraries shift to electronic collections. I appreciated his points on automation tools being used to aid librarians and users, rather than supplanting librarians.

I found his arguments for using algorithms to create collections and therefore replacing human subject specialists and collection management as simplistic. Human collection development and bias is the only guaranteed method of ensuring minority voices, opposing viewpoints, and obscure materials are included in collections. I feel this is a paramount principle of public librarianship, ensuring that there are no people who are treated or feel like an “other”; A place where everyone is different and also normal, because difference in normal.

Reading Library 2.0 was an affirmation. The idea of “The Long Tail” was new to me, and took me a bit to translate from business speak to library world. Marketing to The Long Tail fits in with my human collection development views above. Libraries need not only many voices, but many different voices. Library 2.0 helped me understand more clearly the idea of user created content. I thought the idea of the editable catalog card would work great with searches of a library catalog. I would love to be able to access a catalog card with notes on it, though I can see users heartily abusing that system.

The idea of constant change comes across as a crazy circus at first. Constant assessment sounds worse. I found this idea easiest to understand when referencing a fluid communication structure, as in the blog page, where all employees can communicate immediately with patron responses, issues, and praise for newly implemented systems. A system that runs on more structured and “old school” communication (more formal and bureaucratic) would not be effective in putting Library 2.0 in motion. From discussions in other classes and hearing issues that students are encountering in Libraries, it seems like this is a common pitfall. A library is trying to update and become Library 2.0, but all of their communication infrastructure is not built for it. I found the vertical team structure and the library blog to be “aha” moments for me.

I kept that “aha” lowercase, because it did not shake up my entire world, just a little part of it. Brian Matthews “Cultivating Complexity” (2017) gave me some serious “aha”s as well. Almost upper case, maybe “Aha?” It held a lot of insight into my current life, work, world, you name it. I am a person that lives in what I like to think is controlled chaos. I’m sure most people who see my world don’t see any of the “controlled” part. Matthews’ drawings of the “team of teams” and “the edge of chaos” really spoke to me. I felt validated in my leadership style, which is whenever possible, flexible and consensus. Most of the things in my work and home life are dependent on other people’s shifting schedules and responsibilities.

I enjoyed both of the Matthews readings and will definitely look into more.

Overall I found the foundational readings a little bit dense (Buckland), self-affirming (Casey and Savastinuk), and OMG! you know me (Mathews). They were well chosen readings to give some history and theory, current practice, and how to implement.

References

Buckland, M. (1992). Redesigning library services: A manifesto. Chicago: American Library Association.

Casey, M., & Savastinuk, L. (2007). Library 2.0: A guide to participatory library service. Medford, N.J.: Information Today.

Mathews, B. (2017). Cultivating Complexity How I Stopped Driving The Innovation Train And Started Planting Seeds In The Community Garden. dot: 10.13140/RG.2.2.18302.69449 

#introduce #yourself

My name is Michelle and I live in Los Angeles Culver City. I’m originally from Connecticut, went to Ithaca College for my undergrad in film and television, lived in Mpls/St. Paul for about 5 years after that, and then landed in Los Angeles. I’ve been here for 20 years, which i’m hoping now makes me a local, but it’s debatable. I work full time as a lighting technician on mostly tv shows lately. I’m a single mom, with a sixth grade daughter and 4th grade son. I am constantly filling up any free time that I might have, volunteering for various things. For the past few years I have been the head volunteer librarian at my kids’ charter school, which is what initially led me to pursuing an MLIS.

I’ve been thinking about starting a photo project on instagram, but when I’ve run it by others, they noted it would be very uninteresting for the few that follow me. I’m going to do it anyway.

It’s called #dirtysocksonmyfloor, or maybe #pickupyourdirtysocks. Still workshopping the “name”.

Almost every night when I come home from work, I find (usually) a pair of dirty socks that one of my children has left on the floor. I have found them when my children have not been there for a few days, which is, of course self-incriminating on a household cleanliness level. I have found them when the kids have stopped by for less than ten minutes. How many times in my life will I ask a child to pick up their dirty socks? Much more than I ever thought possible.

So, that’s what’s going on over here in culver city!


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