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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Ernst Haas

"Photography is a bridge between science and art. It brings to science what it needs most, the artistic sense, and to art, the proof that nothing can be imagined which cannot be matched in the counterpoints of nature" - Ernst Haas.

The library at Maine Media Workshops + College is named after Ernst Haas, a notable photographer who was born in Vienna, Austria in March 1921 and who died of a stroke in New York City in 1980. Haas was a renowned photojournalist whose work greatly contributed to new developments in the art of color photography. He also filmed many significant movies such as "The MisFits" and John Huston's "The Bible". Early in his career Haas photographed for Heute Magazine and Life magazine. For a chronology of his life events and career please view Silverstein Photography's Chronology at :

In this chronology it is noted that Enrst Haas was invited to Maine Photographic Workshops between 1970 and 1974, a visit which began his teaching stints at various workshops throughout the world. Since the "Maine Photographic Workshops" weren't officially founded until 1980, Ernst Haas was involved with this organization from its earliest inception.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Recipe of the Day November 12, 2011

Add some flavor and brain boosting power to your tuna sandwich.

"Brainy Tuna Sandwich"

Mix 1 can of tuna with 1 broiled salmon filet (flaked)
finely dice and mix in 3 tbsp purple onion
3 tbsp chopped walnuts
1 tbsp fresh dried dill or tarragon
Moisten with low fat mayo or "soyanaisse"
Serve on your favorite whole wheat bread

After lunch you may want to visit this site to exercise your brain:

Monday, November 7, 2011

Librarian's Recipe of the Day

As I stand each morning on the precipice of my spiritual terrain, expectantly overlooking the formidable field of my future hopes and aspirations sprawling before me (which include working as an Information Specialist or Librarian), I am saturated with the realization of how important it is to become fit, not just physically but mentally and spiritually – indeed, holistically. To work effectively, both competitively and collaboratively, in today’s information marketplace – I deduce that it is very important to have a healthy sense of self. What I’m getting at is the commonly widely accepted platitude that “IT IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF”.

In the interest of balancing my self care and enhancing it with healthy nutrition, I have decided to frequently post a “brain healthy” recipe for librarians on the go. Nutrition can really impact the way you feel and improve brain function. If you don’t believe me listen to what Hippocrates, the father of medicine said in 460 B.C., approximately 2,500 years ago:

"Each one of the substances of a man's diet acts upon his body and changes it in some way, and upon these changes his whole life depends, whether he be in health, in sickness, or recovery." -Hippocrates

While working on my internship at Maine Media College I began to realize how important health is to a professional life – again not just physical well being but the mix of a well balanced life and outlook. Financial crisis was an almost overwhelming factor which I experienced throughout this semester, an ominous dark cloud looming over every day threatening to crash down upon me with bolts of lightning and sounding thunder, but I did not let this storm distract me and the courtesy and support of the staff at Maine Media College as well as the understanding and encouragement from my Professor Jodi Williams somehow pulled me through to the end of what is turning out to be a successful practicum. I was plagued with worries that impeded my level of functioning on some days, but my interest in the project and again, the encouragement and support of others, proved too strong a positive to allow any negative to win. Here follows a recipe for “Librarian’s Trail Mix” which is filled with brain boosting ingredients such as curry, a spice which, according to BBC News purportedly appears to prevent the spread of amyloid protein plaques - thought to cause dementia - in the brain” as well as valuable omega 3’s from nuts such as cashews which according to Andrew Saul, author ofFire Your Doctor! How to Be Independently Healthy” (2005) “.. a large handful of these tasty nuts provides one to two thousand milligrams of tryptophan which serves as a precursor for the syntheses of neurotransmitters (like serotonin)” . The inclusion of dried fruits such as cranberries and blueberries energize the mind and help improve blood flow which is essential to healthy brain function. To make “Librarian’s Trail Mix” start by roasting and seasoning pumpkin seeds and cashews by mixing the following:

2 large egg whites

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon turbinado sugar

2 tablespoons curry powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon garlic salt

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

juice of 1 lime

2 ½ cups cashews

2 cups pumpkin seeds

Generously coat the pumpkin seeds and cashews in the above mixture and roast in an oven at 350 degrees for approximately 30-45 minutes. After the nuts have dried and cooled, mix in some dried cranberries, blueberries, and sunflower seeds, Throw in some sesame stick crackers and voila! A healthy snack to nourish you throughout the roughest day. And remember: Take Care of Yourself!

“A study of one million students in New York showed that students who ate lunches that did not include artificial flavors, preservatives, and dyes did 14% better on IQ tests than students who ate lunches with … additives.”

(from: Nursing Assistant Central

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Take A Quiz

Here's a fun quiz for catalogers using Library of Congress call numbers to use in order to hone their skills!

Job Listings for information Specialists & Librarians

If you are a Librarian or Information Specialist and are looking for a job, here are a few sites that might be helpful in steering you towards your ideal position. For Maine residents or "wanna be" Maine residents, visit the Maine State Library's job page found on their website: . Want to go farther away? Check out the jobs page for listings in the Pacific Northwest: which is frequently updated. For a nationwide job search specifically geared towards librarians visit this site which was first developed by Sarah Johnson of East Illinois University in May 1995: This site is the most comprehensive geographically and can enable you to follow your professional dream where ever it may lead!

A few things I've learned

Mini "Post-Its" are a librarian's best friend - a valuable inclusion in a librarian's toolkit.