Posted by: erinserb | January 2, 2019

The Lutheran School of Nursing

This is my first post within a long time, perhaps years.  I know I did tests but that was to assure that I would still have an account, but then I realized that these words never go away in cyberspace – forever are they contained on some tiny, minuscule, tiny bubble in a far distant server.

The purpose of this post is to welcome the New Year 2019, and I do wish all of you have a Happy and prosperous New Year.

The second reason for posting is that I am hanging out my shingle as a regular contributor to my new job as Medical Librarian of Lutheran School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO.    My last digs were at Vatterott College in Saint Louis, MO, but they are no more since they lost their accreditation and the school closed down permanently.  I don’t really have words for what happened there, but I departed just merely two weeks prior to their demise.

The worst thing about the closure is all the goodwill, hard effort, and friendships that are totally lost.  Vatterott was a for-profit career college, which had been in business since 1969.  The closure happened in nearly a heartbeat, as the employees (my friends and workmates for 9 years) had been told at 1500 to pack up their personal items, and leave by 1600.  1 hour is barely enough time to process what is happening to you.  Thus, Vatterott closed its doors permanently at 1600 on Monday, 17 December 2018.   This dashed the hopes and the dreams of students who were working hard at gaining an education to make a mark on the world.  They were left with a skeleton website,  and not much else – here’s your hat, what’s your hurry!

Fast forward to my new position, an area of Library Science which I have always aspired to since my days at library school at The University of Alabama SLIS – 2006 to 2008.

Lutheran School of Nursing is a quality, diploma based RN program which has been in continuous operation since 1898.  The library (formally) is the Louise Krauss Ament Memorial library.  I take on a big responsibility to provide the best in LIS services for the fine and dedicated students who want to make a difference and have a higher calling in their lives – I’ve determined that Nursing is “awesome” and for 15 consecutive years,  has been the most trusted profession by the general public.

This blog will be a professional website, which will (hopefully) grow into a full-service repository of the current and best practices within health science librarianship, and the practice of Nursing education.  I have much to learn, but every journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, and I hope that (at times), you will enjoy these chronicles of my journey with the Faculty, Staff, and foremost, the Students here.

Posted by: erinserb | May 2, 2018

A test of Wordpress

This is a test!

Posted by: erinserb | August 28, 2017

This is a test of to FB!

Posted by: erinserb | August 28, 2017

Hello World! This is a test

Posted by: erinserb | August 1, 2017

This only a test!

This is only a test; hopefully a forerunner of more blog posts in the future.

Posted by: erinserb | May 19, 2017

a test

test of blog to FB

Posted by: erinserb | April 28, 2016

This is only a test

This is a test of my website.   This is only a test!

Posted by: erinserb | September 19, 2014

Print vs. On-line? That is the 21st Century Question!

I have been recently interested when someone says they do not subscribe to anything in print, periodicals, trade journals, professional reviews, etc.

There is an on-going debate about the medium in which we get our news, commentary, video materials, etc.  Some on-line services have put many firms out of business – e.g. Blockbuster  – is now (for all intents and purposes) a Brontosaurus of its formal self.

When going to the Blockbuster site, it is very sad to see that a business, based on 15-20 year old technology, can be reduced to ashes by another technology – digital delivery.  Could this be the way of the future?

I believe, as a librarian who loves ALL forms of media and information, there could be a balancing of (particularly) print vs. digital.  There have been recent studies regarding students, from secondary school all the way through college, that suggest the taking of physical notes is actually proving to be superior to, say, an iPad or some other form of portable digital device.

Perhaps the impetus of this posting, and some subsequent posting in the future, is about responding to  comments received  “that every form of digital information is superior to print.”   I don’t agree with this.  Human beings, by our very nature, love to hold things in their hands, and in so doing, to search and explore what they holding; the key is how well we absorb the information we are holding.  Does an iPad or Smartphone make it easier to read full length articles?

For former generations, particularly “Boomers”, there is still a need to physically hold information, whether it be a book, newspaper, magazine, etc.  No matter how well a web/digital site is designed, it cannot supplant the need for us to read a physical medium vs. a virtual medium.   However, some sites are very well designed and (I find) are actually easy to read – particularly the Wall Street Journal site.

Other than a select few sites, like WSJ, there is much to be desired about reading and “retaining” content from poorly constructed links, which have (often) dubious legibility or direction.

Maybe I can feel relived that one publication – Newsweek – is actually coming back into print! I haven’t done much research on why this once great periodical has revived their print edition; perhaps it is that even good habits are hard to break – particularly from reading anything that doesn’t require electricity!


Posted by: erinserb | June 25, 2014

Our Crazy World of Elements…Actinium to Zinc

Parsons, Paul, and Gail Dixon.  The Periodic Table – A Visual Guide to the Elements. 

New York:  Random House,  2014. Print.

If someone were ever curious about the vast world of chemistry, physics and the cosmos, they would be very well served with this outstanding work.

To realize how user-friendly this work is, I was finished with well over 200 pages of the known 118 elements – not all created equal by the way-  in approximately 3 days…any other book I have read regarding the elements took at least twice as long and completely lost me after the first, say, 10 elements.  The subject is pretty straightforward – the examination of each element, with the necessary scientific information of Atomic Numbers, Atomic Weights, half-lives, and all of the usual suspects listed in a Chemistry book.

This book  goes one further, mainly because it is entertaining and high visual.  An explanation of the Periodic Table is introduced with easy to follow explanations of the rows and periods which beautifully follow a pattern.  The lesser known elements, e.g.  Tantalum, Radon, Technetium, etc. are also explained well by not using arcane scientific jargon.  The reader gets a sense of how such a table was constructed, and how the elements fit into certain spaces by measuring their Atomic numbers.  The photography of the elements is also exceptional, with each element depicted in a way that both an experienced scientist or a novice could appreciate.

Because of the unique readability of this book, it only increases the interest of those who are truly interested in science and how these elements basically hold the universe together.

Now, if only I can understand Basic Math through Quantum Mechanics – only then will I feel a complete sense of my “oneness” with the universe 🙂

Verdict – recommended reading for those interested in science and the curious souls at heart.


Posted by: erinserb | June 4, 2014

The “re-birth” of 2145 Hillsgate Court

Back in January, I posted a blog about the “death” of a home on an adjacent street near our home.  The “death” of 2145 Hillsgate Court was a tragedy, but today as I was going into work, I decided to go by the house; I expected it to be still be boarded up and lifeless.  There is good news though!  The house was in the process of being restored, and workmen were buzzing about and starting the rebuilding process.

This house is kind of like life itself, and the quality called – resiliency!  The family could have chosen many options, but perhaps with their faith, they chose to rebuild.   Their decision will not bring the house back to its former condition – perhaps it will be even better, or perhaps not.

One thing that will not change is their love for their property, their love for each other, their friends, and their love of life.

So here’s  to 2145 Hillsgate Court – maybe by any other name 2145 Mainstreet, America – there is hope in their future, and this brings hope to ours.

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