It’s been a while since I did an introduction, so let’s do this business again.
I’m Brynna. I don’t use my name very often online simply because I… don’t. I don’t know. (Also, my current Twitter handle, @leiabrarian, was chosen because I would like to use it for a while and I personally always remember the online presences that have clever names. Well, that, and it’s true. I do want to be the Leia Organa of libraries. Alderaan was hardcore into cultural development and preservation, it’s not entirely out of nowhere.) I’m from Oregon (a la That Thing You Do! I describe myself as a “permanent West Coaster,” because I have designs on the Seattle area for the future) and I went very nearly from undergrad to grad school straightaway.
I volunteer in a medical library (I mostly handle ILLs and other article requests/shares) and I’ve been doing that since I was still in college. That’s the extent of my experience working in a library, but it really is useful and it really is interesting. For my “day job” I’m part-time at an eyeglasses retailer, serving as an optician, so I hear jokes about glasses making people look like a nerd/geek/schoolteacher/librarian at least once a week (if they’re made in a conversation that I’m a part of, I’ll say “and what’s wrong with that?” cheerfully, because there’s a certain level of acceptable customer banter). This suits me, though, because I’m a full-on glasses on a chain, librarian energy through the roof proud nerd. (That’s another thing to know about me. I’m prone to dropping quotations and references in conversations, partially because that’s just part of how my brain works [quietly neurodivergent, c’est moi] and partially because I like seeing who gets it.)
I’m also a definite citizen of the internet. I have a recreational blog/Tumblr/Twitter that I keep separate from my academic work (primarily focused on my nerd media pieces of choice, with a side of passionate feminism and social justice) and I’m both quite familiar with a variety of interfaces and fond of excessively detailed metadata tag usage in my posts. (I rarely use Facebook despite having one, partially because I don’t need to see yet another set of someone’s engagement photos and partially because I find it a frustratingly basic interface – it doesn’t even allow html.) I’m also fluent in Photoshop and just about any semi-regular word processing software, and I’m glad to pick up other things of that nature.
I am afraid of conflict but I will still have the impulse to fight you if you are anti-feminist, sexist, racist, homophobic, heterosexist, ableist, etcetera. Or if you make fun of millennials. Or if you make fun of nerds, of course.
One of the easiest ways to get to know me, recreationally but also so that might influence my persona, is to look at what I’ve named all of my stuff.
- My cats are River and Simon.
- My car is Mellie.
- My phone is Jiaying.
- My iPod is Nora.
- My camera is Angharad.
- My laptop is Iris.
- My hard drive is Irri.
So there’s all of that.