|Chameleon at the Library|
We had just arrived at home after walking our half-hour walk from the library. Amanda was getting ready to head out to the International Students Hostel (ISH) to grab some dinner, and I was preparing for my nightly shower. Just as she shut and locked the door, I saw a chameleon (this one was blackish with some colored spots) scurry into the room just as she shut the door. I wanted to make sure I saw what I thought I saw, and I did. Amanda had the key and locked the room (apparently by locking the door from the outside, you are locking the other person inside the dorm....so I could get out). I quickly yelled, "wait, open the door!" and Amanda came back. I told her what I saw and she peeked under the ledge on our Armoire and saw the lizard who wanted to be friends with us. We both agreed that we didn't want to touch it with our bare hands, Amanda even admitted that if it touched her skin, she would scream. It was close the floor, so we both switched into closed-toe shoes as we thought the best idea would be to try and coaxe it out of our room by using our feet. He was far to big to squish (and would probably leave quite a mess). We grabbed plastic bags and wrapped them around our hands in case it came down to that.
|Amanda after we cleared the room of our lizard friend|
Later that night other nature things came to stay with us. We had a hopping spider which set up came right next to my bed (he was later eliminated), Amanda was haunted by a lone mosquito during the night. Several times she kept trying to squish him with her book or her hand, and every time she kept missing. This morning, I killed a mosquito in our room; Amanda thinks it was a different mosquito than the one she tried to kill.
|One of the birds found in Ghana|
This morning Amanda and I had to present a seminar to some graduate students and senior library staff on digitization. We gave introductions to ourselves, our program at the University of Michigan, as well as our library system. I then gave a brief introduction to digitization, based on what I have learned from a few of my classes while at SI. I think I did a fairly decent job of trying to give an overview of the digitzation process, as well as a few different types of digitization scanning projects. Amanda then covered information on Metadata and the Access sides of digitization. We then provided some examples of digitial repositories online and gave them a few insights into the potential of digitization at any given library. We were reminded in the beginning to slow down our speech, because the Ghanaians aren't used to our accents (it's weird to think that we have accents!). I think we both struggled with this initially, but were better at it by the end. Henry, one of the guys we work with here at the library, said we did a very good job with our presentation and he was impressed. He then joked (hopefully) that we would give another presentation to consulars and heads of the university because we were so good at it.
|The Director of the Library, Henry, Me, and Amanda before our presentation|