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“Everybody complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it.” - Mark Twain
The weather was an excellent metaphor for the librarian profession’s current status quo: the presence of smothering heat (budget cuts), the pros and cons of doing anything outside temperature controlled areas (movement and change versus consolidation and static), and everyone desperately wishing for a change in the climate (draw your own conclusions on that one). The only topic to be discussed more than the weather at the conference was that of change, at least at some of the sessions I attended and the circles I was socializing in. It was mentioned in the acceptance speech during the PLA awards in that “[the library profession] is a quickly changing field.” It was at this utterance that I stifled an eyeroll so strong that I was assured to be rendered blind if I allowed it to happen. But I digress.
[I had a blurb written about the topic of change, but upon review of some of the things I wrote, I decided to bump it to another post.] -- Read More
Today, I registered for my first ALA Annual conference. It went along smoothly for the most part, save for when I went to pick a hotel. I had to scramble to get a map to figure out what was where from the slim pickings left. Even then, I ended up doing a virtual eeny-meany-miney-mo and selecting a hotel. As it turns out, according to Google Maps this hotel is right next to the building that houses Fox News. I personally really don’t have anything against Fox News, but I’ll be able to tell my fellow conference attendees if the presence of thousands of left leaning socialist ‘give away the materials for free on taxpayer dollars’ librarians has any effect on the station. Or maybe the proximity of the conservative network will mask my liberal presence in the city the same way that the cave that was strong with the Dark Side of the Force hid Yoda’s from Darth Vader and the Emperor on Dagobah. In any event, I found the registration for the ALA website to be a bit stranger. -- Read More
I’m very humbled to announce that I have been nominated by my friend Buffy Hamilton for the 2009 Edublog Awards in the category of Best New Blog. I’m very flattered to be considered and I take it as a great compliment. (Although, as I look through the other sites nominated, I see a lot more teacher oriented blogs than librarian oriented blogs.) I do get a fancy badge for the blog, which gives it some color. Check it out!
In other news, I am gradually being peer pressured into attending ALA Midwinter 2010 next month in Boston. While it will certainly be very damn cold, the social opportunities to meet with other librarians that I have been Twittering, Facebooking, and Friendfeeding with is a powerful lure. (FriendFeeding sounds somewhat off.) I have to check as to whether I can get credit for a day worked for Friday since I will be paying my own way otherwise. -- Read More