Thursday, April 21, 2005

Blogs on the Stock Market?

Fantasy football, fantasy baseball... and fantasy stockmarket blog trading. Sound weird? It is. But for a moment there, I feel kinda popular...

Friday, April 15, 2005

Just Dreadful

After two emails from the American Library Association reminding me to e-vote for a new president and councilmembers, I logged onto the site. What a mess. On the site are are 84 names up for council positions. I've been in the library profession since 1998, but didn't recognize many of the names. So, to make an informed decision instead of just clicking on someone's name because I liked the sound if it, I attempted to read the biographies. After frustrating amount of time, I had skimmed through all of 16 biographies. It took thirty seconds, once I clicked on the bio link, for it to appear, and then an additional 20-30 seconds to get back to the list of candidates (trust me; I timed it.) This is at 2:35 on a Friday, on a T-1 line.

I picked 12 out of 36 and gave up. Come on, ALA, aren't librarians supposed to be tech-saavy? Why can't your voting site, which was pushed so heavily, work better?

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Google Groovin' on Libraries

From Karen Schneider's Free Range Librarian blog... Google honors National Library Week. Nifty!

Thursday, April 07, 2005

You, Only Smarter

One of the best parts of my job is getting to interact with patrons. Yesterday a man, early 40s with a brusque attitude, came to the reference desk asking for cassettes on improving sales and motivation. I showed him our array of Zig Ziglar tapes and such, and he commented that he hadn't visited a library in years. As I usually do when people say this, I replied, "Welcome back! It's good to see you again." Then he looked me straight in the eye and said very seriously, "I'm going to get smart here at the library, aren't I?"

Yes, sir, you are going to "get smart" at the library. And it's incredibly gratifying to be present when someone - even if it's just one person - has made that realization.