Tuesday, June 28, 2005

PLA Blog

It is so exciting to be a part of the PLA Blog for the ALA Conference. It has been a great collaborative effort, and I've enjoyed reading others' notes on sessions that I wasn't able to attend. It takes an effort to find wireless (or get home at 9 p.m., log in, and blog) and it's much appreciated.

Perhaps the ALA Cognotes could go online as a blog next year?

Monday, June 27, 2005

How's Amy recovering?

I'm at the ALA conference in Chicago, blogging away at the Internet Cafe. It's in between sessions so I was able to snag a computer pretty easily. So far I've participated in the World Championship Book Cart Drill Team competition (so much fun, I can't even tell you), a session on Digital Reading, and how to communicate as a manager (be honest, don't bend to conventional wisdom, and don't give up, essentially.) I've been pleased with all of the conference so far, and it's going to get even better, as David Sedaris is presenting tonight. Whoo!

One thing to note, though: I'm curious how Amy is doing this morning. See, I was on the shuttle bus going to a session, and the librarian (or library student) behind me was chatting loudly on her cell phone. About her night last night and how sloshed both she and her friend Amy got, and how she stayed up until 4 a.m. and met cute men. Eh, please, at a professional library conference, on the vendor-sponsored shuttle bus surrounded by your peers, please do not rehash your night of debauchery. You never know when you might be interviewing for a job with a fellow bus-ee in the near future. But just out of sympathy, hope you and Amy are over your post-Chicago night-out headaches.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Unseen Hands

Princeton University has a beautiful online exhibition called Unseen Hands: Women Printers, Binders and Book Designers, which highlights the work of women in the book trade since 1476. The online gallery is beautifully done, with examples of the women's work, their biographies and a timeline. A site (and sight) not to be missed.

A Book a Week.. and I Still Wouldn't Get there

My main source of stress right now - if you can believe it - is having too little time to read. I’m a geeky librarian, so of course I have two personal Access book databases set up - one recording rating books that I've already read, and one titled "Books That Need to Be Read." Unfortunately the already-read book database numbers 74 total records, while the ones itching to be opened numbers 76. Must drag chaise lounge outside in the backyard and read for a couple of hours.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005


Love the beret. Wear 'em all the time at the Ref Desk.

(This book by Suzanne Roberts was published in 1967. I put in an interlibrary loan request for it; can't wait to see what it's all about.)

Friday, June 10, 2005

Synchronized Book Cart Pushing

Ah, but it's so much more than that. The costumes... the lighting... the panache... come watch our team compete at the ALA Book Cart Drill Team Championship! We'll be the ones looking a little like Sherlock Holmes.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Fashion Sense Tonight: Nil

It's 87 degrees outside and -50 inside the library. Time to don the stunningly fashionable white sweatshirt cardie with the library logo on the pocket. And I'm wearing heels and my fancy pants. I'm all set to blend in at the ALA Conference in Chi-Town.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

New New Librarians Committee

The library recently brought together a committee of new librarians (5 years experience or less). The idea is that the new librarians want to contribute to the library as a whole, and learn some stuff along the way. We had one meeting last week, and the ideas were a-flyin'. We settled on two projects. The first is to develop "spend a day in a department" program, where new hires can elect to shadow an employee in a different area of the library. This is great, as personally I'm scared of small children and would like to become a better interpreter of their questions by spending a day in the Youth Services reference department. The second program that we're tackling is to offer programming for the 20s - 30s age set. They seem to have forgotten that the library exists. We're trying to pull them back in by offering programs like buying your first home, surviving the first job interview, container gardening for apartments, etc.

Another idea is to have a Next Gen Friends group, like the Kansas City Public Library. We're also tossing around the idea of having the group meet at a different social location each month, built around a theme. We have a blues restaurant here in town; the Young Friends could meet for dinner and discuss a book about music, blues, etc. The library is a very nice place to meet, but probably won't draw people in for social activities. Unless we provide lots and lots of wine. And cheese.

Anybody else doing something like this?