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What Happens in Sessions Stays in Sessions

Panicking over the thought of ALA Annual being a week away and the only thing you’ve decided are the shoes that won’t melt in the 100º+ Vegas heat?  Interested in more than the vendor-party cheese cubes you will be shoving into your complimentary tote bags? You may be just the kind of librarian these programs are looking for:

“Red Yarn Wedding”: Programming for the Disturbingly-Obsessed Fantasy Reader
Looking for programming for that patron who stares at you with pleading eyes … Read the rest

For Mature Librarians Only

Attention Mature Librarians!   If you’re over 55 and able to straighten your crabbed fingers, please fill out our survey.  It should take no longer than ten minutes, not including the times you nod off during the session:

 

1. How long have you worked as a librarian?

  • Since the Beatles broke up.
  • Not sure, but still waiting for the doughboys to come back from the front.
  • Let’s see; does Paleolithic come before Neolithic?
  • Pick a  date that sounds old-timey
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What Not to Tumblr–

Well, I’m back.

After two years, why did I pick now to return?  Think of it as my public service announcement to the thousands of you who will be in 3-4 days jamming battered carry-ons in overhead compartments across the country for the greatest meet-up of the year:  ALA Annual.

What’s the service I’m so publicly announcing?  I’m here today to help you become the librarian you secretly long to be—a self-branding librarian. 

Yes; faster than a virus from a Read the rest

The Real Movers & Shakers

I have a confession to make: I don’t read librarian blogs.

A shocking revelation, I know, but there is a reason: they remind me of the stuff I should be doing. I need to be blended, embedded, gaming or xtranormaled into an alternative universe teddy bear blankly outlining its student loan woes and job prospects to its own alt-universe self. It’s bad enough I need all synapses firing at full throttle to keep up with Facebook interface Read the rest

AlternaCurrents

There is one aspiration in my library career I’ve yet to achieve: a blurb in American Libraries‘ “Currents” column. Despite job changes, geographic moves and an embarrassing incident during a FRBR Interest Group meeting, I have yet to see my name splashed across the page in serif font next to an uncomfortably close photo crop of me.

To compensate for what I can only assume is an accidental oversight, I’ve come up with a smattering of “Currents” announcements I’d … Read the rest