October is the Cruelest Month

I’ve been a very busy librarian for the past month. Fall term began; I attended my high school reunion and for all my rabid fans out there (all three of you), I went to the Joint Conference for Librarians of Color in Dallas last week. So let’s discuss them one at a time, shall we?


Fall Term: all I can say is: is it just me or is there no longer anyone under 25 who knows what a magazine is, much less a journal? What was really frightening was the person who asked me was a grad student.

High School Reunion: Things I learned from this reunion:

  • The average lifespan of a marriage seems to be around twenty years. Very sad.
  • Even for men of my generation, the shaved-head look is the preferred method of dealing with encroaching baldness. Though I’m not much of a fan of white guys opting for the Daddy Warbucks approach, it wasn’t a bad look for them at least….
  • Despite so-called evidence to the contrary, I was the only one who looked under thirty. Seriously. True, I did come to this realization after a couple of appletinis, but hey, even under the sway of apple Schnapps, I can still be brutally honest with myself.

Joint Conference for Librarians of Color: I’ll admit it: I wasn’t expecting much from this conference, but then again, I never expect much from conferences. Usually I’m running around frantically trying to make committee meetings or muscling my way pass a bevy of children’s librarians to grab a DEMCO bag. If I am able to make a presentation, the topics generally fall into two categories:

  • We implemented [insert trendy process du jour here] and it worked. You should do it too. Or
  • We evaluated [insert last year’s trendy process du jour] and discovered it wasn’t as all cracked up as we had hoped it would be. So stop doing it.

But this conference? This conference was much different. Why? My reasons later….

YouTube Librarian Video of the Week: Simply titled The Librarian, this nifty little video features some truly horrendous hairstyles, some of which I’m convinced are being considered by the CIA as more humane way of interrogating Guantanamo detainees.

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