A Few Observations…

…from the trenches of ALA 2008

  • All the power hitters in ALA are in reality petite women with big smiles
  • What happen to the massive vendor receptions?? Get on the freakin’ stick, ferchrissakes!
  • Sadly, no amount of Mickey Mouse paraphernalia will ever disguise our true nature to the public. Or at least to other librarians.

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Addicted to Puppets

Leaving for Anaheim at 7:15 am tomorrow morning; but before I go, a question to ponder while avoiding eye contact with a lonely vendor:

What is it with librarians and puppets? They’re more to us than just story time props, they’re our spirit guides to conference attending or, better yet, a passive-agressive way of letting your staff know that you actually have a social life.

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What Are We Doing With That Book Cart?

I know: I haven’t posted in a while and got distracted from the passion quilt meme. Maybe it was the whole Hillary-evil-Barack-good thing playing out on the evening news. Or the Sichuan earthquake and its impact on the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Or the logistics of smuggling in a pitcher of cosmopolitans into a Friday evening showing of Sex and the City (sugar-frosting the rims in the dark was a bitch, btw). Whatever the reason, I promise I’ll … Read the rest

Passion Quit Meme: Reading is the New Black

I was tagged for this meme by The Free Range Librarian (uh, thanks a lot, Karen). What is it? Slap a pix online from flickrCC, Flickr Commons or another similar source, add a caption that distills what I’m most passionate about for The Kids to Learn, give it a short title and link back to the originating blog post, THEN tag other professional colleagues.

Got it?

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Krumping the LCSH

Ever had that fantasy of coming up with a Library of Congress Subject Heading and having it adopted within your lifetime? Now’s your chance: Radical Reference invites you (from now to April 27th) to submit a subject heading or, if completely devoid of any ideas, select one from Sandy Berman’s proposed SH list. (Sandy; seriously–are you still using old technology to compile your list?)

Get crackin’ and suggest away!

I to the Uzzo, G to the Wazzo Dept: I’ll … Read the rest