Monthly Archives: April 2008

My So-Called Book Club

It’s that time of year where you look over your shoulder and take a hard look at all the stuff you did at work during the academic year.  My book club was a total bummer.  It wasn’t that it didn’t have immense potential…I think they books were interesting, the format was well-planned…but there just wasn’t a lot of community involvement.  The campus is small and folks are pretty uninvolved with just about everything.  Plus I think the book club was intimidating…just the whole concept.  Maybe next year’s fliers for it should say something like “you need not have brilliant wit or intense philosophical thoughts to attend”?  It would take pressure off but I’d probably offend people…damn.  Or (gasp) maybe I will learn that it was not the uninterested masses and it may have been my book club content…………………….naw.

My newest geeky obsession btw is the National Geographic Genographic Project.  It’s been around a while, but it has gotten better and it’s neat to trace your various genetic traits across a map.

Unoriginal…

I am trying to write a book.  Of course, I’m struggling with a topic.  Y’know, it’s kind of hard to be super original in our profession.  I think it’s because we’re all a bunch of smarty-pants.  That’s actually a good thing but of course, it leaves those middle-of-the-pack semi-intellectuals (aka me) stuck reinventing the wheel.  Hmmm, I will come up with something, I’m sure.  Reference on rollerblades????  With a tablet pc too, of course.

And of course, I am a crappy blogger…11 days without an update.  Forgive me.

The Library Touch…

From an MSN article “9 mind tricks to get what you want“:

5. To make your crush fall for you on a dinner date …
Subtly touch the back of his hand as you’re reaching across the table for bread. It’s a proven way to win someone’s affection: Libraries and car dealerships have higher customer-satisfaction ratings when workers imperceptibly touch their clients. Touch activates the human desire to bond.

Okay…who’s library participated in THAT research project???  LOL

Next Web 2008

Btw, it’s the Next Web 2008 conference.

From the website: “The Next Web Conference is THE European conference for industry thought-leaders, leading web-companies, innovative Startups, visionaries and real Web savvies. This third edition will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on April 3rd & 4th, 2008. ”

The beginning of BEYOND Library 2.0 is happening at that conference.  If we want to stay ahead and be truly innovative, we need to keep up with the entrepreneurs and the innovators.  It’s being streamed live, so you can watch it as it happens.

Interesting stuff.

We The People Bookshelf

My library just won the We The People bookshelf from ALA and NEH.  It is about five or six books and a multimedia learning kit.  Those little grants sure do add up.  When you prove you can do a lot with a little, then you get more.  It’s called return on investment, so I want to do well.  I’ve got all sorts of ideas for this one.  Now I just need to get 500 or so high schools students to get excited for this.

I can do it!  😉

Happy National Library Week

Oh man…it’s almost here! National Library Week! It’s like freakin’ Christmas all over again!!!! WooooHooooo!

Hey, I love my job.  These things excite me, k?

Put Your Money Where Your Library Is…

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Investing/StockInvestingTrading/Allowancebreakdown_article.aspx

The above leads to an MSN article about how kids spend their allowances. I only scanned it quickly (busy day at work) but I really think it’s something to look at more deeply…

Not that kids are going to start spending their money at libraries, but we can try to mimic their interests