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The economy and teen services, plus, Chicago food…yum

First off, I’m working on an article for YALS about teen services and the economy.  If you’re a teen or tween services librarian and would like to put YOUR two cents in, please leave a comment!  How has the economy been affecting your library services?  Are more teens coming in?  What are they coming in for?  Media?  Books?  To use the computers? To ask for work or chances to volunteer?

Now in other notes, it’s pretty clear that I haven’t blogged recently.  Let me tell you a little something – going to conference is a tough thing if you’re a librarian.  But if you’re a librarian who works as a vendor – wow – there’s a lot to do.  Massive amounts of documents, displays, prizes, and other materials have to be arranged, shipped, printed, received, noted, counted…well, you get the idea.  When I was a librarian I used to walk past the vendor thinking they had it so easy, they just had to stand there!  Oh what a haughty fool I was!

So what am I going to do in Chicago to give myself a pat on the back for all of my hard preparation?  Why eat, of course!  Here are my recommendations in Chicago –

  • Rosebud on Rush – great Italian food – white table clothes, great wait staff – go in nice clothes, but I’ve seen folks there in jeans.
  • The restaurant at the Palmer House – I have no idea what it’s called.  And I’m too lazy to look it up right now.  Bu they have lemon breakfast pancakes that are to die for.  When I was 12 my grandfather took me there and I wasted an entire order of pancakes because I insisted I wasn’t hungry.  Looking back, I am appalled at my 12 year old self for passing up the lemony, powder sugary goodness of those fantastic pancakes.  I’ve made up for it during every visit to Chi-town since.
  • A coney island.  Any coney island.  I want a chili dog with onions and mustard and a side of fries.
  • Beer and brats at Wrigley Field.  I don’t know if I’ll have time to catch a game, but something about that combo is ever better at a ball game.

Well, happy eating and conferencing.

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Busy Bee

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I can’t stand bees.  I’m highly allergic.  Just thinking about them makes my throat more than a little itchy.  ACK! But I can’t think of a better parallel to how life has been in recent days. So, yes, dear readers, I will say I have been a busy, busy bee.

 

Here’s a report of library type things that I haven’t been able to keep my hands out of recently:
I’m writing an article for YALS about how the recession is affecting teen services in libraries.  Anyone care to comment?
I’ve been working on the Infoquest text messaging reference pilot project, set to launch in the middle of the month.
My Emerging Leaders project might just cause me to snap, but do you know what saves me?  My very cool team and the fact that the responses we are getting are pretty fascinating.  I’ll be sure to summarize what we find when the project is done.  (We’ve been researching how rural libraries build community relations and what resources they use to improve those relations…)
And I’m preparing for ALA Annual Conference.  Dear reader, let me tell you:  Conference is a tad stressy if you’re a librarian.  When you’re a vendor, it’s just flat out stressy.  I never appreciated how much work goes into pulling together a booth and such, and I’m not even doing the lion’s share of the work (yay for great bosses).  Perhaps part of it is that I am presenting several times (all for Emerging Leaders) plus working at the booth. 
If I can say anything about Evanced it is that we love our presentations.  You show us a good presentation topic and we’ll show you a staff that’s willing to present.  I am looking forward to it all, however.  A girl needs a good adrenaline rush and my goodness – to be busy AND be in the bustling Windy City – oh how cosmopolitan it all sounds!  (Note to self, channel inner Katharine Hepburn for the week…)
In non-library related events, I’m taking a cheese making class.  A girl needs cheese, right?  Will report back on that one as well.
And in blog stats, the things that make my blog most popular, in the order of most popular to least:
  1. Amelia Earhart
  2. My semi-mockery of a prayer for Librarians
  3. Libraries and sustainable design

I can’t really make that up.  It’s true as true can be.  Maybe I just need to focus on an Amelia Earhart blog.  If my cheese post becomes most popular, then I’m really going to question my career choice. 

Have a rockin’ week my friends. 

Not at conference…

I have yet to attend an ALA conference.  I’m considering going to a Mid-Winter conference in Denver and next year’s annual conference will be in Chicago, a mere 4 hour train ride.

Not attending conference leaves you with a sense of being “locked out” in some ways.  A lot of people don’t attend conference, so I’m not alone, but I feel that there is a need to create a real-time experience (or the illusion of one) for those of us not attending.  It can be done…The Next Web Conference does a great job of helping to link those who can’t attend with things that are going on – sometimes even via live video stream.

I do appreciate ALAs use of wikis and blogging…I’m using the blog list to get a feel for what’s going on, thanks to the Sharing section of the webpage and it’s Blogging Annual link and am going to cruise on over to Flickr ALA 2008 to check out pics (true to librarian form, there are many pics of food).