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:
My semi-mockery of a prayer for Librarians
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.
And in other news, we’ve begun using Twitter to provide customer service at work. People are either going to get majorly freaked out, or really dig it. Not sure which yet. I guess the rationale for me is that Twitter is micro-blogging. And it would bum me out if someone said that my company was failing them on a regular blog, so my bosses and I are just as bummed if they mention their unhappy in a microblog! (Whether is 1000 characters or 140, saying something isn’t working well is a powerful message)
As for the whole Michigan and HAL thing…here’s the info on that from the Michigan Library Association: http://www.mla.lib.mi.us/
I constructed this post and poll a while back, but thought to myself, no one…no one…will dig this post. Librarians are just way too PC and they’ll think it was so dumb. Then American Libraries comes out today and YALSA announces a fashion show. Awesome!
So, I was talking my pal A, and (brace yourself) we have determined that there is a bit of a fashion crisis in the library world. You know you’ve seen it and you know you’re scared. It’s both genders and almost all of us have done the big fashion faux pas at some point. Me included. My oversized pea green sweater. I love it, I will not part with it, I’m wearing it right now in fact.
But let’s say at a library conference, for fun, a librarian put together a fashion show slash best of resources show? “Here’s Sam in khakis and a button down shirt, with a vest to add a bit of color…and now Sam will tell you about his favorite geneaology website and some of the features on it…”
Something silly to break up the ho-hums of conference and a way to get creative in a whole new way…