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Archive for August, 2007

Blog hiatus

Blog cliche alert: gosh, it’s been a while since I’ve updated! Here are some things that are possible: It is possible to maintain an almost-daily blog posting schedule while holding down a full-time job that’s almost an hour away from one’s home. It is possible to plan a wedding in under two months. It is […]

brief amusement

I’m working (honest) on some collection development. This book may just have my favorite list of suggested books ever! Newbie programmers are evidently LOTR fans (natch) who have garden troubles and like their wood projects smoooth!

with walls of stone, and heads of steel

Well, I never thought I’d say this, but I’m really impressed by my bank. Yes, they’re the bank and they are not my friends, but the new ATM is genuinely cool. I understand that the bank handles money and as such, they need to be extra extra careful about identity. Sure, before I take money […]

quick notes on librarycamp nyc

A conference, un- or traditional, is only as interesting as the people attending. LibraryCamp NYC was excellent by that standard (which I just made up).  The timing of an unconference is tough, and I don’t have any real ideas on how to make it better. It’s interesting to watch the culture clash of library folks […]

more online fun with fridges!

Hot on the heels of Karen’s online refrigerator adventure, social networking rises to the occasion when corporations fail their users. A patron called the library, desperate for help. She had just spent over 45 minutes on the phone with Westinghouse looking for help with her Westinghouse refrigerator. The only category that comes close to mentioning […]

variety is the spice of work or “ow! my head!”

Whenever I talk to people about why they became librarians, I consistently hear that one of the most attractive things about the profession is the variety in the day-to-day grind. Each question answered, item cataloged, or patron assisted shapes the day into something very different from the one before. It’s what makes it interesting. Yesterday, […]

books are tests?

Something about this article in the New York Times made me sad. But the latest schism in the living room lit-fests is not over whom they read, but if they read. Is it acceptable, they debate within and among themselves, to listen to that month’s book rather than read it? Or is that cheating, like […]

WorldCat Local- first impressions

Here in Connecticut, we were lucky enough to have a presentation from the folks at WorldCat Local. One of my colleagues from the state library was unlucky enough to ask for my thoughts. After talking ’till his ears bled, I thought it might be better to write it up here. My drive-by sense of it […]