I've been thinking about this for a number of years, and after two years of COVID cancellations followed by the in person experience I'm still wondering what are the people at ALA thinking? Just over a year ago, this post about ACRL's conference appeared: Service Ceiling: The High Cost of Professional Development for Academic Librarians.… Continue reading The future of ALA
I made it, traveling to DC and back via Amtrak Acela (first class) and wearing an N95 during the majority of my time (eating, obviously, the big exception). Most attendees were good about adhering to the mask mandate, and ALA certainly appeared to take it seriously: However, it appears that just as there are many… Continue reading ALA in person
Increasingly, people are saying "ALA is broken". There are many reasons, but when I have friends tweeting things like this: Two years on, it's not much better. There was an interesting post Let's Fix ALA in 2020 that still resonates. Sad, no? Here are some of my observations and suggestions: More virtual opportunities to serve,… Continue reading From the archives: What about ALA?
It's that time of the year, when people who are leaving the profession are feted and appreciated for what they've contributed to our lives. Some of these inspirations are only known within their school, or their city, some are known by a far wider audience. Soon, the nominations for the I Love My Librarian award… Continue reading From the archives: Movers, Shakers and Just Plain Folks
I’m sure I’m not alone i’m wanting another week off. Living in Boston and seeing snow Monday morning?? It was, as a colleague said, adding insult to injury. On the other hand, I did create a presentation for the MSLA Conference: The best part was the opportunity to really look at the guides we’ve created… Continue reading What happened to Spring Break?
(for me, anyway) Usually this is the time when I'm going through my chicken scrawl, typing up my notes and trying to make sense of what presenters are doing in their schools that I can transfer to my school. Not this time. After Tampa presented a virtual #AISL21, the call went out to all members… Continue reading The strangest #AISL22 ever
https://twitter.com/libraryvoice/status/1478501207127822339 My response? We should always all be the Librarian of the Year. Granted, this "competition" is less middle school than the AASL Social Media Award but still. I'm also anti the LJ Movers & Shakers because the implication is that the rest of us just aren't doing librarianship right. Particularly since 2020, with libraries… Continue reading Why compete?
In 100 days, AISL's 2021 Conference will start - all virtual, as it was last year. However, this year it will be three days, not one, and there will be a fairly robust technology platform. How do I know all this? Because I raised my hand to volunteer... became tri-chair... due to someone dropping out… Continue reading 100 Days and counting
The end of June is never really the start to the summer vacation, is it? Yes, the pace is slower and students are gone, but there's usually Stuff To Do before real relaxation stats. For me, that meant a number of things. First was the AISL Summer Institute on Incubating Creativity in the Library. This… Continue reading And now, time to relax!
Every year I look forward to having the opportunity to learn from experts and peers, to hear about great programs and books and ways to doing the normal library thing that are different from the way in which I'm doing them. Of course, that in person learning and sharing simply isn't going to happen in… Continue reading Professionally Developing