There's a lot of talk about replacing qualified librarians with volunteers or paraprofessional staff. In part this is due to budget cuts, in part it's due to a lack of understanding about what libraries can and should be, and in part it's just silliness. Silliness that affects people's lives and livelihoods, but silliness nonetheless. It's… Continue reading A tale of two divisions
There are things to love about an ALA Conference, and things to, well, not love quite so much. For example: Love that the hotels had free wifi for conference attendees, but hate that it wasn't promoted beforehand (had to convince someone this morning that yes, I'd seen tweets about it so she could argue with… Continue reading Quick thoughts on #ALA2013
It's June, a time when most of us are pondering summer professional development, renewals to professional memberships and how much you'll give to all those educational institutions asking for your money before the end of their fiscal years. When I ponder those things, my big question is "what's my motivation?" - or, in other terms,… Continue reading Where’s my motivation?
As I prepare for ALA's Midwinter Meeting, I've been reading my e-mails and checking twitter links for documents and information I need to pay attention to in order to be an informed member of ALA. Two proposals/petitions on the WeThePeople.gov site, promoted through various e-lists, have caught my attention. One asks for a reexamination of… Continue reading We need to do better
Le grand sigh: it's been over a year since I wrote this post and nothing has changed. Not that I really expected it but, well, one does hope a little! Today I learned that Wendy Stephens will be the new YALSA Blog Editor. She was one of the blog crew when I was Editor of… Continue reading Plus ça change…
I've been blogging about the process since last October (and there's one more post to come) but until then, here are the finalists!
Our selection year is over - the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults award covers books published between Nov. 1 and Oct. 31, so anything published after October 31, 2012 is eligible for the 2014 award but not the one to be awarded in a few short weeks. Since my last post, I and… Continue reading Behind the locked door, part four – nearing the end
As the year draws to a close many of us spend time evaluating what and how we're doing. For me, it's also a time to think about my professional development and what my Return on Investment is for each method. There are a ton of library-related conferences out there for us to attend: EduCon, ALA… Continue reading Finding the Sweet Spot – professional learning
In addition to all the meetings and the learning, there was fun to be had at ALA. Of course (obviously?) the fun was book-centered. At the opening of the Exhibits, my ARC Ninja posse and I hit the various book publishers for ARCs. Thanks to BEA a few weeks earlier, I'd already gotten a number… Continue reading Thoughts from #ALA12 – the fun
With all my meetings, the time that I had to take advantage of the learning opportunities was slim. That didn't mean that I didn't try my best to take advantage of what was there, though. First, of course, was the session I did with the wonderful Ellysa Cahoy. We explored "Online Personal Archiving", talking about… Continue reading Thoughts from #ALA12 – learning sessions