Despite my misgivings about the whole process, due to a new security flaw I upgraded to WordPress 188.8.131.52 today. My links to individual entries stopped working at first, which nearly gave me a heart attack. But it seems to be ok now.
As much as I love using WordPress, deep down inside me somewhere I’m convinced that the whole site is balanced like a house of cards, and the slightest wind will topple it all.
Let me know if something doesn’t behave as expected.
I need to add a number eleven to my list of ten things I learned at ALA:
I am truly excited about being a librarian.
I can say without hyperbole that going into this field is the best decision I’ve ever made. I won’t make as much money as I would in the IT sector, but I get to actually meet and help real human beings – on a minute to minute basis. I get to make their lives just a little bit easier. And I get to love what I’ll do!
I haven’t always been quite so excited. But once I started blogging, once I started making connections outside the classroom I quickly reached critical mass.
So thank you Mom and Dad, and Dr. Birmingham, and the whole staff at the Fairport Public Library. Thank you to everyone who ever encouraged me towards signing up for my MLS, and didn’t respond with a blank look and “You need a degree to do that?”
OK, so maybe I didn’t learn this just at ALA. But it sure was reaffirmed. I met and re-met so many wonderful people, and I can’t wait to join you all as a full colleague.
I’ve finally added the Feel Good Librarian to my aggregator. I have no idea why it took me so long.
Despite being a necessarily anonymous blog, it somehow feels more ‘real’ to me than any other librarian blogs out there. There’s genuine emotion and truth in each post. Even if you’re not a librarian, FGL is worth a read. Today’s post especially spoke to me, as I’m in the position (just starting out) that FGL is adressing.
Unlike most web-propogated surveys, this one has a point:
Today there was a thread on Slashdot discussing Wired Nextfest, which I attended last weekend in Chicago. In the comments of this thread, someone posted a link to my Flickr set of images taken there.
The system works 🙂
Back in March, I mentioned John Scalzo’s effort to begin a video game collection in his library. Now thanks to LISnews, I have a chance to follow up.
In the new article, I find some pleasant surprises. For one thing, not a single game has come back damaged! I’m astonished. Very pleased, but also surprised. That damageless fact alone could do wonders to convince other libraries to begin collections.
I especially appreciate Scalzo’s attention to “Balancing games the public wants, games that are critically acclaimed and family-friendly titles…”
By no means complete, and in no particular order.
1. I need luggage with wheels. Lugging my duffel bag around Chicago was not fun.
2. Most vendors are very friendly people, even when talking to students with no purchasing power
3. Don’t try to do everything. You’ll fail.
4. Decent public transportation in a city is a Godsend
5. Limit your swag acquisitions. There’s only so much you can carry.
6. Vendors who give out bags for carrying other vendors’ swag are the most popular.
7. Librarians are very friendly, personable people (OK so that one isn’t new). I had great conversations with random people on the shuttle buses.
8. Citizens of Chicago are very friendly and easygoing. Even towards obvious tourists.
9. My ideal job would pay for me to go to Internet Librarian 2005.
10. Shuttles to special events need clear markings.
11. A conference center with free wi-fi would be worth its weight in gold.