Friends and Librarians, I bring you all belated MP and Libraryman greetings galore. The last month has been pretty eventful for me, though you?d never know from the blog. I try to keep the Libraryman blog fairly light and not too personal, but I do feel the need to mention my dear Grandma and her passing at the end of December.

Keeping Grandma up to date was the biggest reason I initially started She?s also the main reason I posted so many travel pictures from my work at the Gates Foundation, though lots and lots of folks appear to enjoy those pictures now if the stats are any indication.

My Grandma was an excellent friend and continual inspiration. She lived a brave life and did so much to encourage me personally, academically and professionally that I can honestly say without her help most of my adult successes wouldn?t have been achieved.

I got to be with her at the end and then stayed close to my family for a couple of weeks afterwards. Many folks at the funeral mentioned Grandmas (and my dad and Aunt?s) fairly recent visit to Seattle, and that time has become an even more precious memory now.

Being back home in Seattle at this point is very good and I return from the time in Indiana with a renewed sense of purpose. Grandma was a huge supporter or Libraries, just like all of us here, so she?d be glad to see Libraryman carrying on. Along those lines, I?ll be making more posts in the near future. I?ve got a few final Euro Library pics to post and several Library ideas to muse about as well. In the meantime it?ll be good to catch up with the rest of the Library blogs and get ready for PLA.

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