Archive for February, 2004


PLA Stories Start

Pocky and milk tea, the perfect dessert!
Here’s a handy dandy link to Mr. Tame the Web’s take on spending the afternoon with me. His may very likely be the best PLA 2004 Conference what’s happening with me blog out there. Where does he find the time?


It Works! Well!

If you get a little fried working in your Library, checking out the Library of the Month over at WebJunction might help. It won?t give you a raise or improve the demeanor of your patrons, but it can be a bit uplifting and professionally inspiring. This time their selection is the San Carlos Public Library.

The San Carlos Public Library isn?t a very ?standard? Library. As this Library is on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona their location, service area and so many other things are slightly and sometimes drastically different than what most of us are familiar with and used to. I know this firsthand because I was fortunate enough to be one of the Gates trainers that worked in this Library. I got to work with Leah here and vividly remember how inspired she was with these folks and how happy it made you feel inside to see things start to fall into place during our visit. Getting this follow up in article form is such a wonderful thing. Goes to show that you can and likely do make a lasting difference with your work, even if you don?t always see the immediate results or even think about them all that much.

If you work in a small Library check this article quote out: ?Because of just two staffers?one of them part-time?and an enthusiastic board member, the San Carlos Reservation is getting the library it needs and deserves.?


Try This

Interesting news about Yahoo from Let’s go test this puppy out!


Got Your Travel On?

Hopefully some of you Librarians will be adding Washington to your states visited list next week, when you attend PLA here in Seattle. If you get a kick out of noting the places you have visited here is a fun site where you can make a quick and easy map highlighting the either the states or countries you have been in. Link

I know some of my former BMGF PACT pals might really enjoy this activity what with all our former work travel. A visit to Aaron would knock out one or two of those pesky NE states, though I?ve decided I?ll probably to never go to Arkansas (apologies to any AR Librarians out there;). If you think you are a real globe trotter, doing the world travel map is quite humbling.



Not in the Library?s office supply budget without creative accounting, but you can reward yourself for filling out all the E-Rate paperwork.


What’s Next? ALA-APA?

In thinking about what to do next in our beloved Library world, my attention of late has been drawn to the ALA-APA. I wonder if anyone active in the ALA-APA reads the blog?

Here?s what the ALA-Allied Professional Association works for:
?Certification of individuals in specializations beyond the initial professional degree?
?Direct support of comparable worth and pay equity initiatives, and other activities designed to improve the salaries and status of librarians and other library workers.?

It?s funny how on first glance these two things might seem unrelated. The subjects almost always come up when talking with fellow Librarians though. It seems we always agree that certifications and pay equity are not only intertwined, but are two of the most important issues in Librarianship today. Then we always agree that ?pay equity? isn?t the right terminology, in relation to Public Libraries anyway. ;)

It does seem important though that since the fact that most Librarians don?t have an MLS/MLIS the ?beyond the initial professional degree? portion might need a bit of extra attention. Not that this isn?t vital for degreed Librarians, but in meeting thousands of non-degree Librarians, their dedication and hard work is inescapable in thinking of these issues.

Considering they have an article up about networking, maybe I should reach out and try to get involved with these folks.


Label Maker

Break out your double sided tape. Or not. Perfect for Dewey numbers!

I made this:

and this:

by going here. Now you can too!