Bender’s Library Bender
In Futuramaland, when robots don’t drink, they get drunk and grow five o’clock shadows/beard made of rust. In a fit of emotion, Bender goes on a non-alcohol bender, doing things totally unrelated to alcohol…like visiting the Public Library! Let the alcohol in the library comments fly!
Check it out! More Keep Up! Practical emerging technology for you and your library workshops are headed across the western US in April and May! You can sign up for any of these workshops (except Hawaii which is at capacity already) by following this link.
Monday, April 3rd at the University of Hawaii Manoa in Honolulu.
**This class has filled to capacity**
Tuesday, April 18th and Wednesday, April 19th at the San Francisco Public Library.
Friday, May 19th at Albertson College in Caldwell, ID (just barely outside of Boise).
Thursday, May 25th at the Lewis & Clark Library in Helena, Montana.
Tuesday, June 6 at the Claremont College Library in Claremont, California.
This will be an updated version of the class with a fair amount of new material. Beginning in July and going through December we will also offer a small batch of Keep Up! Workshops as well. Early speculation envisions us very likely seeing the class headed back to Oregon, Washington and…? Any suggestions? Please let me know!
Also, several libraries and library systems have had us bring the workshop to their library exclusively for a day or two or three. These “custom trainings” as we call them can often be arranged outside of the schedule mentioned above. This arrangement allows you to bring as many of your library staff (and they have to be from a single library or library system) to the training as your like. Some libraries have had us (me;) stay an extra day or two to do a couple/few three and 1/2 hour hands on practice sessions with class attendees as well. This has worked out VERY well! Make a blog, start using an aggregator and subscribing to RSS feeds, it’s all covered! Sweet! Please do bear in mind that due to scheduling it often takes 1-4 months for a mutually agreeable time for these trainings to arise.
Thanks so much to all of you that have come to the workshops! I really, really hope you took away some new, exciting, interesting and practical things to use in your library. Several people have told me they have and there are even blogs and RSS feeds out there to prove it! Woo Hoo!
See you soon!
Originally uploaded by libraryman.
Last Friday, my good friend and fellow Librarian, Steve Miller took me on a very cool tour. Not only was it cool, but it was lengthy. Not only was it a tour, but it was really a photo expedition. What did we visit? The construction site of the new Main branch of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, of course!
I know many of you know already, but the ACPL is an exceptional library system, consistently recognized as one of the best of its size in the country. This made it all the more exciting to get a chance to get a behind the scenes peek at what they have in store for their next chapter of public service.
Two bits of background info might help you put this new building in perspective. First, the ACPL had over 3 million items in the main library before this new project began. That?s a big collection, no? Second, many folks know the ACPL for their genealogy department as it is the second largest in the country and draws people from around the world daily as they research their family histories.
It?s always good to go back and see old friends and family, but this trip really was especially nice. Lots of new things have happened with many people I care about, including many of the good folks at the ACPL. From new babies to new houses to new loves to new libraries, it really was an unusually interesting trip.
If you?re interested, I have a set of 96 other ACPL construction site photos that you can take a look at
by following this link .