January 28, 2004

Meeting A Library Celebrity

One of the best things to come from my recent time in Indiana was meeting the famous Michael Stephens in person! Michael is a quite humble, but for those that donít already know, he is a teacher, technology trainer, book author, conference presenter par excellence and author of the beloved Tame the Web Library blog.

We met up at his Library in lovely downtown South Bend, IN where I got to check out their surprisingly well designed and supported training program, meet several of the great staff members there and tour the facility. We even visited their flagship branch Library, complete with snack shop, fireplace and wifi enabled outdoor garden. Of course, it was more of an ice garden in January, but during most of the year it would be a lovely high tech oasis.

At any rate, we had a fine time. There was an enlightening conversion of ideas the likes of which you only can have on those happy occasions when you bump into like minded professionals you also happen to be friends with. Thank you so much Michael for the warm welcome, the outstanding visit and for teaching me that South Bend has suprisingly tasty Thai food.

Posted by libraryman at January 28, 2004 12:23 AM

You two are killin' me. Here I am, in the game for almost a year now, and I have never, repeat never, met a fellow librarian blogger in person. But I'm not hurt or anything...sniffle, sniffle. ;)

Posted by: Greg at January 28, 2004 09:51 PM

Dude! We tried, but it just didn't work. Next time it will, I can feel it! Why not just fly out here for PLA, my man?

Posted by: MP at January 29, 2004 12:05 AM

i totally geek out when i see famous librarians. like when patrick jones came to philly to talk to us about teen services. said he knew you, actually. and then, and this is totally ridiculous - i saw richard ackeroyd standing on a street corner during ALA midwinter and felt as if i'd spotted someone famous. yeah, right. i spent over a year working in the same building as this guy!

will i be seeing you at PLA then? maybe i'll ask for your autograph. yours and nancy pearl's. even though i know both of you.

Posted by: donna at January 29, 2004 10:09 AM

I met the chief editor of the Encarta products at ALA a couple of years back and I said to him "In my world, you are a superstar". There at the end, whenever you opened Encarta his mug would pop up with a letter to the editor. Nice.
I wonder if Nancy will sit at a vendor booth and autogrpah the Librarian action figure? I'll bet she would be mobbed!

Posted by: MP at January 29, 2004 11:02 AM

i heard she did that at ala midwinter.

Posted by: donna at January 29, 2004 12:51 PM

See Donna, I am an idea man. It's all about the ideas. ;)

Posted by: MP at January 29, 2004 02:32 PM

Flying out to PLA sounds great...unless you're a bitch-ass Assistant Branch Manager, which means you hold down the fort while the big guns are "networking."

But I do have Nancy Pearl's autograph on my copy of Book Lust, so that's something, I guess.

Posted by: Greg at January 29, 2004 05:30 PM

It burns me that they don't appreciate you as much as you deserve, Greg. Don't let them burn you out!

Posted by: MP at January 29, 2004 09:45 PM

Yeah, when you're a Department Head like I am, you get to go the important stuff.

Unless, of course, your library is so small and your town so cheap that you have no budget for conferences...

Posted by: Aaron at January 30, 2004 07:35 AM