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Nov. 20th, 2008 @ 05:41 am Moving
Wondering why I haven't posted since July? It's because I'm spending all my blogging time at my other blog. Come on over for a visit! It's fun, and I have pictures!
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Jul. 16th, 2008 @ 02:44 pm Social Media
There are so many places to find information, and so many ways to network with your friends, it often gets overwhelming to me. I am a very social person, and it's all exciting - the new media, the new websites, the new gadgets and widgets and ways of keeping track of information and people (and information about people).

My friend, Yarmando blogged about how hard it is to keep up with too many social sites, and I agree. I just whined at my buddy KB when he "linked" to me on yet another professional networking site. It's just too much! I have too many!

Well, the other thing to think about is how to use social media in promoting the library and our services, and building our own community of customers and staff. This blog entry is a very interesting division of a long list of tips according to how you want to use the new media. Do you want to create 2-way conversation? Do you want to find ways to get your customers to do your marketing for you? Fascinating and helpful!
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Jul. 13th, 2008 @ 12:25 pm Big Time!
OMG - my passion quilt slide got posted on Tame The Web! I feel like I made The Big Time! yay! Thanks for posting it, Michael!
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Jul. 6th, 2008 @ 08:32 am Library Stuff
One of the things that I love so much about my job is that the field is constantly changing and trying new things. You may think this is crazy talk if you don't work in a library. What could possibly change about libraries, you ask? Everything! Book mobiles were in, they were out they were in again, they were in as a service only to children, they're in as a service to the elderly, and now a new generation of "sprinter vans" may be changing the purpose of book mobiles once again. Of course, they're always about taking books to people who otherwise might not have access to them, but let's face it, they're cool. Did you know, for instance that books have been transported by wagon? by dog sled? I don't feel like finding links to these things, I just wanna rant on today.

Anyway, we have a new Digital Services department, with a great person at the helm who is full of energy, creativity and innovation-fervor. I love having new things to think about! So, her post about the passion quilt (see above) was very cool and inspiring. I've seen other library bloggers do this, like here and here, but it was fun to see it in one of our own departments.

Anyway, I uploaded a slide to my Flickr Account today. What do you all think? What are you passionate about?
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Jun. 23rd, 2008 @ 05:23 pm Great News!
Mike has a new job! Starting July 21 he'll be a Geologist for his department. Yay! it's a lateral move with room for growth, even! It's a done deal, and it's wonderful!

He'd been given notice that if nothing turned up he'd be laid off starting July 19. It's been one hell of a month, dealing with them dithering over this. Thankfully, it's all ok now!
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Jun. 18th, 2008 @ 11:08 pm Friend's legacy national news
I'm proud that my friend, Carol S., who recently passed away (see entry 2 times ago), has made the School Library Journal because of her generosity. Go Carol.
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Jun. 13th, 2008 @ 06:56 am Happy Father's Day!
Read with your children . . . or read with your parents . . . in honor of Father's Day! I refer you to this post from the National Council on Family Literacy. I laughed (after I was done internally applauding) because not only did we buy books as FD gifts for both grands and my DH, but also because my son has been using my iPod to listen (yet again) to Harry Potter 7. I think he fell asleep with the earbuds in. Hmm, is that a health risk?

Anyway - Happy Father's Day! I, too, encourage you to curl up with a good book and a loved-one
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May. 31st, 2008 @ 07:17 pm In Memory of Carol S.
She was a Children's Librarian for what seemed like a long time when I started, 20 years ago. Her career at CML spanned 30 years. She seemed, at first, a little confused and "out of it" when I first met her. I remember her giving book reviews at the first meetings I went to, though, and with each new review, I liked her more. She had an interesting sense of humor, a depth of knowledge beyond what normal people possess (in a vast variety of topics), and when I sat next to her in meetings, I was nearly always entertained at least once by a wry comment that was completely and entirely on the mark.

It was probably about 15 years ago, though, when I realized what an excellent storyteller she was. She "lit up" when telling a story, and she added joy and energy to a story that had to come from a noble heart.

I hadn't been to a Children's Services meeting in a while, over a year ago, when she came in a little late, looking really tired and bedraggled. Concerned, I made a point to talk to her during the break and discovered that she'd been suffering from Breast Cancer, and was still going through Chemotherapy treatments. I was shocked that I'd not heard this troubling news sooner, and I felt bad that I'd lost touch with her so long. I went home that night and cast on for a chemo cap for her, and was able to send it to her in interoffice mail in a few days. She told me by email that she loved it, and that, miraculously, it not only fit perfectly but also matched her outfit the day it arrived.

She showed great courage and dedication, working as much as possible, even during all of her treatments. With her Cancer and other complications, she finally had to stop working. She spent her last few months with her sister in Peoria, and she passed away a few months ago. Today was her Memorial Service. Apparently, she was a very wise woman with money, and she left enormous amounts to libraries - a bequeathal to each of the school libraries her branch served, and a large sum to the Columbus Library Foundation. I'm overwhelmed by her generosity, and the thriftiness that allowed it. It's humbling to see such selflessness.

I always knew she had hidden depth and amazingness that not everyone saw. I valued her contributions to our field, and her model of what it means to truly serve the children. She has left a legacy beyond herself with her money, but also with her memory and the example she was to us in her life.

I raise my glass to you, Carol. Brava. Traveling Mercies.
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May. 22nd, 2008 @ 04:50 am Oh, if only they had local libraries!
One of my buddies, Bob, has written a great nostalgic post on libraries here. I'd love to know what you think. He lives in the UK. Is it common to hear about this from the UK? One of his commmentors relates a similar experience, also in the UK>
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May. 16th, 2008 @ 11:19 pm I'm really more of a knitter . . .
This strip cracked me up!

Self Check seems to be a great new library comic. I laugh every day!
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