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Surviving the Silly Season

Note: if you’re a SCELC member reading this, I’m running for the SCELC Board, and I’d really appreciate your vote. My election statement is on the ballot. Voting ends May 21. “Silly Season” is how I refer to the academic end-of-year period from about March through Commencement, a solid extrusion of busy-ness that crams together […]

One more notch up Maslow’s hierarchy

Today is the go-live day of MPOW’s OCLC authorization for interlibrary loan. Prior to this, our ILL procedure involved paper forms, which partly explains why we did 4 ILLs last year, the other half of that being that we charged patrons, and the third half being that we hadn’t conditioned patrons that we provide this […]

I’m a Big Fan of Fans

Today someone said, “You know, the library even smells better these days!” I did not say, “Because the bathroom exhaust fans are working now!” There really is no way in scholarly discourse to announce that certain corners within the Crucible of Higher Learning no longer have a rather distinct and unmistakable odor that gets worse […]

VSTDPUs and Maslow’s Hierarchy

One of my favorite library stories comes from the days when small public libraries in upstate New York were being encouraged to go online. A consultant went to visit a small library–one of those Barbie Dream libraries that are hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and staffed so minimally that the library worker […]

Because of Libraries we can Say These Things

I have this long post drafted about Maslow’s hierarchy and priorities and this and that. I guess it’s ok. But tonight I sat in a circle with students, faculty, and other friends and supporters of Peanut U, and first we celebrated the artistic achievements of a student graduating this spring, whose art now graces the […]

The Vision Thang: Barreling toward 2015

Last week I was asked to submit a written draft of our library’s Vision, like, pronto. This scared me to death, because I’ve done a lot of presenting and talking and so on, but I don’t have a Vision. (I have progressive lenses–quite reasonable at CostCo–but that’s not quite the same thing.) But my boss […]

If it’s Wednesday, it must be Lent

I spent almost two weeks struggling with the Monster Cold that attacked My Place of Work, and really could only take one day off. This wasn’t about heroics; it was simply that there were too many important, entertwined events that my absence would have affected. And you know, that is not such a bad thing. […]

Beautiful house for rent in Myers Park, Tallahassee

We just dropped the rent! The Craigslist listing says $1200 but we agreed to $1150. (As I had suggested all along… but I digress.) We are renting out the home we own in Tallahassee. It’s a 3-bedroom, 2-bath midcentury house with a sunroom and loads of lawn around it, making it very private. There’s a […]

The View from the Moraga Steps

I’m in a motel in Oxnard, resting up before a funeral tomorrow. My uncle Bob died. I didn’t know him well — our family has a lot of gaps in its attachments — but he led a good strong life and died with his boots on, felled by a series of strokes that began hours […]

Top Trends for the Edgy Librarian Conference

Tomorrow I’m keynoting virtually for the Edgy Librarian conference. I have come back from ALA with my head full of interesting things–augmented reality, mobility, the cloud, and web-scale library management will be high on my list–but what I’m trying to do now is… 1. cluster these thoughts into actual trends (a neat new tool is […]