On Friday, C|Net's news.com featured a gallery of ten science fiction works, each with a blurb about how they've influenced real-world technology.
Check it out here
Cool detail: six of the seven featured books have library bar codes on their covers!
Today's NY Times features a fun article about "hip" librarians.A Hipper Crowd of Shushers
Librarians? Aren’t they supposed to be bespectacled women with a love of classic books and a perpetual annoyance with talkative patrons — the ultimate humorless shushers?
Not any more. With so much of the job involving technology and with a focus now on finding and sharing information beyond just what is available in books, a new type of librarian is emerging — the kind that, according to the Web site Librarian Avengers, is “looking to put the ‘hep cat’ in cataloguing.”
[. . . .]
How did such a nerdy profession become cool — aside from the fact that a certain amount of nerdiness is now cool? Many young librarians and library professors said that the work is no longer just about books but also about organizing and connecting people with information, including music and movies.
Among other things, the article talks about the cool places librarians hang out (rock concerts! bars! Williamsburg!), tattoos, self-aware geekiness, social activism, and all the crazy web 2.0 places where we now work and play.
It may be a little silly and superficial, but it's also refreshing to see a profile that sounds more like the kind of librarians I know and hang out with than the usual stereotypes.
Among the things I'm looking forward to next week at AALL are exhibit hall breaks spent knitting with other members of the AALL Stitching Special Interest Section. In addition to knitting, crocheting, and embroidering together, this year we're putting on a auction to benefit the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library Restoration Fund.
If you're interested in handmade goods for yourself or as a present for a loved one, be sure to stop by the SCCLL-SIS table in the activities area. The silent auction begins at Monday 7/16 at 9am and closes during the refreshment break on Tuesday 7/17 at 2pm.
Below are my offerings, a mohair neck wrap and a long, decorative rainbow ribbon scarf:
There is sure to be a variety of interesting and beautiful items reflecting the different interests and skills of the group. Bid early and often!
At least until we find a new Electronic Services law librarian, I will also be blogging at NSU Law's official blog, Novalawcity
. Because it's geared toward our students and faculty, it focuses on new resources, legal news, and research tips. I'm hoping to get some of my colleagues to not just send me material, but join me in the actual blogging.
Today I posted a link to Lawsagna
, a wonderful blog with tips and tricks for studying and staying fit and sane through law school. One of its recent tips
was to inspire yourself by making a list of five things you're excited about every Friday.
Just for the heck of it and since it's Friday, here's my list:
- Going to my second AALL annual meeting next week, reconnecting with colleagues and friends I met there last year, and making new connections. I used to feel dreadfully uncomfortable at the mere thought of networking, but I felt right at home last year. I took that as a good sign that I'd followed the right career path.
- That said meeting is in New Orleans. This will be my first trip to the Crescent City, and I'm excited about trying beignets, exploring the French Quarter, touring the Garden District, and participating in the association's Habitat for Humanity workday.
- In August, my first trip to Las Vegas to visit my sister and her fiancé, and meet their dog, Chelsea.
- In Vegas, I'll be seeing Penn & Teller, Cirque du Soleil's KA (my future brother-in-law works behind the scenes!), and possibly attending my first Star Trek convention.
- Come September, no more car payments for the foreseeable future!
To make this a meme, consider yourself tagged if you followed the link through my Twitter feed. And happy Friday!Photo by the_moment.
Oh, how I love xkcd. It describes itself as "a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language," but I'm not sure that's sufficient. The disclaimer provides more detail: "this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)."
All that is to say that today's single panel offering
is typical, and even more enjoyable for those of us who have recently read Everything is Miscellaneous
. Since it's only a single panel, I'm going to force you to click through to see it.
Happy Independence Day!
I thought it was time to at least put up a post noting that the blog is not abandoned! I was using up vacation time the last week and a half, and made myself take a break keeping up with the biblioblogosphere. Now that I'm catching up, I have a number of posts started that I hope to finish over the next few days.
In the meantime, inspire yourself today by reading Chris Brogan's urging to declare your own independence
In your day to day life, declare independence from the habits and “that’s just the way it is” thoughts that drive your behavior. Examine everything as if it were a foreign King flexing unjust muscle against what’s truly best for you and those around you.
Check out mental_floss's Law School in a Box
. Complete with a 96-page book, Heroes of the Courtroom trading cards, "You Be the Judge" quiz cards, a mini-bar exam (I imagine those studying for real bar exams would think that micro or nano would be a better qualifier), and a diploma "with real Latin words."
It sounds like the perfect gift for either entertaining or annoying (you be the judge!) the just-accepted law student or recent grad in your life.
Tip: June issue of the ABA Journal
addressed the opening general session of the Special Libraries Association
annual conference in Denver last night. Since I couldn't be there, here's a round-up of blog posts about the event:
[6/05: edited to add several new accounts]Ann Perbohner reports that Lexis-Nexis introduced Gore
with a presentation visualizing the impact of An Incovenient Truth
on published news reports. She also bullet points some highlights of the talk.Eli Edwards appears to have liveblogged
the address, including answers from the Q&A at the end. This is the most thorough report of the event that I've found.
[ETA] J's scratchpad
has even more detailed notes and quotes.Robin Niedorf says he pointed out that getting information isn't a problem
; the problem is figuring out how to interpret, organize, and present it.Tracy Z. Maleef calls him a rockstar
, and says the event was "like a librarian revival meeting."Judith Sweet speculates that librarians have a low humor threshold
, due to Gore's ability to get people to laugh at the same jokes, even in the book signing line. She also has paparazzi shots of Gore signing books
.Stephen Leary says that Gore's address wasn't quite what he expected
, but he was still impressed.Chris Zamarelli
notes while he included some material on global warming and promoting his new book
, the speech was clearly written for the SLA audience. As such, it wasn't perfect, but it was enjoyable.
[ETA] Jane Dysart sums it up
as articulate, funny, and compelling.
[ETA] Lyndsay observed
a warm atmosphere in the hall; "his stance is very much ours."
Finally, Jill Hurst-Wahl has the social networking angle
, noting that social networking sites can help to create the dialogue that Gore emphasized is so important to our collective intake of information.
The consensus is that Gore definitely gets it re: the power of information. He recognizes the importance of our profession in helping to harness that. The audience appreciated that he gave a mostly original speech, and found him humorous and engaging.
I hope there will be video available eventually. Hey Stephen Abram
, does SLA have a YouTube account? Don't you think they should?
Note: I received this via email forward a few weeks ago. I've not been able to track the source, but if anyone knows it, please let me know so I can add a credit!
When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up, what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning uphill both ways through year 'round blizzards carrying their younger siblings on their backs to their one-room schoolhouse where they maintained a straight-A average despite their full-time after-school job at the local textile mill where they worked for 35 cents an hour just to help keep their family from starving to death!
And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!
But now that I've reached the ripe old age of thirty-something, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so damn easy. I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a damned Utopia. And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't even know how good you've got it!
I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have The Internet. We wanted to know something, we had to go to the library and look it up ourselves!
And there was no e-mail. We had to actually write somebody a letter with a pen. And then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in a mailbox, and it would take a week to get there!
And there were no MP3's or Napsters. You wanted to steal music, you had to go to the record store and shoplift it yourself! Try sticking an LP Album under your jacket, buddy. Or we had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ'd usually talk over the beginning and screw it all up!
We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting. If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal! And we didn't have fancy Caller ID Boxes either. When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was--it could be your boss, your mom, a collections agent--you didn't know! You just had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!
And we didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like Space Invaders and Asteroids, and the graphics sucked! Your guy was a little square. You had to use your imagination! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen forever. And you could never win the game, the game just kept getting harder and faster until you died. . .just like LIFE.
When you went to the movie theater there was no such thing as stadium seating. All the seats were the same height. A tall guy sat in front of you, you were screwed!
And sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 20 channels and there was no on-screen menu. You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on.
And there was no Cartoon Network! You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning. . .d'ya hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK, you spoiled little bastards. That's exactly what I'm talking about!
You kids today have got it too easy! You guys wouldn't last five minutes back in 1987!