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Notes from the Field of GLLS 2007

The picture at the top of this post is from the game night at the Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium. These librarians are playing Wii Tennis and being coached by Giz Womack. The gaming night, which happened the first night of the conference, helped define the atmosphere that made this...

Now THAT'S Rockin' the Stacks

The ALA Annual Conference in DC, which just ended, was another energizing, informative event.  In a forthcoming post I will summarize the more substantial sessions and issues that came to my attention.  However, in the spirit of the adage, "Life's uncertain; eat dessert first," I would like to share with you the most fun I had at ALA in DC. Vendor receptions are a time-honored event at these...

Santa Does Maslow

Remember Maslow's hierarchy? At the bottom of the pyramid were the most basic needs… at the top, self-actualization. In between were concepts such as self-esteem, respect, family, and security. We in LibraryLand are scattered all over that matrix. In upstate New York, there's an anecdote about a crusty rural library director—you know the type, in sensible slacks and a gray cardigan, the kind...

On L2 Trips, Muses, the NGC, Trust, and Paradigm Shifts: A Festschrift Fin

This post is the culmination of the ALA TS blog one-year birthday festschrift, a month-long series of posts that could be perceived as a sort of eblogocentric celebration of this forum. Hopefully, it will not be interpreted as that, and instead will be viewed not only as the capping off of a very "long, strange trip," indeed, but also as the beginning of an exciting new year for the ALA TS blog...

Birthday Muses

Happy birthday to the ALA TechSource Blog, which turned one-year old today. My great colleague Lori Bell, of the Alliance Library System, commented to me that she thought my dog Max had emerged this year as my bona fide muse. I often think about library and information technology issues as Max and I take our daily, early morning walks through the neighborhood.So, to honor my muse, I asked Max...