A Place to Rest My Head

Thanks to Jane Eyre 2.0, I now have a room reserved for IL06, at a fraction of what I had originally planned to pay. And it’s not even a mile away from the conference!

I love it when a plan comes together…

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Topeka 2.0, Olathe Coming Up From Behind

Check out the job description for this position at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. Wow!

I’m tempted to apply for that job. I mean, Topeka’s not that far of a move. And the pay is much better than what I make right now. And the job sounds right up my alley. I’m sure there are more qualified people applying, but it’s worth a shot, right?

Except, I really don’t want to work anywhere but my current place of work. I wouldn’t leave it for anything. I’ve never had such a great atmosphere, so many terrific coworkers and so few annoyances. And I’ve never gotten the kind of support I get from my library.

So, Topeka can have its cool 2.0 job. My library is just as committed to moving forward. We’re on our way.

Trying to Get to California II: Electric Bugaloo

The Northeast Kansas Library System was kind enough to cut me a check for a fair amount of money–enough to pay for registration and airfare. It would be foolish and rude of me to not take the money. I may be a fool, but I’ve got my manners. With the registration fee and airfare paid for, my wife and I can scrounge up enough money for me to stay in a hotel (especially if I can find someone to share a room with me) and eat at least a couple of square meals a day. All of which means…

…I’M GOING TO INTERNET LIBRARIAN ’06!

Oh boy, am I excited!

P.S.–My wife, because she is so supportive in as many ways as she can be, has a new nickname: the Awesomest Queen of the Awesomeverse. Long may she reign!

Trying to Get to California

My wife just called me from home. There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that I got a grant from NEKLS to attend Internet Librarian ’06. Which is really really really good news.

The bad news is that the grant is for half of what I need to go to the conference. And because of circumstances beyond our control, my wife and I don’t have the money to make up the other half. Neither does my library.

So, at this point, it looks like I’m not going to Internet Librarian ’06.

There’s always next year.

Shifting Places

What was the first library-related blog I read? The Shifted Librarian.

Who first got me hip to RSS feeds? Jenny Levine.

Who first showed me the fun of a public Bloglines blogroll? Jenny Levine.

Who got some of my coworkers all fired up about blogs and wikis and RSS at last years NEKLS Tech Day? Jenny Levine.

So, how cool is it that Jenny Levine, the Shifted Librarian, is shifting over to her new job with ALA? And what a job! The description alone gives me hope that ALA will actually join us in the 21st century. With Jenny in that position, I’ll be surprised if ALA doesn’t zip ahead of us like Marty McFly and Doc Brown in their De Lorean. “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”

Congratulations, Jenny!

Speaking in Tongues

Meredith Farkas has a good blog post about speaking “Librarian-ese” on our websites. But it’s really about more than just our websites.

My library has recently started a signage committee, and they’ve been really thinking about how we should label areas of the library. Should we call it the “reference desk,” the “help desk,” the “information desk,” or something else entirely? I think about this a lot when I’m talking to patrons, too. Should I use the term “Interlibrary Loan” or should I say something else?  What about other terms we use? “Electronic reference”? “Circulation”? “Young adults”? I think the less professional jargon we use, the better we are at customer service.