Bid Adieu To 2006

As a small flurry of snow leaves a light dusting outside and we gear up for a quiet night at home waiting for 2007 to come sneaking in, I’m reflecting on the past year and what it’s meant for me, librarian-wise.

This year, I went to my first Legislative Day, when Kansas librarians meet with Kansas politicians and try to get things done to the advantage of libraries and library users. This year, I didn’t just attend NEKLS Tech Day, I co-presented, my first time presenting at a conference. I participated in a panel discussion at another local conference, NEST. And I attended my first out-of-state professional conference, Internet Librarian. (And I had a ferociously terrific time at all three of those conferences.)

This year, I made more librarian friends locally and on the intertubes, and got to meet a number of brilliant folks at Internet Librarian. I discussed wikis and Wikipedia with some cool Kansas cats. And I saw one of my best friends get a library job and begin his work in Library School.

All in all, 2006 was a kneeslappingly good year, and I have every hope that 2007 will be at least as good. So, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to procure some Chinese food, don my pajamas and robe, ease into my slippers, and slack the night away with my family until the new year comes. I’ll see you all on the other side! Happy New Year!


Another Birthday

It was one year ago today that I made the first post for this blog.

Looking back over the last year of posts, it’s hard for me not to be overly critical and self-deprecating. But I’ll try to put that past me and point out the blog posts I’m most proud of:

“The Modern Prometheus”



“Beta to the Max”

“A Hand in the Blog Is Worth…”

“Degree or Not Degree, That Is the Question”

“Open the Library”

Reading those posts in succession, I think a glimmering of how I feel about libraries and librarianship becomes clear…although I’ll be blinkered if I can say what it is.

Anyhoo, here’s to another year of blogging about libraries, librarians, open information and communication, and all those other topics I tend to babble on about! Cheers!

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

Sylvie Szafranski tagged me, and I’ve now contracted a meme that’s going around. If you’re not hot for Josh Trivia (and who is these days, what with the price of eggs and all?), you should skip this post and head straight to your favorite purveyor of fine delicacies.

1. I have a hard time not singing along with songs I like. When I listen to music in the car, I tend to sing along as loudly as I can, especially if I’m alone or with people I feel particularly comfortable with (like my wife and daughter).

2. I once saw the band Electrafixion, formed by the singer and the guitarist from Echo & the Bunnymen, play at a bar in North Carolina. Echo & the Bunnymen is one of my favorite bands, so I was awfully psyched. After the show, my friends and I hung around outside the bar, and I ended up meeting and talking with Electrafixion/Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant, who I’d idolized for years. He was incredibly nice, funny and self-deprecating. We mostly talked about comics we liked.

3. It took me longer than four years to get my undergrad degree. After my first year of college, my grades weren’t so great, to the point that I was on Academic Probation, so I dropped out of school. After one semester of working fast food, I was ready to try college again. I usually went part-time, partly to make sure I was staying focused and maintaining decent grades, but also because I’d quit fast food and gotten a job at the university library, and I loved working at the library so much, I worked as many hours as I was allowed in a semester. Despite the fact that I loved working at the library and hanging out at the library, it took me almost 10 years before I realized that I wanted to go to library school and make libraries my career.

4. I love being a librarian, but sometimes I wonder what my life would be like now if I’d instead become a professional comics writer or improv performer or singer in a successful post-post-punk band.

5. I know I’m being neurotic, but I worry a lot about my health. I frequently stress about contracting something terminal or permanently debilitating. Lately, I’ve become particularly worried that one, some or all of my teeth will fall out, even though they show no signs of doing so.

And since I’m supposed to tag 5 fellow bloggers, I’ll reach out and zap Gregg Winsor, Iris Jastram, Maire Kruppa, Jessica Langlois, and Erica Reynolds.