Another Year Gone By

It was two years ago today that I started this here blog on libraries, technology and things related to libraries and technology. Just as I did last year, I’ll offer you, the humble reader, the list of my favorite blog posts I wrote this past year. Consider it me tooting my horn at you. Although that sounds kind of goofy and weird, so maybe you should think of it as something else.

Anyhoo, the blog posts I wrote that I’m most proud of are:

Connecting the Dots

My ALA

Library 2.0.0.3

Web X

Internet Librarian 2007: More Stuff

Conferences Here, There and Everywhere

Faraway, So Close!

Getting Our Game On

When I was given my library’s teen website as part of my web content responsibilities, I was signed up for the library’s Gaming committee. The Gaming committee has already put on one gaming tournament for teens, and the second one is this coming Friday. It will be my first time working at a gaming event at MPOW. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll be liveblogging the event, posting updates (and maybe even pictures) to our teen site. So, if you have nothing better to do on Friday afternoon (noon-6, Central Time), check out JoCoTeenScene for updates on the great Johnson County, KS Guitar Hero III tournament.

UPDATE: I’ve been told we have 136 people registered for the event, people being put on a waiting list, and have had other patrons ask about just coming to watch the tournament. We’re getting a lot of interest in this event, and I think that’s just swell!

Birthday Wishes

Today is my birthday.

I’ve gotten used to having a birthday the day before Christmas. In fact, I rather enjoy it. But one thing that’s always been something of a drag is how cut-off from my friends I generally feel. I’ve never had a birthday party with friends on my actual birthday. My family has always been good about giving me a good birthday celebration, but because of the holidays, I’ve never gotten to have my friends around me on my birthday. It’s always made me feel a little lonely, no matter how good a time I was having with my family.

I didn’t feel lonely today. I still didn’t get to have any friends hang out with me, but I got very nice birthday wishes today from people on Twitter, Facebook, Livejournal, and through email. The social web has made me feel as if I was surrounded by friends, old and new, even if they weren’t in the same room with me.

Are our libraries making people feel connected, even when we’re closed? At 3 a.m., on Christmas day, on Easter Sunday, are we connecting people with information and with other people?

Thanks to everyone who sent me good wishes today. You’ve brought a smile to my face and warmth to my heart. And in 2008, let’s see if we can’t bring more smiles and warmth to our patrons and to each other, especially at times when people can be at their loneliest.