It’s an Honor Just to be Nominated

My fellow Library Society of the Word carping nerdboy Steve Lawson has done a wonderful thing. He took an offhand joke I made about an award given out by the LSW and turned it into a real thing: the Library Society of the World Shovers and Makers Award. How do you win an award? You nominate yourself! And so I have. I’ve also added an LSW S&M badge to this blog, which you can see in the sidebar.

Are you a shover and maker in the library world? Than give yourself an award!

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This One Time, at Library Camp…

Yesterday was the second Library Camp Kansas. We had a slightly smaller turnout than we did last year, but everyone was just as enthusiastic and engaged, and we tweaked the format a little–for the better. And while we had attendees from out of state, just as we did last year, we also had an international attendee: my Australian friend Kathryn Greenhill, who is ferociously smart and adorably energetic.

Last year, we had three breakout session, one of them being lunch. This year, we left lunch as just lunch, and had one breakout session before lunch and two sessions after. Before the first breakout session, we had a session of “lightning talks,” where attendees could come up and talk, in 5 minutes or less, about a particular computer app or website that they really liked. The lightning talks proved to be a great icebreaker, a great way to get people talking and sharing. People liked them so much, they said they want two sessions of lightning talks next year.

The breakout sessions I attended were really good. The conversations could have gone on and on. A lot of different perspectives were shared, and I learned a lot. There was one session I was supposed to moderate, but nobody showed up for it. My feelings weren’t hurt at all, though. I spent the time chatting with my pal Bobbi Newman.

Once again, I came away feeling that I get more out of unconferences than I do from formal conferences. (Although I didn’t get an ugly totebag. Is that better or worse? You make the call.) I’m really looking forward to next year’s Library Camp Kansas.

Technological Advances

I love new technologies, new tools and toys, new gadgets and widgets. I spend more time at a computer than pretty much anywhere. And yet, what technology do I keep promoting and marvelling over? Books.

Books are amazing tools. You don’t have to worry about incompatible operating systems. I’ve never had a book crash on me while using it. You can drop them in the bath and not worry about electricuting yourself or destroying the book. (Ask my wife. She drops books in the tub regularly. No, not on purpose.)

Which is why I was particularly amused by today’s Penny Arcade.

I Watched the Watchmen

I saw Watchmen this afternoon. I think it’s an outstanding adaptation of the comic and I think it’s a terrific movie. I think it’s perfectly cast, especially Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach. Yes, they changed the ending of the comic, although the effect is still the same. And honestly, I think the film ending works at least as well as the comic. Actually, I think the film ending is better than the comic. I never thought anyone could successfully adapt Watchmen to the big screen. I was wrong.

And that’s all I have to say about that.