How I know I've been away a long time from the library where I did my graduate assistantship: I just drew a complete and utter blank on the name of the somewhat obscure Civil War Union General on whom I helped a particular community patron do research a minimum of twice a week for about two years straight.
Does anyone have a good place to direct students if they're doing research on major developing cities and their strategic problems (perhaps like a country profiler, but smaller scale)? Along with general research, this prof wants his students to try and contact the city's mayor or a UN/embassy official. Advice?
Well, I'm drained. Lost my wallet yesterday somewhere in McCormick Place; only realized en route to the airport. Managed to get through airport security anyway; learned that my wallet was found and mailed home...and then also that my flight was cancelled. Arrived home 5 minutes ago; missed a full workday.
My ASCLA colleague Chris Corrigan is sponsoring an excellent preconference @ Annual this year that will help train librarians to understand and implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you or anyone you know might be interested, you're welcome to learn more or sign up for updates here: christophercorrigan.com/precon.html
Aha, thiiiis was the week I was waiting for: instruction requests explosion, creating two hour-long presentations from scratch, being seated on a committee and given a fourth liaison program. 'S'what I signed on for, man.
Turns out that when you work in the same city where you grew up (even if it's NYC), a student might show up at your library with his study group and recognize you from his year-long stint in your 3rd grade class. Where you built a Beanie Baby house together out of cardboard.
This may be a long shot: does anyone recall an article about a public library that held an event where community members signed up to share skills of theirs with others, sort of like an activities fair? I'm pretty sure it's *not* in an issue of American Libraries, but more likely from AL Direct within the past year and a half.
To Iris and all the wonderful LSW folks--I just received the loveliest collection of congratulatory notes in the mail. Your kind words and support mean so, so much to me. I couldn't smile any wider if I tried!