Archive for September 2007

Whoops, I’m Training Again

While I’m talking about ITI in general, and Internet Librarian in particular, I want to mention a new fantastic resource for anyone who does (or might get sucked into doing!) technology training in their libraries. Stephanie Gerding’s The Accidental Technology Trainer also debuts at Internet Librarian — I’d love this book, even if I weren’t her editor! I know I could have used this title when I was thrown into planning and teaching technology training classes way back when, and recommend it without reservation to anyone in a similar situation.

Meet Me in Monterey

I’m heading to the Internet Librarian conference in beautiful Monterey next month, wearing my ITI consulting acquisitions editor hat. If you’ll be there too, look me up!

You can find me at the ITI booth, where I’ll be signing Information Tomorrow with a bunch of the chapter authors from 2:30-3:15 Tuesday during the no-conflict exhibit time.


You can e-mail me at should you have a book idea, want to chat about the publishing process at ITI, or otherwise talk book publishing, meet up, have coffee.

"Ice Cream"

It’s “funny” because it’s “true” — the “blog” of “unnecessary” quotation marks. Not to be confused with Apostrophe Abuse

(You don’t have any of this going on in your library’s signage, right?)

To wiki or not to wiki

As part of reorganizing and redesigning, I’ll be adding more info on the LIS career process as a whole, including choosing a library school. I’d like to add some kind of scholarship database, because the information on LIS scholarships is currently so fragmented and hard to find. Logistically, though, I’m not sure how well this would work as a database (tracking down this info and keeping it current), so am thinking that perhaps a wiki where people could add and update scholarship info might be in order, and would also serve well for other content.

Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions for the semi-wikilliterate?


Via Reading the Past, a bunch of LOL fantasy cover art. If that doesn’t do it for you, try LOLTHULHU. Now, back to work with me…

Got Netflix?

I have 4 “friends and family” codes for a free trial month of Netflix. Since those of my friends and family that want Netflix already have it, the first 4 people who comment on this post with a valid e-mail address get these.

Search WHERE, Now?

Here’s some inadvertent “product placement” on Amazon. Careful, I almost spit out my coffee at this one (via Smart Bitches).


Toe duly taped and iced, I woke up this morning to an e-mailed answer to my virtual reference question from my local library. I’ll leave them alone now…

(And, to the person that e-mailed with concerns about whether I’d ever be able to get a job in an Illinois library now, I think I’ll be all right, thanks!)

Tuesday Brain Twister

Wrap your head around this little NPR video: A Four-Dimensional Tribute to the Late Madeleine L’Engle.


Here’s an interesting take on the wisdom of crowds: Slush Pile Reader:

At Slush Pile Reader authors’ manuscripts will be showcased to an audience of on-line readers. The readers then get their say by answering a simple question: Should this manuscript be published?

If enough readers agree that, yes, it should be published, Slush Pile Reader will do just that. We will publish the most popular manuscripts.

This may be an interesting alternative to self-publication, if nothing else…