Archive for October 2007

Computer Book Prepub Alert

Speaking of LJ, why not apply for my old gig?

Library Journal is seeking a librarian with knowledge of computer books and technology to manage and write Computer Book Prepub Alert, a quarterly, online-only column that forecasts what will be big three to four months in advance. Interested persons should email a resume and writing sample to Heather McCormack, Managing Editor, LJ Book Review, at

Call for Nominations: Movers & Shakers 2008

The editors of Library Journal need your help in identifying the emerging leaders in the library world. Our seventh annual Movers & Shakers supplement will profile 50-plus up-and-coming individuals from across the United States and Canada who are innovative, creative, and making a difference. From librarians to vendors to others who work in the library field, Movers & Shakers 2008 will celebrate the new professionals who are moving our libraries ahead. Movers & Shakers 2008 will be distributed with the March 15 issue of Library Journal.

Deadline for submissions is extended to November 15, 2007! You can nominate someone here (scroll down the page).

One Down…

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Please update your bookmarks and subscriptions. While old content will still be found at the old Blogger blog for some time, it will no longer be updated.

Middle Management Survey

Hey — do Laura Savastinuk a favor and fill out her survey for middle managers in libraries.

(Laura is, of course, the fabulous coauthor of Library 2.0 — help her make her new book just as good!)

The Law of Unattended Wikis

I’m sure someone at ALA will clean this up soon, so hurry if you’d like to see what can happen when an unmonitored wiki meets a disgruntled poster.

The Law of Unattended Children

A couple of things over the past week made me revisit the perennial issue of unattended children in libraries. First, my son had to have minor surgery. In two preoperative phone calls from the surgical center, they stressed that a parent had to stay in the building the entire time. “Of course!” said I. “You’d be surprised,” said they. And you think libraries have problems…

Then, we visited IKEA this weekend. A main reason we chose IKEA? Smalland, their free drop-off childcare service. Your (toilet trained) kid can stay up to an hour in a wonderland of ballpits, toys, and Disney movies while you shop in peace; my son begs to go to IKEA.

This got me thinking: I’d drive miles out of my way to go to a library that offered a similar service. I’d pay for this service! (Logistical issues aside), how many parents would appreciate a quiet hour to study, use the Internet, or just browse the stacks?

Any Wordpress Gurus?

So I’m planning to convert this blog to Wordpress. It’s installed on my ISP’s server, and the test blog is up and running. However, the Wordpress import function doesn’t work on Blogger FTP blogs, only on blogs. The only advice I can find online is to first convert this blog to a Blogger-hosted blog on, then to import it into Wordpress.

My thought is, if I do this, I lose the current URL and it will be very difficult to point people to the new blog. Anyone have suggestions on how I can import to Wordpress with minimal disruption?


So is it hypocritical not to get all up in arms about Wyoming’s mudflap “girl” image, yet to think that this cartoon simply rocks?

I wasn’t going to write about the mudflap flap (and at this point, it’s pretty much flapped out), but, let’s just be brief: I’m not particularly offended. When I first saw this image, I laughed. I think that reclaiming historically sexist images in a way that makes people take a step back and think can be positive. I think this is pretty clearly a parody and that it pretty clearly does its job in getting people’s attention. And, I think I’m still a feminist.

Information Tomorrow, Today

I promised to tell you all when links were live for the table of contents and other Information Tomorrow … information! And then, well, life got in the way.

But, today I’m pleased to direct you to the book’s site, where you can access the table of contents, foreword, and other info.

A Letter to Mary Pope Osborne

A Letter to Mary Pope Osborne
Originally uploaded by lib_rachel

Someday, I wish to be a children’s author, so kids would write me letters like this one.

That is all.