Archive for April 2008

Today’s Info Career Trends

I just posted and emailed the May 2008 issue of Info Career Trends, and thought I’d point you all over there because this month’s theme (“show me the money!”) targets ways to find personal funding to do all the neat professional development type things we’d like to do — and you can’t beat free money!

I’m a star!

This negative reviews theme keeps cropping up: Over at Whatever, John Scalzi posted several of his one-star Amazon reviews and challenged other authors to do the same. (Read some here.) Here’s an excerpt from my own angriest one-star reviewer — enjoy!

Seriously, this book is a huge waste of time and money. There was absolutely nothing helpful about this book whatsoever. It contained depressingly obvious information, and even more depressing discourse from the various librarians quoted. If you want proper and helpful advice then I suggest saving your money and going down to the local library and asking the librarians themselves. You certainly can’t do worse then I did paying $30 to be kicked in the groin with ridiculously obvious “advice” and miserable ramblings about the futility of pursuing a rewarding career with a library science degree. Gordon’s book is a government pamphlet worthy, elementary book on how to choose a school, interview well, and how frustrating public employment can be. All is common knowledge to all but the most hapless uninformed high school student. I want my $30 back.

(I’m a much easier target than some of the Hugo- and Nebula-award winning folks Scalzi links to…)

A blogger needs an encyclopedia like a…

This initiative by the Encyclopedia Britannica to give free access to “online publishers” fascinates me — I think I’m going to apply and see what happens. Not sure what the criteria are here, other than:

Note: This program is intended for people who publish with some regularity on the Internet, be they bloggers, webmasters, or writers. We reserve the right to deny participation to anyone who in our judgment doesn’t qualify.

I’m assuming they’re doing this in an effort to raise visibility of their subscription service, but wonder what, if any, effect it will actually have on sales. Here’s their FAQ for more info.

Car, meet pole

Car hits electric pole in our yard

Originally uploaded by lib_rachel

So, I go to Maine to do a presentation to LLNE. Unfortunately, I got stuck in New York overnight on the way back because my connecting flight through LaGuardia was cancelled (note: New York is NOT the cheapest city to get stuck in). Doubly unfortunately, I therefore missed seeing school-skipping teens tearing down our street and taking out the utility pole at the corner of our yard with their SUV. And then I missed the electric box on top of the pole bursting into flames. And I also apparently missed terrified teenagers scurrying in all directions and flinging suspicious substances into the woods by our house.

Luckily, my husband took photos.

And even more how (not) to respond to negative reviews…

Is it just me, or is this insane?

Random links: freelancing

Salon has a handy article up on “What Every Freelancer Should Know” — which I should have posted before U.S. taxes were due, but there are some other handy tips in there too. In case you’re wondering what a freelancer looks like, anyway, you can find out over at BookLust. (Has this ever happened to you?)

Given the surge of interest in work-at-home options, I started a category over at the forums for telecommuting opportunities. I’ve posted a couple telecommuting/freelance options that have crossed my radar, but would love if others would share any they see — or tips — as well.

Lastly, those of you who travel frequently to do workshops or consult might appreciate this recent UserFriendly comic. It made me snort coffee, anyway…

Every reader her…

I guess there really is a book for everything.

How (not) to respond to negative reviews

[Disclaimer: I haven't read this book, nor do I intend to.]

However, if someone wrote a blog post like this about one of my books, I don’t think this is the way I’d choose to respond. (Give it a minute, the comments get more … shall we say… pointed.)

Of shoes and CIL

A recent post at Get Rich Slowly on “What do you Splurge on?” got me thinking about my cute and comfortable new conference shoes. (Yes, I realize that for some people $90 shoes aren’t a “splurge,” but it’s all in the context… And never buy something on w/o searching for discount codes first. Just saying.) This is the first time I’ve tromped around a conference for a few days without limping my way to the airport later; I liked these shoes so much I went and bought another pair in black.

But enough about the shoes, except that “wear comfortable shoes” is one of those conference tips to always take seriously. I’m just back from this year’s Computers in Libraries conference, where as you can see I did some very serious work.

I also saw some useful and inspiring presentations, but kept thinking: how can we translate these ideas to libraries that don’t have the resources of, say, a PLCMC or TSCPL? I’d like to see a conference track on innovation in smaller libraries, and was wondering if you all concur — and what types of topics you’d like to see there? Are you doing cool things in your library without a lot of resources? Who else do you know that’s doing so?

Made of Awesome

Via LISnews: Book Autopsies by Brian Dettmer.

Me want one.