Did you know the ACRL Oregon/Washington joint conference has been held annually since 1981? A little history lesson from University of Puget Sound Science Liaison Librarian Eli Gandour-Rood, ACRL Washington chapter President: I am happy to share that some digging into our respective chapter archives revealed that the Oregon ACRL chapter, started in 1975, held… Continue reading ACRLPNW 2017
Here’s an exercise. Try to imagine a library that does not care about its users. What would it look like? Let’s say that it’s an academic library on a large, urban campus, that serves tens of thousands of students. What kind of library would it be if it didn’t care about those students? It might… Continue reading What would it look like?
I started a mutual admiration society with Kevin Seeber on or about July 2014, when we were both at Library Instruction West in Portland, Oregon. At that time, I was a tenure-track librarian at Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington and he was a librarian at Colorado State University - Pueblo. He came to my lightning… Continue reading Time to go.
I am 31 years old today, and here's what I want for my birthday: I want a frozen Negroni. Okay, maybe I want a couple of them. I want to drink them with my favorite librarians. I want to not have to worry about your healthcare, or mine, or the idea that the only people… Continue reading What I want for my birthday.
On Friday, January 20th, I was on my way to Atlanta for the American Library Association Midwinter meeting, and I was looking forward to two things: staying with my friend Jessica and filling my suitcase with free books. Things I was not looking forward to included: crowds, long lines for the bathroom, awkward exhibit hall… Continue reading Tell me it’s more than a t-shirt.
Last Saturday, I mailed 75 holiday cards to destinations ranging from Sheffield, England and Killin, Scotland, to more domestic addresses like Denver, Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York. For the past three years, I’ve included a photocopied, handwritten “Best of” list with my cards. It's an assortment of favorite books, music, memories, things I’ve… Continue reading Today is my day to remind the world why I am here.
Dear librarians, I love you. I wanted you to know that right away because today is a day when people should be reminded that they are loved. You are loved. I've sent a dozen texts this morning to friends and family that just say, "I love you." But you, librarians, you--I love you for a… Continue reading But I know that there will be libraries.