Murals, Pie, and Ice Cream – Library Curmudgeons Through History

Library Curmudgeons

A friend is posting all sorts of gorgeous pictures of the Boston Public Library on Instagram. So for this installment of Library Curmudgeons in History, that’s where we’ll go! Even with ice cream, people are  unhappy about the library. In this case the reception for John Singer Sargent and Edwin Abbey was simply planned by the wrong people. (oh dear) Read More …

Library Curmudgeons Through History

Library Curmudgeons

No one really likes change. And pretty frequently, when faced with change they take to the pen (cell phone, computer, typewriter)  to complain. As I’ve searched through the New York Times newspaper archive, I’ve realized  that people have been complaining about change in libraries just about forever. I’ve been finding so many fun and ridiculous letters that I thought it Read More …

Make a Freakin’ Plan

If you can’t commit to writing down a plan, you aren’t committing to making your idea happen. The plan doesn’t have to be long or complicated but it does have to exist. In writing. Somewhere. It’s actually better of it’s really simple and quick in the beginning. What’s the point of writing out a detailed 125 page project plan if Read More …

My #alaac15 Schedule

Following in the footsteps of the great Michael Goldrick and Aaron Dobbs, I present my ALA Schedule! So if you are looking for me, or to stalk me I guess? Whatever I spent a ton of time typing this thing up. And don’t forget to come for U is for Ukulele, the Uke meet up on Sunday at 3pm in Read More …

Wait, what?

I just read a thing that didn’t make any sense, gee thanks Andy. So I read this. The basic premise is that I Need a Library Job, INALJ is actually hurting job seekers by making jobs easier to find, so that there are too many applicants for the jobs that are available.  As someone who has been lucky enough to Read More …

DO ALL THE NEW THINGS!

I have lots of ideas. I’m sort of an idea machine. Sometimes it seems like the world is made up of either problems that need a solution or things that could just somehow be better. Now that doesn’t mean that all of my ideas are good, or realistic, or remotely possible, but they exist. And sometimes I’m able to make Read More …