Did I say Wednesday? That didn’t happen, clearly. But, rather than let this blog become a bluesy litany of “where does the time go,” I’ll confine myself to a quick project update:
Collection development: The one sane thing in my workday. It’s nice to go through NYTBR and see you already have all the hot nonfiction either in the collection or on order. Score!
Eleventh Stack: Also holding steady. Hit count is slightly down, but still above last year at this time. It also mirrors last year’s slight decline. I don’t mind fewer readers over the summer, as long as it’s part of a larger pattern. Still, all the more reason to sit down and think of ways to kick it up a notch..
23 Things N’@: Week 4 is all about wikis, and everybody’s happy! The range of experience and abilities continues to educate me on how we can do this better next time. Definitely a move to a tiered-activity system is in order, IMHO, something along the lines of beginner/intermediate/advanced, so that people have options to choose from according to their experience/comfort level. That being said, holy project success!
Twitter: I have mixed feelings about how this is going, and would like to write more about it at length. Long story short, it’s an easily managed, low-maintenance project, but I don’t know if it’s achieving our objectives. More time may be called for. We shall see.
Database Stuff (CLP): We haven’t met for a while because our new quarterly renewal schedule has made the committee process more efficient. It’s time for 3rd-quarter renewals, though, and a look at 1st-quarter stats. Plus, me being me, I have some wild and crazy ideas to throw at the committee to see what they think. Secretly I want a database promotion task force. I will pay for jackets that say “Database promotion task force,” if given free rein.
Database Stuff (EREC/ACLA): Good news! The deal went through, and the county has purchased a subscription to Mango Languages. Our patrons really miss Rosetta Stone, and for the life of me, I still don’t understand WHY they chose to stop selling the database to public libraries. We are hoping, however, that Mango will fill this critical gap – language learning is very popular here, and the wait list for materials is very, very long. We’re working out the hookup kinks as we speak – stay tuned, because you know I’m going to try to learn about seven languages myself.
Oh, and all that above about task forces and jackets? Add a blog and multiply by ten, and you’ll get an idea of what I’d love to achieve at the countywide level. Girl’s gotta dream…
Emerging Leaders: You’re probably wondering why I have barely discussed this at all. I’ve been meaning to, but now I don’t have to, really, because the fine folks at In the Library With the Lead Pipe have spread it all out for you in a nutshell.
Emerging Leaders has been like boot camp. I am getting a lot out of it. I am not sure that what I am getting out of it is exactly what the program planners intended, but such is life. It’s difficult to capture the zeitgeist of this kind of experience in medias res, so I’ll probably not even try until after annual, when it’s all over and done with.
Alternative Media Task Force/Event Planning: My other ALA project! The group process on this particular project has been amazing. We are putting together the Alternative Media Reception / SRRT 40th anniversary celebration, and it’s going to be awesome. Stay tuned for the official announcement, because you’re really not going to want to miss it.
And just because it’s not nearly busy or exciting enough around here, guess where the next G20 summit is going to be held? It’s going to be one crazy summer at Alchemy, so stick around…bonus points if you can identify the Sports Night references in this post…