Seeking Certainty

Posted On Feb 2 2017 by

“Uncertain times” is a phrase you hear a lot these days. It was actually in the title of the ALA Town Hall that took place in Atlanta last month (ALA Town Hall: Library Advocacy and Core Values in Uncertain Times). Political turmoil, uncertainty, divisiveness, and vitriol have so many of us feeling a bit unhinged. When I feel rudderless, adrift, even completely lost at sea, I tend to seek a safer port. I’ve exercised this method personally, geographically, and professionally and it has always served me well. For example, the stability and solid foundation provided by my family gives me solace …


We are ALA

Posted On Nov 30 2016 by

I’ve been thinking a lot about governance lately. That said, I will avoid the topic of the recent U.S. election as much as possible, even though it is a factor in what makes me think about governance. Instead, I will focus on library governance and what makes it work and not work. Spoiler alert: active participation. I am an admitted governance junky, an unapologetic lover of Robert’s Rules of Order, and someone who tries to finds beauty in bureaucratic process. I blame my heritage. I come from a long line of federal government employees, all of us born in the …


Reviving Hectic Pace

Posted On Aug 30 2016 by

This is the third, and I hope, final resting place for Hectic Pace. When I learned that the American Libraries version of the blog (2006-2007) would disappear into the ether and when OCLC announced that Movable Type (don’t judge!) Hectic Pace content (2008-2013) could be migrated to a new platform or thrown away, I was tempted to let the past be the past. But then I counted up the 150 posts and nearly 300 comments over 10 years and could not let the past be forgotten. I’m grateful to ALA and to OCLC for being my blog platform, but I’m excited …


Don’t Mess with ALA

Posted On Jan 18 2012 by

This is that time of year when I try to perfect that look on my face that says “If the first sentence out of your mouth doesn’t include the words ‘at ALA’ or “gushing blood’ I don’t really have time to talk.  It’s another busy one as usual, with my time split between OCLC activities, LITA activities, and my first year as an ALA Councilor.  Here are a few highlights for me this year: OCLC (I’ll be at or near the podium at the following information sessions) OCLC Americas Regional Council Annual Member Meeting and Symposium, Friday 12-5pm, Omni Dallas …


ALAready?

Posted On Jun 21 2011 by

I don’t know why I feel so surprised every time ALA creeps up on me.  It’s not like we hold it at the same times every year or anything.  This one is proving to be another hectic one, as usual.  I’m not really sure what I would do with myself if ALA weren’t hectic.   Here’s where you’re likely to find me at OCLC events, either at the podium or lurking in the back of the room.   On Friday, I’m finally headed back to the LITA/ALCTS Electronic Resource Management Interest Group.  I’ve spent almost 2 dog years talking about and building ERM, and I’m finally glad to be presenting …