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 …


It was 20 years ago today…

Posted On Aug 19 2016 by

I’ve always scoffed at mid-life crises. The number of dads out there buying Porsches and dying their hair gives me a lot to scoff at. Nevertheless, I’ve been feeling kinda old lately. At first, I thought it might be my daughter finishing up high school this year, or the fact that my son has the hair that I always wished I had, or the fact that my wife has not a single grey hair and looks better than the day I met her. More likely it’s my lingering fear that professionally I would one day become what I once beheld–that …


We’re having a ball!

Posted On May 3 2013 by

A couple of months ago, we asked the WorldShare Management Services community to contribute videos to help us celebrate the fact that we reached the milestone of having 100 libraries “live” on WMS. We had a terrific response from the WMS community. We had nearly 40 submissions from WMS libraries in Australia, Canada and across the United States–truly illustrating the growing worldwide community.   Here’s the compiled video, edited slightly to get all 40 segments just over 4 minutes.  Enjoy! There are definitely a lot of fun and creative people among the WMS community.  But we already new libraries were like …


Helene Blowers to Join OCLC WorldShare Team

Posted On Oct 5 2012 by

I was never much into the sports and games that required tremendous amounts of individual effort–running, kayaking, chess, and the like.  I preferred team sports.  One of the things I am most proud of professionally is building great teams.  I’ve been extremely lucky at OCLC, both in bringing existing staff onto the team and in attracting new folks to join OCLC. Now I’m very pleased to announce that we have a new team member from the Columbus area…another great hire.  Helene Blowers will be joining us in a new roll created to support the rapidly growing WorldShare Management Servicescommunity.  Helene …


Fewer Shades of Grey

Posted On Sep 14 2012 by

When I was in library school in the mid-nineties, I was told there was a “greying  of the profession” in process.  As I cocky, young, soon-to-be librarian, I read this threat as a promise.  So many librarians would be retiring in the next 20 years that we literally could not fill their seats with the new generations of librarians “coming online.” I was intrigued by the challenge but utterly stunned by the professional response.  Somehow this looming threat was turning into a library school recruitment effort.  I had a different reaction.  If we were a factory, I thought, and we …