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Month: August 2010

On Not Attending Conferences

I realized today that I haven’t attended a conference since the fall of 2008. This brought me up short. I think of myself as attending about two national conferences per year, but apparently that’s not the case any more and hasn’t been for quite a while. I’ve heard from others who haven’t traveled to a conference in a few years because of budget cuts, so I know I’m not the only one who’s mostly stayed home for a while, but I hadn’t really thought about it until just today because I was never told I couldn’t travel — I just started deciding with each new announcement of an upcoming conference that I could skip that one that year, that there would be other conferences. And now here I am. I’ve skipped them all.

I miss seeing my libraryland friends face to face, I miss seeing other places that I don’t otherwise visit, and I miss the dedicated time to think about libraries without actually working in one right that second. But what I haven’t lost is the networking, discussion, and general information sharing that keep me up to date with the world of libraries. That’s all still going on every day in my computer, thanks to the Library Society of the World and its FriendFeed room.

I hope sometime soon I can get the full conference experience again, and I kind of hope that the next conference I attend will be an LSW unconference (hint hint, people!), but I’m really glad to have stumbled in with this crew of top notch people.

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Who stole my summer??

There’s always that one day — the day when you spend most of your day putting appointments into your calendar, the day when email volume doubles, the day when deadline work takes over and project work gets squeezed into a corner.

That day was Monday. Fall is coming.

Before Fall Term starts, I need to:

  • Read a sample of the sophomore writing portfolio to assess evidence of information literacy.
  • Finish writing up a report evaluating our joint technical and research help service point in the library.
  • Update a few research guides that are now out of date.
  • Create several brand new guides for brand new courses.
  • Plan various orientations and beginning-of-school events (must must must remember to schedule a meeting of that committee I’m chairing…)
  • Distill 2 days of discussion into a couple of action plans for our department
  • Remember to eat, preferably three times a day, though that hasn’t happened yet this week.

Considering I have just a couple of weeks to do those things in, and considering that a couple of those things could each take a couple of weeks, and further considering that more and more of my time each day is spent answering email now that everyone’s getting ready for Fall…

… But this is normal. This is August.

(Also, see what I just did here? This is the blogging equivalent of cleaning my house when I know I should be writing a paper.)

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