I'm attending and likely presenting at three conferences this spring, and I'm excited about each one in a way I rarely do about certain giant conferences that meet in such asinine places as Anaheim, California.
Here's my report back from ALA Midwinter 2008. I'll fill you in on my experiences with the Chinatown bus, radical librarian/radical techie love, the zine librarians meet-up, a white privilege workshop, Radical Reference, Movers & Shakers, and vegan eats.
Comp zine call out: Bursting Like a Pomegranate
I want to start a compilation zine of writings about relationship stuff that people don't feel comfortable publishing under their own names.
Here are my plans, more or less, for the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia (note sorry to anyone reading this via RSS who gets this entry again every time I update it):
I'm on a cleaning and clearing tear, with a goal of purging 20% of my belongings. To that end my spouse Eric and I are hosting a two apartment giving stuff away event on January 5. If you'll be in NYC, let me know, and I'll give you the info.
Then on January 6 we'll haul any remaining electronics to Union Square for the Lower East Side Ecology Center's 5th Annual "After the Holidays"
Recycled Electronics Collection Drive.
I just noticed that my friend Laura Quilter is blogging, with the creative and appropriate name, "derivative work." Laura is a librarian turned fair use lawyer, and also an expert is feminist science fiction, btw. A post I thought y'all might enjoy is called "The Republican Shuffle." She's gathered information about Republican sex deniers and their sex scandals.
From a Spoof Press email I received courtesy of the Library of Congress Professional Guild, AFSCME Local 2910 representing 1600 professionals at the Library of Congress. Saul Schniderman, President:
More than half of the systems responsible for managing the nearly 17 million titles in the Library of Congress catalog have tested positive for prohibited "performance enhancing" content, according to an Inspector General's report expected to be published next month. In a public statement issued by the IG, he stated that "The use of taxonomies, controlled vocabularies, and other performance enhancing content often referred to under the catchall term 'metadata' has long been suspected by Library fans. For much too long, Library owners have simply turned a blind eye, choosing not to question how their high-priced key assets had been able to break one long-standing performance record after another. As long as they were seeing the performance, nobody wanted to question or acknowledge how it was being achieved." The investigation was triggered by anonymous tips and overheard conversations between certain unnamed staff members alluding to "a card catalog on steroids." continued...