The ALA Student to Staff Program sends 40 library students to ALA each year. SLIM is now choosing representatives from Emporia Cohorts! If you’d like to participate in the program please send an email articulating why you believe you should be chosen for this position to your director, Kathie Buckman by November 25th! The directors and Dean Alexander will be choosing the SLIM representative.
It’s time for SCALA’s annual T-Shirt Fundraiser! If you’re a SLIM student in Emporia, Overland Park, Denver, Salt Lake City, or Orem submit your designs to Lindsey Warner at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31st. The shirt needs to include the text:
1. “Emporia State University”
2. “SCALA” or “Student Chapter of the American Library Association”
I like this post a lot. For a long time, fantasy was dominated by C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Piers Anthony and “the boys.” Eventually, Bradley, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Anne McCaffrey changed the landscape. I think it could easily be argued that the most important, or at least most visible fantasy writers are now J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyers. Enjoy!
Here’s a thought provoking short piece from BBC News. In all the rush to praise tagging, one concern that comes to mind is the reliability of it. As we create mountains and mountains of data every hour of every day and as we tag it, do we consider the importance of method? Tagging can be helpful, certainly, but in terms of long-term data management, will be be better served by a more systematic approach? Most pieces I’ve read on tagging don’t seem to take into consideration the fact that language changes. In our contemporary society, it’s changing at an amazing speed as well. Will tags we create today have meaning in five years? As terminology changes, is anybody going to go back and update tags? Things to think about…
On Public Libraries Online this week, there were two blog posts on physical and mental health. I wonder if this is an area we tend to overlook too often and, to some degree, at our peril. What do we do to take care of ourselves? As we move into our working lives, it becomes rather important to make sure we can continue in the best form we can muster, right?
The first post is from a colleague in Colorado Springs, CO, Rebecca Cruz and is on stress management. While librarianship may not be on par with managing stock portfolios on Wall Street, the profession does carry its own stressors and we would be wise to give them due attention.
The second post is from yours truly and concerns of sedentary work habits. While it may be nice to not have to be on our feet all day, sedentary work habits should be of great concern. If we are physically hampered, our ability to serve others may be as well.