Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sunday Salon - Time to Rest


A new day, a new week.

This past week has been long! I went to Chicago for a four-day whirlwind to attend the annual conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Aimed at Judaica librarians, it was a great event and I'm glad I got to go. I have loads of notes and things to tell you about in the coming days; the conference gave me a lot to think about and of course I want your thoughts on everything. I attended lots of sessions on children's literature because children's services represents a huge component of my job, but there were also sessions on adult books, social media and other topics.

Then, later this week I went to ReaderCon, a science fiction literature convention aimed at readers and writers. This one was thankfully closer to home, in Burlington, Massachusetts- a twenty minute car ride as opposed to a day of air travel! I'm not a big science fiction reader but my husband is, and I thought I would have the opportunity to learn something new. Besides, unable as I am to attend the American Library Association's conference this year, ReaderCon served as a consolation prize. I'll be writing about that soon as well.

Finally, those of you who saw my Meme-holic post earlier this week know to expect some changes around here- i.e., many fewer memes. My mid-year resolution is to make a greater effort to write more original posts and fewer meme posts, as I've been thinking the memes have been getting out of hand lately. The conferences should give me a good start on that!

I also owe the AJL a post to their conference blog about an event I helped orchestrate at the conference- a round table discussion for job-seekers and those concerned about the state of the economy and how it's affecting libraries and librarians. I created a wiki for folks to use, which I need to update as well.

In the mean time, my big plan for today is to slump on a couch rather than stuff myself into a conference chair! It will be a nice change!

You can read more Sunday Salon posts here.

A quick note- fans of the film and/or book Julie and Julia might like to know that Susan at Susan's Literary Cafe is doing a giveaway of the book. You can enter here.