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.


bermudaonion said...

Wow, what a busy week! I'm sure the book related events were loads of fun, though. You deserve to rest today.

Anonymous said...

I think conferences are so fun and they really stoke up enthusiasm for one's job. You're lucky you can still go - so many libraries are cutting back!

gautami tripathy said...

It seems you had an interesting week!

Here is my TSS post

Anonymous said...

You've had a busy week! But sounded like you had some fun :) Rest is definitely deserved though!

Anonymous said...

What a week you've had! I can't wait to read more about the AJL conference.

Anonymous said...

The couch potato thing sounds very good. That's pretty much what I'm doing today, with a copy of Shanghai Girls. :)

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I'm terribly sad I couldn't go to ALA this year. In truth, I'm terribly sad that I've never gotten to go to ALA.

Ahhh, but there is always next year.

Blodeuedd said...

Sure a very busy week.
Oh memes, I have been addicted to quizzes at my other blog. You start and then you just can't stop, lol

Meghan said...

I think you deserve a break, you had quite a week! Looking forward to your posts about it. =)

- Meghan @ Medieval Bookworm

Bonnie said...

It sounds like you deserve to rest for a few days!! Conferences can be a lot of fun but tiring afterwards.

BurtonReview said...

Hope you got some rest!
I went nuts with the kids all day.. thinking I would go to sleep immediately, and instead I stayed up too late watching movies and I should have turned the TV off. Now I'm extra grumpy for a Monday.
FYI I'll be posting my silly review tonight on Sacred Hearts.
It is silly because I just cannot seem to get my words out that convey the message.
I have fought with it for two days and again.. I just want to put it to bed!!
I'd appreciate it if you'd stop by later and let me know how you feel about it. I don't think it contains any spoilers (Not as much as the ones on goodreads did!!)

Zibilee said...

Wow! It seems like you have had a lot going on recently, and that there is still more to come. I wanted to say that while I do really enjoy reading your memes, I am also looking forward to some new and original posts from you as well. I also noticed that you and I are both reading Sacred Hearts right now, and I am hoping you are enjoying it. I am caught up in it right now, and am about halfway done. It's a pretty good read so far.

JoAnn said...

Wow - that's quite a busy week! Hope you can relax a little now.

Literary Feline said...

How fun! I look forward to hearing more about the conference and convention, Marie. I hope you are having a good week!