Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ALA Annual Conference - 2016

Here is my tentative schedule for ALA Annual in Orlando. Note that it is still tentative!

This year Annual is back in Orlando. I'll be driving down (with a day at the beach before and after, I hope). I will get to Orlando on Thursday (June 23). I'll be staying through the Inauguration on Tuesday, June 28.

If you are looking at this in May, you will have to page forward to June to see the schedule.

I have finally figured out how to make "Agenda" the default view! Clicking on any event will show details.

And do note the time zone note, I think I have fixed it to show the time zone that the conference is in (at last).

Monday, March 07, 2016

ALA Elections - 2016 version

It is getting to be that time again. ALA Election time.

The good news could be that I am not running for anything this year. I have enough to do already. In June/July I become the President of a division (ASCLA).

Every year I have a couple of colleagues who ask for advice on making selections from the very long list of candidates for ALA Council. It is a long list! One of my friends has taken the list of ALA candidates and created a searching tool so you can create your own list of parameters as you decide for whom to vote.

Here is the link to what Andromeda Yelton has created: https://thatandromeda.github.io/ala_candidate_filter/2016_ala_council.html

Play around with it. See how it works for you. I might create a list this year, but then again I might not. Back in 2009 (that was after I left), the ALA Executive Board  set some campaign guidelines. As an "officer" within ALA, I received an email with the following noted:

Appointed committee chairs, or members of committees may endorse candidates and may use ALA electronic discussion lists to express their support for an individual candidate or candidates for ALA offices, as long as they do not use their official titles or create the impression that they are speaking on behalf of an ALA committee or unit of ALA. Candidates can list endorsers by name, but not by ALA title or office. Executive Board members shall not endorse any candidate in any American Library Association election.
I need to ponder more.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Learning from Failure

Big Magic Elizabeth Gilbert
One of the books on my list of titles read was Big Magic: Creative living beyond fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love. In the book is a section called "Hungry Ghosts" about failure.

A key sentence at the beginning of the section says: "...I have come to understand what part of me is suffering when I fail: It's just my ego."

Later she says: "Some version of that hunger dwells within all of us. We all have that lunatic presence, living deep within our guts, that refuses to ever be satisfied with anything. I have it, you have it, we all have it. My saving grace is this, though: I know that I am not only an ego; I am also a soul. And I know that my soul doesn't care a whit about reward or failure. ... "

I commend the whole book.

The web site for the book (the author's site) is: http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/books/

Books Read 2015

Here is my list of the books I read during 2015. I read a total of 26 books during the year. Almost all were books which arrived as Advance Readers Copies. That has helped to broaden the choices of what I read. They will stay on the Currently Reading page for most of January.They are listed in reverse chronological order (i.e., the last book I read is at the top of the list).
    Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Life's Darkest Hours by Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis with Robin Gaby Fisher ARC
    Magna Carta: the Birth of Liberty by Dan Jones ARC
    Expatriates: A Novel by Janice Y.K. Lee ARC
    Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell ARC
    The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
    Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell ARC
    Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase by Louise Walters ARC
    Seeds of Grace: A Nun's Reflections on the Spirituality of Alcoholics Anonymous by Sister Molly Monahan
    The Rocks: A Novel by Peter Nichols ARC
    Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert ARC
    Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, in Brief (2nd edition) by Henry M. Robert III, Daniel H. Honeman, and Thomas J. Balch with the assistance of Daniel E. Seabold and Shmuel Gerber
    Church of Marvels: A Novel by Leslie Parry ARC
    The Gates of Evangeline: A Novel by Hester Young ARC
    X by Sue Grafton ARC
    The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley: A Novel by Jeremy Massey ARC
    A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
    So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson ARC
    Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We're Saying Now edited by Ann Imig ARC
    Stepdog: A Memoir by Mireya Navarro ARC
    Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London by Mohsin Hamid ARC
    Hall of Small Mammals: Stories by Thomas Pierce ARC
    The Girl on the Train: A novel by Paula Hawkins ARC My review
    Watch Me Go: A novel by Mark Wisniewski ARC
    If I Knew You Were Going to Be This Beautiful I Never Would Have Let You Go by Judy Chicurel ARC
    Living Abroad in Panama by Miriam Butterman
    Dorothy Parker Drank Here by Ellen Meister ARC

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Clementine Churchill: an undersung hero

I just finished reading Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell.

Clementine Churchill lived an amazing life. She was incredibly under appreciated, both in her time, and now. I feel like I know a fair amount about Eleanor Roosevelt who was an incredible advocate. Clementine Churchill may well have done more for Britain (and the free world) than Eleanor, but has received almost no credit.

Born into impoverished nobility, she was about a decade younger than Winston Churchill. This book draws heavily from the copious correspondence between Winston and Clementine. They were generally not model parents, and the book does not sugar coat their shortcomings in this area. Clementine was privy to most of what Winston dealt with (including state secrets). She advised and challenged Winston, and was often the only one who could challenge him. She tempered him in many ways, and often re-wrote speeches and memos.

For a book where you know how it will end (there are no secrets about history), it was a gripping read. I even pushed it ahead of other books on my "to read" pile.