Thursday, January 16, 2020

ALA Midwinter 2020 - Philadelphia

Here is my tentative schedule for ALA Midwinter. Note that it is still tentative!


I am flying in on Thursday (1/23) and leaving on the 28th. (Note: I have not figured out how to make "Agenda" the default view.") Clicking on any event will show details. And do note the time zone note on the bottom. Here, I am seeing things in the Central Time zone, not sure how true that is for others.



Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Books Read 2019

Here is the list of books I read in 2019.
    Basket Case: A Novel by Carl Hiaasen [library book]
    Major Taylor: The extraordinary career of a champion bicycle racer by Andrew Ritchie [library book]
    The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell ARC
    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rosemary Wells
    Little Altars Everywhere by Rosemary Wells signed
    Failure to Launch: Why Your Twentysomething Hasn't Grown Up.. and What to Do About It by Mark McConville, Ph.D. ARC
    Seeing My Skin (A Story of Wrestling with Whiteness) by Peter Jarrett-Schell, Review ARC
    Guardians of Being: Spiritual Teachings from Our Dogs and Cats words by Eckhart Tolle, art by Patrick McDonnell
    Stray City: A Novel by Chelsey Johnson signed
    Contemplative Vision: Photography as a Spiritual Practice by Dirk deVries
    Mina's Guide to Minute Taking: Principles, Standards, & Practical Tools by Eli Mina
    Deep West: A Literary Tour of Wyoming
    The Nature of Life and Death: Every Body Leaves a Trace by Patricia Wiltshire ARC
    If You Want To Make God Laugh: A Novel by Bianca Marais ARC
    Redwood and Ponytail by K. A. Holt ARC
    Astro-Nuts by Jon Scieszka and {the other} Steven Weinberg ARC
    The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcarcel
    Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety by Sacha Z. Scoblic
    No Exit: a novel by Taylor Adams
    Food Rules: an Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan
    Jazz Scrapbook by Bill Russell and Some Highly Musical Friends
    The House in Poplar Wood by K. E. Ormsbee YA - ARC
    Five Days at Memorial by Sherry Fink
    Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault by Cathy Guisewite ARC
    Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman ARC

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Seeing My Skin - a review

Jarrett-Schell, Peter, Seeing My Skin: (A Story of Wrestling with Whiteness) [New York]: Church Publishing, [August 17] 2019.

I picked this up as an ARC (Advance Reader’s Copy) at ALA this summer. In unusual fashion, I actually was reading it as the publication date arrived. It has made me stop and think about many of the things I think, say, and do.

The book opens with an incredibly powerful vignette of an actual event, and is the author's Facebook posting of that event. The rest of the book is divided by location and starts with a series of vignettes, followed by a “debriefing.”

The stories tell of his experiences of the racial divide and his reactions to what he has experienced. It starts with his growing up, and ends with incidents after the most recent presidential election. The debriefing section of each chapter is probably the most powerful.

The author is an Episcopal priest who met his wife in college. She is also an ordained Episcopal priest. He is white, she is black.

I think this a book which I want to sit and read again … that doesn’t often happen.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

ALA Annual - DC


Here is the semi-annual posting of my schedule ... Right now, this matches the version of the calendar in the ALA Scheduler, and lives both on Google Calendar and in my personal Outlook calendar. It is still tentative! There are overlapping meetings. Some of the decisions are "game day" decisions based on location and priority in my work/ALA life. I am the incoming chair of the ALA Membership Meetings Committee, so that meeting along with the Membership Meeting itself take priority. As the ASGCLA Division Councilor, Council and the ASGCLA Board get priority, too.

I get to town early, and will actually do some tourist things during the day on Thursday!

Clicking on any event will show details. Also clicking on "ALA" opens the calendar for that day. I have figured out how to show the Agenda ... this is a work in progress as I jump into HTML editing to make it look the way I want!

And do note the time zone note on the bottom. I have entered the correct time zone in the calendar ... so we will see how that works out for me. I may have mastered this!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

ALA Elections 2019 [edited]

ALA ballots are coming out. I received mine, and have started working through the list.

There is a great guide to the election with candidate statements on the ALA web site. It is a great looking booklet, with a great description of Council including some of the pertinent actions taken over the past few years.

http://www.ala.org/aboutala/sites/ala.org.aboutala/files/content/governance/alaelection/2019/elections-booklet-2019.pdf

There is a link on page 16 to the Council bio statements (PDF, 194 pages!):
http://www.ala.org/aboutala/sites/ala.org.aboutala/files/content/governance/alaelection/2017/All%20Councilor%20bios%202017..pdf

And there is an Excel workbook on the main election page:

http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/alaelection
Here is a link to Andromeda Yelton's wonderful Council Candidate Sorter. (She has been doing this for several years now ... maybe 5 years?) The code behind it on GitHub (which I only very moderately understand...)
http://thatandromeda.github.io/ala_candidate_filter/2019_ala_council.html
The results will be posted April 10, 2019 on that last link above.