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.


There is a link on page 16 to the Council bio statements (PDF, 194 pages!):

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

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...)
The results will be posted April 10, 2019 on that last link above.

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Book Read 2018

Here is the list of books I read in 2018.

    Art Boss by Kayla Cagan YA - ARC
    Liar, Liar: A Nicole Graves Mystery by Nancy Boyarsky ARC
    Sugar Run: a novel by Mesha Maren ARC
    Other People's Love Affairs: Stories by D. Wynstan Owen ARC
    Bathed in Prayer: Father Tim's Prayers, Sermons and Reflections from the Mitford Series by Jan Karon ARC
    The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery a re-reading in English
    Zion: A Novel by Dayne Sherman LLA 2018 book
    All Happy Families: A Memoir by Jeanne McCullough ARC
    The Saint of Wolves & Butcher: A Novel by Alex Grecian ARC
    Krazy: George Herriman, a life in black and white by Michael Tisserand 2017 LBF author
    The Astonishing Color of After: A Novel by Emily X. R.Pan ARC
    Instructions for a Secondhand Heart: A Novel by Tamsyn Murray ARC
    The Price of a Haircut: Stories by Brock Clarke ARC
    Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY READ 2018
    Hard to Forget: an Alzheimer's Story by Charles P. Pierce
    Reviewed here
    Nine Irish Lives: The fighters, thinkers & artists who helped build America edited by Mark Bailey ARC
    Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and mourning on the American right by Arlie Russell Hochschild
    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes ARC -- inscribed by author
    What You Don't Know about Charlie Outlaw: A Novel by Leah Stewart ARC
    The Hunger by Alma Katsu ARC
    To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon ARC

Thursday, January 17, 2019

ALA Midwinter 2019

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

I am flying in on Thursday (1/24) and leaving for Pullman on the 30th - after I teach a class online. (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.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

ALA Annual 2018

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.

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

I will be arriving on Canal Street on Thursday afternoon - it should take me a whole 90 minutes from work!

Clicking on any event will show details. Also clicking on "ALA" opens the calendar for that day. For some reason, not all events are currently showing up, and I will work on that!

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, but this time, again, I don't change time zones!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Hard to Forget - Book Review

I recently finished reading Hard to Forget: an Alzheimer's Story by Charlie Pierce.

I don't usually read medical non-fiction. But having recently reconnected with a grammar school friend, we were talking about our high school buddies. Charlie and I grew up in the same town, close to each other, and for some of the early years of high school, we often walked to school together. I have been reading Charlie's stuff [off and on] for over 50 years. He wrote {for publication} in high school, and I would sometimes see his work in other places in more recent years. And, oh yes, this is *the* Charlie Pierce of "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me."

I have some vivid memories of Charlie's mother, but for me, his dad was a shadowy figure at best.

Part of what I enjoyed was recalling some of the scenery and geography of town.

This is a heart-wrenching, vividly told, brutally honest story. Charlie mixes his information gathering about this debilitating disease with how he and his family reacted to the progression of the illness. Everything from denial, to doing everything possible to help his dad.

It received excellent reviews when it was first published.

I am glad that I read it. In my professional life, "my" division of ALA includes a group of folks who provide services to those suffering from dementia and  their caregivers. As we baby boomers age, this will become an increasingly important service for public libraries to offer.