Category Archives: Libraries

A Year of Library Directing, or The Value of Useful Things

“Grace means you’re in a different universe from where you had been stuck, when you had absolutely no way to get there on your own.”
-Anne Lamott in “Oh Noraht Noraht” in Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

“So–well–I think I grew up questioning the contradictions, as we all do, but finally admiring the way we human beings always manage, however clumsily, to build a footing out of not much, and then dance on it.”
-Natalie Babbitt in “We’re All Mad Here,” Horn Book Magazine (September/October 2004)

Today I am celebrating one year of library directing.

I know, right? That … Read the rest

Reunited with My Laptop

I was sick and missed a couple days of work before I left on my trip to Chicago, and I really got to missing HPL while I was gone. So even though I got home at 1:00 in the morning, I got myself up mid-morning, did a few chores, and got to work by 1:00pm.

The library was lively and busy, and it was good to be back amid the beautiful chaos.

Then about 5:00, a storm came in. I heard the first rumble of thunder, and I knew it was foreshadowing trouble. Ten minutes later, the lightning and thunder … Read the rest

“All Things Merge Into One”

“My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe. To him, all good things–trout as well as eternal salvation–come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.”
-A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean

Today I think I discovered the meaning of life.

I was sick earlier in the week. I lost Monday and Tuesday entirely to a fever, and then I muddled through the rest of the week. Friday I felt as well as I had since before this all began, but I also lost my voice for no … Read the rest

I Need to Do Something About This, or There’s Going to Be Trouble

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Directing

Not so long after I started working at HPL, I was talking to a potential vendor about some work I wanted done and how it fit into some of my long-term goals for the library, and he said, “You’re really ambitious.”

I said, “I think we’re understanding each other.”

I didn’t wind up hiring that guy for that job, but being understood every once in a while balances out the times I have to convince salesmen that I really am the person in charge even though I don’t fit their stereotype of librarian or person in charge. Sometimes I … Read the rest

I Still Don’t Know What One of the Keys on My Work Key Ring Opens

I’m hoping it opens the hidden Door of Power, which, once we find it, will lead to three trials that, if we are able to successfully complete them, will lead to the Magic Money Tree that only blooms under the light of the gibbous moon when you say the exact right words in Elvish, which, thank J.R.R. Tolkien, is completely in my skill set.

I have to remember to add “Quest for hidden Door of Power” to our strategic plan. Just in case.… Read the rest

The Perils of Using Maxwell in a Photo Shoot

I said, “Look like that’s the best book you’ve ever read in your life.”

I Said, "Look Like This is the Best Book You've Ever Read in Your Life"

I said, “Look like you’re having so much fun.”

I Control My Little World

I should probably leave this kind of thing to Jeffrey.… Read the rest

Today, I Have Added a New Skill to My Director Toolkit

Dare to DreamIn addition to sharpening the pencils, today I tested the pens to make sure they all worked properly.

I dream of a world where everyone has a writing implement that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

I believe I can make this thing happen.

It’s Friday, people. Dare to dream.… Read the rest

I’ve Been Playing with infogr.am

Because isn’t that just the kind of thing you do?

And also:

 

These infogr.am people have gone all kinds of crazy with their spelling and usage, but, still, it’s WAY more fun making graphs and charts in infogr.am than it is in Excel.

This is more strategic planning, incidentally. We’ve been busy here. More to come.… Read the rest

Notes

My life has felt a little out of control the last few weeks, which has led me to cleaning my desk. As is always the case, I have encountered notes on meeting agendas that now make no sense to me. Most of them are like this:

What I Do at Meetings

The pictures aren’t mysterious, because I’m always doodling. It’s the math that baffles me. If I’m doing math, there’s usually a pretty good reason for it, the kind of thing that sticks in my head.

Because my math is almost always about money. Money I might have or money I might not have. Sometimes … Read the rest