Libraries, the universe and everything


Presiding
February 1, 2016, 13:13
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As I may already have mentioned around here, 2016 is my year as President of SLA New York. Even now, one month in (and following an entire year as President-Elect), I’m still somewhat overwhelmed, both by the responsibility and the by honour of it all. Me, a leader, in New York – surely that’s impossible? My impostor syndrome is being well-and-truly stomped on, however – despite what I might try to convince myself to the contrary, the fact of the matter is that I was asked to take on the position and I am going to do my absolute best to live up to it. To be perfectly honest, I’m excited about the challenge. Continue reading



Welcome to SLA NY 2016
February 1, 2016, 13:12
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My first public duty as Chapter President was to write an introduction for our e-newsletter. Getting this right was really important to me – many of our members don’t know me well (if at all) so I wanted to make sure that they had a clear sense of what I stand for and what I hope to achieve this year. Also, one of my biggest goals for the year is that our actions and processes should be as transparent as possible, and this seemed like a good way to start. I’m reposting it here mainly as a reminder for myself – in it I made a number of promises to the chapter membership and I want to keep myself accountable – and also because it encapsulates my thinking at the start of my presidential year, and I want to be able to look back in 12 months and see if anything changes. Continue reading



Things I’ve been reading – September 2012
October 1, 2012, 01:17
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Continuing the series of posts about my online reading…

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My name is Emma, and I’m a bookaholic
February 14, 2011, 17:44
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I have to say I’m getting a little bit fed up with people who criticise those who want to be librarians because they like books. I got into library work pretty much entirely because I liked books. I’m sorry, but if (like me back in the day) you’ve just left university, you’ve got a humanities background and you don’t want to be a teacher, libraries are quite a tempting option. The problem is not that someone has the temerity to want to work in a bookish environment because they like books, but if they are incapable of learning that the profession to which they aspire to belong goes way way beyond that. Continue reading



Jeans means ???
November 11, 2010, 14:21
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I have just finished reading this great marketing post (thanks @WoodsieGirl for tweeting the link), and I thought it all made a lot of sense. I was particularly struck by the section written by Lisa Salazar about the importance of personal appearance, which ended “Looks matter. Period.” (nb.  I am interpreting this as referring to outfit choices, rather than physical or facial attractiveness). Continue reading



Incipit
September 28, 2010, 19:18
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So here I am, on the day after my 30th birthday, sitting on the (rather sticky) floor in a club in Kilburn. I’m here on my own as my husband is busy and I didn’t think it’d be any of my friends’ cup of tea (though now I come to think of it I’m not sure I actually asked anyone…). And it’s all Twitter’s fault. Continue reading




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