Librarians, they are good people

It is humid. The World Cup is on. Women in sensible shoes and cat vests are mingling with NextGens sporting tattoos and dyed hair, all vying for advance reader’s copies or a cold beer. It must be a librarian conference!

It has been a couple years since I was really in the swing of an ALA conference and I almost forgot the headiness of it all, the intoxicating sense of being with people who inspire you and drive you forward. Friday, I had a lot of moments that sounded like this in my mind, “I love librarians! I love being inspired by their will to face any challenge. I love talking about big issues with smart, funny, snarky, beautiful people!” Over and over all day.

For the first time Friday, I was able to attend the Library Journal Movers and Shakers lunch. This year it was at the National Press Club. As I sat listening to all of the fabulous things the new class of Movers and Shakers did to forward the cause of libraries, literacy, and knowledge I was truly, utterly humbled. It was amazing. They are amazing.

Besides sit in that room full of people that are doing astounding things, I serendipitously ran into my first boss after library school. She was the kind of boss everyone should have at their first job. She was encouraging and supportive. She fought hard for her team. She found my strengths and let me follow them, regardless of their actual relation to my job. She spoiled me for anyone else actually. Now, I am blessed that Clara is my friend still though professionally we have moved on.

I had an astounding first day and things only got better from there.

I felt that I listened more at this conference. I usually have a lot to say, but I felt more like a sponge than anything else. What I heard were the dreams and ideas of people that I regard very highly. I have some specific reflections on a couple ideas, but those can come later.

I think this marks the beginning of me being back into the midst of things and I am happy to be surrounded by the chaos of my peers.

–Jane, loves being a librarian

5 thoughts on “Librarians, they are good people

  • June 30, 2010 at 10:02 am
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    So can we call you Spongejane Squarepants? It was great to see you back in the mix.

  • June 30, 2010 at 1:32 pm
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    Yes, was great to see you back at the conference!

  • June 30, 2010 at 2:21 pm
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    I assume the Clara was not me (DC Clara). I agree I had been out of the conference circuit myself and I truly feel inspired by those in library land even though we mostly were sensible shoes.

  • June 30, 2010 at 3:08 pm
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    It is my old boss, Clara Fowler, who used to not like to “appear” online much, so I try not to mention her too often. ;)

  • July 6, 2010 at 5:10 pm
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    I really enjoyed talking with you during the National Press Club, and I hope that your time in DC was enjoyable in spite of the painfully hot weather. Laura and I spent nearly two weeks traveling as far east as the Atlantic Ocean, and now we’re back in Saint Louis, where my Windows 7 rollout still appears to be on target. Time to bone up on my on-the-fly training techniques…

    Don Kasak

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