I’m never going to live this one down

Both Yvonne & I submitted proposals to the Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, in Charlottesville VA, September 25-27. In a remarkably speedy turnaround, they got notices back today, after only about 3 weeks. Well, Yvonne got accepted and I got rejected. Harsh.


Submit a proposal quick, you only have 2 more days. Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, in Charlottesville VA, September 25-27. Charlottesville is probably quite lovely in September, so I’m probably going to submit a proposal. Besides, they only require a 500-word abstract. I can barely clear my throat in 500 words; I’ll knock that sucker off today.

Festival of the Book

Paul beat me to the punch on blogging this, but here is the text of the email I got recently announcing the 2006 NC Festival of the Book: Subject: News: ’06 North Carolina Fest. o/t Book Greetings from the ’06 NC Festival of the Book: We’re proud to announce the launch of a totally-revamped and newly-updated festival site: www.ncbook.org There you’ll find a schedule of confirmed festival programs, as well.. Read More

My blogiversary

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of my first post. I was inspired to start this blog by the 2004 ASIST Annual Meeting: there were a few sessions on blogs and blogging, & since I had been talking with Fred about Lyceum for a while at that point, I thought that I really should get some firsthand experience with this whole blogging thing. And the rest is history. It occurred to.. Read More

It could have been much, much worse

So I survived my video-panel at ASIST on Monday. But only barely, and only with much audience participation. As I was standing up at the front of the room I did a rough count of the audience: I’d say that at a very rough estimate, there were 100-120 people in the room. That’s a big audience to wipe out in front of. Speaking of audience participation, I owe several people.. Read More


Yvonne & I are heading to Charlotte tomorrow. The ASIST Annual is of course the reason I’m going. But the reason Yvonne is coming with me is that we’re going to see the new Cirque du Soleil show, Varekai. I’m very excited about this — the last Cirque du Soleil show we saw was Quidam in 1998, in New York. We also saw Alegria in 1995 or so, & Saltimbanco.. Read More

Jared Diamond at Duke

The Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke has recently launched the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. As I understand it, the Nicholas School wants to get more involved in setting environmental policy, & this is essentially a think tank to help move them in that direction. As part of the launch of the Institute, they’re even as I write this running a day-and-a-half long Environmental.. Read More


For those of you who weren’t at the brownbag yesterday, Gary talked about the upcoming JCDL, & had us all brainstorm a bit about it. Gary mentioned that the theme of the conference, Opening Information Horizons, was an attempt to implicitly play on the theme of open-source, open-access, open-science, etc. I suggested that one way to embrace that theme would be to implement open reviewing. That idea pretty much went.. Read More

Duke Podcasting Symposium

Duke University Podcasting Symposium Duke University is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the first-ever academic symposium on podcasting from September 27-28 of this year. The two-day event will feature a hands-on podcasting workshop, as well as panel discussions of the economic/business, legal, political, journalistic, and cultural impacts of podcasting by bringing together prominent members of the podcasting community with policymakers, scholars, and media experts. The symposium will.. Read More

TRLN Program on NISO Metasearch Initiative

The TRLN is running a program on the NISO Metasearch Initiative, on Friday, August 26th, 8:30 a.m. – Noon. It’s free to attend but registration is required. Here’s the site for NISO’s Metasearch Initiative.