the lis.dom fall tour

I am going to a bunch of places in the next four weeks, and only one of them has nothing to do with libraries. I’m not quite sure how this happened, but here’s the round-up of trips (all of them are also on Dopplr):

This Thursday, September 25, I’m taking four planes in order to get from Wyoming to Iowa, where I’ll be attending my best friend Sara’s ordination. The service is in West Burlington, but I’ll be staying in Iowa City for the weekend and returning to Wyoming (again on four planes) Monday, September 29.

I’ll stop long enough to pet the cats and go to work for a day and a half, and then I’m off to Casper from October 1 to 3 for the Wyoming Library Association conference. Kaijsa Calkins and I will be presenting a 2.0 Toolkit for Libraries Large and Small. I wanted to say we were from the biggest library in the state and the smallest, but believe it or not, there are in fact smaller libraries in towns smaller than mine in Wyoming.

Then I come home for the grand opening of the new Cody library on October 4. All the staff got a tour on Monday, and I got to look again on Thursday before the board meeting, and there were already books on the shelves! It is a gorgeous space and is going to be a huge, huge improvement over the extremely old, cramped quarters. The opening ceremonies start at 3, and the ribbon cutting will be at 4. At 4:30, the live auction of the grizzlies will begin, and the library will be open till 8 p.m. for the public to tour. I’ll be hanging out in the subterrannean teen room at the back of the building.

After that, I have a few days to catch my breath, and then it’s off to Denver for Library Camp of the West. I’ll be getting in on October 9 and will probably stay through the weekend.

Then I get another short break and then head out for my final stop, Monterey, California, where I’ll be from October 19 to 23 for Internet Librarian. I’ll be talking about how to make a library website on the cheap by using free software, web 2.0 tools, and the great world wide community of librarians as a support team. If you make it through my presentation, you then get to hear the wonderful Sarah Houghton-Jan, with whom I’m honored to be sharing a session.

If you can pick me out of the crowd of Mac laptop using, messanger bag carrying, Moo card bearing, sort of square glasses wearing people at any of these events, please say hi. I’m looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of LSW people and a whole lot of other people, too. Also, I love coffee and food, so if you want to meet up for either, let me know!

2008 in books, continued

I’ve been plodding away at keeping up with my reading list for the year and was about to put the finishing touches on this post when I inadvertently deleted the whole thing. So, instead of my insightful commentary and mini-reviews, you’re getting a list with a few notes.

My themes for this batch seem to be YA novels with female protagonists, frequently written by Sarah Dessen; books that take place in whole or in part near Swoope, Virginia (The Omnivore’s Dilemma and See You in a Hundred Years); and books about primitive living (See You in a Hundred Years, Wilderness Mother, and The Other). The Divorce Party was the worst book of the lot, although I think a lot of people would find Why I Came West frustrating. If you want that story, read Winter, which is a wonderful book. The other is good chiefly if you, like Bass and like me, feel that your life got derailed at some point by the need to save the world, or some part of it. Bizarrely enough, I didn’t reread any books during this stretch of the year, but I’m seriously considering reading Iodine again as soon as it comes back. It has gotten me ILLing books it mentions, and I am now a devotee of Haven Kimmel’s blog.

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
The Work of Wolves by Kent Meyers
You Know Where to Find Me by Rachel Cohn
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
The Sorrows of an American by Siri Hustvedt
The Bishop’s Daughter by Honor Moore
Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore
The Great Man by Kate Christianson
See You in a Hundred Years by Logan Ward
That Summer by Sarah Dessen
Girls Like Us by Sheila Weller
The Divorce Party by Laura Dave
The Other by David Guterson
Wilderness Mother by Deanna Kawatski
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Friday Nights by Joanna Trollope
Cost by Roxana Robinson
Why I Came West by Rick Bass
The Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer — listened to, not read — have I really only ingested one audio book in the past four months?
December by Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop
The Soloist by Steve Lopez
Iodine by Haven Kimmel

And hey, if you’re really, really interested in what I’ve read, I did a little book meme after the jump.

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