Library Issues Personal

So much stuff

I’ve just returned after a complete whirlwind of a week. I spent 5 days in New Orleans at ALA, then drove to Columbus, OH for the Origins game fair, the second largest gaming convention in the country. So much stuff to talk about, but I’m completely exhausted. So instead of writing, you all get: My Week In Pictures!

kgs taking a photocafe du monde aftermath

Michelle Boule and Paul StarkeSuchi and Jean at the swank Google Party

Neil Gaiman @ ALAapproaching cincy


Digital Culture

Blogger Bash 2006

President-Elect of the ALA, Leslie Burger, had a wonderful gathering last night for Library Bloggers and librarians from the Katrina effected gulf coast. Hearing their stories, seeing their faces, and hearing the statistics (millions of books lost, hundreds of people without jobs, dozens of libraries destroyed)…truly sobering. The recurring message:

Do. Not. Send. Books.

They have more books than they can process…if your library is doing a book drive, stop it. Instead, send money…for repairs, for staff, for new buildings. That’s the need, and after having driven through the affected area, the need is more than I can say.

IF, and only if, you have to buy books, you should use the Amazon wishlists they’ve set up:

Dewey Donation System