Sunday, April 14, 2013

Everything old is new again.

I'm preparing for the annual Washington Library Association conference which takes place this month. It's a joint endeavor with the Oregon Library Association, something that happens every five years, and there are 800+ attendees registered. One of my tasks is to make sure that the WLA interest groups (hereafter known as IGs) have an opportunity to present themselves to those who don't yet belong to an interest group. The traditional time is the Wednesday evening Meet & Greet, where each IG has a table manned by members of the group. There is usually a playful theme and IGs are encouraged to dress up their tables, and often themselves, according to that theme. There's always a friendly competition between IGs as Meet & Greet folk move from table to table.

This year, the conference theme is "The Future is NOW: Networking Oregon and Washington." The graphics are wonderful, pulling from the 1960s space craze and vintage library symbols. Everyone agreed that planets/moon/sun would be fun to work with for decorating the IG tables. Each IG officer was to email their celestial choice to me and boy, those emails came in quickly as the officers claimed their favorite. The list dwindled until only one actively-avoided planet remained. The last IG to choose was CAYAS (pronounced chaos) - Children And Young Adult Services. CAYAS had hoped for Pluto but someone else had already nabbed it. After some deliberation, CAYAS sent their email claiming that final planet:

"In the true spirit of youth services, CAYAS will choose Uranus."

So. Funny.

I've blogged before about the odd things that show up in the life of a library. There are peculiar  bookmarks, donated items of questionable origin, disturbing notes left at the public computers, fake "Bubba" teeth in the bookdrop . . . and just when we think we've seen it all, something comes along. . .

That was written on the back page of a book we had to discard. People write in library books all the time but this budget was notable for the recreational plans for the remaining $200. Someone commented that the patron had properly taken care of his obligations first. One of our staff did a superb comedic riff on it.

(Hm. I've just uploaded the photo and it's not very good but I think I'll leave it there anyway. In case you can't read it, the $200 is designated for "Hookers and Blo.")
Overheard on Twitter:  Watching an early episode of "Buffy." Ancient book gets digitized, subsequently releases a demon. TYPICAL.

Until next time.

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