Greetings from a Starbucks at Metro Center. In about 20 minutes, I will start my new job as a private law librarian. New job, new environment, but fewer blog posts. I’ll still be updating, ideally once a week, but I couldn’t even finish the theme from last week, and I wasn’t working yet. Thanks for sticking with me these last two months!
Hello, dear readers!
Much like when I abandoned you on my vacation to Florida last month, I will be out of pocket this week, and the beginning of next. I have some terribly important professional stuff happening, and I’ll be more than happy to talk about it once it’s all over–but not now. I hope you’re all having a fabulous week!
This week, we’re traveling into the heart of law making darkness to find truth in edits, floor speeches, related laws, court decisions, and press scandal. I’ve written about getting a legislative history started when you’re not sure where to look, bill tracking under special circumstances like when a hold has been placed on a bill in Senate, and the U.S. Statutes at Large. Now, I want to talk about tracking down little known resources, free law and open access, and using non-law stuff to get a complete picture of a law’s place in history. Let’s parliament!
Thingvellir, site of the first Icelandic parliament, by Meg
Formal education can’t teach you everything, but do you ever feel like there were some major plot holes in your library schooling? There’s much to be said for learning by experience, but a little guidance in advance never hurt in the cases of:
- Management and human resources
- Teaching full semester courses as an associate professor, with elbow patched tweed jackets
- Creating digital archives
- Wrangling big data
- Being confident enough to go at the above tasks with no instruction, and no warning
This week at Lulu, we’re looking at self education, outside of the classroom, because all librarians must be able to do all things. We’re learning together, you and I: I’m going to compile lots of resources on each topic, and you’re going to tell me who and what I’ve left out in the comments, on Facebook, on Twitter, wherever. Sound like a deal?
In the spirit of education, may I present one Mary McLeod Bethune with the promise of a post on biography as inspiration forthcoming:
Mary McLeod Bethune at the National Portrait Gallery, by
Dear readers, sometime’s life’s not fair. Stuff doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to, people don’t react in the ways that they’re supposed to, and things are no damn good. This week, we’re going into our heads to clear things up, and develop some constructive ways to deal with hard times.
Meg by Meg
There will be difficult patrons, bosses, coworkers, tough situations, and maybe a little bit of bad weather. Stay tuned, and feel better!
It’s vacation time! This week, I’ll be talking about information on the go: portable devices, remote login, drop box, and the virtues of disconnecting from all that. In fact, I’m coming to you from my phone, at a ball game right now. Bon voyage, dear readers!
As we enter into a month of international sport with the 30th Olympiad in London, this week’s theme comes from a sport that is no longer played in the Olympics: baseball. Michael Lewis wrote Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game in 2003, and it was turned into a movie with Brad Pitt (!) in 2011. If you’re neither a baseball, nor a Brad Pitt fan, allow me to explain the premise:
by Meg, book from DC Public Library*
Until recently, baseball victory has been solely the domain of very rich teams, like the New York Yankees (or Real Madrid, or Manchester United). Billy Beane of the Oakland A’s, a very poor team, decided to reexamine value for money with respect to winning baseball games. He discovered that through scientific analysis, as opposed to traditional baseball knowledge (read: the way it’s always been done), he could craft a winning team within his budget.
Are we not all Billy Beane? Libraries never have enough money, time, space, staff, scrap paper, anything. This week we’re talking about making it work with the resources you have, the virtues of free law, and evaluating what your patrons really need.
*Do we have a baseball tablecloth and matching place mats? Yes. Yes, we do.
I have made three more changes to the look and feel of Library Lulu:
- Every week, my posts will follow a theme. This week: What’s your sign? To follow the theme, use the post tags. At the beginning of every week, you’ll see a post explaining the theme tagged “this week at Lulu.”
- Speaking of tags, I have standardized my categories and recategorized every post for your reading pleasure.
- From the last post forward, all content will be mine, words and pictures (with linking, of course–it’s a blog!)
What’s your sign? This week will be all about literal signage, directional cues, and other symbols in a library setting. What are we telling people? What aren’t we telling people? Most importantly, what are we unintentionally implying with our signs?