After touching down in Beantown, I attended several events yesterday (Sunday), that truly caught my attention. Visiting the poster events was eye-catching to be sure. I spoke with Dawn Littleton from the Mayo Clinic Libraries who was publicizing the services that Mayo provides for our Native American population–and this tied right into the last blog post I did for the Welch Library. I think the more acknowledgements we can deliver to such an underserved population, (and I believe Native Americans DEFINE the word “underserved”), the better. Dawn couldn’t have been more cordial.
Also, kudos to the University of East Carolina (The Pirates!) for their western-themed “Gunfight at the OK Corral” poster. With several big-boy Publishers and Databases facing of in Dodge City, there was drama to behold. I have to get the name of their graphic designer and send it your way.
As fate would have it, I found myself SMACK DAB IN DE MIDDLE of “The Library Without Walls: How We Moved Out out of the Welch Library Building and Continued to Improve Our Services”. I know there were other events to attend, but this one had such a “shocking” pulp-fictiony tag line for a title. Putting aside my own bias and trying to approach this subject as a first-time audience member, I have to honestly admit that Welch Informationist Jaime Blanck provided a very illustrative timeline for the geography and rationale behind our move away from the physical Welch Library building.
The 3,000 pound elephant in the room was, how shall I say it……… LIBRARIANS LOVE THEIR LIBRARIES. So it felt as though the audience was watching “Invaders From Mars” (which truly scared me senseless as a wee lad) as it was taking place—-right this minute. Realtime. Streaming. Having lived through the transition, and watching Jaime show our services, and how we operate—-it was a very compelling case, indeed. The presentation wasn’t meant to convert the disbelievers, but I did seem to notice the audience listening with rapt attention. No doubt much skepticism remains, but the execution of the idea, the genesis behind the bold move was thoughtfully and eloquently laid bare for all to witness. Having these revelations coming under the mantle of “Johns Hopkins,” probably lent a bit more weight to the proceedings. (“D’uh” moment, right?)
Catching up with Twitter pals Kimberley Barker and Emily Hurst—-actually meeting IN PERSON—was big fun. They’re both as genuine and wicked-smart in real life as they are in Twitterverse. Of course, they’re both busy as all-get-out and I barely got in a “Hello,” but as they say, “the day is young!”
Settling into a lovely dinner at Papa-Razzi a few blocks away was icing on a great first day cake. Lovely service and dinner.
What will the 2nd day bring?