We're here, we're bored, it's 3AM and we ain't takin' no mediocre theory no how from nobody!

No Soup for You!

Sooooo, I'm kicking around looking at Stuff today. The subject of the PLA core services and roles for public libraries comes up.

So I think "Self! I haven't read the new one yet, I bet I should."

Clickety click, over to the PLA website.

And then I beat a hasty retreat to Google, since you can't actually use the PLA website to find what you want. (It wasn't like that a couple years ago, I swear. I guess ALA cooties must have hopped the wall.)

Anyhow, Google turns up some preliminary planning results.

"One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small" -- Jefferson Airplane

Soooooo. I can't help but wonder at this point. Do I look like a cataloguer?

I know that as the last of a dying breed of generalists I can pass for a few things, but a *cataloguer*? Really? Did all of the heavy duty folks phone out of work?

I assure you, come to my house, see the mess, and be disabused of the notion that I can put order to chaos. I _like_ Chaos Theory and Complexity. (Which I ought post about sometime.) If you squint hard enough, maybe I'll blur into an Indexer. Indexers are to cataloguing what sociologists are to psychologists.

The Road to Damascus

My colleague and buddy-pal Brooke posted an interesting and thought-provoking blog entry HERE which I thought of commenting there, but once Mojo gets started she ends up digressing and co-opting and muddying things and poking people behind their backs and looking all innocent when they turn around.

There's hope.

This is not a rant, nor drivel, nor vanity. I suppose I ought put more effort into it and make it into a proper article or something, but as a somewhat anonymous librarian says "Effort begins with eh."

We work in an awesome Field.

None of this should work.

We do it anyway.

Good stuff happens, bad stuff happens less.

We do work in an awesome field. I know this is chipper, and it's early, but bear with me a bit. Have some coffee or something, grumble your mandatory grumble about the current administration of the US and keep reading.

We're here, we're hostile, get used to it.

I know I'm far from mellow, and I know that I do more than my share of ranting, so I'm well aware that this is a grand example of pot and kettle. (Scarily, I am more mellow than I was before.) I also realise its fallacious. I don't care, I've had it.

On the other hand, I *am* the black sheep of this fine profession, so I must protect my turf. So in the fine tradition of Al Franken, here we go.

Don Saklad and Robert Kent, throw down. I demand satisfaction. I call shenanigans.

How do They do it?

I can't sleep again. Shocker!

Tonight's lack of sleep brought to you by a combination of, are you sitting down?, Classics + Caffeine + far too much one on one conversation about field leaders. That's right, someone had to go and humour me. Two someones, so it's double the trouble. + Free refills. Never a good thing.

Solar Arrays

Solar Arrays

This is a picture taken through the window of a portion of the photovoltaic arrays on the mansarde roof of the North Adams Public Library.

"Portrait in Sepia" >;)

"Portrait in Sepia" >;)

The original work is of course better, but I couldn't resist playing about and punning around.

Group Shot in Colour

Group Shot in Colour

Sometimes you catch a break :)

My battery died just after this shot. Someone else on the tour had stepped right into my shot to take his own picture. I was able to crop him on out.

It was hard to fixerate all of the colours and such, so I actually prefer the sepia version of this photo. The chaos of the group appeals to me more each time I take a second look.

My heartfelt apologies to Rosie. I had intentionally kept her out of the shot when she was on the right side of the porch. I was surprised to see her in this!

A Children's Room

A Children's Room

As much as some folks complained about the piecemeal nature and complicated sight lines of the different rooms in the North Adams Public Library, I am enamoured of the unconventional layout. (Probably since I don't have to work there :) ) It really feels like home, because it functioned as such for a person of some means before it was a Library.

This was my favourite shot from yesterday. I admit it's a low bar.

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