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Muy Caliente!

June 21, 2017

800px-Barrel_cactus_with_a_viewWelcome to Phoenix!  I arrived last Thursday (to attend the Annual Conference of the Special Libraries Association) and Thursday has been the “coldest” day of the week thus far at 109 degrees fahrenheit.  It has been gradually getting warmer each day throughout the week peaking around 118 degrees on Monday and the temps will remain in the one hundred and teens range through the end of the week.  What a fitting start to the official first day of summer (which was actually at 11:24 PM last night, the 20th)  The good news: less than 10% humidity each day and no precipitation.  Positively glorious.  Hot, but glorious!

Be Bad First!

August 27, 2016

This is the title of a book by Erika Andersen who was the opening keynote speaker at this year’s Special Libraries Association Annual Conference.  The subtitle of the book is “Get Good at Things FAST to Stay Ready for the Future.”  Erika provided an excellent keynote by explaining the new need to learn and to get to the “mastery” stage  as quickly as possible. She identified four skills of mastery:

  • Aspiration — wanting something you don’t currently have.
  • Neutral self-awareness — knowing where you’re starting from and understanding your strengths and weaknesses (in an unbiased way)
  • Endless curiosity — explore and explain, understand and master.
  • Willingness to be bad first — we must be able to embrace the return to the “novice” stage as we learn new things.

Great food for thought.  Time to continue learning new things!

Eight Years . . . and Counting!

June 24, 2016

Happy Friday, and Happy Anniversary!  Eight years ago today I started blogging and began my journey with The Gun-Carryin’ Librarian.  This endeavor began as a learning opportunity when I undertook the Special Libraries Association’s “23 Things” self-paced course of study.  I had no idea what blogging was and was quite behind the curve on all things Web 2.0.  And, while I am still not an early adopter when it comes to new things/technology, I’m not completely afraid to try them either (thanks to SLA’s 23 Things).

Over the past eight years, I’ve managed . . .

  • more than 3,080 posts
  • more than 255,000 views
  • more than 39,100 visitors

My most popular date — June 14, 2012 (1,091 views).
My most popular day of the week — Thursdays (18% of views).
My most popular hour of the day — 5:00 PM (8% of views).

 

Let’s Go For Great!

February 8, 2016

Last week the Special Libraries Association (SLA) board had a board orientation in Alexandria, Virginia.  It was a several day event filled with meetings, team building exercises, an orientation of important association information (including Robert’s Rules of Order, Parliamentary procedure, and how to run a meeting), and a strategy session. A full few days to say the least.  Earlier in the year, I ran across a quotation by Rosalynn Carter, that perfectly captures where we (the SLA Board) need to be as leaders as we continue down the road to a more sustainable future for SLA.  Let’s get where we ought to be!

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”  (Rosalynn Carter)

Be Revolutionary!

June 8, 2015

The theme of this year’s SLA (Special Libraries Association) Annual Conference in Boston: Be Revolutionary!  So, I thought I would consult my copy of The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone, to see how they defined “revolution” and “revolutionary.”  Here’s what I found out . . .

Revolution:
” A trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering.”  (Tom Stoppard)

“An attempt to substitute misrule for bad government.”  (Anthony Butler)

Revolutionary:
“Someone who ends up either as an oppressor or a heretic.”  (Albert Camus)