Posts Tagged ‘SLA’

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)

Two Thousand, And Going Strong!

July 16, 2013

Today marks my two-thousandth post to this blog!  Wow, what an adventure this has become.  From my humble beginnings with SLA’s “23 Things” (which I started a little over 5 years ago), I’ve managed to stay the course and still find myself enjoying this activity.

And now for some shameless statistics . . .

To date, of my 2,000 posts I have had

    • 2,826 views in 2008 (the last six months only)
    • 42,412 views in 2009
    • 53,973 views in 2010
    • 37,149 views in 2011
    • 59,303 views in 2012
    • 15,867 views (so far in 2013)
  • 104 average views per day
    • 15 views per day in 2008 (the last six months only)
    • 116 views per day in 2009
    • 148 views per day in 2010
    • 102 views per day in 2011
    • 162 views per day in 2012
    • 81 views per day (so far in 2013)
  • Month with the most views: June 2012 (9,236)
  • Day with the most views: June 14, 2012 (1,091)
  • Month with the highest average views per day: June 2012 (308)
  • Categories utilized: 29
  • Number of tags utilized: 5,746
  • Number of “followers”
    • 55 blogs
    • 237 twitter
    • 614 facebook

It ebbs and it flows, but it continues to be a lot of fun.  The “Gun Carryin’ Librarian” will blog on . . . for now.

My Personalized Word Cloud Portrait!

June 20, 2013

cloud9391Earlier this month, while attending the Annual Conference of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) in San Diego, Califorornia, the New York Times was offering to create a personalized word cloud portrait for conference goers.  So, I stopped by their booth, had my photo taken, and then selected the “travel” section of the NYT to populate the word cloud.  I could have selected any “section” from the paper (the other sections that I considered: the Arts and Sports).  I even got to select the color for the words — I picked green of course, Go Green!  The end result was pretty darn amazing and not too shabby at all.  What a great idea to generate traffic to their booth!  And, what was even better . . . no hard sales pitch whatsoever (my institution already subscribes, so this takes a lot of the sales pressure away from the git-go).  All in all, another fabulous conference.  Next year: Vancouver, I can’t wait!

Itsy-Bitsy, Teenie-Weenie!

January 31, 2011

No, not a yellow polka-dot bikini, but the smallest “framed” item in my art collection (2-3/8″ wide x 3″ tall — framed dimensions).  It really isn’t art (aside from the fact that it is framed), but rather a $0.20 cent postage stamp:  “America’s Libraries: Legacies to Mankind.”

A first day of issue ceremony for the America’s Libraries Stamp was held on July 13, 1982, at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

A second $0.20 cent “library” stamp issued in 1982 (which I do not own — framed or unframed) was the Library of Congress stamp which was was issued on April 21, during National Library Week. 

Then in 2009, the Special Libraries Association (SLA) introduced a $0.42 cent stamp to celebrate and commemorate their Centennial Anniversary as an Association.  I used these Centennial stamps for the entire year on all of my letters and correspondence.  One of these days I will probably transition to electronic bill pay, but for now, I still use stamps and rely on the U.S. Postal Service.

Research and Knowledge!

January 27, 2011

Here’s a wonderful quotation that I ran across on the SLA (Special Libraries Association) Future Ready 365 blog (courtesy of Ian Palmer of the European Chapter).

“What is research, but a blind date with knowledge.”  (William J. Henry)

Read Ian’s entire post here.

And, according to my Cynic’s Dictionary, research is . . .
“What I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.”  (Wernher von Braun)

“The process of going up alleys to see if they’re blind.” (Marston Bates)

Knowledge is . . .
“Power . . . if you know it about the right person.” (Ethel Watts Mumford)

One Thousand, and Counting!

November 8, 2010

Happy Monday!  I started blogging on June 24, 2008.  Two year, four months, and two weeks later, I’m publishing my 1,000th post!  My blog started as a learning tool and was created as an exercise during my progression through the Special Libraries Association’s “23 Things” (an introduction to Web 2.0 technologies and tools).  My blog is purely recreational, and, like the many other interests in my life, very eclectic.  And on this the one thousandth post, I would like to thank all of my loyal followers . . . I hope you have enjoyed reading my daily reflections as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

Here are the stats (for now):

  • 28 categories (some used more than others)
  • 3,092 tags
  • 293 (most views in one day, March 3, 2010)
  • 2,826 (views in 2008, an average of 15/day)
  • 42,412 (views in 2009, an average of 116/day)
  • 49,423 (views so far in 2010, an average of 159/day)

Happy Blogging!


June 17, 2010

What a perfect word to highlight as the SLA (Special Libraries Association) Annual Conference comes to a close.  Following a week of Board meetings, excellent programs, visiting with vendors, and networking with other information professionals, I’m looking forward to getting back into a more normal routine that does not include the really late nights followed by the super early mornings [yawn] that kept me in a constant state of exhaustion.  But, it was conference week, and this is to be expected. 


\OS-i-tuhnt\ , adjective;

1.  Yawning, as with drowsiness; gaping.
2.  Drowsy or inattentive.
3.  Dull, lazy, or negligent.