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Musings from Rhode Island's Chief Library Officer

Last Build Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 18:33:40 +0000


An Anniversary and Dreams in an Era of Doubt

Wed, 15 Jul 2009 18:33:40 +0000

a guest post by Kathy Ryan. Although a library can rise above the environment it inhabits, it must be conscious of that environment nonetheless, as we all must be conscious of our environment and the need to protect it from ourselves in the interest of our own survival.  Kathy has been working on planning a […]

Summer reading, reading summer

Wed, 08 Jul 2009 18:30:49 +0000

Nicholas D. Kristof used a line in his column last Sunday that I have been quoting (or plagiarizing, depending on the circumstance) ever since I read it, to put across the importance of what libraries do for kids that school can’t.  He wrote, “So how will your kids spend this summer? Building sand castles at […]

Working for the Fourth of July

Fri, 03 Jul 2009 17:45:08 +0000

A thought for the 4th:  It is an informed citizenry that makes it possible for us to keep the convenant of the fourth of July.  We are able to continue celebrating our Independence because we actively maintain it.  It’s a particularly special celebration for us library folks as we devote our working hours to making […]

GIA 2010

Thu, 29 Jan 2009 21:31:18 +0000

Last April, I wrote, “We are all facing another difficult budget year. I know it is of little comfort, but RI is not at all alone.  .  . .”  Little did I know that I would be posting the same message this year, albeit with a little more intensity. Once again this year, the trouble […]

In Memoriam Senator Claiborne Pell

Fri, 02 Jan 2009 18:53:55 +0000

One of the special things about having come to the state of Rhode Island as a young librarian in 1979 was to have come to the state of Senator Claiborne Pell.  Senator Pell’s name was already virtually synonymous with our government’s role in the kind of cultural phenomena that libraries comprise.  The Arts. . .the […]

Hanukkah for librarians 2009

Wed, 24 Dec 2008 18:25:45 +0000

The holidays are upon us.  We do Hanukkah at our house, which this year has a special library lesson to carry into the new year among all of our other resolutions. Hanukkah celebrates a miracle.  The Temple in Jerusalem was humiliated by Seleucid Emperor Antiochus Epiphanes in 167 BCE by the establishment therein of an […]

Statistics in Overdrive/Overdrive in Statistics

Fri, 28 Nov 2008 15:26:42 +0000

The election campaign season sent me back to the news-junkie-ism I thought I had gotten under control many years ago. In the exhaustion that followed the election returns, though, I, like so many others, have had to find strategies for returning to a ‘normal’ life. Chief among those has been a determination to avoid tuning […]

Inside and Outside the Library

Tue, 07 Oct 2008 14:35:48 +0000

Fall is here. The thermometer fell to 40° last night and promises to do so again tonight; so it is time to go inside where it’s warm and cozy. Yet, autumn being the most delightful of seasons, it’s beautiful outside, and growing more so. Daily the leaves take on color and their fragrance permeates even […]

Summer learning

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 19:43:27 +0000

It was a pleasure to read in the Providence Journal a couple of months ago about the value of summer learning (Summer learning makes a big impact by Ron Fairchild, May 29,2008). The proliferation of summer programs for kids is heartening. All Rhode Islanders should be excited about it – kids, their parents, and anyone […]

RI library advocates go to Washington

Fri, 23 May 2008 17:25:08 +0000

Last Tuesday and Wednesday I spent with some of my most convivial colleagues. Seven of us constituted a RI delegation to ALA’s National Library Legislation Day (NLLD). We learned a lot and accomplished a lot, and rediscovered how special RI is on the national library advocacy stage. Three members of the LiBRI (Library Board of […]