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All Politics Aside: Presidential Exibit & Archive Online

The other day I was talking about this recording of Lyndon B. Johnson ordering pants. How it really was funny if you could somehow block out the fact that the man saying the words was once the president of the United States… I won’t go into that but I was delighted to find that the first results that popped up were not YouTube and Vimeo uploads!

University of Virginia’s Miller Center digital exhibit has placed the "Haggar Pants" recording in their LBJ Presidential exhibit. Clearly they know what people online want to hear and comment how this particular LBJ conversation is one of the most popular online.  I was even more impressed by University of Virginia Press digital archive of Lyndon B. Johnson recordings. I have not had a chance to go through either of these site thoroughly but it was nice to see digital exhibits and archives in a well organized and searchable manner. The sites seem to be a good example of what can be done (with a tone of money and skilled people) with archived material.

If you would like, please tell me about your favorite online exhibit’s and archives.

Work Buddy

I am a strong believer in the buddy system. I have been a believer since my first trip to the California Academy of Science in elementary school. Now I have to say that having a work buddy is also a good. Work buddies can remind each other about holidays, early time sheet deadlines, help figure out how to use internal computer programs or it’s just nice to have that person who you can ask “Who do I call to fix this?”

If you are in and out of the office a lot a work buddy can help you keep up to speed on changes in the office. My work buddy is my supervisor. Me and my supervisor often work as a team. If I give morning staff assignments I’ll often Cc my supervisor just so he knows why someone is in the stacks for the first 2 hours of their day. It’s also helpful to have someone to help keep track of listserve emails. Boy! Those listserves. We also talk about new policies and procedures. We then work together to implement and reinforce policies and procedures. Tools that I have found handy are Google Drive applications, email, the phone (yes…every now and then a phone conversation is more productive than an electronic one).

If you have a work buddy tell me how you guys work together? What tools do you use.

It has been a while since I did a post but I am happy that this is the first one of the year. If any of you are like me you likely either have a book on you (either a physical one, or a few digital, or an audio book). And if you are like me you may also have a hard time deciding on what to read next. Well, any help that I can get I love. This new YouTube channel (brought to us by the Texas based @archivingaloud) is going to be on my list of places to find inspiration! I hope that we do indeed get to see a new set of reviews each month…especially since one of my NYResolutions was to actually read a book each month. Woot Woot.


Responses (not by me) to the Statement of Appropriate Conduct at ALA Conferences

Late last November while I was checking out the ALA mid-winter website I stumbled upon the Statement of Appropriate Conduct at ALA Conferences. The title seemed a bit cumbersome (I assume that it will be referenced by a shorter title the more it is discussed) I thought that it was likely something I should read (even though I am not going to this year’s mid-winter conference). I will admit that when I initially read the statement I thought that all of the points were common sense. But at someone who often times thinks about/ helps create policies and discuss appropriate conduct within my own work environment  I remembered that most policies come out of a real need to remind people what is expected of them within certain contexts.

So I looked around online to see if I could find out how the statement came together, or at least get a bit more insight into the what it means for ALA Conference participants. Here are a couple of articles that I found insightful. 

First check out this November 27th OpEd piece from LibraryJournal. The author only identifies themselves as  ”Annoyed Librarian”. I feel like this piece has a lot of the sentiment that many others may have read when they, like me, stumbled upon the ALA document. 

In the OpEd piece titled Why ALA Needs a Code of Conduct on the Library Journal website Andromeda Yelton explains why she  finds the need for the document (on her personal blog she goes a bit more in-depth into her perspective on peoples’ response to the ALA Statement of Appropriate Conduct).

Here is an an interesting breakdown of the ALA Statement by Matthew Ciszek which might help shed some light one what various parts of the statement mean for conference attendees. 

I hope that I will remember to keep up with how people respond to the ALA statement of appropriate conduct. Also, do people know of any other library/archive/information science conferences that have a code of conduct? If so, do you feel that the atmosphere is different at those conferences compared to ALA?

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