So Brent’s all angry at me now. When I first scheduled the gaming sessions, we talked about him coming with me for the day, but I hadn’t mentioned it since then, just in case. He’s referred to it a couple of times, asking when it was coming up, but I always just responded with a vague “soon.” This week I found out he had an English test that day, so I didn’t mention it at all. You can imagine how upset he was when he found out where I had been all day. It didn’t help that he watched me upload the pictures to Flickr, either.
He first noticed the case for AADL’s DVD sitting on the kitchen table, so I explained to him how they held the tournaments at their library every weekend during the “season.” His immediate response, of course, was, “Can I go?” Even when I noted it was six hours away (taking into account construction traffic), he still wanted to go. I told him how staff from their library came to my office to teach other librarians in Illinois how to do these tournaments themselves, and he thought that was very cool. He also rationalized the whole thing by saying that I probably didn’t take him because I was too scared I’d lose to him (no doubt he would have won every tournament!). He’s excited about the idea of going to the library to watch and play against his friends.
You know, normally I talk about shifting library services to where our users our, rather than forcing them to come to us. However, gaming is a great example of the reverse, and it definitely works for bringing in young boys.
Interestingly, during our conversation, my Treo was sitting on the table in front of us. When Brent realized it was there, he said, “Put on some music, dawg.” He very much thinks of my phone as an MP3 player. Of course the rest of the night, all I heard about was how big I owe him for not taking him to the gaming workshops .
If you are subscribed to the NEASIST blog with a podcast-capable aggregator, you already have the MP3s on your hard drive, but for everyone else, the files are now available at the following links:
Megan’s Talk (22.8 MB, 1:06:10 minutes)
My Talk (20.6 MB, 59:54 minutes)
Michael’s Talk (18.2 MB, 52.50 minutes)
Panel Discussion and Questions (12.1 MB, 35:08 minutes)
There’s also a repost that pulls together all of the Powerpoint presentations, so you can follow along if you’re at a computer. I haven’t listened to them yet, but I’m not sure my podcast will work very well without viewing the slides because I use so many screenshots to illustrate my points.
Thanks to the NEASIST crew for all of their hard work on this and to my co-presenters for making it such an interesting day!
I just finished posting on Flickr a set of pictures from today’s gaming in libraries workshops. If you weren’t able to attend, you really missed a great session!
BTW, I tagged them all “gaminginlibraries” in case anyone else wants to play along, too. Or maybe we should start a group?
Today's Tech Summits on gaming in libraries were fan-tast-ic! I couldn't have asked for better presenters, as expressed by the participants themselves who noted on the evaluations how enthusiastic and knowledgeable Eli and Erin were (are!). Everyone learned a lot, and the actual game play was a BIG hit.
Several people told me that they hadn't expected to enjoy themselves so much, and that you truly don't understand gaming until you experience it yourself. You haven't lived until you've seen a roomful of librarians competing against each other in Mario Kart and DDR! In fact, several people stayed after the second session ended just to keep playing (and I think Dan B. probably stopped to purchase a PlayStation and DDR package on his way home!). We even had a few extra minutes to let some of our staff play, including our executive director, Alice Calabrese!
I've already got two applications for our grant on my desk, and I suspect we'll get more than 16 libraries that want to participate based purely on the level of enthusiasm in each session. Our plan is to draw names out of a hat in order to be fair if that does indeed happen.
I'll post the application to the MLS web site tomorrow for those MLS libraries that weren't able to attend. Eli is going to send me a copy of their presentation, which I'll also post to our site. Oh, and I'll have a copy of AADL's DVD to circulate to those libraries that would like to borrow it.
So without further ado, here are my combined notes from the presentations. Unfortunately, they really don't give you the full flavor of Eli's and Erin's wit and wisdom, but they do illustrate just how great AADL's program is!
95% of teenage boys play video games (!!!!!!!!!!)
not a big market for book rental; libraries missed the boat on video game rentals, which is why it's such a huge commercial market now
this is what kids today think of first when they think of “content”
current YALSA strategic plan includes language about supporting emerging technologies
Erin: don’t have to be a gamer to facilitate this; can advocate for what teens want and need from us without judgement
Department of Labor study: determined that the average teen spends 7 minutes a day reading content in their hands (3–1/2 hours per month!) or not on the internet
Eli: don’t want them to grow up to be taxpayers based on 7 minutes a day
it's difficult to just circulate titles; teens are trading games with each other, which is competition for you
“The Bun” - our image problem; even the Jedi librarian had a bun!
AADL did tournaments to try and create a community
tournaments give kids something they can’t do at home
first choice you have to make is to pick your game; ideally one that can be used with multiple audiences
their DDR tournaments are 50% girls, but Mario Kart is only about 5%
they did monthly events on Saturdays: single player race, single player battle, co-op team race
multiple rounds and events meant a kid wasn’t knocked out for the whole day for one loss
if/when they have to start turning kids away, non-card holders will be first, which will be even more incentive for kids who are residents to get cards
grand prize was an iPod
arranged tournaments by grade, not age
they broadcast the championship tournament live on cable access
gave the kids who were in the DVD a copy
the kids really get into this, so the AXIS blog gives them an outlet for their mania
they suggest using consoles instead of computers because you can spend as much on one computer as on a multiple console setup
the big key to the setup is to have a completed game saved - you'll need to get that from one of the kids; nothing makes you look more rinky-dink than having only the basic cars, paths, etc.
if you can't afford the larger setup or if you want to test the waters first, you can have kids bring in their own dance pads for DDR
ideally you want a ceiling-mounted projector for DDR so that heads don’t chop off the view and you don't have to dance around the projector (literally!)
for the tournaments, they’re not doing pre-registration for now; that will change when they have to start turning people away
AADL will release the new version of their software as open source this summer after they revamp it; a library could use an Excel spreadsheet if they had to
in DDR, participants get two dances; for Mario Kart, they get three or four races
DDR requires you to provide a lot of drinking water!
then come single elimination rounds; head-to-head DDR
need 2 people minimum to run a tournament – an emcee and a scorekeeper
for the focus groups, let the kids bring in their own games and talk about what the second season should be like; AADL let the kids play for two hours, talked to them for a half-hour and got good feedback; 20–22 kids showed up!
flourescent lights say “school” so turn them OFF!
for the next season of DDR, AADL is planning an extra camera with a fish-eye lens to focus on their feet
do a season, not just an event; it becomes more valuable to the kids; not just “an afternoon at the library”
schedule heavily during kids breaks, have lots of open play time; the kids love it and the parents love it even more!
next season, every weekend will be a tournament weekend at AADL, with all three groups each weekend: adults/families on Friday nights, teens on Saturdays, and younger kids on Sundays
really only need two pads for a DDR tournament; you might want to have two separate tournaments with different levels of difficult (beginner and expert) so that novices aren't competing against experts
AADL did a Mario Kart tournament during their staff in-service day that helped get buy-in
when you promote it, you can’t just use traditional places like newspapers
Eli: this isn’t intended to be a loss leader; this is a core service, but it’s also the easiest way to show you have value to an audience that doesn’t feel that way; these are your future taxpayers!
tournaments are to video games what storytimes are to picture books; anyone can check out a picture book, but we still do storytime
it really helps to get your library as a focus in their hearts and minds; shows you “get it”; really gets the boys in the door
Eli: “if you hand them a bibliography, you’re through”; do a commercial instead; hand out flyers instead
only 17% of the games sold are M, 51% were E; realize that only a few bad apples get all the press, but that there really are a lot of great games out there
AADL did an “adult DDR” night for 20–somethings on a Friday night; this is a tough group to market to, so they try position themselves as a “pre-bar” activity
call it a “family” tournament and the teens will stay away in droves, but families will come (that way the teens won't dominate games against younger kids or adults) ;-)
saw a steady 40% growth rate throughout the season, from tournament to tournament; word-of-mouth spread via the kids themselves; some kids even called friends from the tournaments to tell them they *had* to come see what was going on!
kids continually want the stakes raised, so “seasons” are best ("just like on reality TV shows, except AADL didn't do a clip show one week before the final event")
program school breaks intensively; AADL did 4 tournaments in 5 days – 2 open plays, a DDR tourney, and a Mario tourney
during open play, the kids will even organize their own tournaments and will do their own color commentary (the color commentary on the DVD is priceless!)
25–30% of the kids coming to the tournaments have never been to the library before, even in the AADL community that has a 70% cardholder rate
AADL plans to add enhanced services for cardholders, like letting them track their stats online!
by doing a tourney at “the neutral zone”, an independent teen center outside of the library, they reached a whole new audience, some of whom started coming to the library for the tournaments
the idea of holding “seasons” is not different from what we’re already doing - storytimes already run in 8–week sessions
during school breaks, AADL schedules tournaments during the day, rather than at night
median age of participants is probably 15
they’ll have 20–25 kids pacing outside waiting to get in, trying to bribe them to open the doors early
they're doing a pre-season exhibition tournament before season 2 starts!
every round will be televised live in season 2
they're going to add Super Smash Brothers and Madden 2005 “2–minute drill” events, as well as Monkey Ball and some others
every championship round will be a different, unannounced game, often ones that you can’t fit a whole tournament around
AADL is working on promoting tournaments at pre-shows in movie theaters (that’s where your audience is, and they’re paying more attention to that than to TV ads)
they're also adding “Clans” in season 2 because the kids wanted to do this – letting them form 4–person clans, but when they win an event individually, they also earn points for their clan
tournaments have run about an hour; did 4 1-hour tourneys a day in season 1, will do 5 in season 2
some of the biggest demand now is for adult Mario Kart tournaments, especially for college kids and 30–year olds
at one point, they had a prize for the person that brought the most new people the next day
AADL doesn’t limit gaming on their internet stations at all; lots of kids are playing Runescape
small libraries could each buy two stations and then several libraries could combine their equipment for regional tournaments
This statement would indeed be alarming, if it wasn’t for the fact that the original copy leaked onto BitTorrent was stolen by someone associated with the film and if “Revenge of the Sith” hadn’t made $50 million the first day alone. Glickman shoots himself in the foot by noting that the movie was pirated and yet “fans have been lined up for days to see” it. He wants to have his cake (fans lined up everywhere!) and eat it, too (but piracy “will erode an engine of economic growth and job creation”).
Explain to me again why Congress listens to him? Oh yeah - the money.
Hopefully they’ll cry wolf one too many times, and they and their record profits will be seen for what they really are – a successful business that needs no further legislation from our government. The legal business models Glickman refers are indeed working and with time, they will grow into a thriving business if they stop concentrating on disabling customer playback devices with overly-restrictive DRM and concentrate instead on producing a good product. Just like every other business out there.
The movie I downloaded from MovieLink and tried to watch on my laptop expired without me ever watching it because Microsoft still hasn’t been able to figure out why the digital rights management software won’t authenticate the movie playback software. The MS support rep is still working with me via email, but I think he’s stumped and can’t reproduce the problem in order to try troubleshooting it.
I know the movie expired because in the middle of writing an email message, a small window popped up in the lower right-hand corner of my screen and told me so. I will say that this is a nice feature of MovieLink’s software (even though it’s the only feature I’ve been able to actually see), because it also informed me that it had removed the file in order to free up space on my hard drive (735MB to be exact). That was nice of them (and I’m not being facetious), but I wish I’d been able to watch it first.
One of the stories I missed posting about last month was the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeal’s ruling that the FCC did not have the authority to require manufacturers of television sets to embed copy protection controls into TVs in order to let the entertainment industry decide what you can and can’t do with what you watch. See Ernest Miller’s post for more details and reactions.
I bring this up now, only because the MPAA is attempting to bribe Congress into passing legislation that would give the FCC this authority since they couldn’t win their case in the courts (again, see Ernest Miller’s post on this draft legislation). So when it comes time to let my legislators know that I am tracking their votes on this bill and why I want them to vote against it, you can be sure I’m going to tell them this story.
Because the entertainment industry shouldn’t be allowed to dictate laws for something they can’t even guarantee will work on an average laptop like mine. Until then, get your hands off my hard drive, my television, and every digital thing else.
Especially for Kate and Clare, I give you Grocery Store Wars, a grate parody! ;-)
Rebecca Hedreen is doing lots of very cool things in her users' worlds, not just within the four walls of her building. For starters, her Frequently Answered Questions blog is intended specifically to help distance education students at Southern Connecticut State University (which, of course, gives her an automatic feed for syndication). On that blog, a post from last month notes some of the ways you can ask a question, one of which - Chatango - I was unfamiliar with.
I love the idea of offering Skype, Flash-based chat, and IM options to cover the broad spectrum of online – especially distant – users. Hopefully Rebecca will provide more details, and maybe even a review, of Chatango for use within libraries. She’s embedded other cool things on the blog, too, like a link to Subscribe by email with rssfwd for those users that don’t have aggregators. I love this page, too!
My exploration of Rebecca’s work all started, though, with a link to her Library’s page describing Search Plugins and Scripts for the Firefox Browser, where you’ll find what are quickly becoming standard FF search plugins for the catalog and their journal locator. However, she’s also playing around with xISBN GreaseMonkey scripts, and she’s included GM extensions for WorldCat and and her catalog from Amazon! I definitely need some time to further explore this whole concept, but here’s how Rebecca describes it on her Library’s plugin page:
Last week, knowledge god Gary Price took some time to light my bulb regarding the NeedleSearch toolbar, a service that makes it stupidly easy to create your own toolbar for your library’s catalog, no programming required! He first wrote this up all the way back in 2003, and it’s still a good read. Highly recommended.
With all of this innovation coming on the Mozilla/Firefox side, you have to wonder how far libraries could take all of this. I want to push a lot of this with our SWAN catalog and create various plugins and toolbars, highlight them all on a single page, and let SWAN members either point to it or copy the code onto their own sites. Rich Allen sent me a link to NOBLE's Firefox Tips and Tricks, which comes close to this. It even mentions Smart Keywords, including how to use this with EBSCO. My only quibble is that all of this is hidden from their home page.
Let power users be power users they way they want to be, not by forcing them to use our advanced search screens! All I need are a few more hours in each day .
Inspired by the successes of Santa Monica PL and, of course, the Ann Arbor District Library, MLS is collaborating with the Thomas Ford Memorial Library (one of our members) to submit a LSTA grant to bring gaming to our libraries. Aaron and I have been talking through the idea since the current round of grants was first announced, and now we’re moving on putting together the pieces. We both believe strongly in gaming as a draw for t(w)eens in libraries, and we both recognize the impact gaming is beginning to have on our culture and society, which truly is only just beginning. Plus, the introduction to gaming culture should help librarians better understand patrons from this type of group and where they’re coming from.
Our plan is to submit a grant to put together a gaming “package,” much like the one Erin Helmrich and Eli Neiburger are going to show off at our May 26 Tech Summit (just 3 seats left!), except that ours will be a traveling road show. We want to get a number of MLS libraries to commit to the idea of gaming tournaments using the traveling road show. MLS will coordinate scheduling the equipment and can house it when not in use, but participating libraries would hold their own tournaments in their own buildings for their own patrons. The winner from each library would then go on to a championship tournament with bigger prizes at stake. The whole thing would be ongoing, with the championship possibly being an annual event. Imagine being crowned master chief of Chicago’s south and west suburbs! (Not that we’ll be using Halo as one of the games, but you get the idea .)
Since we’re just starting to put together the details, we have some questions we’d like to ask of those libraries that are already doing gaming tournaments. Of course, we plan to corner Erin and Eli when they’re here in two weeks, but for others, we’d really appreciate your feedback. Our inclination is to get [what will then be] new XBOX 360s for the coolness and current factors, which means we’re dependent on the games initially available for the system. We’re debating if we need to also get a second, more established platform, and which games would be the biggest hits with kids without setting off alarms for parents. (At home, we’re pretty strict about what Brent can and can’t play, so I’m very sensitive to this issue in a library setting.)
I guess our big question is if you could dream big, what would you dream? And if you’re at a MLS library, do you want to participate in the grant? We’ll be discussing this in more detail with MLS attendees after each session on the 26th, but feel free to contact me or Aaron with questions or responses! And watch Aaron’s blog, because he’ll be posting more on this topic.
Update: Here's Aaron's first post about the grant, in which he explains the significance of the XBOX 360.
“It is just a game. It is fun to use the board to lay out the Blogosphere Ecosystem. It helps me to think and learn about blogging culture by transforming the original game into this version. I had to think about which company and enterprise to choose and set up first on the board. The space is limited, so I picked well known names in blogging industry. Besides the private properties, there are two public utilities--the water works and the electric company. Then I thought of ‘Wikipedia’ and ‘Creative Commons’, and then a few more, making ‘criminal’ into ‘spammer’, ‘free parking’ into ‘free hosting’. ‘Chance’ and ‘community chest’ become ‘comment’ and ‘trackback’. Fun -- yes? There is not much difference for me transforming the game than writing a poem, using similes, metaphors and symbols.” [littleoslo, via Boing Boing]
This is a nice, visual representation of bloggy and social sites/services. It could serve as an interesting conversation piece in training classes, especially tech CE events.
Just for the record, violet/riga did finally respond to my question about the WorldCat link for The Da Vinci Code. Apparently Liz Lawley’s follow-up question on violet/riga’s page got more attention, so thanks, Liz!
Comments on the previous post noted the existing method for linking to books via ISBN (thanks, Richard!), and that’s a valid point. The WorldCat link is included on that Book Sources page, along with other ways to find the title in libraries, so it still serves as a good example of what I was saying in my presentation. violet/riga eventually found that, too, which makes more sense than her original notation.
"I'll skip over the part about our website (we're able to fix that pretty easily) and write about what they recommended for the catalog. The first screen they gave us was a redesigned search form. An interesting dialogue came out of that:
I just had to post that exchange, because it was so perfectly illustrative of the difference between libraries and the outside world.
The post is about a usability study the library had done on its OPAC by an outside usability expert. I've been dreaming about doing this, too, even going so far as to call the folks at 37 Signals to find out how much they would charge for something like this. I want them to create the perfect interfaces for a catalog, a subscription database, and federated searching. I'd like to get a gander at their AJAX and non-AJAX attempts at all of this and then implement what we can. Of course, I haven't really mentioned this to the SWAN folks yet.... ;-)
Unfortunately, when I called, the person I reached was out-of-town, and when he called me back, I was out-of-town. Things have been so busy at work that I haven't had time to pursue this any further, but this post, plus the Amazon-Google-search conversation on WEB4LIB this week (it starts here but takes on a life of its own and changes subject lines a couple of times), have piqued my interest again.
JFYI, we’re down to the 10 final openings for this month’s Tech Summit on gaming with Erin Helmrich and Eli Neiburger from the Ann Arbor District Library. If you’re in Michigan or thereabouts, you can also catch them this Thursday (May 12) at AADL giving a longer version of the show they’ll be doing at MLS (scroll about halfway down the page).
Drat – I’ll be at the ADL Gamers Conference so I won’t be able to attend this session. I’m going to go out on a limb here – without even knowing any further details than what’s in the brief description of the session - and recommend this session, especially to my member libraries.
Hurry and turn on The Daily Show – Jon Stewart is talking about the 24–hour news channels covering blogs! Catch the repeat tonight and tomorrow. :-)
“By reading the blogs on TV, the 24–hour news networks have combined the visual pizazz of a text file with the deep insight of a 90–second cable segment.”
“When I want hard-hitting news, I turn to CNN. Who turns to Skippy the Bush Kangaroo.”
“Kudos to MSNBC for using the power of blogs to finally give voice to the already voiced.”
And now Rob Cordory is covering blogs! “That no-talent hack Rob Cordory is on TV talking about us .”
So what are you doing to help the iPod-owning*-soccer-moms in your community? Are you thinking that far ahead? As a profession, we’d better start figuring out how to circulate digital music files to patron players.
* Not just the iPod owners, but MP3 player owners
Since the comments feed for my blog is totally separate from the main RSS feeds, I wanted to highlight the great resources that came out of the Native Firefox Search of Your Library's Catalog! post. This is a relatively easy feature to offer your patrons, especially if you’re a Sirsi or Innovative library.
Funny Foxtrot comic strip today about Wikipedia. [via my good friend Deanna]
Not so funny story about Wikipedia: for last week’s NEASIST presentation, I illustrated some ways WorldCat could be integrated into various online, non-library resources, one of which was Wikipedia. As an example, I edited the entry for The Da Vinci Code and under External Links, I added “Find libraries near you that own The Da Vinci Code” (snapshot).
Seventeen minutes later (that’s 1–7 minutes later), Violetriga removed my link, citing the very vague reason “ ‘find a library’ link isn’t a good way forward.”
WTF? Needless to say, I was beyond irked. It’s one thing to remove the link; it’s another to say it isn’t “a good way forward.” It isn’t a good way forward for whom? To where? And why not? I needed answers. So I found Violetriga’s user page on Wikipedia and left the most innocuous comment I was able to bring myself to type (version 34): “I added the link to find ‘The Da Vinci Code’ in libraries, and I’m just hoping for a more detailed explanation for why you removed it. TIA.”
I waited 17 minutes, then 18, 20, 30, 60, and then it turned into days. Violetriga answered other people’s questions, but not mine. To this day, she still hasn’t answered it. Which is probably for the best, because when I showed all of this at the NEASIST event, there was a room full of pretty ticked off librarians, all angry at one Violetriga. Even though she does good work for Wikipedia, I guess we’ll never know why the library link isn’t a good way forward. Not so funny.
Wow, very cool! John Wohlers from Waubonsee Community College’s Todd Library wrote to tell me about a cool new feature they’ve implemented.
Click away and work it will if you are (of course) surfing using Firefox. Very, very cool!
I've been seeing more ads for MovieLink so when I was traveling last month, I decided to take them up on their offer to purchase my first movie from them for $.90. At the time, it seemed like a good deal for an interesting service. I was flying in and out of Minneapolis on the same day, so why not spend the time on the plane watching
Cut to the airport, I’m on the plane and approved portable electronic devices can now be used. I whip out the laptop and bring up MovieLink to watch my movie. Except that I get an error message that my software has not been authorized for the proper security rights and needs to be upgraded. It will now connect to the internet, and this may take a few moments. But of course, I’m 30,000 feet up in the air with no internet, so now I can’t watch my movie. Bah humbug. So I figure that for whatever reason, the software didn’t authorize properly last night, even though it said it did. It lied. I’ll just have to authorize it when I’m online before the presentation, and then I’ll watch it on the flight home.
I tried to authorize it during the day, but it kept trying to connect to their server for authorization and ending with an error message that it couldn’t authorize my software. Double bah humbug. So now I don’t get to watch the movie on the way home, either. And with MovieLink, you only get 30 days to watch the movie, and once you start watching it, you only have 24 hours to finish it. Then it goes bye-bye.
So I get home and the next day I use their online chat to talk to technical support. The rep was incredibly nice and empathetic, but no matter what we tried we couldn’t get it working. Mainly because we couldn’t find a folder called “DRM” that was supposed to be on my hard drive. My contact information was taken, and it was promised a rep would get back to me for more detailed support.
And sure enough, someone did contact me via email. We tried some further troubleshooting (including updating Windows Media Player), but still no go. Simultaneously, the MovieLink folks emailed Microsoft about my problems, and a Microsoft engineer began working with me. I can’t stress enough how nice and patient these folks have been, but three days before my movie is set to expire, there’s still no resolution to my problem. The Microsoft guy sent me some instructions that finally made the DRM folder on my hard drive visible, and now he’s looking at a screenshot I sent him to determine what to try next. The MovieLink guy offered to refund my money for the movie, but if I accept that, I can’t take advantage of the $.90 offer again, even though I technically never did in the first place (sue me, I can be cheap). So the movie sits on my laptop, waiting for their server and my laptop’s software to say I can watch it. I think it’s going to die before I get to watch it.
So I’ve got two tech support people helping to figure this out, a movie that I paid for that’s about to expire, and an even greater skepticism of DRM than I had before, especially in a library setting. Triple bah humbug.
But you know that’s not the end of the story, right? I downloaded the new version of Rhapsody, which is really nice. It’s a Flash app now, which means more functionality. I really like it, but every time I open the app, I get an error message that says my Windows DRM software has been corrupted so Rhapsody can’t play the track. Not that I’ve asked it to play a track, mind you. And I can stream music just fine, although I haven’t tried burning anything yet. I assume that if I was to try the new “pay as you go” plan to put whatever music I want on my MP3 player, it would fail miserably.
My laptop is officially crippled through no fault of my own, and let’s not forget that this is a relatively new laptop. I think I’m even up-to-date on OS patches. How must the average user feel going through all of this? Why does average user have to go through this? All I wanted to do was watch a movie and listen to some music! Quadruple bah humbug.
My panel day with Megan Fox and Michael Stephens is starting. We’re going to talk about all kinds of new web tools (blogs, RSS, wikis, IM, bookmarklets, Flickr, and oh-so-much-more), so it should be exciting. The NEASIST folks are recording it for future podcast – w00t!
I’m on Trillian right now, even if my status doesn’t show it, so feel free to IM us a question (I am: AIM - cybrarygal; MSN - firstname.lastname@example.org; Yahoo - jennamomster).
Well, not totally new since she was appointed a week ago, but congratulations are due nonetheless! Illinois has been without a state librarian for four months, so it was with great excitement we finally learned that Anne Craig is now heading the Illinois State Library. I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working with Anne on several projects over the last few years, so I couldn’t be happier to hear this news!
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