Thursday, April 22, 2004

Management and Human Resources discussion

I attended a talk given by Janice Lachance today.

She is now director of SLA. She gave a very interesting talk on leadership and management in libraries. Ask me about it, if you're curious.

One thing she related was an interview she'd seen with an executive at Google and the executive stated that Google hoped the search engine would be good enough to replace reference librarians in 300 years. 300 years? Sounds like reference librarians will be earning their keep well into the future.

Upcoming SLA events

For anyone at UCLA who may be reading this blog, there is an upcoming event called
Reversing Vandalism.

29 April 2004 ~ Information Studies Colloquium Series ~
Guest Speaker: Jim Van Buskirk, Director of the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
~ co-sponsored by the California Center for the Book and the SAA UCLA Student Chapter ~
3:00-5:00 p.m., GSEIS Rm. 111
Jim van Buskirk will speak about the vandalism of this special collection and the "Reversing Vandalism" art exhibit subsequently produced. From the SFPL Web site: "Reversing Vandalism: An exhibition of over 200 original works of art created from books mainly on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender topics, women's issues and HIV/AIDS, that were destroyed by a vandal and withdrawn from the San Francisco Public Library's collection. Artists and concerned individuals from around the country worked to turn the damaged books into works of art. The wide variety of responses to this hate crime targeting GLBT, HIV/AIDS and women's communities vividly demonstrates the transformative power of art."

The SFPL Web Site

[copied from the SLA bulletin]

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