I briefly attended the ALA town hall discussion where topics of concern were brought up by ALA members and will be passed on to the Barack Obama Administration.’  ALA President Jim Rettig, the Chair of the Legislation Committee, and representatives from the ALA Washington Office staff were there. According to the wiki about the discussion, there were about 259 ALA members and 45 that took to the mics.’  Having qualified librarians in school libraries was a frequently raised issue.

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Yesterday I started going through my stack of library journals I subscribe to and I came across a 2005 issue of American Libraries with Barack Obama on the cover.’  I thought how cool it was if we knew then, that he was to be the U.S. president elect today and soon the president.’  (btw, it was not an easy decision of whether or not I should weed that issue from my collection).

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As I was browsing the Tribune online, I came across this quote from Barack Obama’s letter bidding goodbye to Illinois as a Senator, “I learned how to disagree without being disagreeable.” That quote has stuck with me all day, and fortunately I was able to share it with someone that wrote it down and who will hopefully pass it on as well. I think it’s such a fitting quote for so many professions, even librarians (especially librarians?!). Read More →