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Things went well today, I think. The worst thing that happened was they didn’t deliver the potato chips with the lunch sandwiches. Not a big deal. And here are pictures:

CULS Summer Institute

Now I’m going to watch Bedknobs and Broomsticks…if I can stay awake.

The Summer Institute on Friday is about advocacy. I’m excited to hear more about how to be a better advocate for my library. At the moment, I don’t think I can even say that I’m much of an advocate at all.

It appears to me as I read things about libraries closing, librarian lay-offs, library funds being cut, etc. that we do a poor job of showing people are value. Maybe we assume too much that people see the reason for having a library in their community (and this includes universities as well!)

In the academic arena, there seems to often be a disconnect between what we as librarians feel our role is and what other academic staff want from us. It makes me think of professors that see us as a way for them to get materials that only they will use. That doesn’t make good use of our funds and can create bad feelings with other people on campus. But have we really made people understand the purpose of the library?

The state of Kansas in general does not do a good job of supporting higher education. This is a fact that is painfully evident by flat budgets this year. Yet expenses for all sorts of things continue to increase. Including things like databases fees, periodical subscriptions, etc. My university wants to expand the student population and has been adding more online classes. Yet the library hasn’t really seen any huge increase in our budget so that we can support these worthy endeavors. And these are just two examples. I’m sure libraries at other colleges and universities are facing the same thing.

We know we are important and that the students and faculty need us. But we do a poor job of explaining why. So how can we change this? I hope to get some ideas at the end of the week. I may be one small voice crying in the wilderness, but we all have to start somewhere.


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July 2020


Mar. 10 - Photography Class

Mar. 11 - Quad Cities SnB

Mar. 12 - Lincoln Reenactor performance at BHE

Mar. 13 - Annual budget due

Mar. 14 - SnB trip to Galena

Mar. 16-21 - Spring Break

Mar. 16-18 - On the Front Lines library conference in Springfield

Mar. 19-22 - In Kansas

Mar. 23 - Orientation in Quad Cities

Mar. 24 - Photography Class

Mar. 26 - Spring Break for Academic Librarians workshop in Peoria

Mar. 27 - Supervisor Development in Quad Cities

Apr. 2 - Using Social Technologies in Library Instruction workshop

Apr. 6 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 6 - My birthday

Apr. 7 - Photography Class

Apr. 9-12 - In Kansas

Apr. 10 - College Closed

Apr. 12 - Easter

Apr. 13-19 - National Library Week

Apr. 13 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 14 - Photography Class

Apr. 16 - Evening Instruction Session

Apr. 17 - Information Literacy Summit

Apr. 18 - A Day of Books and Quilts at Toulon Public Library

Apr. 20 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 21 - Photography Class

Apr. 22 - Renegade Reference meeting in Bloomington

Apr. 23 - Illinois Library Day

Apr. 24 - Quarterly Supervisors Meeting

Apr. 27 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 28 - Photography Class

Apr. 29 - Supervisor Training in Quad Cities

May 5 - Photography Class

May 12 - National Library Legislative Day

May 25 - Memorial Day - College Closed

June 4 - RSA Users' Group meeting in Peoria

June 6 - SIL's birthday June 6 - Brother and SIL Anniversary

June 8 - Nancy Pearl at Bradley University

June 13 - WWKIP train trip to St. Louis

July 3 - Holiday - College Closed

July 4 - Independence Day

July 10 - Mom's Birthday

July 10-15 - ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

July 17-19 - Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair in Crystal Lake, IL

July 31 - 10th Anniversary

Sept. 7 - Labor Day, College closed

Oct. 6-9 - Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Peoria

Nov. 23 - Brother's birthday

Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Day, College closed

Nov. 27 - College Closed

Dec. 7 - MIL's birthday

Dec. 18 - DH's birthday

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day

Dec. 26 - Dad's birthday

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