Dec 23
8:56 AM

It’s time for a break!

Finals are over, the holidays are here, and the library is dead. Not that we aren't still breathing, mind you, but there is a stillness in the stacks, a hush in the halls, a quiet in the quietude. 

Over intersession there will be the usual noisy projects to keep February bar studiers and law review folks annoyed — the lower level will have some book shifts and squeaky carts, the Reading Room will be getting a spiffy new Rare Books Room — meaning lots of workers, drills, jackhammers, saws, and stinky fumes.  I am painting a bleak picture, so it probably won't be so bad.

But rest assured that we will be missing you all and awaiting your return.  We really do this because we like to, and the reason we do it is you.  How's that for a holiday heartwarmer?  Now go away and don't make me cry! 

Happy holidays, and see you all back here in 2009!

Dec 19
3:59 PM

US NEWS: Best Career in 2009!

It's official!  The people at US News and World Report who know about these things have named librarianship as one of the best careers to have in 2009.  All the good things that we do are mentioned: helping people dig up information, learning new things all the time, being expert researchers and getting to learn and use all the latest cool electronic search tools.  They go so far as to say that "librarians are among our society's most empowering people."  Not empowered…empowering!  I think that is even better. But that's because I am a librarian and not a practicing lawyer. Read more here.

By the way, mediator made the list, but attorney did not (it was one of the most overrated careers).  Might have something to do with that empowerment issue. Go figure.