10 things to do on a long, snowy weekend

Best decision I ever made was buying extra snow shovels

Supposedly there’s a decent-sized storm heading this way.  All basketball games and kids activities have been cancelled for tomorrow.  The fridge and freezer are stocked.  The semester starts on Tuesday, and we’re off on Monday for the MLK Holiday.  Here’s a few things on my to-do list for the weekend:

  1. Finish Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  Yup, I’m the only librarian who’s never read they entire series, though I’m hoping to remedy that.
  2. Balance the checkbook and pay the bills.  Santa’s check never seems to reach the credit card company for some reason.
  3. Edit some photos.  I have a bunch of Christmas pics from our holiday road trip that I need to edit and post, lest they get lost on the hard drive forever.  Along the same lines, I need to upload some of my Instagram photos to flickr, as the cross-posting stopped working a while back.
  4. Ride the bike trainer.  I ran the treadmill today at the gym, so tomorrow’s a bike day.  Need to queue up some good YouTube videos to watch,  or perhaps start a trial of Peleton.
  5. Play some Battlefield 1.  I haven’t played my favorite game since before Christmas.  It will be rough going for a while until I get my trigger fingers back.
  6. Probably shovel the driveway at least once.
  7. Do some snow building if the boys are in the mood.
  8. Work through a few lessons in the fingerstyle blues guitar course.  I’ve been playing more guitar than video games lately.  As a result, I also need to change my guitar strings. 
  9. Finish some work for the start of the semester.  I didn’t get to this at work today as I was distracted by other projects and issues (such as planning for staffing the library during snowmaggedon.
  10. Watch some movies and basketball games with the family.

What are you doing this weekend?  Have a fantastic weekend and stay warm and safe!

“Please” and “Thank You,” they are the magic words

Chad during a lunchtime run on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

Chad in a happy place

I posted this on Facebook, but figured I would also post it here to preserve it for good measure (plus I got an itch for actually publishing something on this cob-web-infested blog).    I received the following email from a student that I helped with some research:

Good Morning Chad,
Within 3 clicks I found exactly what I needed! Thank you so much for your amazing help and timely response during this stressful week! It is very much appreciated!
Happy Holidays!

This made my day. Sincere gratitude can go a long way, especially when you really mean it. Be nice. Pass it on.

On Organizations and French Fries

Picture of weird French Fry guyI finally just finished reading Scott Berkun’s wonderful book “The Year Without Pants:  WordPress.com and the Future of Work.”  I’ve been reading it for a while, and even re-reading some parts.

At my library, we are planning on changing and consolidating some service points over the next few years, which has some folks concerned over the future of their work.  Berkun has a nice analogy of organizations, rules, and side dishes that I think applies to almost any organization undergoing significant change.  He writes:

 

Organizations become bureaucratic as soon as people define their job around a particular rule, or feature, rather than a goal. For example, if you tell me my job is to cook the French fries, I will resist anything that threatens the existence of French fries, since when they go away, so does my job. But if you tell me my job is to make side dishes for customers, I’ll be open to changing from fries to onion rings or other side dishes, even ones we’ve yet to invent, since my identity isn’t tied to a particular side dish but instead to the role side dishes play.  pp. 187-188.

Image hat tip: Scary Fry Guy by fschroiff, on Flickr

A decade of hits and future directions

Things have changed a bit in 10 years

Things have changed a bit in 10 years

On January 5, 2005, I stepped out into the blogosphere with my first post here at Library Voice.  My intention at the time was to use my blog to keep up with my professional community of librarians and technology enthusiasts, while also contributing to the conversations among those groups.  Through my work on this blog, I’ve managed to meet a bunch of great people, learn a lot, and share quite a bit as well.

With Facebook and Twitter and other social media apps, blogging has fallen by the wayside, especially in the library blogging community.  Many of us who were blogging like there was no tomorrow back in 2005- 20010 just aren’t blogging that much anymore.  We’ve decided it’s easier to participate in the community via  140 characters, pictures, or status updates.  Some would argue that the library blogosphere is largely dead.  Others have said the same about blogging in general.

My lack of blogging over the years can mostly be attributed to my professional and personal busyness, as well as changes to my roles at work.  I’ve historically blogged about the projects that I was working on at my library, but with moving into more of a management position, there’s only so much that I can really blog about.  With less library-specific content to write about, Library Voice has gone largely dormant.

My blogging slowdown has nagged me quite a bit over the years.  I’ve thought about taking the blog down, but then have also found the historical record of past projects or events very helpful.       I also know that there are topics that I still want to write about or things that I want to share that are best done in a longer-form venue.  I find there is something really awesome about putting your words to paper (albeit virtually) and hitting the publish button.  It is something that I have missed quite a bit.   It’s especially awesome when the content you publish on the open web helps someone out or gives them joy.

My most-popular posts on this blog cover a variety of topics.  While more library-focused content tends to get the most hits, I’ve found that many of the more-general topics are appreciated as well.  For some reason I used to think that if a topic couldn’t be tied back to libraries, I really didn’t need to write about it here.  I was censoring myself largely because I had a self-imposed niche for my content (largely driven by my domain name and original purpose back in 2005).  However, over the years I’ve developed multiple interests including gadgets, gaming, the great outdoors, photography, music, fitness, and much more (my wife jokes that I change hobbies every week) that fall outside of just libraries.  I also know that many of my librarian friends also share my many interests as well.  As such, I’ll be using this blog not only to continue writing about issues in my library profession, but also to share things I have learned through my other hobbies and interests.

If you’ve been reading my blog for the last 10 years, or just the last 10 minutes, I hope you’ll stick around for what’s to come.

 

This post as well as the TL;DR version below , was inspired by Jason’s Revisiting my Medium post as well as the first #blogging101 assignment.

It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging for 10 years.  To keep this blog, and my online presence, going for the next 10 years, I’ll be branching out beyond just libraries and tech to write and share about many of my other interests including gadgets, gaming, the great outdoors, photography, music, and fitness.  I hope you’ll find what I share informative and fun.

 

Either a little late or a lot early

This spam I received to my work email account made me laugh. Not only am I happily married, I also have a fond appreciation for timeliness.

A bit late to the party

A bit late to the party