Apr 25, 2010

The 15th Ward

So I'm almost finished with a final project for my Digital iCreation class. It's a website created for a public memory project focused on the 15th Ward, a neighborhood wiped out by urban renewal. I-81 was built, the hospital district moved in .... but that's not what I'm here to say.

I'm here for SEO. Search Engine Optimization.

I'm here to make the 15th Ward site come up on Google. So, I'm going to link to it here. So, pardon me ... 15th Ward.

It's cold, I know. Using this blog to promote another of my projects. Who knew Gonnabe Librarians would come to this? *Sniff* *Sniff* *SOB!*

Meanwhile, don't look at the 15th Ward yet. It's got some glitches. (Oh, look at that! Another link!) But, HOLY CRAP! did I learn a lot this semester! In fact, I created an eportfolio with all sorts of videos for the class, and you can take a peek at that if you want. And, while I'm at it, here's where I'm doing all my blogging now, in case you didn't already know. Which I'm sure you did. Because I wrote about it right here. And I swore my ass off, so if that offends....well, then you shouldn't be reading this blog at all.

Man, I miss swearing in print. Why? Who the hell knows?

Thank God for Nicole and PBJ, who keep this blog on life support. You guys ROCK!

Apr 17, 2010

George Washington: What a Bastard

Gee, thanks, George Washington, first president of our nation and extremely delinquent library-materials-returner.

George Washington racks up late fees at NY library

George Washington “Lansdowne”1796 oil painting by Gilbert Stuart,  photo. AP Graphics – George Washington “Lansdowne”1796 oil painting by Gilbert Stuart, photo.

NEW YORK – If George Washington were alive today, he might face a hefty overdue library fine.

New York City's oldest library says one of its ledgers shows that the president has racked up 220 years' worth of late fees on two books he borrowed, but never returned.

One of the books was the "Law of Nations," which deals with international relations. The other was a volume of debates from Britain's House of Commons.

Both books were due on Nov. 2, 1789.

New York Society Library head librarian Mark Bartlett says the institution isn't seeking payment of the fines, but would love to get the books back.

The ledger also lists books being taken out by other founding fathers, including Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and John Jay.

The entry on Washington simply lists the borrower as "president."


Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com

Retrieved 4/17/2010 from http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100417/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_george_washington_library_fines

Apr 13, 2010

Happy National Library Week

April 11th-April 17th is National Library Week, so I expect you all to get celebrating!

This year, National Library Week culminates a local PR stunt game of library-based "Clue." Not in a fun board game way, but in a grueling "collecting cryptic fortune cookie clue statements" kind of way. Now, I am all about this game. I love solving puzzles. Unfortunately, none of our patrons seem to care.

So now I ask: what is it the public wants in a PR stunt, precisely? Is it strippers? Please say it's strippers.

I've got a stripper pole ready and everything.