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Video of Leadership Symposium at ALA Midwinter 2008

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to go to ALA Midwinter 2008 in Philadelphia, here are some highlights from the symposium – conspicuously sponsored by OCLC – on “New Leadership for New Challenges”. The symposium centered on “sharing leadership, readiness for change, team structures and assigning responsibility, nurturing nonprofit networks, [and] sustaining impact”.

Speakers included George Needham (VP of Member Services, OCLC), Leslie Crutchfield (Managing Director of Ashoka), and Dr. Rush Miller (Director of the University of Pittsburgh Library System). Crutchfield is the co-author of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits and Miller co-author of Beyond Survival: Managing Academic Libraries in Transition. I have only read the latter book and, despite being rather sensationalist in diction, the authors take a progressive stance when it comes to library management.

You can stream the entire presentation here. (But only in Internet Explorer… bizarre!) George Needham, in addition to four other OCLC staff members, run the blog It’s all good. They are not mindless drones and have a pretty good sense of humor, so I suggest subscribing to it.

:: Bibliography ::

OCLC. New leadership for new challenges [OCLC]. Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), Inc. (19 April 2008).

Library Rage

Parker Posey as Mary in Party Girl

After several afternoons of repeatedly shelf-reading those floppy Moody’s / Mergent Bond Records, I find my library ire levels skyrocketing. Happily I can mediate library rage through Art; my internal reaction has been dramatized in this video between 2:03 and 3:27, an excerpt of Party Girl featuring Parker Posey. (Clicking will take you to YouTube. This particular video doesn’t allow embedding.)

My actual responses involve organizing and flushing the serials. And not “down the drain” flush, the arranging “with adjacent sides, surfaces, or edges close together” kind.

  • Birckmayer, Harry, Daisy von Scherler Mayer, Parker Posey, Anthony De Sando, Guillermo Díaz, Donna Mitchell, Liev Schreiber, Omar Townsend, and Sasha Von Scherler. Party girl. Culver City, Calif: Columbia TriStar, 2003.