Wednesday, November 30, 2005

U.S. Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Joins Hogan & Hartson's Denver (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)

DENVER----Nov. 30, 2005--Hogan & Hartson L.L.P. announced today that Rebecca W. Watson, assistant secretary for lands and mineral management at the U.S. Department of the Interior , has joined the firm's environmental and energy practices as a partner in the Denver office.

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Friday, November 04, 2005

A Staff Training Success!

Congratulations on your "A" in the blogging course, Stephenie! I'm proud to present The Eclectic Book Club Blog, a new and very active blog for a reader's group in North Alabama. GREAT JOB!

~ Marianne

Shattering Stereotypes at the Speed of "Shush"

Des Moines Register staff Writer Mike Kilen's thoughtful article on on the downtown Des Moines Public Library staff is really worth a read. While he showers praise on the staff for the recent rescue of a kidnapped child, he also seems to begrudgingly admit that public reference librarians are still a vital resource in the information age:
These are tough folks. Forget the shushing, bifocals-and-support-hose librarian. They don't like that image. Librarians are people who endure fickle budget decisions, the Patriot Act, the ever-changing information age and still have time for random arrests. They may be the most unusual public servant left in our time. More...
Posted on the APLS listserve. Thanks, Pooky!

Blogging from the Back Burner

Obviously I haven't been posting in the last few weeks nor have I had time to check my Bloglines feeds. This morning the notifier is nagging at me, but I'm afraid I'll just have to mark those as read.

I'm chair of our United Way campaign and our kick-off was this month - still have reports to refine and data to check before I can turn everything in. I've also done the Defending Public Access workshop for the staff several times in the last few weeks. After today I'm off for a few days of much-needed vacation but will try to get back to regular posting later next week.