Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

Enjoy your extra-long weekend (if you have one) and don't think about the library at all. See you NEXT year.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Welcome Laura Suttell

News from ALLUNY (can you think of a snappier name?) welcomes a new blogger. We are happy to have LAURA SUTTELL become part of the team. Tell your friends. Something tells me that we'll be covering more than the law and libraries now that Ms. Suttell is on board.

Does anyone know about proposed legislation in Serbia? I'm looking for info on a new law that will require Energy Power Services of Serbia to purchase up to 10MW of electricity at a fixed price of 9.5 cents per kilowatt. Preferably in English. (There was a session at AALL this past July called "Why don't we get easy reference questions anymore?")

Unofficially, we've had about two feet of snow at the homestead in North Buffalo. That's not the hard part. The hard part is shoveling out the wake left behind by the plows! Thank goodness for a significant other who maintains a mean snowblower and puts my car in the garage overnight.

And now the influx starts. First offspring in from NYC today. A Marine (who was stranded in Baltimore last night) arrives later; his Marine girlfriend comes in from LA tonight. Wednesday another one from NYC, then a Floridian on Christmas Day. It will be crowded and hectic, but tons of fun.

Let's hear from you!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Is Twittering Better than ListServs?

That's the title of the 11/3/08 post by Greg Lambert of Three Geeks and a Law Blog . It's been a little slow in the library, so as part of my continuing quest for technical prowess I've been trying to figure out how to put Twitter to good use. The great thing about the web is that there's no need to re-invent the wheel when someone like Greg has already done all the heavy lifting. (That's a mixed metaphor, isn't it?) I especially appreciate this paragraph:

The biggest plus with Twitter right now is that you can start fresh and remember why it was that you wanted to connect with others in the first place. You wanted to bounce those ideas off of others to see what they think about it. You wanted to spur the conversation and find out if others out there have better ways of doing things. You wanted to find a select group of people that you could eventually call your "peers" and create a lasting relationship with them so when you moved your way up the ladder of your profession, they would be moving right along with you. Twitter can help you recapture that original concept by letting you start all over and selecting those that you think will truly be your peers.

So that's what I'm going to try to do between now and the end of the year. (This beats what I did at the end of 2006, which was to have my appendix removed!) If you are tweeting, let your ALLUNY colleagues know so we can follow each other and begin to reap the benefits of each other's experience.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Welcome to the new outreach of ALLUNY. In our effort to get everyone to participate in some way, we're launching this blog and looking for your comments and suggestions.

I'm going out on a limb here and suggesting that not everyone is as crazed as am I when it comes to blogs and RSS feeds. In case you aren't following the 3 Geeks with a Law Blog, let me recommend their List of Top Ten Lists.

They have included links to memorable quotes, best law blogs, and wackiest stories of 2008. But my favorite is 50 Websites you'll Wonder how you Lived Without.

Share your favorite blog post or website with your colleagues. I guarantee your contribution will be appreciated.