Monday, November 06, 2006

Librarians + Beer = Discussion

We had a fun new initiative at our professional assn. at work -- started by, ahem, me, amongst others -- we are doing a librarians' discussion group where we meet maybe once a month, have a pint, and talk about trends in 'information' (where it doesn't have to be anchored to our work functions, hence no one can say, yeah but I don't want to change my job...). We thought it would help us think bigger.

So this time around, we talked about research space and what changes in a mostly digital environment. It was very interesting -- everything from the layout of a library to whether people feel the same sense of 'immersion' when they are faced by a million+ google hits (do they even see what's beyond the first page?) compared to being surrounded by stacks and stacks of books.

All I know is that when I went to library school and felt stressed about the amount of work I had, I would go into the PS 8000s to calm myself down. It worked.


Blogger bethsivak said...

I'm sure the pints relieve your stress and made you all think bigger, but does it make sense next day?
Had the CT scan today and have a Dre.s appt for thurs.

7:32 PM  
Blogger lisaandrichard said...

What books are in the PS 8000's?

9:23 AM  
Blogger Allison said...

Canadian literature, of course.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

and Mom! It was only ONE pint! Do you really think I am that much of a lightweight?

1:01 PM  
Blogger bethsivak said...

sorry Al- bad (very) joke. No, I don't think you are a light weight

5:12 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

One pint doesn't go very far around a table of librarians, I'll bet.

8:02 PM  
Blogger lisaandrichard said...

Ha, I think you're a lightweight!

Do you all use straws to share the beer?

9:37 PM  
Blogger GEOFF said...

Just mention beer and the comments fly.
Light weight or not- how was the beer

2:15 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

Well, I don't recommend Powerplant necessarily -- I have occasionally had a pint there and had a headache *immediately* which either means I AM a lightweight, or that they don't clean their taps / lines. It is also apparently losing money hand over fist -- how does an on-campus pub do that?

We decided that the person who was the smartest would be crowned Emperor of the Librarians and get the whole pint to themselves. I am pleased to say that you must all now kiss my ring when you greet me.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

Not if your ring has been anywhere near PowerPlant beer!

9:38 AM  

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