Thursday, January 04, 2007

An Exciting Day: Rep. Nancy Pelosi Takes the Gavel, Polytalk and more!

I spent most of the day working on ALA responsibilities with CSPAN live in the background. Congratulations, Rep. Pelosi, on your election to Speaker of the House!

I also explored an exciting web site: Polytalk at
The site provides a way for librarians to connect with interpreters who volunteer their time to assist in services to patrons who speak languages other than English.
The text about the database notes that over 75 speakers of 25+ languages are involved. PolyTalk received a prestigious humanitarian award from the U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Congratulations, too, to the libraries and museums that will receive the 2006 Natonal Awards for Museum and Library Service. Included among the honorees is the San Antonio Public Library, just 80 miles to the south of our base here in Austin, Texas.