Sunday, February 27, 2011

This week in Austin its a return to classes plus reconnecting and writing!

 Students in the Monday morning "Library Instruction and Information Literacy" class will lead us in understanding key readings and resources--the Big6, Carol Kuhlthau's "Zones of Intervention," and ACRL's "Information Literacy Higher Education Competency Standards." We will also hear updates on the class project consisting of creating online tutorials for the public access technology stations in the Fine Arts Library at UT-Austin.

Students in the Monday night "Public Libraries" class will present the first two of four 'public libraries issues panels.' This week we will hear from  the panels on censorship and non-book programming. At 8 p.m. we welcome THE Michael Porter, Libraryman, President of Library Renewal, and newly elected ALA Executive Board member!

Meanwhile, one of our contributors to the tribal libraries and archives book is in town as well. Lawrence Lessig is giving a talk on Campus on Tuesday a.m. and the Austin Forum on Tuesday night features a talk on geological sequestration, and the Soulphonics have their long-awaited CD release party at the Carousel Lounge on Wednesday night.  John Lahr speaks about Tennessee Williams at the HRHRC on Thursday night.

Writing? I'm wrapping up the first solid draft of my paper for the TILTS conference. I'm on the 10-11:30 a.m. panel on 12 March and am using this opportunity to continue to think through issues related to libraries and traditional cultural expressions. Our panel theme is "A Googolplex of Books: Changing Libraries and Archives" and my contribution will be "Changing Thought for Those Working in Libraries: Respect for Traditional Cultural Expressions Within the Ethos of Equity of Access."