Election, librariana, offline weekend

I wish I had a dramatic election-day story, but mine was pretty anticlimactic: I went to my local polling place at 7:15 in the morning. There was already a line, but the poll workers said it had been longer at 7, when the doors opened. I cast my vote, jumped on the bus to Suburban Station and took the train in to work. There was much water-cooler discussion the day after, and much glee that we’ll no longer have Rick Santorum as our senator come January.

I’m too busy doing library-school homework to comment at length, but I loved Oso Raro’s "Whither the Library?" post at Slaves of Academe: part reflection on a seminar on the mission of libraries, part personal library history. I may not agree with all of it (the shushing old maid stereotype can’t die fast enough, as far as I’m concerned; and while, like Oso, I think helping to shape people’s intellectual development is one of the library’s key missions, the "edutainment" factor seems less prominent and less worrisome from where I’m standing), but still: go read! And an aside: I wonder how many people in the academic and biblioblogospheres have posted this kind of narrative of the place of libraries in their lives? It’s making me think about my own history with libraries. More later, possibly. 

And in other news, my friend R. is visiting this weekend, and our plans involve Rossini at the Academy of Music, gelato at Capogiro, and wandering around in Center City. Catch you all next week!

2 Responses to “Election, librariana, offline weekend”

  1. Jane Dark says:

    Oooh, which Rossini?
    That library post is neat. And how funny — my friend R. is coming to visit this weekend, too!
    Have fun…

  2. Amanda says:

    La Cenerentola, a.k.a. Cinderella. It was awesome. I’ll post something on it before long.