Blind Date with a Book has gone very well this past month. While of course not everyone brought their Rate Your Date sheets back, I have had to fill the two displays up at least twice each, and we still have a couple days to go in February. I moved all the titles to the one display area and changed the rolling cart display to books dealing with Ireland, both fiction and non-fiction.
I am still doing Ebook Tech Talks every week. I just sit myself down at one of the tables on the main floor with my laptop and various devices and people drop in for tutorials and Q & A. It has been a really great experience not only for the training but for being able to deal with patrons one on one and finding out what they are looking for at the library.
I am still fleshing a program idea for this month based on cozy mysteries. And food. Food and books. Two of my favorite things.
Beyond that, my business is mostly at my desk. I am already reviewing budget figures, looking at the expenditures and projecting for the rest of the year and planning on my first budget draft being ready at the end of the month. This year we are also creating a new strategic plan, for which I already drafted and had approved a technology plan for the library. Some things are future-thinking, some may be closer at hand. I love seeing the changes that are making a positive effect on my library, and hope to keep an open mind on ones that might not be so successful.
Outside of the library I have been keeping busy writing. I still review e-original romance for Library Journal, but also just started reviewing cookbooks. I had been wanting to be able to do some non-fiction, and for me this is a great fit, especially as what I have received so far deals with preserving, which I love to do at home. Lots of great new ideas!
I was fortunate to substitute for the regular mystery reviewer this month and wrote my first mystery review column for the February 1st issue. I was also one of the fortunate librarians who spoke to Katie Dunneback for her feature article on erotica in the library. I will have more in the pipeline soon!
What I am most excited about is coming up a bit later this year: I have been fortunate enough to work with some wonderful librarians, and have teamed up with them to do a couple of presentations, both for the New York Library Association Public Libraries Section and for ALA Annual!
In May, I will be at the NYLA PLS Conference in Hyde Park, NY for a presentation on erotica collection development in the library, called "Full Frontal Shelving". My co-presenter is the wonderful Anna M., @helgagrace on Twitter. We will be talking about what erotica and erotic romance may already be sitting on library shelves, and how to do collection development and RA for both print and digital books.
In June, I will be heading to Chicago for my first ALA Annual Conference, at which I will be presenting with Carolyn and Julie (@papersquared and @himissjulie respectively) on library programming and staff involvement called "Do What You Love: Make Your Talents and Passions Work for You".
I am sure that I will be a complete fangirl at times dealing with all of you who will be attending too! So, don't be shy, if you are at either conference coming up, please stop and say hello!