Monday, January 14, 2008

Welcome Perspective

Karen Schneider at Freerange Librarian has been a library technical services leader for many years. I first learned “met” her in about 1991 on the publib listserv. She, Jean Armour Polly, Sara Weissman, and the late John Illif introduced me to the internet long before the graphical interface.

We publibbers back then were the ones who prompted John Berry’s scorn as “internet gadflies,” - an attitude he may live down yet. Karen Schneider was also the person who could not for the life of her comprehend why anyone would need a graphical interface for the internet. Times do change!

Karen and the rest of the early 90s publib gang have come a long way. Along the way, some have become quite well-respected. Others of us have stayed in the background. Some of us became big fish in big ponds, some became medium fish in medium ponds. And some swam away. We all took our own merry path.

Through it all, Karen and I have rarely emailed and we have never met in person or spoken directly to each other. Still, our virtual interactions have always given me great ideas, a little perspective, and spurred my curiosity.

Wherever you are in your life, whether in a library career, academic career, or something else you care deeply about, I encourage you to take a moment and read this post from Karen’s blog:

How to be “famous” (wink wink, nudge nudge)

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