Wednesday, November 26, 2008

After a long hiatus, I am back to the 23 Things course. I'm glad it has been extended until December, as work and family craziness have kept me from personal edification.

I'm working with right now - and it will be convenient when I want to show my parents or friends some of the stuff I've found online. It is not dissimilar to the way I've always organized my favorites - yes I categorize everything.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Why "Conan's Daughter?"

In his 30+ years as a high-school librarian and town library board member, my dad was known as "Conan the Librarian." Those who know him will understand - his burly frame, 50's football-recongfigured nose and I-yell-because-I-care-attitude make him an imposing figure.

I know, however, that the tough facade conceals a curious, kind-hearted educator and information sharer. My dad made sure sure my childhood reading selection included choices from his "college reading list," science-fiction/fantasy and the occasional Seventeen magazine. I lived for days when my school had a snow day and his didn't - when I could accompany him to his library, ponder the styrofoam replica of the Rosetta Stone above the entrance, and pull out any book I wanted (providing I put it back in the proper place at the end of the day). For almost any question, he had the answer, or a source for the answer. Is it any wonder I chose a similar course of study?

Although I am on the path of the corporate information professional, not the school librarian, I still find ways to learn from my dad's experiences. At 71, he is still learning and experiencing. Perhaps his greatest comment to me was, "You're too old to learn when you're in the box." I just had to be Conan's Daughter - the apple did not fall far from the proverbial tree. And so, with Conan the Librarian and SLA's 23 Things supporting me, off I go into the wild, blue, blogosphere...