I find conferences invigorating. I’m a true extrovert (and an intellectual), and very little recharges my batteries like a 3 or 4 day stint of seeing old friends, making new friends, and absorbing new ideas and new takes on old ones. Throw in a change of locale, an excuse to indulge my inner foodie, and the escapist novel I allow myself when traveling, and I’m in bliss. Pure bliss I tell you!
It’s like New Year’s Day.
In honor if that feeling, I’m going to make some post-con resolutions
- More blogging! I mean it. I miss my blog. I miss the daily writing. I miss the opportunity to speak and be heard.
- More blog reading. (Commenting on same may constitute more blogging…). I don’t need to travel to listen to wonderful marvelous brilliant you. I can read your blog. So I’m going to.
- More TED talks. I just bought myself a Roku, and it has a TED channel. I’m not just going to bury myself in your brilliant words, but I’m also going to dive deep into the random and magnificent thoughts that stream out of TED. (and blog about it…)
- I am going to read more. Not just stuff for my research, but that ginormous list of tangentially-relevant non-fiction? gonna read it. All those books about libraryness that I want to read and never do? gonna read ‘em. Um, and blog about them.
Some things on that list:
- Reflective teaching, effective learning : instructional literacy for library educators
- Jaron Lanier’s You are not a gadget. Um, this was my first nook book. I should probably read it, yeah??
- Raj Patel’s The Value of Nothing
- All those conference papers I missed. Hooray for the ACRL Virtual Conference!
- Parker Palmer. I was introduced to Parker Palmer’s work at Immersion, and recently his name came up again in a TED talk (http://www.ted.com/talks/courtney_martin_reinventing_feminism.html) and I want to dig into him a bit more deeply.
- Alone Together: Why we expect more from technology and less form each other by Sherry Turkle
- The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains , by Nicholas Carr
- Cognitive Surplus (yeah, I know. I haven’t read any of the Malcolm Gladwell stuff either…)