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It’s been a while and things have altered: drastically in some ways and not that much in others.

First of all, i received a job offer to work for the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in Bonn, Germany. I took it.

Not only did this take me on an adventure across the pond in a new country with a language i do not speak, but it also started me off on a different career path. A slight rather large change from Legal Librarianship to Records Management. What then, am i referring to that hasn’t changed in my life apart from continents, careers & languages? How about the fact that completely different places of employment can often emit similar atmospheres.

For example: There are just as many politics; stupid people; smart people; happy people; funny people; grumpy people; great bosses; mediocre bosses and downright awful bosses in one place as there are in another, regardless of geographical location.

Okay, not exactly groundbreaking news, however, it’s surprising how much of a comfort all this is when one finds themselves in a new place all alone.

that’s all for now…more to come.

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On the one hand we have this article, making its rounds in library and facebook circles toting the ‘coolness’ of being a librarian (and as one friend pointed out, the article didn’t even refer to us as ‘information professionals’, so really, how hip are we?)

Then, on the other hand we have this. I would call this proof of the above, but perhaps others would call it fodder?!

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I haven’t deciphered whether i fell in love with the country itself, or whether i fell in love with the idea of learning and traveling but not having to write a paper about it.

Slovenia was spectacular. Whether it was visiting a public library, the National Library, a theological library, the University libraries, the National Geographic library, or a vineyard, a castle in a cave, rafting on river Kolpa, or just chilling with an alcoholic beverage and good company, the trip had so much to offer I can’t even document it in its entirety.

All i can say is: if you can do it, DO IT. Sign up next year, follow this website.

Here are some pictures to tease you a bit

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Lake Bohijn

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No, this title is not an oxymoron. I am, in fact, off on what i hope will be a fabulous vacation-come-learning-experience.

I am off to beautiful Ljubljana, Slovenia for a 2 week stint of all things library and Europe related. Check out the program here.

Fingers crossed no connection, baggage, security or other issues will arise and that it will be nothing but sun & fun.

Will report back as soon as i can…stay tuned.

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I hope this documentary is as good as all the hype. There’s even a facebook group for it.

I feel this is such a prominent topic amongst us librarians, it’s about time someone stopped whinging about it and started filming it:

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The trailer shows a number of older (not that there’s anything wrong with that) librarians.  Here’s hoping they included us younger folk too, otherwise it will simply perpetuate precisely what this film is trying to break: librarian stereotypes.

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I listened to a CBC Radio 1 program called Ideas and their topic tonight was on the recently (as in, the last 30-40 years) coined phrase “Social Entrepreneurship“.

Briefly the show is described by CBC as:

THE KINGS OF PHILANTHROPY
Some have called it the natural fall-out of a hyper-capitalist society — billionaires who’ve made more money from media and technology enterprises than anyone in human history. There’s Bill Gates, the creator of Microsoft; Jeff Skoll, the founder of e-Bay; Larry Page, a partner in Google; and then, of course, Warren Buffet, who has been dubbed the “Oracle of Omaha.” Now, they’ve reinvented themselves as philanthropists, giving away billions to help the poor. Freelance broadcaster Richard Phinney asks: can they re-make the world?

This is something i really hope when my colleagues and myself make our millions* that we will actively pursue.

Though some argue it is contentious (tax breaks, who ‘really’ benefits, i will only support my “crusade” b/c it’s my money etc.) the ultimate goal is helping others far less fortunate than those of us in the Western world.

As cliche as this sounds, I have felt a huge desire to volunteer and contribute more to this meagre world since watching “Blood Diamond“.

Student debt, jump starting a career, learning more about others, and life in general (obviously none of which are excuses) have basically prevented me from beginning any sort of serious pursuit of helping the numerous organizations out there.

But with the rise of the P3 (Public Private Partnership), i wonder if this will extend much further into spreading the wealth and helping those less fortunate.

Perhaps too this means information professionals will be needed now more than ever to help facilitate this relationship and ensure success.

Here’s hoping we can help any way we can.


*millions: relatively speaking

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Only at an SLA* event can i say:

“I’m going to Slovenija for a two week course on libraries.”

and receive nods of approval and eyes of envy rather than the regular “are you kidding me-why would anybody do that-i think you’re crazy” shock ‘n surprise.

Happy International Special Libraries Day Everyone!

~Have you hugged a librarian today?~


*FIS friends count too, obviouslyno question

 

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