Do you follow George Takei on Facebook or Twitter? Who knew Sulu had such a humor? Or that George had such a background? He was one of many in the shameful Japanese Internment camps in the USA during World War II. In fact, the play Allegiance is based on the internment camps (not about George but the he is in it).
A recent post on George’s Facebook was in honor of Bob Fletcher who was one of the many unsung heroes of the time. He saved some of the farms that were being snatched from the rightful owners during this dark period of USA history.
Another beautiful person is Clara Breed, a San Diego Children’s librarian. I read the very extraordinary collection of letters, Dear Miss Breed, some years ago. Now you can view and read the some of the letters online from the Japanese American National Museum. She worked hard to get books and materials and just plain ol’love and acceptance to the kids in those camps. She also worked to get them out of the camps.
Love trumps hate. There will always be people working to right wrongs, helping those in need, protesting against injustice. And yes, there will be people creating the wrongs, ignoring the needs, and encouraging injustice. But in the end, good does triumph over evil. Always.
In a class I taught some years ago I made a mistake. I misspoke. I said something entirely erroneous. Someone in the class spoke up and noted my blunder. I replied, “Thank you! My bad – I should have said blank and not blunk. Thank you so much for correcting me!”**
In the course evaluations, one of the class took me to task for this action. Was the person upset that I was wrong? No! The person was upset because I admitted it and, horrors, admitted it using slang! “Never,” I was admonished on the anonymous form, “Never admit you were wrong and do not use slang as both actions show you to be an idiot.”
Oh. My bad.
**I dislike being wrong but I really despise the wrong information being given out. Correct information trumps any embarrassment. Always.
Now that I re-joined the Word of Tweet and (gasp) actually remembered not only my password but how to do it, I read/commented in a group of Tweets about power point slides.
There are lots of Rules Of PowerPoint that No One Shall Break … but I did all the time. I think the rule should be, what information needs to be imparted? What is the environment? Can the slides be easily read by the folk in the back? Do they get a copy?
If it is a marketing/sales presentation then less is more. Hit the highlights, make it light and amusing (unless it is selling a funeral home).
If it is a class, what is the subject? For me it would have been cataloging. Cataloging can be broken into sound bites but there will be TEXT. Can’t really avoid it. You might also have to have samples. There will be tons of slides, depending on the focus. In my online classes I used the powerpoint as a handout/guide to help so they often were text-ladden. But, they were easily viewable and readable. Slides were designed to help the student learn and provide enough information so the student knew what we had discussed during that particular slide.
If it is a conference presentation, again, subject matters. Make sure the slides are visible and readable from the far corners of the room. Please use colors that can be read (in bright OR dark rooms), charts that can be seen, and limit the text on the slide – actually, to make it readable, you have to limit the text (font size).
The cardinal sin to me is viewable. If I can’t read it, it is not useful. I have no worries with someone reading the slide. In fact, it irritates me when the speaker is droning on and I do not have the time to grasp the information on the slide – especially they are talking around it and not about it. If you are not going to discuss what is on the slide, why did you make the slide?
Best ever use of powerpoint (or powerpoint like slides) in a presentation at a conference? Mark Funk‘s acceptance of the Janet Doe Lecture at the Medical Library Association meeting May 2012. Don’t believe me? Go watch the video. And, btw, he breaks some of The Rules.
Some time back I posted about being a librarian. These last few weeks I again had such incredible experiences I had to share.
So. I’m on a flight. It is a fairly empty flight. I am enjoying have an entire row to myself. The flight attendant came by and saw my totally awesome Don’t make me use my librarian voice t-shirt. She asked, excited, “are you a librarian?” Why yes, yes I am. She eagerly told me what she was reading then was called away. Soon she was back. She brought me a book review she had carefully cut from the paper (straight cut and including the date/section stamp). I thanked her and we talked about it for a bit then she left. Soon she was back with another review. Then another. Then again. I did not know there were that many reviews in newspapers nowadays. It was totally sweet and unexpected.
Working for a vendor, I never expected “non-library folk” to know my company. However, when checking into a hotel recently the desk clerk saw my company name and exclaimed “I love [company name]! I used them all the time when I was in college!” That same day, at a restaurant, the server taking my credit card saw my company name and said “OMG! I know this! I use [database] in graduate school all the time!” Awesome.
Finally, I’m at a local grocery store. I get the feeling someone is staring at me. I am not dressed to succeed but to shop…but I don’t look that bad and I did manage to shower. I discretely look about to find a woman near the stacks of apples staring at me. I smile at her. She grins then comes over to say hello. Turns out I was “her” librarian. She was one of the dental students I’d helped with research years ago. She told me she still used the skills I taught her to research and keep up with her profession. I walked on clouds the rest of the day.
These are the reasons I am in love with my profession.
When I was quite young and in training for something that has benefited me my entire life, Mom tells me I used bring my “special chair” out of the training room and into the living room so I wouldn’t miss anything. This has not changed. Oh wait, no I do not bring my “special chair” into the living room but I do hate to miss anything.
For me, the grass is always green. I don’t mean greener but just green – different shades of green, all very appealing. I love what I have but I also want to experience that stuff over there and OH! Look over there! How cool! I want to do that too! Wait a minute, what’s that? Oh yes please, can I do that too?
I’ve been struggling to learn patience – to enjoy the bird in my hand and not also envy the other birds. I cannot be everywhere at once. I cannot do everything. I have to pick and choose. And I love what I choose (generally). I tend to find the joy or happiness in whatever it is – at least, I try to find it (sometimes it can be difficult). At the same time, however, I want to go do X Y or Z as well.
What I am saying is – there are lots of very cool things happening in our world. To RDA or not to RDA, to MARC or not to MARC, to Cloud or not to Cloud and the development of each of these (and their accessories – FRBR, FRAD,etc.). I want to know it all and do it all! Instead I am watching and listening (sometimes from afar) and trying to keep up with all the cool stuff. I am so happy to know there are such great people involved in all of these things – and that they patiently share their expeditions and forays into the uncharted world.
Keep it up guys. It may seem at times that you are swimming upstream and in a deep abyss but there are lots of us out here. Watching. Listening. Eagerly learning from you.