Or at least social hierarchy. Last year was my first Internet Librarian Conference, after being in my new position as Digital Services Librarian for only 2 months I hadn’t had an opportunity to meet many people face to face and there were a lot of names I didn’t recognize. I attended presentations and met people from the likes of Jenny Levine, Aaron Schmidt, Amy Kearns, David Lee King, Michael Porter, Jason Griffey, Amanda Etches-Johnson, TomIpri, Christie Hill, Helene Blowers, Erin Downey Howerton, Joshua M. Neff and many more. I’m striving to be like these people and one of the things I love about sites like Twitter & Facebook and Blogs is that it allows little ole me to keep in touch and often communicate in real ways with these people. I can particpate in community and conversations that wouldn’t have been possible with just email or static websites. Even better, for someone like me who has a hard time putting names with face, most of these have a little picture of the person!
Why am I writing this? It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me work-wise and I’m remembering all the things I’m grateful for. My connections in Libraryland, however distance they may be, are something I’m very grateful for!