DIY Library

Here is a video and a PDF describing one of the many projects I’ve been working on… 

Great soundbyte, btosiano!

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Two IPAs

There wasn’t a lot of beer drinking in Pittsburgh – the conference kept me very busy because there was so much to learn and so much to do.

I met one of my Web 2.0 heros (Stephen Cohen), and recieved the PaLA New Librarian Honor Award (recognizing the originality and inventive ability of a new librarian who devises new and improved methods in library service on a statewide or local level.)

We did have dinner one night at Church Brew Works (I had Pipe Organ Pale Ale on Cask, and their 10th anniversary-brewed Thunderhop IPA!), but I never made it to Sharp Edge Creek House (the final of the 3 Sharp Edge locations for my complete Sharp Edge tour!)

Barbara and I stopped at Jean Bonnet Tavern on the way home, and I had a 12 oz Dogfishead Punkin. And tonight I celebrated my award with D by going to McGrath’s for a Green Flash IPA (mmmmm!), whose site, by the way, has a great brewery glossary.

Beer Information @ Your Library

Barbara was cataloging books the other night, and something of interest rolled across her desk!  Apparently my library ordered The Essential Reference of Domestic Brewers and Their Bottled Brands (known in the industry as DBBB.)

She sent me a catalog link to the item, and I’ve found a few reviews (here, here and here!)

Good News for PA Libraries!

Pennsylvania’s General Assembly passed the final budget (H.B. 2499, P.N. 4513) includes an all-time record-high amount for public libraries!  After a huge blow in 2002-03 which forced some libraries to close their doors and many others to fire / lay off staff and, more importantly, cut services to the public, this is wonderful news.  There is some bad news in the allocation of the dollars, but the biggest nail-biter is over (for this year!)  Hooray for our public library users!