Fall Into Fall
by Brandi Scardilli
Don’t you love the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.
Did I steal that from You’ve Got Mail? You bet. But it’s true: I always enjoyed going back to school. A list of new books to read, settling into a new routine, and, yes, buying school supplies were things I looked forward to. The only part of going to school I didn’t like was the homework.
Unfortunately, I’m about to give you some. But don’t worry—it’s not graded or even mandatory, for that matter. As my first year as editor of Information Today comes to a close, I want to check in with you. Why do you read Information Today? How do you read it? What are your favorite and least favorite sections? What articles and/or topics would you like to see more of? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our columnists and I would love to hear from you.
Speaking of columnists, we’re very excited to have Justin Hoenke join the team with his new column, A Day in the Life. He’ll be talking to all sorts of librarians about how they do their jobs—the technologies they depend on, how they work with their colleagues, and more. You can check that out on page 18.
This month is a special conference extravaganza—we’ve got three Reports From the Field highlighting events from earlier this summer: the NASIG, SLA, and ALA annual conferences. Thanks to intrepid travelers Marydee Ojala and Terry Ballard for their diligent coverage. The reports begin on page 10.
At the ALA conference, I had a blast presenting an award to Muncie Public Library staffers for their program, Digital Climbers, which gives young patrons a chance to engage with various technologies. You can learn about Digital Climbers starting on page 1. Our legal expert George Pike’s “The Supreme Court Year in Review” tackles recent intellectual property cases that have implications for the first sale doctrine, freedom of expression, and more. Notably, all of the rulings were either unanimous or nearly unanimous, reminding us that ideologies can still cross party lines. Justin Hoenke closes out his Tales From the Library Trenches series by showing how thinking long-term as a library director can guide both your present and your future. Perseverance, a support system, and a healthy work-life balance will take you far.