Thanks–and an update

I only wrote one post last week. It’s probably obvious why.

I am deeply indebted to to all of those who posted their own entries pointing to Post-ALA, Post-OCLC: What’s next?. I am humbled by some of the comments made in those posts.

Thanks, Charles W. Bailey, Jr.; thanks, Meredith Farkas; thanks, John Dupuis; thanks, Sarah Houghton-Jan.

Thanks, Steve Lawson; thanks, Rochelle Hartman; thanks, Chris Zammarelli; thanks, Laura Crossett.

Thanks to you too, Mark Lindner and Cindi Trainor and Seth Finkelstein and Iris Jastram.

Did I mention the thanks I owe to Simon Chamberlain and Jessamyn West and Steven M. Cohen and Linda Absher?

Oh, and Gary Price: What can I say?

I certainly need to thank Joshua M. Neff and Jennifer Lang and Steve Oberg and Marlene Delhaye (merci!).

Also thanks to DrWeb and Jennifer Macaulay and David Bigwood and Jennifer Graham and Peter Murray.

If I’ve missed anyone (including people who may yet do posts!), my apologies–and my gratitude. (There’s a phantom post from another Jennifer, but since the link yields a 404 I won’t cite it here.) Fixed: See preceding paragraph.

And, to be sure, thanks to all of you who commented directly at the post.

I’m not quoting from the posts because my head is swelled enough already. I have no comment on any comments made about specific employers, of course.

So what’s happening?

  • I’ve heard from a couple of people with interesting possibilities, at least one of which may prove to be compelling.
  • I’m talking to them at ALA Annual in DC. (I’ll be there Friday morning, June 22, through Monday evening, June 26.)
  • That’s an ideal time for anyone else who wants to talk to me about possibilities. Barring a truly preemptive offer, I won’t make any decisions before ALA Annual–but I could see making a decision right after the conference.
  • If you or someone you know does want to talk to me then, send me email ( and we can arrange a time. Try to do that soon, and certainly no later than Thursday noon, June 21.
  • I’ve never traveled with technology–no cell phone, no PDA, no notebook, no Blackberry. That might change for this occasion–I see an $80 texting-oriented cell phone with a modified “pay as you go” plan that might suit me just fine. If so, I’ll publish the number here or set up (yes) a Twitter mobile account for use during conference(s).
  • I’ve thought more about what would constitute an “excellent” or “ideal” future, either with a core employer or piecemeal. It’s not primarily about the money. It’s about the employer, personal growth, adding value, and doing something worthwhile–and, to be sure, being fairly compensated for my work. I’ll let it go at that for now.
  • Just to make things interesting, here’s a bribe an incentive: If you are provide the contact that results in an offer/arrangement that I take and regard as excellent (or, for that matter, if you make the offer), I’ll send you (or a library or library school of your choice, that wants them) autographed copies of all my books–now and in the future, as long as we stay in touch. Since at least one of the books is really unobtainable, that’s a unique offer. It’s up to whoever makes the offer/arrangement to let me know you were the contact.

That’s about it.We return now to our regular posting (with at least two more posts this week maybe more).I’m working on COAP2: This Time It’s for Keeps, a special (oversize) pre-Annual issue of Cites & Insights that’s devoted to a single topic and mostly, but not entirely, reprints. It should be out this week.

And did I mention my gratitude? Thanks again.

7 Responses to “Thanks–and an update”

  1. Good luck at ALA. I’m pulling for ya.

  2. jessamyn says:

    Ooooh, I like that offer I will redouble my efforts!

  3. walt says:

    Steven, Thanks. Jessamyn: It’s an honest offer–and I hope to do a few more books before I stop (I have one planned for this fall, depending on how other things fall out). I think there are two books that would be hard to find anywhere else; one of them had a total “print run” of, I think, 60 copies…

  4. Laura says:

    Of course, I still want to read the Free Speech Movement local press coverage book, but I suppose that, barring miracles, that’s not going to happen.

  5. walt says:

    Laura: Sigh. Given that the typescript disappeared more than 29 years ago, I think “miracles” may be the right word. I don’t know whether the book would have been publishable, and I guess I never will.

  6. Steve says:

    Walt, I just did something really stupid and accidentally deleted the original post you kindly linked to. I recreated it in a new post but with an updated URL: Sorry.

    Also, all of the accolades and comments written about you are well deserved, and I enjoyed reading all of them. You are a special person who has had (and continues to have) a very positive influence on librarians and people who care about libraries. I am perhaps a bit longer in the profession than others but I well remember being assigned to read your works while in GSLIS from 1990-91. And I’ve assigned my students to read your writings in my own classes.

  7. walt says:

    Steve: Fixed…and thanks for the kind words.

    I’m running into something odd with WordPress: It really and truly does not want to keep paragraphs separate after the second horizontal rule–keeps swallowing even explicit HTML para-end para pairs. So if it all becomes a jumble, with a missing space after a period here and there, the software ate my homework.