The audience was, in some ways, the mirror image of the students I described in my previous post. These Texans were experienced librarians working in some of the biggest, most comprehensive institutions in the Southwest. But they had the same excited (and exciting) drive to find new ways to serve. The discussion was effervescent, full of exploring for possibilities, and refreshingly free of the kvetching about how we're all victims. No pity parties for these Tall Texans!
The prize for the best line of the day definitely went to Nita Schriver from Houston Public Library. She was appointed to report on her group's discussions, and when Bonnie handed her the microphone, she said, "We were the virtual reference group, so if you want to know what we talked about, send me an e-mail."
And if you happen to be in Houston, make sure to check out the M. D. Anderson Library at the University of Houston. Their major building project is nearly complete, but even in its not-quite-finished state, it's nothing short of magnificent. We had the HARLiC program in a gorgeous conference room with a splendid view of the heart of the campus. Kudos to Dana Rooks, the indefatigible dean of the library!