Thursday, May 18, 2006

Blogger Salon at ALA

(For those of you who don't read Greek, this means "hello" and sounds sort of like "ya sou") Yes, here I am, back from sunny, amazing Greece where I finally was able to use my knowledge of the Greek alphabet to sound out--very badly--printed Greek. I can't speak it or decipher spoken Greek, but I can figure out some words and so could spot a pharmacy or a bakery in each town we visited. Supermarkets were easier because this is what appears on signs for these stores: "super market." I learned a few important words, such as hello, thank you, and wine, red and white. For the brief stay in Athens before flying home, we stayed at the St. George Lycabettus hotel and paid a bit extra to have the view of the Acropolis that you will see rotating through the banner on their web page. Breathtaking indeed.

But back to Libraryland. About six weeks ago, Alan Gray from the Darien Library in Connecticut emailed me to let the IAGers know that President-Elect Leslie Burger was planning to have a Bloggers' Bash at ALA in New Orleans. He asked if we'd mind....heck, no, I replied after conferring with Eric, Alice and George (Chrystie hadn't joined us yet). OCLC and It's All Good definitely don't own the concept and we were very pleased that the current Presidential disdain for the biblioblogosphere will end. We started the bloggers' salon because there wasn't a gathering place for bloggers and we thought it was important to have one, not because we wanted to own the event.

So, this is the official notice that there will not be a bloggers' bash hosted by OCLC at this forthcoming ALA. We hope all the bloggers, blogger-wannabees, and bloggers' pals will drop by Leslie's salon on Saturday night. Library Garden has the info, RSVP there too. We'll see you there.



4 comments:

Jane said...

Glad you arrived home safely. I am sad that, for now, OCLC will be passing the Blog Salon Torch, as it is always the best thing at ALA, but have already RSVPed to Leslie Burger's Bash.

You guys are fabulous and I hope we get to see you at the new venue.

K.G. Schneider said...

You will all be there, yes? Come be treated to a fun time--a reward for all you've done for us.

Alice said...

Unfortunately, one of my dearest friends did not consult the librarian augeries (sp?) when she planned her wedding weekend two years ago. So I will have to wish you all merriment, fun and frolic at the BurgerBash.

I AM disappointed that I don't get to go swing a hammer to help rebuild the city. I know there's a whole list of blogger people who are doing it, though--the volunteer days. Wear your blogger t-shirt when you go!

lislemck said...

But but but...will Eric pour me wine? It's ok, will be there and hope to see you guys (regrets to Alice)...