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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Silently A Flower Blooms

This week I attended the ENY-ACRL regional conference of ASSOCIATION of COLLEGE
While on campus I visited CHAPEL HOUSE. There I discovered this poem written by
a former Chapel House guest, Abbot Zenkei Shibayama Roshi of NANZENJI MONASTERY
in Kyoto, JAPAN.


In silence it falls away;
Yet here now, at this moment, at this place,
the whole of the flower, the whole of the world
is blooming.
This is the talk of the flower, the truth of
the blossom
The glory of eternal life is shining here.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Spring Conference Season

Lilacs in the air, purple wonders help remove excessive cares....

Stop and sniff a purple magical flower, then hop on a plane or car or bus

It's Spring Conference Season again and a season for renewing hope and trust ...


TLA this year was in San Antonio. I enjoyed speaking briefly at a Library - Vendor
meeting in the downtown conference center. The participapation at that meeting was much better this year than the prior one in Houston, so that was encouraging for all of us there!

An extra bonus, an unexpected surprise for me, was that April in San Antonio means
FIESTA, which is the local version of Mardis Gras. Wow, was that fun! In the old
Mexican-American part of town, EL MERCADO, I discovered numerous excellent bands
performing during a few of the evenings coinciding with my visit. The music was happening
in the streets, and the local folk crowded around with baby strollers, boots filled with beer, and genuine hospitality for each other. Much good dancing was also going-on to match the great
music. I enjoyed hearing lots of Spanish being spoken, and it did feel like I had taken a
vacation to a charming foreign paradise!

ENY - ACRL, Eastern New York Chapter of Assoc. of College & Research Libraries

This event will be happening May 24 at COLGATE UNIVERSITY in Hamilton, NY.
I look forward to being there. If possible, it would be even better to arrive there the
prior afternoon at 5 PM, as there will be a fascinating planetarium presentation .....
followed by a dinner gathering at the SEVEN OAKS Golf Course Lodge near campus.
I hope to have time to also visit Colgate's Chapel House, a retreat center which contains
a fine intimate library of philosophical, religious, and literary titles which are surrounded
by splendid fine arts paintings and sculptures.

ALA Annual -- June 2010 in Washington, DC

I hope to see many friends and colleagues at this event. BUSCA, Inc. will be on the
show floor, sharing some exhibit space generously offered by our dear pals from BASCH
SUBSCRIPTIONS and from THE REFERENCE SHELF. The exhibit space numbers:
4219 & 4221

Look for us presenting some ideas at the ALCTS Publisher-Vendor-Library Relations
Interest Group. The panel will take place Monday morning, June 28th(presumably
at the Conference Center).