I am not at ALA but the indefatigable Tom Gilson, one of our ATG associate editors and an editor for the Charleston Conference program as well, is. Tom sends all sorts of news as to what’s happening in Philadelphia. Tom had a busy day attending an ACRLmetrics session, an Ithaka session and the Reference librarian/publishers forum, not to mention he is making contacts with ATG and Charleston Conference advertisers/sponsors. We should have reports from him about these meetings soon. Apparently, it has been snowing off and on. Reminds me of the time we were afraid we were going to get snowed in in Philly, was it 2008? Tom says not to worry, “these Yankees know how to handle snow,” unlike us wimps in Charleston. Crews were out spreading rock salt on the sidewalks and roads in no time. And — despite the snow the attendance in Philly is actually higher than Dallas or Seattle at this time in the conference – 11,854 including exhibitors. Speaking of Charleston weather, it is the coldest I have ever experienced here! Brrrr… And guess what! I see that the National Weather Service has issued a storm watch Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon! We may have a few snowflakes here after all.
Speaking of which, did you know that the second American Library Association meeting was held in Philadelphia in 1876 and was initiated by Melvil Dewey, Frederick Leypoldt (Editor and publisher of Publishers’ Weekly, and Richard Rodgers Bowker. Larry T. Nix, a retired librarian, writes the library history buff blog. What fun!
PS Larry is retired and lives in Wisconsin but he has a South Carolina connection! What a coincidence! He was once Director, Greenville County Library, Greenville, SC from 2/74 – 5/80.
Moving back to ALA in Philly, I see from Facebook that Erin Luckett had a visit from Rocky during Midwinter. We know that the Rocky Statue is one of Philadelphia’s most famous pieces of public art. Originally created for Rocky III, the sculpture is now a real-life monument to a celluloid hero. The fictional Rocky Balboa of Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky movies was immortalized in bronze in 1980. After filming for the movie completed, Stallone donated the statue to the City of Philadelphia. The statue is located at the bottom of the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Some breaking news from Philly. ProQuest and Ex Libris® Group have announced a collaboration to make their key services work better together to improve user experience and support customer choice. The most immediate benefit for mutual customers will be the indexing of dozens of ProQuest’s most widely used content databases in the Ex Libris Primo® Central Index of scholarly electronic resources. When the first stage of work is completed, ProQuest’s ebrary® and EBL-Ebook Library® collections will become discoverable by all Primo Central users as well.