Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wednesday January 21 at ALISE

On Monday, we went for a hike up in the Red Rocks Open Space Park in hills west of Denver. It was a great little hike up through giant red cliffs and hairpin bends to the top of a bench overlooking the city of Denver. Then down the other side - which had been in shade and was icey and slippery enough to inspire the use of our yaktraks.

After our hike, we drove to the nearby Red Rocks Amphitheatre. What an amazing site - a huge open theatre built into the red rock cliffs. Apparently many big groups have performed there - including the Beattles on their first North American tour. Perhaps the most interesting thing - given the gloomy economic situation - was the fact that the theatre was built during the 1930s Depression as a public works project. What a fabulous example of what can be done by government to stimulate the economy and put unemployed people to work. Take a look yourself at http://www.redrocksonline.com/.

Yesterday, Penny attended a pre-conference session in the afternoon and Mike visited the spectacular Denver Art Gallery.

Today was the first day of the 2009 Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Conference in Denver. Penny convened a conference panel called "Tunnel Vision and Blind Spots Revisited" and attended a number of sessions. Speakers on the panel were scholars she has long admired - including Gary Radford, Marie Radford, James Elmborg and Anthony Bernier. There will be more about this panel later on "A Pomo Librarian Blog." Conferences are fun and offer all sorts of opportunities to meet new people, renew old acquaintances, and learn about new ideas and approaches. But - they can be exhausting!

Tomorrow will the second day of the conference. Penny is on another panel. Hopefully it will go as well as the one today. We plan to set off on the next phase of our journey on Friday - aiming for Big Bend, Texas and lots more hiking.

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