Along with tons of other librarians, I'll be heading to DC for the ALA Annual Conference this week. I leave tomorrow, and am already dreading it. Usually I at least look forward to seeing old friends, but this time even that isn't energizing me. I'm doing some work these days with a committee of complete morons, and it saps my energy for most other things.
I'd probably feel more enthusiastic if I were an "emerging leader." Some of those folks seem very excited indeed, at least according to the latest issue of the other AL. Here's how the article on them begins:
"Fire Trucks arrived at Seattle Public Library January 19 just days before the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. Had the Emerging Leaders set it on fire with their enthusiasm?"
Definitely doesn't sound like my kind of group, or at least not my kind of writer. According to the article, those emerging leaders are an excitable group. I notice the article keeps calling them "young librarians," though based on the picture they weren't all that young. But I guess all that enthusiasm made them young at heart.
But since I can't manufacture that much enthusiasm, it's off to DC to be bored. I hope to have my standard ALA report when I return, so that next time you're in DC you'll know where to find a decent martini.