John Updike dies at 76

It has just been announced that John Updike has passed away at the age of 76 from lung cancer.
Story at NYTimes


This Weekend…

…just flew by.

Friday I helped out at a seminar for Government Documents and the Web. Mostly I just tried filming each speaker. Before going I didn’t know much about Government Documents or the collection/maintaining of them, so it was a great learning experience. And I was even able to learn a couple new tips about technology. That afternoon I went to another seminar on Library Mashups, which essentially means trying to integrate users on the web with library resources. Or at least that is as much as I learned. With technology and its vast array of uses I have seen several different ideas and images of what mashedup libraries look like.

Saturday I picked up lots of books, some I may not ever read. I am most excited about getting an advance copy of John Green’s newest book Papertowns. I also managed to get John Updike’s book too. Probably getting a book signed by John Green was the highlight of the day. He was fun (whatever that means) and engaging. He even signed the six or more books that somebody had in front of me. That impressed me the most, but perhaps it was because we were still close to the front of the line. Writer’s cramp had not yet set in.

I have many thoughts about the weekend, libraries, and books, but it will have to wait. My throat is sore (from lack of sleep?) and it is making me cranky.