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Closing Keynote – Internet Librarian 2013

Hi all, sorry I’ve been away for so long. Crazy travel days.

I just gave the closing keynote at the 2013 Internet Librarian Conference today. If you’re into it, you can watch it here. 

And in the first two minutes you can see me spank Stephen Abram, who had it coming.

It was a great crowd and a great conference.

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  • Sharon Kosch October 31, 2013, 6:30 am

    I enjoyed your speech. It brought back fond memories of the first library I was introduced to. It was an Andrew Carnegie library in a small town and I can still remember how it smelled. I was so proud to get my library card. I thought I had it made for the summer when they had their reading contest – the prize was a Baby Ruth and I earned one the first week. Then I earned another and the librarian was suspicious. I had to tell her what the books were about before I got my next candy bar. And then I was disqualified! My first sense of injustice, but that didn’t stop my love of libraries. Libraries were the first place my sister and I were allowed to go to by ourselves. One summer we went almost every day and checked out the maximum – 5 books.

    I’m 62 now and still love libraries. I wouldn’t be able to indulge my love of reading without the library. I’ve read about 230 books this year and even at Kindle prices I couldn’t afford that many books.

    I also loved your comment about thinking “this is happening”. My dh was unexpectedly laid off a month before his 65th birthday this year. After a couple of days of moaning why is this happening, we had to switch to this IS happening and go into action for what was a surprise retirement.

    Well, I’ve gone on too much but wanted you to know I really liked your speech.


  • Amy Chirman October 31, 2013, 1:25 pm

    It was terrific to hear your talk at IL 2013, Josh. You, your words, and your thoughts about the meaning of our profession are meaningful and appreciated. I, too, spent much of my childhood and youth in the sanctuary of my local public library and was inspired by what I found there to play it forward by becoming a librarian.

    I hope you are proud of what you have and are accomplishing, and I hope you are having fun with it! You and your family are inspiring! I look forward to hearing more from you.

    Amy Chirman

  • Sue October 31, 2013, 1:38 pm

    I completely enjoyed watching your speech. It was inspiring, touching, funny, and interesting. I am thankful you were able to persevere, that you have had the loving support of good people in your life, that you were contacted by a book agent, and that your light is shining a broader light now out into the world.

  • Chris Ricker November 3, 2013, 10:45 am

    Thank you for your inspiration, humor and spiritual strength. I replace the word “Free” with Love and it makes so much sense. You are the epitome of a patron, librarian and human being. I’m in awe and this is happening now.