Philly Recommendations for #AERA14

ArtMuseum_CroppedBack in January, the American Library Association held its mid-winter conference here in Philadelphia. Because my girlfriend and I are both librarians and both enjoy Philadelphia, we put together several lists of recommendations (mainly food and drink) on our food blog for our friends and colleagues who were coming to town.

With the American Educational Research Association conference less than a week away, I decided to list those posts here for anyone who might be interested:

I hope these posts help you enjoy your time in Philadelphia. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about your visit.


Trying Something New: AERA Annual Meeting

I have attended many different library conferences over the years: various American Library Association conferences, several years of attending Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian, a couple of jaunts to the National Media Market, a couple Educauses, and one Association of College & Research Libraries conference.

As I mentioned in my last post, the various obligations I had accrued over the years have wound down and I am looking for different things to get involved with. For financial and personal reasons, I’m looking into things closer to home.

One opportunity that came my way via an education professor friend is the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) which is being held in my hometown of Philadelphia.

Something I rarely bring up is that I am ABST for a Master’s degree in Education (All But Student Teaching). Many years ago, I did the coursework but realized that I did not want to become a classroom teacher, so I moved on. But I’ve always been interested in the conceptual end of educational practices and like to think that that background has been influential in my library career.

Point being that this is a conference I am very interested in.

And it looks like this year’s theme, “The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy,” is particularly applicable. Part of the description reads:

Information is everywhere. How to ensure the veracity of information and evidence, especially in a global knowledge environment, presents a new set of challenges to our education research community. Increasingly, the need for customized learning has been driving the development of new technologies that provide more choices and opportunities for learning.

That certainly could describe many library conferences.

I’ve always advocated for librarians to pay attention to things going on outside of libraryland and this will be an interesting opportunity for me to follow my own advice.

The conference is at the beginning of April and if I really do get back in the blogging habit, I should have something to say about it when it happens.


Tombrarian Reboot

Back in May 2012, I decided to put this blog on indefinite hiatus. My thinking at the time was that I had been putting more effort into my personal blog, Being and Formulating, and that I would use that platform for all my blogging, including anything library-related.

But that never happened.

Being and Formulating developed its own personality, focusing on my creative endeavors. Funnelling my professional thoughts there never felt right.

I also took a break from blogging here because the nature of my professional engagement was in the process of changing. Because my prior job was tenure track, I was heavily involved in publishing, presenting and serving on committees on a national level. Much of what I had been writing here was about those activities. Because my current job is not tenure track, my prior professional engagement has been winding down and I’m now looking for new opportunities to get involved.

Recently, I have found myself missing blogging about my professional interests and have decided to resume Tombrarian. As before, I am not making any claims as to what specific areas of the profession I will be writing about here but will follow my interests wherever they may lead me.

You can follow Tombrarian via the feed, my Twitter or my Tombrarian Facebook page. You can also find out more about me via my about page and my LinkedIn profile.

You can follow my more personal and creative endeavors at Being and Formulating, Flickr, Goodreads, Pinterest and tumblr.


Indefinite Hiatus

I am putting Tombrarian on indefinite hiatus as I reconsider my blogging approach. Recently, I’ve found myself putting more energy into my personal blog, Being and Formulating. In restructuring things, I have created a Facebook Fan Page for following the blog as I will soon discontinuing pushing that blog to Facebook. So, if you are interesting in following either my personal or professional posts, you can like the fan page or subscribe to the blog feed.

At one time, Tombrarian was both a personal and a professional blog before I decided to split my efforts into two blogs back in 2008. I am thinking I want to return to the one blog format and feel that Being and Formulating is the best venue for that.

At one time, Tombrarian was a professional blog with some personal things thrown in and I now envision Being and Formulating becoming a personal blog with some library stuff thrown in. Frankly, the longer I’ve been in this field, the harder it becomes to separate the two lives.

I will never say never when it comes to Tombrarian, but for the foreseable future, I will be putting my efforts into Being and Formulating. But Tombrarian will live on in spirit and you can follow the Being and Formulating fan page or the blog proper.