NLS9 & some books

It’s been two months since I went to the New Librarian’s Symposium in Adelaide, and in typical fashion, I keep meaning to write about it, but never get around to doing it.

The symposium was pretty amazing – I just shared some highlights with my colleagues last week. One of the things that stuck with many of them actually had nothing to do with the fact that it was a library conference – it was how sustainable the event was.

At the end of the three day affair (with hundreds of participants!), they ended up with just one bag of trash. ONE! Everything else was either composted or recycled, and everything had been planned with sustainability in mind, from meals being finger-food-friendly to not having disposable cutlery to having a station where you could return anything from the gift bag that you didn’t think you’d use (rather than throwing away multiple poor quality pens and keychains and lanyards…..).

I’d share more, but I think in the past two months more people have said what I’d like to say better than I could – just check out the #nls9 tag on twitter for great details.

After the symposium, I took a couple of days to just enjoy Adelaide and the surrounding areas with my best friend – I really needed a break, and it was pretty amazing. We booked ourselves into a gorgeous airbnb, rented a car, and just ate all the cheese and sammies we could fit in our bellies. It was beautiful weather, super chill, and just what I needed.

Since I got back to work, I’ve received a promotion, so I’m now heading up the reference team at work, and it’s been the busiest first two weeks of school I can remember having since I started here. I’m not sure it’s the new post that’s tiring me out so much as it is us being so short staffed – two members of staff left us at the end of summer, and another one is pregnant and suffering from such bad pregnancy brain. I keep getting told I’ll “understand when I have one of my own” and it’s getting increasingly difficult to be polite and not tell people off when they try to talk to me about whether or not I’ll be making babies.

Book-wise, I’ve been reading on and off, but am still far off from my ambitious goal of the year. There’s still a third of the year to go though, so let’s see what happens. Who knows, maybe I’ll get sucked into another long running manga and spike my total at a disgusting rate.

I started reading the Memoirs of Lady Trent series, but took a break after the second one – it’s fun, but not something I can binge read the entire series of at one shot.

I also read the Draconis Memoria series, which I did finish all of, although it gets progressively less my-style as the books go on. I picked this one up after my brother-in-law vaguely described the plot (“there’s dragons of different colours, and each ones blood has a different power, and then they discover a WHITE dragon!”) to me while telling me what he considers a “good read”, because all the books I’d recommended him lately were “just alright”. For the record, he also didn’t feel like the series lived up to its brilliant start.

I read the second book in The Paper Magician series, and it also did not live up to the first book, so I’m not sure if I’ll be reading the next.

I read a bunch of graphic novels as well, but Dept. H really stood out – I was so mad when I realized that it was a series, and I hadn’t actually bought the whole thing. I’m still waiting to get my hands on volume 3 and see how the rest of the story pans out. Outpost Zero is the only other thing that’s given me similar vibes, and I’m really really enjoying it.

And then this last one that I’m sharing, I picked up because it looked like the sort of thing my boss would like to add to our collection. The art is very watercolour-esque, so I was a bit reluctant to start it, but once I did, I sped through it (and book 2). It’s a much younger read, but so much fun, and now I’m quite looking forward to the movie coming out!

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