Whelp, I’m back in the USA and just in time for Fuse #8’s excellent Michigan round-up. I’m very flattered to be mentioned! Thank you also to Scope Notes for listing me as a “blog to watch” this past Sunday.
I had a fabulous time in Toronto and enjoyed the opportunity to view the Canada Reads debates live. Book nerd heaven, I tell you. A big thank you to Jen Knoch for acting as my host and to Erin Balser for arranging the tickets.
And now let’s get to business because this is starting to sound like an acceptance speech.
Jen and I collaborated on another post for the second day of the debates. You can read it on KIRBC by clicking on the link below.
Sorry to link and run but I wanted to give you an update on all the Canada Reads happenings before I rush off to get some sleep. Jen and I attended our first CR taping and we really enjoyed ourselves. You can read our combined thoughts on the first day at the KIRBC blog. (The best commercial you’ve ever seen is on the other side of that link.) If you’re interested in watching or listening to this year’s episodes, they’re available on the CBC’s Canada Reads website.
So…introductions. My name is Julie Judkins and I’m a digital librarian in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am a recent graduate of the University of Michigan School of Information, where I earned an MSI in Library & Information Services and Archives & Records Management. I started Klickitat as a space to discuss things that interest me, including, but not limited to: books, movies, television programs, creative writing, cooking, and professional library practices. With luck, the list of topics will grow as this blog does.
Inspired by some of favorite blogs like The Keepin’ It Real Book Club, Forever Young Adult, Educating Alice, 100 Scope Notes, and A Fuse #8 Production (just to name a few), I’ve been wanting to start a blog for quite some time. And, now that I’ve thought a bit about the direction I’d like this blog to take and what I can offer, I think I’m finally ready. Hit the lights!
Here are some things you can expect to see here in the near future:
- CANADA READS: I’m excited to report that I’ll be traveling up to visit Toronto in a few weeks to attend this year’s Canada Reads tapings. (Yes, I think I deserve some kind of book nerd medal for that.) If you’re unfamiliar with Canada Reads, I encourage you to visit the website and familiarize yourself with the program (and maybe even listen in!) It’s a great deal of fun. Surely I’m not the only American that follows the debates? You can read my thoughts about last year’s CR here. Thanks to Jen Knoch (creator of the fabulous KIRBC) for being my host extraordinaire.
- NEWBERY MEDAL COURSE: I am enrolled in Kathleen Horning’s upcoming on-line seminar (sponsored by the Association for Library Service for Children) on the history of the Newbery Medal. It should be interesting and I plan to share my observations here.
- VIDEO REVIEWS/BOOKTALKS: I want to practice my booktalking skills and what better way than doing so in the public forum of the Internet? Nervous laugh. You can see my practice video reviews in support of last year’s Keep Toronto Reading here and here. My booktalk for Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown’s Picture the Dead is available here.
- BOOK REVIEWS: I picked up a lot of promising ARCs at the American Library Association’s (ALA) midwinter meeting. Look for future reviews of these titles here. Given my personal interests, book reviews will mostly be children’s and young adult fiction, with a few adult titles thrown in for good measure. I plan to review for the purpose of reader’s advisory and collection development. Where relevant, I will suggest movies/music/whatever suits my fancy that compliment a certain book’s mood. Just wait until you see the films I’ve suggested to complement Maureen Johnson’s Little Blue Envelope series. I think you’ll like the list.
- THOUGHTS ON PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY PRACTICE: I’m a new librarian and I’m still cutting my teeth. Expect to see my thoughts on professional development from time to time.
This list isn’t exhaustive by any means but it covers some topics I’ve been thinking about lately. I hope you’ll visit from time to time and offer your thoughts!
I’ll leave you for now with a quote by one of my favorite writers, John Patrick Shanley:
“I am not a courageous person by nature. I have simply discovered that, at certain key moments in this life, you must find courage in yourself, in order to move forward and live. It is like a muscle and it must be exercised, first a little, and then more and more. All the really exciting things possible during the course of a lifetime require a little more courage than we currently have. A deep breath and a leap.” — John Patrick Shanley (13 by Shanley)