Saturday, July 22, 2006

let's move over here

via a car filled with boxes, plants, and one relatively good natured cat in a cage, we went from seattle to portland to yachats to bandon to mendocino to san francisco. and with that, to the best of my knowledge, silver in seattle became silver in sf.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

give it away

i set up a free node in the lobby of my apartment in old town ballard. originally, it looked like this:

stuff went fast. although the basketball wasn't snagged, most of the books were snatched up pretty quickly. so i added some more stuff, including some plants and a chess board i made in woodshop class in junior high!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

purging and packing

i'm in the last stages of packing. my office is nearly cleared out. i delivered three boxes of books to jessica albano, one of my favorite friends and colleagues here at UW and one of my favorite librarians of all time, with hopes that UW libraries will put them to good use. i recycled about 3-4 boxes worth of papers, tests, articles, syllabi, etc. it's amazing to see how much stuff i'm getting rid of. it's liberating to purge stuff that was so important just a year or two ago. i have to say, it sure will be nice to get out of this building.

in september project news, libraries from three new countries just signed up:there are now september project events being organized in 19 countries. watch it grow.

now on to packing and purging my apartment. with luck, that should be done in a day or two. and then, beginning this friday, sarah and i will attend my twentieth high school reunion in beautiful san luis obispo, california!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

congratulazioni italia!

congratulations italy - 2006 world cup champions!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

1998 VW Golf: looking for a used car in seattle?

i just posted the following on craig's list and have already received three requests to see the car. in other words, if you are interested, act now! this car was originally my brother in law jeff's car and has ushered me around the city with class and style for the last five years. sun roof! hatchback! AM/FM-cassette car stereo! a built in holder for two coffees!

update: car = sold. apparently this craig's list thing actually works.

Friday, July 07, 2006

the september project in sixteen countries

[crossposted from the september project blog]

in the last few weeks, the september project has grown significantly more global. two weeks ago, libraries in 10 countries were planning september project events. today, events are being planned in 16 countries.
from canada, west vancouver memorial library (in west vancouver, british columbia) and chinook regional library: swift current branch (in swift current, saskatchewan), both 2005 september project participants, have signed up again this year.

from costa rica, the university for peace library (in san jose) has recently become the first costa rican library to participate in the september project. (the united nations-mandated university of peace was established in 1980 with the following mission: "to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.")

from greece, the athens university of economics & business library (in athens) will be participating again this year.

from iceland, kopavogur public library: lindasafn branch library (in kopavogur) signed up to participate again this year.

from india, the amity campus jaipur library (in jaipur, rajasthan) and the NIILM center for management studies library (in new delhi) have signed up. in an email, jitender sharma, librarian and marketing manager at NIILM-CMS library wrote: "Our library will always be willing to be a part of this project."

from israel, the pamela and stanley chais public library (in mevasseret - zion) and the university of haifa library (in haifa) have joined the september project.
we look forward to watching the project grow around the planet.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

teaching carnival: calling all community college, college, and university teachers

the idea behind teaching carnival is quite simple: there's a lot of community college, college, and university professors out there blogging about their teaching, so why not encourage various bloggers to periodically compile the posts and offer brief annotations about them?

george (who got his phd in english at the university of maryland roughly the same time that i was getting mine in american studies) came up with the concept and successfully ran the carnival last year. he is now looking for folks to sign up for fall 2006.

seems to me that the avenues for talking about and sharing ideas about higher education teaching are shrinking; projects like this offer new possibilities. if you teach at a community college, college, or university, consider getting involved by gmailing him at georgehwilliams - or just leave a commment here.