reflections on the ICRM Certified Records Manager (CRM) certification process

As many of you know, I transitioned from libraries to records management about five years ago. I often advise people wanting to make the switch to pursue certification as an ICRM Certified Records Manager (CRM), but there isn’t a lot online about the process from a first-person perspective. Here is the information I wish I’d … [Read more…]

Moving federal employees out of DC is a good thing (or, “why your intrepid heroine moved to the Midwest”)


I’ve been unhappy with the quality of reporting around the relocation of two Department of Agriculture components (the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)) to the Kansas City region. Local news is misreporting this as a headquarters move (it isn’t), and most national reporting is treating this as a Trojan … [Read more…]

DC Library Association’s Fall Reception – 9/15

dcla reception

Please join your local ALA chapter at Smith Public Trust this coming Thursday, 9/15 for an evening soiree with your favorite librarians. This is my first event as DCLA’s Membership Director and I would be very happy to welcome you next week.

Bibliodiscotheque vol. 1


A few months ago, I stumbled across a Facebook event via my friend Elaine. “Wow, DC needs one of these,” I told Elaine, and hollered at DCLA. Bobbie Dee put out the call and got a kickass committee together to make it real. Our wonderful friend Diana offered to lend us her DJ equipment and … [Read more…]

3 art galleries


On this trip, I went to 3 art galleries: the Pitti Palace and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and the Borghese Gallery in Rome. Of the 3, the Borghese was hands-down the most memorable experience. The collection was much smaller, and for some reason seemed to have more Carravaggio paintings, which I was all about (the … [Read more…]

Medici Archive Project

outside of building

We visited the Medici Archive Project in Florence. A few odd things stuck out about this: first, they made some comments about Netscape (I can’t possibly have heard correctly that some of their features only work with legacy browsers — someone please correct me), it’s funded by the Mellon Foundation (which reminded a few of … [Read more…]

Galileo and Pope Francis!

papal mass

Action-packed day today: the Visions of Italy crew rolled into the Uffizi Gallery at 8:30 to try to miss peak lines. Keegan and I decided to try to get into the library at the Galileo Museum (which is awesome, see previous post here). In a stroke of luck, we rode in the elevator with an … [Read more…]

Seven Church Walk

A 1599 map illustrating Rome's 7 Pilgrim Churches [source: Wikipedia]

As part of her Eat, Pray, Library project, our friend Heather suggested that we attempt to walk the “Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome.” There is definitely some papal connection to the basilicas featured on this walk, as we saw Il Papa himself, not a week later, at St. John Lateran followed by a procession to … [Read more…]