Last week I traveled down to Orlando for the Digital Now conference to present with my friend Patty Goldman from March Of Dimes, and my new friend Jenny Levine from the American Library Association. My dad drove up to see me present for the first time and it was really never racking. More than anything I wanted him to be proud of me, and of course he was. An hour before the panel Jenny my dad and I sat down and had a great talk about how the ALA is fighting to keep public works public and prevent private institutions form procuring exclusive rights to data that many public institutions depend of for their research. It took a few analogies for my dad to catch on but he fully understands the ramifications.
We talked about the imperative need to help as many Americans as possible have access to the web and the potential financial impact more web access can have on a community. It was an eye opener for both of us to grasp how critical a role the Library, and the librarian can be in our American culture going forward. It was really neat to have that kind of a conversation, especially with my dad.