It is not a secret that I am a Wikipedia fan. I research it, I edit it, I present at conference about it, I write about it, and I go to conference about it. These days it pretty much one of the two things I speak about; the other being about events in academic libraries. When I can, I combine the two.
For the past few weeks I have been indulging in my Wikipedia obsession by going to two different conferences. First, I was in San Diego for a Wikipedia conference. Second, I was far closer to home at a librarian conference to speak about using Wikipedia to teach better research skills to students. This week I want to focus on the San Diego trip, but reflect on both. This is a stressful time of year at work and I often get lost in the details of my day to day duties. By mid-October I usually need to step back and focus on the type of librarian I wish to be.
What did I do in San Diego? Surprisingly, I did a ton of stuff! My flight got in the afternoon before the conference began and I was able to spend a few hours as a tourist around San Diego. My hotel was in a great spot to get right on a trolly tour. I love going on tours like that when I only have so much time. I get to see a lot, quickly, and have a tour guide explain things to me. The best part of the tour was Old Town. I enjoyed it so much that I booked a haunted tour of Old Town for another night. I did that tour with 1 margarita and barely any food in my system. It was a lot of fun, but not haunted at all. I did it so I can write about it in the Northanger Abbey modernization. Why? The book is about haunting reality television.
I played an extensive amount of Pokemon Go. There were so man Pokemon I rarely or never get on the east coast. I got In-N-Out Burger two times thanks to making a friend who only needed an excuse to get it with me. I saw one of the most amazing libraries I have ever been in. I ate tacos, drank some good drinks, learned so many things, and got the re-charge I needed to get through the rest of the semester.
I spent an entire day in Balboa Park walking through museums, getting back stage access to parts of them, enjoying the sun shine, and editing Wikipedia. My favorite museum was the Natural History Museum. They had tons of dinosaur bones and a beautiful library filled with books, slides, and more featuring our national natural history.
If you want to see all my photos from the conference, feel free to check out my Flickr account. I have put them all up and will be putting up titles and details as I can.
The week after that I was in Danvers, MA for a local library conference. I spoke about working with students and planning Wikipedia related events. It was a great panel discussion and we were one of the better attended sessions. Again, it was just what I needed to help me move forward with a few blocks. I will share more because a lot of what happened will play into my life goal re-evaluation process. It is also going to play a bigger role in this blog. Moving forward there will probably be a lot more Wikipedia related content. The first, starting next year, 3 times a year I will devote a month to editing Wikipedia. I did it last year and posted it on my professional blog, but this is where I am focused now and I am trying to