Oh, Brave New World
Today was the first meeting of the New York Public Library children's librarians for the current school year. It was the usual amalgamation of getting to know you type introductions, announcements on the traitors leaving us (only one, and I suppose the word "traitor" was not actually used), and who's giving birth to what (that would be Warren). Special guest Emily Jenkins came and spoke with us, which was faaabulous. First of all, I wrote the starred School Library Journal review for her newest book Toys Go Out, so that was neat. And of course Ms. Jenkins linked to me from her teen blog (written under the pseudonym E. Lockhart) when we were having that whole Meg Cabon/Clinique debacle. This allowed me to have the guts to say howdy, and she's just sweet as all get out. Funny too. If she ever happens to go on tour, I highly recommend y'all hire her for a speaking engagement or two. Charm incarnate, that woman.
Getting back to the meeting. Today was the day that we were introduced to a whole new aspect of our children's website entitled TumbleBooks. You guys can also access this without having an NYPL library card, so take note. Basically, it's a bunch of online picture books read aloud with moving graphics alongside the usual smattering of puzzles, games, what have you. It's fairly new technology, offering one-on-one storytimes via the internet. To my surprise, though, this addition was met with a great deal of hissing and cursing on the part of the younger librarians. The older ones seemed to accept it as inevitable. The younger ones? "What? Storytime has to be a multimedia presentation now?", one spat. I was fascinated by this unexpected split in the generations. To what does one attribute it? Most interesting.