Librarian Lifestyle

Cycling for Libraries Fundraiser

In Conferences on April 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm

This summer three awesome librarians Karen Holt, Barbara Fullerton, and April Kessler will embark on an international library adventure with Cycling For Libraries. This unconference offers a week of library workshops, debates, and tours with a diverse group of 100 international librarians from 22 countries cycling 250+ miles from Amsterdam to Brussels. Cycling for libraries is an international cycling conference that aims to advocate for libraries and increase awareness of the valuable services and resources that libraries offer to the community.

We could use your help.

Your donation can help us cover registration fees which include room and board, bike rental, and travel expenses. Every little bit helps and we appreciate anything you can donate.

To Donate:
  • Registration – $325 per person
  • Bike Rental – $100 per person
  • Flight – $1500 per person

Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you can’t donate, you can still help by spreading the word about our campaign. Thank you for helping us take this amazing adventure for libraries!

AND, if you are attending the TXLA annual meeting in Ft. Worth on April 24th-27th, visit our Booth #1013 in the Exhibit Hall!

A bit about us…

Barbara, Karen, and April

Barbara Fullerton has been in the information professional field for over 15 years, with experience in vendor relations, and corporate and law libraries. She has a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Emporia State University in Kansas. Barbara is an active member in DALL, SLA, President of the Texas SLA Chapter, and is currently on the Advisory Board of UNT’s College of Information.

Karen Holt is the the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Librarian Lifestyle. She works as a librarian at Northwestern University in Qatar. Before moving to the Middle East Karen worked as the Communication Librarian at the University of Texas at Austin where she was the subject specialist for advertising, journalism, radio-television-film, and communication studies.

April Kessler is the Business Librarian at the University of Texas at Austin.She received her MSIS from UT and her MBA from Wichita State University. April is the Past President the Texas Chapter of the Special Libraries Association and serves on the Executive Board of the Texas Library Association. She is also the co-founder of the business research blog, bizologie.

We’ll be blogging about our adventures on Librarian Lifestyle and Bizologie this summer, so stay tuned!

Yours in library love,

Karen Holt

Librarian Lifestyle Goes International

In Careers, Editor's Column on October 26, 2012 at 7:10 am

Dear Readers,

With our travel guides and posts about international conferences, you may have noticed that we have had an American and European focus here at LL. Now, we’re expanding to the Middle East.

I’m very happy to say that I have accepted a position as the Technical Services Librarian at Northwestern University in Qatar and I begin my new job on November 1. The campus is located in Doha, a fascinating city of one million people and the capital of Qatar. I’m super excited about my new job and about living in the Middle East!

As you can imagine, I have had so many things to organize over the last month that I’ve fallen a bit behind on the LL postings. Now I’m back and ready to blog about all things related to the librarian lifestyle.

My next post will be about how I found this position, so stay tuned.

Yours in library love,

Karen Holt

Enjoying my first cup of tea on my balcony in Doha after the 20 hour journey to get here from Austin, TX.

Cycling for Libraries Day 10-11: Last Days on the Road

In Conferences, Travel on October 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

Day 10 – 47 miles

Rakvere Library

We began the day by touring the delightful Rakvere Public Library. In the photo above you can see Katarina Jee, Estonia’s only bookmobile, parked next to the library.

The Katarina Jee is part of the Tallinn Public Library system, and she followed us throughout our journey from Vilnius to Tallinn. We had many fun events that involved Katarina Jee, including this fantastic performance of a folk song performed by Estonian school librarians.

Later that day we cycled to the Palmse Korts, an amazing restaurant that is on the grounds of one of Estonia’s manor house. We had Avery tasty meal that included some of the best pork we’ve ever eaten.

Palms Korts

Day 11 – 49 miles

The last day had finally arrived. It was a long ride in a headwind and took forever. I think we were just getting excited to be in Tallinn and to reach the our final destination. When we had lunch at the half way mark, it felt like we had already been riding for the entire day. We had been on the  highway and then took a detour through the forest. When we stopped for lunch we understood why we had taken this route, we walked past the lunch tent to discover this amazing waterfall! What a wonderful surprise and beautiful backdrop to our last lunch on the road.

Estonian Waterfall

To pass the time on the long, hard last day. We belted out the hits of the 70s, 80s, and today. We definitely entertained ourselves and our captive audience seemed to enjoy the musical styling of the Texas Girls (the name of our new coverband!). When we hit the city limits of Tallinn we were so excited. Our trip into the center of town was along the coast and we had this incredible view of Old Town. Cycling by the ocean is pretty, but the wind was blowing so hard we had to concentrate on not blowing over.

View of Old Town from Tallinn Coast

We cycled through the cobble stoned streets and were greeted for the last time by the smiles, waves, and cheers of the Estonian people. When we got to Freedom Square, we jumped off our bikes and hugged and congratulated everyone. We had done it! We cycled a total of 366 miles over 11 days. We met the most incredible librarians from around the world and we were changed by the international experience off a lifetime. Where are we going next year?

Celebration in Freedom Square

By April Kessler of bizologie and Karen Holt. April & Karen are librarians at the University of Texas at Austin.


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