Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Alaskan Librarians Discuss Life in Alaska

I was thinking we could add a link on the AkLA Jobs page called "Alaskan Librarians Discuss Life in Alaska". The page would have testimonials written by librarians from different parts of Alaska about what it's like living and working in their region of the state.

I could post a link to my Life in Alaska page that has an FAQ and "100 Things I Love about Living in Alaska" etc. and we could link to any other Alaskan librarians who have similar pages...or we could just keep it to the written testimonials.

I get all kinds of emails from people thinking about relocating to Alaska. Often, people considering moving to a new location find plenty of "official" information about making the move but really want the skinny from a local. What do you think about this idea? Stupid? Intriguing? Be honest.

7 Comments:

Blogger Daniel said...

I think this is a good idea. I don't have any Alaska-specific pages on my web site (which is dying or transferring in a week or so); but I'd be happy to contribute testimonials.

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that written testimonials
about life in Alaskan communities is a great idea. I would be happy to contribute on behalf of Fairbanks.

I fielded a number of "what is life in Alaska really like?" questions myself and it would help to have a website to refer people to.

I also think that posting messages to the AkLA listserv when the blog is updated is a good plan. Just finished bookmarking the blog so I will be checking it out on a regular basis.

Robyn Russell
UAF Rasmuson Library

3:19 PM  
Blogger Elise Tomlinson said...

Thanks for the input...and sorry to anyone who tried to post earlier that got the message that "only registered members" were allowed to comment. That was a default setting that I've now changed in order to allow anyone to post who would like to.

If you are registered with blogger you can sign in first or you can choose the "other" option if you'd like to add your name etc. but you aren't registered with blogger. If you want to leave a comment without leaving your identity choose "anonymous".

Anyway, thanks to those of you who think creating the new page is a good idea. We can start working on it right away and if there is content that anyone finds inappropriate for our site we can address it at a future ecouncil meeting.

My feeling is that if you want to contribute to this page, please feel free to write whatever you like and just send it my way for inclusion! A few choice photos of your local would be a nice touch as well.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Freya said...

I love the idea of giving others a few tips about Alaska. Perhaps it could be a blended kind of thing, with comments at a single site, and links to pages such as Elise's.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Elise Tomlinson said...

Yes Freya,
That's exactly what I had in mind. Anyway, I'll put the page together. Daniel has already sent me some stuff and Robyn in Fairbanks is planning on writing something and I can put something together, perhaps by region, and then post a link to it from here to get more feedback before I actually link to it from the akla site.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Elise Tomlinson said...

Here's a link to the draft page I've put together. So far it's only Daniel and I so there is *a lot* of room for more library workers to weigh in.

http://www.akla.org/jobs/librarians-in-alaska.html

I changed the title to: "Library Staff Describe Life in Alaska" so that it would open it up to anyone working in a library regardless of their positions.

Let me know what you think and remember that nothing is linking to this page yet.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Georgine said...

There are several articles about libraries and bios of Alaska librarians at LitSite Alaska. Linking to those will fill in several blanks in your list on the web page.

4:42 PM  

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