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Greetings from Madison / Have Some Patience

I’m writing this blog from my sister-in-law’s laptop in Madison, Wisconsin. I just arrivived a few hours ago, but I’ve really loved what I’ve seen of Madison so far. It’s also a welcome change of pace from downtown Chicago, where I was attending the 2009 ALA Annual Conference. I’ll have more to say about that later after I get rested up and/or get back home to Alaska. For now, let’s just say that networking with colleagues who share your enthusiasm for government information is WONDERFUL and Aaron Dobbs rocks. And NASA ed resources sound way cool. but more later.

A note to any Wisconsin based colleagues who might be reading this. It would have been really cool to come visit you and tour your libraries, assuming you’re in driving distance of Madison. But I’m only going to be here for a day and a half and want to focus on my extended family. But I’ll be back this way again and then I hope we’ll be able to visit.

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Today I read yet another story about how the stimulus has failed. I’m agnostic about the stimulus package in that I can’t honestly say whether it was a good idea or not. But I do feel extremely confident in saying the jury is still out. There simply hasn’t been enough time since January for the full effect of these measures to bear whatever fruit it is going to bear. It’s like planting flowers and ripping out the bed a few days later because “the seed was bad and failed.”

For the record, I think the jury is probably still out on the Bush initiatied/Obama embraced bank and auto bailouts as well — although I think those were bad ideas. But time will tell. As hard as it is to have patience, I think we need to stand back and wait till next January before trying more stuff. The stimulus may yet work — or not. But let’s at least wait until all stimulus funds have been disbursed and get into the economy before we start declaring certain failure.

That’s what I got for now. Hope to have more after at least a good night’s sleep and some time to reflect on my very positive ALA experience. Photos will be posted once I get back home. Assuming my camera doesn’t fall into one of the Great Lakes.

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