I had a wonderful time yesterday giving a speech at the Texas State Library & Archives as part of their series celebrating their building renovation. I had the extra treat of seeing some amazing documents from the archives and indeed one document, (a real letter from the Alamo in the archives!) was being read aloud in the legislature across the street. It was a very cool indication of the importance of history and the role that libraries and archives play in memory and preservation. Soon, they’re reading the real copy (from the same place) of the Texas declaration of independence on the floor of the legislature. It is amazing that these documents have survived all the fires and history. Tghe event on the fooor was an awesome positioning of the Texas state librarian, Peggy Rudd, and her team at the center of the political process.
And here are my slides from the presentation. I was competing with the other event on closed circuit TV and cable.
And here is the video I showed.
My metaphor was that the individual birds are library workers and, even though we don’t run into eachother every minute, we do make a beautiful show. This is what seamless collaboration looks like.