New Article In C&RL News!

Catherine Johnson, Carissa Tomlinson and I just got published in the most recent issue of C&RL News. Our article is called In the spirit of Benjamin Franklin: 13 virtues of the next-gen librarian. It is an adaptation from the presentation that we did at ACRL last spring. Here’s a brief excerpt:

“In terms of librarianship then, what are the qualities that academic librarians today should possess to be successful in their careers and in serving their users? In the spirit of Franklin, these are a proposed list of virtues of next-gen librarians. Franklin used his virtues to grow as an individual. These virtues can be used as a tool to guide our self improvement as librarians in the 21st century, though they aren’t limited to that purpose. They can also be used by administrators to determine the qualities that they want in new hires, or by job seekers determining the culture of an institution. They can be used in evaluating managers or directors. The uses are myriad, but ultimately they are qualities that we should all strive for as next-gen librarians.”

If you have thoughts about any of the virtues or ones that should be added or removed, I’d love to hear them.


Article in C&RL News

I just had an article come out in C&RL News called Social media: A guide for college and university libraries. It fleshes out a lot of issues that I address in this blog in greater detail. Other than that excitement, I’m pumped that I’m headed to ALA Midwinter tomorrow. Hopefully I see some of you folks there. I plan on going to a lot of the LITA meetings and will be trying to hit up some social/tweetup/networking events like the Newbie/Veteran tweetup. If you’re going, DM me on Twitter (@vonburkhardt) and maybe we could get together.


The Ballad of the Earl of Sandwich


Quick note: This is not library related, but it is literary and has to do with food. I’m sure you’ll be able to stomach it.

A few years back I was wondering about where the name “sandwich” came from and happened upon an interesting tale for how the term came into being. It was such a fun story that I decided to flesh it out a bit more and put it into verse. Even though the history behind it is somewhat dubious, it’s still a good yarn. Here it is in it’s entirety:

The Earl of Sandwich took his pleasures
In food and drink quite far from bland,
But also took quite drastic measures
In cards to never miss a hand.

One evening in a game engrossed,
That seemed was never wont to cease
The Earl, he dined on cheese and toast
And meat that filled his hands with grease.

“This bloody food, these bloody cards,
The deck is soiled,” the Earl thus spoke.
“One must invent a remedy!
I’m just the clever bloke!”

“Waiter,” he cried, “bring me some bread,
Two slices should suffice.
And with it bring some meat and cheese…
An onion would be nice.”

Then gathered he these fixin’s three
Upon a single slice of bread.
He topped it with another slice.
The crowd, though, all went dead.

Uproarious laughter did ensue!
He had them in a stitch.
One gent remarked, “I’d like one too!
Bring me out a Sandwich!”

Invented not by cook, nor chef,
Nor floozy serving girl,
The sandwich hero we all know
Is our clever gambling Earl.

© Copyright 2009 Andy Burkhardt