Current Writing

Dreamer, Do-gooder, Do-er

Not to disparage anyone, but I do have a reaction to do-gooder work, of which I also partake: much of it seems futile. For example,…

Explaining Away Complaints

Many local governments have a problem: they know it, they ignore it, and it doesn’t go away. This problem goes by different names, like –…

From Rags to Riches

Not exactly rags to riches: but from risks to resources. Let’s try and manage communities – villages, towns, cities – by connecting dots, or as…

I love reference librarians.

I’ll bet that’s a sentiment not often expressed these days. Not due to any fault of the librarians, but for the tectonic-like shift in their…

Losing With Facts

Trying to win with facts is like a boxing match using pillows instead of boxing gloves: you and your opponent will likely score a lot…

Something for Reference Librarians

The reference librarian should be at the very center of community life. Explain please. I’ll explain. It all begins with a directory of locally available services and…