By Meredith Farkas | November 26, 2007
I’ve been offline for a while, so I didn’t notice that UC Berkeley put the webcast of my keynote online! WOW! It’s available on YouTube, but you can also download the podcast from UC Berkeley’s site if you’re not into the whole video thing. I’m embedding the YouTube video here. I start talking about 12 or 13 minutes in (there are some introductory remarks from the muckety mucks at UC). I’d love to hear what you think of my ideas — I don’t claim to have all the answers about library 2.0 or how organizations should be structured to get there — or to read your own ideas on these topics. “Library 2.0″ is all about conversation — there’s no RIGHT or WRONG (at least that’s my take).
This is the first time I’ve ever seen a video of one of my talks. Other than the fact that I move back and forth way too much, it was actually better than I thought it would be. I’m not perfect — I say um and like and sometimes go off on tangents — but hopefully my enthusiasm makes up for it. Considering how much I used to tremble and sweat (think Albert Brooks in Broadcast News) when I gave a talk in front of even a few people, I consider this a very good job.
Since last Tuesday, I’ve been in South Florida visiting family and some ducks I’ve been hanging out with for years (I have this bizarre love for ducks that has existed for as long as I can remember). This is one of the first times that I’ve gone away and actually stayed away from the computer for most of the time. I don’t fly home until tomorrow, but I gave myself this day to kind of ease myself back to reality. Must admit, being out of the loop for a week was nice.
Thanksgiving isn’t a big thing in my family. We were never much for traditions and stuff, but we do the whole stuff-yourselves-with-food thing. This year, though, I really started thinking about what I’m thankful for. I realize that my life has already exceeded my expectations. I’ve accomplished so many things that I never thought I’d do in 60 years, much less 30. I’ve made great friends, both online and off. I’ve had incredible mentors. I married someone who may not be perfect in every way, but is definitely perfect for me. I can pay my bills every month. I’ve become much more confident in myself (two years ago I couldn’t even imagine giving a keynote!!!). Like everyone else, my life isn’t perfect. We all have things we’d like to change about ourselves or our surroundings. I wish I were a better writer. I wish I was one of those people who actually enjoys exercising. I wish I could get by on 5 or 6 hours of sleep. I wish I didn’t get headaches so often. But when I look at what I’d imagined my life would be like versus what it is like, I definitely came out ahead. Maybe it’s just low expectations. Whatever it is, I’ll take it.