I promised a Part II earlier, so here it is. (I promise I’ll be brief.)

I hope I have at least slightly clarified our basic motivations for writing on this blog. Here, I just want to go into a little more detail on what we hope to achieve this work year (April 2013 to March 2014): more self-aggrandizing, cynical snarkiness, and blatant disregard for people different than us. (Just kidding about that last one.)

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The Year of Musical Thinking

Putting aside the fact that it’s a shameless rift off the title of Joan Didion’s heartrending memoir, it’s really appropriate to call 2014 “the Year of Musical Thinking” for High Browse Online. I have long been fascinated by the idea of collaborative leadership as exhibited by the conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. So this year, instead of one head honcho calling all the shots, selecting and interpreting the repertoire, and setting up his or her viewpoints as representative of the team’s, we aim to achieve the following:

  • Allow members free rein in what they want to write about
  • Try to complement each other’s contributions where opportune
  • Critically reflect on our chosen topics

All these feed into our ultimate goals of content creation, organic collaboration, empowerment, and mutual recognition.

So the collaborative leadership cycle starts this year, with me in the hotseat. We focus this year on film and music. It doesn’t mean we aren’t writing about books anymore, but we are going to be looking into films and music that may or may not be in the Public Libraries (but should be), and/or books about film and music.

If you look closely, you can see much of this has already been happening in the past couple of months; all without me explicitly saying what each of us should do! Either I’m very lucky, or maybe there really is something to this collaborative leadership thing.

Before I forget, we are introducing two new categories of posts.

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Happenstance

We are, like many readers out there, browsers. Once in a while, we’d saunter among the shelves, and inevitably some book would catch our eye. We’ll be sharing with you choice excerpts from the pages we happen flip to.

Lifelong Learning

In addition to being the keepers of the flame of reading, librarians are also committed to a lifetime of learning, whether it’s making a Rainbow Loom bracelet, baking a brownie in a mug, or designing a terrarium. (Yes, I’ve done tried all three.) I have been taking a few MOOCs and am also attempting to learn basic German on my own. (I’ll be talking more about this in a separate post.) We’ll be bringing the joys and pains (no pain no gain, right?) of our personal (mis)adventures in learning.

So, there it is. That’s all the updates we have for you. Stay tuned.