Stranded in New York

I had a good flight to New York last week on Wednesday, and then I and some colleagues visited seven independent school libraries to learn about both their design and programs, and the future of school libraries in general.

One thing that came up several times is that research is becoming more collaborative, and less individual.  When I was in high school, I can’t recall a single collaborative research project.  Today, they are common.  Thus, group work spaces are becoming increasingly desirable, as well as quiet or silent individual work areas.

So, the visits went great, and then the ash cloud came into play.  One by one, our flights were cancelled, and for a couple of days none of our airlines could be reached for informaiton about re-booking.  We finally started getting results at 2:30 a.m. last night, but we’re still scheduled to be in New York until next weekend.  We had all planned to be gone by now.

So, guess who gets some direct experience at being an international telecommuter this week?  It should be fine– my newish Lenovo X200s Thinkpad is working great, and my colleagues are making plans to continue work during the week as well.  Having Skype to make phone calls (to phones as well as other users of Skype) is a great help, even if the Internet access in the hotel is costing us an extra $15 a day.

When we’re not working, there’s also this town to explore.  Today I was able to see the ongoing construction work at Ground Zero, and then I walked to the Staten Island Ferry and took a cruise past the green lady for free.

I might also mention that I bought a 32 gig iPad at the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue, and we used it for studying and reviewing photos from the school visits– pretty fun.  I’ll post an early review of my experiences with the iPad later this week.

Meanwhile, let’s see that cloud blow elsewhere– all in all, I’d rather be back in London.

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