Today is a great day for many reasons. First, the nation is celebrating an historic election. Second, the Thomas Ford Memorial Library is open again with a new teen area and a better placement of the reference desk. Third, I have submitted my book Real Lives Revealed to Libraries Unlimited.
About the book submission. I really felt a sense of wonder when I composed the table of contents on Monday night. Even though it was still a collection of electronic files, the book suddenly seemed solid and complete.
None of the achievements is really complete. President-elect Barack Obama has many challenges ahead. My library still has a number of furniture, collection, and policy decisions to make after our remodeling. I have more work on the book.
I will be spending the next couple of weeks finishing appendices. There will certainly be some rewrites, and, at some point when I have a galley, I will have the task of completing the index. Still, it seems a great and momentous day.