I haven’t posted a lot of screenshots (played much of the game with the graphics settings fairly low, so they don’t look as good as some), but did want to share Scott & Carrie, and Carrie & the one lover the game limited her to.
Meet John Amundsen, Program Officer for Communications and Outreach, Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS)
What do you do at ALA?
My official title is Membership
Specialist and I most of my work is with membership engagement projects. If ALA
has a booth at a conference, it’s likely I helped to put it together. I also am
the co-lead on ALA’s social media team, I organize the ALA Lounge and the
Networking Uncommons at ALA Annual and Midwinter, and I’m the staff liaison to
the Gaming Round Table, the Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Member
Interest Group, and the Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Interest
Why do you think libraries / librarians are important?
I think libraries are important
because they offer a space for everyone with no questions asked. Libraries
provide materials for study, entertainment, and enrichment no matter what your
interest is. Librarians are important because it’s hard to navigate the vast
landscape of available information on your own. Having a guide that is trained
in how to evaluate information is vital in the modern world.
What do you love about your job?
I absolutely love the librarians I
get to work with every day. To see and hear about the passion and creativity
they bring to their work is humbling. I feel very lucky to be able to learn so
much from our community.
What is something cool you’ve accomplished lately at ALA?
I have a couple of things I’m
pretty proud of lately. One is these staff profiles. J Having the chance to
highlight the wide range of smart and creative people that I work with is
Working with the Graphic Novel MIG
I’ve also helped to build a presence for libraries and librarians at some of
the biggest comic conventions in the country. We’ve had programs and booths and
events at New York Comic Con, C2E2, Denver Comic Con, San Diego Comic Con, and
this year we’re working on some things for Emerald City Comic Con. This is
something I’ve worked on for more than five years, so to see it grow and take
off has been a lot of fun.
What do you like to do outside of ALA?
I’m pretty crafty, so I like to
make things. I sew, and embroider, and I love photography. I really like to
ALA Pro Tip?
If you want to get involved in the
Association, find your niche and dig in. It’s not always so easy you might need
to try out a few things before deciding what you want to work on. Ultimately,
though, it your voice – YES YOU – that makes the wheels move.
What are you reading?
I usually do audiobooks, so I can
absorb books on the go. I’m re-listening to the Harry Potter books and I’m
about a quarter of the way through Order
of the Phoenix. It’s so good!
What are you watching?
At the moment I’m re-watching
Smallville. It was easy to do during the holiday season while I was too busy to
focus fully on something new. I’m just over halfway through the run already.
It’s still one of the best retellings of Superboy ever done!
I did go see a lot of movies
recently, though so shout out to Hidden Figures and Rogue One and Moana!
What are you listening to?
At this very minute it’s Los Lobos
“I Got Loaded” but I’ve also been jamming to the Hamilton cast album, Frank
Tuner, and a bunch of francophone bands from Quebec – karkwa, Malajube, Les
During the work week I try to post
a song of the day outside my office :-P
And while he recounted once more the events of his time in the shadows he took his Rose from its holster and began grafting the bone to its steel frame — just another trophy, from another battle won. —-
In his first moments as a new being, he looked down at his Rose and realized for the first time that it held no petals: only the jagged purpose of angry thorns.