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Bracket Challenge for racial equality – regular tournament

OK y’all, now that the field is set for the regular NCAA tournament, make your picks and join my group Mad4Justice. Entry fee is $10 (PayPal or email me for address to send check/cash), with 2/3 of the pot going to Community Change, Inc., a fantastic non-profit based in Boston and working on racial justice and equity. Enter as many brackets as you want — prizes for Best Thematic Brackets also. Trash talking encouraged.

If you want to join the men’s bracket pool, I have one of those going too.

My Stanford and my Duke teams are both #2 seeds – I got Stanford, Duke, Notre Dame and Maryland in the Final Four; with my Cardinal beating Notre Dame in the championship game.

Mad for racial justice and equity

March Madness is here, and this year I’m running a Bracket group to raise money for Community Change, Inc., a non-profit in Boston committed to promoting racial justice and equity. From their website:

Community Change was born out of the Civil Rights Movement and in response to the Kerner Commission which named racism as “a white problem.” CCI has done what few organizations are willing to do: shine a spotlight on the roots of racism in white culture with the intention of dealing with racism at its source, as well as with its impact on communities of color.

I know some of the folks working at CCI (in person and/or online) and I am in awe of the work they do and their commitment to it.

So here are the basics:

  1. I set up a Bracket Challenge group on ESPN for the men’s tournament (I’ll probably set one up for the regular tournament* when that bracket is announced later today–DONE). You have to register, but registration is free.
  2. Join the Mad4Justice Men’s group, and fill out your bracket before first game on Thursday.
  3. Entry fee is $10,and there is no limit on how many brackets you can fill out.
  4. If you are cool with using PayPal, just submit your $10 entry fee to me directly via PayPal.
  5. I’ll also accept cash or check for the entry fee – email me if you need a snail mail address to send your entry fee to.
  6. Winner gets 1/3 of the pot, bragging rights for the year, plus a special token to be determined by me. The rest of the pot goes to CCI.
  7. I’ll also come up with a prize for the Best Thematic Bracket – last year we had an ARL bracket, and an all HathiTrust bracket. I’m sure we’ll get some creative themes this year as well.

OK – let’s do this! Go Duke, Go Stanford!

* Y’all see what I did there?

Crossdressing for Equality: Butch in a dress

I promised to post a photo of me in a bow tie when we reached $100 and a photo of me in dress when we reached $150 in our #Mad4Equality bracket challenge. Thanks to generous donations from some of my awesome co-workers, we are now at $160 (not counting my own donation or those of Bess Sadler or ButchWonders).

I promise to post the bow tie photos as soon as I master the art of tieing the dang thing, but without further ado, here is the cutest picture of me in a dress you will ever see:

Chris in a dress

You weren’t expecting something contemporary, were you?

And here is something a bit less dated (and noticeably less cute):

Chris, green dress

Helping my wife shop for wedding dress, 2009

There is still plenty of time to enter the Men’s bracket before first game on Thursday, and the Women’s bracket before games begin on Saturday. Go to the ButchWonders site to make your donations. If we reach $500 total, who knows what I’ll do?

This year, let’s go #Mad4Equality

This year, instead of my usual Mad Librarians bracket challenge, I’m teaming up with ButchWonders and Bess Sadler to co-host a bracket challenge for charity. For a $10 suggested donation per bracket , anyone can enter the Mad4Equality challenge (we even have a Mad4Equality Men’s group). To enter, just sign up for a free ESPN account, fill out your bracket, and join the Mad4Equality or Mad4Equality Mens group. The Womens’ brackets will be open on Monday night (3/18) and need to be completed before the first game on March 23.  The Mens’ brackets are open now, and need to be completed before Thursday’s first game tips off.

PayPay links are set up at ButchWonders for both tournaments. Local folks can just give their entry fee/donation directly to me or Bess.  Feel free to chip in more if you feel so compelled. If none of those options work for you, just email me and we’ll work something out. And also, please spread the word — the more entries we get, the bigger the pot and the more money goes to these awesome charities.

Chris, age 9, hoops

Check out that form on the jump-shot!

At the end of the tournament, the winner gets 1/3 of the money collected, and the remainder of the pot gets split between the  Trevor Project and the Campaign for Southern Equality.

The Trevor Project is “the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.”

The Campaign for Southern Equality “is a national effort to assert the full humanity and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in American life and to increase public support for LGBT rights.” Their work is focused on communities across the south, “taking a new approach, building upon a rich legacy of civil rights organizing in the South and working in close partnership with other LGBT and civil rights groups.”

I am thrilled that these are the charities we are supporting this year. I have been a basketball-loving dyke forever — I mean just look at these pictures. But while I have never felt compelled to deny my love of hoops, I spent a lot of energy over many years trying to deny my own sexuality. Being gay or lesbian as a teenager in the 1980s was a scary, scary thing. Unfortunately, it is still pretty scary for many kids today. The Trevor Project does some awesome work trying to make life easier for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning kids.

Chris age 8 hoops

I was a big NC State fan at just the right time. David Thompson & Monte Towe were my favorites.

I also grew up in the south (Virginia), and spent many summers and four years of college in North Carolina. I love the south. I’ve been out here in California for over 15 years now, but I still know that tea is cold and sweet, barbecue is picked from pigs, and cornbread is better when fried. But the sad truth is that the south is not always a very comfortable place for folks like me. And except for Maryland and DC, there is no place in the south, especially not in my beloved North Carolina, where my marriage would be recognized. But I’m not willing to give up on the south, and I’m glad that  The Center for Southern Equality isn’t either.

So please, pitch in your $10 (or more) and join our #Mad4Equality bracket challenge.

We even created a group for the Men’s tournament, cuz we’re all about equality and stuff.

We will also be giving various prizes for creativity, best trash-talking, etc.; so don’t be shy about entering your best theme-based bracket. I’ll probably enter at least one based on counting up the number of exes and other people I don’t care for who went to each school, and picking the school with the lower number to win (yes, sometimes I can be a very small and very petty person).

Trash-talking is highly encouraged, here in the comments, over at ButchWonders, or on Twitter with hashtag #Mad4Equality. Side-bets are likewise encouraged. In fact, I’ll put up $25 extra to the charity of choice for anyone (especially any UConn fans) who wants to wager that their team will advance farther than my Cardinal. And I’m calling out Bess Sadler right now to put up another $25 against my bet that my Blue Devils will dance longer than her Tarheels. Go Cardinal, Go Blue Devils!

Get ready for #Mad4Equality

I’ve hosted March Madness tournaments here before, but this year I’m super excited to team up with ButchWonders, Bess Sadler, and the Campaign for Southern Equality to organize a bracket challenge to raise money for marraige equality.

The basic details are described at Announcing … Mad for Equality! We are planning on a $10 per bracket entry fee, with 1/3 of the pot going to the winner(s), 1/3 to Campaign for Southern Equality, and 1/3 to another LGBT equality charity to be determined by popular vote. So — head over to Butch Wonders and nominate your favorite charity.

As noted on ButchWonders, you really don’t need to know anything about basketball to enter. In fact, we plan to provide some sort of recognition for the the most creative “themed” brackets — so you libranian types might want to come up with something a bit more clever than the All-HathiTrust bracket (Just Kidding — that was awesome!).

The tournament field will be announced on Monday, March 18; and brackets will be due before the First Round games start on Saturday, March 23. Note that we are running this bracket challenge for the regular tournament only. If there is enough interest, we might expand to include the Men’s tournament (see what I did there?).

Stay tuned for details about how to pay your $10 and enter your bracket(s). If you are on Twitter, you can follow along via hashtag #Mad4Equality.

Krzyzewskiville sign

I love my Cardinal women, but Cameron Indoor Stadium will always be my hoops mecca

And Go Cardinal, Go Blue Devils!

(In my ideal tournament, Stanford meets Duke in the Championship Game; which goes to 10 overtimes, forcing the NCAA to declare Co-Champions.)

The Carolinas on my mind

Tift Merritt

Tift Merritt, downloaded from

There is some great music coming out of the Carolinas lately. Here is some of my favorite new stuff coming out of the Tarheel and the Palmetto states:

  1. Delta Rae: I dare you to listen to Dance in the Graveyards just once — it’s like trying to eat just one M&M. In addition to making great music, Delta Rae member Ian Holljes spent a year caring for Reynolds Price (probably my favorite novelist) and was inspired to write “Country House” about the experience. And 2 of the band members are Duke graduates. Check out NPR for more Delta Rae.
  2. Tift Merritt: What’s not to like about a North Carolina native who “aspires to write like Lucinda and sing like Emmylou” according to the Paste magazine’s review of her album Traveling Alone?
  3. The Avett Brothers: I know they aren’t new, but their new album The Carpenter is pretty awesome. And they hail from Concord, North Carolina.
  4. Band of Horses: Again, not a new band, but this South Carolina group’s new album Mirage Rock is getting some decent reviews. Knock Knock is a pretty cool song; and there is no doubt that Detlef Schremp is the best song ever named after a German NBA player.

I’m a Z-eliever

screen shot of Facebook status, Oct 10

I was just 9 days early in my prediction.

Sully of Sully Baseball claims that anyone who thought Barry Zito would pitch like that last night is a liar. Wrong. I never stopped Z-elieving. I just predicted last night’s game a bit early.

I am one of those fans who always believes my team is going to win. It is a choice about how I want to approach my obsession with 3 sports teams: the San Francisco Giants, the Duke men’s basketball team, and the Stanford basketball team (see what I did there?). Every year, I predict that each of my teams will win it all. 2010 was ever so close to the trifecta for me.

Let me be clear — I am no band-wagon fan. I didn’t pick these teams because they are frequent contenders.  I picked them because they are (or were) my home team. I arrived at Duke in 1983, when most of the community was ready to fire Coach K.  Then in 1986, it all came together for a magical year … until the end. I still remember what it felt like when the buzzer sounded and our magic year ended (Hint: It SUCKED!).

I came to Stanford in 1998, the year that Stanford became the first and still only #1 seed to lose in the first round of the NCAA tournament. I finally forgave Harvard after they hired my classmate Tommy Amaker to coach their men’s team.

I became a Giants fan when I moved out here in 1998, and we’ve made the postseason just 5 times since then. But I promise you that every year I believe we will win the World Series, and I believe that Duke and Stanford will win the National Championship. I know that means I’m disappointed often, but it is the promise of winning that makes watching so wonderful. And the thrill of victory is so much sweeter when you believed in it all along … at least for me.

me, Barry Zito, Diane

Z-elievers since 2008

So I promise you, Sully, I am not lying when I said that I believed that Barry Zito would pitch the game of his life last night –I’m a Z-eliever!

Report from Libraries Rebound

Stanford Rebounds. Credit: flickr user Han Shot First

As with most conferences and events, the best part of the OCLC Libraries Rebound event was meeting new colleagues and reconnecting with others. The event was live-cast and had a surprisingly active twitter stream (#LibRebound).

My official role at the event was as a reactor to the panel on Directly Supporting Researchers. Three others gave prepared presentations, and then three of us reacted. I rather liked the format, and the three of us who reacted agreed a few minutes before we started that we would each try to be interactive and at least mildly controversial in our reactions — with the goal of spurring a conversation with the larger group. I’m pretty pleased with how well that worked. I tried (and mostly succeeded) to stir up some conversation by asserting that subject librarians in research libraries need an advanced degree in the discipline (or a closely related one) that they support. Another comment I made that picked up some traffic on twitter was that we need to stop worrying about saving libraries and focus instead on supporting research (a theme I have surfaced here before).

The other fun debate that sprung up was around the notion that the value of Special Collections rests on their use. While I am sympathetic to the fact that we all face resource constraints and in some cases pressure to justify our very existence, I want more of us to stand our ground on the idea that libraries (especially research libraries) must collect for not just current scholars, but for the future. As I tweeted, if our predecessors collected only stuff that was of interest to scholars of their time, then our archives of women’s history, african american history, queer history, etc. would be even sparser than they are now. If we believe that history remains a relevant discipline, then we owe it to future scholars to collect more widely than current use would dictate.

Once I catch up on my real job, I hope to return to some of these topics more fully here — especially the idea that subject librarians ought to have advanced disciplinary degrees. Until then, let me just say that Libraries Rebound was a great event — well organized, good topics, fantastic discussions. Thanks to the folks at OCLC RLP for pulling it together.

The Maddest Librarians

We have our winners for the March Madness tournament and for the Men’s March Madness tournament!

Although the men’s tournament officially died for me when my beloved Blue Devils lost in the 1st round to the UPS Intramural Team, apparently many of you continued to care. By the end of Round 2, I think 1/2 of us had lost at least 1 of our Final Four picks. Only 3 entries picked Kentucky to win it all, but Sagehen510 won handily. I have it on good authority that Sagehen510 is not an actual librarian, but is married to one — proving that s/he has not only mad hoops-picking skillz, but also excellent taste. Congrats Sagehen — let me know how to get you your T-shirt (my email address is on my About Page).

The HathiTrust bracket came in at the bottom half of the pack, but did beat out the OCLC RLP bracket, which came in last.

The regular tournament was much closer, and for some of us, much more heartbreaking. Seeing my beloved Cardinal walk away from their 5 straight Final Four without a trophy was/is painful. Hard not to love a team that gives us the Nerd City Kids.

Our group had 3 entrants who picked Baylor to win it all, and we actually have a tie for the winners between ESPNTokyo08021990 and Other_Chris, who much too modestly labeled his/her bracket “Largely Random”. ESPN Tokyo and Other_Chris–Congratulations, and let me know how/where to send your T-shirt.

The ARL bracket came in dead last, although I refuse to draw any conclusions about what that means.

Congrats to all, thanks for playing, and big thanks to Gone Reading for the T-shirts!

And now, Go Giants!

The All HathiTrust Bracket

HathiTrust Final Four

The All-HathiTrust Final Four

Heather Christenson at CDL/HathiTrust sent me this awesome compilation of HathiTrust partners in the Men’s NCAA Tournament this year:

2. Duke
3. Baylor
4. Indiana
7. Notre Dame
8. UConn

1. Michigan State
2. Missouri
7. Florida
10. Virginia

2. Ohio State
4. Wisconsin
12. Harvard
16. UNC Asheville

1. North Carolina
4. Michigan
10. Purdue
11. NC State
12. California…..maybe! tbd

Heather has promised to enter an All Hathi bracket in the Mad Librarians challenge.
Any other library related brackets we can come up with?
Someone should do an all ARL bracket — but I should probably stay out of that ;-)

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