Posted by: faultlessfinish | June 14, 2010

CAFE

This morning I attended the AGM of the Calgary Association of Freelance Editors (CAFE). It was great to spend a few hours with other freelancers and share stories. Several people have advised me over the past few months to volunteer with various related associations in order to get my name out, so today I signed up to be a Member At Large with CAFE. I’m excited to get more involved in various aspects of the profession and meet more people!

The meeting was held at the beautiful Glenbow Museum, and before the actual meeting started we got a tour of the library and archives. It was incredible to see some of the preserved documents from the 1800s, including the very first Calgary Herald ever published (1883). Seeing such old, published material really put into perspective for me just how far we’ve come in the publishing industry. Although it’s great having everything at your fingertips, there’s something to be said for beautifully illustrated books published on high-quality paper that’s made to last.

The librarian also showed us a space in the library where old phone books are kept. Many people reference these when working on genealogies. Phone books are now being published online more and more now, however, which may create problems in the future – something I had never even thought about. Lots of interesting food for thought today! I definitely encourage everyone to visit the museum.

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