Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Slight delay... I'm giving a talk at a librarian's conference today!


... palm trees line the Embarcadero, the grand boulevard that wraps around the top of San Francisco.  

I'm not sure how they manage it here--it's cool and often foggy, nothing like the deserts or tropical isles where palms are native.  

But they do survive.  Barely.  

I'm here in San Francisco today to give a talk entitled The Nature of Literacy and Learning in the Future.  You can see the program for the Pacific Library Partnership conference here.  

You won't be surprised when I say that learning how to do effective research is a critical skill.  

So I'll be at the San Francisco Public Library today, enjoying chatting with librarians and researchers.  

And as a side-effect, I'll write up my ruminations on palm trees tomorrow.  

Search on! 


  1. "Canary Island date palm - These trees have 7- or 8-foot leaves that resemble feathers more than fingers. They've been widely distributed around the world as a landscape tree. You might notice this species along the Embarcadero in San Francisco or passing through the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza. Despite their name, they weren't planted for their dates. To get tasty dates, you’d want a different species"
    Canary Island date palm

    used:[palm trees in san francisco]
    palm tree discussion board on SF palms
    35k - in 2013
    PLP on twitter

  2. Dan since you are speaking at a librarians conference you are forgiven. It will give these 2 librarians some extra time to work on the challenge. Hope we can get some time today to work on this.
    Deb and Anne

  3. New Zealand has the world's southernmost palm - the nikau. I have one in my garden here in Wellington, which definitely does not have a tropical climate!