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Thursday, April 29, 2010

April 2010 Books Read

Keeping track of my reading is probably one of the best things I started doing this year. (Going back to my gym and personal trainer in Chattanooga once I'm moved will likely be the other.)

Books Read in April 2010

Damaged by Alex Kava
High Windows: poems by Philip Larkin
Sestets: poems by Charles Wright
Bells in Winter; poems Czeslaw Milosz
Here, Bullet: Poems by Brian Turner
Bethlehem In Broad Daylight: Poems by Mark Doty
Slantwise: poems by Betty Adcock
Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006 by Ellen Bryant Voigt
Broken by Karin Slaughter
Jane Kenyon’s Collected Poems by Jane Kenyon
Captive Heart by Phoebe Corr
The Uncertain Certainty: Interviews, Essays and Notes on Poetry by Charles Simic
Gravity: Stories by Michael Davis

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Already Planning: November 2010

Looking ahead at the Google calendar I am just started to use rigorously, I can see that November 2010 will be a busy month!


November 5, 2010 is the Brick and Click conference. If you're going (and I hope you are, it's a highly recommended conference by folks I respect and admire), try to stop by and see me. I'll be presenting on "Managing the Multigenerational Library" and on "Leveraging Technology, Improving Service: Streamlining Student Billing Procedures."


Making the month an all-Access bonanza, the 2010 Access Services Conference is November 10-12. I will be attending at least as a committee member (presentations pitched, but we'll see), and am very much looking forward to it, as I've heard that even in it's inaugural year of 2009 it one of the most useful conferences Access folks had attended. It is also relatively close to my home-to-be in Chattanooga, which is a lovely bonus.


And then, of course, Thanksgiving is the 25th, and I have a good friend's wedding up in Ohio on the 27th.


Lots of travel for a homebody like me, but I'm hoping to learn a lot from the two conferences, bring back and bat around some ideas with UTC libraryfolk, and figure what will be useful for us. Busy busy busy!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

iPads at NCSU

NCSU Libraries made it onto the local news! MyNC.com has the video here, where our own David Woodbury discusses our 30 iPads that we lend to NCSU library users as an extension of our technology lending program.


Yes, thiry - three-zero - iPads. You heard him right. It was like Christmas.


And they're being checked out at the circ desk, as the video shows. Hooray for my staff and student workers!

Monday, April 05, 2010

CiL 2010: Come See Us!

As time slips swiftly away and you are planning your conference travels, don't forget to see myself and Mary Chimato at Computers in Libraries on the morning of April 14th. We'll be in the "Learning: Expanding Our Knowledge" track, speaking about "discuss the managerial skills necessary for library staff who must adapt to rapidly changing technologies and how to help your staff develop and maintain the technical skills your library needs to keep its competitive edge." We're joined by Janie Hermann, who "looks at how to offer staff development opportunities throughout the year that actively teach technology and other important skills while engaging all staff in the learning process."


It should be a great time - make sure you come see us if you're free!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

50 Books Into 2010

Made it to 50 books in 2010 by the end of March! A pretty steady pace on the reading. I have moved away from the bodice-rippers and towards essay & short story collections, as well as books that presaged their movie counterparts. For April, I see a great deal of poetry. But, the list for March:

Books Read in March 2009

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Life Makeovers: 52 Practical and Inspiring Ways to Improve Your Life One Week At A Time by Cheryl Richardson
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Find Your Strongest Life: What the happiest and most successful women do differently by Marcus Buckingham
I Wish I Had a Heart Like Yours, Walt Whitman (poems) by Jude Nutter
Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays by Eula Bass
Push by Sapphire
Face (poems) by Sherman Alexie
Wormwood by Poppy Z. Brite
Bone Magic by Yasmine Galenorm
So Cold The River by Michael Koryata
You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier

(Full list of this year's list of books I've read available here on my tumblr page.)