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The Myths of Innovation | R. David Lankes

Worth a listen. Supports my feelings about the trending “maker spaces” and what libraries need to do to remain relevant.  In David Lankes’ words it is the library’s place to “facilitate innovation”

Source: The Myths of Innovation | R. David Lankes

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 LibraryReads May 2016 Top 10!

Source: Announcing the LibraryReads May 2016 Top 10!

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A year of silence

Its been quite some time since I have posted on my blog.

Two reasons: I have been diligently working on a blog/dashboard  for work and have been posting work related issues, employee information, and generally keeping all staff updated on daily business. It was fun designing, I learned a lot about WordPress and how I can keep a blog within a private forum. It seems to be working well, there are tweaks I learn all the time and I am continually building them into the site. I actually just figured out how to access this blog, which I just successfully signed into again (I thought I lost it ! :/)

The second reason is my mountaineering adventures have been curtailed due to a knee injury, and a good part of my contemplative time is spent on our hikes and time in the mountains. I am happy to say these will start up again soon!

Balance between work and home-life is key.

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Overdrive app explained

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I have puzzled over this for months, finally there is an explanation that clears up my questions!

For those of you who enjoy ebooks, and get totally frustrated when asked to sign up or sign in with Facebook after having using overdrive  in the past this article from No Shelf Required explains what the difference is.

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The Overprotected Kid – The Atlantic

Great Article that will go against the grain of today’s parenting style. It raises good points, and reinforces the importance of “playtime”. Everything is relative, danger is danger and was around for generations. There was, and will always be the threat of a stranger, the rusty nail sticking up from a broken piece of wood or danger of  the  scraped knee. A new kind of playground, exposes kids to a seemingly unsupervised chaos but allows them to work out the boundaries for themselves. 

The Overprotected Kid – The Atlantic.

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Leisure Time: Redefined

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It’s funny how different “leisure time” is defined in the 21st century.

Back in the 20th Century, believe it or not, television was in early stages of development for home use. Small monitors sat in large consoles that housed glowing tubes of every size and “color” TV was a piece of rainbow acetate that stuck to the screen, until technology actually developed into RGB . My house actually NEVER had a color TV because my father didn’t enjoy seeing green hair and orange faces. Can’t say I blamed him, black and white was fine.RCA TRK12

Looking back now, not only the television was primitive, but the programming which was brought into the home, now visually rather than an audio radio cast was in early stages as well. What did people want to “see” when they wanted to be entertained.

I remember, watching re-runs of I Love Lucy,  (in fact, they are still re-running!)  classic “funny” and the weekly series shows like “Lost in Space” Lost_In_Spacethat somehow seem so corny now, and I think to myself  “how silly I was to think this stuff was entertaining” But the truth of the matter was that it was simple, mindless fun and that is why I turned on the TV in the first place. At least I was able to unwind, and settle in for bedtime. Now if I want to veg a bit in front of the TV my choices are: forensic crime, dysfunctional families, brides-to-be that come from Hell, shoreline antics on spring-break, paranormal activities, and WHY has everything become a COMPETITION?

Julia Childs would teach me how to filet a chicken, John Nagy would teach me how to draw and Mr. Wizard would unveil the mystery of science, and it was interesting! Now I am totally stressed watching chef challenges, restaurant makeovers and best “natural talents” being swept up by celebrity mentors…Who can sleep wondering who will be voted off the show? not to mention  I would have been thrown into insomnia wondering how I could successfully cook up a gourmet meal with nothing but an artichoke, a box of vanilla wafers, animal intestines and a package of cinnamon candies?

“Leisure time” is no longer leisurely if you want to watch TV.

That is why I stick to books.

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Infographic: A look at Goodreads in 2013 | WordPress.com

Goodreads: one of my favorite sites

Infographic: A look at Goodreads in 2013 | WordPress.com.

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