Author Archives: Betsy

Ten ways to use Pinterest in your library

Ellyssa Kroski, at iLibrarian, posted ten good ideas for using Pinterest in your library. Create recommended book boards. Highlight library staff. Spread the word about author talks. Create patron-contributed boards. Have a Pinterest board contest. Showcase educational videos and podcasts. Create an e-books board. Give patrons a library tour. Market upcoming events. Highlight a special … Continue reading »

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A Very Small Farm

A Very Small Farm, by William Paul Winchester. This book won the 1996 Oklahoma Book Award for Non-Fiction. The award’s website describes it thus: “In these pages, Winchester shares his meditations about the life of the small farmer-a life richly experienced. His philosophy, like his lifestyle, is simple and yet profound.” When William Paul Winchester … Continue reading »

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Reading list: Marketing

This month’s reading list is from Terry O’Reilly, an award-winning Canadian advertiser whose Age of Persuasion show ran on CBC Radio from 2008 to 2011. The episodes, about the influence of marketing on most aspects of everyday life, are available on iTunes as a podcast. The show’s CBC website has supporting images and video for … Continue reading »

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WordReference.com

WordReference.com is my favorite online translation site. It has multilingual dictionaries to/from English and Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Czech, Greek, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Arabic. It has very active discussion forums for vocabulary, translation, and grammar for the languages listed above plus Catalan, Latin, Dutch, Hebrew, Greek, Hungarian, Finnish, Tagalog, and … Continue reading »

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#libcodeyear; a.k.a. Code Year

Hello, world. This one sort of sneaked past me. By the time I knew about it, I already had too much planned to start in January, so I’m putting it off, maybe till March or April. It’s something called Code Year, part of Code Academy. In Code Year, you learn to program with weekly e-mailed … Continue reading »

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Y de repente un angel

Y de repente un ángel, by Jaime Bayly. These are two stories, intertwined. One is about the protagonist, a young writer who keeps a messy house in Lima, Peru; the other, about the old cleaning woman he hires to keep his house in a state acceptable to his girlfriend. Mercedes, the cleaning woman, is matter … Continue reading »

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Librarian joke

Reposted from gin85 at Tumblr: Sherlock Holmes is called in to investigate a murder. After examining the scene, Holmes announces that the killer was a librarian. “How can you tell?” asks Dr Watson. “Elementary my dear Watson. First, the murderer not only alphabetized the victim’s books, but shelved them by genre. There is the fact … Continue reading »

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Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain. Subtitle: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925. In 1914, Vera Brittain was twenty years old and had finally persuaded her old-fashioned father to let her attend Oxford. Edward, her beloved younger brother, was starting at Oxford at the same time, along with his friends, Victor, Geoffrey, and Roland … Continue reading »

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Podcasts: NPR Most E-Mailed Stories

Podcast: NPR Most E-Mailed Stories. This is a daily compilation of the six most e-mailed stories from NPR programs. They tend to be mostly from Morning Edition and All Things Considered, with a sprinkling of pieces from other NPR shows. Joshua Daniel Franklin runs an unofficial blog that lists and links directly to each day’s … Continue reading »

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Preview of new weather.gov website

The National Weather Service has released a preview of its redesign of weather.gov. The press release has pictures of the national front page, a “service point” forecast page (in this case, Chicago’s), and the mobile version.

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