Monday, March 2, 2009

Daily Thoughts 3/2/2009

Joseph Skelton (1888-1893)
A Forgotten Author
Oil on board

Daily Thoughts 3/2/2009

Today it was snowing very hard outside. I took the train up to the White Plains Supreme Court Law Library to do a tour. A gentleman there showed me and my new colleague around the law library. It was a very interesting experience.

Recently, the size of the White Plains Supreme Court Law Library collection was reduced. They had to move from having a full floor for their collection to a section of the floor, one third the size. To do this, they now have twelve workstations for patrons with Loislaw, Lexis, and Hein for their subscription. They seriously reduced the number of federal print books and focused on keeping their New York law books in print. They also only keep the most recent copies of the print journals and rely on Hein for most of their journal subscriptions on the database. Keeping lots of paper is not an option for them anymore.

I found the collection to be fascinating. It shed a new light on our collection. There was also the Office of the Self Represented which was in the same office as the White Plains Supreme Court Law Library for New York state. They were there to help people with legal information for people who did not have a lawyer. This was not legal advice, but forms for things like how to change your name, file a motion, register your case and similar things. We took a set of forms for our library to keep. One of the forms listed many of the agencies which provided pro bono work for people.

Two books were waiting for me when I came in, Haunted Heart The Life and Times of Stephen King by Lisa Rogak and Words In Your Face A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz.

On the way home, I read some of The Sword by Deborah Chester. It is a fantasy novel. I almost finished reading it. The trains were very slow because of the snow.


Siladitya said...

Did Steve Harvey copy the book title Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man

and theme from an earlier book?

Book with same title & theme copyrighted and published by Sharon P. Carson in 2003

CHICAGO, IL – Sharon P. Carson the author of the original title: Act Like A Lady –Think Like A Man, watched the February 27th episode of the Ophra show on which Steve Harvey was promoting his book of the same title. She was hoping that Steve would reveal to Oprah where he got the title and the theme for the book. It just seemed odd to her that his book had the same title and theme as her book that was copy written in 2003.

Upon subsequently purchasing the book, she found some interesting parallels and realized that it is not unusual for a high profiled person to take a great title and theme, rewrite a book and use their celebrity status to sell it. This she says happens too often to the unsung poets, authors and entrepreneurs of the world.

Steve wrote in his book that his hope was to “empower you with a wide-open look into the minds of men”. Sharon P. Carson wrote in her book in 2003 that her hope was for women to gain some insight into how men think in terms of relationships. Sharon also noted that in chapter 8 of Steve Harvey’s book titled “Why Men Cheat” he came to the same conclusion that she did in chapter 37 of her book, titled “Why would a man cheat”, and the answer was, “because they can”.

Sharon actively promoted her book before the release in January 2009 of Steve Harvey’s book, and would not like to see her promotion efforts hindered. She feels that her book has much to offer from a woman’s perspective and seeks to empower women to practice self love and tough love in relationships.

Before the publication of Steve Harvey’s book of the same title, Sharon bought the domain name: from which she has been selling her book. She has also held seminars with women at a Chicago University in promotion of her book, and can be viewed on the following youtube clip as she was being interviewed on a cable television program about her book in 2007

Mindful of all the self - published poets and authors who have a hard time finding publishers for their works, Sharon is currently consulting with attorneys regarding her options, and hopes that her book with the first and original title of Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man will finally receive the recognition it deserves for the wisdom, encouragement, and empowerment that it provides to women.

Shea said...

I think that you have a really cool job.

Book Calendar said...

Thanks for the input. I am not sure which gender is more confused by this title, maybe it should be Act Like A Man, Think Like A Lady. It is all so confusing. You cn't copyright a title. You can Trademark a title.