Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Daily Thoughts 01/22/2013

Room Corner With Curiosities, Jan van der Heyden, c1712

Daily Thoughts 01/22/2013

On the way to work, I finished reading The Case for Mars.  There is an interesting section at the end which talks about a different funding model for space missions focused on private enterprise.  It is the prize model similar to the X-prize.  I found some of the ending to be far fetched, especially the section on terraforming.

I checked the Facebook and Twitter for the library this morning.  I also checked the gift books, the displays, and spent a little time thinking about ebooks.  I also spent some time looking at patron requests for books; Unix Powershell, Microsoft Server 2012, The TEAS, Test of Essential Academic Skills,  and other practical titles.  We get a lot of requests for computer books including Oracle, Linux, Microsoft Office, HTML & CSS, and other topics.

The latest New York Times Book Review and the latest New York Review of Books have come in for me to read.  Publishers Weekly also came in.  While I was reading through Publishers Weekly, I learned about a new ebook publisher.  Giga Om is publishing ebooks.  A title which looks interesting is The Battle for the Books: Inside Google's Gambit to Create the World's Biggest Library.  http://pro.gigaom.com/books/the-battle-for-the-books/preview/

Our computer classes are this evening.  The beginning class is from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., and the intermediate class is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Web Bits

What We Buy Now

Library Services in The Digital Age

The Wrong Goodbye of Barnes and Noble

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