Daily Thoughts 03/19/2015
I read some more of Job U. The author Nicholas Wyman started his career as an apprentice chef, then went back to school and got a Masters in Business Administration. The book shows many different career paths through education. For example Volkswagen has an apprenticeship as an Automotive Technician which leads to a job at the factory, then later people who went through the same apprenticeship can apply for a bachelors degree in engineering and business administration. This reminds me of the practice of many people who go into nursing who first get a medical assistants degree, work as a medical assistant, then go to school to become an licensed practical nurse.
I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.
I also checked the gift books and the displays this morning.
I put the book, Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age by Cory Doctorow on hold. It should be interesting reading.
I spent some time working on a list of material that has not circulated in the last five years.
I read through a copy of Library Journal and the latest Ingram Advance.
I have been discussing the purpose of the computer classes with a variety of people. I am reminding them that the program is focused on digital literacy. Two examples of sites that do this for libraries are http://digitallearn.org/learn Digital Learn, and http://diglitny.org/ Digital New York.
I looked at Hoopla Digital today. I watched a little bit of Freakonomics the movie which is also a book and listed to the track Money from Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon Remastered. The service appears to be fairly good.
I also spent some time looking through the Escape The Ordinary 2015 Summer Reading Manual. A theme which was not covered is heroes in history. There was also no steampunk which could be interesting.
On the way home, I finished reading Job U How To Find Wealth and Success By Developing the Skills Companies Actually Need by Nicholas Wyman. This is an argument for skills based education. It challenges the notion that going to college is always the best thing for people. There is some material on MOOCs Massive Open Online Classes towards the end as well as certifications. The argument is well presented. There is an index and notes at the back of the book.
Rakuten to Buy Overdrive
What Happens When You Give a Wikipedia Editor A Research Library?
Someone Keeps Photocopying Their Cat at the University of Wisconsin Library
A classic prank.