Series 2, Lesson 10 Challenge

For my branch it is unlikely that we would have a patron that needed to get from our branch to the nearest McDonald. It also would not be worth it for them to come to our branch then go to the McDonald. This is because there is not a bus stop near us and the closest McDonald is across the high way. Also, not near a bus stop. It would make more sense for the patron to go directly to the McDonald.

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Final Thoughts on “Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: and Other Geeky Truths” 

Final Thoughts on “Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: and Other Geeky Truths” 

So, apparently Luke Skywalker really can’t read. And there is a reason for this. A weirdly logical reason as well. It will blow your mind when you read this essay in the book and realize how undeniable this shocking assertion is. Also, Back to the Future (I-III) is full of paradoxes that can confuse a person. I mean literal brain hurting type of confusion. (My headache could attributed to me never having seen any of the BTF movies, so maybe it will make more sense to y’all.) But at the same time that you are learning so many new aspects of various sci-fi staples (like Star Wars and Star Trek), you will also be nodding your head to a lot of the comments he makes about these various icons because you have been thinking these same things the entire span of your relationship with these worlds/universes. 

And this ability to be a learning experience for those sideline fans and an added voice to the general discussion for the die-hard fans, is what truly made me appreciate this book. Yes, all the essays were based from one guy’s observations/opinions, but 1) he doesn’t try to throw them in your face and 2) he does try to look beyond his personal experiences and bring other sci-if/fantasy scholars and their opinions on the matter. But the personal nature of the essays were a large plus (for me) in this book. The personal perspective grounded the book and made it seem like you were at a coffee shop (too cliche? Too bad.) with Mr.Britt having a fascinating and engaging conversation with a fellow sci-fi/fantasy fan. 

And the final message of the book – that sci-if and fantasy is something that is definable but its definitions and parameters are not concrete and change from person to person. AND THAT’S OKAY. – is beautiful. Because you know what? Sometimes there is no “wrong” and “right” way. There is only gray area, and instead of being somewhat scared or annoyed with this gray area we should embrace it and thrive in it. Thrive you ask? Yes, thrive. Because with all the variation comes endless possibilities! Plus, we’d never run out of things to talk/debate/argue about. 

P.S. The picture has nothing to do with anything. I just thought it was funny. 

Series 2, Lesson 9, Part 2: OverDrive Periodicals

3 Periodicals that I find interesting from SAPL’s collection:

  1. Do It Yourself
  2. mental_floss
  3. Discover

How to check out a magazine through OverDrive via your SAPL account:

  1. Open your library’s OverDrive website
  2. Find a periodical. You can search for periodicals by name or use the Advanced Search to find all titles in the NOOK Periodicals format.
  3. Once you’ve found a periodical that looks interesting, mouse over it (or tap it, on a mobile device) and select Send to NOOK app.
  4. A pop-up window will open, explaining what happens the first time you send a periodical to NOOK. Select Accept to Continue.
  5. If you’re not already signed into your library account, you’ll be prompted to do so now.
  6. If this is your first time getting a NOOK periodical, you’ll be taken to a Barnes & Noble page to sign into your NOOK (BN.com) account. If you don’t already have a free NOOK account, you’ll be prompted to register for one. After you’ve signed into (or created) your NOOK account, select Grant Access. This is a one-time step that allows periodicals in your library account to be sent to your NOOK account.
  7. Otherwise your periodical is now sent to your NOOK account. On your library’s OverDrive website, you’ll be taken to your Periodical History page, where you can see a complete list of periodicals you’ve successfully sent to NOOK. To read your periodical, switch over to your NOOK reading app or NOOK tablet.
  8. To read your periodical, switch over to your NOOK reading app or NOOK tablet.

Note: Periodicals that you send to NOOK will stay in your NOOK account forever (unless you manually remove them). You don’t have to worry about returning them to your library, and you’ll never be charged for them.

Information found on Using OverDrive Magazine’s Lib Guide.

Series 2, Lesson 9, Part 1: OneClick Digital

Currently on the Most Popular List:

  1. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney
  3. Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers

So, if you were to want any one of these titles you could read/listen to the book on your computer or you can download the app to an Apple or Android device and go from there. The same concept applies to audiobooks.

Those users that are using the Kindle Fire App may experience some problems. If they are experiencing problems uninstall the app, then reinstall it on the device. The problem is more than likely occurring due to the app needing an update.

Series 2, Lesson 8 Challenge

So, since I prefer to be imaginative than tech savy …. I choose option one for this lesson.

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Situation 1:

In this scenario I am video conferencing with someone at central about a doing a fundraising raffle. The winner would get tickets to Book Con next year. Our busy schedules prevented us from meeting in person, but the video conference is great because at this moment we are throwing around advertising ideas and can show each other our ideas via the camera. Also, it’s much easier to talk to someone face-to-face rather than through text or email because we could mis-understand what the other person is trying to say.

Situation 2:

I am doing a reference interview with a patron Google Hangouts. This is a pilot program that the library is trying out to see if it is worth using on a normal basis; in other words, will the patrons like and use this feature if they offer it to them? So, I had a patron that connected and I begin to ask her what information she is looking for. Google Hangout’s IM feature was great for this because we could talk in real time, and I was able to send her links as I found them.

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In both of these scenarios it was much easier for us to communicate via Skype and/or Google Hangouts because in each situation I was unable to leave work, and the person I was speaking to was unable to come to the library. These technologies allowed us to still have a good and information filled conversation at a time and place that was both suitable for us.

However, despite it’s many pros and advantages, technology is not perfect. Several times my connection with the person from Central lagged so my screen (or her screen) froze and the voices of each sometimes cut in and out. As for my Google Hangout’s patron, I think our conversation took longer than it would have had we been talking face-to-face. This is because of the many pauses we took from talking to each others to look a the materials I was sending her, and deciding if it was relevant to her project.

But, despite these draw-backs, these two modes of communication are still very helpful and useful, and I would use them again. For work (whether it be talking to someone at central or a patron) and for person uses.

 

Series 2, Lesson 6 Challenge: NoveList

Series 2, Lesson 6 Challenge: NoveList

This is really nice website when one is stumped about what to read next. Especially if you’re a moody reader. You know; those times when you only want to read romantic books, or action-y books. This website gives you so many ways to find books to fit your mood.

One feature I really liked is being to search for books based on writing style. Very nice.

However, I tried looking up some newer books (that have not been turned into a movie) and was unable to find them. So, I think, this website needs to update their database of books better. But, other than that, a pretty good resource to know about when trying to help someone find a book that fits their mood.

Series 2, Lesson 5 Challenge: Learning Express Library

Series 2, Lesson 5 Challenge: Learning Express Library

This a good resource for folks that want to brush up on certain grade-school skills (such as understanding Algebra) and those that need help in reading, writing, and math. There is also a section of the website that focuses on helping a person improve their general job skills.

I personally really liked it because of the GRE tutorials and practice tests. This is such a great resource for aspiring grad school students because those GRE practice books are EXPENSIVE. So, why not use a free resource offered by the library! I’ll certainly be using this to prepare for my GRE.

I also really like the website because it was straightforward to use. Nothing super fancy about its set up, but it’s still pleasing to look at. In other words, it doesn’t sacrifice brains for beauty. 🙂