Monday, August 30, 2010

John Updike, "September"

"The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze."

Thursday, August 26, 2010

1 in 5 Teens

One in five teens suffers from hearing loss thanks to iPods and MP3 players. A current study shows that listening to personal music players such as iPods has contributed to hearing loss among teenagers rising by nearly a third in 20 years. Between 2005 and 2006, one of five young adults suffered some form of hearing problem.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Football Literacy

You know that boys and young men like books, the NFL books and databases. Librarians and educators may score a touchdown with your male readers. Football literacy will give educators the information tool they need to understand how the NFL resources in the library will get boys reading, whether it's a print book or on a computer. The Football season starts on September 9th, and it is a perfect time to kick off the Football Literacy.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Back-to-School IT Projects

Back-to-school IT projects reshaping campus life. Many changes show a broader shifts in enterprise and consumer technology.
Not surprisingly, wireless is fast becoming the default network connection for campus users, who typically own two of four wireless-enabled mobile devices. Virtualization and growth in cloud-based services are centralizing and offloading IT functions. This changes, coupled with soaring video traffic, are triggering bandwidth upgrades at all levels. There are five major areas of technology change:
  • 802.11n and all-wireless access,
  • the rising tide of mobile devices,
  • centralization of IT through virtualization,
  • increasing clouds,
  • bandwidth or bust.

August 26, 1920

August 26, 1920. The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, giving women the right to vote. Ninety years after, I am exercising the right to vote. I am proud to be a woman, and I am proud that I'm an election ready.
During the beginning of the twentieth century, as women's suffrage gained in popularity, suffragists were subject to arrests and many were jailed.
As the history goes, finally, despite President Woodrow Wilson's opposition, Congress passed what became, when it was ratified in 1920, the 19th Amendment which prohibited state and federal agencies from gender-based restrictions on voting. And this is what had been said in the Nineteen Amendment:
"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

Monday, August 16, 2010


Outside is August -
Dark evenings dusk.
Fall season is on the way,
Birds learned to obey.
Twilight from the smiling moon
Do not fool…
Eat, love and pray,
Fall season is on the way.
Outside is August,
Summer is in the past.
Rains and winds moving in land,
This is the official summer season end.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Literary Quotation

"Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day," written by Anton Chekhov in his play "Uncle Vanya" in the end of the Nineteenth century. "Uncle Vanya" was published in 1897 and first got to the stage in 1899.
Now, wait a little bit, does not it sounds as someone would say hundred years later, in the beginning of the Twenty-first century? Sounds very current and actually engage in the local news from "New York Times."
Also it demonstrates the incredible vision of Chekhov, one of the greatest Russian playwrights of the 19th Century.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Library Marketing

There are two useful Web sites to help to create a marketing library plan " Marketing Our Libraries" and "Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki." Each contains a wealth of links to marketing plans, success stories, articles, and vast of resources for successful marketing for your Library and its services.
Also, Brian Mathews published his first book, "Marketing Today's Academic Library: A Bold New Approach to Communicating with Students" (ISBN 978-0-8389-0984-3) in March 2009 by ALA Editions.
I met Mr. Mathews at FLA fall conference at Edison College where he gave a presentation on how he managed his responsibilities at Georgia Tech, at his previous workplace.
Currently, he is an assistant university librarian for outreach and academic services at the University of California in Santa Barbara.
The content of Library marketing could be different, but it's all about storytelling. This is a birthplace of creative juices for any type of library.