Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Little Local History

Calle Ocho (S.W. 8th Street) could be called the "Main Street." Also it is known as Highway 41 or the Tamiami Trial. It was built between 1915 and 1928, the Trial connects southeast Florida with central-west Florida. It received the name Tamiami Trail because it connects Tampa with Miami (Tampa-Miami.)
From the 1930s through the 1950s, S.W. 8th Street was filled with Jewish owed and operated businesses. For the last four decades, its dominant by Cuban business groups.
Currently, the trial known as a main street of parades, protest marches, and the famous Calle Ocho Open House, which takes place on second Sunday of March each year, and stretches deep into East Little Havana.

Friday, October 29, 2010

New Library, No Books

The University of Texas at San Antonio opened a new Applied Engineering and Technology Library that has no any printed books in its collections. Instead of storing physical volumes, the library offers to students electronic resources, including 425,000 e-books and 18,000 e-journals subscriptions. (A lot of e-books!)
The new library space can accommodate eighty people, includes ten desktop computers (not so many, assuming that their students use laptops), a printer, a scanner, and five large LCD screens. To support team study sessions, the library also provides a series of study niches and three group study rooms equipped with whiteboards. (This is the new "normal.")
Love it!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Now More Than Ever

Now more than ever, when people are being asked to do more with less, many help people reach their full potential. Catch them doing something right! How? Acknowledging the essence of body of knowledge, having it, to use it. Something like that Confucius said thousands years ago.
Now more than even, people do not care how much you know, people will remember you ONLY by how much you helped and how much you cared.
Help and care are both action verbs that alone are not enough. You need to have the modern equipment, the instrumental tools, and skills to work with them.
In two month, we will smoothly merge into the next decade of digital work enforcement union, in general, as a solution to increase productivity, profits and prosperity.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Keep on Top of Your Reading

Reading it self as an educational and recreational process is priceless.
As we, in the library community, continue to guide people to read the recommended lists of books, we are forcing and shaping the minds of the next decade of the twenty-first century. But it is the reader source for practical wisdom on how you can live richer life, and even change your daily existence, your community - and the world - instead of setting for the status quot or something else's outdated idea of the unrealistic dreams. With so much to read, how do you sift the good from the goofy? Well, what about book reviews and clippings from local newspapers, commentaries, firsthand reports, interviews, and even cartoons.
I like to read the editorials in the magazines, enjoy photo essays by cutting-edge photographers, useful introductions to excerpted articles that place issues and ideas in context, good slogans that steer my imagination, expedite to express it in lyrics with creativity.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


She came home with red chrysanthemum, a plant with red showy flowers. She was overwhelmed with the attention and respect from co-workers. Her cheeks turned red. People say, "the kindest hearts expect no reward and deserve it all the more."
So, what is the key to her success and popularity? -

"Well, success comes in different faces.

It is always a race.

Everybody has his own case

To get advanced and raise.

Hard work and integrity,

Great goals for the prosperity.

I say it professionally, and literary:

It is only in "Webster's Dictionary"

Success comes before work." IT

Such a warm October day! A sunny afternoon embellishes the chain of events. The lady in black pants and black-and-white blouse was overwhelmed. Her appreciation notes were unfolded in her purse. I could not see her face, it was covered in red chrysanthemum, a plant with red showy flowers.

Friday, October 22, 2010

"Apples and Oranges"

You cannot merge Digital Literacy with Computer Literacy.

Digital Literacy is beyond Computer Literacy. Digital Literacy encompasses computer hardware, computer software, the Internet, cell phones, PDAs, and any other digital devices.

In 1997, Paul Gilster introduced the concept of digital literacy in a book of the same name as the term that is now generally used.

Libraries are using electronic games to increase awareness about the digital literacy.

A person that is using digital literacy skills to interact with society may be called a digital citizen.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Where Did the Fabric Go?

Every lady knows that she should dress up appropriated for holidays. When did Halloween became the holiday to dress provocatively? There are hundred of costumes, and they all are using the word "sexy" or retail horrors. How you suppose to Trick or Treat comfortably while costumes are too tight, too small, too short. Costume designers created modern unsuitable and unrealistic costumes. Do we teaching young girls that dressing provocatively is OK?
To my knowledge, Halloween was meant for scaring not whoring! Does recession reflects on the low taste and economical use of fabric?

"Tell-Tale Heart" and Other Great Tales and Poems

If you enjoy detective stories, tales of horror, and mysteries, thank Edgar Allan Poe. Alfred Hitchcock, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen King, and Jules Verne were inspired by Poe's dark tales of world puzzles. Did you know that Poe invented the detective-fiction genre and contributed to science-fiction genre?
He continues to be a cause of a tragic, but fascinated life and mysterious death. There are several theories on how he died including: epilepsy, rabies, alcohol, and even voter fraud.
Halloween is almost here and get all of us pumped up for a night of ghosting tricks and glory treats the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with Broward County Library (BCL), is dedicating this month's Big Read event to the master of horror, Edgar Allan Poe.

"On October 3, 1849, Poe was found on the streets of Baltimore delirious, "in great distress, and... in need of immediate assistance", according to the man who found him, Joseph W. Walker. He was taken to the Washington College Hospital, where he died on Sunday, October 7, 1849, at 5:00 in the morning. Poe was never coherent long enough to explain how he came to be in his dire condition, and, oddly, was wearing clothes that were not his own. Poe is said to have repeatedly called out the name "Reynolds" on the night before his death, though it is unclear to whom he was referring. Some sources say Poe's final words were "Lord helps my poor soul."All medical records, including his death certificate, have been lost. Newspapers at the time reported Poe's death as "congestion of the brain" or "cerebral inflammation", common for deaths from disreputable causes such as alcoholism. The actual cause of death remains a mystery."

Did I said that he passed away in the age of 40.?!! Why in Baltimore? He departed to New York.

On Miami Population

In 1900, Miami population was 1,660, and 5,400 in 1910. In 1920, the young city claimed nearly 30,000 residents. The highest population increase per capita of any city in the country!

Success of economy powered by two essentials tourism and real estate, plus agriculture was a factor too.

In 2010, the Miami population is .... I will not let you know. Do your homework!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bromstad on Miami

Who? Which Bromstad? David Bromstad, the H&G TV host that won the "Design Star," is an inspiration to design of South Florida's hotels and the newness of its building. He thinks that "Miami is one of the top three design meccas in the county - New York, L.A. and Miami."
What makes Miami one of the top "design meccas?" -
It's the South American influence that makes the city so unique. It's American Rivera - hot and spicy. "People in Miami are not afraid to use fuchsia pink, lime green and yellow - people are really color educated down here."
For the video highlights of the Bromstad interview, visit

Before Breakfast

"There is no use trying," said Alice;
"One can't believe impossible things."
"I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the Queen.
"When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I believed as many six impossible things before breakfast."

Lewis Carroll

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Virtual Effectiveness

Today, the mobile workforce is opening the door to greater productivity, access and collaboration. The virtual effectiveness and virtual success depend on effective communication plan and leadership.
In the Industrial Age, business focused on their capital assets.
In Information Age, virtual business dictates to balance results with business relationships and virtual communication.
The 4BigV's of Information Age increase -
a. Volume of information,
b. Variety of ways to get information,
c. Velocity at which information is bombarding us,
d. Veracity to assess information.
Due to Worldwide Mobile Worker Population 2007-2011 Forecast (March 2008). IDC #209883E,
  • 73% of the workforce will be virtual by 2011.

Librarian Poem

We started to use less ink
When things started to think.
The modern digital revolution
Is the continuation of the computer evolution.
As we are researching for any trivia,
We worship in the multimedia
With admiration and affection.
Many technical deals are based on
Networking operation,
Organizational administration, and education.
There is an impact on servers and clients
To move on.
There is an impact on
Hardware and software concepts.
The Internet and Intranet services
In technical education of masses
Survived with technical education, the IT supports,
And easy access.
Versus non-digital,
Ask-a-Librarian online
And offline,
Anywhere , and anytime.
Please, do not forget, books are the best gifts
For people of all ages.
Books are unique source if ideas.
Imagination expands far beyond the pages.
Ida Tomshinsky, 2007

Miami Has 10,000 Years of History

According Dr. Paul George' s overview of Florida History, Miami's history began 10,000 years ago when the first human beings for whom we have record lived along south Biscayne Bay. An archaeological excavation in 1985-1986 uncovered this information, which pushed our awareness of humans in the area back by several thousand years.

Monday, October 18, 2010

University Life

University life at the university
Is not the same as at the municipal city,
It has it's own style and rhythm.

Day -by-day you study,
Time - to- time you party.
Body language
Will help to connect with friends from any majors,
Body knowledge
Will own you personal wages.

Choices, decisions making,
Time management, and professional judgement
Will teach you social issues.
Assessment of any case studies
Will make you sharper
And street smart-er.

You test yourself every day
In a classroom and outside it
To become a good citizen
With parents foundation and academic diploma.

Remember your best training years
At the student's city,
The university;
This is your beginning and start
To get on the road
And walk, and work.

Walk, and work more,
Because the road is endless.

Ida Tomshinsky, c. 2005

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Telling Stories

Telling stories
Is not the same as reading stories
Because people are saving a story
To tell the human history.

Passing down stories
And the love for storytelling,
And the art of story listening
By using the literacy and new media tools,
Useful skills learned at school
To tell the wisdom of folk tales
Dealing with repetition details.

Telling the story
Is to build a legend -
In general, those do not have an end.
A story, a tale, a fable
Make the chronological history able;
Preserve the past and present -
The professional
Essential -
From the front porch
Or at the beach,
Perhaps, on the bench
Under the big tree's branch.

IT 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Premier Speech

"So many faces, so many memories..."

I just came from a historical event - the IFAC reunion 2010. If I would have a chance to say a speech, I would acknowledge the IFAC educational journey and the beginning of the new tradition to celebrate the honorable IFAC institution that factually does not exist anymore.
In my opinion, it makes this event special and unique!
For me, it felt almost like looking back in a retrospective order by watching a good documentary story. Many of the alumni lived the American fantasy dream to use their enthusiasm, creativity and individual talents to acquire professional skills for the betterment of our society, our home-town Miami and the other new places in where many of the alumni moved on with their careers and lives as serving the great Greek God Apollo, the God of sun, light, art, science and healing.

Using the national cultural analogy, the talented young people followed "the yellow brick road" from Wizard of Oz, and reunited with old friends: Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion, befriend with kindly Pumkinhead. IFAC brought to everybody, respectfully, brain, heart and courage.

When I came to work for IFAC, I felt as an Alice in the Wonderland that went "down the Rabbit Hole" and on my journey, I met you all: The White Rabbit, The Queen of Hearts, The King of Hearts, The Duchess, the Dodo, The Lory, The Duck, The Pat, The Turtle, and the Dormouse.

And in the end of my speech, I would thank all hosts and hostesses for the beautiful evening and would thank The Porter's family for hospitality: "Today's event was all about the IFAC's forty years that shacked the true international fine arts community locally, in Miami, and beyond it that based on fundamentals of strong respect and reputation of the past, and I am sure, each guest looks in the future with optimism, with the Miami style, because the power of trinity of the past, presents and future is in separate."

October 16, 2010 IT

Friday, October 15, 2010

Manicurist Dorena and Sidney Shelton Book

Here is little story. Yesterday, I was walking through my neighborhood. We have a lot of beauty salons and many dry cleaners in the business district. I wanted to make my nails fast without waiting in line - to get in and out quickly as I have to be at work in noon. So, I went in to the first place. Oops, they only accepted cash. I went to another place, and they offered me to come in one hour ping-ponging me from one person to another. OK, not a big deal, I walked out from one salon and walked in into another. God bless them, all three people came toward to meet and to great me. The manicurist Dorena in a fastest way made my hands beautiful.

I cannot stop thinking about the simple and good customer service at Nina's and the cultural aspect of the employees. Next to the nail polish supplies I spotted a book, a feminine novel by Sidney Shelton titled "The Other Side of the Midnight." We are living today in the digital world. It felt simply good to have a gleam of the information literacy in action. Our conversation became professional between a Librarian and a Library Patron as we discussed how to get a rare book through Interlibrary Loan. Darena said that she knows she can download and read this book in an e-book format online, but she wants to have her own hardcopy. Dorena likes to buy her novels, and she owns a personal Library Collection that is overgrown. I suggested that she may like to donate a part of her collection to a local public library at Miami Dade Public Library System.

You're Invited to Florida

"Pink flamingo dances,
Ripe mango juices,
Dolphin's splashes,
And Marlins successes
Do not explain
An extraordinary ecosystem.
If you want to know more
Come to Florida and explore!
You can capture the weather
In high temperatures,
Experience the wildlife creatures.
We have a spectacular time,
O, mine! O, mine!"
Ida Tomshinsky c. 2005

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

On the Beach in the Fall Time

When you come from the highland
To the ocean side island,
There is always a breeze
That moves the leaves.

The aroma of the single wild flower
From the sand dunes
Brings strength and irresistible power
To sprint with Atlantic tunes.

Embrace with the greatest joy
The morning walks to employ
At the sand space
That is overgrowing with grace.

Absolutely forget about any pain!
The blood is running through the main vein.
The ocean helps to keep calm
And strong as palm.

The wind passes
And shakes the tall grasses.
The morning rays of sun
Learn to move fast, almost run.

The sky gets black.
The clouds are moving forward and back.
I am running away,
To come again, the next day.

After all, it is not bore,
Beach is full of life at the Surfside shore.
Please come to Miami Beach in fall
To experience the great entertaining in whole!

The weather matters for every guest,
As they are coming to us to rest.
The Miami itself is a gem
That admired by them.

For a moment, please, freeze!
Listen to the breeze,
The conductor of the Miami’s century old trees,
And the evergreen leaves.

Ida Tomshinsky, October

I am Fall

If I look very broad,
I am on the road.

I did not reach the winter faze,
I am spending time in a different maze.

I will not take the race
To get to the destination place.

Not yet, not at all.
Currently, I am fall.

Life, please bless,
And keep me out of the mess.

I am not in a hurry to run in it.
First, I must, I have to learn about it.

Obviously, I passed my summer time.
It was generous, kind, and fine.

Everybody needs time to grow
From the first row.

Since summer, I forestall.
Now, I am fall.

I stocked between summer and winter,
And within every autumn I am getting brighter.

Red, yellow, crimson
It is the fall season.

Ida Tomshinsky, October

Monday, October 11, 2010

Inspiration as a First Step

Writing is not an easy process.
But if you have a story to tell, the story itself will lead you to the description of the happenings.
The form and the shape of the story is secondary.
The story itself is a primary factor. If you will not tell it, it never will be told.
And if you are inspired and inflamed by the story, you enthusiasm will be showed, and, in the end, the story itself will make your writing creation a successful experience.

Voyages of Columbus

When Columbus sighted the New World's shores, he thought he found Japan. Instead, Caribbean Islands Indians welcomed him.

Columbus three ships under sail, the nao Santa Maria, the standard full-rigged ship of that time, and the square-rigged caravels, Nina and Pinta, eagerly looking for the land.

The apprehensive seamen and natives demonstrated sighs of friendship and hospitality in the first early voyages to the New World. The tensions of hope, search, and discovery were the essential part in Columbus pleading his cause before Queen Isabella of Spain.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Look on this date. There are three tens in one number. Also I see that it is finalizing the first decade of the first century.
That the fall season is in. It came and shook off the last year leaves, clean up the branches and prepared room for winter affairs. The gardeners picked up the carrots and the cauliflowers. Every last head of nice fresh lettuce gathered. The ladies of the house cut all the flowers along the fence. The beautiful perfect pumpkin picked up to use as a centerpiece. Wait, it will be coming wonderful celebration parties indeed.
As a number it has power, as a date it is, perhaps, another date in October with many more to come.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Limits of Vocabularies

The latest assessment by observation on information research demonstrated that the most difficult part is the limitation of using vast of vocabulary.
For example, the Student X could not communicate "crime by different social classes" as crime by blue and white collar, crime by poor and rich, crime by gender, crime in different age categories, crime within groups of different status of education, etc.
The social aspect content was not explain how to identify, construct, and maintain vocally description of the research information.
The focus on transactions of keyword searching, compound terms, and Boolean operations was absent.

University as Publisher

Please read the article from the current issue of the NEXTSpace newsletter from OCLC.

"The Future of Publishing: Libraries and the Changing Role of Creators and Consumers" by Andy Havens and Tom Storey. -NEXTSpace, August 2010, N0. 16, p.4-9.

The vast new world of publishing offers libraries some interesting new opportunities to connect with users and extend value to the communities. There new economical ways to connect and use new technologies to the communities we serving.

The library as publishers opens doors to local book manufacturing and delivery. The avenue between author and creator as editor and reader as consumer is very promising and special that proved by past cultural and educational experiences to walk side by side embedded librarians within digital revolution in modern technology, within national and international scholarly communication issues, and the new academic opportunities producing custom course materials (publisher on campus, course packs.)