Archive for February 2008

Speaking of exploding brains…

… and Friday randomness, I’m not sure how much work I’d actually get done if I owned this particular desk.

A good marketing campaign is hard to find

I’d write more about this, but my tiny girl brain exploded after reading some sf earlier.

Are you being served?

Sam is served by the cook county sheriff!

Originally uploaded by lib_rachel

In yet another one of the adoption process oddities, we appeared in court this morning to start the adoption finalization process, and 12-month-old Sam had to personally be served papers to appear. As you can see, he was eager.


On the “what is your library’s signage/verbiage/catalog saying about you” thread, I just tried to order a newish book on CD from another library:

No items requestable, request denied.

Denied! In red! Let’s think of some ways we could make this message more friendly, shall we?

(And while we’re wishing: please let me store my login on my personal PC so I don’t have to type name, number, and PIN every time I want to access my account…)

That’s all I have to say about that…

In the past couple of weeks, two people have asked independently if I intend to do an updated edition of Teaching the Internet in Libraries (ALA, 2001).

Nope, I sure don’t. Even though all the examples use… Netscape 4!

I’ve been thinking lately about the reasons writing is appealing, and this partly boils down to some of the same reasons librarianship is appealing (and why librarians tend to make good authors). Librarianship is a great field for the Renaissance person — you get to research all sorts of different topics; there’s always something new to explore. In the same way, writing also feeds that need to know, to explore, to always be finding out about something different.

I’ve written and presented on teaching the Internet in libraries — I’ve done a lot of teaching the Internet in libraries — and, while this was a useful exercise for its time, I think it’s somewhat outlived its usefulness now. (At this point, a whole new book, not just a new edition, would probably be required.)

Every different topic I write about offers the chance for me to learn something new. If there’s some aspect of the field you want to learn more about, why not write about it? This adds another layer to the process and lets your search/research help others as well.

Going to Computers in Libraries?

Going to the Computers in Libraries conference this April? I am. And, if you’d like to meet up, chat about book ideas, or ask questions about the publishing process at ITI, this is a good time to do it. Drop me a note at — and I hope to see you there!

A veritable rash of free ebooks

Hop over to today before 8PM EST to grab a free pdf copy of Suze Orman’s Women and Money.



Originally uploaded by lib_rachel

Maxwell J. Cat

Loved children, other cats, and life in general up until his final days. We’ll miss him.

More free ebooks!

Check it out: a free ebook every week for signing up for an email newsletter from Tor — Old Man’s War next week, which, if you haven’t read it, is totally worth the free-as-in-beer signup.

His books want to be free

I read an interesting little blurb in today’s Shelf Awareness about bestselling author Paul Coelho. Apparently:

The author “likes to promote pirated copies of his own books. At the recent Digital, Life, Design Conference in Munich, Coelho told a gathering of tech company CEOs, artists and designers that since 2005 he’s been directing his readers to an online site where they can download his books, in languages from German to Japanese, for free.”

Said Coelho: “I always thought that when, at the beginning of your career, you strive to be read, you can’t change your mind later and become greedy about it.”

I’m guessing people’s perspectives might change when they’re already “best-selling,” but more power to him.