Saturday, September 23, 2017

‘Location’ enhances ability to track library resources

Lap-top computer, with single copy of a book next to it, 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind' by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. The screen displays a headline identifying the operation, 'Specify information to change and scan barcode.' Below it is an input field with a string of numbers in it, and, beneath that, a drop-down menu set to 'Home Location' with a second drop-down menu next to it specifying, 'LIBRARY (IMT 102).' The cursor arrow is poised over a button marked 'Update.' Additional copies of the book are stacked behind and to the right of the laptop computer.

Cataloging is essential to tracking a library’s resources — in this case, inventory of educational items among Santa Rosa City Schools. Bringing a librarian-mindset to my job as Instructional Materials Technician, I’m creating records for resources in-use at Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Accession of new instructional materials at SRCSA

Cataloging is essential to tracking available resources

Friday was another active day for this Instructional Materials Technician, who regularly makes deliveries to classrooms at Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts.

Yarn Bombing at Your Library: Centereach, N.Y.

Tree wrapped with concentric crocheted circles, in shades of blue, red and teal, stitched together to mold to the contours of the tree's trunk and branches, in front of Middle Country Public Library in Centereach
Credit: MCPL on Facebook

At Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, N.Y., volunteers are yarn-bombing trees with thousands of crocheted circles created earlier in the year through the “Crochet It!” community project.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SSU Library, highlight of move back home

Exterior, Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center at Sonoma State University
Image credit: SSU Library

One of the highlights of our return to the Sonoma County area is the Sonoma State University Library. When I attended classes, the library was housed in the Ruben Salazar building — and it was easily one of the most significant places on the SSU campus for me.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

‘Schooled in Magic’ by Christopher G. Nuttall

Book cover, 'Schooled in Magic' by Christopher G. Nuttall. Beige-skinned, red-haired woman stands before an open book, gazing with a wondering expression at an orb of green light that is manifesting between the fingers of her hands. A hooded and robed figure stands behind her with a menacing expression on its face.
I’m a long-time enthusiast for fantasy, especially with female protagonists.

Schooled in Magic by Christopher G. Nuttall (Twilight Times Books, 2014) brings Emily, a girl from our modern world, into a world of magic, based on an interpretation by an evil sorcerer’s minions of a prophesied “Child of Destiny.”

Once arrived in this world, and rescued from the evil sorcerer by an enigmatic wizard named Void, Emily finds herself enrolled in a school for magicians.

An ongoing premise concerns the “modern” conveniences that Emily wishes she could have brought with her, including some ideas that she manages to introduce among this new world’s populace. These passages inspire taking a fresh look at conveniences often taken for granted.