April 2012

Twitter fan

Have you noticed that ticker feed of viewer comments on the bottom of the screen when you watch television news? That’s the Twitter Effect – immediate crowdsourced information from a variety of perspectives. When broadcasters ask viewers to submit pictures and videos of local breaking news we all benefit not only from the incredible immediacy, but from the larger, holistic perspective that is created by the aggregate of thousands of individual “tweets.”

Our very own Urvashi

Meet Urvashi Dave, a welcome presence at the Check Out Desk and an organizational diva behind the scenes. Here’s what Urvashi has to share:

Q: How long have you worked at the Princeton Public Library?

A: Since September 2008.

Q: What do you like best about working in Lending Services?

A: I love working with people and I love books and reading. At PPL and especially in Lending Services we have a good team.

Up on the roof

My colleague's intriguing blog post about secrets made me think "do we have any secrets here at the library?"  The fact that I had to think awhile is a good sign since we aim for transparency.  But I did think of one: did you know the library has a fourth floor?

Are you LinkedIn?

"Let the world know who you are and the right people will find you." This was the sage advice from Matthew Levy, the speaker at the library's most recent Tuesday Networking Breakfast. A job coach with more than two decades experience "on both sides of the desk," Levy offered insightful and useful information about using the professional social media site LinkedIn.

Books to check out

As I was thinking about which recent reads I'd like to blog about, two very different titles came to mind. One is a War World II spy thriller that takes place in Germany in 1939 and the other is a magical, sensual tale of an exotic spice merchant from India.

The underappreciated library kick stool

Kicked around.  Kick the habit.  Kicked off the island.  With connotations like this, is it any wonder that the lowly library kick stool doesn’t get much respect? But think about it…is there a better way for the vertically-challenged to get to a book high up on the top shelf?

Secrets worth sharing

What is it about secrets that make them so intriguing and worth sharing? Maybe it's that revealing something provides a sense of freedom from what holds us back, or that the idea of being an insider appeals to the competitive side in each of us. There are countless reasons why secrets are so alluring. I recently discovered two books that reveal excellent secrets. Some are frivolous, some are powerful - but they all make for very enjoyable reads.

Have a ball on vacation

Now that spring break has met with its sweltering denouement, what are your plans for the summer? If you are anything like me, you might feel a little anxious about the subject. Where to begin? Where to go? It could be as simple as following Kurt Perschke's RedBall Project to its next destination, London, in June. Although, you might need something a little more than a giant art installation to tempt you to leave your nest.

Teen volunteers: summer starts here

Every summer we are happy to have about 100 teenage volunteers lend a helping hand in the library. Once again as we are getting ready for a great summer of reading clubs and special events ahead at 65 Witherspoon Street, we are counting on the contribution of our volunteers to make it the best summer ever at Princeton Public Library. Now is the time for interested teens (entering seventh grade or above), to apply.

The dream machine

In my last post, I talked about the history of the computer. Today, I go into more detail about The Dream Machine, a book that starts with the life of J. C. R. Licklider, a man who it can be argued first envisioned the Internet and computing as we know it today. Described as "tall, handsome, athletic, and outgoing, with sun-bleached hair and blue eyes", by 1942 he earned his PhD in neuroscience.