Monthly Archives: May 2011

Pittsburgh’s the 13th Most Well-Read City in America?

According to Amazon it is.  The article is misconcieving because it’s drawn from Amazon’s data by “compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since Jan. 1, 2011”.  So, the article doesn’t include the BEST readers of all…the ones who read for free at the library! (Ok, I’m a little bias.)


Rock and Roll Metro Map

Found this while reading /r/, I don’t fully agree but I think it’s a great concept.  Let’s do this with books!


What is a public library for?

“Aided by a librarian who understands the mesh, a librarian who can bring domain knowledge and people knowledge and access to information to bear” The future of the library by Seth Godin

Although I think he has valid points and I agree with him, who he is to determine this?  He’s a marketing genius who just got huge hits and new readership from librarians, bravo.

I <3 Parks and Rec

Parks and Rec

I wish to have brilliant ideas like Tom.

Macaroni & Cheese is cheesy roni…

East End Brewing Co. asks customers to chip in

“Mr. Smith wants to find 100 people willing to front him for two years of beer – $1,000 each. The “investors” will get $1,000 in vouchers – in $10 increments – for East End products.”

Hmmm…I wonder if this concept would work for libraries?I wouldn’t want a prepaid late fee voucher for $1,000…that sounds risky.

a 500-word palindrome? I need to read this.

Comedian Demetri Martin Plays Not My Job

“A beanbag chair is very helpful because it tells you things. Like if you’re over forty and sitting in one, then you failed.”

“His new book is called, “This is a Book,” by Demetri Martin. “

Libraries matter….here’s 10 ways

10 Ways Libraries Matter in a Digital Age

1. Libraries serve the disenfranchised.
2. Libraries are a gathering place.
3. Libraries are a first step to literacy.
4. Libraries are there for all ages.
5. Libraries help people use the internet.
6. … And libraries help people use the internet better
7. Libraries are interested in your privacy.
8. Libraries are hubs for preserving the past.
9. Libraries are there in a crisis.
10. Libraries offer the human touch.

#10 is where they really got me thinking.  When providing customer service, we can’t just see “another patron”.  We have to see someone who may need more than just finding a book or internet access.