Plenty to blog about this week. It was Helen Keller's Birthday on Monday. It's Canada Day on Friday. But since I work on our Digital Library team I want to blog about our big news: the new library system.
As some of you may know we're working hard to get a brand new library system ready for next spring. It's been exciting to get a sneak peek at all of the new developments in store for staff and clients. Without a doubt it's going to be a better library system. And that got me thinking: why stop there? Wouldn't the perfect companion piece to a better library be a better librarian?
For the next few months I'm going to challenge myself to learn new things and brush up on old skills. In short I'm going to build a better digital librarian.
Challenge #1: Listen to an audio book
I hear what you're saying, "You work on the Digital Library team and you've never listened to an audio book?!".
Maybe this is more accurate.
Challenge #1: Finish an audio book
I've listened to countless parts of audio books through as part of my work but embarrassingly enough I've never actually finished one.
For those still questioning how challenging this is for me let's sweeten the pot: I'm going to read something I never thought I'd read, "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. Or, to be more accurate, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Seth Graham-Smith and Jane Austen. One of the many books featured monthly on the New Titles section of our home page.
Now I just use our instructions for downloading a book, transfer it to my iPod and away we go.
[NOTE: Since I'm not actually eligible to use the CNIB Library, I was able to get it from my public library. Remember if you can't find a book in our catalogue there are tons of sources out there. Why not start with our Guide to Finding Books Online?]
If you haven't listened to an audio book yet then give it a try! If you have then try listening to something you wouldn't normally read. Check out the Recommended Reading section of our home page or the Browse Popular Categories page for ideas.
I'll be back in a few weeks with another challenge and, presumably, a new found respect for Mr. Darcy.