Shelving books may not sound very sporty, but if you have ever wondered how fast can you shelve a cart of books, then there’s now an app for that.
Last October, my wife and I began working with a developer to create a game just for librarians. The game is called “Sheleved” and it went live last week.
The game features three different modes of play: LOC, Dewey, and Alphabetical.
It may not be the most exciting game, but if you are looking to test your Pages, or even test yoursel
Publishing is a tough business. Many people try to write books, many people finish writing books, but most never see them actually published. Sometimes it's because they just weren't polished enough yet; often, however, they just never find it a home. I was fortunate to find my first book a home. What has proved not so easy, however, is the one that followed. This is the journey of that novel...
Unlike many authors, my book had an agent with the connections to get it read by editors at all
It's fitting that Mac is calling their new OS Lion. It's fitting because it is the OS that is going to tear though and conquer everything. Windows? It's dead.
Apple has built an empire on the phrase, "It just works." And you know what? It does. Next time my parents need a computer, why would I get them a Windows? With Apple, more so now than ever with Lion (due out Summer 2011), the learning curve is virtually gone. Why does the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the iPad work? Because
Today is the first time in several weeks that I have a day off from basically everywhere I work (FYI, on top of working for a public library, I also work P/T at a college library, freelance gigs, and teaching writing through the Gotham Writers’ Workshop). Seems like a good time to update this blog regarding information about my next book.
I officially signed a contract last month with ALA Editions to write a guide on mobile app development for libraries. The book is tentatively call
Two years ago, I would have said a bold statement like "Publishing is Dead" is a little extreme. Two years later, I now rexamine that statement and question, if not dead, then is it fair to say, at the very least, that traditional publishing it's dying? I think so.
The death, or dying, of publishing is not triggered by electronic publishing, rather the lack of publishing in general figuring out what to do because of it. The best way to deal with a problem is to figure out
A number of people have asked what I thought about the Lost series finale...like the series itself, it's complicated; I wrote a blog about it on my other blog DistrubedChristians (which lately is updated much more frequently than this one). Follow this link if you want to read it.
A few weeks ago, a man came into the library where I work and asked a simple question; he said, “how does someone become a citizen?” I wish I could have answered the way someone would have answered my Canadian ancestors, and said, “Simply cross the line and prosper well—welcome to the land of dreams and prosperity!” That America closed its border a long time ago.
The person who wanted to become a citizen was illegal—a common sto
Who would have Steinbeck been without Salinas? Faulkner without Oxford? Hawthorne without Salem? Langston Hughes without Harlem? Many things shape a writer, but the one so often cited is that city or town that rose around them.
Most writers ultimately will move away from the city of their birth, and yet so often is it the one thing that they come back to as they write.
A few weeks ago, I was given a copy of the coffee table book “A Journey Through Literary America” by Thomas R. Humme
100 years ago yesterday (sorry, I'm late), the late great, Mark Twain, died. He was 74 and very sad--read his biography and you will know why. In honor of his, below is an faux interview with Twain, which is also posted on www.disturbedchristians.com; originally it was written for the Wittenburg Door, but it was ultimately rejected after much debate for reason I quite can't remember--it had something to do with some members of the editorial board not believing it was relevant to today. Enjoy...
Nearly eight years ago this month, I submitted my graduate term paper on virtual reference. The paper concluded that every major library needed to have a new branch: The Digital Branch. While a few libraries have implemented what could be considered a digital branch, the majority have not.
Below are five very basic online reference tools that every major library should have now--they're cheap, popular, and, with the exception of iPhone Apps, easy to setup. I know there are dozens of
The Gates Fountation has released a valuable report about why we need Internet in libraries more than ever. The report is more fascinating then the latest Grisham and more valuable than all the Harry Potter books combined. Read it and learn:
Everyone is creating iPhone app these days; I figured it was about time to learn what it was all about. I spent the past two weeks learning the code and the features. I'm still learning.
Last week I started developing my first app...a very simple one to help you find the address and number of the libraries within your county. The first version only includes California. I hope to have an update up very soon with additional states.
The app is called LibFind, and today it was approved f
I have collected the first 34 "Dispatches from a Public Librarian" along with other library-themed essays/stories in an eBook, and it's yours free if you want to read them. Just go to this link and it's yours.
If you have Stanza on your iPhone, you can also find it on Feedbooks.
If you have a Nook, you can get a free download directly onto your reader.
It is also on ManyBooks, which converts it to several other formats.
I love gadgets. But let's be honest, gadgets are frequently impulse buys. People buy them more because they are really cool, and less because they actually need them. Last week I picked up a Pogoplug (a small little device that let's you share a hard drive across the Internet).
I first heard about the device a few months back, and wasn't very impressed; it looked too complicated and was limited in capability. In December, they released a new version of the device for $130, and it's one gad