Monday, March 19, 2018

Week 11 prompt

I use both ebooks and audiobooks on a near daily bases. Ebooks are nice for me when I read at night so I don’t have to use a light which bugs, my husband, less but I hate using them on kindle since it only gives you percentage and speed time and not page numbers. This makes it so much hard to judge how much of the book I have left and how long it is going to take me to finish the book. I like audiobooks for when I am driving to work or to see family, when I go for walks or mow the lawn, and for when I am just sitting on the couch and knitting. In the article “Reading With Your Ears” Kaite Mediatore talks about how “commuters with long drives or regular traffic snarls find cars the perfect place to catch up on reading and keep tempers in check” (318). I never thought about how books can help with keeping tempers down in these types of situations but it makes sense if you mind is on some other things it will help keep you calmer. Pacing can be affected in both audiobooks and ebook depending on the way they are recorded. When thinking about ebooks Katie Dunneback states that “pacing is also affected by how much text is visible on the screen, so the larger the text, the less there is to indicate how quickly the story is moving” (328). This is one of the things I like about ebooks is that I can change the font size I never thought about it affect the pacing of the book itself. Pacing can also be affected in audiobooks by the narrator who can read the story to slow or too fast and change what the pacing of the book should be (Mediatore, 319). I had one patron tell me that she loved listening to mystery books but determined she shouldn’t be listening to them in the car after she ran a stop sign because she was too into a book. Knowing what people are looking for in an audiobook is important there have been several books that I stopped listening to because of the narrator and instead went and read the print book and loved it. When listening to audiobooks I enjoy ones that make a full production out of them. They keep me better entertained, one that I still remember to this day is “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien which was the broadcast that was on the National Public Radio and later recorded. I just remember enjoy the fact that when they were at Bilbo Baggins house and started signing that there was singing in the background on the audiobook.  

Works Cited

Dunneback, Katie. "E-books and Readers' Advisory." Reference & User Services Quarterly, vol. 50, no. 4, Summer 2011, pp. 325-329.
Mediator, Katie. "Reading With Your Ears: Readers' Advisory and Audio Book." Readers' Advisory, vol. 42, no. 4, Summer 2003, pp. 318-323.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Book Club

I attend a book club that meets once a month at a bar here in town. This group is lead by one of the librarians from the Muncie Public Library, named Anthony.  Anthony will ask questions about the book but will let others answer those before he adds any input himself. The group has anywhere between 8 to 12 people at each meeting. This past month we discussed “A Wrinkle in Time”. The first part of the meeting was talking about whether or not we liked the book. This helps to get the discussion going and I always enjoy hearing why people did or did not enjoy a book. For this particular book, it was about 50/50 with people who liked it and those who didn’t. There is one lady that comes every month and she has only enjoyed one book that we have read in the last year and a half but she still enjoys coming to discuss the books. From the initial point, Anthony asks more questions to get the conversation going. He usually only has to ask around 5 questions for the evening in order to cover the whole book. He looks up information from different websites to help build on the conversation. The questions that he asks are ones that take more than a yes or no answer. If that is all that is given he asks for people to elaborate.
        During the meeting, all the participants contribute to the conversation. Every once in a while there is one person that will try and take over the discussion but Anthony does a good job at trying to bring others into the conversation. When this person is talking he is talking about the book and will answer the question that is being asked. Every once the conversation will stray into other areas of life and the world but Anthony will bring the focus back to the group purpose. The majority of the people that come to book group will read at least 50 percent of the book so the discussion will follow along with the themes of the book well.
        The meeting is held on the third Thursday of every month at the same bar.  This particular location is typically not very crowded, looks pleasing and is not very loud.  In the past, we have asked the owner to turn the music down during discussion times and they have been really easy to work with. Since we are at a bar most of the participants buy themselves a beer or a glass of wine.  Since the bar doesn’t have food Anthony will sometimes bring in snacks but it seems to rotate with others in the group sharing this, ‘responsibility’.
        This group reads books that are at least 20 years old or older. We have done “The Handmaids Tale”, “A Wrinkle in Time”, “Mrs. Dalloway”, and “Brave New World” to name a few. Each year Anthony comes up with a list of 100 books that he asks us to pull from for 25 titles. He then narrows it down to the 12 that we read through the next year.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Special Topic Paper

My special topic paper was on in-person and online RA. I looked at what in-person RA is which could be indirect or direct. In-person RA can be anything from a person coming to the information desk asking for a good book (direct) to a book display within the library on a specific topic (indirect). I go on to talk about the different ways libraries on using online RA.

With in-person RA I talked about Mary K's Generic rules of RA which she developed after having her student do secret shopper interactions. They were a total of eleven rules but I just pulled out the following:

  • Listen to the user and try to find out what the person likes and/or loathes reading before you do anything else.
  • Ignore what you like to read unless you're sure it matches what the reader likes.
  • Find out if the person wants something else by the same author before suggesting it.
  • Use the library's catalog only after you have a clear idea of what the person is interested in and be sure to verify any suggestions with the library's collection (that they are owned, on the shelf, etc.)
  • Explain what you are doing as you search, especially if you are using an electronic tool, such as NoveList. Tell them how they can use it themselves.
  • Unless the user tells you that there is some urgency, ask for some more time and offer to phone or email a result at a later time (Smith, 13).
These were just a few that I put in the paper that I felt were the most important. 

Online RA is blogs, microblogs (Twitter), Facebook, Pinterest, and form-based RA. Form-based RA was said to have started in Williamsburg (VA) Regional Library where they created a form to be either filled out online or picked up in the library, filled out, and then turned back in. This gives the librarian time to make better selections for patrons. I listed the following libraries that I found that have form-based RA on their website:
  • Anderson Public Library:
  • Hamilton East Public Library:
  • New York Publick Library:
  • Brooklyn Public Library:
  • Jefferson-Madison Regional Library:
  • Williamsburg Regional Library:
Many different libraries use blogs to post book review and suggestion. Microblogging has become popular to post book title and library events. Pinterest has become a place where some librarians have made booklists. 

Smith, Duncan. “Readers’ Advisory: The Who, the How, and the Why.” Reference & User Services Quarterly, vol. 54, no. 4, Summer 2014, pp. 11-16. Academic Search Premier,

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Women's Lives and Relationships Annotation: The Undomestic Goddess

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Title: The Undomestic Goddess
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Genre: Chick Lit
Publication Date: 2005
Number of Pages: 384
Geographical Setting: England
Time Period: Modern day

Plot Summary:
Samantha Sweeting is a top lawyer at Carter Spink, one of the best law firms in London and is about ready to make partner, her dream she has been working for the last 7 years. On the day she finds out she is going to make partner she decides to clean off her desk which over the years has become a mess because she doesn’t have a second to clean it up and she finds a document on her desk for a claim she never filed. When she realizes she made a mistake she freaks out and jumps on a train out of London. She has no idea where she is going she just goes and ends up in a small town. When she walks up to this house off the main road to ask for directions she is mistakenly taken for the housekeeper that Geiger was trying to hire. After accepting the job because she had nowhere else to go at the time, she meets Nathaniel the gardener. After watching her disasters attempt to make super for the Geiger the first night he asks her if she wants cooking lessons from his mother. You watch as Samantha learns to try and relax and take time for herself and find out what she wants to do next in her life.
Subject Headings:
·         Household employees
·         Workaholics
·         Mistaken identity
·         Single women
·         Women lawyers
·         Country homes
·         Men/women relations
·         Errors
·         Psychic trauma
·         Life change events
·         Secrets
·         Cooking
·         Housekeepers
·         Flawed
·         Funny
·         Witty
Elements of Women’s Lives and Relationships:
The mood is humorous but with an optimistic outlook. Well, Samantha has never cooked or cleaned before she was optimistic about her ability to be able to do it.
The protagonist is female and has one close friend who is always trying to get her to do things that she would normally do even though she turns them down.
The storyline reflects the issue of women in highly demanding jobs and at one point talks about feminist vs intellectuals.
The setting is contemporary and set in modern-day England.
The writing style is humorous and tells personal stories.
The pacing is unhurried but draws readers into the story.
Similar Authors and Works:
Read-alike Non-fiction
Fairly Equal: Lawyering the Feminist Revolution by Linda Silver Dranoff: for anyone who wants to learn more about women in law.
The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; or, Why I’m Never, Ever Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog by Jen Lancaster: for the one who enjoyed reading about the disasters that befallen Samantha when housekeeping.
Dishing with the Kitchen Virgin by Susan Reinhardt: This is a collection of stories about food disasters and recipes.
Read-alike Fiction
A Crowded Marriage by Catherine Alliott: both books have heroines face major turning points in their life.
Not Working by Lisa Owens: both books have flawed but likable characters who blow up their lives with sudden career shifts.
Bridget Jones by Helen Fielding: both books have a quirky protagonist who finds themselves in strange circumstances that they must overcome.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Week 7 Prompt

I found it interesting how a book can go from unknown to bestseller just because a celebrity talks about the book. Take Oprah book club selections, the paper “From Obscurity to Bestseller: Examining the Impact of Oprah’s Book Club Selections” talks about how “Oprah endorsement was enough to bring a book up into the top 150 bestsellers in America, and almost certainly guaranteed a sturdy spike in the rankings, in the beginning, followed by a prolonged period of strong sales for months to come” (Butler et. al., 32). While Oprah has not picked as many books as she use to when she had her talk show her influence is on the books she picks. It kind of funny that we are talking about this subject right now since this week we got the newest pick “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones in the new books to process today. In the past, I have had people get upset with me when we didn’t have one of her picks from several years ago. They were like but it was an Oprah pick what do you mean you don’t have a copy. Mind you the one they were looking for was from 7 years before and all of the copies had been lost, stolen, or damaged.  

I remember when the I saw that Emma Watson was going around Paris putting out copies of “Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood and thinking I wish I was there. This book had become popular not because she started putting out copies but because of the TV show. I do think some celebrities are just trying to promote reading and literacy but at the same time I feel some are just doing it for self-promotion but if celebrity book clubs get people reading I say the more the merrier.

Butler, Richard, et. al. “From Obscurity to Bestseller: Examining the Impact of Oprah’s Book Club Selection.” Publishing Research Quarterly, Winter, 2005, pp. 23-34.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Week 6 prompt

I would make a horror display for a program that we would have coming up. Last year around Halloween we did a program called is your library haunted where we had a local ghost hunter group come in and do an investigation at our Carnegie library. Leading up to this program we did a display of horror novels and paranormal nonfiction books. We then did a program where we did a story time out at the graveyard for adults. We had patrons come out to one of the local cemeteries in our area and tell a story that either they had witnessed or heard of. We could incorporate integrated advisory next time we do this program by bringing books that people can either read from or take home after the program to read at a later point. Another program that can be done to incorporate horror novels is doing a horror marathon with a collection of novels that are related to the movie that is being shown to give the patrons a chance to check something out to take home with them.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Horror Annotation: The Elementals

301053Author: Michael McDowell
Title: The Elementals
Genre: Horror
Publication Date: 1981
Number of Pages: 292

Geographical Setting: Southern Alabama, Mobile, and Beldame
Time Period: Modern
Plot Summary:
3 houses are located in a place called Beldame off the gulf coast in Alabama. 2 houses are still being lived in during the summer, while the 3rd house is slowly being eaten by a sand dune. The houses are surrounded on one side by the gulf on the other by Elmo’s Lagoon, and at high tide, Beldame becomes an island. The Savages and McCray’s own the 2 livable house. The matriarch of the Savages, Marian, just passed away and the funeral brings Luker and his daughter India McCray down from New York to support Leigh and Dauphin Savages. Leigh and Luker mother Big Barbara was best friends with Marian which is why Luker and India were invited to Marian funeral. After the funeral, it is decided that they will all go and stay the summer at Beldame. When they arrive India is very taken by the 3rd house and want to use her father camera to take pictures of it. Luker doesn’t feel this is a good idea but lets her do it anyway. The family has always been scared of the 3rd house because weird things seem to happen around the house. When India get the pictures back of the houses she finds out why everyone is scared. The house is full of what Odessa calls Elementals or spirits but not ghost. Weird things start to happen when they get back to Beldame after spending 4th of July in Mobile and no one knows if they are going to make it out.
Subject Headings:
·         Gulf Coast (Ala.) -- Fiction 
·         Haunted houses -- Fiction 
·         Haunted houses
·         Alabama -- Gulf Coast.
Tone: menacing
Pace: erratic
Character: character driven
Elements of Horror:
Nightmare mood: This book is full of times when the character especial India are in a nightmare situation because of her interested in the third house.
The monster in this is the third house and the elementals that are showing themselves throughout the book as different people or thing that the character know.  
Protagonists haunted: This is the case with all of the character throughout the book. When dealing with India it wasn’t until after the pictures but the rest of the character had always be scared of the third house from the first time seeing it.
This book has several unexpected appearances that keep the reader on their toes.
Non-Fiction Works and Authors:
“Weird Haunting: True Tales of Ghostly Places” compiled by Joanne Austin; Illustrated by Ryan Doan: Story about haunted houses
“The Demon of Brownsville Road: a Pittsburgh Family’s Battle with Evil in Their Home” by Bob Cranmer: Story about evil within a house
“The Haunted House Diaries: The True Story of a Quiet Connecticut Town in the Center of a Paranormal Mystery” by William Hall: Story about evil within a house
Fiction Works and Authors:
“The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson: share some of the same appears like character driven and menacing. Also, a story about the evil within a house.
“Hell House” by Richard Matheson: Shares appeal factor of menacing. Story about evil within a house

“The Widow’s House” by Carol Goodman: Story about the evil within the house and talks about seeing thing from the past.