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Everyone Needs a Little Break…

April 15, 2007

… and sometimes that break runs a little longer than expected. It will be good to be back among the network of library bloggers. It is time to share again!

So… alot has happened since October. Nineteen (out of 40) McCracken County Public Library staff completed Learning 2.0, following the example of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library. The prize laptop was won by Michelle Batcher, Youth Services Library Assistant, who blogged her experiences here.

The exercise truly increased staff awareness of all sorts of emerging technologies available for libraries as we work to increase our reach to customers where they are. Prolly most intrigued by the lesson was our director, Marie Liang. Her eyes and ears are open and her intent now is to make sure our staff has access to the hardware and software we need to “play” and practice what we have learned and what we must learn next.

We have a new Staff Tech Lab (that was the January project as we recarpeted and renovated the entire 2nd floor and Youth Services areas… whew) as a result and the upcoming budget proposal includes exciting stuff. Texting, Instant Messaging, along with downloadable video, books and music requires new Smart Phones and MP3 players you know…!!

Life happened too while I was taking this little break. An experiment to add a second income has proved to be beneficial and I intend to continue to develop those avenues. Let us just say that technological skills can be a lucrative as well as a service thing…!!

But the current reason for my return to blogging and wordpress is the upcoming Computers in Libraries conference this week in Arlington, VA. My cohort, Libby Childers, and I will head out Monday (we are late, we know we are horribly but hopefully fashionably late) to share in the learning experiences we excitedly anticipate.

And I promise to really try not to be a fan girl when I actually see my Blog Heroes. I will try. Hope to see you there…!!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2007 5:50 pm

    Oh dear, I missed meeting another Iris!!! I’ve only ever met one Iris in my entire life (she bought a book at the book store I was working at at the time). Bummer. Well, we’ll have to work harder at meeting each other at the next conference. 🙂

  2. November 16, 2007 4:10 am

    Two new studies show why some people are more attractive for members of the opposite sex than others.

    The University of Florida, Florida State University found that physically attractive people almost instantly attract the attention of the interlocutor, sobesednitsy with them, literally, it is difficult to make eye. This conclusion was reached by a series of psychological experiments, which were determined by the people who believe in sending the first seconds after the acquaintance. Here, a curious feature: single, unmarried experimental preferred to look at the guys, beauty opposite sex, and family, people most often by representatives of their sex.

    The authors believe that this feature developed a behavior as a result of the evolution: a man trying to find a decent pair to acquire offspring. If this is resolved, he wondered potential rivals. Detailed information about this magazine will be published Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

    In turn, a joint study of the Rockefeller University, Rockefeller University and Duke University, Duke University in North Carolina revealed that women are perceived differently by men smell. During experiments studied the perception of women one of the ingredients of male pheromone-androstenona smell, which is contained in urine or sweat.

    The results were startling: women are part of this repugnant odor, and the other part is very attractive, resembling the smell of vanilla, and the third group have not felt any smell. The authors argue that the reason is that the differences in the receptor responsible for the olfactory system, from different people are different.

    It has long been proven that mammals (including human) odor is one way of attracting the attention of representatives of the opposite sex. A detailed article about the journal Nature will publish.

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