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Musings of a librarian, former archivist, musician, bibliophile, and tech-obsessed.

Entries in Books (10)


The Bibliophile In Me Breaks Out...

The bibliophile and techie in me has recently gotten excited about e-books, especially ones from Barnes and Noble. Why? Not only does their e-reader use the Android operating system and receives operating system updates much like a computer or a smartphone, not only does the e-reader read e-pubs and cross-platform PDFs, and not only does the nook have an app for my Driod, but Barnes and Noble supports the habits of bibliophiles like me by giving away free books every week! Every Free Friday, one newer book is made available for free download, and 12 free classic books are made available (though this program runs for only a few more weeks)! My favorite weekly theme so far--books that were banned in libraries!


More Good News For Bibliophiles...

Long time, no blog! I've been so busy at work that I can't bear to look at my computer when I come home. It's been a busy time of the year when authors are finalizing their books and articles and need images, and campus departments are doing some summer cleaning, emptying closets and transferring records to the Archives.

But I'm so excited about this news I just had to blog about it! (More entries will follow, hopefully this weekend. I have been keeping a very long list!)

A few months ago, I got a Motorola Driod. Now, with four Droids out in the world (the original, the Eris, the Incredible, and the X), more and more apps are being created. Apps make my life much easier, but they rarely make me excited. But this app made me very excited!

If you have a Driod, and are a bibliophile, download "Book Catalogue." You can scan books' barcodes, or enter the ISBNs (or enter from scratch, though I only had to do that with a handful of my books), and create a virtual catalog of your books!!! The information is pretty accurate, and is what equates to the basic MARC fields. I spent about an hour tonight working on my catalog! And don't worry, the library and archives books are in the catalog too!!!


Next On My Reading List...

I love mysteries, but I'm pretty excited that a colleague recommended this book. Frames (1 of 2 in a series that might be expanding) is about a UCLA film archivist that buys an old film house and discovers a skeleton amongst the nitrate reels! Can't wait to get it!

This makes me want to write my own murder in the stacks book.


I Got Flowers :-)

Over the summer and during the beginning of last semester, I helped CUA Alum and author, with a book on the photographic history of CUA (I did a lot of scanning and metadata, and a little digging in unprocessed collections). Today, I received flowers and a thank you note, saying the book is going to be published May 17! Look for it from Arcadia books!


Book Book

No, that's not a typo. And I want one.