Interesting Notes from Class:
Last fall I completed a continuing education course through the University of Madison-Wisconsin entitled Public and Community Library Services. While the first half of the course was interesting and informative, the second part, led by a co-instructor, petered out a bit, so I didn’t include much here on Sunday Lowdown.
Now I’m in a new course: Organization and Management of Collections. These courses will earn what is called an LC5 (license), which I’m doing for my position as reference associate at a public library. What I’m learning about collections this semester, so far, is riveting, and I have so many questions for the librarians in my department (probably too many). Here is some information I learned this week that I found interesting:
- “Access to e-content for people with disabilities is a significant issue that often does not receive adequate attention in libraries. . . . accessibility is not only an ethical imperative; it is a legal requirement. . . . While publishers, database vendors, and device manufacturers are not subject to federal and provincial accessibility laws in their roles as providers, libraries are subject to these laws and should demand the necessary design elements to serve the print disabled and all patrons equally.” — Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management (4th ed.), Peggy Johnson, p. 128 (emphasis mine)
This Week’s Blog Posts:
I started a new paranormal (fantasy) series by S.M. Reine referred to as The DescentVerse. Within this universe are twelve different series, and you can jump in at the start of any series. My plan is to review the first book in a series and then read the rest and review the whole series. Each series varies; some are several chunky novels long, and others are a few novellas and a short story. It all depends. This week I reviewed Death’s Hand, and while there were a couple of minor tics that I wanted smoothed out, I loved it. I jumped into the second book right away and found it even better!
I don’t read a lot of paranormal fantasy, so I wanted to note a few things readers had questions about in the comments that I hadn’t even considered: in the three Reine books I’ve read, there is no romance, no shimmery brooding vampires, and no sexy fairies. Apparently, these are popular in the genre and too BLECH for many readers. If anything, I’d describe Reine’s books as austere.
I also reviewed a movie this week: My Cousin Rachel (2017). I’m was hoping to do more TV/movie reviews, but this post didn’t get a lot of traction. I’ll have to rethink what my audience is interested in.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
Tuesday I’ll have another mini audiobook review for you: Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan. I’d never read McMillan before because I’d always thought she was this sentimental author who wrote women’s fiction in the same vein as Sex and the City (the show, not the book). But her story was interesting and contained relatable characters, especially the home nurse who swore a lot and read Harry Potter.
Thursday kicks off #ReadingValdemar 2020. Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku and I travel all the way back, before Valdemar was an established kingdom, to an ongoing war between two powerful mages who create creatures to assist them in victory.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
Does anyone else read aloud to their significant other yet? I’ve been telling you about the magic of it for years. We’re in the last pages of Jamaica Inn and plan to read a chunky memoir, Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins, after.
Reading Side Projects:
I’m still reading Brad Gooch’s biography of Flannery O’Connor. She was in college during WWII, which makes for an interesting context. I also learned everyone thought she would be a cartoonist because she was on both her high school and college newspaper teams creating cartoons that spoke to the time and place, typically through a character who resembled O’Connor.
After a conversation with my mom, I decided it’s time to read “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs again. It scared the bejesus out of me in high school, and it scared her, too, when she read it. I recently located an audio file of this 28-minute tale of terror.
Books Added to the TBR Pile:
I finally added this ubiquitous book because I have no idea how it will end.