On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the world's first telephone call. The first rotary phones were used in 1919. Touch tone phones were developed in 1961. The first cellular phone call was made in 1973. The first generation iPhone was released in 2007. And soon, you may find an entirely new type of phone - one which runs a computer!
There are many kinds of treasure and Princeton is rich with many of them. But, among the most precious of these are the living treasures. The people who share their exceptional knowledge, their art, their experiences make this town one of the richest and most desirable in the country (we also like to brag).
Have you noticed that ticker feed of viewer comments on the bottom of the screen when you watch television news? That’s the Twitter Effect – immediate crowdsourced information from a variety of perspectives. When broadcasters ask viewers to submit pictures and videos of local breaking news we all benefit not only from the incredible immediacy, but from the larger, holistic perspective that is created by the aggregate of thousands of individual “tweets.”
My colleague's intriguing blog post about secrets made me think "do we have any secrets here at the library?" The fact that I had to think awhile is a good sign since we aim for transparency. But I did think of one: did you know the library has a fourth floor?
"Let the world know who you are and the right people will find you." This was the sage advice from Matthew Levy, the speaker at the library's most recent Tuesday Networking Breakfast. A job coach with more than two decades experience "on both sides of the desk," Levy offered insightful and useful information about using the professional social media site LinkedIn.
As I was thinking about which recent reads I'd like to blog about, two very different titles came to mind. One is a War World II spy thriller that takes place in Germany in 1939 and the other is a magical, sensual tale of an exotic spice merchant from India.
Kicked around. Kick the habit. Kicked off the island. With connotations like this, is it any wonder that the lowly library kick stool doesn’t get much respect? But think about it…is there a better way for the vertically-challenged to get to a book high up on the top shelf?
What is it about secrets that make them so intriguing and worth sharing? Maybe it's that revealing something provides a sense of freedom from what holds us back, or that the idea of being an insider appeals to the competitive side in each of us. There are countless reasons why secrets are so alluring. I recently discovered two books that reveal excellent secrets. Some are frivolous, some are powerful - but they all make for very enjoyable reads.