Quick Non-Fic Reviews – Sustainability

I have a terrible habit of borrowing books from the library and then either not reading them at all or only skimming them. As I work in a library and am surrounded by books and borrow waay too many, I thought I would try and force myself to read some of the books I borrow.

So the below are some non fiction books that have caught my eye and I have given a quick read. Since I do this so often I’ve decided to group them together into themes, so enjoy the first: Sustainability (with a side note of creativity)


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Waste Not by Erin Rhoads

I have been quite interested recently in how I can reduce my personal waste and be more ecologically responsible. Waste Not was a pretty decent book about steps individuals can take in order to throw away less. I didn’t read the entirety of the book but I did take away a number of things that I can do as an individual such as newspaper bin liners, having a set of my own cutlery, and challenging myself to go completely plastic free (which I am making a big effort to do).

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My TBR Pile

It’s April and I’m already falling behind in my reading goals 😅

My trouble at the moment is that I keep re-reading and picking up fluffy books that don’t count towards my Reading Challenges (fan fiction I am looking at you). I’m also struggling a little bit with picking books that fit challenges and then sticking to these books.

I may also have a few books that I need to read and review but for a multitude of reasons am dragging my heels. I thought that by popping them all into a post, it may prompt me to actually pick up the books and get them read 😊

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Five Ways to Access Content for Free!

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Now that I’ve reeled you in with my flashy title, I shall reveal how to access content for free: The library!

bookshelves-at-the-library-361x544As a librarian, one of the major issues I face every day is the lack of knowledge about library resources. Every library that I know has a range of digital and physical resources available to patrons for free. While I cannot speak for your library, I can vaguely speak for libraries in general.

The below points are five resources and ways in which you can access content for free through your local library.

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Library Lovers’ Day

LLD2015-AvatarForget Valentine’s Day, February 14th is Library Lovers’ Day in Australia!

So to mark the occasion (which internationally is a whole month), break out your book bags and head down to your local library!

It might be a surprise but libraries have managed to stay with the times, on your trip you might find yourself marveling at all the new and wonderful resources.You might find a 3D printer, free wifi, a collection of eBooks and eAudio books, a larger collection of free to use resources such as family history access and not to mention a even larger number of books.

In light of the day you might even find a ‘Blind Date’ book selection, whereby books are wrapped in brown paper and only small hints about the plot revealed. When you borrow your ‘date,’ you get a literary surprise when you get home.

As a qualified librarian myself, you may say that I am unreasonably bias in the matter, but libraries have been around for thousands of years and will continue to stick around for even longer. So what are you waiting for? Go show your local library a little love!

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If you would like to know more about what your library can do for you, check out my post, Library Services and You or simply have a quick look at my Library Month event from 2014.

Library Student Lessons

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Things I’ve learnt as a library student

  • You need to be open to change. As with anything if you’re not willing to change with technology and your industry, you’re going to get left behind. Early on in my course it become apparent that the library industry is one that has changed with the times, however it was not something that everyone has embraced. Therefore the need to not only change but to be open to it is needed within libraries as, as our patrons shift, so must we and the services we offer.

  • Libraries are more than just books. The old stereotype of dusty libraries is a relic of the past, today you are more likely to see library space used for communal computers or study space. Modern libraries have embraced a range of technologies are offer a number of different services ranging from digital, social and educational.

  • There are many different ways to search for information. Whether this is simply through a database, catalogue or simply on Google, there are many different ways to search. There are advanced search options in a large number of search functions that allow you to narrow down your search, using Boolean Operators will increase the amount of useful information returned. It is important to remember that not all of life’s answers are going to be on the first page of the Google results.

The power of a Library Card

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tumblr_mjyjmguqh31rq55b4o1_1280As a child, I remember the moment I got my very own library card. Until then I had been piggy backing off my Mother’s card but it wasn’t until I got my very own card that I truly felt in control of my own borrowing. The card was still kept in my Mother’s wallet but I could still walk up to the counter and the nice librarian could scan the books for me.

 

I don’t think we should ever forget the power of  a library card. For a child, at least in my own experience, it was like opening up a whole new world of possibilities. No longer was my hand being held through the library, as I finally had the power to choose and consume the knowledge in the books I had borrowed all by myself.

 

Still to this day I remember my library card number, rather than that of my license or credit card number. I feel that just like the power of the library card, the library itself is still a important  and powerful part of society.

Finished Study

champagne-160865_640Today we celebrate the completion of my master’s degree! It’s been two years in the making, is the culmination of seven years at university and on top of it all, a whopping big HECS debt but I’ve finally finished. I have a qualification that, I hope like hell, will get me a job.

What did you spend all this time and money studying, I hear you ask. Why a Master of Information Management, I answer. With these additional post-nominal letters added to the end of my name, I am a fully-qualified, bonafide and petrified librarian.

So in celebration of my achievement I would like to announce that the next month (or four posts) will be library themed. You’ll see top fives, an industry focused discussion, and even an informative guest post written by myself and the wonderful Amy from Lost in a Good Book (who also slogged through the degree).

So without further ado, I welcome you to What I Like & Why You Should Too’s library month.

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In addition to this wonderful achievement of mine, I would also like to take the time to congratulate myself for only missing two of the fourteen blog posts for the last three months. The 40 hour a week study schedule may have had something to do with the missing posts but having a backlog of scheduled posts didn’t hurt 😉