Monthly Archives: April 2011

Research Report

I have decided to conduct my research project on the history of bookbinding in America.  I am still gathering sources, but my interest in this topic so far has been on the impact of mass-produced books on methods of bookbinding.  I … Continue reading

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Five Elements of Writing

Jennifer Margulis’ ideas on the five most important elements of a written work has stuck with me for several days (ah heck, I guess it’s weeks at this point). Last term in Composition, Dr. Battistella discussed the importance of having … Continue reading

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HD Reader–Redundant?

Blackstone Audio’s presentation on audio books wasn’t of much personal interest to me, particularly since I’m hearing-impaired and only retain 60% or so of what I hear without captions or the ability to read a speaker’s lips.  I was initially … Continue reading

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The Commuter’s Dream

Woe to the sad commuter with so much to do and so little time.  Whether your commute is 20 minutes or over an hour, the time spent behind the wheel of a car can add up over the course of a week … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe

I’m rereading Chapter 5 of Elizabeth Eisenstein’s The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe, the abridged (and illustrated) version of her classic two-volume study of the printing press. I’ve always been struck by the way in which printing–mass distribution—helped to … Continue reading

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Bridging the Gap

Blackstone Audio’s business philosophy raises a major concern with me, not just about their company but about similar businesses. There is a large range of people in the United States from those who have the most modern technologies and those … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Travel Writing-Jennifer Margulis

After listening to guest speaker Jennifer Margulis’s presentation, I realized what a great opportunities freelance writing can bring about. Her experience of traveling to Niger to document the story of the giraffes for the Smithsonian was inspiring. There doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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Blackstone Audio Observations

Thus far, the guest speakers from Blackstone Audio, Craig Black and Rick Bleiweiss, have been the most interesting to me.  I was especially struck by the software they showed our class that both reads to you, highlights the word the … Continue reading

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Reading/Presentation Response and A Paper Research Idea

I very much enjoyed Monday the 11th readings, particularly the article “How did public libraries get started.” I was captured by the last section “The public library today.” One of the lines in this section read “libraries are constantly faced … Continue reading

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Naked Came the Rogue

Another big event for Jackson County Reads is Naked Came the Rogue, A Serial Mystery Set in Southern Oregon’s Jackson County. You can catch up on the adventures of Annie Brandon, an aspiring librarian as she tracks down the murders … Continue reading

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