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review 2018-01-18 01:44
Yaaaaay!
Special Libraries: A Survival Guide - Toby Pearlstein,James M Matarazzo

 

I have like 90% of my reading for one class done.   Not gonna worry about the rest for now.   Onto my seven hundred page monster for my next class - and by that I mean the class that comes next chronologically in the week. 

 

Monday/online only with a face-to-face next Monday?   Done.

 

Programming is Tuesday in the morning and then archives Tuesday afternoon.   I'm going to sleep in a half hour but should have more of starting out with Python done by then.   I'm also going to turn some skeins into balls while I do this. 

 

Onto the actual book.   

 

Boring.   So dry.   

 

And yet, the actual ways that special libraries work is fascinating.   Sometimes there's no way to go 'hey, statistics, and holy cheeseballs we need more statistics stat' without being dry - or 'hey, lol, so many less special libraries now so good luck getting those jobs!!!!1!!!' without being a bit alarmist.   

 

Necessary work, but comparing it to the archives reading on how James Joyce estate liked suing the shit out of everyone, or how Pinochet was a complete bastard and archives helped, or how the US government was a complete bastard about surveillance and Puerto Rico and how archives helped, or how Iraq's archival material was stolen, and hey, can they have that shit back so it can help them?   It was just a matter of taking a deep breath, going, 'hey, guess what, you need to know this,' and forcing myself to finish.   Yes, forcing myself, and this is a four star.   Because as boring as this might have been, it was eye opening, necessary, and incredibly well written.   Could this have been, say, funnier?   Sure.   It could have, but it would have undercut a lot of the importance.   And the authors did go for humor, when it proved their point, when it was necessary, and when it didn't undercut their point.  

 

I honestly can't see anyone writing this and balancing the needs and doing it better.   So knocking off one star, because I didn't connect with the material as much as I'd hoped, and giving it four stars for being the necessary book it had to be. 

 

And hey, I'm almost 100% sure that I'm not supposed to be on a special libraries track based on this book - but that's not a dig at special libraries or librarians.   They do essential work.  I'm just not suited to a corporate library, which says more about the fact that they have needs, I have a certain personality and, hey, their needs and my personality have conflicts.   Other people have different personalities - not better, or worse, just different - that would make them go 'oh, hells yes, this is for me'.  

 

But I'm also almost 100% sure that I will get vital knowledge from this class, based on this book, and I'm going to put that to good use when I end up where I need to be!

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text 2018-01-17 23:38
Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 167 pages.
Special Libraries: A Survival Guide - Toby Pearlstein,James M Matarazzo

I want to read and knit, and it's haaaaard to do that on the super comfortable chair I'm on. I'm also watching the news, and I can't do this dry and that depressing combined :/

 

So I'm going to start some online reading for this class: so much easier knitting and reading on the computer.  I also have very little left to do and I have to drive someone to work tomorrow and wait for them at a DD for an hour or so.   Sooooo... I'll finish up there with a donut, because I got a couple DD GCs in a gift swap.   I'll finish this book and continue with the Python book...

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text 2018-01-17 21:48
Reading progress update: I've read 137 out of 167 pages.
Special Libraries: A Survival Guide - Toby Pearlstein,James M Matarazzo

This tracks.   About 25 pages, and then I cry uncle and need to read something else...

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review 2018-01-17 21:23
The Given & The Taken (Tooth & Claw #1) by L.A. Witt
The Given & The Taken - L.A. Witt

I don't get Levi/Darius, sorry. There was nothing between them bar pure hate for the longest time, and all of the sudden there is an orgy and a half, butterfly kisses and ribbons and kittens and even the L word. Nope. Not working for me.

I also don't get why Levi had to lie about Ian not showing up for the reunion, along with the stupid decision on Ian's behalf not to pick up a phone call to clear up the situation. You can listen, you don't have to meet face to face, that's the benefit of a phone call, right? So, one silly thing after another after yet another... That's the way of the book. Which leaves me with a shrug and 1.75 stars.

Писательское мастерство автора, да в мирных бы целях.....

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text 2018-01-17 18:53
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 167 pages.
Special Libraries: A Survival Guide - Toby Pearlstein,James M Matarazzo

Yeah, I need a break.   This is important reading, and it's very well written, it's just also the driest of my reading, by necessity, so I'm going to finish tonight or tomorrow.   I want to get some other reading done while I knit some more scarves. 

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