Saturday, April 12, 2014

different reading styles

This article came through my Medium alerts feed - Agency or why we love Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. I happen to enjoy both of these stories but not everyone does, and some of it comes back to the doorways mentioned by Nancy Pearl - character, language, setting, story (a description of this by Nancy Pearl is here), and there are a range of other factors as to why people may not enjoy these titles.

These books are interesting because they can be interpreted by readers as fitting in all of these doorways.  They both have strong story (even if we don't quite know where GoT is going).  There are many interesting characters, and we want know what happens to them (even if we only get to know then for a short time thanks to GoT).  The locations of both are important and described to add to our experience of reading them (and we can see that location can be an influence), and they have interesting use of language.  Depending on which of these is most important to you, will depend on how these books appeal to you (and there are a whole range of factors as to why they may not).

We all have a different mixture of the doorways in how we read, and there is not a ranking system, as they are all important to each of us in a slightly different mix.

This is obviously not language to be used with library clients,  but the ideas can really help when working with clients and helping them find something they want to read (without trying to give them something identical to what they read before - unless they really want this).

This article - Agency or why we love Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings - is also interesting because the description demonstrates the different doorways, without using the terminology.

I tweeted about this, but felt a longer explanation was needed.

As an aside Medium is a great source of a range of news stories appealing to different  reading styles.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Agricultural discussions on twitter

I have mentioned agricultural twitter discussions before (see HerdySheperd on twitter)

In case you have been wondering about other agricultural discussions twitter, you can follow the #AgChatOz hashtag and the @agchatoz twitter stream.  There is some background information about it too.

This has been developing over time - see Farmers on twitter: hashtags over harvesters.  Meat and livestock Australia is giving advice how to use twitter (and it is a very useful introduction), and there has been discussion about Landline on twitter

There are other accounts you may be interested in such as ABC Rural and many other hashtags and even more.

I think it is exciting that farmers, like librarians can connect all around the world to areas of common interest as well as areas of specialist interest.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

a footnote to my post about - Are the knitters in your library treated like makers?

In my post  Are the knitters in your library treated like makers? I was focusing on the in library makers.  I should not have left out a mention of the connections between Ravelry and Trove which are well described at Trove users still crafty.  This is an exciting link bringing the makers and the historic patterns together and resulting in new made objects all over the work=ld.  To see photographs of some of the projects click on the project column in this link from RavelryThe Land also is mentioned.

Interesting use of Instagram by the artist Alasdair Thomson

An article called Airy Dresses Carved From Marble by Alasdair Thomson highlights the interesting sculpture being done by this artist.
A link in the article takes you to his Instagram account which shows some behind the scenes photographs. This is an interesting way of exploring the art, and something to consider for people being featured at your library - if they have Instagram or Flickr accounts.  The Flickr account of Beastman shows how a different artist is recording his work