Wednesday, October 29, 2008

"Change is inevitable...except from a vending machine."

So I begin with a humorous quote from Robert C. Gallagher, author of The Express - the story of Ernie Davis - a football player who was diagnosed with leukemia during his rookie NFL season.

Change is inevitable, and when you're lucky, it is absolutely and undeniably for the better! I'm Holly, Russell County Public Library's new Technology Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. Many of you know Karen, my predecessor. Well, she decided to move on and I have the privilege of filling her position here at the library. I thought that a short introduction would be more than appropriate!

I'm not from these parts; I was born and raised in the grand, flatland state of Georgia (extreme Southwest Georgia at that!). My husband and I were hired to work for CGI here in Lebanon, so we relocated to the mountains and are having such a wonderful time so far! While he still works for CGI-Federal, I decided to move on to a position more suited for my skills and interests. Karen had just resigned when I found the online job posting for the library, which also happened to be around the very time I resigned from CGI. Needless to say, I made it through the interview process, fell in love with Lebanon just a little bit more, and was pleased to discover that I had gotten the job! I've been here for about two weeks, and I learn something new and wonderful every day!

If you ever have any technology- and/or computer-related questions, please do not hesitate to come in to the library and ask for me. I will be of as much help as possible! Technology can be a very dark venture into the unknown for most, therefore I'm available to help travellers down its path - one problem at a time! I have a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology from Georgia Southern University, so even if I don't immediately have the answer to your question, I know how to find it!

As J.K. Rowling said, "Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain. "

I look forward to meeting and working with you!

~Holly Holland

Friday, October 3, 2008

What Say You?

The quotation:

"Until one has some kind of professional relationship with books, one does not discover how bad the majority of them are." --George Orwell

Do you, our general public, deem this quotation as true or false?

Our Verdict:

Misleading. Although many published works lack certain desirable qualities - clarity, focus, pacing, correct grammar, etc. - most all books are valuable as indicators of cultural phenomena, as studies in the art of crafting a story, or as prime examples of what not to do if one wishes to cement one's place in the literary canon.

Posted by Katie