BooksBooksBooks. And some Pins?

First off, I’d like to thank everyone for their amazing suggestions and experience-sharing when I posted a few weeks ago about finding my workplace ‘Twitter voice!’ So far we don’t have tons of followers, but I’m happy with the Tweets that have been published, and find myself having fun with the process. This enjoyment, in my eyes, is half the battle- if it became a chore, I’m sure that the tone and content would suffer.

That being said, I’m starting to think of our online collection in terms of categories and overall themes, and how we can benefit from taking advantage of that organization. Most established Book Dealers produce and share weekly catalogues that feature similar ‘bundles,’ such as New Acquisitions, Items on Sale, or simply by genre, binding, or publication era. 

Since we don’t have a dedicated site/blog, I thought Pinterest might be the next best thing. Categories are easily created, cross-listing is possible, and tagging and searching seems to be pretty user-friendly as well! Plus, we’d be reaching a whole new demographic of customers with every pin.

Do you have experience or suggestions on how Pinterest has increased your visibility for the better/worse? Please share, and lets brainstorm together! 

I’ve been Vizified!

Got a tip off that there’s this neat new online resume/bio service called Vizify that I should try out.

Oh really, I said.

I had a few minutes after lunch the other day and came up with this:

OH REALLY!?, I exclaimed.

This is actually pretty neat. There are some things that I’d like to see added, and some things that I’ll opt out of because I’m still a little skittish when it comes to integrating my online presence all in one place (I’m looking pensively at you, Klout…), but overall, Vizify seems like a fun, lighthearted way to put some key information about my career, my prospects, and my personality together in an eye-catching visualization.

Share your Vizify with me!

Move it all around

If it weren’t for all my books, I’d move all the time. Well, my books and broker’s fees. Both heavy, annoying, and REALLY need to be worth the effort. But I digress.

Wanting to move is one thing, FINDING a place to move (and surviving the search) is another thing altogether. I sympathize with my friends, asking around for their friends, in search of that last unknown oasis of a fee-free apartment or condo with a view of something other than an old man’s butt across the street. I wish I had something to give them, something other than a flimsy 90’s-era website from the Realtor’s down the street, which of course only show the best apartments in the best conditions. I just read about this site today–and I’m counting down the days until it covers New York (may god have mercy on its soul).


What is Lovely? is the first apartment hunting site to help renters save time, stay organized and get the edge in their apartment rental search.

Searching for apartments can be a time-consuming and frustrating experience that the average American takes on every 3.5 years (or 17 times in for the average adult lifetime)!

With this in mind, we designed a suite of powerful apartment hunting tools based on interviews with actual apartment hunters, landlords and property managers. We’re committed to making it easier to relocate and find a new place to call home.

Here’s how can simplify your apartment search:

Save Time:
  • Quickly browse listings from the most popular listing sites on the web in real-time (listings update every minute), with high-quality photos, street view, amenities list and more.
  • View results on a large map featuring color-coded pins highlighting new and unveiwed listings.
  • Filter listings by price, neighborhood, number of bedrooms, cat and dog-friendly apartments and more.
  • Set email alerts to be notified when new listings matching your filters become available.
Stay Organized:
  • Save and organize your favorites — access from anywhere on any device.
  • Print apartment listing info sheets to take to open houses.
Get the Edge:
  • Make a strong first impression with a Renter Resume which highlights your strengths.
  • Email landlords directly (don’t forget to attach your Renter Resume).
  • Setup email alerts to be the first applicant and get first dibs.

I poked around a little and it seems pretty legit. So far I could only find listings in a few major cities along the coasts, but as soon as this picks up, the possibilities could really reward the weary listings scourer. Try it out!

Ground Control to Major Tom…


ArchivesSpace project partners are pleased to announce that LYRASIS, the largest regional membership organization for libraries and information professionals in the US, will serve as the organizational home for the ArchivesSpace open source archives management system.  Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the ArchivesSpace project is focused on developing the next generation archives management system, including a sustainable governance and support structure. Leading this effort are the libraries of New York University, the University of California San Diego, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working in close collaboration with the archives community.

April 18, 2012, NYU Press release

1940 Census Day: Hometown Pride Edition

That’s right. Whether you’re looking for a long lost relative, doing industry research on regional demographics, in charge of a Historical Society, or just a Nosey Nellie, the 1940 Census is online and ready for your eager clicks!

Do take a look at the site first though. The National Archives have set up some great tutorials, both in print and in video form, to make your searching and understanding of the results a little more intuitive.

As to be expected, the excitement and curiosity levels are high for this excellent project and the site is experiencing some minor wait times. Be patient! I waited a few more than a few minutes and found this excellent map of the town I grew up in!

Stoughton, aka Tough-Town (a modern nicknaming), c1940


Looking for something New York-centric , but a little more specific, and feel lost without a proper census enumeration district? Head on over to NYPL, where you can search newly-digitized phone books and convert simple addresses into data that will help your Census search go more smoothly!