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Mark's Reading Profile

Mon, 11/30/2020 - 12:38pm -- MGlisson
Technology Librarian: 15 years

Library Role
You can find me most often in the Technical Services Office where I manage the library’s technology infrastructure or am 3D printing something. Otherwise, I’m usually out and about in the building, doing what I’m passionate about: making the vast world of information accessible to the public via weekly tech classes and providing tech support for library visitors. Of course, during the temporary closure of the building due to the pandemic, I'm working remotely, providing tech support and working on lots of promotions to keep our library community up to date and connected to the library's many digital resources.

Reading Interests & Favorites
I enjoy history, science, science fiction, historical fiction, espionage as well as techno thrillers. When I’m looking for something to read, I tend to prefer stories that not only entertain, but are also enriching and serve to educate.

What are you reading now?
I usually read a couple of titles at the same time and pick up one or the other, depending on the moment or mood. Right now, I’m reading Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for our Connected World by Marc Goodman.
What HPL online resources do you use/recommend? Why?
I use several resources to find good reads, including NoveList Plus, the Library’s online catalog, and the Libby and cloudLibrary reading apps. NoveList Plus is the quintessential reader’s advisory tool curated and maintained by librarians, so it naturally comes with lots of native reader experience and recommendations. The reading apps come in very handy because they provide automated read-alikes, favorites, and also keep track of what I read.

Advice for first-time users of Libby/cloudLibrary
Use the library’s online catalog first to find titles, and be sure to sort the search results list by title and filter by format. That way, it will be easier to see that, if one title is checked out on the OverDrive platform, it may be available to borrow on the cloudLibrary platform.

My Favorite/Recommended Reads: Key Genres: Fiction (Urban Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Christmas Fiction), Biography...

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