Posted on October 31st, 2014 by admin in General
Tags: Access and Innovation, Center of Knowledge, compass, Mattapan, profile, Staff
Jazmin, who joined the library staff in 2014, works at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library with people of all ages. Supporting the Center of Knowledge principle of the Compass Strategic plan, she works to support the technical literacy of library users through working with other staff members to facilitate technology classes at the branch.
Why do you enjoy working for the library?
I love building new connections with library users; I have some regulars who come in now and we know each other’s names. I get to know what their needs or challenges are and build upon them.
Describe your experience teaching the laptop classes.
Each seasonal session, we offer the same basic classes to help beginners build their skills - navigating the web, word processing, social media, etc. Occasionally we get a guest speaker; we recently had a cyber security class for seniors. I walk around, make sure everyone is on the same page, and dialogue and review with everyone. I get the chance to demonstrate and explain things on the fly frequently when participants bring up new questions, which is stimulating. Regardless of the challenge of the day, it is exciting to help people acquire new skills.
How do you see users interacting with technology?
Technology has become a necessity, especially with job applications. I assist people looking for jobs via the Internet and I help guide them to sites and resources that are helpful. A large number of people who come in go straight to Bing or Google and not the BPL webpage, so I like to mention at least a few services we provide directly from our own site. Users come in with e-readers and that is my opportunity to tell them about BPL services specific to devices, for example, OverDrive.
What is your favorite service offered by the BPL?
I’d have to say OverDrive; some of my favorite audiobooks are on there. It’s nice to borrow them first and then if I like them, I might buy a few.
Posted on October 29th, 2014 by Anna Williams in General
Tags: #KeepReading, books, Boston
The chilly temperatures and darker days make fall the perfect time to curl up with a good book. The following lists have plenty of ideas to keep readers of all interests busy throughout autumn and into the winter. Find a copy of one of the titles to take home or download to an e-reader via our catalog.
1. Just in time for Halloween, here’s a list from Oprah.com of best-selling authors’ favorite spine-tingling tales.
2. For readers who have already devoured all the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Nathaniel Hawthorne, this list from Buzzfeed has great suggestions for modern books that are reminiscent of the classics.
3. Kirkus Review‘s list of books that readers can complete in a day is perfect for book-lovers who have trouble finding the time to finish a lengthy novel.
4. When looking for a good book, who better to turn to than your fellow Bostonians? Here are the top-ten most borrowed fiction books in the Boston Public Library‘s collection for the month of September.
Posted on October 9th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
Tags: arts, culture, Exhibitions, Inside BPL Collections
Exhibition displays correspondence of Oscar Wilde, Edwin Austin Abbey, Bram Stoker
The exhibition Purloined Letters: Literary Correspondence and its Unintended Recipients opens in the Special Collections Lobby at the Central Library in Copley Square on Wednesday, October 15. Purloined Letters features an array of rare and important purloined, or stolen, letters written by revered literary figures. Also in October, a bronze bust of Edgar Allan Poe will be unveiled at the library, honoring the Boston-born poet, author, and critic.
“Purloined Letters gives us the rare opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of the writers and learn more about them than, in many cases, their published works may reveal,” said Susan Glover, Keeper of Special Collections at the Boston Public Library. Read more »