I've had a Bloglines newsreader account for some time now, but whenever I check on it, the backlog gives me information overload. So many great sites, so many great blogs. Who has time? And here I am, adding to the blogosphere.... The trick is winnowing down to what's essential, both at home and at work.
One disadvantage to being online so much at work is that I don't feel like getting on the computer when I get home. From time to time, I observe variations on what I call "Thoreau days". In the purest version, I stay home, don't shop and don't drive, although I might ride my bike. In lesser versions, I stay off the computer and do simple chores at home. It's a form of detoxing from an overstimulating world. I love using the internet for all kinds of reasons, but my brain and body complain if I spend too much time in front of a computer screen.
For completion of Exercise 8, I've added RSS feeds for Word of the Day and the HCPL Our Space: Books and People @ HCPL newsletter.
What works for me is as far as becoming a better Reader's Advisory librarian is being on listservs such as Fiction_L .
I also enjoy getting daily emails from The Writer's Almanac . Garrison Keillor keeps me up to date on all sorts of writerly factoids.
My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library. -Peter Golkin