Friday, March 5, 2021

Proud to be "Harry the Librarian"

 When the rubber meets the road: Many claim to "believe in" intellectual freedom - easy when no one is calling you a perpetrator of evil thoughts and words. Librarians take their lumps in order to live up to the ideal of letting each person get ALL the facts and perspectives and decide for themselves.

In the current Dr. Seuss controversy, today's Worcester Telegram tells us that "Worcester Public Library Executive Director Jason Homer acknowledged that 'we must challenge our collective history and make sure we address when deeply loved literature proves hurtful and problematic WITH THE LENS OF HISTORY, [caps added by me] diversity and equality'

"Betsy Perry, director of Sutton Public Library added that the situation is viewed as A TEACHING MOMENT, saying 'The imagery depicted in these books provides caregivers opportunities for discussion with their children about the historical context of the time when these books were created.'”                                                                                                                                                          Caption: Librarians Iris Delgado, left, and Rezarta Reso hold some of the controversial Dr. Seuss books at the Worcester Public Library Thursday.

My concern is that if we "erase" reminders of how our thinking and understanding EVOLVE, we overlook that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it!" (George Santayana-1905)

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Electronic materials surge, yet print books are still loved!

The article below was in today's Worcester Magazine, included with the Worcester Telegram.

My comment:  There's no surprise that electronic materials surged while print book circulation dropped when libraries closed due to the pandemic. I found it interesting that "a Pew Research Center study found that young adults were more likely to read print books than ebooks, although most did read both. Ebooks were not a break from their regular activities, but physical books were." How many of us assumed that print books were the domain of "old people?"

Libraries see big increase in digital check-outs, but physical books hold appeal

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RICHARD DUCKETT

It’s an interesting reading item.

According to CW MARS, a library consortium whose members consist of many local area libraries including the

Worcester Public Library, there was an increase of 34% in checkouts on digital content in member libraries in 

2020 over 2019.

In total, there were 1.808 million checkouts on electronic content during 2020.

“We were really pleased to see the usage. 2020 was our highest (digital) check-out ever — 461,000 more,” said

Jeanette Lundgren, executive director of CW MARS, which is at 67 Millbrook St...

While physical circulation in 2020 was down 54% from 2019 — probably largely accountable to the pandemic 

— the number of physical books checked out was 5.3 million.

“The year before it was over 11 million,” Lundgren said.  On the other hand, 5.3 million is more than 1.808 million

For the complete article go to: Telegram WoMag

Friday, January 29, 2021

My latest audiobook, my 87th, is Horrific!

 Just released this morning. Author Jon Athan posted this on on his Facebook feed with his nice comment about my performance. 

WARNING: This this disturbing horror novel contains graphic content. Listener discretion is advised.

If the image is too small or hard to read, he says "Every parents' worst nightmare is brought to life through a hard-hitting performance from Harry Roger Williams III."

The links are:

US: https://www.audible.com/pd/B08VC1G45L

UK: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/B08VBS62MC

Readers of this blog can request a download code for a Free Review Copy by emailing a request to harry@harrywill.com and specifying if you need a US Code or a UK code.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Graphically Challenged and Facebook Inept!

 I decided it was past time to create a new banner for my "Business Page" on Facebook. You can see it here.

Here's my first attempt with two rows of seven Audiobook cover images: 


I was unable to get it to display properly in the allocated space.

"Back to the Drawing Board."  Lots of research and trial & error led to a 3-row 21-cover banner. It looks great here, but only displayed 2 of the rows on the business page. Worse, it's the bottom row, with my newest titles, that doesn't appear. When I muster more patience and strength I'll revisit this challenge.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Maintaining my Professionalism

 


I renewed my membership on Wednesday, endangering my "champion procrastinator" title. APA is the Audio Publishers Association, the first and only not-for-profit trade organization of the audiobook industry in the United States. Its mission is to "advocate the common, collective business interests of audio publishers." We Audiobook Narrators and Producers benefit from a host of (lately) online learning opportunities to sharpen our craft and expand our networks.