Staff Picks: Suggestions From Technical Services

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The folks in Technical Services work almost exclusively behind the scenes, but without their skill in repairing battered books, DVD and CD’s or diligence in cataloging materials as we add them to the collection, the patron experience would be a very different one!  So what do these behind-the-scenes staff read?  Here are their most recent recommendations!


Stuffology 101: Get Your Mind Out of The Clutter by Brenda Avadian & Eric M. Riddle

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.  It was a quick and easy read filled with humor about why and how stuff accumulates in our lives.  I thought the authors were speaking directly to me.  It doesn’t give you a 10 step program to be free of clutter.  But, what it does do is make you realize how your stuff impacts your life by providing thought-provoking stories.  It makes you realize what is important and what isn’t.  What I also like about this book is that it lets you decide what is clutter.  It doesn’t judge you for wanting to keep something that you don’t need or don’t have a use for; as long as you have a place for it, then it’s okay.  Two more reasons I like this book; one, it also gives both a male and female perspective to clutter and secondly it touches on how to declutter your emails and photo files.  After reading this book, I was motivated to clean out three closets!  I discovered that I had collected 28 towels over the years for two people and had sheets for bed sizes that I don’t have anymore.  I can’t wait to tackle the rest of my house.

∼ Debbie, Technical Services Associate, Warrenton Central Library

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and The Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman

In the last decade tremendous growth in the field of Autism research has increased public awareness and resulted in a deeper understanding of Autism spectrum disorder. There is so much information out there—with more being produced each year—that trying to sort through the sea of Autism books can be an intimidating task. For those looking for a historical, sociological treatment of the subject, “Neurotribes” by Steve Silberman, is a standout. Not a medical text nor a practical guide book for parents, “Neurotribes” is a big-picture sort of book that looks back to the independent identification of what we now call Autism spectrum disorder by Hans Asperger in Europe and by Leo Kanner in the United States and follows the winding path to eventually reconciling the research of these two psychologists as describing the same phenomena. Case studies from the past and present flesh out a vivid portrait of Autism spectrum disorder not as a disease but as a different type of brain, a different (not inferior) way of thinking—neurodiversity—that has existed in the human population since long before modern science put a spotlight on it. Anyone who knows (or is) an individual “on the spectrum”—and with expanded diagnostic criteria the chance are high—can appreciate this book and the broad perspective it provides. And for those who may be intimidated by the length of the book, the book on CD is a great option.

∼ Elizabeth, Cataloger, Technical Services, Warrenton Central Library

Book listsreviews from our book clubs and favorites from library staff are great resources when searching for your next book. Or stop by the reference desk at your local library.

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