If you look at what librarians studied in college, quite a few majored in English and literature. My unofficial theory is that English majors log a ton of library hours and gain research expertise while combing through literary criticism and reference sources.
For nearly twenty years, my sisters and I had an ongoing argument with our 3-states-away cousins about what to call the beverage in this photo. "Tonic" the cousins would say, with an "O" sound that I still can't mimic. "Duh, it's soda," my sisters and I would retort. And then we found out that in many other states we were all wrong.
Among film buffs, the go-to name for the classic, the esoteric, the experimental, and the excellent in cinema is The Criterion Collection. From early silent films to cutting-edge contemporary flicks, The Criterion Collection curates movies from around the world and preserves them for posterity. We now have over 200 of these online, ready to stream with an Austin Public Library card.
Do you have a fantastic idea for a start-up but googling "give me money" isn't giving you results? Start searching the Texas Venture Capital and Private Equity Directory. It's a great resource for local entrepreneurs looking to raise capital, investors wishing to network with other investors, and service providers needing a directory of investment firms.
Managing your checkouts and holds from the Library just got easier! We've integrated many of the functions from our regular Catalog with our OverDrive catalog so you can see your checkouts and holds in one place, regardless of format. You can also checkout, download, and place holds on OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks directly from the Catalog.
The last Bruddah has died. Tom Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone, was arguably the brains behind one of the most influential bands in rock n' roll. He played drums on their first three albums, produced several others, and shaped the "stoopid" outcasts from Queens into a cultural force that spawned punk rock and put CBGB's on the map.
It's no secret that tablets, smartphones, and all sorts of mobile devices are exploding in popularity. To maximize that powerful computer in your hand, check out the apps and mobile sites available through the Austin Public Library.
I've been in a comics rut lately, just sticking to authors I already know well, and only reading series that I'm acquainted with. To get some ideas for new titles, I went to Comics Plus and browsed around.
Oh, statistics! Just say the word and folks start to yawn, their eyes glaze over. But there are some fascinating stories hidden inside those numbers. Did you know that ice cream consumption has decreased since 1980? An average American ate 16.4 pounds in that year, but only ate 13.3 lbs. in 2010. The rate of cheese eating, however, has nearly doubled, from 17.2 pounds in 1980 to 33.2 lbs. in 2010. While I adore cheese, it makes me sad that ice cream is falling in popularity.