2016-06-08 / Front Page

Internet in Bloom For The Layperson

By Ted J. Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL., CKMI.

Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A librarian and professor with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a NYS Notary Public, SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor.  His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.com.Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A librarian and professor with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a NYS Notary Public, SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor. His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.com.The Internet has the potential to change lives.  For example, I taught photography at the State University of New York (SUNY) and often see photographers trying to get attention by using the latest technological gimmick in a way never done before, such as panoramic landscape, time-lapse from day to night in one photo.  The other day I had lunch with a computer specialist and photographer named Ian Minnerly who really impressed me with his photography.  Ian, unlike most of us, gets to travel across all 50 United States with his technical career, servicing libraries and other educational entities.  In his spare time he takes pictures of landscapes, macro-photography, cityscapes and nature.  His work is undoubtedly among the best I have ever seen with stellar subject-object composition, sharp focus, balance and the rule of thirds and fifths.  Please see for yourself at www.imstudiosonline.com where you cannot help but escape and take a break from your life imaging the circumstances involved with these breath-taking compositions from across the continent.  See if you can identify the location of some of the shots.  Mr. Minnerly even has a contact link to an email template that enables you to easily send him commentary.  His home-office is in sunny Delray Beach, Florida.  Thank you Ian.

Furthermore, "A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read." Mark Twain the famous author and humorist said that in a New York speech back in 1900.  I believe this trend of hesitant discovery continues with the pursuit of genealogy.  A good librarian should be able to assist patrons in exploring their family roots and the key now lies with the Internet.  For the world's largest collection of free family records, with such morbid graphics captured as Death Certificates, to help prove one's existence, visit www.familysearch.org, a user-friendly website for virtually all ages.  For example,  www.familysearch.org/learningcenter has over 200 genealogy tutorials ranging in length with 14 languages available. 

Moreover, if you go to www.usgenweb.org you will see another absolutely free website devoted to genealogy.  If you explore the state and county websites, you will see variation as each page or database is the creation, property and responsibility of a volunteer. But, you will also find that all of the counties will provide links for you to post queries, access the state's home page and archives.  So if you are lucky enough to come from a functional family or if your dysfunctional family has not soured your sense of wonder and curiosity about life, now is the time to search your family history because it has never been easier thanks to the Internet and the many website designers, computer programmers and hosts who believe national genealogy is worthwhile.


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