2017-04-05 / Features

Internet In Bloom For The Layperson

By Ted J. Bloom

Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A CDCR librarian and instructor 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 CDCR librarian and instructor 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.Every librarian is taught during their American Library Association accredited Master of Library Science, what the most popular book is in the world.  Do you know it?  The Bible.  Regardless of whether or not you are religious, The Bible is loaded with useful, everyday advice and sheer wisdom of the ages.  My favorite chapter is Proverbs.  A convenient, free way to hear The Bible either in short or long segments is available courtesy of Author Brian Hardin who has an affordable book titled Passages, available for purchase on the same site: www.dailyaudiobible.com as his website theme is to listen to the whole bible online in one year.  If you are intimidated by the length and general context of The Bible, Mr. Hardin's site will help you overcome your fears by offering several ways of listening online, such as selecting: Proverbs, Psalms, The Bible (in chapters), The Bible for Kids, The Bible for Teens, as well as a variety of languages, including Chinese.  Donating and buying related novelties is optional.  "Judge not, lest ye be judged."  Much of our common wisdom comes from The Bible.  Inspirational speaker and author Dr. Wayne Dyer often quoted from The Bible.  See www.drwaynedyer.com for details.  A close friend prayed hard on his job search one night and reviewed The Bible.  The next day he got the job interview he sought.  Will this method work for you?  It certainly could not hurt.

Moreover, a new report out by The US Governor's Highway Safety Association estimates that there were 6,000 pedestrian deaths in 2016, the highest number in more than 20 years, courtesy of the BBC News: see www.BBC.com/news for details.  This literally emphasizes the Internet phenomenon of cellphone zombies.  The main factor here is cellphone use and distraction by both pedestrians and motorists.  Other less crucial factors: alcohol, cheaper gas prices, sheer forgetfulness...OK, I made that last one up, but I am writing this on April Fool's Day.  However, in the last six years, fatalities have grown at four times the rate of overall traffic deaths.  Therefore, should we change the name smartphone to look-both-ways-before-you-cross-the-street-phone?  One of my former college students and library patrons was hit by a bus, in part, thanks to her cellphone.  She is lucky to be alive today.  Vigilance.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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