The Academic Book of the Future


The cover of this book does not do it justice.  I enjoyed reading it and found it to be interesting as well as educational.

Here are a few quotes that highlight the main points:

  • Books matter.  They contain knowledge, and knowledge, as the saying goes is power.
  • Books are matter: they are containers, crucibles, confrontations.  They can teach, guide, inspire, soothe, and agitate.
  • Google is becoming the most-used research channel.  In such context, national libraries will be pivotal for their preservation role, with researchers access being provided through other channels.
  • The meaning of the word ‘book’ itself will change forever and will never again be confined to that of a physical object to be held, admired, loved, subject to spilt coffee or burning by dictators.  The ‘book’ will be defined more around its function than any of its characteristics.
  • Academic books can deeply affect the ways that human beings perceive the world and interact with one another, playing an important role in cultural change.

The Bahamas – Nassau

Nassau was my favorite place to visit while in The Bahamas.  I wish I could have spent more time at this port.  Oh well, I guess I will just have to go back for another visit.

Nassau is full of cute little shops.  I felt like we went into a hundred different stores, but I enjoyed each one of them.

Malia and I went to the Nassau Library and Museum.  The building was originally used as a jail, so the layout was rather unique.  The one thing that really caught my attention was their card catalog system.  I was completely enthralled and just stood there running my fingers along the wooden cabinet and the cards.  I wish I had photos, but pictures were not allowed inside the building.

We also encountered statues and posters dedicated to the woman of The Bahamas.  They were praised for their hard work and sacrifice during the nation’s difficult times.  They were admired for their willingness to give of themselves in an effort to create a better life for all citizens.

I cannot talk about Nassau without mentioning the beaches and the beautiful ocean.  The water was a clear blue and I could watch the fish as they swam near the docks.  The fish I saw had yellow and black strips, so I called them bumblebee fish.



What is it about books?

What is it about books?  All my life, I have felt drawn to them.  When I walk into a library or a bookstore, I stare with wide eyed amazement.  It makes my soul happy to see all those books.

I enjoy reading fiction.  There are so many stories waiting to be read.  Books are full of adventure, mystery, joy, and even sadness.  The characters become my friends.  It’s as if they are sitting right in front of me and telling me their stories.

I also enjoy reading non-fiction.  Books are full of wisdom and knowledge.  They are waiting to impart that wisdom and knowledge to me.

There are so many wonderful books.  I want to read them all.  What’s a bibliophile to do?

American Indian Genealogy Research

I took a class on researching American Indian ancestors at the Huntsville Madison County Public Library.  It was an introductory course, but I learned a great deal about the topic.

The instructor showed us how to use to research federal and state census records.  We also researched the Indian census rolls conducted by the Department of Indian Affairs.  This department was founded in the late 1800’s, and was responsible for tracking the Indian population.

The teacher explained the significance of the Dawes Commission Records and showed us how to access that information.  The Oklahoma Historical Society website has the completed records and provides an easy search engine for research purposes.

The class ended with a discussion about other records that might help people find information about their American Indian ancestors, such as:

  • Indian Removal Records
  • Indian School Records
  • Will and Probate Records
  • Church Records
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs Records
  • Military Records
  • Employment Records