Spent Sunday afternoon at the UTS library. Leanne wanted to find some books for her big assignment (4000 words) that’s due in a couple of weeks – but didn’t want to drive in herself. She convinced me to come with her – I figured I could take my new laptop and connect to the uni’s WiFi network and do some of my own uni assignment that was due on Monday night.
So I found a nice spot in one of the quiet areas while Leanne went hunting for books.
It actually made me feel a bit nostalgic for when I was at uni full time in my late teens – Leanne and I would often catch the bus to uni together (she lived just up the road from me before we were married). Although I didn’t tend to spend much time at the library then – my Engineering/CompSci subjects meant that I spent most of my time in the computer labs.
Leanne sent me off to try and track down a book she was having trouble finding, and while I didn’t find hers, I did find some useful books for my own assignments – one that caught my attention was “Informal Learning: Rediscovering the Natural Pathways That Inspire Innovation and Performance”, by Jay Cross. Liked it so much, I bought a copy for myself.
Just a little piece of advice from a former librarian: you BORROW books from libraries – not BUY them. Or are our universities in such decline these days they have to sell their library books to make ends meet?
Seriously though – it must happen to a lot of people – you read a title or borrow it from a library only to find that it is such a good book you have to get your own copy. That is one of the reasons I don’t visit the local library all that much these days. Or bookshops.