I would like to thank Pam Slim from “Escape from Cubicle Nation” for the inspiration for this post. Slim penned her now famous blog post in which she wrote to CEOs, CFOs, and the like, as to why she was fed up with the corporate culture and how it sucked people’s souls from their bodies.
The intent of this post is going to be in the same vein but will focus on why I left the United States’ public school system. Yes, it could be considered a “rant” of sorts but I’m allowed to do that from time to time. It ain’t all rainbows and unicorns all the time, folks. Just note that this is not a rant on current U.S. public school personnel, as they are doing the best job they can with the resources they are given.
I will start with the big picture items:
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You may be trying to find someone – old friends, family members, classmates. The conventional advice for finding those people is to go and usually use the public records, check the online presence of the person and so on. But what about going to the public library?
Why the heck would you go to the library to perform people search? Well, public libraries (most of them) have phone books i.e. phone directories of the major cities and states across the country. If you know where a certain person lives then this is a hugely useful resource to start researching.
Also, have you heard about city directories? Those are very useful if you know the person’s address and you need more information about him. Also, public libraries have an advantage in a way they contain older directories so you can see the person’s previous location which might come handy if that person moved.
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A deep and continuing theme in American literature is the hero, who must leave society, alone or with one or a few others, in order to realize the moral good in the wilderness, at sea, or on the margins of settled society. Sometimes the withdrawal involves a contribution to society.
Taking a Tour
Your instructor may arrange a library orientation tour for your composition class. If not, you can join one of the regular orientation tours scheduled by the librarians. Unless you are already using the library frequently, a tour is essential because nearly all college libraries are more complex and offer more services than typical school or public libraries. On a library tour, you will learn how the library catalog and reference room are organized, how to access computer catalogs and databases, whom to ask for help if you are confused, and how to get your hands on books, periodicals and other materials.
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