This picture just made me laugh, I had to use it for the post. It spoke to me because of how easily books can come to you now. Automatically the UBC Virtual Library and eBooks came to mind. To be honest I do most of my course readings on the Go Train (my commuter train) each morning and evening using my eBook reader – I mean, why waste 2 hours of dedicated time each day! Plus with the eBook reader the weight of the readings doesn’t break my back hauling it back and forth each day :o)
Having said that my name is Cindy (Leach) Plunkett. I live in the small farming hamlet of Brooklin Ontario and do the long commute each day into downtown Toronot. I work at the University Health Network which is a grouping of Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospitals for a combination of over 10,000 employees. I am the Lead for the Computer User Support Program within the Organizaation and Employee Development group here and we work to provide various training sessions to help our staff pair technology and clinical practice. We do 1:1, small group and telephone training. We also created Bleneded and eLearning modules to post in our corporate LMS (SumTotal’s Total LMS). I am currently taking courses 7&8 towards my MET degree. I was very much interested in this particular course as my first undergrad degree was an Honours degree in English. Aside from work and MET I have a 21mo old daughter and I also teach karate 2 nights a week to 25 5-8 yr olds as well as helping with the family class 2 nights a week (9yrs to adult). I am looking forward to this class, there are a lot of familiar faces that I look forward to hearing from again!
Nice image Cindy. I can easily understand the e-reading on the commuter train… especially since it sounds like you have plenty else on the go.
I personally find transit to be great dedicated time for reading (assuming I can get a seat on the bus). I started biking to work again recently, and am already finding I miss the chances to read.
Good to see you again!
I like the idea of the eBook, but I have to admit that I still prefer holding a paper book in my hands. Probably an artifact of my childhood spent reading and escaping into text. I am really curious to see how far the eBook, Kindle and tablets like the ipad will penetrate into the reading market. So far I have resisted, although I do listen to audio books on my ipod.
Good to see you too Annette! It’s interesting, I see more and more eBook readers and iPads on the train every day. Where I find the biggest win is when we go on vacation. I ‘eat’ books, now I don’t have to weigh down my luggage with all the books I’ll read on vacation, I just load them all on the read :o)