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February 4, 2015

Book Review: The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

My review of The Art of Asking on the Women Who Code blog and Medium page. #askformore

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January 28, 2015


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December 31, 2014

It’s Fantastic to Feel Beautiful Again by Tracey Emin

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December 24, 2014

Why ITS (aka In the Stacks) Matters

Hint: We’re building a Librarian Brain for Book Recommendations

Sometimes I wonder if we’re not explaining very well what ITS really is. Is it just Michelle doing video book reviews? (ITS much more than that). Is anyone else In the Stacks? (YES! And we also have interns!) Why is Michelle continuing her grad school booktubing project? (Seriously, ITS so much more than that!)

Why does supporting the In the Stacks Librarian Book Recommendation App matter?

It’s because we’re creating a librarian brain of book recommendations. Who reads more or knows more about books than librarians? We want to share our brain with you, online, all the time.

We’ve collected data about books librarians have loved and reviewed from around the world. It’s years and years of publicly available information, in a database, that powers the In the Stacks Book Recommendation App.

When book lovers log in to the app, your personal preferences are combined with top librarian book picks. You get suggestions of books to read, that you will love.

We’re so grateful for the support this year, and are continuing to fundraise for the app launch at ALA San Francisco this June 2015. We also need to build a new website ;)

Help us build our app: http://www.gofundme.com/IntheStacksApp

Thanks #booklover! More about future products from the In the Stacks Librarian Developer Lab coming imminently.

Happy Holidays from In the Stacks! Cheers—Michelle Z. and the rest of the ITS team

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December 17, 2014

Think And Grow Rich

Two years ago, my life coach recommended I read the 1937 book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Two months ago, I finally started reading it, and now am telling everyone who I love about it. Full of life-altering ideas about how your thoughts are vibrations that have the power to change your life, the book was commissioned by Andrew Carnegie, steel magnate and founder of the huge American library system. And who can argue with following his path to success?—MEZ

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November 19, 2014

Completed Front-End Web Development (JavaScript/JQuery) Bootcamp!!

It was my experiences this past year with Women Who Code, Girl Develop It and other organizations that prompted me to attend coding training through a 3-month Front End Development/JavaScript bootcamp given by AcademyX through TechSF. Improving and modernizing my technical skills was bourn out of necessity, since no one was going to build my product for me. I needed to do it myself. Stay tuned, more coming soon.—MEZ

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October 29, 2014

ITS in the Bag

Donate $50 to the In the Stacks Book App budget and get a #booklover logo Ecosilk reusable bag, plus test the app pre-release, and receive a #booklover bookmark sticker! Ecosilk bags are created in Australia, and made of durable parachute silk that lasts forever. We LOVE these bags, and selected them after owning and using them for years. (Read a review article here). Help librarians build an app and get a cool book bag. Thanks, #booklover!

Donate at: http://www.gofundme.com/IntheStacksApp

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October 22, 2014

Librarian Authors In the Stacks at Litquake Lit Crawl!

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