A new building for the Ottawa Public Library? Maybe, but let’s look at the options. They are asking for a big new public building in central Ottawa. But the way we use the library has changed; we place holds online and pick up the materials at the local branch. There is no longer a need for a downtown architectural monument. The large sum they are discussing could buy warehouse space near the 417 and stock it with Amazon’s ‘long tail’. Mark Sutcliffe, the Citizen columnist, writes about this option.
Blog rules : a business guide to managing policy, public relations, and legal issues / Nancy Flynn, American Management Association, 2006.
The blog is a powerful tool for a business, but it also puts you on thin ice. This book is a guide to the best business practices related to blogging, and the rules that a business needs for managing its blogs.
Thinking inside the box : the 12 timeless rules for managing a successful business / Kirk Cheyfitz. Free Press, 2003
This timeless book should be read by everyone wanting to run a business profitably. Or choose a business to invest in, or work for. It is quite readable, and the 12 chapters are independent so you can put it down at the end of a chapter without losing context.
Smart and gets things done : Joel Spolsky’s concise guide to finding the best technical talent / Joel Spolsky. Apress, 2007.
This is for the HR person charged with hiring programmers, and the software manager. It is also obliquely for the programmer who is unsure why he does not like his current job, and needs to know what questions to ask of a prospective employer.
Spolsky writes in a lucid and flowing manner, as you will know if you have been reading his previous books on software design and his blog.
WordPress for dummies / by Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Wiley, c2008
This is a very readable book on how to set up a WordPress blog site.
Professional iPhone and iPod touch programming : building applications for Mobile Safari / Richard Wagner. Wiley, c2008
DNA and Genealogy, Colleen Fitzpatrick, (- 2005)
DNA testing is advancing fast, and useful tests are available by mail order. If you want to understand the science behind it, this book will help. Unfortunately, it is a bit dated. 150 pages.
Textpattern solutions : PHP-based content management made easy / Kevin Potts, Springer Verlag, c2007.
For the administrator of a CMS using Textpattern.
Beginning Joomla! : from novice to Professional, Dan Rahmel, Apress 2007
For the site administrator of Joomla, which is an excellent CMS. I did not get a chance to read the book.