Author Archive for Jason


Friday, Apr 22, 2016

Back in November I wrote about using the  City of Iowa City Housing & Inspection Services’ permit activity lookup  tool for finding more information about Iowa City house history.  A coworker recently showed me another great house history...

Friday, Apr 22, 2016

The latest in the Bur Oak Books series from the University of Iowa Press is Cornelia Mutel’s account on climate change as seen from the mixed oak woodlands in rural Johnson County, Iowa. The book is cleverly structured to follow the four seasons...

Thursday, Feb 4, 2016

For a few years now we've been slowly integrating a catalog discovery layer that we've called CatalogPro , this is a keyword search that allows for a narrowing down of results after the search is initiated. It's gotten more powerful over the years...

Monday, Nov 16, 2015

Recently I was trying to research the construction history for my house and found some errors and/or incomplete information. The Iowa City Assessor site has a Parcel Search lookup which shows you a lot of property detail. Unfortunately, like many...

Thursday, Jun 4, 2015

As an avid birdwatcher my favorite reference questions obviously involve bird identification quandaries.  The other night a patron showed me a photo she'd taken on her smart phone of a group of large dark-colored birds in a field.  I don't think...

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

The B.Y.O.Book "Books In Bars" book club had our second of three winter meetups at Brix Cheese Shop & Wine Bar last Tuesday to discuss Jon Ronson's  The psychopath test : a journey through the madness industry .  Each session ends with us...

Wednesday, Jan 7, 2015

Teenager Holly Mackey (daughter of a Detective featured in French’s previous detective novels) is living and studying at an all-girls boarding school outside of Dublin, Ireland. The administrator of the school posted a notice board where students...

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014

David Mitchell is my favorite writer and I was so excited for this book to arrive.  Like many of his earlier books ( Ghostwritten , Cloud Atlas ) this is another novel broken up into novellas/chapters focusing on different characters that are...

Saturday, Jun 21, 2014

Today a patron needed to quickly scan his paper-based homework in order to turn it into his teacher electronically as a PDF.  We have a number of flat tabletop scanners for use with the public Internet PCs but his homework included drawings that...

Monday, Mar 10, 2014

Image courtesy of theatlantic.com Last week I received a call asking for the voting record for the recent nomination to the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.  The patron wanted to know which Senate Democrats had voted against Mr. Debo...

About Jason

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About Me You'll see me most often at the Info Desk on the 2nd floor. Before transitioning to Adult Services Coordinator I was the purchaser for the Adult Fiction and Large Print area in all genres and formats (books, CDs, eBooks, eAudiobooks) as well as the Adult Music collection (CDs and downloadable Local Music Project). What do you like to...