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Future of …

Don Park’s “demonstration(A Glimpse of Blogging in the Near Future)”: of the future of blogging brings to mind a patron I was helping a few minutes ago to use our PAC. We have actually been at this for several weeks. This is a knowledge, intelligent well-read elderly lady. But she is lacking in the two skills our PAC is geared around: utilizing a mouse and entering information on a keyboard. There are so many features and capabilities there for those who know how to use them, but the learning curve is extremely steep for those without them. And I don’t think there is an easy answer. Hopefully, though, with time, the issue will fade. Last week, I helped a friend’s cousin setup her new computer. The most excited member of the family was their 3 year old daughter. She couldn’t wait for the computer to be setup. But she did keep herself occupied somewhat with the empty computer box while we finished getting everything in place. I learned last night that she has spent more time on the computer in the last week than her parents. Her two favorite things: “ and Games for Girls Online!)”: and her SquareBob Spongepants “screensaver(Undersea Screensaver)”:

By Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.

Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.

Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.

He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.

However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.

In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.