Consumer Electronics


I had neglected to mention that after “all this time(Choosing an MP3 Player)”:, I finally picked out an MP3 Player: the “Rave-MP STYLE ARC2.5”: At this point, some of you may be wondering why when I just bought a “Treo 650(Treo 650)”: a few months ago. Basically, it all stems from “PlaysForSure(PlaysforSure and Audio Books)”: Our system signed up recently with NetLibrary. And while there are “ways around(Burning through Napster’s collection, free, Part 3)”: using a PlaysForSure player, they just aren’t very practical. I was not at all thrilled at having another device to carry. But for what it does, it seems to do them pretty well. And it is small enough not to get in the way. I will have it with me on the plane as I have four books and a “whole lot of music(SXSW’s Torrent of Free Tunes)”:,1412,66819,00.html?tw=wn_15culthead downloaded on it. This week will be a good chance to try it out.

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.