Name: Casey Schacher
Job Title: Emerging Technologies Librarian, Kimbel Library.
Hometown: Springfield, Missouri
Hobbies: Roller derby, jogging, playing outdoors, dog walking, web design, cooking.
Favorite books / television shows:
I've loved science fiction novels since first reading the 2001 series by Arthur C. Clark. Science fiction is a genre that lets people imagine where all this technology is going (or, more appropriately, where we want or don't want it to go). Also, it shows that despite the complexity and mysticism surrounding technology, it is basically a reflection of human desire, such as for exploration, companionship, and immortality. Technology is similar in nature to the humans that create it: simplistic and beautiful in some ways; complex and terrifying in others. Only a good science fiction novel can truly illustrate this relationship.
Most of the books I read, however, are non-fiction. Right now I've got several in rotation: The Wall Street Journals's Complete Personal Finance Guidebook by Jeff D. Opdyke, The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby, and a couple of cookbooks. I rarely read any book cover-to-cover. I like to flip through them!
In regards to good web sites, there are just so many!
Right now, I'm digging:
Map my Run - http://www.mapmyrun.com/
HowCast - http://www.howcast.com/
Picnik - http://www.picnik.com/
Face in the Hole - http://www.faceinhole.com/us/
Other stuff about me:
I lived in St. Louis, Missouri most of my adult life. During undergrad, I went to the University of Missouri - St. Louis as well as Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL. For grad school, I went to the University of Missouri - Columbia (Mizzou). My BA is in English and my MA is in Information Science and Learning Technologies (Library Science). I also have a Digital Media Certificate from Mizzou.