About the author and the project.

The Project:
I'm a librarian without a job.  In order to keep my mind on my lack of a job I started this blog.  I wanted to explore what books really meant to me and my life, not only on a professional level, but a personal one as well.  I strongly believe in the influence of reading in my everyday life.

It causes me to reflect or think about my life and beliefs in new and different ways.  I would like to propose this hypothesis: In every book, whether novel, non-fiction, or downright smut, there is something to enrich the lives of the reader if they are willing to dig deep enough in their own minds and think about what they are reading.  Too often people think of reading as a passive, leisurely exercise, but it's one of the founding principles of democracy, it is something worth Fighting For, and as such it deserves a little more attention and effort on our part.  I challenge you to be a more active reader.  In the meantime, enjoy my thoughts.

The Author:
Amy L. Campbell graduated with her Master's in Library and Information Science in August 2009.  During her time at Kent State she pursued her degree, worked upwards of three jobs, four or five if you include odd jobs, and met and fell in love with her fiance, Daniel.  Her Bachelor's degree in history, received December 2006, is one of her prized possessions as well as the education it represents.

Campbell is a prolific reader whose favorite genres include non-fiction, the classics, science fiction, fantasy, memoir, and personal essay.  She is not particularly fond of mysteries or political thrillers, but will capitulate in case of Emergencies, having the book pushed upon her, professional development in the form of readers' advisory, and "It was a free book."  The most influential books in her life to-date include: Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Giver by Lois Lowry, any dictionary or other commonly used reference tool, and The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (as the first classic read).

She has had the pleasure and privilege of being well traveled, living in such places as Oklahoma, California, Guam, Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, New York, and Germany.  She currently lives with her mother while she searches for gainful employment and reads and blogs her little heart out.  She can be contacted at acampb8@kent.edu and encourages questions, comments, free books, book recommendations, cash donations, baked goods, and speaking engagement offers.  She also wrote her own bio, and could probably use an (unpaid) agent.

Also, she has this sweet picture with Nancy Pearl, and Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes of Unshelved.com.  She's pretty sure that makes her some kind of rockstar librarian.

Page updated: 05 May 2011.
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