My Daily Read: Michele DeSilva

January 19, 2012

Michele is the Emerging Technologies Libarian at the COCC Barber Library.  She has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from OSU and a MLIS  from University of Washington.  She has been with COCC since 2006.


ConXn: What is the first thing you read in the morning?

Michele:   I’m not a loyal newspaper reader, so the first thing I read every morning really varies from morning. Some mornings, the first thing I read is my work email, but I prefer to start the day with something else, usually whatever book I happen to be reading at the moment.

ConXn: What newspaper and magazines do you subscribe to or read regularly? What do you read in print versus online versus mobile?

Michele: I regularly read and subscribe to The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Poetry. I read all of those in paper. I actually really like newspapers, and I will occasionally buy The New York Times in the store, but mostly I just look at it online a couple of times a week. I don’t think I could ever subscribe to a newspaper, because I wouldn’t have time to read it every day. I can’t even keep up with The New Yorker, which comes out every week.

ConXn: What books have you recently read? Do any stand out?

Michele: I’ve been on a re-reading kick lately, especially of Victorian novels. I re-read Middlemarch and enjoyed it thoroughly. Right now, I’m reading Sanctuary, by William Faulkner and How Fiction Works by James Wood, so I guess that gets me out of the Victorian era.

ConXn: Has your reading of professional journals changed in the past 10 years? If so, how?

Michele: Oh, it’s definitely changed for me, in that I didn’t read professional literature 10 years ago at all, and now I do. I started reading the library literature about five years ago, so I’ve pretty much always kept up with it online rather than in print.

ConXn: Do you use Twitter? If so, whom do you follow?

Michele:  I use Twitter for the Library, but I don’t use it personally. I had a personal account for a little while, but I never really got into it.

ConXn: Do you blog? If so, why?

Michele: I occasionally write an entry for ConXn (this blog) and regularly write for the Library’s microblog, InfoSprinkles. One summer a couple of years ago, I kept a blog for our garden, because family members were really interested in it, but that’s it for personal blogging. I write a lot (in an old-fashioned paper journal), but I just don’t feel compelled to post it online.

ConXn: What are the guilty pleasures in your media diet?

Michele: I don’t feel too guilty about anything in my media diet. It’s not like everything I read is high-brow or great literature (I like a good mystery occasionally, or something similarly escapist), but I’m happy with the balance I’ve struck. More than feeling guilty about the media I consume, I feel guilty about taking the time to sit down and read because I feel like I should be doing something else more productive. Fortunately, I can usually ignore the guilt and enjoy my reading.