I'm a librarian who lives in Chicagoland with my wife and kid (9
years old in 2012). I
received my Bachelor's in English (with a VERY useful minor in Cinema
Studies) in 1992 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In 1994 I was awarded an MLS from
the same place. I've worked at a
number of universities and businesses in a variety of roles, with the
now deceased Andersen and
my current employer being the ones where I
worked the longest.
I'm not a particularly social guy but I do have a presence on most social media platforms. Usually if you search gershbec you will find me.
BTW, gershbec is a combination of my last name and my wife's last name. But don't worry - she has her own social presence
and gershbec is all mine!
Here are the places where you can find me online:
I am the Virtual Services Librarian at the
Glencoe Public Library,
in Glencoe, Illinois. I maintain our website, manage our social
presences, teach technology classes and am pretty much the go-to
guy as far as much of the technology at the library goes. Here are my presentations from my Technology Tuesday classes.
I'm a Mac guy but will certainly use Windows when it's necessary.
I love music and I have quite a big
collection of cds. Most of them are ripped in Apple Lossless to a hard-drive
(which is backed up to a Drobo
) and are
played through my stereo using a
. They songs get listed
at Last.fm. You can subscribe to
there! I'm also on Rdio
and Spotify. Or if you really want to get old school you can take a
look at the list of my
Edison Phonograph records
I have an Edison C-150 phonograph.
I watch a LOT of movies and I also purchase
the movies for my library. I love watching classic Hollywood,
foreign films, independent films, horror, documentaries and pretty much
anything that's not a recent major Hollywood release (though I do
like some of those as well). It's not comprehensive, but my list of
Bibliocommons is a pretty good glance at what I enjoy (it also
includes the books that I remember to include). Also, I'm a
sucker for anything on Criterion
As a librarian I feel obliged to list the books that I enjoy,
though I am a very slow reader. I enjoy history, biography, music, popular science, true crime and anything else that's well written and pulls me in.
After reading fiction for years I came to the conclusion that it
does not have much appeal to me (though I will still force myself to
read a new Thomas Pynchon book). Occasionally I'll read graphic novels or superhero "events".
Barbara Tuchman's Guns of August
standard that I hold all other nonfiction books to. I'm lazy about recording my books, though sometimes they make it into
. I think Ereaders are great and I enjoy my Sony Pocket
reader (and wish that there were more titles available from
I grew up in the 70s and from what I can remember it was
a pretty good decade! Many of my interests stem from that period. My
favorite toy was Micronauts
and while I've collected a few,
unfortunately most of my collection was sold at a garage sale many
years ago. A much more comprehensive collection for me is
. I own Intellivision I and II, the computer add-on,
the music keyboard, the Intellivoice and
nearly all the games
The White Sox
are my team. I pretty much watch any Chicago sports (NOT the C#bs) and I've become a major soccer fan since my son started playing a few years back.
I enjoy attending events at
, which has replaced the U of I as my
go-to college team.