Accessit Team Talk – David – Migrations
We bring to you our second edition of our new series “Accessit Team Talk”, where we sit down with the people who form our very own Accessit Team to talk about a variety of topics. We know many of you loved the first edition with Christine, and we have just as much of a friendly and helpful character this week with David from Migrations. You may have heard from him before as he’s helped you migrate over to Accessit Library, and now you’ll hear from him again as he shares about his favourite books, his relationship with reading and why the younger generation should read too.
Did you read much growing up?
Yes! Books were always part of my family life. Perhaps because television wasn’t around initially, or when it was it would only be on from the evenings onwards. The first memorable books would be from Captain W E John’s “Biggles” series. As a young fella at Intermediate, I would read fictionalized history, particularly around the exploration of America. I spent a lot of time reading, it might be a reason I needed to get glasses from early on!
Do you read regularly now?
With the development of technology, you are able to consume books in different ways. So now I am able to listen to my books as I walk to and from the train station. I do find more value in reading books as opposed to listening to it, like retaining the information better, particularly for the ancient books that I like to read. Both methods involve the use of your imagination and your own sense of building what the characters look like.
What is your #1 favourite book and which character in a book would you resonate with most?
The book that I would probably list as my favourite would be “Run for the Trees” by James S. Ran. I remember reading it until I would fall asleep, then wake up and read again, until falling asleep again! It’s an older book but it struck me with how interesting it was. In terms of a character, I’d resonate with, I actually often don’t relate to the characters that do things outside of my range of experience, but rather, the characters who attempt things and are able to overcome adversity.
What would you tell younger kids now about reading? How would you encourage them to read?
It would help to expand their horizons and imaginations – to encourage them to go to places where they can picture themselves. It really is such a fascinating thing to do. I don’t think I am ever going to get to Mars, or meet Hercules, or perhaps even experience a Norwegian winter – but through books I am able to.
How does Accessit as a Library Management System help young readers?
As a Library Management System, Accessit offers a lot of functionality which makes it very accessible. The use of subjects, keywords and the fact we have cover images makes it more attractive to the casual browser. Visual search makes things quicker and easier to find resources and the use of collections helps define what’s suitable for certain readers. I think Accessit is a Library Management System that is very simple, quick, easy and effective and overall a brilliant product.