Andrew Breidenbaugh, the chief librarian at Tampa's John F. Germany Public Library, received one master's degree in library science from the University of South Florida and another in Middle Eastern history from the University of Maryland.
What is on your nightstand?
Max Weber's Sociology of Religion. I'm reading this one because of my interest in religious behavior in the world, but I also think Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism is insightful. It talks about the concept in early Protestantism that for work's sake, there is a spiritual dimension and this desire to work is a driving force to industrial capitalism.
What's next on your list?
I'm starting Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race and Computing by Jane Margolis. She's with the Institute for Democracy, Education and Access at UCLA. It's on the use of technology among students across America. There's been a lot written on the digital divide, and this looks at it from the high school level. The subject has a broad application here at the library.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer