From the Director’s Pocket: March 2015

From the Director’s Pocket is a new series from – you guessed it! – our director, Steven K. Butzel. He’ll be sharing interesting links and stories with us each month.


One of my favorite apps is Pocket. It lets me easily save articles, videos and more for viewing later at any time, on any device. I don’t even need an Internet connection. So what have I been Pocketing lately? Here are a few items:

At Aetna, a C.E.O.’s Management by Mantra

Amazing story about the CEO of a major corporation who adopted yoga, meditation and mindfulness as part of his recovery from a near death experience, and then integrated these practices across his entire organization.

We’re taking a page from this book at the library – we’re hosting six-week mindfulness courses, and will soon announce a new weekly drop-in meditation.

atwarAre you familiar with the expanding role of the “Military-Internet Complex”? Recently, I’ve been reading about it in Shane Harris’s new book @War. It offers an alarming look into the world of cyber espionage and cyber warfare, including a detailed discussion of the role of the National Security Agency and its collaboration with the FBI, the military and major US corporations.

On a related note, I pocketed this article from Wired Magazine’s website:

How the NSA’s Firmware Hacking Works and Why It’s So Unsettling

Lastly, I was fortunate enough to travel to Kenya last year with a group of librarians, nurses and teachers. We toured the country for two weeks and saw some pretty incredible sights and met a lot of terrific people. Unfortunately, we also witnessed a lot of poverty and hardship. With that in mind, I was thrilled to learn about the opening of this water project in Kakamega, Kenya as their new well was installed. Learn more about the organization behind it.

423321_10151340812650128_2056627420_n That’s it for now, but stay tuned for more updates. In the meantime, what good content on the Internet have you pocketed lately?


SteveFrom the Director’s Pocket is a blog series curated by Steve Butzel, Portsmouth Public Library director, dog lover, Phish (the band) aficionado, nonfiction reader, and natural resource, sustainable energy and international affairs enthusiast. If you have suggestions for something that should be included in a future blog post, email him at skbutzel@cityofportsmouth.com.

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2 thoughts on “From the Director’s Pocket: March 2015

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