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Cognitive Biases and Logical Fallacies

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Please: Use the materials and content on these pages for your own needs or your classroom.

Better Googling

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Finding Facts Fast

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Better Ways to Using Libraries

Books are not everything a library does.  Finding information, learning tutoring research tools

The Christian faith is important to my journey and is the spiritual pathway I have chosen.  Please read my book about my stumbles, falls, and times of healing.  

My Opinion Column in the CNJLM (central NJ) newspapers.

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Neighbors Talking About Trump: Analysis of Letters to the Editor in NJ Hills Media Group Newspapers.

 

An examination and excerpting of key letters among hundreds submitted to the 17 newspapers in this Northern New Jersey area.  All viewpoints and both Republican and Democrat positions are included.  Conclusions are made about the substantiation and reach of both sides.   NEW!

 

Secrets of Searching

This book will empower the reader with new ways to answer questions and find reliable answers.  Asking Google does not always work or work safely.  As a librarian and researcher for forty years, I have served customers at local libraries, college learning resource centers, and corporate information centers.  This book presents a new approach, one I have distilled over many years, coming from efforts in three spheres: librarian, researcher, and teacher. It incorporates recent research in cognitive science, decision-making theory, learning concepts, and information seeking.  Once you successfully go through its lessons, you will see how it makes sense, and you will be able to use it whenever you need answers. 

A Searching Faith: Engaging Questions, Powerful Answers

My intent is an all-in-one guide for the new faith seeker and a useful set of workshop or class ideas for the teacher.  I believe in faith as an essential ingredient for a meaningful and fruitful life.  I am very glad you might open this book – you have just proved that you, like me, care about spiritual matters and are ready for adventures. My hope is that you read, ponder, and decide to become a seeker in all matters of faith. 

 

A Librarian Revealed

The author, born into a librarian family, takes a journey through the wilds of library land and finds adventure, challenge, and innovation.  Coursing through public, academic, and corporate institutions, he meets unique people and circumstances along the way.  Mark Thompson, NJ resident, describes the symbiosis of work life and personal life that details what life as a librarian means.  He also reveals the perspectives and skills he has acquired through his forty years as a librarian that allowed him to strive and live in every environment.  Read this book of discovery, practical advice, and thought-provoking wisdoms.

 

ABCs of a Happy Life

Mr. Thompson also has a newly edited book, The ABCs of a Happy Life, as a labor of love.  A good friend who is a retired counselor, Joseph Rampulla, completed it just prior to a devastating spinal cord injury.  It was quickly published back in 2016 but is now fully revised and published again.  Mr. Rampulla is now doing better, but still handicapped and living in at long-term care facility, Brightview Warren NJ.

 

I Need to Know

Many a time in life we need to know yet stumble in doing so.  Mark S. Thompson has 40 years of experience as a librarian spanning many arenas: corporate (AT&T; Hoffmann LaRoche; Dow Jones & Co.), academic (Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.; Bergen Community College), and public (Morristown Public Library).  He also started his own information research firm (Knowledge Resources). His talents were also exercised as a professional French horn player; Bible study teacher; and gourd artist.

America's Most Amazing, Amusing Vegetable: The Bottle Gourd.  New April 2022.  

From ancient gourds to today's crafting, this book talks about the versatile Lagenaria siceraria or bottle gourd and its history and uses.  The gourd is the world's oldest domesticated plant, coming as early as 8,000 BC to North America, it both the United States and Mexico.  The gourd is now known to have floated over from Africa and domesticated here by Native Americans.  Gourd remains and seeds have been found at numerous archaeological sites around the country including Windover, Phillips Spring, Riverton, Poverty Point, and Gast Spring.  Find out all you can know about the gourd's impact on food, art, music, Native American history, and literature.  

 

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Mark S. Thompson has 40 years of experience as a librarian spanning many arenas: corporate (Hoffmann LaRoche; Dow Jones & Co.), academic (Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.; Bergen Community College), and public (Morristown Public Library).  He also founded his own information research firm (Knowledge Resources).  In addition, he had jobs in the Bell System, specifically in AT&T, Bellcore, and Bell Labs.  Acquiring his library degree in 1978, he witnessed vast changes in the tools, resources, and methods that librarians used.  He also has many years of experience as a french horn player that he did as an avocation.  His performing career spanned NJ, PA, OH, and NY.  His teachers have been Joseph Singer, New York Philharmonic and Forrest Standley, Pittsburgh Symphony.

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