Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Daily Thoughts 11/21/2017

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A philosopher reading. Oil painting by a follower of David Teniers the younger.

Daily Thoughts 11/21/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

We sent out our email blast about the Lets Build Robots fundraising campaign.

I read some of The Stone In the Skull The Lotus Kingdoms Book One by Elizabeth Bear.  This is a fantasy novel.  It has a lot of eastern elements in it drawing from India, Asia, and the Middle East.  At the same time, it still keeps many of the western fantasy tropes.  I rather like the clockwork man made of brass in this story.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I spent some time looking through the 800s.

I placed an order for new books today.

We put out a flyer for the Lets Build Robots Campaign.  We also sent out a press release to the local papers about the campaign.

I finished reading The Stone In the Skull, The Lotus Kingdoms Book One by Elizabeth Bear.  This is story is catching.  I like how the author mixes magic, technology, and religion in this story.  Wizards build clockwork men and improve pistols.  Magicians create illusions, and poetry is combined with history.  The magic in this story is seemless and believable, something which is very hard for an author to do.

The heroes in this story are different.  They have suffered tremendous losses. Even the noble queen has lost her husband and is being pushed to remarry.  I like the suffering in this novel, it adds to the beauty of the writing. 

This is a novel written for adults.  There is some erotic content.  Also there are some ordinary scenes like one of the heroes of the story visiting the public baths after spending time traveling as a guard.

I also read Zita The Space Girl by Ben Hatke.  This is a graphic novel for tweens.  The main character has the name of one of Ben Hatke's children.  It is fun to read and very colorful.  The characters don't just fight, they escape and trick the bad guys.  I like the art in this graphic novel series.  It is very easy to look at.  The language is fast paced, appropriate for tweens, and humorous.

The aliens in the book are cute.  There are giant mice, robots, tentacled beasts and other creatures.  I recommend this highly.  Also Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke is a fun read. 

Web Bits

Booksellers Prep for Small Business Saturday

I am interested in the Online Course To Build Support for Library Funding

Grad Students Under Tax Siege

SF Public Library Hires Bill Collector to Track Down Patrons With Large Overdue Fines


Monday, November 20, 2017

Daily Thoughts 11/20/2017

Norman Saunders-- Marvel Science Stories, April May 1939

Daily Thoughts 11/20/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Start With Why.  The author describes different tactics for short term sales like novelty, rebates, and aspirations.  It is clear that he is selling his idea as a long term sales tactic.

Web Bits

Library of Congress Launches Three New Learning Apps

The Culture Being Fought Over Tomorrow's Libraries

Serving Diverse Populations

Scotland Launches Single Library Card Pilot

Interview with Patrick Sweeney of Every Library

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Daily Thoughts 11/19/2017

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"Dig". Poster by Sadie Wendell Mitchell showing a woman sitting in a room filled with books reading a work titled Economy. A sign with text "Do It Now" hangs on the wall above the woman's head. Part of the artist's "Girls Will Be Girls" poster series. Chromolithograph by Close, Graham, & Scully, Inc., New York, 1909. Public Domain

Daily Thoughts 11/19/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I worked on a press release today for the Lets Make Robots fundraising campaign.  It is the second one I have ever done.

I also started reading Start With Why How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek.  I am finding it more analytical than action oriented.  Simon Sinek is asking the question why do people succeed.

I checked the Purchase Alerts this evening.

I also bough some notebooks which I use for daily planning.

Web Bits

A Year After Their Win-- Nevada County Libraries

In Kennebunkport, A Small and Mighty Library Continues to Attract Big-Name Authors

Linda Eastman Was First Woman to Lead A Major Library

This Street Library in Bulgaria Encourages People to Read

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Daily Thoughts 11/18/2017

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Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "RUR" at the Marionette Theatre, showing abstract image with text.WPA Project between 1936 and 1939.

Daily Thoughts 11/18/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Yesterday, I read some more of Finish Give Yourself the Gift of Done.  I am reading about how we sabotage our goals by focusing on things which we don't want to do and often find no joy in.

I placed a hold on Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for LIbrary Funding by John Chrastka and Patrick "PC" Sweeney on hold.

I am watching the show How Does the Brain Work narrated by Neal De Grasse Tyson.  They have a segment on Watson the supercomputer and Jeopardy.  It looks like Watson might eventually make a good reference tool in libraries.

The fundraising campaign for Lets Build Robots is up on the Mount Vernon Public Library Website.

I finished reading Finish Give Yourself The Gift Done by Jon Acuff.  There is a lot of light self deprecating humor in this book which is about completing goals.  It focuses on the idea that perfectionism kills your ability to finish things.  John Acuff gives examples of how he and other people failed then encourages people to do less, extend the time to get things done and finish.  He shows how data does not lie to you and you need someone other than yourself to help you out in the end sometimes.  This was worth reading.

Web Bits

Kansas City Public Library's Top Missing Books

A Struggling Historic Library Says It Needs to Sell Its Art

Commentary: Don't Privatize Control of Vineland's Public Library

Friday, November 17, 2017

Daily Thoughts 11/17/2017

The Philosopher, 1878, Ernest Meissonier

Daily Thoughts 11/17/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the gift books and the displays.

Right now, I am in the computer lab.

I checked some of the books that are listed as not in the system.  I also checked some of the 800s.  I wrote a post on LinkedIn about the Lets Make Robots campaign.

I printed up some fliers for programs.  We also put up some signs for the public computer area.

I read some of the book, Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff this morning.  Jon Acuff describes how perfectionism limits what you can do.  He reminds us to not over plan or plan to do too much at once.

I arranged for some classes for the staff in December and January.

I also read several copies of Publishers Weekly and worked on my order for next week.

Web Bits

Check Out Seeds at the Library

House Passes Open Act to Improve Public Access to Government Data

Public Libraries Offer A Hallowed Spaced in the Community and Public Consciousness

Libraries of the Future Are Going to Change in Some Unexpected Ways