Sunday, October 22, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/22/2017

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SARGENTS NEW ROTARY BOOK CASES Their adoption in the new building for the Library of Congress is the highest endorsement of their merits. They revolve on a metal roller-bearing turntable, which is not only perfect in principle but is everlasting.  Literary Digest, 1890

Daily Thoughts 10/22/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Endurance this morning.  Everything on the space station has to be justified.  Taxpayers are looking at all the different components of the station and asking why they are paying for them.

I wrote my assignments today for Organization and Personnel Administration.  I am putting together an outline of a plan for staff training in technology.

Web Bits

Childhood Love of Books Led Analyst to Dream Job at the Library of Congress

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/21/2017

Kubo Shunman (1757-1820 Still Life a Drum and Bookcase for the Noh Dance 

Daily Thoughts 10/21/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I did an assignment for Organization and Personnel Administration today.  I wrote up a reason why our library might do well with a media librarian position focused on film.

I have been steadily reading more of Endurance by Scott Kelly.  I like that Europeans created a cappuccino machine that would work in space.

My day was nice and quiet.  I bought a new television set.

Web Bits

Unesco Withdrawal Will Slow Progress On Global Library Initiatives

Connecticut Residents Can Borrow from Manchester Library's 130+ Board Games

A Day in the Life of a Prison Librarian

Friday, October 20, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/20/2017

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Scholars in the Studio, Versteegh Michiel, Turn of the 18th/19th Century.

Daily Thoughts 10/20/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I looked at the pictures in the book, Endurance by Scott Kelly.  There were lots of pictures of Russian cosmonauts.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

We had a class this morning led by Allison Midgley from the Westchester Library System.  We first looked at the Westchester IT wiki,  Then we looked at variety of research tools like Press Reader and Infotrac Newsstand.  Infotrac Newsstand has the Westchester Journal News which is the newspaper of record for Westchester county.

After the class we discussed a vinyl cutting machine for use with signage.

I spent some time checking the schedule for part timers in ADP.

I looked through the latest New York Times Bestseller List and Publishers Weekly Bestsellers List.

We worked on an order of e-books.

On the way home, I read a short book of 111 pages, The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison Foreword by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  The book is about the otherness of race and how racism defines people. It focuses on both Africans and African Americans.  Toni Morrison uses literary descriptions drawn from William Faulkner, her own works, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and others to address race.  The book is not just about race in terms of black and white.  It is also about colorism or the shades of black among African Americans.  Ultimately, it moves into globalization and how we create communities of others who are different from us.

Web Bits

We Can't Be Complacent Anymore PL Talks With Patrick Sweeney

International Games Week: You Can Put It On The Board

On Budgets and Appropriations

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/19/2017

Still Life With a Guitar, Georges Braque, 1924

Daily Thoughts 10/19/2017

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.

I finished reading No Dream is Too High Life Lessons From A Man Who Walked on the Moon by Buzz Aldrin.  Buzz Aldrin writes an inspirational book from the viewpoint of being innovative and trying new things.  He is the second man to step foot on the moon.  His life is one of continuous accomplishment, patriotism, and service.  What he says comes from his experiences.  I found the book to be quite inspiring and true to heart.  I like that he is still pushing for more human space exploration.  He wants people to set foot on Mars.

I also read some of  Endurance by Scott Kelly. Scott Kelly describes what it is like to give ones body to science by being one of the first people to spend a full year in space.  This shows what would happen on a long duration flight to Mars.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

My first order from Peachstate Hobby Distributors came in for games.  We got 17 new board games to add to our collection.  We already had been asking for donations of games from various companies.  We now have over 30 new games.  We intend to put them to use for International Games Week which is October 29 through November 4, 2017.

I put in two orders of books today.  I also read a copy of Library Journal.  I looked through two copies of booklist as well.

There is a Beginning Microsoft Excel class tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the computer lab.

I also have to think of some programs we might do in the coming months.

Tomorrow we are having database training in the computer lab led by Allison Midgley from the Westchester Library System.  Afterward we are discussing options for signage.

I read some more of Endurance by Scott Kelly.  I am reading about how an astronaut on the International Space Station has their time scheduled down to every five minutes during the day.  Everything is very precise and deliberate.  This includes how the cargo pods dock with the International Space Station.  There is a high value on safety and precision.

Web Bits

Everylibrary Prepares to Build A National Base of Library Supporters

The UK No Longer Has a National Public Library System

How Libraries Are Luring Millenials

 For one time only on October 19, 2017, we are clearing ALL fines on ALL kids’ and teens’ (17 years and under) library cards.-- Queens Library

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/18/2017

Still Life With Checked Tablecloth, Juan Gris, 1915

Daily Thoughts 10/18/2017

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.

I also read some more of Antifa The Anti-Fascist Handbook last night.  The author, Mark Bray is describing the Golden Dawn fascists in Greece, the recent rise of fascism in France, and how it is related to economic austerity measures, fear of immigration, and fear of Islam.  There is also some material on the alt-right.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

This morning one the way to work, I read some of No Dream is Too High Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon by Buzz Aldrin with Ken Abraham.  Part of the book is about goal setting and knowing when to work with other people.

In addition, I checked out the book, Endurance A Year In Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Sott Kelly.

I have two copies of Booklist to read.

We had a meeting this morning to discuss signage and what we planned to do for signage.  Part of it was about style and how the signs around the building looked.  There is quite a bit that needs to be done.  We are getting a number of doors replaced soon.

We had our last Day of the Dead papercrafts session today.  It was enjoyable.  We made dancing skeletons out of paper from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. today.

There is a computer class tonight for HTML 5 and CSS 3 from 5:30 p.m.  to 7:30 p.m. in the computer lab.
We did our first order for unique games from Peachstate Hobby Distribution today.  I got quite a few interesting board games like Carcasonne and Pandemic.    I went through Board In the Library Part 1 through 6 to do this.

Web Bits

Reminding Your Audience About Upcoming Events

How Libraries Discriminate Against Undocumented Children

ALA Files Comments to Department of Homeland Security