Sunday, June 25, 2017

Daily Thoughts 06/25/2017


Woman Reading Under A Mosquito Net, Fuhiken Tokikaze (active first half of the 18th century) , circa 1720

Daily Thoughts 06/25/2017

 I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Leading the Unleadable How To Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People by Alan Willett.  The last part is about maintining yourself and keep your energy up so you can manage other people.

I checked the New York Times and Publishers Weekly Bestseller lists today.

I placed a hold on Extreme Ownership; How the Navy Seals Lead and Win by Jocko Willink.

I started reading Social Media for Writers Marketing Strategies for Building Your Audience and Selling Books by Tee Morris & Pip Ballantine, Foreword by Chuck Wendig.  This book starts off on the right foot, it states that no one else will talk about your book unless you talk about your book.  It also says you should market your own book.

 Sometimes people bring in self published books.  One of the first things I ask is did you take the time to market this book.  Did you put it on a blog or list it on social media.  The second question that goes with that is have you got third party reviews going.  This can be anything from the local paper to a column on a website.  This is an indication that the author took the time and cares about what they wrote.

Web Bits

Becoming Catalysts In a Changing World
https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/becoming-catalysts-changing-world/


Harper Collins to Offer Multiuser E-book Access to Libraries

ALA 2017 Spotlight:  Librarians Gear Up for the 'Fight of a Lifetime'.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Daily Thoughts 06/24/2017

Still Life With Fruit and Vegetables, 1914, Thomas Hart Benton

Daily Thoughts 06/24/2017

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

On the way to work, I read some of Leading the Unleadable.  A lot of this book is about how to communicate with people and listen to them so they will be motivated to work.  It is also about what is the baseline amount of work you should accept from people.  It starts from a premise that you should expect excellence.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

We are going to have two programs today, a reading by Jennifer Kitses of her book, The Small Hours from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and a Reading from the Journal Kaleidoscope which is made by the Senior Memoir Class led by Karen Leahy from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Karen Leahy gave two copies of the Journal Kaleidoscope to the library to be added to the collection.

I spent some time discussing programming today.  We are planning for an Author Fair which should be interesting.

I read some more of Leading the Unleadable.  Alan Willett describes how to rate people so they will perform better.  It is not about complaints, it is about creating changed objectives.  He also describes how to rebound from failed projects.

Web Bits


MIT Press, Internet Archive Collaborate to Digitize Titles


10 Most Challenged Books of 2016


Friday, June 23, 2017

Daily Thoughts 06/23/2017

Reading - Julius LeBlanc Stewart
Reading, Julius Leblanc Stewart, 1884

Daily Thoughts 06/23/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Capture today on the way to work.  I especially liked the description of Winston Churchill describing depression as the "black dog."

We have been working on the summer reading things.  The summer reading theme today is "Build A Better World".

We spent some time discussing computer things in the morning.

Right now, I am signing up people for the Adult Summer Reading.  We are giving away books for signing up as well as pens.  I am near the rotunda gallery right now.

The book, Leading the Unleadable How to Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People by Alan Willett came in for me to read. 

We had a good turnout for out start of Adult Summer Reading.

I checked some biographies today.  I also spent some more time discussing technology.

The books for the reading tomorrow, The Small Hours by Jennifer Kitses came in.

Web Bits


KHCPL to be the First Library in the World to Display Work  by Banksy

New York Public Library to Display Declaration of Independence Copy for Holiday Weekend

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Daily Thoughts 06/22/2017

Jeanne Reading - Camille Pissarro
Jeanne Reading, Camille Pisarro, 1899

Daily Thoughts 06/22/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I attended the Mount Vernon Public Library Board of Trustees meeting.  There was some discussion of written policies as well as the central library status.

Last night I read some more of Capture.  I am reading about what drives people to become killers.  There is a discussion of why Sirhan Sirhan, Ted Kaczynski, and Eric Harris became murderously insane.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I also did a little more work on programming. I also spent some time working with a new librarian the Literacy program.

Tonight we have an Immigration Forum in the Grace Greene Baker Community Room from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

There is also a Tablets and Smart Phones class from 5;30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

I posted a list of CD Audiobooks to Bookletters.

Web Bits


Syrian Students Library Helps Arabic Culture Blossom In Berlin

The Original Wonder Woman Slays the Crowd at Library of Congress

24,000 Vintage Cartoons from the Library of Congress Illustrate The History of This Modern Art Form (1780-1977)

Library and Archives Canada Launches Its First Enhanced E-book


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Daily Thoughts 06/21/2017

Sir William Orpen - Grace reading at Howth Bay.jpg
Grace Reading at Howth Bay, Sir William Orpen, Circa 1900

Daily Thoughts 06/21/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I placed a hold on Leading the Unleadable:  How to Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People by  Alan Willett.

On the way to work, I read some more of Capture.  David A. Kessler, M.D. describes David Wallaces writing of the novel Infinite Jest.

I also read some more of A Paradise Built in Hell.  The book is very radical in its content.  Rebecca Solnit is describing the anarchist, Kropotkins view on the concept of mutual aid.

I checked the displays and gift books this morning.

I printed up some flyers.  There are some bookmarks being printed up for the Build A Better World Summer Reading program.  We looked through some of the galleys to use as giveaways.

I spent some time going over the procedures in the computer lab.

I created the sign up sheets for the July computer classes.

I checked out two more books, Social Media for Writers Marketing Strategies for Building Your Audience and Selling Books by Tee Morris and Check Wendig and Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards.  One of our librarians is going to teach a drawing class using Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.



Web Bits


Librarians In the 21st Century: We Need to Talk About Library Security