Friday, October 31, 2014

Daily Thoughts 10/31/2014

Fountain Pen Nib, Egypt, 18th to 19th Century CE

Daily Thoughts 10/31/2014

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

I read some more of How Google Works.  I learned about Jeff Bezos's idea that the right size of a team is two pizzas (The Two Pizza Rule.).

On the train home, I read Mount Vernon Revisited.  There were a few photographs that were related to the Mount Vernon Public Library which were quite relevant.  I also learned some local history.

I watched part of this webinar.  It should be very useful for libraries.
Webinar Archive Available 2.2 Billion Reasons Libraries Should Care About WIOA

I rewatched the webinar and learned quite a bit.  It looks like a huge government initiative.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I also did a little work with programming.  I did a little more shifting in the 900s.

I put Volume 2 of The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel on hold.

I read some more of The Summer of Yes by Karen Leahy.  This book is more than a memoir about becoming a nun then leaving the convent.  It is also about art and music.  The author becomes an english teacher when she joins the order.  Her family tells stories and sings. The writing is superb.The book was a finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association.  The book is self published.

I read some more of How Google Works on the way home.  The book has a lot of content about the idea of the "smart creative".  My impression is that Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg are writing about engineers with design skills, or artists with strong computer skills.  The triad of technology, design, and business which drives modern technology companies.

Web Bits

US Adds Poverty to Dangerous Reading Lists

Telescope Checkout Program Comes to City, County Libraries
This is the first time I have seen anything like this.
Google's Secretive DeepMind Startup Unveils a "Neural Turing Machine"

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Daily Thoughts 10/30/2014

Still Life With Vase and Fruits, Ion Theodorescu-Sion, 1920
Daily Thoughts 10/30/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of How Google Works this morning.  The book tells me that google was founded on computer engineering.  That more than half of the staff is computer engineers.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I spent a little time working on the display for new art books.  I also did a little more shifting in the 900s.

I called Lifetime Arts today about a program.

The book Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie came in for me to read.

I placed the book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up:  The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo on hold.

I am looking through Mount Vernon Revisited Images of America by Larry Spruill, Ph.D. and Donna Jackson with a Foreword by Ernest D. Davis.  There is a very nice acknowledgement that many of the photographs in the book came from the Mount Vernon Public Library Virginia McClellan Moskowitz Local History Room.

There is a Beginning Internet Class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Web Bits

Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Daily Thoughts 10/29/2014

Albrecht Durer, A Lectern With Books

Daily Thoughts 10/29/2014

I checked the Twitter and Facebook this morning for the library.  I also did some shifting in the 900s.  We are ordering some more book ends.

I checked the displays and the gifts.  I put together a display of some of the new art books.  I also read a copy of the Publishers Weekly and Library Journal.

I checked out the book, How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg.  My initial impression is that it looks like a public relations piece.

I printed up some flyers for programs as well.   I also ordered a copy of Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't that Funkin' Hard On You? by George Clinton and Ben Greenman.

I spent a few minutes looking through the Arts Westchester Directory.

I spent some time going over some things with the new part-time public computer person.  We may have someone to help with the public computers in the morning as well soon.

There is a class tonight for Beginning Microsoft Powerpoint from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The poetry workshop is continuing.  They are talking about doing a final class performance on November 19, 2014.  We also have to work on a chapbook for the people in the class.  One of the students showed me her book, The Summer of Yes by Karen Leahy.  I have started reading it.  It is an interesting book.  Karen Leahy was a nun in a convent for 11 years, then chose to leave.   The writing is very presentable and grammatical. 

Web Bits

Librarian As Futurist Changing the Way Librarians Think About the Future

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Daily Thoughts 10/28/2014

Portret kobiety czytającej gazetę, Stanisław Dębicki, Polish painter, 1866-1924, 1900s

Daily Thoughts 10/28/2014

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

I also checked the displays and the gift books.

The Brown Bag Book Club is meeting from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Trustees Room.  We are discussing Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini.  Jennifer Chiaverini also has a new book out, Mrs. Lincoln's Rival.  Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker is almost entirely from the book, Behind the Scenes. By Elizabeth Keckley, Formerly A Slave, But More Recently Modiste, And Friend to Mrs. Abraham Lincoln.  Behind the Scenes is public domain and is available on Project Gutenberg.

We are reading Mount Vernon Revisited by Larry Spruill and Donna Jackson for the next book club meeting.

I spent some more time shifting in the 900s.  Things are getting a little more organized.

I have to work on the calendar tomorrow.

Our computer lab hours have changed officially to 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and we now have more coverage for the public computers.  We are working on getting even more coverage.

There are two computer classes tonight, a Beginning Microsoft Word Class and a Fundamentals of Computer Operations class.

I finished reading Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie. It is the story of Peter Schoeffer Gutenberg's apprentice, the adopted son Johann Fust.  Johann Fust financed the printing of the Gutenberg Bible.  The story is about secrecy, technology, and the kind of underhanded rivalry that occurs in business.  I enjoyed reading the book.  Alix Christie shows a deep understanding of printing in this book.  There are very deep descriptions of the artistry involved in early printing.   This book is well worth reading.

Web Bits

What Book Should You Read Next Putting Librarians and Algorithms to the Test

7 Things Kids Who Only Practically Grew Up In a Library Can Understand

How Andrew Carnegie Built the Architecture of American Literacy

Monday, October 27, 2014

Daily Thoughts 10/27/2014

Daily Thoughts 10/27/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie.  I am reading about the early process of book printing.  It describes making ink, forgining tin and lead letters, and setting type.

I was at Barnes and Nobles last night looking at books.

 I watched Wall Street Money Never Sleeps with Michael Douglas this afternoon.

I watched a webinar on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act today.

Web Bits 

Libraries Boost Communities Economy: My Word

Posman Books Being Forced Out of Grand Central

I sometimes stopped in here.  It really is too bad.  They had a neat, clean, well organized store.

New Proposed Legislation Requires Public Disclosure for New York City Libraries