Monday, August 21, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/21/2017

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Advertisement for "librarians" for the commercial H. Parmelee Library Co., December 1900

Daily Thoughts 08/21/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also spent some time looking at the New York Times Bestseller lists.

I read some more of The Patron Driven Library on the way to work.  I am reading about how librarianship is changing and what it means to work in the new environment in libraries.  Many of these changes are driven by a combination of a change of focus from collections to services and a constant stream of new technologies.  Libraries are introducing new features like media labs, expanded study areas, more wireless access, and special collections which combine digitized images and traditional media.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

Right now, I am in the computer lab.

I did a little work on orders.

I read a copy of the New York Times Book Review today.  I also placed orders for mystery books, new nonfiction, and fiction.  I should have an order of Spanish titles available tomorrow.

I also contacted the two people who I am working on the grant with about hours.  I have to get this together very soon.

In addition, we are working on a save the date postcard for the October 7, 2017 planned Mount Vernon Author Day.  We have a list of about 50 local authors.

I finished reading The Patron Driven Library A Practical Guide for Managing Collections and Services in the Digital Age by Dee Ann Allison.  The last part of the book describes new types of jobs for librarians.  It also describes new models for library buildings.  Many of these models are very digitally oriented with many fewer staff and much more flexible floor plans.

We activated our subscription to the Historical New York Times today.

Web Bits

The 'New York Times' Books Desk Will Make You Read Again

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/20/2017

Portrait of Hermine David, Jules Pascin, 1910

Daily Thoughts 08/20/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I spent a little time working on a Spanish language order as well as an order of mysteries.  I have been thinking a little bit about the order process.

I am planning for some programs for Hispanic Heritage Month.

I read some more of The Patron Driven library.  Dee Ann Allison is writing about e-books and the changes which electronic publishing has brought to libraries.  This includes some very technical subjects like the semantic web, RDA (Resource Description and Acess), and online identification for scholarly articles.  It further goes into open access and libraries as publishers and preservers of electronic content.

I started reading Digitizing Your Collection Public Library Success Stories by Susan Caro with Contributions by Sam Meister, Tammy Ravas, and Wendy Walker.

I am interested in the idea of Day of Dialog as part of the Brookyn Book Festival.

I registered for The Name of the Game: Playing Tabletop Games to Build 21st Century Skills

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/19/2017

Caricature "Résurrection de la Censure" (resurrection of censorship) by the french artist J. J. Grandville, lithography. 1832
Daily Thoughts 08/19/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the gift books and the displays.

I spent some time setting up for the Acrylic Painting Class this morning which was well attended.

I also did some shifting in the 900s and checked some of the travel books.

I worked on two orders for books.  I started on a third focused on Spanish Language which a colleague, Mayra Cabrera provided.

On the way home, I read some more of The New Librarianship Field Guide by R. David Lankes.  There is a focus on community in the sense of the people who use or live around a library.  This is a move away from collections.  There is still a service orientation but it extends outside of the building.

The book is conceptually interesting and has some useful philosophical pieces.  However, there are some oddities like the purpose of a library is to improve the community.  I found this a little nebulous.  Also, some of the ideas have a touch of jargon to them.  I thought that calling community outreach community reference was a bit of a stretch.

If you want to read something which comes up with new ideas about libraries, this book is interesting and thoughtful.  However, in some ways, I found it very impractical.  I also thought some of the arguments about collections no longer being central creates a tension between old and new thinking about libraries which is not always productive.

I registered our library for the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament.

Web Bits

Charlottesville Violence Poses New Challenges for Libraries


Friday, August 18, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/18/2017

In the Atelier (Róza Teleki) - Miklos Barabas


In the Atelier (Róza Teleki) Miklos Barabas,  1838

Daily Thoughts 08/18/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The New Librarianship Field Guide.  I am reading about the purpose of libraries.  The authors view is very community and service focused.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I read a copy of Publishers Weekly and a copy of Library Journal.  I also looked at the New York Times Bestseller list and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list.

I did a little work with programming today for flyers.

The 900s are starting to be shifted.

I looked through a few more copies of Publishers Weekly.

I did a display of art books from Arts Resource Transfer today.

We spent some time discussing a planned Author Day for Saturday, October 7, 2017.

Web Bits

The State(s) of National Advocacy I Federal Advocacy

Civil Rights Marker Honors Challenge to Library Segregation

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/17/2017

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Henry Holiday (1839-1927) after Lewis Carroll [Real name: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1896) - The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits by Lewis Carroll, MacMillan and Co, Limited, St. Martin's Street, London, 1931.

Daily Thoughts 08/17/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read a little bit more of The Joy of Less on the way to work.

I checked the gift books and the displays today.

I also spent some time looking over the oversize books.

I went to the Mount Vernon Awards Ceremony for Arts Westchester.  We got part of the money for a grant for Hispanic Heritage month.  This should be very nice.  It was at 6:00 p.m.

I checked the books, The Stone Sky and The Fifth Season by N.K, Jemisin.  The Fifith Season won the 2016 Hugo Award.

I will be working on an order of Spanish language books with a colleague.

I finished reading The Joy of Less A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify by Francine Jay on the way home.  The last part is how to live a minimalist lifestyle focusing on consuming less and experiencing more.  I also read a bit more of The New Librarianship Field Guide by R. David Lankes.

Web Bits

Message from Reshma Shaujani, Founder of Girls Who Code

How Libraries Can Turn Stories Into Maker Projects

After clashes with white nationalists, U-Va. Library Employee Suffers a Stroke