Saturday, November 28, 2015

Daily Thoughts 11/28/2015

Daily Thoughts 11/28/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook.

Web Bits

A Slippery Number How Many Books Can Fit In New York Public Library

New Study Finds Low Levels of Digital Library Borrowing

Friday, November 27, 2015

Daily Thoughts 11/27/2015

File:Marie Spartali Stillman - Love Sonnets.jpg

Marie Spartali Stillman, Love Sonnets, 1894

Daily Thoughts 11/27/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Creating a Learning Society.  I am reading about how economic stability improves learning in firms.  The argument is that less money and time are available to firms during recessions for learning.  Also, firms in bankruptcy cannot invest as much in research and development.  One of the ideas in the book is that the more an organizations does something, the more they learn how to do it better.

I checked the gift books and the displays today.

I also spent some time discussing the computer lab and the public computers with a colleague.

I spent some time in the computer lab today.

I also sent some information for a flyer to our graphic designer.

Web Bits

The Future of Libraries is Collaborative, Robotic, and Participatory

Can Fewer Books on the Shelf Improve Nebraska Libraries?

Libraries Aim to Fill Digital Gap by Obtaining Updated Technology

World Brain

I have been thinking a little bit about the concept of the Synopticon.  The Synopticon could be redone with a focus on the great ideas of the world instead of just the western world. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Daily Thoughts 11/26/2015

Home To Thanksgiving  - Currier and Ives
Home to Thanksgiving, Currier and Ives, 1867

Daily Thoughts 11/26/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I am watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  I like the Charlie Brown holiday cartoons.  They are very sentimental.

I read a little bit more of Creating A Learning Society today.  The book is very abstract it is focusing on macroeconomic concepts, industries and firms.  I found this to be puzzling.  There is very little that is said about actual universities, libraries, corporate training facilities, schools, or online learning.  Learning is an abstraction in this book focused on the creation of intellectual property and ideas.  It removes the practical aspects of education and turns over ideas to the corporate and industrial sector.

The World Brain 

Another attempt at the universalization of knowledge and deciding what knowledge is important is the Syntopicon.

A Syntopicon an Index to the Great Ideas.

Web Bits

Celebrating Six Days of Service at the LIbrary-- Queens

Raspberry Pi Zero:  the  $5 computer

Library of Blabber, Procedural Books: Infinite Library
Someone put a Library of Babel generator inside a game.  It reminds me of the recent article on Fallout 4 where people returned their library books.  It reminds me that virtual worlds can easily hold large volumes of books or e-books if you may.

Inflatable Space:

Google is about to test something secretive across all the US-- and it sounds exactly like project loon balloons.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Daily Thoughts 11/25/2015

At the Writing Desk - Childe Hassam
At The Writing Desk, Childe Hassam, 1910

Daily Thoughts 11/25/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook today.

The Mount Vernon Public Library Friends have a new Facebook page.

I read some more of Creating a Learning Society today at the laundromat.  I am reading about how intellectual property laws both help and hinder learning.  There is some comparison of open source strategies for technology versus patent strategies.  I find open source to be an interesting idea.

I also read a little more of Welcome to Night Vale.  I am enjoying the slightly paranoid, surreal humor in the setting.

I read through my various places for news and did not find much.  Usually the density of news in my professions slows down as it gets closer to holidays.

Happy thanksgiving.  Be thankful for friends, family, and books.  I was off from the library today.

I placed a hold on the book, Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better by Clive Thompson.  This book contains the famous centaur argument for chess.
Excerpt Rise of the Centaurs.

There is another metaphor which goes with the centaur.  This article very much captures the idea of "running with the machine."  Where to succeed you have to very quickly adapt and learn to work with technology.

NYC, Seattle Battle for Title of Fastest Library Book Sorters

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Daily Thoughts 11/24/2015

The Gden Reading - Mary Cassatt

 The Garden Reading, Mary Cassatt, 1898

Daily Thoughts 11/24/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

One of the things I am noticing while reading Creating a Learning Society is that there are examples of giving abstracts ideas like society and the economy characteristics like learning and growing.  It reminds me of the idea of the corporation as a legal person.  I am beginning to understand how this can happen.

I read some more of Creating a Learning Society on the way to work.  I am reading about how different groups have different learning capacities.  Joseph Stiglitz describes how it is more important to learn how to learn that is to memorize things by rote.

We had a staff meeting this morning where we discussed a report by Alan and Leslie Burger of Library Development Solutions written in September of 2015.  It is a first step towards a long term strategic goal.

The Crochet Class was today from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m..  We have two computer classes tonight.  A Fundamentals of Computers class and a Beginning Microsoft Word class.

Web Bits 

New Blog Series to Explore Library Digital Inclusion Roles.