Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Daily Thoughts 03/03/2015

Ray Douglas Bradbury, Public Domain

Daily Thoughts 03/03/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of Trigger Warning.  The introduction includes a bit on how each story came to be.  Neil Gaiman praises both Jack Vance and Ray Bradbury as being inspirations to him.  This speaks to the quality of the writing in the short stories.

I checked the gift books and the displays.  This month is Women's History Month.

I also spent some time going over the website usage statistics.  It showed that some of the most popular pages on the Mount Vernon Public Library website were the sections on Mount Vernon History and the Mount Vernon Public Library History.  The Bookmobiles Gallery is very popular. http://www.mountvernonpubliclibrary.org/Bookmobiles

I spent some time looking at the episode guide for Latino Americans 500 Years of History.
http://www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/episode-guide/  As part of the grant appication, I have to choose two episodes to show and bring in two scholars on Latino American history.

Another person came by to pick up their chapbooks from the Mount Vernon Poetry Workshop.  The Crochet Class was today from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

There are two computer classes tonight, a Fundamentals of Computer Operations Class from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Beginning Microsoft Word Class from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

I checked out the The Second Machine Age Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew Mcafee.  This is for the book club on Thursday, January 26, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.. I also checked out The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.

I put out copies of the March Bookpage for patrons to take.  I have to read through it tomorrow.

Web Bits

11 Book Burning Stories That Will Break Your Heart

Emerging Roles and Possible Futures for Librarians and Information Professionals

Monday, March 2, 2015

Daily Thoughts 03/02/2015

Charles West Cope, Maiden Meditation, 1846

Daily Thoughts 03/02/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also read some more of Waking, Dreaming, Being.  I am reading about the concept of the self being a process not a thing.

I spent some time thinking about the collection development policy.  

I finished reading Waking, Dreaming, Being Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy by Evan Thompson.  The last part contained some questions about whether amoebas are conscious and questions about whether living beings become more conscious as they become more complex. It was a very contemplative book.  If you are interested in meditation and how awareness works this book has a lot of depth.

I started reading Trigger Warning Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman.  I started by reading The Case of Death and Honey which is a Sherlock Holmes story.  It includes the death of Mycroft Holmes.  The second short story I read was Nothing O'clock which is a Doctor Who story.

Web Bits

LAPL, Self-E, Surprising States Self Publishing and Libraries

IDEO Designing Better Libraries

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Daily Thoughts 03/01/2015

Girl Reading at the Window, Gwen John, 1911
Daily Thoughts 03/01/2015

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

I also read some more of Waking, Dreaming, Being.  I am reading about meditative buddhist and yogic concepts of death.  There is also a section on Near Death Experiences focusing on scientific studies.  Death remains a mystery.

I watched some more of the documentary, Makers: Women Who Make America today.  There is a lot about feminism and NOW, the National Organization for Women as well as Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem.

I placed a hold on the book, The Occupiers The Making of the 99 Percent Movement by Michael Gould-Wartofsky.

Web Bits

19 Totally Magical Libraries to Visit Before You Die

Roasterie  Offers Library-Themed Coffee to Support Public Libraries

Remarkable Lessons In Innovation From a Public Library

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Daily THoughts 02/28/2015

Portrait of Two Women, Diego Rivera, 1914
Daily Thoughts 02/28/2015

Last night, I read some more of Waking, Dreaming, Being.  I am reading about out of body experiences.  In addition to the various spiritual explanations there are some rational descriptions of how when you stimulate certain parts of the brain, people experience being separated from their body.  There is also an idea that we can perceive our body as being separate from us through our senses but not actually be out of our body.

This morning, I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.  I also spent some time looking at collection policies from around Westchester county.

I am doing a little checking on my side bar for the blog.  Things needed some updating.

I am getting the book, The Orbital Perspective Lessons on Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles by Ron Garan. It is an inspirational book by an astronaut.

I put the book, Hurricane Fever by Tobias Buckell on hold.  It is a near future thriller.   Basically it takes the technothriller postulates some kind of new technology, then creates a setting which is a recognizable near future.

I am reading about the idea that we are not conscious when we are in deep sleep in the book Waking, Dreaming, Being. 

I watched a little bit of the PBS documentary, Makers Women Who Make America.  It is about women's history.  March is Women's History Month.

Web Bits

"We're All Exploited Here" on Paying Writers and Editors

The Secret Libraries of Chicago

 In Praise of Libraries

Friday, February 27, 2015

Daily Thoughts 02/27/2015

Daily Thoughts 02/27/2015

On the way to work, I read some more of Waking, Dreaming, Being.  There is a section on the classic narrative of the Butterfly Dream of Zhuangzhi.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.  I also checked the gift books and the displays.  Next week, I will work on a Women's History Display.

I spent some time requesting flyers for events.  We have a graphic artist who standardizes all our flyers now. I also registered for the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Grant.  I cut and paste the grant narrative into Microsoft Word so I could write it up separately and edit it before I put in the full application.

There are a few committees which I am working on as well, the website committee, a collection development policy committee, and the grants committee.  I have to spend some time looking over collection development policies.

I also have a little more to work on with the Gale Virtual Reference Library which was purchased focusing on job, career, and business information.

I spent some more time looking at different collection policies from around Westchester County.