Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Daily Thoughts 08/27/2014

Daily Thoughts 08/27/2014

I checked the Facebook and Twitter pages for the library.

I am reading more of The Circle by Dave Eggers.  I rather like some of the slogans in the book, Secrets are Lies,  Sharing is Caring, and Privacy is Theft.  The last statement is a reminder to me that your personal information is valuable to corporations and hiding it from public view is a way to protect a private asset.  There is also a bit on the idea of the slogan Information Wants to Be Free in this book.  This is a famous quite from the open source software movement.  This is a Wikipedia article on the statement.  In this case Wikipedia in some embodies the statement.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Daily Thoughts 08/26/2014

Daily Thoughts 08/26/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Circle by Dave Eggers.  It is about an imaginary social media company that tries to encompass everything, remove transparency, and collect all information they can on everything.  Mae Holland, the main character in the book is a member of the customer experience team that joins the company.  She soon finds she has not just joined but has to become a complete member of the community with little outside life.

This book is fascinating. It draws on ideas like the social graph which is total graph of everyones connections on the internet. So What the Heck is the 'Social Graph' Facebook Keeps talking about. 
The book also touches on the concept of the transparent society where there is no privacy which many people consider a social good.  It is a very uncomfortable idea. The Transparent Society by David Brin

I was at the library today. I went in for a meeting to discuss the library survey.

Web Bits

The Guardian View on the Loss of Public Libraries

Libraries Remain In Demand

Monday, August 25, 2014

Daily Thoughts 08/25/2014

Daily Thoughts 08/25/2014

I read a little bit more of Dave Eggers, The Circle Today.

I also checked the library Twitter and Facebook pages.

Web Bits

Hard Books for Hard Times Literary Experimentation Gains Popularity

How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Daily Thoughts 08/24/2014

Daily Thoughts 08/24/2014

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I also finished reading No Place to Hide Edward Snowden and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald.  The last part of the book writes about what happens when journalists step outside the boundary of traditional journalism into grey areas like state surveillance, espionage, and direct challenges to government.  It describes how Glenn Greenwald became a target for smear campaigns and questions about his ethics.

There were some things that bothered me about this book.  It came across  as polemical and purposefully partisan as well as aimed at creating a point.  There was  not the slightest attempt  at appearing to be unbiased.   There were  parts of the book  that  I felt were questionable. I especially did not like that Glenn Greenwald put the index for the book and the notes on a separate website This made it appear less authoritative.  I do not want to have to download content.

I started reading Dave Eggers, The Circle.  One of our patrons checked out Dave Egger's autobiography which had a great title, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius which sounded interesting.
There was also this recent article.  Dave Eggers: Don't Write Off Publishing Yet

Friday, August 22, 2014

Daily Thoughts 08/22/2014

Two Men by Belle Johnson, 1903 
Daily Thoughts 08/22/2014

On the way to work, I read some more of No Place to Hide.  The author is on the left and is very much a privacy advocate.  The details in the account describe near total surveillance in the United States of the major telephone carriers and internet companies.  Glenn Greenwald also describes how surveillance of international internet companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter extend surveillance to outside the United States.  Glenn Greenwald includes many images of Edward Snowden's documents.   This book has a lot of controversial content in it.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.  I also checked the gifts and displays.  I spent a little time working on schedules and programming.  There is a lot of potentially interesting author programming.  Larry Spruill and Donna Jackson have written a new book coming out on September 15, 2014 called Mount Vernon Revisited.

I have Gmail training today in the computer lab from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  I spent some time organizing my email and contacts.

I spent a little more time working with the books on Africa.  I also started working on a presentation for the board on my department.

A letter in support of Carolyn Karwoski in the Mount Vernon Inquirer

Web Bits

23 People With the Most Autobiographies in the World

This Librarian is not Impressed With Your Digital No Books Library-- Adam Feldman