Sunday, April 22, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/22/2018

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Boston Public Library, Main Staircase, Historic American Building Survey, Work Prepared by US Government Employee

Daily Thoughts 04/22/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facbeook this morning.

I read some more of Myths of Leadership. Jo Owen reminds us we should not volunteer to do things which we don't like even if we are good at them because it can trap an employee in a position they don't like.  He also describes why it is important to keep learning.

I am following the Trustee Elections at Mount Vernon Public Library.

I started reading Niall Ferguson The Square and the Tower Networks of Power from the Freemasons to Facebook.  This book is about hierarchy versus networked power.

I checked the purchase alerts tonight.

Web Bits

Libraries Partner with Community Agencies to Help Fight Food Insecurity

Library of Congress brings America to life in LA photo show

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/21/2018

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Still life with Books, a Letter and a Tulip, Charles Emmanual Biset, (1633-- After 1693)

Daily Thoughts 04/21/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of the book Myths of Leadership Banish Misconceptions And Become A Great Leader. by Jo Owen.  The basic idea of leadership in this book is that the leader takes people to places where they would not have gone by themselves. Another idea which comes up is that Asia is increasingly becoming involved in leadership.  They know a lot about Western business practices, but we do not know a lot about Asian business practices.

I have an ordering project which I am doing using Bluecloud Analytics.

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Local Public Libraries to Celebrate First Class of Graduates To Receive Diploma Through Online Program.

For Libraries, It Was a Good Week on Capitol Hill

A Prescription for Graphic Medicine

Friday, April 20, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/20/2018

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Sketch of the Interior of Mudie's Lending Library, 509. 510, and 511 New Oxford Street, 1880

Daily Thoughts 04/20/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more of habeas data.  I am reading about a terrorism case where the government asked for Apple computers to create a backdoor to hack into an iPhone.  The book mentions people like Edward Snowden and the Electronic Frontier Foundation who commented on the case.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  We did more shifting with the oversize book.  We also did some more checking of the oversize books.

I looked over some of my old list of donor leads.

I spent some time covering the computer lab today.

I checked out two books, The Square and the Tower Networks and Power from the Freemasons to Facebook by Niall Ferguson and Myths of Leadership Banish the Misconceptions And Become a Great Leader by Jo Owen.

I asked a few questions on Facebook, one about robotic board games and one about robot kits.  I am hoping for some interesting answers.

Web Bits

The 6 Most Beautiful New Libraries in the US

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/19/2018

Honoring the Three Gods of Poetry: Women Composing Poems, Chōbunsai Eishi (Japanese, 1756–1829), Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper, Japan

Honoring the Three Gods of Poetry: Women Composing Poems Chōbunsai Eishi (Japanese, 1756–1829) circa 1792

Daily Thoughts 04/19/2018

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I read a little bit of an Advanced Reading Copy of habeas data Privacy Vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech by Cyrus Farivar.  This is published by Melville House.  It will be released in May.  One of the first subjects written about of course is the telephone and wiretapping.

I checked the gift books and the displays.

I also shifted some of the oversize books and checked some of them.

Tonight is the Open House at the Mount Vernon Public Library at 6:00 p.m.

I am also working on scheduling programming for the coming month.  We have some very interesting programming coming up including a screening of the movie Resilience with a discussion afterward.

I spent some time discussing the monthly calendar with a colleague.  The library closed today at 2:00 p.m.  I assigned some people to shift in the oversize books.  I also am having one of the clerks who works in the Electronic Resources check the oversize.  The library is getting ready for the open house tonight.

I got a step increase in salary as a civil servant.  It feels like a solid acknowledgement that I am now a Librarian III.

Web Bits

Story Time from Space

The Data Is Clear It Is Time to Move Beyond Storytelling for Library Advocacy

The Marrakesh Treaty and Why it is Important to Library Advocates

One Woman Studied A Million Photos at the Library of Congress

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/18/2018

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Title: Four women composing poetry, possibly as a competition, next to a screen with painting of cranes Abstract/medium: 1 print : woodcut, color ; 38.5 x 25.5 cm.1791

Daily Thoughts 04/18/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I finished reading Natural Causes An Epidemic of Wellness, The Certainty of Dying, and Our Illusion of Control by Barbara Ehrenreich.  The last part is about aging and how to live successfully at the end of your life.  It also cover how to die at the end.  There is some commentary about how some people in silicon valley want to live forever.  There is a lot of dark humor in this book.  I liked reading it.

I checked the displays and the gift books in the morning.

I spent a little more time working on the oversize books.

We had three programs in the evening.  The first was our Ozobots program.  Ozobots are small robots which can be programmed to move and light up with colored markers.  You draw lines and the Ozobots follow the lines.  They also can be programmed to move in patterns from a computer or tablet.  They are fun to play with.  We had over twenty tweens who were interested in them. The program ran from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

There was also a HTML 5 and CSS 3 class in the evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

We had an assistant professor of literature, Mariel Rodney, lead a discussion Audre Lorde from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..  We were discussing essays from Sister Outsider Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde.  The essay which we are going to discuss next time is The Masters Tools Will Never Dismantle the Masters House.

It was a very busy day.

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Papers of Benjamin Franklin Now Online