Monday, October 5, 2015

Daily Thoughts 10/5/2015

The Convalescent - Gwen John

The Convalescent, Gwen John, 1923-1924

Daily Thoughts 10/05/2015

I read some more of Misbehaving The Making of Behavioral Economics.  I am reading about the stock markets and how value stocks do not necessarily follow the market average.  I am also reading about Closed End Funds.

This morning, I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.  I also checked the gift books and the displays.  I spent a little time working on the film brochure for Latino Americans 500 Years of History.  I printed up 30 copies of the brochure at the end of the day.  I gave some to different staff members.  Quite a few of my colleagues looked it over for basic edits on content and grammar.  I am hoping it is appreciated.

I am also looking at my old bookmarks and handouts for the library.  Some of them will be updated like the list of African American authors, Inspirational Fiction writers, and popular Chick Lit authors.

I am also looking at applying for the Romance Writers of America grant for libraries.  I would look at diversity in romance books.

This afternoon I am interviewing someone for a position with the help of a colleague.  We interviewed someone today and are setting up some more interviews.

I read a copy of the latest New York Times Book Review.  The book, Windfall The Booming Business of Global Warming by McKenzie Funk came in for me to read.  It is about the business of drought, melt, and deluge.

Web Bits

Publishing's Evolution Means You Need to be Everywhere Always

Library Fines are a Thing of the Past with E-books

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Daily Thoughts 10/03/2015

The Grey Room, F W Benson, 1913

Daily Thoughts 10/03/2015

I read some more of I am Malala this morning.  It describes how the Taliban took over a valley in Pakistan, first stopping all music, then all movies, and then forcing schools to be shut down for girls.  It is a story of how one view of the world attempts to remove all others.  It is about how fundamentalism interacts with more open views of the world.  I am finding it quite interesting.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.  I also spent some time checking the Twitter and Facebook for the library. I posted another event for the Latino Americans 500 Years of History.

I spent some time looking at how the databases were arranged on the website.  I also pulled out some of my old bookmarks as well as took a look through some of the Bookletters lists on the website.

There is a play today in the community room from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm., All I Need to Know About Life I Learned on the Radio with Kacey Morabito-Grean.

I checked the New York Times Bestseller List and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list for my order of new books at the beginning of the week.

I finished reading I am Malala tonight on the way home.  The descriptions of the shooting and the surgery of Malala Yousafzai were quite sad.  This reminds us of how important education is for everyone.

Web Bits

Chicago is Turning Its Train System Into A Moving Library

Beyond Walls: Libraries and Incarcerated Youth

Friday, October 2, 2015

Daily Thoughts 10/02/2015

File:Constant Puyo - La veillée 1895.jpg
Constance Puyo, La Veillee, 1895

Daily Thoughts  10/02/2015

I read a little bit more of I Am Malala on the train to work.  She grew up in schools in Pakistan which her father ran.

We had a Collection Development Policy meeting this morning.  We discussed weeding policy.
There was also a supervisory meeting where we discussed on call staff.

I spent some time printing up flyers and posting to Facebook and Twitter.  I also posted a few events for the Latino Americans 500 Years of History Grant.  The Latino films brochure is ready to be printed up on Monday and posted as a PDF to the website.

I also checked the displays and the gift books.

I looked through a copy of The New York Review of Books.  I placed a hold on the book, Curiosity by Alberto Manguel.

I am looking at the book, The League of Regrettable Superheroes by Jon Morris which is a guide to poorly created superheroes like Funnyman, Invisible Scarlet O'neil, The Eye, Fatman!, Speed Centaur, and Bozo the Iron Man.  It is fun to read the ridiculous comic strips and descriptions that go with each superhero or superheroine.

Web Bits

Banned Books Week: The Origin

OCLC Prints Last Library Catalog Cards

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Daily Thoughts 10/01/2015

Constance Puyo, 1897, Sommeil

Daily Thoughts 10/01/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also checked the gift books and the displays.

I spent some time going through several more review magazines, New York Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, and New York Times Book Review.  I also put the latest issue of Bookpage for October out for the patrons.  I put the book, Waste Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money by Wasting Less Food by Dana Gunder on hold.

I spent a little time working on the brochure and a bit of time working on the Latino Americans 500 Years of History Grant.

I worked a little bit on an order of new books.  I checked the patron requests at the reference desk.

On the way home, I read some of I am Malala.  It is a biography of a young woman who was shot by the Taliban because she supported educating girls.   It is the book which our book club requested to read.  I find parts of it challenging to read.

Web Bits

Public Wants Libraries to Advance Education, Improve Digital Literacy and Serve Key Groups

Inside Chinguetti, The Saharan Desert City of Libraries

Can Anyone Save the Library of Congress?

Dark Horse Comics Comes to Hoopla  Digital

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Daily Thoughts 09/30/2015

Daily Thoughts 09/30/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook today.

I also spent some time checking the displays and the gift books.  I am finalizing the design of the brochure for Latino films.  I picked out some more films to display in the display cases.  I also picked out a few horror books and graphic novels in preparation for a display for Halloween.

I checked out the film Bless Me Ultima to watch.  We are showing it on October 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the community room.

I read through several copies of Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, and the latest copy of the October Baker and Taylor Forecast.  I placed a hold on Part of Our Lives:  A People's History of the American Public Library by Wayne A. Wiegand.   I also placed a hold on Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming by McKenzie Funk.  It is about how people make money off of disaster.

I spent some time discussing programming and scheduling with colleagues.

I helped

Web Bits

Publishers Tracking Trends in Educational Space

Libraries and The Abiding Love for Printed Books
From India

Patrons Split On How Fast Libraries Should Move Into the Digital Age