Sunday, December 10, 2017

Daily Thoughts 12/10/2017

Sigmund Feyerabend, 16th century.

Daily Thoughts 12/10/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding.  I am reading about how to get donors to support a library ballot election.

I checked the purchase alerts for holds this evening.

Web Bits

Different Boroughs, Different Library Systems

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Daily Thoughts 12/09/2017

Still Life with Guitar - Antonietta Raphael
Still Life With Guitar, Antoinetta Raphael, 1928

Daily Thoughts 12/09/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

On the way to work, I read some more of Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding.  I am reading about creating Ballot Committes for libraries.  There was also quite a bit on how to make deeper connections into the community as well as identifying supporters with political power.

I fnished reading the latest New York Times Book Review.

I worked on some scheduling.

It is snowing outside the library right now.  It is very quiet.

Web Bits

Coding In Arkansas Public Libraries

Friday, December 8, 2017

Daily Thoughts 12/8/2017

Poster Leningrad Department of State Publishing (Lengiz) Boris Kustodiev, 1925

Daily Thoughts 12/08/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some of the book Bunk.  I am reading about the Cottingley fairy hoaxes.  Arthur Conan Doyle believed in fairies.

I also read a little more of Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians.  I am reading about the process of mapping out a budget campaign for libraries.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

We had a training session for e-books focusing on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.  Overdrive recently released the Libby App.

I spent some time working with Overdrive this afternoon because there were some changes in how Overdrive Advantage is being administered.

I also spent some time in the computer lab this afternoon helping someone scan photographs.

I also spent some time working on the Audre Lorde program which we are planning for April 2017.

I checked the New York Times Bestseller List and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller List this afternoon  and worked on some book orders.

I read part of the New York Times Book Review today.  It is the time of the holiday book review issue.  The December 3, 2017 book review is 80 pages long.  I expect to get lists of every title that was potentially good during this year.

I checked out In The Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende.  It is being read by the book club this month.

Web Bits

My Job at the Library: the Library's First Official Historian

Advocating for LIbraries Tips for Talking to Your Legislators

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Daily Thoughts 12/07/2017

Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849 Tokyo (Edo)) 1798

Daily Thoughts 12/07/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of  Bunk by Kevin Young on the way to work.  It was long listed for the National Book Award, but did not win.  I am reading about spiritualism.

A local author, Jacob M. Appel, donated two copies of their book, Millard Salter's Last Day.

The book, Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding by  Patrick "PC" Sweeney and John Chrastka came in for me to read.  I rather like Everylibrary,

I read some of this book on the way home.  It cites From Awareness to Funding a 2008 OCLC study as critical to understanding how people vote on libraries.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I read a copy of library journal today.

There is an Intermediate Microsoft Word class in the computer lab tonight.  The students gave some money to the Give Gab campaign for Lets Build Robots

There was a Hanukkah celebration at the library tonight at 6:00 p.m..  The acapella singer, Jacob "Spike" Kraus sang tonight and they served latkas.

Web Bits

How Bookstores Saved Themselves

John Cena Read to Children, Talks New Movie at Library of Congress

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Daily Thoughts 12/6/2017

[Imperial Library of the Louvre]

Édouard Baldus (French, born Prussia, 1813–1889)

Daily Thoughts 12/6/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Artemis by Andy Weir on the train to work.  I very much enjoyed the book.  It had and unexpected ending.  I thought the mix of technology and action made the book well worth reading.  The technology being described reminds me of the idea of post modern technology or emerging technologies that will be realized in the near future but are currently in the laboratory or in the patent stage.  It is a way to predict what may happen in the future if you create scenarios where emerging technology is played out in an imaginary context.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also wrote my monthly report.

I helped the director with some images for a report.

I read a copy of Booklist.

I spent some time checking the 800s.  We will be finished with this soon and we will be moving on to the oversize material.  We also plan on doing some shifting and shelf reading. 

I started reading the book Bunk, The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbugs, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Yount.  This book is about cons.  One of the cons the author writes about is how we construct race.  He uses the example of how P.T. Barnum created a sideshow with Joice Heth who was supposed to be the 161 year old slave of George Washington, the president.  The book is new.  It is published by Graywolf Press which has printed many quality literary works.