Thursday, April 24, 2014

Daily Thoughts 04/24/2014


Daily Thoughts 04/24/2014

This morning, I spent some time on Facebook and Twitter for the library.  I also worked on sending the libraries first newsletter out through Bookletters today.  http://library.booksite.com/7273/nl/?list=CNL18#sthash.75pLhxK4.gbpl

Library Board of Trustee Candidates
http://hosted-p0.vresp.com/169374/1169b8c8ec/ARCHIVE

Mount Vernon Public Library Budget Meeting April 24, 2014
http://mountvernon.dailyvoice.com/events/government/632013/mount-vernon-public-library-board-trustees-special-meeting

Web Bits

Who Needs a Business School The Hidden Startup Resources at Your Local Library
http://www.fastcompany.com/3029579/who-needs-business-school-the-hidden-startup-resources-at-your-local-library

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Daily Thoughts 04/23/2014

Portrait of Jaques Villon, Marcel Duchamp, c1905

Daily Thoughts 04/23/2014

This morning, I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.  I also checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I have a copy of Booklist and the May Forecast from Baker and Taylor to read.  Neil Gaiman has a new book coming out in June, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds illustrated by Eddie Campbell.

We are giving away copies of Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers as part of the World Book Night celebration in the teen section of the Mount Vernon Public Library after 4:00 p.m. today.

A sample copy of the ballot for the May 6, 2014 vote at the Mount Vernon Public Library.
http://www.mountvernonpubliclibrary.org/sites/default/files/PDFs/Ballot(Sample).pdf

An announcement about the April 30, 2014 Meet the Trustee Candidates Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
http://hosted-p0.vresp.com/169374/1169b8c8ec/ARCHIVE

Web Bits

What Will Become of the Library?
http://www.slate.com/articles/life/design/2014/04/the_future_of_the_library_how_they_ll_evolve_for_the_digital_age.single.html


Digital Public Library of America Marks A Year of Rapid Growth

How Paperbacks Transformed the Way Americans Read

Daily Thoughts 04/22/2014

The Smolensk Newspaper, Marc Chagall, 1914

Daily Thoughts 04/22/2014

This morning, I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I also printed some more flyers.  I spent some time ordering new books.  Things are quiet and steady today.

I spent some time reading the latest review material.  I read a copy of the New York Times Book Review and the New York Review of Books.  A book which caught my attention is The Tyranny of Experts Economists Dictators and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor by William Easterly.

I spent a little time working with the oversize books.

The Friends of the Mount Vernon Public Library were registering people to vote today.  The library is working on collecting a list of biographies of trustee candidates for the website.

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

On the way home, I finished reading Success Through Stillness by Russell Simmons.  It is an interesting, but a bit exaggerated book.  Russell Simmons writes a book about meditation in the style of a self help manual.  The difference in this self help manual is that he cites real life practices and promises glowing results which seem a bit far fetched at points.  However, a lot of what he is writing about does have real life backing. The message is one of success through meditation.  It is not about having deeper religious experience or enlightenment.  It is about how to calm oneself down, be more compassionate, have more self control, and be a more successful person.


Web Bits

Libraries Our Story, Our Future
http://www.districtdispatch.org/2014/04/libraries-story-future/

E-readers Vs. Old Fashioned Books Which is More Eco-Friendly?
http://www.sierraclubgreenhome.com/featured/e-readers-vs-old-fashioned-books%E2%80%94which-is-greener/

Release Statement Funding Museums and Libraries Are Core Federal Responsibility
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/release-statement-funding-libraries-and-museums-core-federal-responsibility/6g1tTXHv

Monday, April 21, 2014

Daily Thoughts 04/21/2014

Reading A Story, James Tissot, 1878-1879

Daily Thoughts 04/21/2014

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.  I am following the steady progression towards the budget vote.  Last night, I learned there were ten candidates for the board of trustees.  There will be a meet the candidate session on April 30, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mount Vernon Public Library.  I think we will start seeing the candidates step up and campaign for the four open positions.  There already is one candidate with an article on him in the Mount Vernon Inquirer.

I am off today.  I spent some more time reading Success Through Stillness.  I am reading about mindful eating.  The author is writing about paying attention, focus, and compassion all of which come out of regular meditation practice.

I am looking at the Lynda.com training videos.  I signed up again for two months through the Westchester Library System.

Mount Vernon Historical Photos Are Back-- Photographs from the Mount Vernon Public Library
http://www.mvinquirer.com/hist-photos-may-2014.html

Library Displays Group on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Library-Displays/110021479081391

Web Bits

Library Broadband Takes Center Stage at IMLS Hearing
http://www.districtdispatch.org/2014/04/library-broadband-takes-center-stage-imls-hearing/

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Daily Thoughts 04/20/2014


Daily Thoughts 04/20/2014

This morning, I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I also read some of Success through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple by Russell Simmons and Chris Morrow.  Russell Simmons describes how he meditates twice a day for twenty minutes.  He believes his success and his avoidance of burnout comes from meditation.  He also practices yoga for an hour a day.

Mount Vernon Public Library Vote Yields Ten Trustee Candidates-- Mount Vernon Inquirer
http://www.mvinquirer.com/library-cadidates-to-vote-for.html

Web Bits

Invest in Libraries: They are Windows Into Digital Literacy for Adults (Commentary)
http://www.syracuse.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/02/libraries_are_windows_into_digital_literacy.html