Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/20/2017

Chinese Sage Reading While Riding on a Buffalo - Toyota Hokkei
Chinese Sage Reading, Toyota Hokkei, 1820

Daily Thoughts 09/20/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  The author asserts that leadership is more important than management.   I find this to be interesting, leadership is a bit different than management.  For me this statement is like saying strategy is more important tactics.  I also read some of Great By Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  

I also spent some time working on graphic novel handout for comics lit.  Hopefully, there should be some printed soon.  My colleague is working on a bookmark for recent writing books.

We have the new flier for the computer classes for October ready.

There was a program today.  People enjoyed it tremendously.  It was a Tango class taught by Josie LaRiccia.  This was part of a grant from ArtsWestchester.  It was from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. today.

There is a Wordpress class tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today in the computer lab.

The Mount Vernon Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting is tonight.

A number of books came in for me for my Organizing and Personnel Management class including Leading Libraries How To Create a Service Culture by Wyoma VanDuinKirken, Expect More Demanding Better Libraries for Today's Complex World by R. David Lankes, and New Routes to Library Success 100+ Ideas From Outside The Stacks by Elisabeth Doucett.
Web Bits


New York Comic Con 2017 Adds Library Programming

Book Industry Charitable Foundation

Library of Congress Labs

Aurora Libraries New 'Heart of America' Mural To Celebrate Diversity



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/19/2017

Still Life with Books - Henri Matisse
Still Life With Books, Matisse, 1895

Daily Thoughts 09/19/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.   I also finished reading the latest New York Times Book Review.  I turned in some orders for new books.

I put together the computer class list and printed up the sign up sheets for next week.  Hopefully, the flyers will be ready soon.

I collected some comics lit graphic novel together to start making a new brochure.  I also picked out some new books on writing for another bookmark.

I have a copy of the Times Literary Supplement and Library Journal to read tomorrow.

I talked to an Ebsco representative today about databases.

I spent a little more time looking for local authors.  I will be calling a few places tomorrow.

I plan on reading Antifa The Antifascist Handbook by Mark Bray today.

Web Bits


Escondido Residents Roll Out "Un"Welcome Mat for Private Library Operator LS&S

Yonkers Library's Old Shade Panels to Become Art

Your Local Library's Ebooks Now Appear in Google Search

Monday, September 18, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/18/2017

Ane Hedvig Broendum Sitting at the Table.jpg
Ane Hedvig Broendum Sitting at the Table, 1909, Anna Ancher

Daily Thoughts 09/18/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books today.

We printed more flyers today.  I also worked on some scheduling for next month.  I still have to write the computer class schedule tomorrow.

I spent some time talking to Peachtree Hobby Distributors today.  We signed up for International Games Week which is October 29 through November 4, 2017.  There are a number of nice board game giveaways for those who sign up. 

Tonight was the Adult Board Games Night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

I read some more of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Something to note is that effectiveness is often the opposite of efficiency or doing things quickly.


Web Bits

Libraries Can Be More Than Just Books Opinion


Paris Library Challenges Adults to Read Banned Children's Books


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/17/2017

Jean Paul Sartre by Gray.jpg
The New York Times (by Reginald V. Gray), Jean-Paul Sartre, 1964, Public Domain from Wikimedia.

Daily Thoughts 09/17/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.


We are participating in International Games Week-- October 29 through November 4
http://games.ala.org/igw_promos/

I spent some time looking through Crash Course In Library Budgeting and Finance by Glen E. Holt and Leslie Edmonds Holt this morning.  I am reading about how libraries track their incoming funds. 

I read a little bit more of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  I am reading about character.  Stephen R. Covey gives the example of Benjamin Franklin as a person who had lots of character. 

I spent a little time looking up a few more local authors from Mount Vernon, New York.


Web Bits


A Culture of Opportunity Best Small Library In America 2017

House Votes to Save Library Funding, NEA, and NEH

Public Libraries Are a Big Resource for Small Business

Friday Essay: Why Libraries Can and Must Change

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/16/2017

File:Whistler James Pink Note The Novelette 1884.jpg
Pink Note: the Novelette, James McNeill Whistler, 1884

Daily Thoughts 09/16/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Ideas Are Free How The Idea Revolution is Liberating People and Transforming Organizations by Alan G. Robinson and Dean M. Schroeder.  This is a book about how to generate ideas from the people that work for you.  It focuses on a bottom up approach and assumes that the people closest to where the idea will impact have the best ideas.  It eschews standard reward systems and describes how it is not the idea that is important, but the ability to implement the idea that counts.

It describes many companies who have used a continuous set of small ideas which are not replicable in other companies to be more competitive.  There is a focus on getting people to contribute ideas to make a company more profitable.

I also wrote a recommendation letter for a local artist.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

We had our last Acrylic Painting class from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. today.

I have been working on a brochure for new graphic novels for our library.  It is a new format.

Three new books came in for me to read.  Crash Course in Library Budgeting and Finance by Glen E. Holt and Leslie Edmond Holt, Good to Great and the Social Sectors by Jim Collins, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.

I have a copy of the September 2017 Ingram Advance to read.

I read Good to Great and the Social Sectors which is a short monograph by Jim Collins.  Jim Collins describes how nonprofits have different goals than for profit companies.  He points out the importance of branding.  I also started reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.  There is an introductory chapter by Jim Collins.

Web Bits


Library to Unveil New Bookbinding Machine

Reshape 2017 Conference
There is a library channel in Finland...

10 Fiction Contenders Named for National Book Award
http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/10-fiction-contenders-named-for-National-Book-12200476.php#photo-14114398