Sunday, August 2, 2015

Daily Thoughts 08/02/2015

Gertrude Stein, November 4, 1934, Carl Van Vechten, Public Domain

Daily Thoughts 08/02/2015

I watched another webinar on Webjunction called Crowdfunding Your Way to Year End Success.  It gives me a better of how the process works.  When I watch this and read about it, most people don't get the money which they are aiming for, but often get thousands of dollars.  The people who seem to succeed are groups that already have a solid group of supporters, maybe 100 people and a fairly strong social media presence.  They also understand how to put together marketing videos for youtube, flyers, and distribute positive photographs through social media.  It appears to have a decent amount of planning involved.

Crowdfunding the Library

I also watched a second webinar called How To Make Your Campaigns Go Viral on Webjunction.  A lot of this was focused on how to convince to first take a specific action, then get their friends to do the same thing.  There was a discussion of concepts like visibility and simplicity in design.  There was also a reminder to be direct with Facebook and be personal with Email.

I also read a little more of Future Crimes.  I am reading about ransomware where people take over your computer and demand that you pay them to get your computer back.  There is also some material on the Internet of Things.  The most prominent example of hacking a thing is taking over cars and making them shut off.

I read a little bit more of In Montmartre.  I am reading about how the Steins came to be involved in the world of Montmartre.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Daily Thoughts 08/01/2015

Portrait of Efim Repin, the Artist's Father
Portrait of Efim Repin The Artists Father, Ilya Repin, 1879

Daily Thoughts 08/01/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook today.

I also read the bestseller lists for the New York Times and Publishers Weekly.

I read a little bit more of  In Montmartre.  I am reading about the Lapin Agile, the Agile Rabbit,  where Picasso used to go to drink and socialize.  He event painted some portraits of the owners.

I also read some more of Future Crime.  This has a kind of tongue in cheek humor that comes from law enforcement.  There are descriptions of Crime Inc as a general describer for organized crime, there is the Malware Industrial Complex,, and other descriptors which are a bit dark but humorous.

Web Bits

Harris Poll Shows Growing Support for Book Banning Ratings

Fine Arts Library Uses University Crowdfunding Site to  Fund Recording Studio

Friday, July 31, 2015

Daily Thoughts 07/31/2015

Woman Reading - Henri Matisse
Woman Reading, Henri Matisse, 1894 

Daily Thoughts 07/31/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library today.  I also prepared some more material for ordering.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

On the way to work, I read some more of In Montmarte.  There are two sections of images, a set of paintings and a section of photographs of some the artists in the book like Matisse, Picasso, Paul Poiret, Gertrude Stein, and Georges Braque.  I especially like the stories about Picasso's struggles to succeed as an artist.

I spent some more time reading Future Crimes as well. I am reading about how bitcoin and other electronic currencies allow for completely anonymous transactions which are untraceable.  This can be used for criminal purposes.

I spent half an hour learning about, Select Reads this morning.  There are some very interesting features which include social reading functions like sharing booklists and recommendations through social media and email.  Patrons can create their own lists of books as well as alerts for when new material is coming in. 

I spent some time picking out some titles from the mezzanine on exploration in Africa as well as travel in Africa from the 1920s and 1930s.

We showed the film, Stripped, the Comics Documentary today.  It is a very enjoyable film to watch.  If you want to learn some things on comics this is well worth it.  Part of the documentary about the transition between print and digital comics.

Web Bits 

Libraries, The Value of Just In Case, Not Just In Time

The Future of American History

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Daily Thoughts 07/30/2015

Champagne Printer Publisher - Alphonse Mucha
Alphonse Mucha

Daily Thoughts 7/30/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read a graphic novel, the first in the Superior Spiderman series.  In it, Peter Parker's body is taken over by a villain.  It makes for an interesting story.  This is part of the Graphic Novel club planned for August 25 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In Montmartre, Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art by Sue Roe.  Montmartre was an artistic town known for its bohemian lifestyle in France.  The book opens with Pablo Picasso and includes some biographical material.  This is the book for the Brown Bag Book Club on August 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

I checked the 2nd and 3rd issue of the graphic novel, The Superior Spiderman.   The story is catching.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I also did some work with programs today as well as worked a little bit on ordering.  Tomorrow we are showing the film Stripped in the community room at 3:00 p.m.  It should be excellent.

I read through two copies of Booklist and two copies of Publishers Weekly.  There is a new mystery by Ed McBain called So Nude, So Dead.  Ed McBain passed away in 2005.

Web Bits

Taking the National Digital Platform for Libraries to the Next Level

Libraries Are The Future of Manufacturing in the United States

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Daily Thoughts 07/29/2015

Daily Thoughts 07/29/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the gift books this morning and the displays.

I am talking to Select Reads on Friday about the book lists that they generate

I read through the latest Times Literary Supplement, the New York Review of Books, and the New York Times Book Review.  I have a few books to order.

I am attending a webinar on Crowdfunding for Libraries: Technology Tips for Futuristic Fundraising at 2:00 p.m.  I enjoyed watching the webinar.  The part on Indiegogo was the most interesting.  Indiegogo allows you to keep the money raised even if you don't reach your goal unlike Kickstarter. One of the main points is that you need to start building a crowd before you start crowdfunding.

Web Bits

Great New Possibilities for the Library of Congress