Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/23/2017

Daily Thoughts 08/23/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

The Adult End of Summer Reading Finale is here.  We are going to raffle off a Samsung Galaxy Tab.
There is also going to be a concert for people who participated in the programs.

I placed an order for the graphic novel,  Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook by Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

First Annual Black Book Expo 2017, September 22nd and September 23rd

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Top 21 Secrets of the Strand Bookstore in NYC

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/22/2017

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Salvator Rosa, Autoportrait, 17th Century

Daily Thoughts 08/22/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more of Digitizing Your Collection.  I am reading about how it is important to get volunteers and your community involved in digitization projects, quite often libraries don't have the staff to do these projects by themselves.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I spent some time shifting the 900s.  I also looked through a donation of books from a fellow librarian.  There were a lot of books on Frank Sinatra.

I also spent some time scheduling the people who are doing programming for a grant for Hispanic Heritage which is from September 15 to October 15.  It is a mix of Argentine Tango, Flamenco dance, and South American paper art.

We also worked on our monthly schedule for September.

I checked out the book, Creative Library Marketing and Publicity Best Practices Edited by Robert J. Lacke and M. Sandra Wood.

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Bookstores Are Booming.  Bookselling As a Second Career Is Too

Monday, August 21, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/21/2017

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Advertisement for "librarians" for the commercial H. Parmelee Library Co., December 1900

Daily Thoughts 08/21/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also spent some time looking at the New York Times Bestseller lists.

I read some more of The Patron Driven Library on the way to work.  I am reading about how librarianship is changing and what it means to work in the new environment in libraries.  Many of these changes are driven by a combination of a change of focus from collections to services and a constant stream of new technologies.  Libraries are introducing new features like media labs, expanded study areas, more wireless access, and special collections which combine digitized images and traditional media.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

Right now, I am in the computer lab.

I did a little work on orders.

I read a copy of the New York Times Book Review today.  I also placed orders for mystery books, new nonfiction, and fiction.  I should have an order of Spanish titles available tomorrow.

I also contacted the two people who I am working on the grant with about hours.  I have to get this together very soon.

In addition, we are working on a save the date postcard for the October 7, 2017 planned Mount Vernon Author Day.  We have a list of about 50 local authors.

I finished reading The Patron Driven Library A Practical Guide for Managing Collections and Services in the Digital Age by Dee Ann Allison.  The last part of the book describes new types of jobs for librarians.  It also describes new models for library buildings.  Many of these models are very digitally oriented with many fewer staff and much more flexible floor plans.

We activated our subscription to the Historical New York Times today.

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The 'New York Times' Books Desk Will Make You Read Again

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/20/2017

Portrait of Hermine David, Jules Pascin, 1910

Daily Thoughts 08/20/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I spent a little time working on a Spanish language order as well as an order of mysteries.  I have been thinking a little bit about the order process.

I am planning for some programs for Hispanic Heritage Month.

I read some more of The Patron Driven library.  Dee Ann Allison is writing about e-books and the changes which electronic publishing has brought to libraries.  This includes some very technical subjects like the semantic web, RDA (Resource Description and Acess), and online identification for scholarly articles.  It further goes into open access and libraries as publishers and preservers of electronic content.

I started reading Digitizing Your Collection Public Library Success Stories by Susan Caro with Contributions by Sam Meister, Tammy Ravas, and Wendy Walker.

I am interested in the idea of Day of Dialog as part of the Brookyn Book Festival.

I registered for The Name of the Game: Playing Tabletop Games to Build 21st Century Skills

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/19/2017

Caricature "R├ęsurrection de la Censure" (resurrection of censorship) by the french artist J. J. Grandville, lithography. 1832
Daily Thoughts 08/19/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the gift books and the displays.

I spent some time setting up for the Acrylic Painting Class this morning which was well attended.

I also did some shifting in the 900s and checked some of the travel books.

I worked on two orders for books.  I started on a third focused on Spanish Language which a colleague, Mayra Cabrera provided.

On the way home, I read some more of The New Librarianship Field Guide by R. David Lankes.  There is a focus on community in the sense of the people who use or live around a library.  This is a move away from collections.  There is still a service orientation but it extends outside of the building.

The book is conceptually interesting and has some useful philosophical pieces.  However, there are some oddities like the purpose of a library is to improve the community.  I found this a little nebulous.  Also, some of the ideas have a touch of jargon to them.  I thought that calling community outreach community reference was a bit of a stretch.

If you want to read something which comes up with new ideas about libraries, this book is interesting and thoughtful.  However, in some ways, I found it very impractical.  I also thought some of the arguments about collections no longer being central creates a tension between old and new thinking about libraries which is not always productive.

I registered our library for the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament.

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