Friday, March 27, 2015

Daily Thoughts 03/27/2015


Daily Thoughts 03/27/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.  The library is showing Makers, Women Who Make America today.

Web Bits

Decaying Libraries Crumbling Futures

April is Autism Awareness Month-- Partner Up to Reach Families in Your Community

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Daily Thoughts 03/26/2015

Shen Zhou Reading in Autumn Scenery, Palace Museum, Beijing, 15th Century
Daily Thoughts 03/26/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.

I finished reading The Mechanical by Ian Tregellis.  It was a satisfying read.  I liked the alternate history angle of the French versus the Dutch.   I also liked the idea of pitting alchemy versus chemistry.  It made for an entertaining story.  The bits on machines having free will or being controlled were also well done.  This is a captivating fantasy with a unique setting.

I checked the displays and the gift books today.   I also worked on a flyer for an upcoming digital photography class in May.  I am starting to put out books on poetry today.

We had the book club meeting for The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee.  It was interesting discussing the book.  More people came and checked out the book than came to the book club which is something that has not happened before.  We are reading Mom and Me and Mom by Maya Angelou for the Thursday, April 23, 2015 book club from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

I read another copy of the Times Literary Supplement and the April 2015 Forecast from Baker and Taylor.

I checked out the book Werewolf Cop by Andrew Klavan.

Web Bits


ALA President Responds to House Proposal to Eliminate IMLS

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Daily Thoughts 03/25/2015

William McGregor Paxton, Woman with a Book, 1910

Daily Thoughts 03/25/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Information Doesn't Want to Be Free Laws for the Internet Age by Cory Doctorow.  There is a line in the book which reads "Information doesn't want to be free-- people do" which is part of the essence of this book.  People want to be able to freely create different media without too many restrictions.  There are many arguments against digital locks and digital rights management in this book as well as a very open view on copyright.

I checked the gifts and the displays.  April is national poetry month.

Beard Foundation Announces Best Cookbook Nominations
http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-beard-foundation-best-cookbook-nominations-20150324-story.html?track=rss
Our library buys lots of cookbooks.

Man Booker 2015 International Prize Finalists Announced
http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/man-booker-international-prize-2015-finalists%E2%80%99-list-announced

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, The Brown Bag Book Club will be discussing the book, The Second Machine Age Work Progress and Prosperity In A Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew Mcafee.  This is an important subject.  I have been looking at some articles to show as part of the book discussion.



How Robots and Algorithms are Taking Over-- Review  of The Glass Cage Automation and Us

Tesla Basically Just Ignited the Driverless Car Era

Why Not Utopia

The Future of Employment How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerization

Human Investment Managers Risk Obsolescence
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/17129fc0-a48c-11e4-8959-00144feab7de.html#axzz3VOllDRiD

I read a copy of the latest Times Literary Supplement.

I spent some time talking to a person about doing digital photography classes in May.

Tonight we have Karen Leahy doing an author talk about her book, The Summer of Yes: An Ex-Nun's Story from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the community room.

On the way home, I read some more of The Mechanical by Ian Tregellis.  It is very much a story about free will and slavery set in an alternate history.


Web Bits


Check It Out The Race for ALA Presidency
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/65740-check-it-out-with-andrew-richard-albanese-the-race-for-ala-presidency.html

JP Porcaro's ALA Presidential Platform
http://makingithappen.me/?page_id=152
I met JP Porcaro at a couple different conferences including Urban Librarians Unite and Metro New York Library Council.  He seems to be quite sincere and straightforward about what he believes.

A 24 Hour City Deserves A 24 Hour Library

Rural Library Say IRS Tax Cuts Have a Toll for Elderly Patrons


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Daily Thoughts 03/24/2015

Rembrandt, Old Man Reading a Book, 1628

Daily Thoughts 03/24/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.


On the way to work, I read some more of Information Doesn't Want to Be Free. Cory Doctorow describes how it is necessary to have fame or notoriety before you can make an adequate living in the creative professions.  The internet is often a key to this.


I also read some more of The Mechanical.  I like the description of how the character, Jax, who is a mechanical becomes unbound from his controller.  Also, the war between the French and the Dutch in the new world is interesting.  It presents an alternate history to our own.


I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I also had some flyers printed.  I am talking to someone about having digital photography classes at the library.


The crochet class is today from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  I pulled a few books on crochet for the class to look at.  The class has been going well.


I also read a copy of Booklist this morning and selected a few more books for the collection.


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

On the way home, I read some more of The Mechanical.  I rather like that there is a theological argument about whether an intelligent machine has a soul in this story.  It makes the story interesting.

I also read a bit more of Information Doesn't Want to Be Free on the way home.  Cory Doctorow argues that the internet is a conversation more than it is about content.  People are talking about the content.

I watched some of the BBC series Planet Earth which is a 5 DVD set about visiting some of the most remote places on earth to look at animals.  There is some unique footage in the series including video of a snow leopard and her cub.  The series is quite beautiful to watch and the last dvd in the series is about the future of the most remote places on earth and the animals that live there.  If you like animal videos this series is excellent.



Web Bits


Special Report on New York City's Libraries
Maintenance Issues


Joanne Harris Condemns Clean Reader App for Replacing Swear Words in Novels
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/11492003/Joanne-Harris-condemns-Clean-Reader-app-for-replacing-swear-words-in-novels.html



Monday, March 23, 2015

Daily Thoughts 03/23/2015

Portrait of a Man Writing In His Study, Gustave Caillebotte, 1885
Daily Thoughts 03/23/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Mechanical.  I like how intelligent machines are described as being servants.  How they are controlled with alchemical geas is interesting.  There are even descriptions of a secret language which only the machines can hear.

I checked the gift books and the displays.  I also spent some time discussing programming this morning.

The book, Information Doesn't Want to Be Free Laws for the Internet Age by Cory Doctorow came in for me to read.

There is a Fundamentals of Computers class from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Beginning Microsoft Word class from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. tonight.

I spent some time updating the Bookletters pages for Fiction and Nonfiction today.

I also spent some time scheduling programming today.

I started reading Information Doesn't Want to Be Free by Cory Doctorow. The Introduction includes parts by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer.  Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman are Having a Baby.
http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/amanda-palmer-neil-gaiman-are-having-a-baby/100711 
The book itself is about creativity and copyrights.  It is an argument against digital rights management. Cory Doctorow also argues against Watermarks.

Web Bits


Reader Helps Tell Story of Detroit Libraries 150 Years

Why Not Utopia?

Ink On Paper: On the Beauty of Typewritten Book Covers