Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Daily Thoughts 01/18/2017

Woman reading - Pablo Picasso
Woman Reading, Pablo Picasso, 1935

Daily Thoughts 01/18/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I finished reading The Revenge of Analog, Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax.  David Sax makes the argument that we need to turn off our devices and spend time in the real world once in a while to keep our bearings.

Today I started reading James Baldwin Early Novels and Stories.  It is the first time I am reading his books.  The first story I am reading is The Seventh Day which is quite religious.

Web Bits


Reservoir Clogs: Copyright and the Public Domain

Clever Browser Extension Helps You Find New Library Books on Amazon


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Daily Thoughts 01/17/2017


Portrait of a Venetian Gentleman, Giorgione, 1510

Daily Thoughts 01/17/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of The Revenge of Analog on the way to work.  I am reading about how education is changing because of ideas like design thinking and integration, not digital tools.

I placed some orders of books today.  I read through the latest copy of Booklist and the New York Times Book Review.

Our Crochet Group went well today from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There is a beginning Microsoft Word class tonight and a Fundamentals of Computers class.

I spent some time looking for African American history programs today.  I talked to the manager of St. Paul's Church Historic Site.

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Irma Boom's Library Where Pure Experimentalism Is On The Shelf


Monday, January 16, 2017

Daily Thoughts 01/16/2017

Wisdom - Titian
Wisdom, Titian, 1560

Daily Thoughts 01/16/2017

I am off today for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library today.

I read some more of The Revenge of Analog by David Sax.  I am reading about how digital technology is often not the answer for replacing analog jobs.  Digital jobs tend be focused on the highly educated, require lots of specialization, and are based on eliminating excess manpower.  People who work with their hands are usually not the right candidates for computer jobs.

I watched the recorded lecture for my Current Issues class today.

Web Bits



SF Public Library's Quest to Put Diversity on Shelves

Equipping People To Stay Ahead of Technological Change

Obama's Secret to Surviving the Whitehouse Years: Books

How to Have an Affair With Your Library


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Daily Thoughts 01/15/2017

Le philatheliste - Fran├žois Barraud
Le Philatheliste, Francoise Barraud, 1929

Daily Thoughts 01/15/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Revenge of Analog by Dave Sax.  I am reading about how some people are willing to pay more for products made in the United States by hand.  People appreciate local craftsmanship and are willing to pay for it.  It is very much like the farmers markets where you can buy local produce or craft fairs where you can buy local art.

I am looking at the concept of the Library as a "Safe Haven." The most recent example being Ferguson. Ferguson's Safe Haven, https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2014/11/10/fergusons-safe-haven/

Web Bits


In A Glitzy Era for Libraries, Core Mission Shows Signs of Decline

Public Libraries in the Age of Fake News


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Daily Thoughts 01/14/2017

William John Wainwright - His Favourite Author.jpg
William John Wainwright, His Favorite Author, 1881


Daily Thoughts 01/14/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook today.

I finished reading Star Wars Catalyst: Rogue One by James Luceno.  I liked how they described the infighting inside the Empire with different villains trying to be the top bad guy.  It was a nice touch.  It added some new characters to the Star Wars universe.  It was a nice way to take me away from things.

I read some more of The Revenge of Analog Real Things and Why They Matter by Dave Sax. There is plenty being said about business in here.  Dave Sax reminds us that the point of business is to make money, not worry about whether a book is an e-book or hard copy.  If there is no profit, there is no business.  He is also writing about physical businesses are diversifying into more specialty niches to be competitive.  This has led to a new business model called bricks and clicks, where a business does both.  Amazon has started opening retail stores for example.

I watched The Fantasy Worlds of George Pal.  George Pal is famous for the films, Destination Moon, War of the Worlds, When Worlds Collide, and many other science fiction films.  This film was a list of famous people in science fiction talking about George Pal including Chesley Bonestelle, Gene Roddenberry, Ray Bradbury, and many others.

I also watched a little bit of Life Itself about the life of the film critic, Roger Ebert.


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SF Library Book, Returned 100 Years Overdue