Saturday, June 5, 2010

Daily Thoughts 6/5/2010

The editorial staff of the New... Digital ID: 1109481. New York Public Library

The editorial staff of the New York Herald in 1860 (from a photograph by Brady) : John Ryan, art critic, John Bonner, money editor, Frederick Hudson, managing editor, Dr. George B.[?] Wallis, loader writer, James Gordon Bennett, proprietor, J. S. Thrasher, statistical editor, James Gordon Bennett, Jr., aged 17, E. G. P. Wilkins, dramatic critic.

Daily Thoughts 6/5/2010

The book Drive The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink came in for me to read. I think it will be a nice followup to Linchpin by Seth Godin. Linchpin challenges the traditional ideal of work as a factory with people as cogs. He is telling us that this mindset no longer works. People need to have some satisfaction in what they do as well as artistic and creative input. He is describing the emotional process of creating value for a company and an employee.

I spent some time working on a bookmark this morning as well as adding some more content to the Bookletters page which we are working on for our website. I also helped a little bit with shifting in the storage area.

The book sale was ongoing today. I had some more coffee and a few cookies and looked at the books. A few dealers came in to look at the books. When the Friends of the Library are done, someone from the hospital is coming by to look at what is leftover. They want to have some books for people in the hospital to read. Also, one of the middle school librarians is coming to look at the leftover childrens books. Finally, when this is done, we have a company that will take the rest of the remaining books.

Today was quiet, predictable, and pleasant. It went very smoothly.

I read some more of Seth Godin's Linchpin. It is very easy to identify with him in the literary sense. He reads Cory Doctorow's blog which is something I do. He also was a book packager at the start of his career. Seth Godin says he worked on creating over 200 different books. This shows in the simple, smooth, easy to follow layout in the books he writes. I like the bibliography in the back of the book which does not follow the traditional bibliographic format. It is title, author, and a short summary of what the book is about.

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