Saturday, December 3, 2011

Daily Thoughts 12/3/2011

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Daily Thoughts 12/3/2011

This morning, I read some more of Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil.  Weil is writing about integrative mental health, specifically depression.  He is describing how to combine alternative medicine with western medicine.  The book focuses on subjects like exercise, meditation, yoga, sunlight, vitamin supplements, herbal medicine, sleep, drug intake, and social isolation.  Andrew Weil has written a number of previous books on integrative medicine.

I checked the donations this morning and added a few books.  There was some urban fiction, classic literature, a number of works by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and a few high school assignment titles like S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders.

I plan on reading Bradford of Plymouth by Bradford Smith.  It is about William Bradford the founder of Plymouth colony.  He was the person responsible for creating the first Thanksgiving holiday.  The book was written in 1951 so it will definitely have a lot of old fashioned ideas in it.  It is part of our mezzanine collection.  We are reading biographies of famous people associated with holidays for the Biography Book Club on December 13, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m..

The graphic novel, Zahra's Paradise A Missing son. A Stolen Election.  Is This Iran? by Amir & Khalil came in for me to read.

I spent some time looking through the Collection Management sheets where we take down patron request at the reference desk.  We had a number of requests for books on cloth dolls.  There is an annual exhibit of cloth dolls every year at the library.  We also recently had some requests for Heavy D CDs.

Web Bits

E-Book market forecast to hit $5.2 billion as book industry burns

Occupy Bangor asked to remove tents from library property
A little bit about liability insurance.

Occupy Online: Facebook and the Spread of Occupy Wall Street

This is really interesting stuff.  It says there are over 400 Occupy Facebook pages which is a lot of people with over a million posts related to the subject.

There are 487 Different sites on Facebook. This means that there will most likely automatically be something happening somewhere which is newsworthy given the raw volume of protest sites.There will be a lot more things like Occupy Bangor appearing almost daily.

It belies a much more sophisticated internet and social media strategy than many people realize.

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