Friday, February 15, 2013

Daily Thoughts 02/15/2013

Stratford on Avon: A bird’s-eye view of Stratford-on-Avon made by J. Ross Brown in or about 1908.

Daily Thoughts 02/15/2013

This morning, I read some more of Designing for the Social Web.  The author is describing how having excellent customer service and online outreach is essential for companies to survive.  He also suggests the idea of being your own fan where you work on things which interest you and hire people who are your most devoted fans.

This morning, I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.  I also checked the displays and did a little more work on the 900s.  People have been asking about the AARP Tax Preparation people who come on Monday and Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. a lot lately.

Something which is not talked about a lot is the cooking collection of the Mount Vernon Public Library, in addition to regular cookbooks, part of our cookbooks section is arranged alphabetically by country.  Recently we have been expanding the collection to include a variety of countries like Turkey, Burma, Jamaica, England, and other places.  We also have quite a number of books by popular chefs and cooks like Jacques Pepin, Lidia, Bobby Flay, Jamie Oliver, and Julia Child.

I read the February 10, 2013 New York Times Book Review today.  I placed the book, The Future Six Drivers of Global Change by Al Gore on hold.  I also picked up the copy of the Collection Management sheet for patron requests from the reference desk and took a few minutes to look through the purchase alerts for items that are on hold.  Most of the books on the purchase alerts list are either on the New York Times Bestseller List or the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list.

I'm off next week.  The new director is coming in on Tuesday.

I read some more of Designing for the Social Web on the way home.  Joshua Porter is describing how to keep people engaged with a network, and how to set up profiles so they require continuous updates by users.

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