Depiction of Aesop from the Nuremberg Chronicle. Published in 1493.
Daily Thoughts 03/05/2013
This morning, I checked the libraries Facebook and Twitter pages. I also spent a little time reading through Library Journal and Publishers weekly online. I also read the latest New York Times Book Review and checked the purchase alerts for this week.
I checked the displays and the new book area. We are pulling some of the older material from the new books section. There should be some new material coming in soon.
I also spent some time checking the 900s today.
The computer classes are tonight. It has been a quiet, steady day.
Hopefully we should have some new display tables for the adult new books area soon. The library is also starting to take donations for the next Friends of the Mount Vernon Public Library book sale.
I am planning on ordering a copy of Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche. Sometimes it is important to have the classics. I recently ordered a copy of The Social Contract by Rousseau. Sometimes it is important to remember that libraries are also a way to educate and elevate peoples thinking.
I read some more of The Future by Al Gore. Al Gore is writing about the sum of all networks of human communication, what he calls, the global mind. I think his descriptions in this chapter are not complete enough. The increasing presence of cell phones and communication networks all over the world is changing things rapidly. Al Gore does mention big data, but only in a very cursory way. The book is very much meant to be an overview of a wide variety of ideas. This means there is a lot covered, but in a way that only touches the surface.
A Factory on Your Kitchen Counter
Will 3D Printing Change the World?
Duke University Libraries: New Library Service Digitize This Book
The idea of digitization by request is very interesting.