Friday, May 31, 2013

Daily Thoughts 05/31/2013

Auguste Reading to Her Daughter, Mary Cassatt, 1910

Daily Thoughts 05/31/2013

This morning, I brought some of the books from BEA Book Expo America back to work.  It was a lot to carry.  There were a mix of audiotapes, large print, and hardcover books.   I also put the advanced reading copies in the staff lounge.  I have some reading to catch up on.

The Friends of the Mount Vernon Public Library were sorting books in the basement for the book sale.  They asked about the Adult Summer Reading Book Club Tea which is the final event for the club.  There are going to be three books read this summer, Till You Hear from Me by Pearl Cleage, In The Woods by Tana French, and Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka.

I spent a little time checking the displays.  I also checked the Facebook and Twitter for the library.

I spent a little time reading The New York Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement.

While searching for paintings to use in the daily post, I found this organization,

On the way home, I finished reading Big Data: a Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier.  It is a very solid overview of the subject and what it portends.  The ending even has a bit about how the algorithms affect our lives.

I also started reading The Librarians Guide to Micropublishing Helping Patrons and Communities Use Free and Low-Cost Publishing Tools to Tell Their Stories by Walt Crawford.  Walt Crawford defines micropublishing as books with print runs of less than 500 copies.  He also describes the processes that go into making a book that is affordable.

Web Bits

Collection Development 2020 Library Journals Day of Dialog

This was an interesting panel.  The focus on demographics seemed to be about picking books for different ethnic groups, especially foreign language titles. 

I also found the idea of having a backlist ebooks publisher, Open Road Integrated Media interesting.  Most of my experience is that people tend to only see the frontlist titles in ebooks.  They are a relatively company.  They were on the booth tour list for new companies that was given to us in the VIP lounge.

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