Thursday, June 12, 2014

Daily Thoughts 06/12/2014

Cover illustration of 'Beeton's Christmas Annual,' magazine, for 1887. 21 cm. Featuring Arthur Conan Doyle's "A Study in Scarlet." General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
Daily Thoughts 06/12/2014

I watched The Hunger Games Catching Fire in the morning.  It followed the book very closely.  I liked both the action and the tragedy in the film.  It is strange that the three finger salute in the film Catching Fire is spreading into the real world in Thailand with the military dictatorship.

I read some more of Are Libraries Obsolete?  I am in the last part of the book.  The author posits two different situations.  One where libraries cease to exist and one where libraries remain relevant.  He is making arguments about what librarians need to do to continue to be funded and be important.  The last part of the book is the part I have been looking forward to.

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook page.  I also checked the displays and worked a bit with the oversize books.  I am doing a little more work with Bookletters and programming today.

The children's room is doing some Bookletter pages.  I also printed some more flyers for the Adult Summer Reading.  We are finalizing the flyers.

There is a class on email today from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..  We are planning some more advanced classes for the computer classes in July and August.  People want to make flyers, do formulas with Microsoft Excel, work with calendars, and learn blogging.

I finished reading Are Libraries Obsolete?  The last part was useful.  The book reminded people that a search engine is better at finding something quickly than a librarian.   Mark Herring reminds us that libraries will survive by providing value added services like readers advisory, children's story time, computer training, propietary databases with unique information, materials on local history and cultural heritage, as well as spaces for quiet study and knowledge sharing.  I am still thinking about what he says.  In his view libraries cannot compete directly with the new technology companies.

Web Bits

The Oldest Bookstore In the World: The Bertrand Bookstore in Lisbon

Pollen: the Book is a Program

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