Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Daily Thoughts 08/13/2014

William Harnett, Materials for a Leisure Hour, 1879

Daily Thoughts 08/13/2014

On the way to work, I read some more of Wired for Story.   Lisa Cron reminds that the characters inner goals should be challenged by the world outside her.

I spent some time working on the survey.  We are getting closer to releasing it.

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.  This morning, I checked the displays and the gift books.  Our new mystery books are going out very quickly.  I spent some time working with the books on Africa.

The book, Customer Based Collection Development: An Overview Edited by Karl Bridges came in through interlibrary loan for me to read.  I also placed a hold on the graphic novel of Falling Skies which is a science fiction television show.

I spent a bit of time checking on the Adult Summer Reading Program.

There was a programming committee meeting where we discussed programming for September through December.  Some of the things which we do every year came up like Banned Books Week, Teen Read Week, National Library Card Month, the Holiday Books and Music Day, the Tree Lighting, Kwanzaa, Fall Festival, and National Hispanic Heritage Month.

On the way home, I read some more of Wired for Story.   Lisa Cron reminds us that the protagonist of  a story has specific fears and desires and ultimately it is about the change in character she experiences from overcoming these difficulties that is interesting in a story.

The book Customer Based Collection Development was not what I expected.  The majority of the book was about patron driven acquisitions for e-books in academic libraries.  It was not what I was looking for.  We have access to Content Reserve as part of the Overdrive Advantage Module which allows us to buy e-books through Overdrive for our library as part of the Westchester Library System.  We often buy e-books that our patrons are requesting.  Content reserve lists e-books which our patrons have holds on.  We also have gotten a few requests for e-books from patrons which we have filled.  Recently, we have also received a few requests for electronic audiobooks.  Some of the teenagers have assignments to read certain books, but they are dyslexic and find it easier to listen to the books.

Web Bits

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