Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/30/2014
I checked the library Twitter and Facebook page this morning. I also read a copy of the New York Times Bestseller list and worked a bit on next years orders for books.
I checked the displays and the gift books. We spent some time discussing programming for next year.
I read the February copy of the Ingram Advance. I also read through the latest Publishers Weekly. I put a few more titles in for next weeks order. Neil Gaiman is coming out with short story collection called Trigger Warning in February. Peter Diamandis has a new book called Bold How to Go Big which is a business title. I read his previous book, Abundance, and liked it.
I placed a hold on the book, Waking Dreaming Being by Evan Thompson after reading this article. In Search of a Science of Consciousness. http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2014/12/30/373952810/in-search-of-a-science-of-consciousness?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2056
An African Reading List
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Monday, December 29, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/29/2014
I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning. I relaxed a bit on the way to work. I checked the displays and the gift books. I also put in an order for new books this morning.
I spent some time with a colleague working on an order of E-books.
I have a copy of the New York Times Book Review to read.
There is an online jobs workshop tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the computer lab.
Who Will Shape the Future?
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Sunday, December 28, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/28/2014
I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning. I looked through my usual news sources this morning and saw nothing particularly interesting yet. I found a few things.
I spent some time looking through the Random House online catalog today.
Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits Vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized
House of Books Majestic Photos of Libraries Around the World
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Saturday, December 27, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/27/2014
I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning. Last night, I spent some time looking through Locus Magazine online and Science Fiction Site. I enjoy reading science fiction sometimes.
I checked the Romantic Times website and am looking forward to when the book, Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear comes out. It is a steampunk western. There are not that many western style fiction books anymore. The only writer of westerns who gets books in paperback on the bestseller lists is William W. Johnstone.
I took a few minutes to look through the Mahogany Books website. It usually has some interesting African American titles.
The Future of Britain's Libraries Why Lattes and Wi-Fi Are Nothing to Fear
Follow what is happening in Britain in libraries. Also in Canada. There is a lot of debate about what libraries are and should become.
A Piece of Yale's Library is Brought Back to Life
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Friday, December 26, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/26/2014
I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.
I watched several movies this week. Godzilla was mildly entertaining and Guardians of the Galaxy was just plain silly. I also watched the Charlie Brown Christmas Special. The best film which I took out was Rise of the Black Pharaos which is a PBS movie. It is the story of the 25th dynasty of Egypt when the Cushites often called the Nubians as well conquered Egypt. Cush is what is now the Sudan in Africa. We learn that the Nubians were a conquered colony of Egypt and that they produced most of Egypts gold.
We also learned that after the 25th dynasty fell, the next Egyptian pharaoh tried to wipe out all traces of a Cushite dynasty in Egypt; destroying statues, defacing imagery, and denying history. This is a really interesting archeological documentary.
I also read a little bit more of Leading the Life You Want.
A Closeup Look at FreeFor All Inside the Public Library
This is the film. There is a book with the same title.
Take A ‘Shelfie’ To Get A Free Ebook Version of Any Print Book You Own
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Thursday, December 25, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/25/2014
I checked my email this morning for work. I also checked the Facebook and Twitter accounts for thelibrary. I did not look at it for the last four days. I am off this week. I am trying to relax and not do too much that is much that is library oriented. I mostly relaxed and tried to do nothing. It is good to do nothing sometimes.
I read two biographies, One Lucky Bastard by Roger Moore which is a bit risque and shows how much of a raconteur, bon vivant, and working actor that Roger Moore is. It is a very entertaining and sometimes surprising story.
I also read Sophia Loren, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow My Life which is an autobiography. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow is the title of a film where Sophia Loren plays a stripper. The book is very sophisticated. There is a lot of hardship: a poor childhood, multiple miscarriages, legal complications in marriage, and prison for tax issues. This is easily eclipsed by the story of a beautiful, capable, and driven personality. It is a story of a person who rises to the top of their profession not just in acting in the traditional sense, but also ties it with extraordinary beauty, fashion, and passion for life. Sophia Loren wrote two cookbooks and did a variety of interesting things. I read this book for my book club.
I started reading Leading the Life You Want Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman. I first saw this book in Barnes and Noble. It is published by Harvard Business Review Press.
Opinion From Vicious to Virtuous : The Collapse of U.K. Libraries and Unbreaking the Cycle of Library Support
Seven Things I’ll Miss About The Traditional Library
Clash In the Stacks
Thirsty, Go To A Library Not A Coffee Shop
I am not that fond of the hipster ethic.
Libraries Can Provide Patrons With Sanctuary In Many Forms
A nice reminder that libraries are safe havens, quiet places for thinking, and places of culture.
Books Suck: Why I Love My Kindle More Than Dead Trees
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Friday, December 19, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/19/2014
I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.
On the way to work, I read some of Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow My Life. Sophia Loren describes how people have to find their own beauty that she would never be conventional and have plastic surgery. It also describes one of her first big breaks as an actress as working in photonovellas, stories with pictures and speech bubbles. She says it helped develop her expressiveness with her face and body.
I checked the gifts and the display books. The majority of gift books which we want added have been added. I read the January Bookpage and did a little more ordering for next weeks new book order.
Library Advocacy. Everyone Thinks they Do It. But, really what is it?
Book News: The Future of the Public Library May Lie in the Coffee Shop
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Thursday, December 18, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/18/2014
I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning. I also checked the displays and the gift books.
I checked out the book, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow My Life by Sophia Loren. It is the book which our next book club meeting is reading. I also checked out One Lucky Bastard by Roger Moore which is also an autiobiography.
Amazon Not as Unstoppable as it Might Appear
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/17/2014
The final touches are being put in place for the poetry chap book. There is a young lady having an exam proctored. I am thinking about proctoring.
I took some time to look through the Simon and Schuster Digital Catalog for books.
I rested on the way to work. I don't always read. I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning. I also checked the gift books and the displays. I spent a little more time working on next weeks order of new books.
There is a Mount Vernon Public Library Board of Trustees meeting going on today at 6:30 p.m. in the Trustees room.
Kids are Thriving, Reading, and Hungry For More: Crunching Numbers at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit
What is the Value of a Public Library?
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/16/2014
I checked the library Twitter and Facebook.
On the way to work, I read some more of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy The Many Faces of Anonymous. The book reveals that Anonymous is not a single group but rather a platform of common values and skills which many different small groups join to push forward a variety of direct actions usually involving hacking, trickery, and political dissent. It is constantly shifting and amorphous with no central direction or even universally accepted goals. The inconsistency, the dark humor, the infighting make this book captivating reading.
We had a staff luncheon for the holidays this afternoon. I did my book club, with the book Unbroken by Lauen Hillenbrand. I am going to request Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow by Sophia Loren as our next book club book. We also discussed a little bit about the book Alan Turing the Enigma by Andrew Hodges.
I made a few changes to Bookletters and a read a copy of Publishers Weekly. I also did a little work on next weeks order of new books.
Capital Home to Oversized Atlas
Vital Community Hubs, Libraries Toil Underfunded
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Monday, December 15, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/15/2014
I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning. I proctored an exam.
There is a Path to Employment Workshop today in the computer lab from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
I checked the gift books and the displays. I spent a little time working on the planning committee.
I placed an order for new books this morning.
On Sunday, I read some more of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy The Many Faces of Anonymous. I have been reading about Anonymous and its relation to Wikileaks, and how Anonymous was involved in the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions.
I spent some time organizing my desk. I also spent a little time planning what I am going to do in the near future.
I have a copy of Publishers Weekly to read.
On the way home, I read a little bit more of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy. It is the trickster aspect of Anonymous which interests me. PBS Hacked, Claims 'Tupac Alive' in New Zealand. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/30/pbs-hacked-tupac-alive_n_868673.html
So How Do You Wrap an E-book?
Six Hacks to Improve Diversity in Book Publishing
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Saturday, December 13, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/13/2014
I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.
I read some more of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman. Gabriella Coleman wrote this as part of her academic requirement to publish. She is a cultural antrhopologist focusing on modern culture. The style is quite interesting. There are many excerpts from internet relay chat conversations. This means there is a lot of dialogue. Also, in order for her to do this kind of work, she has to have regular contact with the people involved so that there is a lot of original research. This makes the book more authoritative.
I checked the gifts and the displays this morning. I also summarized my committee meeting from yesterday. I sent some information for a flyer to our graphic designer.
The Mount Vernon Public Library is seeking a children's librarian part-time.
No Luddite Libraries Here 95% of American Libraries Carry Ebooks
Make New York City’s Libraries A Higher Priority
Libraries Find New Ways to Thrive in Digital World
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Friday, December 12, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/12/2014
I read some more of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy. I learned that are pirate parties in some countries with a specific platform of supporting reform in copyright, censorship, intellectual property laws, freedom of information, and greater participation in government.
I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library. I also checked the displays and the gift books. I spent some time preparing for programs in January. I also wrote up the November monthly statistics.
We had a meeting of the planning committee in the afternoon. I have another report to write.
FCC Boosts Funding to Increase Internet Speeds at Schools, Libraries
E-books Challenge Public Libraries and High Street Booksellers
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Thursday, December 11, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/11/2014
I took a day off from blogging yesterday. I got a request for my cell phone number as a security precaution. I don't give this out.
This morning, I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library. I also read some more of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy. I am reading about the early history of Anonymous. I am learning about the start of the use of the Guy Fawkes mask in protests, the adoption of sites like Pirate Bay, the use of botnets, and denial of service attacks. It is interesting if not a little dark material.
I read the latest copy of the Ingram Advance for January/February and did preparation work for next weeks orders.
I watched something silly and unintellectual last night, The Scooby Doo Wrestlemania Mystery Original Movie. It was an opportunity to turn my brain off and laugh.
There is a beginning Microsoft Excel class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Move Over HP Lovecraft, Fantasy Writers of Color are Coming Through
Writers in Residence at the Public Library
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/09/2014
I read a bit more of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy. I am reading a little more about how Anonymous came out of message boards and hacker groups. There is a prankster aspect to Anonymous. The group started with a protest against scientology.
I checked the Twitter and Facebook this morning for the library. I also checked the gifts and the displays. I wrote my short monthly report. I have to get the statistics done soon.
I am looking through the 100 Notable Books of 2014 list in the New York Times Book Review.
I am going to spend a little more time going over a list of missing and lost items with high circulation.
I spent some time checking on the computer lab and the public computers. We have a Fundamentals of Computer Operations class tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 6;30 p.m. and a Beginning Microsoft Word class from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Can Libraries Survive Disruptive Technologies
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Monday, December 8, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/08/2014
I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning. We had a program this morning from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., The Path to Employment Staying Focusing in the Computer Lab. There is also going to an Online Job Search Workshop tonight between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab.
I checked the displays and the gift books. I also put in an order for new books. I also spent some time looking at a report on lost and missing items at the library.
A copy of the New York Times Book Review came in for me to read. It is one of the giant issues with books reviewed for the full year.
Two books came in for me to read, The Best American Comics 2014, Edited by Scott McCloud and Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman came in for me to read.
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Friday, December 5, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/05/2014
I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.
I enjoyed reading Bad Paper Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld by Jake Halpern. This book is an expose of how corrupt the system of buying and selling debt is. There are some wonderful ideas in here. One of the first is that if you wear a suit it is far easier to rob someone. This book exposes the seemy side of debt collection. It shows agencies will sometimes try and collect on the same debt multiple times. It also describes how debt often is not legitimate and does not have a clear paper trail.
There are a few things worth learning. Show up if you receive a judgement letter for debt in court. 90% of these letters are dismissed if you show up. There is an hierarchy to debt collection starting with the banks, going to top tier collection agencies, then smaller collection houses with a few people, then shady small agencies which buy debt for pennies on the dollar so they can try and collect it. The final layer are lawyers who send out collection letters. There are also a wide variety of types of debt ranging from mortgages, credit cards, cell phone bills, to payday loans. I liked the descriptions of people trying to collect debt from people who owed. One of the interesting ideas I get from this book is that many people want to pay but fall into traps where they simply cannot afford to pay their debts anymore.
Some of the accounts of the smaller agencies are gripping. It is where the law meets gray areas, where the agents sometimes use threats, and warnings of legal action to get the debtor to pay. It is also a world where agencies buy, sell, and steal debt from other agencies. The people running the agencies are often ex-gangsters, former drug dealers, or have unsavory backgrounds and are not averse to using a little physical contact to collect their money. There is a feeling when you read these accounts, you are reading about legal extortion, usury, and chicanery.
Licking Library Now Loaning Guitars
City Seizes Brooklyn Library Building [Udpated]
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Thursday, December 4, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/04/2014
I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.
On the way to work, I started reading Bad Paper Chasing Wall Street to the Underworld by Jake Halpern. This book is an account of how banks sell loans that they have failed to collect for a variety of debts from credit cards to home loans for pennies on the dollar. The people often collecting these loans use tactics that are questionably legal. It is a shadowy world where bankers meet the street.
I checked the gift books and the displays this morning. I also did a little more work with programs. I have a copy of Library Journal and Booklist to read.
I registered for Book Expo America on May 27 through 29, 2015. They sent me a free VIP Badge. I always enjoy the show. I also registered for the Metro New York Libraries Conference on January 15, 2014.
I placed the book, Best American Comics 2014 on hold. Scott McCloud is the editor this year. I trust his judgement.
I am working on the final chapbook for the Mount Vernon Public Library Poetry Workshop.
There is a Beginning Internet Class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab tonight.
The library had its tree lighting ceremony for the holidays today. The Mount Vernon Interfaith Community Choir was here tonight at 6:00 p.m. along with an elementary school band, the Ice Cold Band. They had cookies, punch, and eggnog in the Trustees room. It was nice.
The book Leading the Life You Want Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman came in for me to read. It is published by Harvard Business Review Press.
Library or Homeless Shelter? Proposal to Open Library 24-7 Stirs Debate
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/03/2014
I checked the library Twitter and Facebook. I also checked the gift books and the displays.
On the way to work, I read some more of Wherever You Go There You Are. Different types of meditation are being described: walking meditation, sitting meditation, meditation laying down, meditation on mountains, meditation on lakes, and meditation while standing often focused on trees.
I finished shifting in the adult 900s and did a litte more work with the oversize books. I am looking at some different places where we might apply for a technology grant.
NPR's Book Concierge http://apps.npr.org/best-books-2014/#/_
I spent some time working on setting up programming for February today.
There was a Gmail class today in the Mount Vernon Public Library computer lab from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
On the way home, I finished reading Wherever You Go There You Are Mindfulness Meditation In Everyday Life by Job Kabat-Zinn. This book is a solid reminder on how important it is to pay attention. One of the central ideas in the book is that we have to pay attention to understand the present moment.
I watched another episode of National Geographic called Brain Games which was called Remember This. It was about memory. They had a professional memory person on the show who did a variety of things including remember the names of twenty different people going into a theatre, remember a series of objects, and identify a sequence of cards in a deck. There was also a crime scene setup with a pickpocketing where memory for faces and events was tested. I found the show very entertaining and informative. I put Brain Games Season 3 on hold. There is also a Brain Games Season 4 which the library has not gotten.
Unpublished Raymond Chandler Work Discovered in the Library of Congress
Readers’ Love Letters to Libraries
New Wreaths for New York Public Library Lions
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/02/2014
I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.
I also read a bit more of Wherever You Go There You Are. There are references to Buddhism, Taoism, and Sufism in the book in the context of paying attention and not doing certain things.
I also watched some of Brain Games by National Geographic. This is Part 1. It was about how the brain pays attention. There was a bit on how hard it is for people to multitask as well as the limits of attention. Part of the limits of attention section was about why it is so easy to be fooled by sleight of hand and magic tricks.
I spent some time working on the displays this morning. I also checked the gift books and did a little work on ordering for next week. I put the book, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabrielle Coleman on hold.
Three books came in for me tor read, Bad Paper Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld by Jake Halpern, Blacksad A Silent Hell which is a graphic novel, and The Resurrectionist by E.B. Hudspeth which is horror.
On the way home I read some more of Wherever You Go There You Are. I am reading about sitting meditation.
I also read another Blacksad graphic novel. This one was Blacksad A Silent Hell. This book uses anthropomorphic characters. The main character Blacksad is a humanoid cat who is a detective. The artwork in this book is exceptional. The cartoon panels are done with watercolor. The artists often use washes in blue, yellow, red, and other color to add tone to the panels.
The setting is New Orleans in the 1950s which makes for a very colorful background. There are also many musical references to jazz. The story is fairly hardboiled with lots of action, drinking, drugs, and sexuality. There is also some skullduggery. It is a story meant for adults. The story is translated from Spanish. http://blacksad-gallery.blogspot.com/
I watched some more of Brain Games from National Geographic when I got home. I was watching about how we can fool ourselves when we look at color and shadow.
Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love Reading Fiction
What’s Going on in the Library? Part 1, Librarian Publishers May Be More Important Than You Think
New York Public Library Expands Free Wi-Fi Program
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Monday, December 1, 2014
Daily Thoughts 12/01/2014
I checked the library Twitter and Facebook.
On the way to work, I read some of Wherever You Go There You Are Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn. There are quite a few references to Thoreau and Walt Whitman in the book.
I checked the displays and the gift books. I also spent some time working on the computer class schedule and planning for programming. There has started to be some outreach for fundraising by the Friends of the Mount Vernon Public Library and some requests for people to volunteer at the library.
I have a lot of review material to go through. A copy of the New York Times Book Review, two copies of the Times Literary Supplement, a copy of the New York Review of Books and a copy of the Baker and Taylor Forecast.
I spent some time looking at material on Digital Media Labs.
Virtual library helps low income schools teach reading
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