Sunday, May 17, 2015

Daily Thoughts 05/17/2015


L'Illustration, Hermann Richir (1866-1942)
Daily Thoughts  05/17/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.

I found a few interesting things.  There is Bookface Friday

I also came across the idea of Recipe Clubs where people share recipes   from books and bake them.  These are two examples of this.        

Adult Recipe Club

Cookbook Club

We have also been looking at promotional ideas. These are book buttons listed on Etsy. 

I finished reading Biblio TECH Why Libraries     Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google by John Palfrey  this morning.   This book popularizes and brings to the general public many issues which are occurring inside libraries and are not part of the general public discussion.  It brings to the fore issues with digitization, new digital technologies, and changes in the purpose of libraries from solely being repositories of books to being platforms for information.

The style is not just written for librarians, it is written for a more inclusive, general audience that is interested in books.  This book would be of interest to people in publishing, bookselling, academia, or to people who read a lot.  John Palfrey uses his background as a lawyer who does not have a library degree but is a director of library to show some new  perspectives on the profession and what can be done to change things.  He is one of the founders of the DPLA Digital Public Library of America.   The book is very technology focused, but has little technical jargon making it very reachable to people.

I have seen most of the arguments he presents,  but not all of them in one place, and not all of them written for the general public.  This makes the book useful for people who like libraries but are not necessarily versed in the profession, the politics of the profession, or the jargon that is often used.

I started reading Rise of the Robots Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford.  This is a different perspective.  Martin Ford has the background to describe how a factory could become fully automated.  He also describes example of fast food automation, as well as examples of increasing warehouse automation spearheaded by companies like Amazon and Kroger's.  There is a lot of technology in this.  He even discusses something called "cloud robotics." His description of Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano makes me want to read it.

Web Bits 

First Ever Dr. Seuss Museum is Coming to Springfield


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