Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/18/2017


Daily Thoughts 10/18/2017

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

I also read some more of Antifa The Anti-Fascist Handbook last night.  The author, Mark Bray is describing the Golden Dawn fascists in Greece, the recent rise of fascism in France, and how it is related to economic austerity measures, fear of immigration, and fear of Islam.  There is also some material on the alt-right.

Web Bits

Reminding Your Audience About Upcoming Events

How Libraries Discriminate Against Undocumented Children

ALA Files Comments to Department of Homeland Security


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/17/2017



Scholar On The Bridge, Ni Tian, 1901

Daily Thoughts 10/17/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of Tool of War.  It is part of a trilogy.  The main character, Tool is an augmented monstrosity built for war.

I finished reading Tool of War this morning.  I like that there is a theme about slavery and control in the story.  Tool who is an augmented human has dog genes which he has to overcome to remain free.  There is a lot of interesting backstory in this book.  I have read the previous two books, Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities.  I rather liked reading all of the books in the trilogy.

I checked the gift books and the displays today.

We had the crochet group today from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. which went well.

We turned in the report for the First Annual Mount Vernon Local Author fair today.

I spent some time working on scheduling.   We arranged for training for Databases on October 20, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  There is also going to be circulation training on Tuesday, November 7, at 10:00 a.m.

I logged into Peachstate Hobby Distributors for the first time today to look at games.  I have some money to buy games for the library.

Web Bits


When a Librarian Travels...

How 'Big Data' Went Bust


Monday, October 16, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/16/2017


Scholar On a Rock, Ren Yi, Qing Dynasty, Circa 1880

Daily Thoughts 10/16/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also sent a few photographs to a colleague.

I read some more of Deep Thinking.  There is a little bit on how people can gain unfair advantages in chess.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I also entered a few interlibrary loans this morning.

We had a meeting to discuss next years Mount Vernon Local Author Fair.

Right now, I am in the computer lab.

I put in two orders for new books.

I checked out the book Tool of War by Paolo Bacigalupi.  It is young adult science fiction.

I finished reading Deep Thinking Where Machine Intelligence Ends Human Creativity Begins by Garry Kasparov.   The last part is the best part.  Gary Kasparov describes how when humans and machines work together, they beat humans or machines alone at chess.   He also makes the argument that computers make chess more available to people.  There are many more young people involved with chess.

Marsh's Library in Dubland, Ireland


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/15/2017


The Century Magazine for June, Louis John Rhead, 1896

Daily Thoughts 10/15/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more of Deep Thinking by Garry Kasparov.  Kasparov describes how much of success in chess is in analyzing past games.  Losing to an opponent can be analyzed and there can be many rematches.

I did a little updating on the final report for the Mount Vernon Author Fair.

Web Bits


How the Library of Congress Is Using Crowdsourcing Technology

Inside the Library of Congress' Rare Instrument Collection

Participatory Culture In A Candy Shell

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/14/2017

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Wang Meng, Wang Meng Writing Books Under the Pine Trees, 1308-1385

Daily Thoughts 10/14/2017

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

I didn't read this morning.  I did a little planning on the way to work.

I posted three Bookletters lists, New Nonfiction Books, Job Information Center Books, and New Fiction Books.

I read through the latest Ingram Advance today.

My colleagues are visiting Eastchester right now to look at their Indie Author Day.

I placed the book Endurance: A Year In Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly on hold.

We are meeting for the Mount Vernon Local Author Fair on Monday at 11: 15 a.m..  We are also meeting for the Signage Committee on Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m.

I wrote a rough draft for a summary of the Mount Vernon Local Authors Fair.

I read some more of Garry Kasparov, Deep Thinking on the way home.  Garry Kasparov is describing what it was like playing grand master level computers in chess.


Web Bits


New Pick for Book Club Central


Library Thanks Friends of the Library for Support

It is National Friends of the Library Week from October 15-21


Friday, October 13, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/13/2017

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Scholar With His Books, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621-1674)

Daily Thoughts 10/13/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook.

I read some more of Deep Thinking by Garry Kasparov.  I learned that the game of Go took much longer to crack than chess.  It was not until 2016, that a computer could beat a grandmaster of Go.  The programming also was more complex with neural nets and learning algorithms for Go.

I watched two more sessions of the Science of Mindfulness: A Research Based Path to Well Being on Hoopla.  Episode 11 Connecting With Children and Adolescents and Episode 12 Seeing Sadness and Depression in a New Light.

I checked the New York Times Bestseller list and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list today.

I placed a hold on the book, Tool of War by Paolo Bacigalupi.  It is a young adult book.

I read the latest copy of the New York Times Book Review.

Web Bits


How Living In A Library Gave One Man 'The Thirst for Learning'

County Library Wins Honor for After Hours Computer Center


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/12/2017

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Nikolaos Gyzis, Historia, 1891

Daily Thoughts 10/12/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

We changed the layout of our calendar a bit. http://mountvernonpubliclibrary.org/calendar/

I read some more of Deep Thinking by Garry Kasparov.  Garry Kasparov is describing his connection with computers and how the personal computer has made it easier for people to develop excellent chess skills.  He describes how it is very easy to get master level chess teaching programs anywhere in the world.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also printed some more flyers for the Papercrafts program this afternoon from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The papercrafts program went well today.  We had a lot of people who showed up.  We made skeleton masks for Day of the Dead.

I read copies of the New York Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement.

Web Bits



Girl Power: How Can Books Empower Young Girls?

Self Publishing ISBNS Climbed 8% Between 2015-2016

Library Trolls Copyright Zealots by Naming Collection After Sonny Bono

Library of Congress Book Conveyor Tunnel


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/11/2017

The Child's Brain - Giorgio de Chirico
The Child's Brain, Giorgio De Chirico, 1917

Daily Thoughts 10/11/2017

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

Last night, I read some of Deep Thinking by Garry Kasparov.  I am reading about computerized chess.  Garry Kasparov is famous for playing IBM's Deep Blue computer.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I also put out some flyers for the Mexican and South American Papercrafts program this afternoon in the community room from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Mexican and South American Holiday Papercrafts program went well this afternoon.  We had a person from Arts Westchester come by to see the program.  The focus on the program was on The Day of the Dead in Mexico which is coming up on November 1st and November 2nd.

I put in some orders for books this afternoon.

Web Bits

An Obscure Copyright Law is Letting the Internet Archive Distribute Books Publishing 1923-1941
Consider Joining the "Friends of the Library"
Stories Need to Be Told


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/10/2017

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Charles Dana Gibson (American illustrator, 1867-1944) 1905 pen and ink on paper illustration for Collier's Weekly; published in the artist's collection Our Neighbors (1905)

Daily Thoughts 10/10/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Antifa, The Antifascist Handbook.  I am reading about fighting between anti-racist street organizations and neo-nazi skinheads.  There is a kind of continuous undercurrent where the groups fight each other to prevent either side from getting an upper hand.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I also placed some orders for new books.

Today was the Crochet Group from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

I spent some time doing minor activities like giving a few of my colleagues permission to go to the Eastchester Indie Author Fair.  https://eastchesterlibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/INDIE-AUTHOR-DAY-event-flyer-for-readers.pdf

I spent some time with the literacy program from Yonkers discussing restarting our literacy program.  My colleague, Mayra Cabrera is working on literacy and has some people who are interested in teaching as well as some potential students.

I got the paperwork together and successfully applied for Peachstate Hobby Distributors which can provide games at a discount to libraries.  This should help us with International Games Week. http://www.phdgames.com/  There is a charity event tied in the International Games Week which we are working on.

I finished my monthly report for October.

I spent a little time checking the 900s.

I have to think of an event for Veterans day.  I am hoping we can do something with patriotic music.

I checked out the book, Deep Thinking Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins by Garry Kasparov.


Web Bits


Now Rescue N.Y.'s Library Branches

Library of Congress Visits MIT

Monday, October 9, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/09/2017


The Attributes of the Sciences, Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin, 1731


Daily Thoughts 10/09/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also spent some time on my monthly report.

I read some of Antifa The Anti-Fascist Handbook this morning.  I am reading about the history of anti-fascism from 1945-2003.  I am reading about how after World War II, it was often Jewish veterans who formed into groups to prevent fascist rallies who were the founders of anti-fascist organizations.

I finished editing the grant for Short Story Writing classes today for Arts Westchester.

I read some more of Literary Theory for Beginners.  I am glad that librarians don't have to rely on literary theory when writing their reviews.  There are a lot of philosophical ideas which fit into literary theory which are not connected to the individual feel of reading a book.  It is hard to take structuralism, Freud, feminist theory or deconstruction as a personal way to read books.  I find that a lot has changed since most of the literary canon is now readily available online in places like Project Gutenberg.  In a practical sense you cannot use literary theory to buy books or write reviews.

As I read more of the book, I question things like postcolonialism and Marxist literary theory and wonder what they have to do with the authors original meaning.  As a librarian, there is a lot of focus on what the author meant or intended to say.  When I read about literary criticism, I find it is more concerned with the idea behind the content, not the authors intent or message.

When I read about the meaning of an authors work from a critical perspective, I question it.  The reason I do this is that it is now possible to very easily ask living authors exactly what they meant.  In addition, biographical material, collections of letters, and interviews have become much more readily available.  You can read what an author meant in a way that is not abstract.

Literature is very much about ideas and the closer to the authors intent or message the more relevant an idea is to me.

I enjoyed Literary Theory for Beginners by Mary Klages because it was to the point, short, clear, and easy to interpret.  I also liked the illustrations.  Beginner Books has a lot of excellent illustrated books and graphic novels.

I watched a session of Science of Mindfulness: A Research Based Path to Well Being which is part of the Great Courses series on Hoopla.  The topic was Solitude.

Web Bits


RFID Enabled Vending Machine Brings Automation, Security to Library Disc Loans

Library 3.0: How 3D Printing is Helping Reshape the Library Into a Lab.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/08/2017


Aristotle Tutoring Alexander, Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1895

Daily Thoughts 10/08/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also wrote my assignment for Organization and Personnel Management this morning.

I read a little bit of Antifa the Antifascist Handbook by Mark Bray.  I am reading about the rise of fascism before World War II.  There is a chapter which describes how Mussolini's Black Shirts and Hitler's Brown Shirts rose to political power.  Part of this story is about infighting on the left and the unity of the right in taking power.

I registered with the Public Library Innovation Exchange at MIT.


I also ordered some boxes for the Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale which is on November 3rd and 4th.  International Games Week is on the same week as the Book and Bake sale of the Friends of the Mount Vernon Public Library.

I read a little bit of Literary Theory for Beginners by Mary Klages.  It is an illustrated e-book on Hoopla.  It starts with Aristotle and Plato.

I watched the lecture for this week for Organization and Personnel Management.  I spent some time and wrote a brief paper on how we might handle budget cuts.

I checked the purchse alerts for items on hold.

Web Bits

Smithsonian Puts Over a 1000 Illustrated Japanese Texts Online
http://mymodernmet.com/smithsonian-japanese-books-free-online/

Banned, Burned, and Now Rebuilding: Comics Collections in Libraries
https://blog.oup.com/2017/09/comics-libraries-literature/


Inflatable Space


Alphabet Gets Approval  For Giant Balloons to Restore Puerto  Rico's Wireless Service



Saturday, October 7, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/7/2017

Thomas Henry Huxley - John Collier
Thomas Henry Huxley, John Collier, 1885


Daily Thoughts 10/07/2017

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.  I was looking for things related to the Mount Vernon Local Author Fair which happened today.

I got in early to work this morning.  I wrote a sign in sheet for the authors and a sheet for the public.  We wrote a program for the author fair.

Authors started coming in at around 9:00 a.m. and we set them up in the community room.  There were far more authors than I expected initially.  All of them were local authors.  The community room kept on filling up until we had over 24 local authors from Mount Vernon, New York.  At 12:00 p.m, they stopped coming in and I made a short speech inviting the authors to Mount Vernon Public Library.  I also acknowledged Deborah Nelson who helped me out with the author fair and Mount Vernon Arts and Culture who helped sponsor the fair.

There was a panel at 12:30 p.m. in the Trustees room.  Ruth Hassell-Thompson, who was Mount Vernon's state senator stopped in.

Afterwards we served lunch to the authors.  Then we gave each author a chance to read from their works.  It was quite successful.

It was our first Mount Vernon Local Author Fair.  I think it worked well this time and will improve the next time we do it.

Web Bits

History of the Library
https://blog.oup.com/2017/10/history-of-the-library/

Library Social Worker Helps Homeless Seeking a Quiet Refuge
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/library-social-worker-helps-homeless-seeking-quiet-refuge/



Friday, October 6, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/06/2017

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The Wicked Witch of the West Melting After Being Doused by Dorothy.  First Edition, The Wizard of Oz, William Wallace Denslow-- Illustrator, 1900

Daily Thoughts 10/06/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.  We have another project to do with the Mount Vernon Local Author Fair.  We have to contact the press to come to the event.  A few people were contacted today.

I read a little bit of Leading Libraries: How To Create A Service Culture by Wyoma VanDuinkerken.  I am mainly looking at procedures and ideas for policies with customer service.

Maintenance is setting up the Grace Greene Baker room for the Local Author Fair as well as the Fiction Room.  We are getting food and printing up name tags.  The giveaways are in order.  I talked to a few authors today who are sending in additional material via email.

I placed an order for new books this morning.  I also checked the gift books and the displays.

We have some display boards which we are going to be using to show the authors biographies.

I read the New York Times

Web Bits

Kazuo Ishiguro Is Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

We ask libraries to do much more than collect books: We should give them the resources to do it.

Introducing the Public Library Innovation Exchange

We Are Excited to Announce the Release of the Law Library of Congress Chatbot



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/05/2017


Anne Vallayer- Coster, Attributes of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, 1769

Daily Thoughts 10/05/2017

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

Last night, I finished the first part of my assignment for Organization and Personnel Management.

I read some more on the train.  I looked through Practical Evaluation Techniques for Libraries by Richard Applegate.  It helped me better discuss a survey which the director is working on for the library.

I also looked through Build A Great Team One Year to Success by Catherine Hakala-Ausperk.  This gave me a much better sense of what I need to write for my next assignment.

The last Flamenco class was today by Josie LaRiccia.  It was enjoyable to watch.  It was from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. today.  I took some more pictures.  I am getting a better sense of how a digital camera works.  Next week we are doing Holiday Papercrafts of Mexico and South America.

I entered a few more people for the Mount Vernon Local Author Fair at the Mount Vernon Public Library.  I rather like Henry A. May who wrote a book called First Black Autos. http://stalwartpublications.homestead.com/

Web Bits



A New Writing Symposium at Monterey Library Starts Small

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/04/2017


Daily Thoughts 10/04/2017

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the Mount Vernon Public Library this morning.

I put out some copies of the latest Bookpage.

I also checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I read the latest New York Times Book Review.

I talked to several different authors today.  There are a number of new author biographies up on the list of authors attending.  I spent time talking to the Director about the people who were coming.  I also prepared some biographical information for Mount Vernon Arts and Culture.  I think we are reaching a lot of people.

I spent a little time going over advertising for events. We need to work on a few things like the calendar.

On the way home, I sat and planned for what I am doing tomorrow.  We have some display boards which we will use to show author biographies for the Mount Vernon Local Author Fair.

Web Bits


Literacy Starts In the Library



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/03/2017

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John Tyndall, by John McLure Hamilton (died 1936), given to the National Portrait Gallery, London in 1901


Daily Thoughts 10/03/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.  I also did a little more with LinkedIn.

We made a giant poster this morning and hung it outside today for the author fair.  I also sent a reminder email to all staff about the fair.  I have been getting a few more calls about the fair as well.  We have 12 authors so far of all types.  http://mountvernonpubliclibrary.org/mount-vernon-local-author-fair-2017/

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I also put in an order for new books.

The Crochet Group is meeting today from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

I read some more of the Core Strength Workout.  I have been using some the exercises.  I try and do floor exercises for a little bit every night as well as walking.

I also read a little bit more of Expect More by David Lankes.  One of the things which David Lankes is describing is how libraries are increasingly becoming involved in the creative process.  People make things and write in libraries, not just check out books or movies.  This is a change in how libraries work.  I am quite interested in the concept of the library as publisher.

I spent a little time going over local authors with a colleague.  Part of this process is thinking about the increasing move from curation to content where people increasingly want to produce their own work.  It is similar to the idea of not just reading books on computers, but teaching classes on computers.  People want their services to be much more interactive.

The Mount Vernon Public Library listed the Mount Vernon Author Fair on WVOX http://wvox.com/wvox-community-calendar/… The Mount Vernon Public Library will be talking about the Local Author Fair at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday mornong on WVOX.  WVOX is 1460 AM in Westchester.



Move from curation to creation.
Library As Publisher

New York Public Library and Macmillan to Launch a Publishing Partnership

Other libraries are participating in Indie Author Day on October 14, 2017

Eastchester Library is doing an Indie Author Day on October 14, 2017 (Westchester)


Web Bits 

Invite Your Friends to Join the Million Americans for Libraries Campaign
http://action.everylibrary.org/millioninvites

Latino Authors Celebrated At Annual Book Awards
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/awards-and-prizes/article/74941-latino-authors-celebrated-at-annual-book-awards.html



Monday, October 2, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/02/2017

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Amanda Sidvall, Self Portrait, Between 1870 and 1871

Daily Thoughts 10/02/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I spent some more time contacting people through Linked In about the Local Author Fair.
http://mountvernonpubliclibrary.org/mount-vernon-local-author-fair-2017/

This morning, I am going to work on posters and fliers.

I read some more of The Core Strength Workout on the way to work.  I am reading about the importance of proper posture for health.

I printed up a lot of flyers.  I separated them into packs of flyers to be sent to different local libraries as well as flyers to be distributed in the community.

We are starting to distribute some of the 11" x 17" flyers.  Also, there should be two large posters outside the Mount Vernon Public library soon.

I adjusted the displays to include a number of local authors like Bruce Fabricant, Kenneth C. Davis, Larry Spruill, G. Mae McDowell, James Fair, Karen Leahy and others.

On the way home, I read some of Build A Great Team One Year To Success by Catherine Hakala-Ausperk who is the teacher for the Organization and Personnel Management class I am taking online for the CPLA-- Certified Public Library Administrator certificate.  It gives me a better idea of what to write for my assignments this week.



Sunday, October 1, 2017

Daily Thoughts 10/01/2017


William Henry Bradley - The Blue Lady, poster for The Chap-Book, 1893

Daily Thoughts 10/01/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I spent some time contacting people on Linked In about the Mount Vernon Author Fair.  I wrote a brief article on Linked In to support this.

I read some of The Core Strength Workout Get Flat Abs and a Healthy Back , Pilates, Yoga, Exercise Ball by Karon Karter.  I have a large floor mat and an exercise ball.  This book focuses on the core of the body, the abs, the thighs, and the lower back.

I also started reading Expect More Demanding Better Libraries for Today's World by R. David Lankes.  This books is focused on building more community oriented libraries.

I watched the instruction video for my online class on Organization and Personnel Managment.

I checked the purchase alerts as well.

Web Bits


Balancing Connections and Collections Library By Design

Rally Participants Support Arlington Heights Library After Controversy

Food Center: Meeting Food Insecure Patrons Outside the Library

ALA Advocacy Panel at New York Comic Con

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Dailly Thoughts 09/30/2017

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Gogol and Zhukovsky at Pushkin's in Tsarskoe selo by P. Geller (1910)

Daily Thoughts 09/30/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also posted a quote about censorship on Twitter today.  Today is the last day of the #rebelreader tournament and #bannedbooksweek  .  We are going to be doing Giving Tuesday on October 18.  We earned a little bit of money last time.

I have some assignments to write today for my class.

I am reading The Core Strength Workout Get Flat Abs and a Healthy Back, Pilates, Yoga, Exercise Ball by Karon Karter.  I have a few big exercise balls.

I wrote my first article for Linked In.  It is to encourage people to come to the Mount Vernon Local Author Fair.
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mount-vernon-public-library-doing-its-first-annual-author-stepak/

Web Bits


How to Hotspot Tech Knowledge
The Mount Vernon Public Library lends hotspots.

Futures Conference: Trends + Signals + Patterns = Possibility

'Antiques Roadshow' Appraiser to Visit Local Library


Friday, September 29, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/29/2017

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Leonid Pasternak, The Passion of Creation, 19th Century.

Daily Thoughts 09/29/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.


I spent some time looking at old photographs of the library this morning.



The Library 1900 and Beyond Slideshow

From The Edge of Our History
http://mountvernonpubliclibrary.org/from-the-edge-of-our-history/

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I printed up some flyers for the local author fair to give to Cathy Webb.  There are some display posters around the library as well.

I finished writing the grant for Arts Westchester for a story writing workshop.  This should be an enjoyable activity.  There is a new grants application and one grant at a time can be put in.  So, I wrote my grant, and my colleague is going to write hers next.

A colleague put up the description of the 9 authors who are coming to the author fair so far on our website.  http://mountvernonpubliclibrary.org/mount-vernon-local-author-fair-2017/

On the way home, I finished reading Library Analytics and Metrics Using Data to Drive Decisions and Services Edited by Ben Showers.  I like that this has a different perspective.  The librares being discussed are academic libraries in the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States mostly.  They are much more advanced with their capabilities than public libraries so some of the content is a preview of what may be happening in public libraries in the near future.

It gives a nice overview of many different types of metrics and how they are used.  In addition, it describes how ethnographic studies can be used to gather qualitative data for libraries.  The end of the book has a bit on patron privacy as it is related data.  There is a remainder that social media has a price which in many cases is loss of privacy.

Web Bits 



Law's Picture Books: The Yale Law Library Collection Illustrating the Letter of the Law
Immigrant Rights Program Canceled After Arlington Heights  Officials Receive Threats

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/28/2017

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Still Life With Fruit Bowl, Flowers, and Book, William Shewell Ellis, 1910

Daily Thoughts 09/28/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also did a little work on the Author Fair this morning.

I started reading Library Analytics and Metrics, Using Data to Drive Decisions and Services Edited by Ben Showers.  This a book from the United Kingdom.  There is an excellent description of the different big data, huge data sets that require lots of computer processing power, and small data, data which can fit on a single computer in this book.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I also spent some time with the Flamenco class today from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m..  The people who attended the class found it very enjoyable.  A representative from Arts Westchester came by to look over the class.

I did some work on a short story grant for Arts Westchester.



Web Bits


After 20 Years, House Hearing Focuses on Depository Libraries


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/27/2017

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Charles Emmanuel Biset, Still Life With Books, A Letter, and a Tulip, Between 1648 and 1693

Daily Thoughts 09/27/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.  This week is Banned Book Week.

I napped a little bit on the way to work.  I was up late watching the video on the central library status.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I spent some time working on a grant for Arts Westchester today.

We are going to meet today with Mount Vernon Arts and Culture.

The Tango Dance class for Hispanic Heritage is today from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Web Bits


Banned Books: Why Are Illustrated Books Being Challenged More Than Ever

By the Numbers Banned Books Week

Books Behind Bars

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/26/2017


Karoly Ferenczy, October, 1903

Daily Thoughts 09/26/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.  I also put up a quote about censorship for the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament.

On the way to work, I read some more of New Routes to Library Success.  I am reading about customer service.  The author describes how to do an experiential display.  For example if you are doing a display on knitting you would include yarn and knitted hats in the display of books and DVDs.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

We are meeting today to discuss the Mount Vernon Local Author Fair with Mount Vernon Arts and Culture which is a local arts organization at 4:30 p.m.  I am waiting for several applications to come in.

I read a copy of Library Journal and Booklist this morning.

The crochet group is meeting today from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the fiction room.

I am meeting with Mount Vernon Arts and Culture this afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

I spent some time this afternoon going over the Arts Westchester grant for a short story workshop.

There are two computer classes tonight, A Fundamentals of Computers class and a Beginning Microsoft Word class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the computer lab.

Westchester Library System Central Library Study Committee.  Tonight 09/26/2017.



The Mount Vernon Public Library kept its central status.

  Web Bits

Diverse Bookfinder-- Children's Books
https://diversebookfinder.org/


Monday, September 25, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/25/2017


Man Seated With His Reading and Writing Materials Before Him, 
Ryūryūkyo Shinsai (Japanese, active ca. 1799–1823)


Daily Thoughts 09/25/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I changed a few of the displays today.  I put a display of local authors in one of the display cases and a display of banned books in another display case.

I posted a few things to Twitter for the Rebel Reader Banned Books week contest.  I did a coloring sheet which said Words Are Power.

I put in a few orders for new books today.  I also looked through a copy of the New York Review of Books.

We had a meeting this morning with Arts Westchester discussing sponsorship for a local hip hop organization.  It was quite interesting.  We are working on several different things with Arts Westchester.  This includes a Comic Con for next year, a short story writing workshop, and providing space for an Acrylic Painting workshop.

I have a copy of Booklist and Library Journal to read.

The Adult Games Night is tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

There is also a Fundamentals of Computers Class and a Beginning Microsoft Word class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

I read some more of New Routes to Library Success on the way home.  I read about different Kickstarter and how they support innovators. The book mentioned The Library As Incubator Project
http://www.libraryasincubatorproject.org/

Web Bits


Strictly Analog Developing A Gaming Program At Your Library
http://www.libraryasincubatorproject.org/?p=19476

Read & Reward: Kids Read Books to Pay Off Fines

The Library The Gold Rush Built

Library of Congress Makes Alexander Hamilton's Papers Available Online


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/24/2017

Felix Vallotton, 1906 - Woman Reading.jpg 

Felix Vallotton, Woman Reading, 1906

Daily Thoughts 09/24/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also read some of New Routes To Library Success 100+ Ideas from Outside the Stacks by Elisabeth Doucett.  This book is about how to get ideas from organizations outside the library.  Elisabeth Doucett was a business manager before she was a librarian.  There is a gray area between libraries and other organizations.  The author starts by looking at ideas from entrepreneurship by visiting a company called Gelato Fiasco.  There is a list of questions from the visit at the end of the chapter as well as a list of ideas.

I did my assignment for Organization and Personnel Management today.  It was focused on financial information for libraries.

On a personal level, I often visit bookstores and attend publishing events because they are helpful in understanding how the book industry works.

Today is the beginning of the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/bannedbooksweek/rebelreaderatyourlibrary
where we post about banned books.  Banned Books Week is from September 24 through September 30.

I finished reading Great By Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen.  This book is about what makes a company a leader in its industry over a period of many years.  The authors describe a systematic consistent pace, incremental research patterns, the ability to capitalize on luck, the ability to overcome disaster, and thriving in uncertainty as factors in being leading companies.  The companies like Amgen, Microsoft, and Southwest Airlines have lots of research to confirm the authors statements.  There are also notes and an index.  This book has sections where they compare the books Great By Choice and Good To Great which are both about being outstanding companies.  Consistency seems to play a huge factor in this book.

I also checked the purchase alerts for books on hold.

I listened to the lecture for next week for the online class for Organization and Personnel Administration.  We are working on polices and strategic planning.

I spent a little time cutting and pasting some information into the Arts Westchester Grant form for Arts Alive 2018.

Web Bits

20 Vintage Posters About Books and Libraries