Saturday, August 19, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/19/2017



Caricature "Résurrection de la Censure" (resurrection of censorship) by the french artist J. J. Grandville, lithography. 1832
 
Daily Thoughts 08/19/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the gift books and the displays.

I spent some time setting up for the Acrylic Painting Class this morning which was well attended.

I also did some shifting in the 900s and checked some of the travel books.

I worked on two orders for books.  I started on a third focused on Spanish Language which a colleague, Mayra Cabrera provided.

On the way home, I read some more of The New Librarianship Field Guide by R. David Lankes.  There is a focus on community in the sense of the people who use or live around a library.  This is a move away from collections.  There is still a service orientation but it extends outside of the building.

The book is conceptually interesting and has some useful philosophical pieces.  However, there are some oddities like the purpose of a library is to improve the community.  I found this a little nebulous.  Also, some of the ideas have a touch of jargon to them.  I thought that calling community outreach community reference was a bit of a stretch.

If you want to read something which comes up with new ideas about libraries, this book is interesting and thoughtful.  However, in some ways, I found it very impractical.  I also thought some of the arguments about collections no longer being central creates a tension between old and new thinking about libraries which is not always productive.

I registered our library for the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament.


Web Bits


Charlottesville Violence Poses New Challenges for Libraries

                                        

Friday, August 18, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/18/2017

In the Atelier (Róza Teleki) - Miklos Barabas

 

In the Atelier (Róza Teleki) Miklos Barabas,  1838


Daily Thoughts 08/18/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The New Librarianship Field Guide.  I am reading about the purpose of libraries.  The authors view is very community and service focused.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I read a copy of Publishers Weekly and a copy of Library Journal.  I also looked at the New York Times Bestseller list and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list.

I did a little work with programming today for flyers.

The 900s are starting to be shifted.

I looked through a few more copies of Publishers Weekly.

I did a display of art books from Arts Resource Transfer today.

We spent some time discussing a planned Author Day for Saturday, October 7, 2017.

Web Bits


The State(s) of National Advocacy I Federal Advocacy

Civil Rights Marker Honors Challenge to Library Segregation


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/17/2017

Lewis Carroll - Henry Holiday - Hunting of the Snark - Plate 2.jpg
Henry Holiday (1839-1927) after Lewis Carroll [Real name: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1896) - The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits by Lewis Carroll, MacMillan and Co, Limited, St. Martin's Street, London, 1931.

Daily Thoughts 08/17/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read a little bit more of The Joy of Less on the way to work.

I checked the gift books and the displays today.

I also spent some time looking over the oversize books.

I went to the Mount Vernon Awards Ceremony for Arts Westchester.  We got part of the money for a grant for Hispanic Heritage month.  This should be very nice.  It was at 6:00 p.m.

I checked the books, The Stone Sky and The Fifth Season by N.K, Jemisin.  The Fifith Season won the 2016 Hugo Award.

I will be working on an order of Spanish language books with a colleague.

I finished reading The Joy of Less A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify by Francine Jay on the way home.  The last part is how to live a minimalist lifestyle focusing on consuming less and experiencing more.  I also read a bit more of The New Librarianship Field Guide by R. David Lankes.

Web Bits


Message from Reshma Shaujani, Founder of Girls Who Code

How Libraries Can Turn Stories Into Maker Projects

After clashes with white nationalists, U-Va. Library Employee Suffers a Stroke


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/16/2017

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French school, 14th century - Image from: Innozence IV, Apparatus super V libros Decretalium, 296ff., Paris, Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne, ms. 31, f. 27

Daily Thoughts 08/16/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of The Patron Driven Library A Practical Guide For Managing Collections and Services in the Digital Age by Dee Ann Allison. I am reading about the concept of how technology extends the capabilities of different departments in the library like technical services.  This extension also increases the resources available in the public catalogs and on library websites.

Web Bits

Libraries Obsolete, No Way Say Millenials.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/15/2017

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Elizabeth I when a Princess,  formerly attributed to William Scrots, January 1546

Daily Thoughts 08/15/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Joy of Less on the way to work.  I am reading about how to organize a home office.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I also looked over some oversize books.

I spent some time discussing the October 7 Author Fair with a colleague.  I am also working on scheduling for next month.

I am working on the list of computer classes for next month.

I did a little shifting in the 900s.  I also checked some of the books in the 900s.

There is a Fundamentals of Computer 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.


Web Bits


Be Heard Advocacy In Action: Federal Advocacy


Monday, August 14, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/14/2017

Education - Rik Wouters
Rik Wouters, Education, 1912

Daily Thoughts 08/14/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Patron Driven Library on the way to work.  I am reading about how consortiums purchase databases and other electronic resources.

I am looking at GIST for ILLIAD which is an acquisitions module which can be added to ILLIAD.
http://www.gistlibrary.org/illiad/#.WZIPB5LysdU

I also took a moment to look at Design Thinking for Libraries
http://www.designthinkingforlibraries.com/

I  checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also spent some time discussing databases.

I was turned down by the Westchester Community Foundation today.

This afternoon, I put in two order for books and looked through a copy of the New York Times Book Review.

The Adult Board Games Night is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Fiction Room.

There is also a Fundamentals of Computers Class 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.

On the way home, I read some more of The Patron Driven Library.  Dee Ann Allison describes advocacy as a form of very intensive marketing.  She has a few interesting links including Turning the Page Advocacy Training http://www.ala.org/pla/education/turningthepage , The Edge Benchmark Initiative http://www.libraryedge.org and Impact Survey http://impactsurvey.org/advocacy

I also read some of the Joy of Less on the way home.  I am reading about how to organize bedrooms and wardrobes.  Francine Jay reminds us to make your bed every morning.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/13/2017

Self-Educating Caretaker - Vasily Perov
Self-Educating Caretaker, Vasily Perov, 1868

Daily Thoughts 08/13/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading The Librarians Guide to Book Programs and Author Events by Brad Hooper.  It is a solid overview of different types of book programs.  I learned how to better prepare for an author panel, put together the right questions for a book club, and be better prepared to interview authors.  This is a useful book if you run book programs for libraries.  I learned quite a bit.

I spent some time looking at the One Book, One Community Guide
http://www.ala.org/tools/sites/ala.org.tools/files/content/onebook/files/onebookguide.pdf

I did another practice exercise from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.  A colleague had provided me with some charcoal for drawing.  I practiced drawing my hand and drawing my hand holding a pencil.  The next Lunchtime Art Drawing Session is on August 17 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m..  We will be using Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain as our textbook.

I started reading The Patron Driven Library A Practical Guide For Managing Collections and Services In the Digital Age by Dee Ann Allison.  This is about how technology changes the focus from the collection to the user of the collection.  As more services and information are outside the library walls or on the internet or in databases, the focus becomes more on the person who is using the library.


Web Bits


The Mexican American Book Connection

Opposition to Escondido Library Outsourcing Grows


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/12/2017

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn - A Young Scholar and his Tutor - Google Art Project.jpg
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn - A Young Scholar and his Tutor 1629-1630 

Daily Thoughts 08/12/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Adding Value to Libraries, Archives, and Museums Harnessing the Force that Drives Your Organizations Future by Joseph R. Matthews.  This is a complex forward looking book with very current ideas.  Some of the areas covered including the Library as Platform, digital content aggregation, the focus on communities in libraries, and quite a bit on social media.  There is a lot which our library has not implemented in this book.  It is a mix of theory and practical application.  If you are interested in 21st century librarianship and how to apply it, this book is right on target for you.

I worked on two orders of books today.

I checked out the book, The Librarians Guide to Book Programs and Author Events by Brad Hooper as well The Patron Driven Library A Practical Guide For Managing Collections and Services in the Digital Age by Dee Ann Allison.

No One is Coming to Save Us is our book club pick for August 31 from 6-7:30 p.m http://www.bookclubcentral.org/2017/08/11/sjp-pick-author-interview-stephanie-powell-watts/

I read some of The Librarians Guide to Book Programs And Author Events on the way home.  It is a solid, practical book.  I am reading about how to select books for book clubs.

Programming Model from Programming Librarian for a Local Author Day
http://www.programminglibrarian.org/programs/local-author-day

Web Bits


Romance Novels Generated by Artificial Intelligence



Friday, August 11, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/11/2017


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Kitagawa Utamaro - Young Woman Reading as Older Woman Writes, Circa 1806

Daily Thoughts 08/11/2017

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.


I rested for a little bit on the train, then I read Adding Value to Libraries, Archives, and Museums.  I am reading about collaborating online and sharing information through social media.


I checked the gift books and the displays.

I spent some time discussing the Community Reinvestment Act from the banks as well as some ADA issues.

I spent some time reading through the New York Times Bestseller Lists and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller Lists.

I watched the video of the Westchester Central Library Status committee during lunch.

I turned in my final assignment for the Planning and Management of Library Buildings class today.  It was for a new digital media lab.

Web Bits

Social Media and Libraries Survey-- Techsoup and Webjunction
http://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/social-media-libraries-survey.html
I took the survey.


What Happened to Google's Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books?

Maurice Sendak’s Little Know and Lovely Posters Celebrating Books and the Joy of Reading

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/10/2017



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Portrait of Adelaida Simonovich. 1889. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Daily Thoughts 08/10/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook today.

I read a little bit more of The Joy of Less today.  I am reading about cleaning up living rooms.
I also read some more of Adding Value to Libraries, Museums, and Archives.  I am reading about large electronic content aggregators like the Digital Public Library of America and The Internet Archive.  I read a little bit more of The New Librarianship Field Guide.  A central idea in this book is that librarians work to create knowledge through conversations.

I worked a little bit on schedules.

I checked the gift books and the displays.  I spent some time looking over oversize books.

I also spent some time checking on the Adult Summer Reading Program.  The Adult Summer Reading Finale is on August 23rd at 6:00 p.m..  Cookie Thomas will be performing at the finale.

I looked at http://www.libraryreads.org  today.

I did a list of Children's Books for Bookletters as well as a list of Young Adult books for Bookletters.

I also spent an hour looking through library policies.

There is a video of the Central Library Study Committee for tonight.


Web Bits


Keep Mount Vernon Public Library Central Status

Overdrives Libby App to Include Remote Library Card Signup

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/09/2017

Inkstand - Louis Comfort Tiffany
Inkstand, Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1904

Daily Thoughts 08/09/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I started reading The New Librarianship Field Guide by R. David Lankes.  R. David Lankes focuses on the library in the community.  He also wrote The Atlas of New Librarianship.  I also started reading Adding Value to Libraries, Archives, and Museums.  This is a very dense book with a lot of theory and strategy in it.  It focuses on value to the library patron.  I read a little bit more of The Joy of Less as well.

I checked the gift books and the displays.  I also checked some oversize books.

I worked on an order for new books this morning.

We discussed the end of summer reading finale on August 23, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the community room.

I looked through a copy of the New York Times Book Review and the New York Review of Books.

I am planning on applying for the New York State Discretionary Grant Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials.

Web Bits


Save Libraries For Less Than Coffee


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/08/2017

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 19th-century painting representing Alexander I's visit to the Russian National Library on January 2, 1812.


Daily Thoughts 08/08/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.


I finished reading Trend Trading for Dummies by A. Wiley Brand on the way to work.  A. Wiley Brand reminds us that fear and grade are two emotions that can destroy a trader.  He tells us unless you are feeling well don't trade stocks.  I found the book to be useful.


I finished reading No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts.  This is truly exceptional writing.  The author creates tension and an unexpected, but satisfying ending to the book.  It is the book we are reading for the book club this month.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I did some work with scheduling.

I sat down and wrote my monthly report with statistics today.  There were a few new things I added.  One of the clerks who works for me is helping with resumes.

We are also working on the summer reading program.

The Crochet Group met today in the fiction room from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

I got good news.  I got at least part of the Arts Westchester grant.  I have to tell the people who are working with me.  I am going to the awards ceremony on the 17th of August.

I checked out the book, Adding Value to Libraries, Archives, and Museums Harnessing the Force that Drives Your Organizations Future by Joseph R. Matthews.

Web Bits


A Visit To Senator Tester's Field Office

Bipartisan Bill Would Support Library Wifi

Boxmobile  The Book Mobile Alternative

The Long, Accident Prone History of Getting the Library Congress Out of the Capitol Building

Inside Trinity's Long Room Library- More Magical Than Hogwarts

Monday, August 7, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/07/2017



Sir Roger Newdigate at the Library at Arbury, by Arthur Devis (1712-1787)

Daily Thoughts 08/07/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more on the train to work.  I read a little bit more of No One Is Coming to Save Us.  I like the focus on pregnancy in the novel and what it means.  I also read some more of Trend Trading for Dummies.  I am reading about people use different time lengths to trade.  Some people day trade which is about trading by the hour, some people swing trade which is over a year, and others invest over several years.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I put in a variety of orders for books and media.

I also checked some of the oversize books and the 900s.

I am waiting for a response from several different grants.

I spent some time planning for the monthly report and discussed how to do a monthly report with a colleague.

I was too busy to get to reading the New York Times Book Review today.  I will read it tomorrow.

There was a Scratch class for children in the Computer Lab from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Adult Board Games Night was from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

We also had Fundamentals of Computers Class from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the Beginning Microsoft Word class from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.


Web Bits



Upping Your Library Intelligence: Put In the Time

Unsilencing the Library


 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/06/2017


Reading Chair, Circa 1750, British

Daily Thoughts 08/06/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished writing my Libraries Ready to Code application this morning and sent it in.

I also am finished with my assignment for the Planning and Management of Library Buildings.  It might need a final edit.

I read a little bit more of No One Is Coming to Save Us A Novel this morning.  The story catches you slowly.

I read some more of Trend Trading for Dummies.  I am reading about how charts show probabilities and patterns in the stock market.  There is no certainty.

I read a little bit of The Joy of Less A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify by Francine Jay.  I have been doing some organizing around the house lately.

Web Bits

5 Tips for Makers on A Budget from a Teen Librarian

Why We Read and Why We Write




Saturday, August 5, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/05/2017

Portrait of Elisabeth Mertens and Her Late Husband, 1630, Cornelis de Vos


Daily Thoughts 08/05/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts.  The writing is excellent.  The structure and grammar is very crisp, orderly, and well put together.

I read a little bit more of Trend Trading for Dummies this morning.  I am reading about Elliott Waves and Fibonacci Numbers.  A. Wiley Brand describes how it is impossible to predict the market.  How the stock market moves can be measured with probability, not with certainty.

I worked a bit on the Libraries Ready to Code grant this morning.  I also worked on my final project for Planning and Management of Library Buildings.

I did a list of Job Information Center titles for Bookletters.



I entered a drawing to win a Spark Fun Inventors Kit and a Lilypad Kit
 


Web Bits


Free: You Can Now Read Classic Books by MIT Press on Archive.org

Carla Hayden: By the Book

Readers and Non-Readers by Hannah Byrd Little

ALA and Affiliates Issue Joint Statement on Libraries on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


Friday, August 4, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/04/2017

Little boy writing a letter - Norman Rockwell
Little Boy Writing A Letter, Norman Rockwell, 1920

Daily Thoughts 08/04/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Simply Clean by Becky Rapinchuk.  The final parts are about how to make safe cleaning products and work on specific areas in houses.  I read a little bit more of No One Is Coming to Save Us today.  The characters have struggled out of poverty to reach the middle class.

I checked the displays and the displays and the gift books today.

I also checked some of the oversize books.

There were two people who I proctored this morning.  They were taking Accuplacer exams.

I spent a little time in the lab.

I discussed the Libraries Ready to Code grant this morning as well as my final assignment for the Planning and Management of Library Buildings.

We met with Peter Sherrill today to discuss a Local Author Fair at the Mount Vernon Public Library planned for October 7, 2017.

I am waiting to hear on several grants.

I checked out the book, The Joy of Less A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify by Francine Jay and The New Librarianship Field Guide by R. David Lankes.

Davidson Titles was acquired by The Rainbow Book Company  http://www.rainbowbookcompany.com/

I am seeing a jump in the total number of holds from other libraries.

On the way home, I read some more of No One Is Coming to Save Us.  I already read some of Trend Trading for Dummies by A. Wiley Brand.  A. Wiley Brand describes how he has several different screens he looks at while he is trading for different charts.  He also describes how his computers are set up with fast upload and download, universal power supplies in case of blackouts, and broadband connections.  He has his cell phone to call his broker in case the software stops working.  This shows how risky it is to trade over computers.

Web Bits

Lord Jamar is Challenging Hip Hop to Show Off Stacks Instead of Racks http://ambrosiaforheads.com/2017/08/lord-jamar-book-phone-challenge/

Toys At Chicago Public Library Teach Building Blocks of Code Without a Computer

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/03/2017


M.C. Escher, Wrapping Paper, 1933


Daily Thoughts 08/03/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook today.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I read some more of Simply Clean.  This book creates a cleaning scheduling based on day of the week and month of the year.

I spent a little time working on scheduling.

I worked on the oversize books and the 900s today.

The book, Planning the Modern Public Library Building  Edited by Gerard B. McCabe and James R. Kennedy has come in for me to read.  I am going to be reading portions of it to help finish my final assignment for Planning and Management of Library Buildings.  The book did not have a whole lot about technology in it.


Another literacy group has come into the library called Amazing Readers Phonetic Literacy. 

I spent some more time working on my final assignment for a new Digital Media lab for the Planning and Management of Library Buildings.  I also worked on the Libraries Ready to Code grant today.

On the way home, I read a little bit more of No One Is Coming to Save Us.  It is supposed to be an updated version of the Great Gatsby set in an African American community.



Web Bits

The Multifarious Book by Joseph Esposito

Connecting With Your Members of Congress

Library Adds Citizenship Corners


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/02/2017

Ane Hedvig Broendum Sitting at the Table.jpg
Ana Hedvig Broendum Sitting at the Table, 1909

Daily Thoughts 08/02/2017

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

I read some more of Getting Started in Stock Analysis.  I am reading about charting, candlestick patterns, and channel lines.  It reminds me a little of fortune telling with tea leaves.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I am looking at the Community Reinvestment Act.  Banks have to give a certain amount back to their community through loans and equity.

I spent a little time working on programming.  We are putting together an annual calendar of events.  I also read a copy of the Times Literary Supplement.

I worked some on the Libraries Ready to Code grant from Google.  I am almost done filling in the form.

Mount Vernon Public Library is doing a Read Down Your Fines program.
http://mountvernonpubliclibrary.org/st-pauls-church/

The graphic novels, Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol and Brain Camp by Susan Kim have come in for me to read.  I enjoyed reading them on the train home.  It was a chance to relax.

I also finished reading Getting Started In Stock Analysis Illustrated Edition by Michael C. Thomsett on the way home.  The last part was on moment focusing on being overbought or oversold.  I learned a lot about technical analysis from this book.  While, it is not fundamental, it will give me a better sense of when to buy a particular stock.

Web Bits


Five Lessons for Libraries Looking to Innovate in the 21st Century



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Daily Thoughts 08/01/2017

Self Portrait with a Book - Tintoretto
Self Portrait With a Book, Tintoretto, 1585

Daily Thoughts 08/01/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Getting Started In Stock Analysis on the way to work today.  I am reading about PE or price/earnings as well as dividends.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I looked through a copy of the New York Review of Books.

I read the guidelines for my final assignment for the Planning and Management of Library Buildings.  I have quite a bit to modify for the paper.  I am halfway done.  I spent some more time adjusting the assignment.

I checked some of the 900s this morning.

I also requested a pickup for Better World Books.

There is a Fundamentals of Computer Class and a Beginning Microsoft Word 2013 class tonight in the computer lab.   We also had our Crochet Group from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Alderac Entertainment sent over some sample board games for the Adult Games Night.  I am looking forward to seeing how people like them.  They include, Love Letter Clamshell, Light and Dark, Smash Up, Fantazhee: Hordes and Heroes, and Greedy Greedy Goblins.

I checked out the book, Simply Clean The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful In Just 10 Minutes a Day by Becky Rapinchuk.

Web Bits


PBS to Unveil America's Favorite Books In New TV Series

Internet Archive Headquarters

New Report Explores Rural Library Technology Access

Webster Voters OK House Purchases to Make Way for Library Parking


Monday, July 31, 2017

Daily Thoughts 07/31/2017

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How to Cook Vegetables, BY MRS. S. T. RORER, Principal of the Philadelphia Cooking School. Every family wants a copy, as Mrs. Rdrer is acknowledged authority by the best housekeepers everywhere.1895

Daily Thoughts 07/31/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.


I did two booklists on Bookletters as well, a new fiction list, and a new nonfiction list.

I finished reading Work Clean The Life-Changing Power of Mise-En Place To Organize Your Life, Work, and Mind What Great Chefs Can Teach Us About Organization by Dan Charnas.   Mise En Place is a French organizational system taught in chef school and used by high end restaurants with large volumes of customers.  It requires preparation, organization, standardization, specific communication styles, and processes of doing things.

Dan Charnas describes different chefs experience with this process as they learn more and more complex positions in the kitchen.  He also takes the system and applies it to outside places like offices and technical startups.  It is an interesting book if you like food and want to understand how it is made in large restaurants.  It is also an organizational system and philosophy which teaches order in a fast paced work environment.

Each chapter describes a different organizational technique.  Then it gives a set of exercises to use that organizational technique in everyday life.  I found some of it useful.  I will probably be using some of the planning techniques.

I turned in my Ribbon Cutting Ceremony assignment today for a new library annex for the Planning and Management of Library Buildings class.  I am going to buy some graph paper for my next assignment.

I read some of Getting Started In Stock Analysis.  I am reading about balance sheets and income statements for publicly traded companies.

Web Bits


Beatrix Potter Pinching and Zizekian Swipes: The Strange World of Book Thefts (United Kingdom)

6 Examples of Beautiful (And Smart) Library Design

Free Lunch at the Library

Verona Home to the Oldest Library in the World