Sunday, December 10, 2017

Daily Thoughts 12/10/2017


Sigmund Feyerabend, 16th century.


Daily Thoughts 12/10/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding.  I am reading about how to get donors to support a library ballot election.

I checked the purchase alerts for holds this evening.

Web Bits


Different Boroughs, Different Library Systems



Saturday, December 9, 2017

Daily Thoughts 12/09/2017

Still Life with Guitar - Antonietta Raphael
Still Life With Guitar, Antoinetta Raphael, 1928

Daily Thoughts 12/09/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

On the way to work, I read some more of Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding.  I am reading about creating Ballot Committes for libraries.  There was also quite a bit on how to make deeper connections into the community as well as identifying supporters with political power.

I fnished reading the latest New York Times Book Review.

I worked on some scheduling.

It is snowing outside the library right now.  It is very quiet.

Web Bits


Coding In Arkansas Public Libraries




Friday, December 8, 2017

Daily Thoughts 12/8/2017


Poster Leningrad Department of State Publishing (Lengiz) Boris Kustodiev, 1925


Daily Thoughts 12/08/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some of the book Bunk.  I am reading about the Cottingley fairy hoaxes.  Arthur Conan Doyle believed in fairies.

I also read a little more of Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians.  I am reading about the process of mapping out a budget campaign for libraries.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

We had a training session for e-books focusing on Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.  Overdrive recently released the Libby App.

I spent some time working with Overdrive this afternoon because there were some changes in how Overdrive Advantage is being administered.

I also spent some time in the computer lab this afternoon helping someone scan photographs.

I also spent some time working on the Audre Lorde program which we are planning for April 2017.

I checked the New York Times Bestseller List and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller List this afternoon  and worked on some book orders.

I read part of the New York Times Book Review today.  It is the time of the holiday book review issue.  The December 3, 2017 book review is 80 pages long.  I expect to get lists of every title that was potentially good during this year.

I checked out In The Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende.  It is being read by the book club this month.

Web Bits

My Job at the Library: the Library's First Official Historian
https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2017/12/my-job-at-the-library-the-librarys-first-official-historian/

Advocating for LIbraries Tips for Talking to Your Legislators
https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/advocating-for-libraries/


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Daily Thoughts 12/07/2017


Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849 Tokyo (Edo)) 1798

Daily Thoughts 12/07/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of  Bunk by Kevin Young on the way to work.  It was long listed for the National Book Award, but did not win.  I am reading about spiritualism.

A local author, Jacob M. Appel, donated two copies of their book, Millard Salter's Last Day.

The book, Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding by  Patrick "PC" Sweeney and John Chrastka came in for me to read.  I rather like Everylibrary, http://www.everylibrary.org

I read some of this book on the way home.  It cites From Awareness to Funding a 2008 OCLC study as critical to understanding how people vote on libraries.  http://www.webjunction.org/content/dam/WebJunction/Documents/webJunction/AwarenesstoFunding.pdf

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I read a copy of library journal today.

There is an Intermediate Microsoft Word class in the computer lab tonight.  The students gave some money to the Give Gab campaign for Lets Build Robots https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/let-s-build-robots

There was a Hanukkah celebration at the library tonight at 6:00 p.m..  The acapella singer, Jacob "Spike" Kraus sang tonight and they served latkas.

Web Bits


How Bookstores Saved Themselves

John Cena Read to Children, Talks New Movie at Library of Congress


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Daily Thoughts 12/6/2017

[Imperial Library of the Louvre]

Édouard Baldus (French, born Prussia, 1813–1889)

Daily Thoughts 12/6/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Artemis by Andy Weir on the train to work.  I very much enjoyed the book.  It had and unexpected ending.  I thought the mix of technology and action made the book well worth reading.  The technology being described reminds me of the idea of post modern technology or emerging technologies that will be realized in the near future but are currently in the laboratory or in the patent stage.  It is a way to predict what may happen in the future if you create scenarios where emerging technology is played out in an imaginary context.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also wrote my monthly report.

I helped the director with some images for a report.

I read a copy of Booklist.

I spent some time checking the 800s.  We will be finished with this soon and we will be moving on to the oversize material.  We also plan on doing some shifting and shelf reading. 

I started reading the book Bunk, The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbugs, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Yount.  This book is about cons.  One of the cons the author writes about is how we construct race.  He uses the example of how P.T. Barnum created a sideshow with Joice Heth who was supposed to be the 161 year old slave of George Washington, the president.  The book is new.  It is published by Graywolf Press which has printed many quality literary works.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Daily Thoughts 12/5/2017

Cecilia, 1882, Henrique Pousao


Daily Thoughts 12/5/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of Artemis by Andy Weir.  It is about a moon base that is built by commercial enterprises.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time discussing the tweens and teens using the adult computers.  We are planning to have a separate teen area for computers eventually.

I put in two orders for books today.

I also spent some time discussing Give Gab.  We collected some money in person for Give Gab.

Right now, I am in the computer lab.

There is a Fundamentals of Computer Class and Beginning Microsoft Word class tonight.

On the way home, I read some more of Artemis by Andy Weir.  It reads like a near future crime thriller set on the moon.

Web Bits


America's Star Librarias Top Rated Libraries Library Journal Index 2017

A Library, A Quilt, and a Formerly Homeless Life In Repair

Self Service Library Stations to Provide Books On Demand for Hong Kong Library Readers


Monday, December 4, 2017

Daily Thoughts 12/04/2017


Nicholas Roerich, Sage, 1916

Daily Thoughts 12/04/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Get Your Sh!t Together How to Change Your Life By Tidying Up Your Stuff and Sorting Out Your Head Space by Vicki Vrint.  I read the second half of the book which is about getting organized in the laundromat.

I spent a little more time working on Give Gab.  There are some features which are interesting.  A lot of it is patience.  Some of the older patrons don't want to use an online payment system.  Some would like to give a check instead.

Web Bits


It's Gonna Get a Lot Easier to Break Science Journal Paywalls

New Elkin Residents Reveals Library of Congress Card at new Little Free Library

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Daily Thoughts 12/3/2017

Sage - Nicholas Roerich
Nicholas Roerich, 1897, Sage

Daily Thoughts 12/03/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I spent a little more time looking over Give Gab.

I read the first half of Get Your Shit Together today which is about organizing your things.


Web Bits



The Accidental Bestseller

Brooklyn, Queens, and New York Public Libraries Launch A New Digital Privacy Initiative
http://www.oif.ala.org/oif/?p=11782                            

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Daily Thoughts 12/2/2017


Peter Claesz, Vanitas. Still Life, 1660

Daily Thoughts 12/02/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also read a little bit of Get Your Shit Together How to Change Your Life By Tidying Up Your Stuff & Sorting Out Your Head Space by Vicki Vrint.  This is a small book of suggestions on how to be more organized.

I spent some time looking through the advanced features of Give Gab.  There is an import feature for emails so you can import emails from Facebook, LinkedIn, Gmail, and other places.  I sent out 100 emails today about our fundraiser.  There is also a function where people can do a separate individual fundraising campaign.  https://www.givegab.com/p2p/let-s-build-robots/nishan-stepak-c07d3314-e9d5-4a63-9395-523148ad256b

Friday, December 1, 2017

Daily Thoughts 12/01/2017

Reading girl - Ilya Repin
Reading Girl, Ilya Repin, 1876

Daily Thoughts 12/01/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Opening Up By Writing It Down How Expressive Writing Improves Health and Eases Emotional Pain by James W. Pennebaker, PhD, and Joshua M. Smyth, PhD.  The last part is about when to write your down your thoughts for expressive purposes.  The authors remind us that writing for emotional reasons is a private matter which should not be shown to other people. They also describe a regular practice of several times a week for fifteen minutes to half an hour each session.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I put out copies of the new computer class schedule as well as the schedule for immigration help.

I spent some time discussing marketing with the director.  I also made some comments on our parking situation.

I checked some more of the 800s.  I also spent some time in the computer lab.

Web Bits

Registration Opens for National Library Legislative Day
http://www.districtdispatch.org/2017/12/19953/


Net Neutrality Protections Eliminated In Draft FCC Order

Green Roofed Kew Gardens Hill Library Lures Patrons Indoors With Lifted Facade

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Daily Thoughts 11/30/2017


Essay In Abstract Design, Roger Fry, 1915

Daily Thoughts 11/30/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of Opening Up by Writing It Down.  The book describes how it is not always a good idea to describe traumatic events that happen to people immediately.  Many people adjust without help.  Part of the process is having people who you are comfortable talking with, not just therapists, and having a place to write things down privately.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I spent some time working on a final report for a grant.

I also discussed the collection development policy with the director.

I printed up some new fliers for the Lets Build Robots! fundraising campaign.

I  spent some time checking the 800s.

There is an Introduction to Blogging Class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today in the computer lab.

I read some more of Opening Up By Writing It Down.  The authors describe a process where when pewrite down traumatic or negative experiences, they create a narrative that has closure.  The closure allows people to stop thinking about the experience.  It also allows people to create a story with negative and positive emotions.


Web Bits


White House Library Lowers the Tones With Its Christmas Book Tree

The Brooklyn Public Library is Now Home to a Tiny Mollusk Museum


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Daily Thoughts 11/29/2017


Large Boston Public Garden Sketchbook: A woman reading in the park

Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American, St. John’s, Newfoundland 1858–1924 New York)

Daily Thoughts 11/29/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time discussing the games night and a possibility of having a chess club in December.  I am waiting for a photograph so we can create a flyer.

We went to city hall today to drop off some fliers for a local author reading.

I contacted some more people about our fundraiser Lets Build Robots using Facebook and LinkedIn.

We also worked a little bit on an order of e-books.

I read the Bookpage for December.

I also spent some time putting together some notes on marketing.

I checked out the book Artemis by Andy Weir.

Web Bits


Climbable Built In Bookshelf Doesn't Need a Library Ladder

Community Group Sues to Oppose Privatization of Escondido City Library


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Daily Thoughts 11/28/2017


Woman Reading a Book on a Beach, James Jebusa Shannon, circa 1891-1896

Daily Thoughts 11/28/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Today is Giving Tuesday, November 28.  The library is having a fundraising campaign called Lets Build Robots.  https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/let-s-build-robots

I checked the displays this morning.  I also looked some items that were not in the catalog.

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

I put in some orders today for new books.

I spent some time in the afternoon focusing on Giving Tuesday.

There is a Fundamentals of Computers Class and a Beginning Microsoft Word class today.

Web Bits


Op-Ed: The Role of Libraries in the Defense of Our Nation
https://lbpost.com/news/2000011739-op-ed-the-role-of-libraries-in-the-defense-of-our-nation


Not All Book Startups Have Died

The Library of Congress Acquired A Rare Mesoamerican Codex

Monday, November 27, 2017

Daily Thoughts 11/27/2017

Samuel van Hoogstraten - Self-Portrait - WGA11724.jpg
Samuel Van Hoogenstraten, Self Portrait, Created between 1647 and 1649

Daily Thoughts 11/27/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Opening Up By Writing It Down.  They have short writing exercises of 20 to 30 minutes at the end of each chapter.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I talked with a clerk about shelving and items that needed to be put back in the system.

I spent some time working on orders.

I read through a copy of the Times Literary Supplement.

I also read through the reviews in the latest Booklist.

There is a Fundamentals of Computers class and a Beginning Microsoft Word class tonight.

Web Bits


The Places We Read


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Daily Thoughts 11/26/2017

Still Life with Books - Henri Matisse
Still Life With Books, Henri Matisse, 1895

Daily Thoughts 11/26/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Giving Tuesday is on November 28, #givingtuesday.  I have been contacting people about it every single day.

I read some more of Opening Up By Writing It Down this morning.  I am reading about what makes for express writing that works to deal with emotional issues.

I placed a hold on the novel Artemis by Andy Weir.

Web Bits



Navigating ACA Open Enrollment at Your Library

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Daily Thoughts 11/25/2017


News Depot, Cos Cob, 1912

Daily Thoughts 11/25/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I rested on the way to work.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time checking the 800s.  I also looked over a few books and dvds that were not in the system.

I spent some time cleaning and organizing my desk. I found a reminder to purchase some new chairs for the computer lab.  I also have to go over a database list.  In addition I have to write a report for a grant which I finished the programming for.  There is usually exit paperwork for grants involving programming.

I checked out the graphic novel In Search of Lost Time: Swann's Way A Graphic Novel Marcel Proust Adaptation and Drawings by Stephane Heuet, Translated by Arthur Goldhammer.  This is an adaptation of a classic novel.

It is a story about French society.  It is about love and relationships.  I love the illustrations.  They have a wonderfully aristocratic quality to them.  It is very different than what I usually read.  I enjoyed reading a story that has a genteel quailty to it.  The intrigue is one of the illicit affair, the mistress, and where ones place is in society.  

Web Bits


The True Worth of Libraries Is Much Greater Than You Think

Our Love Affair With Digital Is Over

Library Is Considering Ending Late Fees for Kids


Friday, November 24, 2017

Daily Thoughts 11/24/2017

Boy Reading (The Artist's Son), 1903 - Samuel Peploe
Boy Reading (The Artist's Son), Samuel Peploe, 1903

Daily Thoughts 11/24/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Opening Up By Writing It Down.  The book comes from a number of studies which show that writing down traumas helps reduce the feelings associated with the trauma as well as the health effects which occur.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time checking the 800s.  Also, we finished checking the 900s today.  I also checked some books that were listed as not being in the catalog.

 I read the New York Times bestseller list and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list.

There is a new program that is part of Humanities New York called Your Silence will Not Protect You-- The Writings of Audre Lorde.  I think this would be an opportunity to do something interesting.  Audre Lorde once worked at the Mount Vernon Public Library.

I checked out the book, Drawing Physics 2,600 Years of Discovery From Thales to Higgs by Don S. Lemons.


Web Bits

Neil Gaiman Leads Authors Demanding Action to Halt Decline of School Libraries
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/23/neil-gaiman-leads-authors-demanding-action-to-halt-decline-of-school-libraries


Help In History: A Triumphant Library Story

The Harold Robinson Library Rehearsal Rooms Offer DIY Music Therapy


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Daily Thoughts 11/23/2017

Ilja Jefimovič Repin, 1887 - Léon Tosltoï.jpg
Leo Tolstoy, Ilya Repin, 1887

Daily Thoughts 11/23/2017

Happy Thanksgiving.

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read a little bit of Opening Up By Writing It Down How Expressive Writing Improves Health and Eases Pain by James W. Pennebaker, PhD and Joshua M. Smyth, PhD.  This book is about the relationship between expressing yourself emotionally and psychomatic illnesses caused by stress, keeping secrets, and other psychological behavior.

Web Bits


NYPL Unveils Plan for Schwarzman Building

FCC Plan Would Give Internet Providers The Power to Choose the Sites Customers See and Use

Get Local and Host A Meetup




Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Daily Thoughts 11/22/2017

The Innatentive Reader - Henri Matisse
The Inattentive Reader, Henri Matisse, 1919

Daily Thoughts 11/22/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.  I contacted several people about the Lets Build Robots Fundraiser.

I spent some time discussing shelving this morning with colleagues.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time in the public computer area today.

Web Bits

Support Net Neutrality
http://action.everylibrary.org/netneutrality


Diversifying Librarianship

Net Neutrality at the End of 2017: What Libraries Need to Know


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Daily Thoughts 11/21/2017

File:A philosopher reading. Oil painting by a follower of David T Wellcome V0017298.jpg
A philosopher reading. Oil painting by a follower of David Teniers the younger.

Daily Thoughts 11/21/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

We sent out our email blast about the Lets Build Robots fundraising campaign.

I read some of The Stone In the Skull The Lotus Kingdoms Book One by Elizabeth Bear.  This is a fantasy novel.  It has a lot of eastern elements in it drawing from India, Asia, and the Middle East.  At the same time, it still keeps many of the western fantasy tropes.  I rather like the clockwork man made of brass in this story.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I spent some time looking through the 800s.

I placed an order for new books today.

We put out a flyer for the Lets Build Robots Campaign.  We also sent out a press release to the local papers about the campaign.

I finished reading The Stone In the Skull, The Lotus Kingdoms Book One by Elizabeth Bear.  This is story is catching.  I like how the author mixes magic, technology, and religion in this story.  Wizards build clockwork men and improve pistols.  Magicians create illusions, and poetry is combined with history.  The magic in this story is seemless and believable, something which is very hard for an author to do.

The heroes in this story are different.  They have suffered tremendous losses. Even the noble queen has lost her husband and is being pushed to remarry.  I like the suffering in this novel, it adds to the beauty of the writing. 

This is a novel written for adults.  There is some erotic content.  Also there are some ordinary scenes like one of the heroes of the story visiting the public baths after spending time traveling as a guard.

I also read Zita The Space Girl by Ben Hatke.  This is a graphic novel for tweens.  The main character has the name of one of Ben Hatke's children.  It is fun to read and very colorful.  The characters don't just fight, they escape and trick the bad guys.  I like the art in this graphic novel series.  It is very easy to look at.  The language is fast paced, appropriate for tweens, and humorous.

The aliens in the book are cute.  There are giant mice, robots, tentacled beasts and other creatures.  I recommend this highly.  Also Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke is a fun read. 
http://www.benhatke.com


Web Bits



Booksellers Prep for Small Business Saturday

I am interested in the Online Course To Build Support for Library Funding

Grad Students Under Tax Siege

SF Public Library Hires Bill Collector to Track Down Patrons With Large Overdue Fines