Sunday, April 23, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/23/2017

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Rembrandt, Man Reading, 1648

Daily Thoughts 04/23/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Book.  I am reading about the printer, Johannes Gutenberg

I spent some time looking through selection lists for public libraries from both Ingram and Brodart for new nonfiction titles.

I also spent a little more time using Bluecloud Analytics.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/22/2017

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Two Old Men Disputing, Rembrandt, 1628


Daily Thoughts 04/22/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more of The Book.  I read about how paper spread from China to Arabia to Europe.  I also read about how making paper became a mechanized industrial process.

2016 International Latino Book Awards
https://app.box.com/s/si0noqeuz45an4e8yzo7jp3fg3b5ryna

I took a few minutes to look at Books on the Air from Booksite.
http://library.booksite.com/7537/nl/?list=NLAIR

I spent a little time looking at websites for Westchester County Bookstores.  Womrath bookstore from Bronxville has come to our library a couple of times.

Public Library Open House Showcases Changes and New Director
http://www.mvinquirer.com/mt-vernon-public-library-open-house-showcases-changes-and-new-director.html
This was enjoyable.

Web Bits


Support Grows for Small Agency With Big Reach on Trump's Budget Death Row

Build Relationships to Advance Advocacy

ALA Joins March for Science on April 22

Local Libraries Are Now Gathering Places, And Not Just for Books


Friday, April 21, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/21/2017

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George Godwin Kilburne, Penning a Letter, 1924

Daily Thoughts 04/21/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of The Book.  In China, Cai Lun is credited with inventing paper.

I am looking at two graphic novels for children, Catstronauts Race to Mars by Drew Brockington, and Catstronauts Mission Moon.  Catstronauts was excerpted on Space.com http://www.space.com/36505-catstronauts-book-excerpts.html

I spent some time working on flyers this morning.

I am going to read some of the Share Your Story pieces on the website at 3:00 p.m.
http://mountvernonpubliclibrary.org/share-your-story/

I spent some time looking through the New York Times Bestseller List and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller List.  I also spent some time looking at Blue Cloud Analytics.

Web Bits


Open House at Mount Vernon Public Library
 I was there last night.  


Torching the Modern Day Library of Alexandria
"Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books that nobody is allowed to read."

                                       

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/20/2017

Reading the Newspaper. War News - Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky
Reading the Newspaper. War News. Nikolay-Bogdanov Belsky, 1905

Daily Thoughts 04/20/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read the latest copy of the New York Times on the way to work.  There were a couple book reviews in it.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  There is an open house tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m..

I generated a list Top Circulating Titles in Mount Vernon Public Library for nonfiction from Blue Cloud analytics.

James Williams Bujo will be demonstrating his painting skills.

I printed up a variety of flyers for events that are upcoming for the library.  I also spent a little time working on programming.  There are a number of poetry programs that I am planning for. Poetry is quite popular in our community.

The Book A Cover to Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time by Keith Houston came in for me to read. I read some of it on the way home.  It describes how papyrus came out of Egypt as well as how the first parchment came from Pergamon.

Web Bits


Universities Redesign Libraries for the 21st Century; Fewer Books, More Space

A History of Radical Thinking: How Women Created Book Clubs

The Politics of Being A Trustee


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/19/2017

Still Life with Checked Tablecloth, 1915 - Juan Gris
Still Life With Checked Tablecloth, Juan Gris, 1915

Daily Thoughts 04/19/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I placed a hold on The Book:  A Cover to Cover Exploration of The Most Powerful Object of Our Time by Keith Houston.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I spent some time looking at the 700s and 800s in the stacks.

I also worked on scheduling with ADP.

I put in a request for pickup for Better World Books.

I also started looking through the latest Ingram Advance.  I also read through a copy of Booklist and the Times Literary Supplement.

We have the James Baldwin's America event tonight on Wednesday instead of tomorrow.  We are having the open house, April 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the library.

Mount Vernon Public Library Westchester's Hub for History, Resources
http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/mount-vernon/2017/04/19/mount-vernon-ny-news-library/99444310/

Web Bits

Why Libraries Could Soon Need a National Endowment

Grijalva Fears Library Cuts in Federal Budget
  
Video Historic Mount Vernon Public Library

Artificial Intelligence

Princeton Researchers Discover Why AI Become Racist and Sexist

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/18/2017

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Woman Reading In Garden, 1912 , Unidentified Photographer

Daily Thoughts 04/18/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books today.

I also spent a little time looking through the 600s and 700s in the main floor stacks.

There is a lot of nice new material coming in.  I put in some orders for new books which are mainly focused on nonficiton.

I spent some time going over Bluecloud Analytics for the top circulating items during the last year with the children's room.

I have a copy of the New York Times Book Review to read.

I met with Dr. Howard about a change of date for the James Baldwin's America lecture to tomorrow from 6:00 p.m.. to 8:00 p.m.

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

There is a Fundamentals of Computers Class and a Beginning Microsoft Word 2013 class tonight.

We had a few more people send in stories to Share My Story Today.

On the way home, I read I Am Not Your Negro A Major Motion Picture Directed by Raoul Peck from Texts by James Baldwin.  Raoul Peck received a text from James Baldwin's family that discussed the intersection between Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King Jr,, and Malcolm X.  The writing is meant to be very accessible to a general audience.  It makes James Baldwin's writing easy to read, but not as philosophically deep.  This text is useful for someone who wants to understand the basics of what James Baldwin said about race without having to spend a lot of time reading.  It also shows why the movie so popular and relevant.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/17/2017

Man Interrupted at His Writing - Gerrit Dou
Man Interrupted at his Writing, Gerit Dou, 1635

Daily Thoughts 04/17/2017

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

I finished reading Acquisitions Core Concepts and Practices, 2nd Edition by Jesse Holden.  I am reading about the concepts of a knowledge base for selecting materials and patron driven acquisitions.  There is also some materials archives and the special processes of acquiring materials for archives. The book ends with a reminder that how information is being used is growing and expanding and processes in acquisitions will change.

We have a few stories now attached to Share Your Story.
http://mountvernonpubliclibrary.org/share-your-story/

Web Bits


How to Tell A True Tale: Neil Gaiman on What Makes A  Great Personal Story


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/16/2017

Man Writing Facing Left - Vincent van Gogh
Man Writing Facing Left, Vincent Van Gogh, 1881

Daily Thoughts 04/16/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I spent some time looking at books this morning.

I also read a little more of Acquisitions Core Concepts and Practices.  There is description of how acquisitions is adding a service component.  For example, people can increasingly ask libraries to order books, get material like book lists, and be directed on how to find and use certain parts of the collection like e-books.

I looked through Blue Cloud Analytics to find the top circulating items for the year.  I have to brush up a little more on my mysteries and nonfiction.

Web Bits


National Library Week Launching Point for Advocacy

http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2017/04/national-library-week-launching-point-for-advocacy/

Reading by Ear

                                                                  

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/15/2017

Still Life with Inkwell - Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin
Still Life With Inkwell, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, 1934

Daily Thoughts 04/15/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also checked the displays and the gift books.

I finished reading Other Minds, The Octopus, The Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-smith.  The last part of the book discusses how Octopolis came into being.  Octopi were able to gather large amounts of scallop shells which eventually covered the seafloor.  This made it easier for them to build lots of dens.  I enjoyed this book.  There was a lot of very curious content.  People who like science will like this book.

We have the Acrylic Painting class this morning from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the fiction room.

The book, The Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist by Nick Middleton has come in for me to read.

I also have a copy of latest Publishers Weekly to read as well.

I spent some time working on orders for new books.  I also looked over a few sections of shelving.

On the way home, I read The Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist.  Some of it is about countries which existed for a time, but no longer are around like Tibet, or The Cocos Islands.  Many of the listings are not quite countries like Somaliland or Crimea because they are contested politically.  This is especially true of Taiwan which many countries view as part of China and not its own sovereign country.  In addition, there are oddities like Sealand which is an island controlled by a family near England and strange attempts to create political entities like Hutt River.  The book does a very good job of showing human folly and the desire to have ones own place to live.

I also read some more of Acquisitions Core Concepts and Practices.  I am reading about the concept of assemblage and how collections are created from sources both inside and outside the building.  With this comes the idea of "discovery" or the ability to find material which you want from the library.  One of the goals is to make the material you get easily discover

Web Bits


Ivanka Trump’s Tweet About Libraries Somehow Managed To Stir Backlash

Librarians March for Science
http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/13607

Friday, April 14, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/14/2017


New Mirror Comparing the Handwriting of the Courtesans of the Yoshiwara (Yoshiwara keisei shin bijin jihitsu kagami)

Kitao Masanobu (Santō Kyōden) (Japanese, 1761–1816)

Daily Thoughts 04/14/2017

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

I also looked at Romantic Times Online and Locus Magazine online for books.

Last night, I read some more of Other Minds.  Cephalopods can camouflage themselves by changing their skin colors.  There is also a conjecture that they can use their skin to show different colors as a way to communicate with each other.  Some people have even gone so far as to say this is a kind of language based on colors and patterns.  Octopus Colors Predict the Winners of Fights.
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/inkfish/2016/02/17/octopus-colors-predict-the-winners-of-fights/#.WPDgtWnyuUk

I have started reading Acquisitions Core Concepts and Practices.  The content is very different from when I went to library school.  There is a focus on information technology.  There is also a realization that many of the things which we acquire are not necessarily located inside the library.  For example our Hoopla service is on a server which we can go to access the material from.  It is not in the library.  We also create lists of books available through the catalog.  These lists come from Bookletters which hosts the lists.  We also draw on the internet to find things and are more willing to purchase things quickly.  There is interlibrary loan and also patrons can make requests for what they want.  It is a changed profession.

Web Bits


National Library Week Shows More Library Use

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/13/2017


Paradise Lost, John Milton (British, London 1608–1674 London), 1902



Daily Thoughts 04/13/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I looked through the Recent Arrivals section of Brooklyn Public Library

https://brooklyn.bibliocommons.com/explore/recent_arrivals

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I worked a little bit on ordering for new nonfiction.

I also spent some time working on doing programming.  Someone wants to do a poetry program on the weekend.  I also have a confirmation for May 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for Reverend Leslie Booker who is going to read from her poetry book Psalms for the 21st Century.

Tonight we are discussing James Baldwin's America in the community from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There has been a lot of recent activity around his estate.

James Baldwin's Archive, Long Hidden, Comes (Mostly) Into View
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/arts/james-baldwins-archive-long-hidden-comes-mostly-into-view.html?_r=0

The book, Acquisitions Core Concepts and Practices, 2nd Edition by Jesse Holden has come in for me to read.

The James Baldwin's America class went quite well.
We are moving it to Wednesday of next week from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

There was also a social media class in the computer lab focused on Twitter and Youtube from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/12/2017


Shanghai Diary by Takahashi Yuichi, 1866

Daily Thoughts 04/12/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook today.

I checked Kirkus Reviews online as well as Booklist online and CEO Reads today.

I read some more of Other Minds at the laundromat today.  Some of the book is about Octopolis in Australia, a place where octopi gather.  The concept has a charm to it.  Octopuses More Social Than Thought, 'Octopolis' Denizens Prove
http://www.newsweek.com/octopuses-more-social-thought-denizens-octopolis-prove-420606

Web Bits


Spotlight on spotlight: What can Library Information Professionals Learn from Journalists

Steak Sauce Bottles Reappearing at Avon Lake Library- But Staff's Found a Use for Them


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/11/2017

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Reza Abbasi, Youth Reading,  1625

Daily Thoughts 04/11/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Share Your Story With the Mount Vernon Public Library
http://mountvernonpubliclibrary.org/share-your-story/

I read the local newspaper on the way to work.  I spent some time discussing policies in the morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I interviewed two people today with my colleagues for a librarian position.

I spent some time working on orders for new books.  I have a copy of the New York Times Book Review to read.

I also spent some time checking the 600s today.

There is a Fundamentals of Computers Class today and a Microsoft Word 2013 class today this evening.

I spent a little time working on programming in the afternoon.

I started reading Other Minds The Ocopus, The Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith.  This book is about consciousness. More is known about octopusses than the two other cephalopods, cuttlefish, and squids.  So far, this book has investigated a little bit on the evolution of the octopuss and signs of intelligence.  The classic examples of octopusses using coconuts, opening jars from the inside, and escaping from aquariums are described.

I also read a letter from James Baldwin, to his nephew James, called My Dungeon Shook.

Web Bits


Whitehead, Thompson Among 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Fight for Libraries

Photos of 19th Black Women Activists Digitized and Put Online by Library of Congress


Monday, April 10, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/10/2017

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Advertising design by Robert John Wildhack (ca. 1908)

Daily Thoughts 04/10/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I spent a bit of time and put together my monthly report.

I also donated a small amount of money to Every Library.

I spent some time looking at Shelf Awareness.

Web Bits


The State of America's Libraries 2017

Public libraries need help.  The super-rich could provide it.

Trump Budget Devalues Libraries


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/09/2017

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Old Woman Sleeping, Cornelis Bisschop, 17th Century

Daily Thoughts 04/09/2017

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

Last night, I finished reading New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson.  I rather enjoyed this.  The conflict is different in this book.  It is not military, but focused on finance, environmental issues, politics, and interpersonal conflicts.  This makes the book different.  New York is a partially drowned city which is compared to Venice.  The characters are interesting, they live on the water.  The setting is the center of the story.  Without it there would be no partially drowned skyscrapers, diving, fast boats, and terrifying weather.  This is well worth reading.

Web Bits


Library's First Elder In Residence Shares Story of Early Life Challenges

Why It's Important to Read Aloud to Your Kids and How To Make It Count

OPeri Publishing Platform Field Reports


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/08/2017

Interior with a Reading Lady - Vilhelm Hammershoi
Interior With A Reading Lady, Vilhelm Hammershoi, 1900

Daily Thoughts 04/08/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I spent some time writing a summary of the Urban Librarians Unite conference for my job.  I still have to write my monthly report.

I placed the book, All Systems Red by Martha Wells on hold which is science fiction.

I also took a look at the New York Times Bestseller List and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list today.

I read a little bit more of New York 2140 today.

Urban Librarians Unite Conference.

I got to the conference at 9:00 a.m. and registered.  I rather like the Urban Librarians Unite coffee which I received.  My colleague was there with me.

The keynote speaker was Maurice Coleman who gave a very inspirational speech.  He talked about the importance of librarians and that we were all significant people.  He showed a variety of slides and images and left us with a list of interesting links.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lJruqV18x0mEpyQXv4Q1D-0hvTulp3dflLe0xp0VMpU/edit

In this list there is a link to a particularly valuable looking book, Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding by Patrick "PC" Sweeney and John Chrastka coming out in summer of 2017.

The first session that I went to was on the IMLS.  Christian Zabriskie, the head of Urban Librarians Unite spoke as well as Mike Nepol a lobbyist for the New York Library Association.  It helped give me a better sense of what was happening with the IMLS-- Institute of Museum and Library Services.  President Trump had given an executive order before his budget release that any agencies that were not funded would be disbanded.  In the proposed budget, IMLS was not given any funding along with the NEH, NEA, Coast Guard, and a variety of other organizations.

The importance of this is the IMLS funds the state libraries and many of the personnel inside the state libraries. The impact would eventually move down to the main systems forcing cuts in services like databases, programming, and job services.

Things are still developing.  The Appropriator Letters are still being requested in Congress.  Right now for librarians, there is a choice of advocacy for your job or activism.  On the activism side, Radical Reference is joining the March for Science in Washington DC on April 22, 2017.  On the advocacy side, there is Every Library which I have donated some money to before which is a PAC Political Action Committe, NYLA-- New York Library Association, and ALA.  Urban Librarians Unite is also a good place to learn about advocacy.

I have been following this closely, because it is my livelihood.  This is a short list of articles.  Please support your library.

Library Advocates Make the Local Editorial Pages

Appropriations Webinar Announced for National Library Week
The congressional appropriations are coming up.

Save The IMLS! Gale, ALA Launch New Advocacy Website

Top 10 Things to Know (And Do) About Saving Library Funding

Fight for Libraries This Week How You Can Act to Preserve Funding


Nonpartisan Nonprofits Fight for Free Expression

#ALAWO Is Tracking #SAVEIMLS and Collecting Your Stories


The next session which I attended was Hooray for Social Justice Building a Culture of Radical Inclusivity by Margo Gustina & Eli Guinnee.  This session was about creating inclusivity in libraries.  The presenters saw equitability in services as part of democracy.  They took the position we should be empowering and providing equal access to our facilities.  I learned a few new things in the session.

The most important thing that I took from it is that we should be focused on listening to people and asking what they want if we want to bring in new people, not necessarily speaking our mission all the time.  There is a tendency among libraries to help out the people who bring in the most statistics in terms of circulation and programming, not everyone.

There was an exercise on thinking about how we would handle a visiting group of developmentally disabled people.   Also there was some discussion on what we can do as librarians with controversial social topics.

The final session I attended was on Tactical Urbanism or small inexpensive civic projects that can change a community.  The one that most stood out for me was the Boston Storefront Library in Chinatown where people setup a library in a vacant storefront to demonstrate that they needed a library there. http://www.storefrontlibrary.org/

The session opened with a number of examples of projects like painting abandoned properties in Detroit Tiggerite orange. The speaker, Karen Munro mentioned E.F. Schumacher's book, Small Is Beautiful.

I found this session to be very focused on design and architecture.  It reminded me a little bit of the idea of design thinking.

I enjoyed the conference.  I had a chance to talk to a few different people.  I was invited to New York Library Club on Monday to tour the United Nations library.

The conference was useful, entertaining, and well worth going to.  As always, I try and put what I thought was interesting into my summary.

Web Bits


In Defense of Books


Friday, April 7, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/07/2017


Court Woman At Her Desk With Poem Cards, Kubo Shunman, 1795

Daily Thoughts 04/07/2017

Today I went to the Urban Librarians Unite conference at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza.  I even got to talk to my old boss, Mark Levine in the History Biography and Religion section.

The conference was interesting.  They had good coffee and strudel in the morning.  I have to sit down and write up the full conference tomorrow.  It will take me some time as some of it has to do with advocacy.

There were a few vendors.  I got a button with a picture of from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.  Brooklyn Public Library now has library cards with Maurice Sendak's art.
http://www.bklynlibrary.org/media/press/brooklyn-public-library-d-0

I had a chance to walk around outside at lunch.  The neighborhood has gentrified tremendously and the prices have gone up.

I recognized some of the people at the conference.  One of my colleagues was there.  I have not had as much time to go out to events lately.

On the way home, I read some more of New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson.  The cover art is attractive enough that people ask me what the title is when I am sitting reading it on the train.  I like how weather and the ocean are portrayed in this book.

A book that caught my interest during the conference was Tactical Urbanism for Librarians: Quick, Low- Cost Ways to Make Big Changes by Karen Munro which is coming out in July of 2017.


 Web Bits

Library Advocates Make the Local Editorial Pages

Appropriations Webinar Announced for National Library Week

Holocaust Library Opens on Sacramento Synagogue Campus




Thursday, April 6, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/06/2017

Still Life. Table, books, and the pipes. - Pyotr Konchalovsky
Still Life. Table, books, and the Pipes, 1929, Pyotr Konchalovsky

Daily Thoughts 04/06/2017

Tomorrow is the Urban Librarians Unite conference.

I read a little bit more of New York 2140 on the way to work.

I checked the displays and the gift books today.

I checked Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I spent some time working an order for central library district books.

I checked on the computer lab.

We had a program tonight called James Baldwin's America led by Professor Emeritus John Howard from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   We discussed some of James Baldwin's life as an open conversation.  There were several handouts which we read including material on Go Tell It to the Mountain and some of his essays.

I did a little work with the 600s and the large print books as well.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/05/2017

Reading - Nicolae Vermont
Reading, Nicole Vermont, 1919

Daily Thoughts 04/05/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I spent several hours in the computer lab.  I put in some orders for nonfiction and fiction new books.

The Senior Memoir Writing Class was this morning from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

I read through a copy of Library Journal and Publishers weekly today.  I have a lot more ordering to do.

On the way home, I read some more of New York 2140.  The science in this book is hard.  It seems to be based on plausible advances in technology.


Web Bits


Ransomware Hackers Target Government Offices, Libraries

Amazon Opening Second Bookstore in NYC

How dokk1 Managed to Double the Number of Visits to the Library

From Libraries to Lunch Coutners, African Americans Recall Years of Exclusion

The Lost Art of Library Card Catalogues

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/04/2017

China Asters, Hat and Book - Paul Gauguin
China Asters, Hat and Book, Paul Gaugin, 1876

Daily Thoughts 04/04/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Collected Essays of James Baldwin on the way to work.  I also read a bit more of New York 2140.  Some of the characters are finance people who do quantitative analysis and trading.

I checked the gift books and the displays.  I also put up a banner which says April is National Poetry Month.  I have another banner ready which says May is National Mental Wellness Month.

I spent some time working on an order for nonfiction today.  Hopefully, we should have a share your story page on the website by Monday.

On the way home, I read some more of New York 2140.  In this story, the sea levels around Manhattan have risen 60 feet.

Web Bits


Microsoft Unveils Digital Bookstore

Monday, April 3, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/03/2017

Lady Reading Poetry by Ishibashi Kazunori (Shimane Art Museum).jpg
Lady Reading Poetry, Ishibashi Kazunori, 1905

Daily Thoughts 04/03/2017

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I spent most of the morning in the computer lab.

I have to work on orders and look over how I am spending money.

I have a copy of Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and the New York Times Book Review to read.

On the way home, I read some more of The Collected Essays of James Baldwin.  I rather like the essays on Harlem, New York and how the ghetto is not a place for anyone.

I also read some more of New York 2140.  The lower half of Manhattan is drowned in the story and people get around on boats and small watercraft.  The upper half is on dry land with huge skyscrapers.  The story is very much focused on the setting.

Web Bits


Let Girls Learn


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/02/2017


Daily Thoughts 04/02/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook today.

Web Bits


Information Wars: A Window Into the Alternative Media Ecosystem

Why Some American Libraries Are Obsessed With Making  Viral GIFS


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Daily Thoughts 04/01/2017


Daily Thoughts 04/01/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also checked the gift books and the displays.

On the way to work, I read some of James Baldwin Collected Essays.  I like the essays where he is writing about living in France as an expatriate.

I checked out the book, New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson..

I spent some time looking over the 600s.  I also worked on orders for next week.

Web Bits


Thriving Communities Depend on Smart Public Investment in Libraries

Save The IMLS! Gale, ALA Launch New Advocacy Website

Top 10 Things to Know (And Do) About Saving Library Funding

‘Doomsday’ Library Joins Seed Vault in Arctic Norway