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

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