Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/20/2017

Chinese Sage Reading While Riding on a Buffalo - Toyota Hokkei
Chinese Sage Reading, Toyota Hokkei, 1820

Daily Thoughts 09/20/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  The author asserts that leadership is more important than management.   I find this to be interesting, leadership is a bit different than management.  For me this statement is like saying strategy is more important tactics.  I also read some of Great By Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  

I also spent some time working on graphic novel handout for comics lit.  Hopefully, there should be some printed soon.  My colleague is working on a bookmark for recent writing books.

We have the new flier for the computer classes for October ready.

There was a program today.  People enjoyed it tremendously.  It was a Tango class taught by Josie LaRiccia.  This was part of a grant from ArtsWestchester.  It was from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. today.

There is a Wordpress class tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today in the computer lab.

The Mount Vernon Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting is tonight.

A number of books came in for me for my Organizing and Personnel Management class including Leading Libraries How To Create a Service Culture by Wyoma VanDuinKirken, Expect More Demanding Better Libraries for Today's Complex World by R. David Lankes, and New Routes to Library Success 100+ Ideas From Outside The Stacks by Elisabeth Doucett.
Web Bits


New York Comic Con 2017 Adds Library Programming

Book Industry Charitable Foundation

Library of Congress Labs

Aurora Libraries New 'Heart of America' Mural To Celebrate Diversity



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/19/2017

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

Daily Thoughts 09/19/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.   I also finished reading the latest New York Times Book Review.  I turned in some orders for new books.

I put together the computer class list and printed up the sign up sheets for next week.  Hopefully, the flyers will be ready soon.

I collected some comics lit graphic novel together to start making a new brochure.  I also picked out some new books on writing for another bookmark.

I have a copy of the Times Literary Supplement and Library Journal to read tomorrow.

I talked to an Ebsco representative today about databases.

I spent a little more time looking for local authors.  I will be calling a few places tomorrow.

I plan on reading Antifa The Antifascist Handbook by Mark Bray today.

Web Bits


Escondido Residents Roll Out "Un"Welcome Mat for Private Library Operator LS&S

Yonkers Library's Old Shade Panels to Become Art

Your Local Library's Ebooks Now Appear in Google Search

Monday, September 18, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/18/2017

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Ane Hedvig Broendum Sitting at the Table, 1909, Anna Ancher

Daily Thoughts 09/18/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books today.

We printed more flyers today.  I also worked on some scheduling for next month.  I still have to write the computer class schedule tomorrow.

I spent some time talking to Peachtree Hobby Distributors today.  We signed up for International Games Week which is October 29 through November 4, 2017.  There are a number of nice board game giveaways for those who sign up. 

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

I read some more of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Something to note is that effectiveness is often the opposite of efficiency or doing things quickly.


Web Bits

Libraries Can Be More Than Just Books Opinion


Paris Library Challenges Adults to Read Banned Children's Books


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/17/2017

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The New York Times (by Reginald V. Gray), Jean-Paul Sartre, 1964, Public Domain from Wikimedia.

Daily Thoughts 09/17/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.


We are participating in International Games Week-- October 29 through November 4
http://games.ala.org/igw_promos/

I spent some time looking through Crash Course In Library Budgeting and Finance by Glen E. Holt and Leslie Edmonds Holt this morning.  I am reading about how libraries track their incoming funds. 

I read a little bit more of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  I am reading about character.  Stephen R. Covey gives the example of Benjamin Franklin as a person who had lots of character. 

I spent a little time looking up a few more local authors from Mount Vernon, New York.


Web Bits


A Culture of Opportunity Best Small Library In America 2017

House Votes to Save Library Funding, NEA, and NEH

Public Libraries Are a Big Resource for Small Business

Friday Essay: Why Libraries Can and Must Change

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/16/2017

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Pink Note: the Novelette, James McNeill Whistler, 1884

Daily Thoughts 09/16/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Ideas Are Free How The Idea Revolution is Liberating People and Transforming Organizations by Alan G. Robinson and Dean M. Schroeder.  This is a book about how to generate ideas from the people that work for you.  It focuses on a bottom up approach and assumes that the people closest to where the idea will impact have the best ideas.  It eschews standard reward systems and describes how it is not the idea that is important, but the ability to implement the idea that counts.

It describes many companies who have used a continuous set of small ideas which are not replicable in other companies to be more competitive.  There is a focus on getting people to contribute ideas to make a company more profitable.

I also wrote a recommendation letter for a local artist.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

We had our last Acrylic Painting class from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. today.

I have been working on a brochure for new graphic novels for our library.  It is a new format.

Three new books came in for me to read.  Crash Course in Library Budgeting and Finance by Glen E. Holt and Leslie Edmond Holt, Good to Great and the Social Sectors by Jim Collins, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.

I have a copy of the September 2017 Ingram Advance to read.

I read Good to Great and the Social Sectors which is a short monograph by Jim Collins.  Jim Collins describes how nonprofits have different goals than for profit companies.  He points out the importance of branding.  I also started reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.  There is an introductory chapter by Jim Collins.

Web Bits


Library to Unveil New Bookbinding Machine

Reshape 2017 Conference
There is a library channel in Finland...

10 Fiction Contenders Named for National Book Award
http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/10-fiction-contenders-named-for-National-Book-12200476.php#photo-14114398


Friday, September 15, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/15/2017


Woman Reading A Novel, Vincent Van Gogh, 1888

Daily Thoughts 09/15/2017

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

On the way to work, I read some of  Ideas are Free.  I am reading about how small ideas from small employees add up to lots of improvements and encourage larger ideas to be revealed which make bigger impacts.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

We printed up some postcards announcing the Local Author Fair on October 7, 2017.  We have a second author who is coming.  We sent out some invitations to local organizations for authors.  I should have a few more authors to contact on Monday.

We have been printing out bookmarks and flyers for the Mount Vernon City Fest which is Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m..  The Friends of the Mount Vernon Public Library will be there.  They are raffling off a gift basket with tea.  https://cmvny.com/2017/09/12/mount-vernon-cityfest-2017/

I did a list for graphic novels today for Bookletters.  I have started working on a brochure for graphic novels today.

Web Bits


Indie Publisher To Send Impeachment Guides to Congress

The Color Fetish—Toni Morrison

IMLS Public Libraries in the United States Survey


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/14/2017

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William John Wainwright, His Favorite Author, 1881 Daily Thoughts 09/14/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Phenomena today.  Most of the book is focused on remote viewing or viewing things out of body.  It seemed to be the primary interest of the military.   There is also some interesting material on qigong as it relates to psychic development.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

We also put out two new bookmarks, a Contemporary Latino Novelists bookmark and an African American Novelist bookmarks.

I spent some time taking care of payments for the tango, flamenco, and paper crafts classes planned for later this month.

We are working on the 900s.

Also, the book, Great By Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen came in for me to read.

I spent some time looking up some more local authors for Mount Vernon Author Fair.  We have contacted more than 30 people.

There was a Using the Internet class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the computer lab tonight.

Web Bits


House Approves Full IMLS, LSTA, and IAL Funding for FY 2018
Escondido's Library Outsourcing Debate Could End Up In Court

Review: We The (Library Card Carrying) People of 'Ex Libris'-- The New York Times


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/13/2017

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Edward Simmons, September Afternoon, 1891

Daily Thoughts 09/13/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Phenomena last night.  There is a bit on when Aldous Huxley met Dr. Puharich and wrote The Doors of Perception.  It also has quite a bit on Uri Geller.  From my perspective the book is more interesting because of the people than the extra sensory perception.  There is a mix of every kind of strangeness from eccentricity to madness.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

We have our first author registered for the Local Author Fair on October 7, 2017.

There is a management meeting at 2:30 p.m. today.

I have been printing up some flyers for various events.

I also met briefly with the instructor from the crochet group.

Three books came in for me to read, Our Iceberg Is Melting by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber, Ideas Are Free by Alan G. Robinson and Dean M. Schroeder, and the ALA Big Book of Library Grant Money by Ann Kepler.

There is a Beginning Wordpress class tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab.

I read Our Iceberg is Melting by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber tonight on the way home.  John Kotter is the author of Who Moved My Cheese.  This is basically a business fable about how to handle a very unpleasant situation with a smile.  It is meant to prepare people to make extreme choices put forth by management groups.  I found the book to be both funny and cynical at the same time.

Web Bits


Social Media In Libraries Webinar Series from Webjunction


Experimenting With Technology

Why A Library Card

'Don't Wait": Snowden Urges Action at Free Library Simulcast Event

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/12/2017

Young Woman in a Landscape by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, c. 1915-1919, oil on canvas - Huntington Museum of Art - DSC05447.JPG
Young Woman In A Landscape Reading, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Circa 1915-1919

Daily Thoughts 09/12/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading What It Means When A Man Falls from the Sky Stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah on the way home.  I liked the titular story.  It had a bit of magical realism to it.  I also read some more of Phenomena.  I am reading about Dr. Puharich and the Roundtable Foundation.  It is a bit spooky and wacky at the same time.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I also placed several orders for new books.

I learned about The Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services of New York which does Archival Assessments this morning.  http://dhpsny.org/archival-needs-assessments

I spent some time working on the Hispanic Heritage month programs this afternoon.

I did a Bookletters list for eBooks today.

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

Web Bits


How People Approach Facts and Information

How New Orleans Got A Public Library


Monday, September 11, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/11/2017


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William Merritt Chase, The Studio, 1892-1893

Daily Thoughts 09/11/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky Stories this morning.  I liked the story, Buchi's Girls.

I also read a bit more of Phenomena this morning.  I am reading about how occultism and astrrology were used as propaganda tools by the allies and the axis during World War II

I checked the purchase alerts today.

I listened to a bit more of Get Organized The Clear and Simple Way on Overdrive.

I placed several different books on hold for my class, Organization and Personnel Management for the CPLA Certified Public Library Administrator certificate.  It starts on September 18, 2017.



Web Bits



This  Small Town Connecticut Restaurant Gives Each Diner A Free Book From its Vast Library

Shhh! Libraries Are Changing

New Exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum Explores Rare Luxury Books of the Middle Ages

 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/10/2017

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Bookplate of Francis Darwin, January 1923

Daily Thoughts 09/10/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read a little more of What It Means When  A Man Falls From the Sky this morning.

I started reading Phenomena  The Secret History of the US Government's Investigation Into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis by Annie Jacobsen.  This book about secret projects aimed at developing psychic ability.

I listened to some more of Get Organized The Clear and Simple Way.  It provides a nice background for picking up around the house and organizing things.  I found my digital camera and a refund envelope for a Metrocard.

Web Bits


Senate Boosts Funding to IMLS, LSTA Thanks to ALA Grassroots

U.S. Postal Service Unveils Series of Stamps Honoring Children's Book 'The Snowy Day'

Book Burning: A Sordid History of Cultural Erasure


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/09/2017


Chess Game, Marcel Duchamp, 1910

Daily Thoughts 09/09/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of Successful Library Fundraising Best Practices Edited by M. Sandra Wood.   One of the main points which I got from the book was that we need to get a base of people who provide funds to a library and contact them on a continuous basis or create long term endowments to a library.  The most money comes from planned giving.

I looked up some of the local authors from Mount Vernon today.

I read some more of What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky Stories.  I especially like the short story, War Story.

I spent some time looking at games today for our library.  I am planning to do an order of both traditional and new games.  We have received a variety of games as donations which are being used in our Adult Board Games night.



I requested the Free Library Starter Set from American Go

Program Model Circulating Board Game Collection.

Librarians Report Choosing the Right Games for Your Library



Web Bits



KC Librarian On Trial for Defending A Man's Free Speech Found Not Guilty

How and Why Oakland Public Library is Loaning Out Hotspots

SF Public Libraries To Help Immigrants to Apply for Citizenship

Assistive Technology for Computer Transcript-- Techsoup
                                                  
 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/08/2017


Library of Congress, Washington DC, Postcard Before 1910 

Daily Thoughts 09/08/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time discussing a grant for an acrylic painting class this morning.

I am working on some web banners for the library.

I discussed our Readers Digest Endowment Fund with the treasurer.

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

I checked out the book, What It Means When A Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arima which is a short story collection.  It is out next book club title.

I also checked out Successful Library Fundraising Best Practices Edited by Sandra M. Wood and The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations Into Extrasensory Perception Phenomena by Annie Jacobsen.

Web Bits


After Harvey Libraries Reopen, Organizations Step Up

Every Library Kicksoff Library Awareness Campaign

Latino Cultures Platform A New Library Resource


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/07/2017

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Tihamer Margitay, Exciting Story, 1897

Daily Thoughts 09/07/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin on the way to work this morning.  I enjoyed reading the fantasy novel.  The world building was excellent.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also did some shifting in the 900s.

I checked out the book, Dale Carnegie and Associates Listen The Art of Effective Communication and We Are Dandy The Elegant Gentleman Around the World by Rose Callahan and Nathaniel Adams.

We spent a little time working on bookmarks.

I am writing my monthly report for August right now.  I am also collecting information from my colleagues.

There is a Beginning Internet class tonight in the computer lab from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

I posted a few lists for Bookletters, a fiction list, and a nonfiction list.

Web Bits


Measure the Future Enters The Next Phase

At The Library of Congress, Blind Visitors Get to Feel What Others See

Take Action for Libraries: Webinar


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Daily Thoughts 09/06/2017


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Cornelis Bisschop, Old WOman Sleeping, 17th Century.

Daily Thoughts 09/06/2017


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

I enjoyed reading The Spark by David Drake. It is a nice mix of fantasy and science fiction.  The whole book held together very well.  I like how the line between magic and science was very thin in the story.

I checked the gift books and the displays.  September is Library Card Sign Up month.  There is also going to be a Comic-Con on September 23rd which is be put together by my colleague.  The theme for September is Library Card Sign Up Month is the Teen Titans.  I displayed some graphic novels today.

I also met with some colleagues to discuss the upcoming author fair on October 7, 2017.  We were working on designing a banner.  We just finished creating a save the date postcard for the event.  The postcards should be sent out soon.

I spent some time shifting the 900s.  I am hoping to move some books out of the oversize stacks soon.

We spent a little bit of time working on flyers today.

I am interested in reading Endurance: A Year In Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly which is coming out in October.

I read a copy of the New York Times Book Review.  Right now, I am looking through the October 2017 Ingram Advance.  I am on the children's room reference desk.

There is a Windows 7-- Files and Folders class tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the computer lab.

Web Bits




Does Artificial Intelligence Signal the End for Corporate Librarians? [Q&A]

Our Shared Responsibility Working for Advocacy

Arlington Public Libraries Celebrate First Ever Cosplay Month

Public Libraries Can (Literally) Serve As Shelter from the Storm