Saturday, March 25, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/25/2017

Portrait of a young scholar - Maerten van Heemskerck
Portrait of a Young Scholar, Maerten van Heemskerck, 1531

Daily Thoughts 03/25/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I bought a daily planner.  I have to keep track of more than usual lately and am going to have to write it down.

I read some of Fast Food Nation on the way home.  I am reading about how fast food restaurants hire young people and try to keep wages very low.

I also started reading Pogue's Basics Money Essential Tips and Shortcuts  (That No One Bothers To Tell You) by David Pogue.

Web Bits


James Beard Award Nominees

Danielle Steel Loves the Weather and Elmore Leonard Hates Exclamation Points:  Literature by the Numbers

Brooklyn Public Library to Debut 'Where the Wild Things Are'  Library Card

Friday, March 24, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/23/2017

Cynic philosopher - Luca Giordano
Luca Giordano, Cynic Philosopher, 1653

Daily Thoughts 03/23/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Fast Food Nation on the way to work.  I learned that Ray Kroc the founder of McDonald's new Walt Disney personally.  There is a certain irony in this.  McDonald's has some of the qualities of Disneyland.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I spent some time working on programming.  We are working on a grant for the Mount Vernon Arts Iniative.

Right now, I am in the computer lab.

Web Bits


Yes, There Actually is Going to be a Disco Party With Gloria Gaynor at the Library of Congress


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/23/2017

Theodore Robinson - Correspondence (1895).jpg

Theodore Robinson, Correspondence, 1894

Daily Thoughts 03/23/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Small Data on the way to work.  It has a method to it which is focused on collecting lots of personal information and interviewing people to create a qualitative picture of how people use a product.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.  I also did a little work with the collection focused on short stories.  I am working on the computer classes for the next several months.

There is a seminar this afternoon on customer service from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30p.m.

There is a Smart Phone class this evening in the computer lab from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In May we are showing a film on mental health, May is National Mental Wellness Month.  I am planning on doing a display on mental health in May.

I got the sign in sheets for April for the computer classes ready.

Web Bits


How Many Books Will You Read Before You Die?

Help Save Federal Library Funding and IMLS!

New Director At Mount Vernon Public Library


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/22/2017

File:Pianti Still life with armor and books.jpg

Still Life With Armor and Books, Michele Pianti, 1651

Daily Thoughts 03/22/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of Small Data.

I checked the displays and the gift books today.

I read through a copy of Booklist and Library Journal today.  I also spent some time working on scheduling.

I spent a little time in the computer lab this morning.

I have been working a bit with the 800s and the fiction titles.

Web Bits


When  You Bomb at the Book Club


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/21/2017

The Book - Juan Gris
The Book, Juan Gris, 1913

Daily Thoughts 03/21/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Small Data.  Martin Lindstrom is writing about weight loss marketing.  He mentions the book, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

Right now, I am in the computer lab.

We have a new interim director.

I read the latest copy of the New York Times Book Review.

One of the part-time librarians is leaving tomorrow.

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

Web Bits


The Public Library Saved My Family's Life

Monday, March 20, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/20/2017

Philosophy Enthroned, Virgil Solis (German, (?) 1514–1562 Nuremberg)

Daily Thoughts 03/20/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of Small Data.  Martin Lindstrom is describing how he visits different countries and looks for what people desire.

I printed up some more flyers.  I also worked a little bit on ordering.  I have a lot more work on programming to do.

There is a program tonight, Suffrage, The Fight for Women's Rights from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Grace Greene Baker Community Room.

In addition, there is the Fundamentals of Computers Class and the Microsoft Word class tonight.

Web Bits

Mayor Unveils Combined Public Housing, Library Designs -- Are They More Than Pretty Pictures?

Council Approves Sunset Park Library Redevelopment

It would be hard to imagine working in public housing as a librarian.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/19/2017

Reader on a Black Background - Henri Matisse
Reader on a Black Background, Henri Matisse, 1939

Daily Thoughts 03/19/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook today.

Last night, I started reading Small Data The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends by Martin Lindstrom.  Martin Lindstrom is a trendwatcher.  He looks for trends and opportunities in business.

Web Bits


Need Pruning Sheers or a Ukulele Try the Public Library

Prelminary Budget Slashes Library, Arts, Culture, Education Agencies

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/18/2017

                                                       Leo Tolstoy Reading, Ilya Repin, 1891
Daily Thoughts 03/18/2017

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

I read some of Unforbidden Pleasures on the way to work.  There is a lot on morality, taboo, and discussion of what is forbidden.

There is an Acrylic Painting Class this morning from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

I checked the gift books and the displays.

Kenneth Davis was here for the Friends of the Mount Vernon Public Library.  He was discussing his book, Don't Know Much About the Civil War.  He is an excellent speaker.

I spent some time working on orders today.

Web Bits


In Face of NEA Cuts Small Presses Worry About their Future

Librarians Vow to Fight Trump on Funding Cuts

Denver Public Library Equipped With Opioid Overdose Antidote


Friday, March 17, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/17/2017

Reading The Letter - Pablo Picasso
Reading the Letter, Pablo Picasso, 1921

Daily Thoughts 03/17/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook today.

I also wrote my graduation essay for my Management of Technology Class.

I am finding the book Unforbidden Pleasures to be quite intellectually stimulating.  I have read about ideas from Nietzsche, Oscar Wilde, Freud, the old testament, and other thinkers so far.

We are working on a Share Your Story page for the library.

Kenneth Davis will be at a presentation for the Friends of the Mount Vernon Public Library.
http://mountvernonpubliclibrary.org/events/dont-know-much-about-the-civil-war/

There is also going to be an Acrylic Painting Class tomorrow in the fiction room led by Bujo.

Web Bits



Creating Inclusive Library Environments


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/16/2017


Scholar Viewing a Waterfall, Ma Yuan (Chinese, active ca. 1190–1225)  

Daily Thoughts 03/16/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I started reading Unforbidden Pleasures by Adam Phillips.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I also put in a few orders of books.

I contacted St. Paul's Historical Church in Mount Vernon about doing a program at the Mount Vernon Public Library in July.

I am working on changing the location of some of the short stories to the mezzanine or storage area.  Also, I am having a person examine all the short story books.

I am also checking the 800s.

There was a smartphone class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Web Bits


Someone Keeps Stashing Bottles of Steak Sauce Around Ohio Library


Institute of Museum and Library Services Issues Statement on the President’s Proposed FY 2018 Budget


President’s Budget Proposal To Eliminate Federal Library Funding


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/15/2017


Woman In Robes Reading a Book,  Julia Margaret Cameron (British (born India), Calcutta 1815–1879 Kalutara, Ceylon) 1870

Daily Thoughts 03/15/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read the New York Times on the way to work as well as the New York Daily News.

I checked the gift books and the displays.  I spent some time on the payroll system as well.

I am putting some orders in.   I also read the latest New York Times Book Review and looked through Publishers Weekly.

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

Web Bits


A Library of Congress Lab: More Use and More Users of Digital Collections

The Sky is the Limit for One Library in Big Sky Country

Three Myths About Reading Levels


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/14/2017


Papyrus Fragment With Lines from Homers Odyssy, ca. 285 to 250 B.C.

Daily Thoughts 03/14/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also did a little work on programming.

I did not read anything today.  The library was closed due to inclement weather.  It is cold and snowy outside.

I watched several episodes of Star Trek Voyager today.  It was relaxing.

Web Bits


A New Challenge for ALA Leading Between Advocacy and Activism

ESD Offers to Move In, Help Run Douglas County Library

Chrome Extension Finds Matching Library Books While You Browse Amazon, Goodreads

Seeds of Change, A Seed Library for All Ages


Monday, March 13, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/13/2017

Woman by a Goldfish Tank - Lovis Corinth
Woman By A Goldfish Tank, Lovis Corinth, 1911

Daily Thoughts 03/13/2017

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

I also checked on my CPLA classes.  There is a live session for Management of Technology.

I put in my final project for the Budget and Finance class for the CPLA which was interview with Terry Kirchner from the Westchester Library System.  I also handed in my final project for the Management of Technology Course.

I am going to be going to Urban Librarians Unite on April 7, 2017.  Carson Block, the teacher from Management of Technology will be at the Urban Librarians Unite conference.

Web Bits


America's First Writing Museum to Open in May

How The Morgan Library and Museum Showcases History in the Digital Age


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/12/2017


Scribe Statue, Leaded Bronze, 332-30 B.C.

Daily Thoughts 03/12/2017

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

I spent some time looking through the New York Times Bestseller List and Publishers Weekly Bestseller list.  I also looked at the Purchase Alerts.

I filled in some more of the Technology Planning Toolkit.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/11/2017



Writing Box with Lattice and Flower Design, Mid- 17th Century

Daily Thoughts 03/11/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I finished reading Arkwright by Allen Steele.  I enjoyed the book, it had a satisfying ending.  The ship makes it to a distant world and a colony is built there.

I watched the instructional video for this week for the Management of Technology Class.  I also wrote a brief summary about seeking a grant for computers for a teen area. for the Budget and Finance class.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/10/2017


Writing Box, Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuō) (Japanese, 1663–1747)


Daily Thoughts 03/10/2017

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


I also checked the displays and the gift books.


On the way to work, I read some of Arkwright by Allen Steele.  This is a story with a what if? premise.  What if a successful golden age science fiction writer had established a foundation to build an interstellar spaceship.  It is hard science fiction which extrapolates from existing possibilities.


I have been looking at some of the old programs which I did from last year.


Web Bits



Mastering Marketing Library Promotion




As a Girl She Spent Time in the Library.  Now She’s Giving It $20 million



Thursday, March 9, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/09/2017


Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam) 1653

Daily Thoughts 03/09/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Harvard Business Review's 10 Must Reads On Managing Yourself.  This is a series which puts 10 articles on selected subjects from the periodical into book form.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I checked out the book, Arkwright by Allen Steele.  I also checked out the book, Adult Programs in the Library by Brett W. Lear.

I am reading a copy of the Ingram Advance.

I spent some time working on programming today.  I also worked a little bit on databases.  I am trying to push into May, June, and July for programs.

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

Web Bits


Bringing the Library to the Comic Con

Clearview Library Hosts Info Sessions on Raising Chickens

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/08/2017

Man, Sitting, Reading a Book - Vincent van Gogh
Man Sitting Reading A Book, Vincent Van Gogh, 1882

Daily Thoughts 03/08/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also read some more of On Managing Yourself on the train to work.


I also checked the displays and the gift books.

There is a Senior Memoir Writing Workshop at the library today from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the fiction room.  Karen Leahy is teaching the class.

I have a variety of paperwork for tomorrow.

There is a Wordpress class tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

I checked on my CPLA classes.  I also read some more of On Managing Yourself.  I rather liked the article, Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time which is about how to get more done by feeling better, getting more rest, and staying healthy.

I have been watching some Star Trek the Next Generation to relax at night.  I watched the first season.  I find Gene Roddenberry's message inspiring.

Web Bits


How Entrepreneurship Librarians Help Campus Accelerators Grow.

Ecourse Fundraising and Grantsmanship.
I took an earlier version of this course.

Google Helps Libraries Encourage Kids to Code

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/07/2017


Netsuke of Woman Reading from a Scroll 

Date: 19th centuryMedium: Ivory


Daily Thoughts 03/07/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook today.

I also checked the displays and the gifts today.

I registered for the CPLA class Organization and Personnel Management which I will be taking on April 3, 2017.

I also checked my classes for Management of Technology and Budget and Finances for CLPA.

I read a copy of Booklist and I put the book The Arkwright by Allen M. Steele on hold which is science fiction.

I read some of On Managing Yourself on the way to work.  One of the articles is Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey by William Oncken, Jr. and Donald L. Wass.  It is one of the most read articles in Harvard Business Review.

I am looking at the Best Buy Community Grant for Teen Computers.
https://corporate.bestbuy.com/community-grants-page/

Web Bits


Changes in ‘New York Times’ Book Coverage Explained


Monday, March 6, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/06/2017

Reading a book - Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky
Reading A Book, Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky 1915

Daily Thoughts 03/06/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also checked the gift books and the displays.

I read the latest copy of the New York Times Book Review.

Web Bits


A new book is coming from ‘Goodnight Moon’ Author Whose Papers Are at Westerly Library


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/05/2017

Daily Thoughts 03/05/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/04/2017


The Artist's Wife (Périe, 1849–1887) Reading

Albert Bartholomé (French, Thiverval 1848–1928 Paris) Date 1883


Daily Thoughts 03/04/2017

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

I finished reading Beyond Competitive Advantage How to Solve the Puzzle of Sustaining Growth While Creating Value by Todd Zenger.  I liked at the end of the book how Todd Zenger describes that people need to adjust their strategy on whether they are  centralized or decentralized.   A lot of this book discusses opposing strategies like whether to make or buy different products.  The author seems to do a good job of describing how to be flexible in making decisions.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I also worked a little bit on ordering.  I have a few lists to work on for Bookletters including new fiction, new nonfiction, and new dvds.

I checked out the book, Harvard Business Review's 10 Must Reads On Managing Yourself.


Web Bits
"Where Will They Go?" MLK Library A Refuge for the City's Homeless Closes for Renovation

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/where-will-they-go-mlk-library-a-refuge-for-the-citys-homeless-closes-for-renovation/2017/03/03/4f9b6218-fc7e-11e6-8f41-ea6ed597e4ca_story.html?utm_term=.bd5f087944b6

Friday, March 3, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/03/2017

Young Woman in White Reading - Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Young Woman in White Reading, Pierre- Auguste Renoir,  1873

Daily Thoughts 03/03/2017

On the way to work, I read some more of Beyond Competitive Advantage.  I am reading about corporate deception.  The author is describing strategic lemons, moral hazards where management looks after itself at the expense of corporate success, and other ways people tend to make corporations appear more valuable than they are.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.  I put in a banner for Women's History Month.

I read through a copy of Bookpage today.  I also looked at the New York Times Bestseller list and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list.

Right now, I am in the computer lab.  I helped some people with scanning some documents.

I sent in a wish list for some things I am hoping will happen.

Web Bits


What’s That Smell?  Rare Books and Artifacts From a 1906 Library



Thursday, March 2, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/02/2017

Boy Reading - Samuel Peploe
Boy Reading, Samuel Peploe, 1923


Daily Thoughts 03/02/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

We have a new director today, Ms. Thompson.

I read a copy of the Times Literary Supplement.  I also made sure the monthly calendar for adults was put in place.

There is a Gmail class tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 op.m.

I wrote my monthly report for March.

I am looking at the Share Your Story application from I Love Libraries.
http://www.ilovelibraries.org/share-your-story

I wrote a wish list today for the library.

Web Bits


After a Night at the Library, Stuffed Animals Help Kids Read


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Daily Thoughts 03/01/2017

The Message - Gerard Terborch
The Message, Gerard Terborch, 1660

Daily Thoughts 03/01/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also checked the displays and the gift books.  Today is the first day of Women's History month.

I am in the computer lab now.  I did a little more work with programming today.  I am trying to think of something for National Library Week.

I spent a little time working with a colleague on ordering for new books.

On the way to work, I read some of Beyond Competitive Advantage.  I am reading about how successful companies create their own theories to gain advantage.  The author uses a diagram from Walt Disney to describe the vision of the founder and how it led to sustained competitive advantage.

I also read some more of The Existentialist Cafe Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails.   This author is both a descripton of existentialism and phenomenology and a kind of personal memoir on how the philosophy was part of Sarah Bakewell's life.

I am looking at the Urban Librarians Unite conference.  The teacher for my Management of Technology Course, Carson Block, will be there on April 7, 2017.  https://www.urbanlibrariansconference.org/

I am having some people check for damaged items in the collection.

I read some more of Beyond Competitive Advantage on the way home.  I learned about a new concept in management, cross-sight the ability to see synergies and assets across a corporation.