Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/26/2018


Daily Thoughts 09/26/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Calming Your Angry Mind last night.  I am reading more about meditation and how it can be specifically focused to disperse thoughts of anger, vexing thoughts, aggravation, and irritation.

I read some of The War on Normal People.  Andrew Yang describes how businesses are focused on efficiency and if jobs are eliminated because of automation it is an efficient result.  Often automation is cheaper than higher wages.

I have been using flash cards from the Beck Diet Plan.  They have been helpful in my weight loss.  I also have been writing memory cards where I write down when I have a success with my diet.

Web Bits


Shout It from the Rooftops:  Reading Is Fundamental!

NYC Libraries Will Help New Yorkers Register to Vote

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/25/2018

The Reader
The Reader, Eglon van der Neer, 1635/1636

Daily Thoughts 09/25/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of Calming Your Angry Mind.  I am reading about different exercises for compassion in meditation focusing on forgiveness, self-compassion, and anguish.

I also finished reading Star Trek Discovery Drastic Measures by Dayton Ward.  I enjoyed reading the book.  One of the differences I see between Star Trek Discovery and the older series is that there is much more internal conflict in the federation.  People don't always act like family and are not always considerate of each other.  This is very different from the old Star Trek and in some ways less appealing.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I also spent a little time checking for duplication in the fiction room.

I worked a little bit on scheduling.

I helped with a colleague with ordering some children's books from Rainbow Books.

I also sent a copy of the latest Arts Alive grant to a colleague.

I spent some time generating book lists from Blue Cloud Analytics for oversize books with low circulation.

I checked out the book, The War On Normal People The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our future by Andrew Yang

Web Bits



The Opioid Crisis and Administering NARCAN in libraries

Ball State Professor Imprisoned In Library to Raise Awareness of Banned Books




Monday, September 24, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/24/2018

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Still Life with Musical Instruments and Books, Bartholomeo Bettera, Mid 17th Century

Daily Thoughts 09/24/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Star Trek Drastic Measures.  I am reading about the hunt for Governor Kodos.  Right now, Star Fleet is tracking him on foot.

I also read some more of Calming Your Angry Mind.  I read five different descriptions of meditation exercises for being more aware of your mind and emotions.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I worked on some orders for new books.

I also spent some time working on scheduling today.

I read the latest New York Times Book Review and the Times Literary Supplement.

There is a Fundamentals of Computers class and a Beginning Microsoft Word class in the computer lab tonight.

Web Bits


Circulation Dips at Naperville Libraries As Patrons Focus on 3D Printers, Online Resources, and Other Amenities

Gutenberg Bible to Be Presented in New Display Case Designed for Conservation

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/23/2018

A Corner of My Studio, 1895 - William Merritt Chase
A Corner of My Studio, William Merritt Chase, 1895

Daily Thoughts 09/23/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more of Drastic Measures.  I am reading about the search for Adrian Kodos who kills 4000 colonists on Tarsus IV to prevent mass starvation.  The food supply is being attacked by an alien fungus.  Captain Kirk is in this story as a teenager.  It is a mix of suspense, disaster story, and science fiction.

I also read some more of Calming Your Angry Mind.  I am reading about negativity bias and why thinking negative thoughts is often a survival trait.

I watched two episodes of Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Medition Course from the Great Courses on Kanopy.  Each one was a few minutres more than half an hour.

I checked the purchase alerts for the library this evening.

Web Bits


Check It Out: Unleash Power of Library Card

Omaha Public Library Recommends Censored Reads for Banned Book Week

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/22/2018

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Cover scan of the cover of the comic adaptation of the novel Maza of the Moon by Otis Adelbert Kline (19501), Avon Publications, NY; originally published in 1930.

Daily Thoughts 09/22/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of Drastic Measures.  It adds nicely to the Star Trek cannon.  The specific incident at the Tarsus IV Colony was mentioned in several of the television shows.

I decided to stop reading Aware The Science and Practice of Presence The Groundbreaking Meditation Practice by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Instead, I started reading Calming Your Angry Mind, How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You From Anger and Bring Peace to Your Life by Jeffrey Brantley, M.D. and Barbara L. Frederickson, PHD. is a founding faculty member at the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program at Duke Integrative Medicine.  It is a practical book which gives an interesting approach to understanding anger.

Today is the Mount Vernon Public Library Comic Expo from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/mvplcomicexpo/

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also spent some time looking up grants for the library.

I worked on some orders for new books.

I went outside for lunch and purchased a chicken sandwich, a bottle of water, and some spicy fries from a food truck.  They were tasty.

I also bought a few comics from 2 for a $1 bins at some of the comic vendors including Monstress single issues, American Gods, and Faith. There were a lot of nice reading copies.

I spent some time working on ordering new travel books so we can update the travel section.

I worked a bit on scheduling as well.

I got to be normal man today.  I spent some time on the reference desk while people worked the convention.  At the end of the day, I took a little more of a break and had two hot dogs from a vending cart and bought a few more comics, including a comic from Oni Press called Voodoom.

Web Bits


Trailer For Free For All: Inside the Public Library


Friday, September 21, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/21/2018

In the Library, Edwin Austin Abbey (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1852–1911 London), Pen and ink on cardboard
Edwin Austin Abbey, In the Library, 1888

Daily Thoughts 09/21/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Aware.  There are parts of this book which I find a little bit odd.  The model of a wheel of awareness reminds me of a television dial or volume control in the way consciousness switches between different states.  I am not convinced by this model.  I like the way Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. breaks down meditation into three areas, focused attention, open awareness, and kindness meditation.

I relaxed on the way to work.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  There are several displays up around the building for the Saturday, September 2, 2018 Comic Expo from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Cathy Webb, our community outreach person planned the Comic Expo.  It should be a fun event.  I will be there working at the reference desk which should be interesting. https://www.facebook.com/mvplcomicexpo/

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I did some checking for duplicate books and books which needed updating in the travel and computer sections.

We finished shifting in the oversize section today.

I was all over the building today.  I was in the computer lab, at the public computers and at my desk.

I have to work on some flyers and events.

I also have some scheduling to work on.

I set up the sign up sheets for the computer classes.

On the way home, I started reading Star Trek Discovery Drastic Measures. It is about a disaster on a Federation colony planet  where the food supply is destroyed by an alien fungus.  It is nice to read a bit of escapism.

Web Bits


Treasures of the Library-- According to Those In the Know

Drag Storytime Brings Fierceness and Fierce Opposition

Rare Kennedy Photos Go Online Thanks to JFK Library

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/20/2018

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William Brymner, The Picture Book, 1898

Daily Thoughts 09/20/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night on the way home, I finished reading The Journal Junkies Workshop Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler.  The last part had quite a bit about storytelling and writing.  It describes how to integrate the written word into art.  I found this to be an excellent overview of the art journaling process, something I am just learning about.

I also read some more of Awake.  I am reading about how the mind exists in relation to others.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also did some shifting this morning.

I put in some orders for new books.

I checked out two Star Trek Discovery books, Drastic Measures by Dayton Ward and Desperate Hours by David Mack.

The codrones and the Rokit Smart are in the cage.

We are having the staff drawing this afternoon for Adult Summer Reading.  It should be good.  We had a sheet cake, some grapes, and apple juice,  and we gave away some prizes for the end of Adult Summer reading including some tote bags, chocolate, a kindle, a puzzle, and some cups.

I put in my initial application for the Arts Alive Community grant from Arts Westchester.

I worked a little bit on scheduling for next month.

Web Bits


NARA Responds to Controversial ICE Records Destruction Request

Prague's Most Extraordinary Library Like No Other You've Visited

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/19/2018

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Retrato del escritor español Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), autor de Don Quijote de la Mancha.

Daily Thoughts 09/19/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some of The Journal Junkies Workshop.  This is a basic overview of art journaling.  The beginning goes over different tools to use in an art journal.  I learned that art journals usually use 70lb bond paper to allow for mediums like acrylics, ink pens, and glue.

I also started reading Aware which is about a scientific approach to meditation focused on a concept called The Wheel of Awareness.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also did a little shifting in the oversize books.

I spent some time looking through the October Ingram Advance.

DC Comics 100 Graphic Novels To Read Before You Die
https://www.edelweiss.plus/#catalogID=4312262&_=1537317904747&page=1

We are printing up some bookmarks to display.

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

There is also Learn Salsa Dance and Percussion class from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the community room with Josie Lariccia and Miguel Aparecio.  This is running for 6 weeks.

Web Bits


Reclaiming Reference

Finalists Announced for Brooklyn Public Library's 2018 Literary Prize

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/18/2018


Woman Reading, Georges Braque, 1911

Daily Thoughts 09/18/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also did a little shifting in the oversize books.

I put in two orders for new books.

I put in an order for central library district books.  This should help with our list of books displayed on our website.

I checked out two books, Aware The Science and Practice of Presence The Ground Breaking Meditation Practice by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.  and The Journal Junkies Workshop Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler.

I read a copy of the Times Literary Supplement, the latest New York Times Book Review, and a recent copy of Booklist.  I am looking through the Ingram Advance right now.

A colleague is editing the Arts Alive grant and putting in her resume and work samples.  We never do the grants by ourselves.  They always require editing and feedback to get right.

I placed a hold on Palaces for the people : how social infrastructure can help fight inequality, polarization, and the decline of civic life by Eric Klinenberg.

There is a Fundamentals of Computers Class and a Beginning Microsoft Word 2013 class tonight in the computer lab from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Web Bits


In 2018,  Libraries to the Rescue: Why Americans are right to crave facts, and books

A New Exhibit at the Library Celebrates the Stories Behind Weird Collections of Stuff

Monday, September 17, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/17/2018

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Pauline Viardot, Circa 1841, Fryderyk Chopin Reading, and Maurice Sand writing.

Daily Thoughts 09/17/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked my assignments for my Politics and Partnerships class this morning.

I did not do any reading today.

I spent some time working with social media.  I am slowly growing my network for small business on Alignable.  I also spent some time contacting people on LinkedIn about events.

I have been resting today.

I read the comic book series James Bond Vargr on Comics Plus Library Edition which is available through the Westchester Library System.  Warren Ellis wrote the series. https://library.comicsplusapp.com/index.php

Web Bits


Of, By and For the People: Best Small Library In America 2018

Susan Orleans Knows Librarians Are Superheroes

The Board of West Virginia Library Reverses Decision to Refuse 'Fear'

Puzzled Out At the Lilly Library

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/16/2018


Cubist Composition-- Portrait of a Seated Person Holding a Letter-- Salvador Dali, 1923

Daily Thoughts 09/16/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I watched The Real Story Pirates of the Caribbean which was produced for the Smithsonian Channel.  The story compared the Pirates of the Caribbean to real pirates.  It focused on the famous pirate Black Beard.  They were showing the underwater archaeology of the Queen Annes' Revenge which was Black Beard's ship.  It was a fun show to watch.

I read some of Bodyweight Strength Training 12 Weeks to Build Muscle and Burn Fat by Jay Cardiello this morning.

I watched Doctor Strange on DVD.  I liked it.  It was better than expected.

I also spent a little time looking through high circulation nonfiction items on Bluecloud Analytics.

I checked the purchase alerts tonight for items on hold.

I watched the lecture for my class, Politics and Partnerships.  This week, I wrote about three different things which were affecting the community, last week, I wrote about three different things that were affecting the library.

Web Bits


How I Learned to Love the Library

Subcommittee Calls For Library Funding Increases

Watch:  Secrets of Batman at the DC Library with Jim Lee and Friends!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/15/2018


Joos Van Craesbeeck, Young Man Sitting Indoors Writing, 1649

Daily Thoughts 09/15/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I started reading Journal Sparks Fire Up Your Creativity With Spontaneous Art , Wild Writing, and Inventive Thinking by Emily K. Neuberger last night.  It is a very quick read, because it is a book of different ideas which you can use in art journaling.  There are many two page suggestions on what you can do with an art journal.  This includes ideas about washi tape, collage, envelopes, using color, creating lists, photo albums, and other activities.  I put slips of paper next to the pages for ideas which I liked.  There are a lot of them.  The book has a very upbeat, colorful mood.

I took a look at my Politics and Partnerships class this morning online.

I took an hour long course called Grant Seeking for Libraries: Top 10 Practices for Foundation Funding.  It is a new class on Webjunction.

I watched an anime called Tales from Earthsea which is based on the Ursual LeGuin fantasy book series.  I found it to be very different than the books, but quite interesting.  It is a Studio Ghibli film.

Web Bits


10 Famous Authors And Their Cats

Allied Against Inequity

A Condo Tower on a Library Site

Automation

Self Driving Cars Start Delivering Groceries In Arizona

Friday, September 14, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/14/2018


Champagne Printer Publisher, Alphonse Mucha, 1897

Daily Thoughts 09/14/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Journal Fodder 365 Daily Doses of Inspiration for the Art Addict by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler.  There are lots of art journal projects in this book.  I like the collage, lettering, and drawing projects.  I also like the ideas for gluing in photographs, envelopes, and other objects. There are twelve chapters in this book.  Each chapter has several projects. Every page has photographs and illustrations with lots of color.  There are also lots of tips on how to use different art supplies.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I looked through the New York Times Bestseller list and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list.

I have a copy of the Ingram Advance to read.

Some people are shifting in the oversize section.

I checked out the book, Journal Sparks Fire Up Your Creativity With Spontaneous Art, Wild Writing, and Inventive Thinking by Emily K. Neuburger.

We have been working with Dear Reader to make the lists a little better for the website.

Web Bits


NEA Study Finds Small Dip In Adult Reading

At the NYPL, A Permanent Exhibit Will Showcase the Library's Millions of Treasures

A Visit to the Forgotten Apartment In Manhattan's Fort Washington Library

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/13/2018

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Walter Frederick Osborne's 1889 "The Dublin Streets; a vendor of Books" in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.

Daily Thoughts 09/13/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more of The Complete Beck Diet for Life.  I am reading the section of recipes.

I also started reading Journal Fodder 365 Daily Doses of Inspiration for the Art Addict by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler.  This book is broken up into twelve chapters, one major project per month. The book is very visual with lots of illustrations and images.  The projects are described in detail.  They are open and can be worked on over long periods of time.

I am placing a hold on The Journal Junkies Workshop: Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler.  This is a more basic book on art journaling.

I am meeting with Ben Anthony to discuss having a citizenship class at the library.

I am also meeting with a colleague to work on signage today.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

We did some shifting in the oversize section.

We have been updating the literacy volunteers section on the website.
http://mountvernonpubliclibrary.org/literacy-volunteers/

I spent some time putting in resumes and work samples to the Arts Alive Community Grant application.

We spent some time planning for the next 6 months of programming.

We met and discussed a possible Citizenship Class.

We also put up some more shelf signage this evening.

I have been checking some of the fiction.

Web Bits


Hidden Library: How Science is Virtually Unwrapping the Charred Scrolls of Herculaneum

Four Area Libraries Looking to Add Social Worker

Library Teaches the Art of  "Adulting"


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/12/2018

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Afternoon In September, Frank Weston Benson, 1913

Daily Thoughts 09/12/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading the book Autonomy The Quest to Build the Driverless Car -- And How It Will Reshape Our World by Lawrence D. Burns and Christopher Shulgan. At the end of the book, Google has succeeded and spun its driverless car division off as a separate company called Waymo.  Also, the automotive companies have started building driverless car divisions.  The book successfully describes how there will be a driverless electric car future based on a transportation as service model.

I also read some more of The Complete Beck Diet for Life.  I am reading about different situations that affect dieting like holidays, extra food in the staff room, and similar things.

I spent some time working on shifting the oversize books.

We have a workshop on the Westlaw database this afternoon at 3:00 p.m..  The workshop was interesting.  It went over the basics of how to use the database.

I have also been working on literacy a little bit with our literacy and Spanish librarian.  She is making a brochure for Latino films.

There is a Salsa and Percussion workshop tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m..


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/11/2018

Seated Man Reading a Newspaper
Seated Man Reading a Newspaper, Pablo Picasso, 1912

Daily Thoughts 09/11/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Autonomy this morning.  I am reading about what happens when there is no longer a driver in commercial vehicles.  One of the things that happens is that there is not a need for a vehicle to stop for sleep, this extends the range of long haul trucks.  It also is cheaper because the steering mechanisms and cabs for people are removed.

I read some more of The Complete Beck Diet for Life as well.  I am writing response cards to different situations like weekend eating, eating at restaurants, and people offering you food.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I took a look at my online class, Politics and Partnerships.

I met with the representative from Brodart and discussed the ordering system called Bibz for books.  I learned a number of different things which will improve ordering for our library.  After I was done, I put in four orders for new books.

We met to discuss the Arts Alive grant today for Community workshops.  We are working on a grant focusing on journaling and art.

There is a Fundamentals of Computers and a Beginning Microsoft Word 2013 class in the computer lab tonight.

Web Bits


A Golden Age of Publishing Technology

Libraries, Structured Randomness and the Creative Process

Cincinnati Public Library Resumes Actively Collecting Vinyl Records

Evolution in the Library Ebook Market

Monday, September 10, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/10/2018

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A Girl Writing; The Pet Gold Finch, Brown Henriette, Circa 1870-1874


Daily Thoughts 09/10/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Autonomy.  I am reading about the concept of "transportation as a service" where vehicle use is purchased on an hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, or annual service plan.

I also read some more of The Complete Beck Diet for Life.  I wrote some more response cards for different thoughts and experiences while dieting.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I read a copy of the New York Review of Books and The New York Times Book Review.

I worked on two orders of new books.

I spent some time discussing programming.

I also put in some financial figures for the Arts Alive grant.

Right now, I am in the computer lab.

I spent some more time working on the Arts Alive application for 2019.

I also spent some time working on the ADP scheduling software.

Web Bits


The History of America's Game Celebrated At the Library of Congress

The First Library In the World To Reopen

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/09/2018

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Title page of the 1747 edition of Susanna Egerin's Leipziger Kochbuch, first published 1706

Daily Thoughts 09/09/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more of Autonomy.  I am reading about how the major automobile companies rejected the idea of a driverless car.  At the same time, new rental and sharing services emerged like Zipcar, Uber, and Lyft.

I have to buy some index cards and small blank cards for aids to do The Beck Diet for Life.

I looked at Hoopla's digital marketing resources today.
https://resources.hoopladigital.com/

I also spent a little more time on the Arts Alive grant.

I bought some index cards and created a set of cards on why I would be better after having lost weight.  I also created what are called response cards to have ways to respond to cravings, offers of extra food, emotional eating, and other diet issues.

Web Bits


Amazon's Antitrust Antagonist Has a Breakthrough Idea

To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library

Is Social Media Influencing Book Cover Design?

Soucheray:  It All Starts With a Library Card and Expectations

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/08/2018

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Charles Frederic Ulrich-  The Dutch Typesetter, 1880s

Daily Thoughts 09/08/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Autonomy.  I am reading about Chauffer project which Google did for self driving cars.  It was a secret project aimed at developing self driving cars for use on public roads.  There was a lot of mapping involved.

I also read some more of The Complete Beck Diet for Life.  I wrote a list of reasons why I would want to lose weight as an exercise.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I wrote my monthly report with statistics today.

I spent some time looking at the shelving.

I started working on Arts Alive Grant for 2018-2019.  I am looking at a series of workshops on journaling/ personal writing which includes art.  I checked out a number of books on journaling today.

Web Bits



From Awareness To Funding: 5 Probable Supporters and How to Reach Them.

Library Goal Is Public Engagement



Friday, September 7, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/07/2018

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Edwaert Collier, Vanitas, Still Life With Books and Manuscripts and a Skull, 1662

Daily Thoughts 09/07/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

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

I spent some time working on the public computers as well as in the computer lab.

I spent a little time working on ordering books.

I read some more of Autonomy on the way home.  I am reading about how Google became involved in self driving cars.  Many of the obstacles to achieving completely autonomous cars are software and programming problems, not hardware issues.  Also, Google spent a lot of time creating maps using cars taking panoramic photographs for Google Street View.

Web Bits



LA Libraries Replace Fines for Young Readers With In Library "Read-Offs"

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/06/2018

Landscapes with Poems

Landscapes With Poems, Gong Xian, 1688

Daily Thoughts 09/06/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of The Complete Beck Diet for Life this morning.  It uses a cognitive behavior therapy for weight loss.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

We are shifting some of the books in the oversize section.

I spent some time planning for programming.

I spent some time working on signage.

On the way home, I read some of Autonomy.  I am reading about the DARPA challenges both offroad and in the urban environment which led to many of the early breakthroughs for self driving cars.  Google and General Motors play a large part in this book.

Web Bits


Penguin Random House Changes Library E-book Lending Terms

Library Nonprofit Halts Donations As Books Pile Up

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/05/2018



Doctor Syntax With the Bookseller, Thomas Rowlandson, 1813

Daily Thoughts 09/05/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Crash Overdrive How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate by Zoe Quinn.

I have started reading Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl.  It is a brutal account of the holocaust from the point of view of a Jewish psychiatrist in a concentration camp.  I finished reading it on the way to the Amazon Bookstore in the Time Warner Building.  The author uses his experience and observations to describe how people survive in the worst conditions if they can hold onto meaning and beliefs.  Victor Frankl is the creator of Logotherapy or psychiatric based treatment focused on creating meaning in a persons life.

Visiting The Amazon Store in the Time Warner Building.

I went to the Amazon Bookstore in the Time Warner Building.  The bookstore is on the third floor of the building.  I tried to buy a journal with cash and the cashier told me that they don't take cash, only credit cards and the Amazon App.  When I used my debit card, they identified me as an Amazon Prime member and told me that I could get discounts based on being an Amazon prime member.  I bought a 240 page blank journal for $7.88 which was an excellent price.

The front of the store had a section for the Kindle Paperwhite, The Kindle Fire, and the Amazon Echo.  I looked at them a little bit.  There were also some non-book items like cups and journals and similar things.

I found the layout of the store to be quite interesting.  It was not a large store.  All of the books, graphic novels, and magazines were presented face out.  There was a quote card with a rating on it of 4.0 stars or hire.  There were no books with less than this customer rating shown.  All of the quotes were from customers.  There were also a few cards with arrows which said if you like this then you will like this.  In addition there were shelf tags for certain sections in a particular area.  The graphic novels section had a manga tag and a Marvel tag.

The books seemed to be the core collection of what was selling the most online.  It was not diverse, it was very focused on what would sell immediately.  A lot of the books were classics that were repeat sellers.  The focus did not seem to be on the newest books, but on the books which people bought the most like Starship Troopers in science fiction, or How to Win Friends and Influence People in self help.  The exception seemed to be with items like the computer books and the cookbooks which were all very current.

I noticed that the shelves away from the walls had variable heights.  I think there were bookshelves with five shelves next to bookshelves with six shelves.  This gave a different appearance.  When I looked at the ceilings, there were cameras everywhere, LED lighting and track lighting which made the store very well lit.

The floors had a light beige carpeting.  There were single seat plush armchairs in a few corners of the store.

The staff was friendly, but not intrusive.  They asked me twice if I needed any help and I said no.

The aisles were not that wide.  I almost bumped into several people.  I will probable buy a few books which I saw at the bookstore as part of my next order.

On the way home, I read some of Autonomy The Quest to Build The Driverless Car-- And How It Will Reshape the World by Lawrence D. Burns and Christopher Shulg  Lawrence D. Burns posits that there are three things which are coming together for driverless cars, car sharing, electric cars, and autonomous driving car.

Web Bits


Lincoln Library Holding 'Drop Your Drawers' Underwear Drive


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/04/2018

Reverie
Reverie, Camille Corot, circa 1860-1865

Daily Thoughts 09/04/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more Crash Override.  The author reminds us to have different passwords for different sites  and look for two factor authentication when signing into websites.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I am in the computer lab right now.

I checked out the book, The Complete Beck Diet For Life by Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.

I placed some orders for new books.  I also placed an order with Rainbow Books focusing on craft book titles.

I read a copy of Publishers Weekly and a copy of Library Journal.  I have to read the latest New York Times Book Review today.

I cleared up some issues with time.

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

I spent some time working on scheduling.

I am looking at a boo called Autonomy The Quest to Build the Driverless Car And How It Will Reshape Our World by Lawrence D. Burns with Christopher Shulgan.

Web Bits



September is an Incredible Time to Sign Up for a Library Card

Chicago, suburban libraries brace for the question.  Can I print out a 3D gun?

Artificial Intelligence
Labor and Digital Tracking

Monday, September 3, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/03/2018

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Postage Stamp Depicting the Main Building of the Tampere City Library ("Metso")
Designed by Raili and Reimi Pietila, 1987, Public Domain


Daily Thoughts 09/03/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read a little bit more of Crash Override this morning.  I learned about revenge porn and SWATing and how they work.  There is some interesting commentary on diversity and how it is hard for people of color to protect themselves from online hatred.

I listened to another session of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy The Great Courses on Hoopla.  I ran out of the 10 sessions I can watch on Kanopy per month.  Each service which the library has has a different number of checkouts for materials.  On Hoopla, there are five checkouts per month.  There is a little bit of overlap between the services.  Sometimes, it can take a couple of months to watch or listen to a complete series because of these limitations.

I was checking on the status of a class I am taking called Politics and Networking starting on September 10, 2018.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/02/2018

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Rotunda for the charters of Freedom at National Archives (NARA) building in Washington, D.C.


Daily Thoughts 09/02/2018

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the Mount Vernon Public Library this morning.

I read some more of Crash Override.  I am reading about how Zoe Quinn started an organization called crash override to protect people from online harassement.  I am learning about how businesses do not always protect people from online harassement because of intimidation and other factors.

I finished reading Dot Journaling- A Practical Guide by Rachel Wilkerson Miller.  This is a short book, it is 90 pages and much of it is pictures.  It shows you how to organize your life while writing a journal.  There are yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily spreads which can be used to organize your time.  In addition there are descriptions of different ways to track your activities like dieting, finance, c or exercise.  At the same there are also lists of things like quotes, inspirational statements, meal plans, and other activities.

It also includes how to break your day apart to include both activities and daily writings.  This book is not so much an artistic journal guide, but a writing guide.  It still covers good pens, paper, post it notes, tape, and other things which you can use in a journal. This book was practical and useful.

I watched some more of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy The Great Courses on Hoopla.  I liked the content on medication management as well as how to create better habits for weight and health.

I checked the purchase alerts for items that were on hold.

Web Bits


Information Overload Is Nothing New

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Daily Thoughts 09/01/2018

Stadtarchiv in Tirol - Eduard von Grützner
Stadtarchiv In Tirol, Eduard Von Grutzner (1846-1925)

Daily Thoughts 09/01/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Crash Override this morning.  I am reading about how people dogpiled Zoe Quinn and acted as a mob to attack her.  She got calls at home, hateful email, hateful posts, and diatribes against her.  Zoe Quinn describes the process of being attacked online.  She also describes how this moved to hacking attacks and social engineering.  The hacking attacks got access to her email, social media and blog sites where impostors would post nasty things about her.  She describes how this escalated into the real world where she was doxed or had her personal information spread all over the internet.  This can be used to order all kinds of things, setup fake accounts, and even attack a person in the real world by filing false police reports and false personal ads.

I watched a few more episodes of Cognitive Behavior Therapy The Great Courses.  The episode I am watching on Hoopla now is on Positive Psychology which is about how to feel excellent.

I started reading Dot Journaling A Practical Guide by Rachel Wilkerson Miller.  It is an e-book on Hoopla.  There are quite a few different organizational layouts for journals in the e-book.  I also placed several books on journaling on hold for me to pick up when I get back grom

Web Bits


Library of Congress Honors Literacy Programs

Now Is the Time To Check Out Your Local Library

Reel Archivist in 'Blade Runner 2049'

Friday, August 31, 2018

Daily Thoughts 08/31/2018

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The Claim for Shelter, 1869, Rebecca Solomon

Daily Thoughts 08/31/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Crash Override this morning.  I am reading about internet trolls.  There is also a description of some of the more hateful sites like 4chan and Stormfront.

I spent some more time working with Select Reads today.

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

I am thinking of how to write a grant for journaling and personal writing.

I spent a little time cleaning up my social media accounts and the reference email.  Things should be a little bit more organzied.

Web Bits


Why Do People Use Libraries?  Teens Share Their Ideas

The Book List:  What Do astronauts read on the international space station?

6 Must See Displays at New York Public Library's Rogers and Hammerstein Exhibit

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Daily Thoughts 08/30/2018

Cuneiform cylinder with inscription of Nebuchadnezzar II, describing the rebuilding of Ebabbar, the temple of the sun-god Shamash at Sippar, Clay, Babylonian

Cuneiform cylinder with inscription of Nebuchadnezzar II, describing the rebuilding of Ebabbar, the temple of the sun-god Shamash at Sippar, Neo-Babylonia circa 604-562 BC


Daily Thoughts 08/30/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading AIQ How People and Machines Are Smarter Together by Nick Polson and James Scott.  I read about Joe Dimaggio's hitting streak, predictions on contraceptive failure, and COMPAS which is an algorithm used to predict recidivism in sentencing.  The book was well written and easy to follow. It includes notes and an index at the end.

I spent a little more time working on Select Reads.

I watched several sessions of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy The Great Courses on Kanopy.

I am reading Crash Override How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, And How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate by Zoe Quinn.  There are plenty of internet trolls and disgruntled gamers in this book.

Web Bits


Downtown Seattle Public Library Installs Free Phones

Helping Authors Get Rights Back Through Termination Transfers

Humanoid Robot to Work as Part of Roanoke County Library Team

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Daily Thoughts 08/29/2018


Quodlibet, Cornelis Norbertus Gysbrechts, 1675

Daily Thoughts 08/29/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of AIQ last night.  I am reading about Florence Nightingale and her use of statistics to improve public health.

I watched Voter Perceptions of Libraries Getting From Awareness to Funding 2018.  It gave me a few ideas.  https://learn.webjunction.org/mod/page/view.php?id=2385

I also put together a short list of central library nonfiction titles.

I took some time to look at the Arts Alive Arts Westchester 2019 Grant Guidelines
https://artswestchester.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Arts-Alive-Guidelines-2019-FINAL-7.12.pdf
The library is applying for this.

Web Bits


University of Rhode Island Readies for 'First of Its Kind' Artificial Intelligence Lab

Washington State's First Library Kiosk

Seattle Library Installs Metalwork to Address Loitering


                                                                                          

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Daily Thoughts 08/28/2018

Couple Seated, Woman Reading
Couple Seated, Woman Reading, 1843-1847, Robert Adamson

Daily Thoughts 08/28/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I am going to a pre-application workshop for a grant from Arts Westchester this morning at 9:30 a.m. in White Plains, New York.

I finished reading Meditation Is Not What You Think Mindfulness and Why It Is So Important by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  This is a book of thoughts on meditation.  It is philosophical in nature.  It is not a book on methodologies.  The content is fairly advanced.

I went to the Arts Alive Grant Workshop at Arts Westchester.  I am planning on applying for a community workshop with several sessions.  It would focus on personal writing and journaling.
Two of my colleagues were there.

I also put up some shelf signage for the fiction room with a colleague.

I read a copy of the Times Literary Supplement.

I am also talking to someone about doing a citizenship class.

There is a Fundamentals of Computers Class and a Beginning Microsoft Word 2013 Class tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Web Bits

Dear Banned Author Letter Writing Campaign
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/dear-banned-author

Public Library Advocacy Reaching Your Key Supporter Segments
https://www.pscp.tv/w/1ZkKzNwmVZRKv

Voter Perceptions of Libraries Webinar

Monday, August 27, 2018

Daily Thoughts 08/27/2018


Covered Inkwell, Louis Comfort Tiffany, circa 1905

Daily Thoughts 08/27/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read a little bit more of Meditation Is Not What You Think.  I am reading about meditation and A.D.D. and A.D.H.D.

I also read some more of AIQ.  I am reading about statistical natural language processing.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I also worked on some orders of books.

I read the latest New York Times Book Review and the Times Literary Supplement.

I spent some time working on scheduling.

I also looked through a pile of back issues of Publishers Weekly.

There is a Fundamentals of Computers Class and a Beginning Microsoft Word 2013 class tonight in the computer lab from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Web Bits 


Visualizing the World at the Harvard Map Collection

Why Reading Books Should Be Your Priority, According to Science

The Huntington Library and the Value of International Research Communities

An American Photo Album, From the Library of Congress

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Daily Thoughts 08/26/2018


Title page of Journal des sçavans, No. 1 (published 1665)

Daily Thoughts 08/26/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of AIQ.  I am reading about Grace Hopper who invented compiling for computers making it possible for programming languages.

I read some more of Meditation Is Not What You Think.  I read a little bit about how hospitals were the place where MBSR Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction originated.

I downloaded an e-book from Totalboox to my phone, No Excuses Art Journaling by Gina Rossi Armfield.  It is a heavily illustrated book.  I flipped through it to see the images and pictures.

I did some work with scheduling today.

I also checked the purchase alerts for items on hold.


Saturday, August 25, 2018

Daily Thoughts 08/25/2018

Russians Reading and Writing, Utagawa Yoshikazu (Japanese, active ca. 1850–1870), Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper, Japan
Russians Reading and Writing, Utagawa Yoshikazu (Japanese, active ca. 1850–1870), 1861

Daily Thoughts 08/25/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I looked through a few books on journaling last night.

I read some more of AIQ this morning.  I am reading about how hard it is to find a stock picker like Warren Buffett.

I also read a little bit more of Meditation Is Not What You Think.  I am reading about the importance of paying attention to your body.

I looked through the Rainbow Books list of nonfiction titles.  There are a lot of very interesting crafting and making books.

Web Bits


Senate Approves Federal Funds for Libraries

The Library of Congress Has a Splashy New Logo and People Are Pissed

How Two Thieves Stole Thousands of Prints from University Libraries



Friday, August 24, 2018

Daily Thoughts 08/24/2018

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Francois Barraud, Les Pervenches, 1929?

Daily Thoughts 08/24/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Meditation Is Not What You Think on the way to work.

I also read some more of AIQ.  I read about Bayes's Rules as well as self driving cars.

I checked the displays and the gift books today.

A colleague finished shifting the oversize area.  I also checked some more oversize books.  We now have some space to work on a teen computer area.  There are funds for laptops and computers for a teen area.

I helped the director with the construction grant a little bit.  We had to make some adjustments today for it.

I also put in an order of books focused on comics.  I read a few more back issues of Publishers Weekly today.  I also read the New York Times Bestseller list and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list.

Today was extremely busy.  I also spent some time putting schedules into ADP.

On the way home, I read a little bit of Perspectives on Creative Journaling Journal It! by Jenny Doh.  I like the pictures in this book.  It is about artistic creativity with paint, lettering, and expressive thoughts.  I looked at the pictures more than the words.

Web Bits


Technology Hasn't Killed Public Libraries-- It Has Inspired Them To Transform and Stay Relevant

Bookmobiles That Break the Mold

Democratizing Tech Education at the Brooklyn Public Library


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Daily Thoughts 08/23/2018

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Charles Dickens by Frith, 1859

Daily Thoughts 08/23/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also spent some time looking at comic convention listings around Westchester county.  I also spent some time looking at Diamond Comic Distributors.

I read some more of Meditation Is Not What You Think.  I am reading about the concept of being present. 

I also read a little bit more of AIQ.  I read about the Netflix algorithm and how it sorts people by what kind of films they like as well as a little about pattern recognition.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Daily Thoughts 08/22/2018

Interior with a Man Writing on a Long Table, Anonymous, French, 16th century, Pen and brown ink, brush and gray and brown wash, over faint sketch in graphite
Interior With Man Writing on a Long Table, 16th Century, Anonymous

Daily Thoughts 08/22/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more of Meditation is Not What You Think.  I am reading about the concept of not doing which is about why not doing things is often more than important than doing things.

I read some more of AIQ.  I am reading about conditional probability.

I listened to a little bit more of Radical Abundance by Eric K. Drexler on Hoopla.
Web Bits


New York Public Library is turning the Instagram App Into an E-book Reader

Fitting Fitness Into Library Programs

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Daily Thoughts 08/21/2018


Writing Box With Illustrated Books, 19th Century

Daily Thoughts 08/21/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook today.

I started reading AIQ How People and Machines Are Smarter Together by Nick Polson and James Scott.

I also had a chance to watch Ready Player One on DVD which was a fantastic movie as well as A Wrinkle In Time.  The book, graphic novel, and movie are all well done for A Wrinkle In Time.

I finished reading Social Value Investing A Management Framework For Effective Partnerships by Howard W. Buffett and William B. Eimecke.  This is a book of management theory. I understood about half of it.  There was quite a bit that required some knowledge at the graduate level.  Despite this, I gained some better insite into how partnerships between business, government, and nonprofits can be improved.  The book covered numerous topics in management from investments to data to effective community relations.  There was a lot to learn in this book.

It also covered some very local material like the New York Fire Department and the Central Park Conservancy.  At the same it also covered international places like Afghanistan and Rio De Janeiro.  One of the things that made this book interesting is that it included some examples where things did not work as expected.

I think this would be an excellent book for nonprofit managers and philanthropists to read.  It shows what good government and management should be like for executives and managers.  It also shows how government, business, and nonprofits can work together.  This book has a positive approach for future partnerships.

I placed a hold on Crash Override: how Gamergate (nearly) Destroyed My Life and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate by Zoe Quinn.


Web Bits


Design the Library of the Future Insights from the Helsinki Library
https://princh.com/design-the-library-of-the-future-insights-from-helsinki-central-library-oodi/?utm_source=Linkedin&utm_medium=organic#.W3wVFM5KiUk

2018 Hugo Awards Announced
https://www.booklistreader.com/2018/08/21/book-news/2018-hugo-awards-announced/

Advocating Before the Election
https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/library-advocacy-before-election/



Libraries and Artificial Intelligence

I spent a little time looking up some articles from online research databases.  It shows there is a little bit of coverage of artificial intelligence and libraries.  I used Academic Onefile and General Onefile as my search tools.  I also found a newspaper article in Infotrac Newsstand.

I just find this to be interesting.


This is an article about using chatbots for basic customer service and some basic reference.  It is meant to enhance reference services.
Introducing chatbots in libraries
Library Technology Reports. 49.8 (November-December 2013): p5+.

This is an article about discovery tools based on artificial intelligence at the Stanford University Library.  It is the second example of AI in university libraries that I have read about.  The first was the University of Rhode Island.
Artificial Intelligence Tools for Information Discovery
Online Searcher. 42.3 (May-June 2018): p31+.
Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2018 Information Today, Inc.

This pretty much supposes that libraries will be highly involved in digital education.  It also says that robots will become fairly common in libraries.  I think they will be used for both shelving and retrieval of material on a regular basis.
The future of academic librarianship: MOOCs and the robot revolution
Reference & User Services Quarterly. 55.2 (Winter 2015): p97+.

Libraries are introducing robots as a tool to generate interest in the library.
LIBRARY ROBOT TO MAKE PUBLIC DEBUT AT DENVER COMICCON
Indian eGov Newswire. (May 16, 2015): News:
Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2015 SyndiGate Media Inc.

Robots are being used to do programs at different libraries.  The Mount Vernon Public Library is doing the Lets Build Robots program for tweens.  So far we have worked with Ozobots and Codrones.
Want a robot? Try the Chicago Public Library
Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). (May 11, 2014): News: p13.
Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2014 Paddock Publications