Friday, January 19, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/19/2018

Portrait of a Man With a Newspaper - Andre Derain
Portrait of a Man With a Newspaper, Andre Derain, 1913

Daily Thoughts 01/19/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading No Time to Spare Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin.  Books, language, writing, cats, and horses matter a lot to Ursula K. Le Guin.  There are a lot of short poems which are enjoyable to read in this book.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also checked out two books, Data Strategy How To Profit From a World of Big Data, Analytics and the Internet of Things by Bernard Marr which is a management book and The Four The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google by Scott Galloway.

I spent some time working on scheduling for programs for February 2018.  I have to figure out programming for the next several months as well.

We are meeting to discuss the Lets Build Robots! Tweens Learn. Build. Share. today to discuss how the funds are going to be used.  We are looking at some of the educator sets for different robots.


Web Bits


The LIbrary Lifecycle

NAU Tech Library Helps Those With Disabilities


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/18/2018

Still Life at the Open Windowq - Juan Gris
Still Life at the Open Window, Juan Gris, 1925

Daily Thoughts 01/18/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of No Time To Spare.  I rather liked the essay, Someone Named Delores.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I spent some time working on next months schedule.  I am planning a variety of programs for next month.

I have a box with February's BookPage next to my desk.  I read a copy of Booklist and looked through the latest New York Times Book Review.

I also placed an order for books through Amazon which were not available through Ingram or Brodart.

We are working on shifting the 800s and 900s right now.

I have to put together the schedule for the computer classes for February.

I checked some books to see if they should be added back into the catalog.

I updated the Computer Class Flier for February 2018 and set up the sign sheets for classes tonight.

Web Bits


How Social Media Endangers Knowledge

Skokie Library, Area Organizations to Host Voter Registration Drives


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/17/2018


Still Life, Vase With Flowers, Gaugin, 1881

Daily Thoughts 01/17/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

The next MOCCA Art Festival is on April 7 and April 8, 2018.
https://www.societyillustrators.org/events/mocca-arts-festival-directions-tickets

I spent some time working on a Power Map for my connections for my class.

I read some more of No Time To Spare today.  I am reading about Ursula K. Le Guin's cat Pard.  When I was a child we had a cat, but I don't have one now.

Web Bits


At Free Library, Wolff Discusses the Firestorm Around 'Fire and Fury'

A New Home for AI: The Library


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/16/2018

File:Jules Pascin Thinking.jpg
Jules Pascin, Thinking, (1885-1930)

Daily Thoughts 01/16/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of No Time to Spare last night.  There are some reflections on the Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  February is Black History Month.  I put out some books on Black History.

I also placed an order for new books today.

I am looking at an article called Thirty Years Not A Slave The Story of William Voris of Rye by Howard Husock.  It is on Pp. 116-124 of The Westchester Historian, Volume 92 No. 4, Fall 2016.  I am inviting Mr. Husock to speak at the library.  I am also inviting the African American Cemetery in Rye to give a talk as well for local history in February.

I have been thinking about upcoming programming.  We are meeting on Friday to discuss the programs for the Lets Build Robots! Learn. Build. Share fundraiser.

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

I am watching the film Loving Vincent.  It is in the background. The film has an effervescent quality to it.  The colors are brilliant.  It is an animated film which uses oil paints.  This is supposed to be the first time this has been done.  The quality of some of animation is dreamlike.  It is the story of Vincent Van Gogh.  His paintings are incorporated into the visuals. I'll sit down and watch it again tomorrow.

Web Bits

Tax Season is Here: How Libraries Can Help Communities Prepare
http://www.districtdispatch.org/2018/01/tax-season-libraries-help-prepare/

AI Beats Human In Stanford Reading Comprehension Test
https://www.cnet.com/news/new-results-show-ai-is-as-good-as-reading-comprehension-as-we-are/

Libraries Can Help Disrupt the School -to-Prison Pipeline


Monday, January 15, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/15/2018

In Honor of Antonio Magliabecchi, Florentine Librarian, Medalist: M. Antonio di Gennaro (Italian, 1675–1744), Bronze, Italian

In Honor of Antonio Magliabecchi, Florentine Librarian Medalist: M. Antonio di Gennaro (Italian, 1675–1744)


Daily Thoughts 01/15/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also read some more of No Time to Spare.  I rather like Ursula K. Le Guin's short essay on Kids' Letters.  She has a children's series called Catwings.

I spent some time looking up networking meetings for my Winning Support and Influencing Communities for Library Funding.  I looked at the Lions Club, The Fleetwood Neighborhood Association, and the Rotary Club.  We also do a Spring open house at the library.  I also did a little more and am learning how to map the influence I have in the community with something called a power map.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/14/2018



Seated Man Reading, Jean HonorĂ© Fragonard (French, Grasse 1732–1806 Paris), 1774, Red Chalk

Daily Thoughts 01/14/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of No Time To Spare.  I am reading about Ursula K. Le Guin's cats.

I also started reading Provenance by Ann Leckie.  This is a science fiction story of forgery, originality, and politics.

I did a little bit more of my homework for next week for my Winning Support and Influencing Communities for Library Funding.  One of the questions was about body language.

I watched some of Lo and Behold Reveries of the Connected World which is Werner Herzog Film.  It has a wonderful irreverent quality to it.  It is about the internet and starts with the origin of the internet.  There are many famous people interviewed like Kevin Mitnick and Elon Musk.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/13/2018

The Readers - Alberto Magnelli
The Readers, Alberto Magnelli, 1931

Daily Thoughts 01/13/2018

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

I finished reading Making Contact Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Sarah Scoles.  I rather enjoyed this book.  I like the concepts behind astrobiology, radio telescopes, and SETI.  They are huge, expansive concepts that open people to new ideas.  For example, the idea of extremophiles or creatures that can live in volcanic vents or on chemical spills is intriguing.  It shows how curious the universe is.  Things like radio astronomy show how small we are and how huge the universe is.  This is satisfying to me.  The willingness to give yourself to something huge in science is admirable.  This was an excellent book.

I started reading No Time to Spare Thinking About What Maters yesterday on the train home.  Ursula K. Le Guin has turned 80 and she is reflecting on life.  This is a collection of short writings.

I started on my Winning Support and Influencing Communities for Library Funding assignments for next week.  I have to list three events which are networking oriented for my community which I plan to attend.

I registered for the Urban Librarians Unite conference today which is on April 13, 2018.

Web Bits


Museums and Library Services Act 2017 Introduced In Senate


Holt Ships 700K Copies of 'Fire and Fury'


As Escondido Prepares To Outsource Its Library, Another City Drops Firm



Friday, January 12, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/12/2018


Portrait of Henri Cordier, Teacher at the School of Oriental Languages, Gustave Caillebot, 1883

Daily Thoughts 01/12/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I finished reading Grandville Force Majeure A Detective-Inspector Lebrock of Scotland Yard Scientific-Romance Thriller by Bryan Talbot.  This is an antrhopomorphic or furry comic. It is the fifth book in the series.  The content is quite mature.  My favorite character in this book is  Detective Chief Inspector Stamford Hawksmoor who is Lebrock's mentor.  I like the depiction of a detective as a hawk.

I also read some more of Making Contact.  Jill Tarter is famous for being the model for the female astronomer in Carl Sagan's book, Contact.  I also like that the book gives clarity to the idea that when you look for aliens, you often learn about other things which are quite inexplicable.  I rather like the recent idea that a possible alien megastructure is dust.  https://gizmodo.com/new-results-quash-alien-megastructure-theory-of-myste-1821734317    I also like that even though we found fast radio bursts, we have no idea what they are.  http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/10/world/repeating-fast-radio-burst-frb121102/index.html

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I called a few people about programs.  We are working on the calendar of events.

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

I looked at the Diamond Comic Distributors Top Graphic Novels for November 2017
https://www.diamondcomics.com/Home/1/1/3/597?articleID=203747

I spent some time checking part-timers schedules today.

I am in the computer lab right now.

There is a supplement for African American titles in the latest Ingram Advance.  February 2018 is African American history month.


Web Bits



ALA to Congress in 2018: Continue to #Fundlibraries

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/11/2018


Large Boston Public Garden Sketchbook: A Woman Reading a Book

Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American, St. John’s, Newfoundland 1858–1924 New York)


Daily Thoughts 01/11/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more of Making Contact.  There is a strong relationship between searching for exoplanets and trying to find intelligent life.  One of the ideas attached to exoplanets is that we should like for a habitable zone where life could live.  NASA has an archive of exoplanets  https://exoplanetarchive.ipac.caltech.edu/   In the future it may be possible to look at planets in other solar systems with something called a gravitational lens using the sun.  https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601331/a-space-mission-to-the-gravitational-focus-of-the-sun/    The gravitational lens is not in the book, it is just an interesting idea.

I checked the displays and the gift books today.

I also checked some items that needed to be put back in the catalog as well as a few items that needed to be mended.

We spent some time working on programs for February and March of 2018.

I also discussed the calendar and how much we were spending on programming with a colleague.

There is a computer class tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for What Is Coding?

I checked out the graphic novel, Grandville Force Majeure A Detective Inspector Lebrock of Scotland Yard Scientific Romance Thriller by Bryan Talbot.  I also checked out the book, No Time to Spare Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Web Bits



NBF, NYC Raising Readers Initiative

Why Should You Report Censorship? OIF Answers a Few Questions

Kansas City Public Library Teams With Police to Hnd Out Free Gun Locks

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/10/2018


Old Woman Meditating, Gabriel Metsu, 1660-1662

Daily Thoughts 01/10/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Making Contact.  This is a biography of Jill Tarter who is one of the founders of SETI and the astronomical search for aliens.  There is a list of terms which are used at the beginning of the book as well as a list of people in the book.

Last night I watched the documentary, The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin.  It was an official selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.  It gives an excellent introduction to how bitcoin works.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

We are finished checking the 800s and 900s.  Right now, we are doing shifting.

I spent some time looking over books that were listed as not being in the catalog.

We spent some more time working on the calendar of events.

I also contacted people for programs for February and March.  We have a number of events that are already planned in the coming months.

Web Bits


National Book Festival 2017 Collections As Data

This was an interesting talk.
The story of Koha, The First Open Source Library Management System

‘Fire and Fury’: Anatomy of A Bombshell

The Urban Librarians Unite conference is on April 13, 2018

Council Unanimously Votes to Take Back Library Operations

Harvard Endowment’s Gupta Named CIO of New York Public Library



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/09/2018

The Thinker - Auguste Rodin
The Thinker, Auguste Rodin, 1902

Daily Thoughts 01/09/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I wrote my first assignment for Winning Support and Influencing Communities for Library Funding!  on the train to work.  It was a self reflection.

I also started on the book, Making Contact Jill Tarter and The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Sarah Scoles.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also checked some more of the 800s today.  I pulled some nonfiction dvds on Hispanic culture.  We are working on updating the brochure for Hispanic films.

We had our Crochet Group today from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There was also a program called Healthy Living For Your Brain and Body focused on alzheimers which ran from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

In addition we have the Fundamentals of Computers and Beginning Microsoft Word class tonight in the computer lab.

We reached our goal for Give Gab, Lets Build Robots.  Teens Learn. Build. Share.  We raised more than $6000 for the planned programs. We are 102% funded.  https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/let-s-build-robots

Web Bits


Bard and Brooklyn Public Library Partner for Microcollege

For Holt, Unexpected Demand for 'Fire and Fury'  Proves A Challenge


Monday, January 8, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/08/2018


Daily Thoughts 01/08/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of the Beginners Guide to Community Based Arts.  Keith Knight, one of the authors is a syndicated cartoonist.  This makes the illustrations and content quite entertaining.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

We are ordering several ebook copies of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff.  We ordered some print copies, but they may not be here until the 18th or 19th of the month.

I am working on some more of my monthly report.  I have to put the statistics together.

I have started taking the Ecourse Winning Support and Influencing Communities for Library Funding.  This is not a grant writing course.  It is a course focused on gaining supporters for libraries.  It is about political activism where you ask people to support your library with funds and volunteering.  There are two documents which stand out immediately in the course From Awareness to Funding.  http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/oclc/reports/funding/fullreport.pdf   and the 2016 Pew Research Report on Libraries.  http://www.pewinternet.org/2016/09/09/libraries-2016/

Web Bits


From A to Y Sue Grafton Remembered

Frustration Grows Over Delay In State Takeover of Hawaiis Only Volunteer Run Public Library

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/07/2018

Old Woman Reading - Clarence Gagnon
Old Woman Reading, Clarence Gagnon, 1904

Daily Thoughts 01/07/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning. I also checked alignable.

I finished reading The Vanishing Middle Class Prejudice and Power In a Dual Economy by Peter Temin.  I am reading about how student debt and mortgage debt are limiting the economy and making it more difficult for social mobility.  If education is the main path for social improvement, then expensive student loans limit social mobility. 

I also started reading Beginners Guide to Community Based Arts.  This is an argument about how community based arts increase freedom and improve the well being of communities.  The book is very focused on social activism.

Web Bits


Brain Study Suggests The Type of Book You Read to Your Baby is Important

Loveland Library's Robokids Explores The Fun Side of Robotics

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/06/2018

Pianist and Listener - Umberto Boccioni

Pianist and Listener, Umberto Boccioni, 1908

Daily Thoughts 01/06/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also checked on some scheduling.

On the train to work, I read some more of The Vanishing Middle Class.  I am reading about how the school systems went from being segregated by race to being segregated by class.  Increasingly those with money are moving to the suburbs where there are better schools or putting their children in private schools.  People with less money are stuck in inner city schools and as part of poorer school systems.

I checked the displays and the gifts this morning.

I am looking at Beginners Guide to Community-Based Arts  Revised Edition by Keith Knight, Mat Schwarzman and Many Others.  It is a graphic guidebook to community arts.

I checked the New York Times Bestseller list and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list.  I also read through a copy of Library Journal.

I spent some time working on my monthly report, but did not finish it.

I also put together some display lists for Bookletters for new fiction, new nonfiction, and new dvds.

Web Bits


A Tough Environment -- Review and Reinvention Planned

Suburban Libraries Working to be More Accomodating to the Homeless


Friday, January 5, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/05/2018

File:Detroit Publishing Company - Shakespeare's Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, England.jpg
Detroit Publishing Company photochrom of Shakespeare's Memorial Theatre, which burned down in 1926.  Between 1890 and 1900.

Daily Thoughts 01/05/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I spent a little time looking at Tech Soup for libraries.
http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/spotlight

I also did a little more with the new social network, Alignable.

I read a little bit more of The Vanishing Middle Class.  I am reading about issues surrounding mass incarceration like private prisons, the militarization of the police, and the war on drugs.

Web Bits 



Supporting Workforce Development With Libraries Work
 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/04/2018

Gregor Perusek, Still Life by 1940

Daily Thoughts 01/04/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

The library is closed due to severe weather.

I read some more of the The Vanishing Middle Class.  I am reading about how mass incarceration limits people chance to succeed and move from the lower classes to the middle class.  There are also tremendous racial disparities in incarceration.  Black or Latino people have a much greater chance to be in jail.  There is also a preference by the very rich statistically to not want to pay more taxes or support additional social programs.

I watched the final episodes of The Science of Mindfulness: A Research Based Path to Well Being on Hoopla.  There were 25 half hour episodes.  We get five shows to watch each month.  It took five months to finish the series on Hoopla.

I also watched the movie Freakonomics.  It is very similar to the book.  There are lots of interviews with the authors of the book, Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.  I found the movie amusing.

Web Bits


Fashion Institute of Technology's Library Gets a Makeover

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/03/2018

File:Man in a suit reading a book.jpg
Ad for Alfred Benjamin & Co (clothiers in New York), a man is shown in a suit, reading a book, as a cigarette smolders in his hand. A human skull sits on a shelf behind him.24 February, 1904

Daily Thoughts 01/03/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Vanishing Middle Class.  I am reading about some of the changes that are occurring in the upper classes.  With finance it is possible to earn 10x as much money as manufacturing as a CEO.  There has been a steady move into hedge funds and other financial firms by the wealthy.  This changes how firms are run.  Also, there is a greatest focus on using contractors instead of regular employees to limit benefits and costs.  These changes have reduced opportunity for the middle class.

I checked the gift books and the displays.

I discussed marketing with a colleague this afternoon.

I also read the latest copy of The New York Times Book Review, and the Religious Catalog of Ingram Advance.

I have been taking care of some contacts for future programming.  I have confirmed our program for Audre Lorde in April of 2018.

I generated a few reports from Blue Cloud Analytics for the children's department.


Web Bits

The Culture War Being Fought Over Tomorrow's Libraries
https://www.fastcodesign.com/90151650/the-culture-war-being-fought-over-tomorrows-libraries

Art Buchwald's Archives Are Bound for the Library of Congress, He Would Have Been Thrilled.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/art-buchwalds-archives-are-bound-for-the-library-of-congress-he-would-have-been-thrilled/2018/01/02/995eef38-e502-11e7-833f-155031558ff4_story.html?utm_term=.a6d346b13a5f

A.I. And Big Data Could Power A New War On Poverty



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/02/2018

Hand with Reflecting Sphere - M.C. Escher
Hand With A Reflecting Sphere, M.C. Escher, 1935

Daily Thoughts 01/02/2018

I checked the Facebook and Twitter today.

I rested on the way to work on the train.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I put in an order for new books today.

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

The Crochet Group is meeting this afternoon.

I have a stack of books to look through.  I checked out Stay With Me by Ayobami Adeboyo which is the book for this months book club.

Also, the book, Library Robotics Technology and English Language Arts Activities for Ages 8-24 by Sarah Kepple came in for me to read.  There are three other books that came in as well, Memos from the Chairman by Alan C. Greenberg, Making Contact Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Sarah Scoles, and The Vanishing Middle Class, Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy by Peter Temin.

I worked a little bit with fliers today.  I also checked some items that were not in the library system.

We have a Fundamentals of Computers class tonight as well as a Beginning Microsoft Word class tonight.

I read some of The Vanishing Middle Class on the way home.  It is about how the economy is increasingly split between a lower class based on subsistence and prejudice and an upper class based on investment and education.  This is kept in place by a divisive political system and poor schools.




Monday, January 1, 2018

Daily Thoughts 01/01/2018

Boy Reading an Adventure Story, Norman Rockwell, 1923

Daily Thoughts 01/01/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I had a nice holiday.  I stayed up late last night and slep in today.  Have a great new year.

My resolution is to stay healthy, read a little bit every day, and find something to invest in.

I underestimated the number of books to take out for my vacation.  I should have quite a few things waiting for me on Tuesday monring.  I did read the paper today.

Web Bits



In 2018, Libraries to the Rescue: Why Americans are RIght to Crave Facts and Books

First Law On Public Libraries Enacted-- China