Thursday, November 15, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/15/2018

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Maurice Poirson, Vichy, la sieste dans le parc au bord de l'Allier / La lecture et la méditation / Le repos, 1880

Daily Thoughts 11/15/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more of Healing the Angry Brain.  I am reading about different ways to calm anger and irritation.  Activities like progressive relaxation, mindfulness meditation, and deep breathing are discussed.  Also, how to break off from confrontation is described as well as how angry thinking is poor thinking.  I am almost at the end of the book which has material on empathy and compassion.  I finished reading the book on the way to work.

I also finished reading Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells which is the 3rd book in the Murderbot series.  In this book, Murderbot poses as a security robot to help prevent a cover up of a corporation trying to gain alien technology.  It is a fast paced, quick read with lots of action.

I looked up some more information on STEAM programs.  I learned about the LEGO First League http://info.firstinspires.org/first-launch-2019?utm_source=first-inspires&utm_medium=quicklink&utm_campaign=program-registration-019&utm_content=fll  and the Larchmont Mamaroneck STEM Alliance https://lmstemalliance.org/index.html.



Web Bits



Testifying to the Power of Hip Hop at the New York Public Library

Acevedo, Nunez, Reed, Stewart, and Tawada/Mitsutani  Win National Book Awards

Library Book Clubs Can Change Lives

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/14/2018


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Enough / Frank A. Nankivell 1902. 

Daily Thoughts 11/14/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of The Places That Scare You.  I am reading about compassion and loving-kindness meditation.

I also read some more of Healing the Angry Brain.  I am reading about neuroplasticity or how the brain changes with repeated activities over time.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I read the latest Ingram Advance.  There was a special issue for Professional, Technical, Reference and Computer Books 2018.

I also put in for two orders of books.

I spent some time preparing for next months schedule.  We also discussed programs for March, April, and May.

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

I checked out the book, Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells today.

We finished putting in a display for Stan Lee near the rotunda.

Web Bits


Troy Library adds C-Pen Readers, Devices that Scan, Read Text Aloud

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/13/2018

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Parizanka Pismom, Ivana Kobilca, 1892

Daily Thoughts 11/13/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read The Painted Art Journal 24 Projects for Creating Visual Narrative by Jeanne Oliver.  I often read these books to learn about different art techniques.  I find it interesting reading about gesso, image transfers, painting and other artistic techniques.  It helps me understand what patrons want.  I am not a painter.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also placed some orders for new books.

I printed up some more business and computer bookmarks.

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

I spent some time looking at books that are not in the system.

I updated the ADP scheduling for my department.

We are doing a comics display for Stan Lee who just died.

I read through the latest copies of Library Journal and Booklist today.

I also checked out the book, The Organized Mind Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin.

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

Web Bits


Stan Lee, Marvel Comics Impresario, Dies at 95

Pick Up A Book and Pedal As More Montreal Libraries Get Bicycle Desks

Amazon Picks NYC, Arlington VA as New HQ Sites

Monday, November 12, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/12/2018

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A butcher's boy, reading to improve his mind, is so absorbed in his book that his delivery of meat is stolen by a passer-by. Coloured etching by T.L. Busby, 1826


Daily Thoughts 11/12/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also spent a little bit more time looking at STEAM programs.  Arts Westchester has some STEAM programs in its calendar.

I read some more of The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron. This book is about an active form of Buddhist meditation which brings compassion into every day life.

I also read some more of Healing The Angry Brain.  The author describes a model for a cycle of anger and gives an example of improperly handling anger and an example of properly handling anger.


Web Bits



A Look at Why The Stark County Library Levy Failed

Book Art: Repurposing Is the New Recycling

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/11/2018

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Charles Dickens 1812-1870, picture from Journeys Through Bookland by Charles Herbert Sylvester, 1922

Daily Thoughts 11/11/2018

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

I also read some of The Places That Scare You A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron.  This is a book on buddhism.  I usually don't discuss certain topics on this blog.  I used to order the non western religion books while I was at Brooklyn Public Library in the History Biography and Religion section of the library.

I also read some of Healing the Angry Brain How Understanding the Way Your Brain Works Can Help You Control Anger & Aggression by Ronald Potter-Efron.  I am reading about how the brain works.  Ronald Potter-Efron describes the a model of the cycle of how emotions process through the brain.  He describes how it is possible to become much more aware of how you are reacting emotionally.

Last night, I skimmed through a copy of Marketing the 21st Century Library, The Time Is Now by Debra Lucas-Alfieri, Elsevier Science 2015.  I downloaded it on my smart phone through Total Boox which is a service available through the Westchester Library System.  It only works on devices like smart phones and tablets, not desktops.

I watched a short animated DVD of Robin Hood based on the Howard Pyle book published by Dreamscape Video.  I am finding much of their animation to be very interesting.  Dreamscape Video also published a short DVD called Ada's Ideas: the story of Ada Lovelace, the worlds first computer programmer which also was very enjoyable to watch.

I watched a presentation on creating a Comic Con for libraries.  This is the PDF that goes with it.
https://on24static.akamaized.net/event/18/62/78/0/rt/1/documents/resourceList1541342693226/librarycon2018howtopanel1541531717062.pdf

I checked the Purchase Alerts for items on hold.

I also finished my monthly report covering October.

Web Bits

Library Stories-- Susan Orlena-- Guest Editor
https://medium.com/s/library-stories


Trove of War Posters Discovered at New Hampshire Library

Omaha Public Library: Cook Up Something New With The Help of the Library

10 AM Tuesday: Superhero Storytime @ Thomas Ford Library
                                                                                    

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/10/2018

Meditation, Madame Monet Sitting on a Sofa, 1870 - 1871 - Claude Monet
Meditation, Madame Monet Sitting on a Sofa, 1870-1871

Daily Thoughts 11/10/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night I finished reading Stop Workplace Drama by Marlene Chisholm.  The thing which I liked about this book is it asked a lot of questions.  There were questions at the end of every chapter.  It was helpful in that it clarified each concept in the book by asking lots of questions.

This book is about change.  It does not just ask to change other people, it asks you to change your own attitude towards others.  It asks you to stop being negative and take responsibility for your actions.  A lot of the book is about finding positive qualities in other people, then bringing them out into the work environment.

I am reading Catching the Big Fish Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity by David Lynch.  David Lynch is a film maker, writer, and producer.  He started out as a painter.  He discusses transcendental meditation, creativity, and some of his experiences working with film.  The book is inspirational in nature.  It asks us to go deeper into our consciousness and seek out the bigger things in life.  I finished reading it at 12:10 p.m.  The cable people had come by to fix a fallen cable.


I updated my Linkedin profile with my CPLA Certified Public Library Administrator certificate information.

I started working on my monthly report for Tuesday.  I also spent a little time on a S.T.E.A.M. project.

Web Bits

Mixed Success, But No Library Wave In Midterms 2018

WWI Centennial Bridging Past and Present

Every City Should Have a Toy Library



Friday, November 9, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/09/2018



Palmer Cox (Canadian, Granby, Quebec 1840–1924 Granby, Quebec)

Daily Thoughts 11/09/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I got my certificate in the mail today for my CPLA Certified Public Library Administrator classes.  It is good for the next 5 years.

I finished reading Who We Are and How We Got Here Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past by David Reich.  There was a bit on how when people are conquered, the men who conquer spread their DNA into the conquered population.  This creates a form of inequality.  There were some descriptions of how there is difference between a persons ancestry and a persons race.  There are emerging genetic identities which are different than what happened before.  How people will be viewed in the future will be different.

This is an important book.  It challenges ideas that people were part of a continuous past.  It shows that different genetic groups formed and faded away, people were constantly migrating all over the world, and that there are many surprises about humanities genetic past.

I also read some more of Stop Workplace Drama by Marlene Chism.  I read about how to keep your energy up and make it easier for things to change.

Last night, I also finished reading Artificial Condition by Martha Wells.  It is the story of how a Security Robot broke free and went rogue.  It has an unexpected twist to it which makes the story thoughtful.  I like that the security robot, naming itself murderbot does not act like a person and has nonhuman motivations.  This is the second book in the Murdot series.  There are four books in the series so far.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

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

I spent some time discussing a colleagues visit to the Forward Thinkers meeting with Jamaal Bailey in the professional building.  She represented the library as part of the meeting at 6:00 p.m..  She brought a variety of giveaways including pens, bookmarks, fliers, and other swag.

There is a Lets Build Robots Codrones Workshop with Tweens in the computer lab  from 3:00 p.m. to 5;00 p.m..  The tweens are coding drones so that they can fly.

Another one of my colleagues is at the New York Library Association conference today.

I checked out the book, Catching the Big Fish Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity by David Lynch.

Web Bits



Step Inside the World's 8 Most Futuristic Libraries

K-12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries A Modern Makeover

What Happens When You "Accidentally" Destroy A Library Book?
https://lithub.com/what-happens-when-you-accidentally-destroy-a-library-book/

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/08/2018

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Monkey Before Skeleton, Gabriel Von Max, 1900

Daily Thoughts 11/08/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read more of Who We Are and How We Got Here.  I read about Africa and ancient DNA.  I am also reading about inequality and DNA.  There is a pattern where men of higher status pair up with women of lower status and have children.  This is across cultures.  People mix and populations disappear as well as migrate.  This is why it is very hard to track ancient DNA.  People change constantly.

I also read some more of Stop Workplace Drama.  I am reading about how people reinvent themselves to more readily fit with a leadership image.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I printed up some fliers for the Veterans Day Program tonight, A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight.

I also printed fliers and bookmarks for a colleagues visit to the Professional Building on 11 West Prospect Place in Mount Vernon, New York.  We are having the Women's Enterprise Development Center on November 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Grace Greene Baker Community Room.

I spent some time going over Give Gab today.  We are working on a STEAM campaign for teens and tweens.

I also put in two orders for new books.

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

Web Bits


Amazon May Split Headquarters

New Course: Supercharged Storytimes

Leaving Dewey for BISAC

As Part of Ongoing Accessibility Effort Deerfield Library Offers Sensory Kits

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/07/2018

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House ad, Fiction House (defunct magazine & comics publisher), Wings #61, 1945, Fiction House

Daily Thoughts 11/07/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I spent some time working on bookmarks this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

Right now, I am listening to Mariko Tamaki who is talking about how superhero comics are written.  It is part of LibraryCon Live.

I visited the online exhibitor spaces.  Lionforge had a very nice booth with a couple articles on the company.


‘There Are a Lot of Stories That Need to be Told’
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/09/business/stories-need-to-be-told.html

Lionforge Is a New Kind of Comics Publisher
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/78178-lion-forge-is-a-new-kind-of-comics-publisher.html

I read some more of Who We Are and How We Got Here last night.  I learned that there are restrictions on DNA leaving China for study.  Also, the Han Chinese are the largest ethnic group in the world.

I also read some more of Stop Workplace Drama.  I am reading about integrity and telling the truth.

I printed up some fliers for programming and finished editing some bookmarks.

Web Bits

2018 World Fantasy Awards


British Library to Open Exhibition About Literature’s Favorite Cats



Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/06/2018

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William Hogarth, Soliciting Votes, 1754

Daily Thoughts 11/06/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I slept for ten hours last night.  I have been covering some extra shifts on the public service desks lately.

I took a break from serious reading and read The Storm by David Drake.  The book is very pure science fantasy, not something you see a lot of these days.  It reminds me of Jack Vance.  There are  a lot of Arthurian touches to the story.  I rather like the main character Pal of Beune.  There are nights with energy shields and energy swords, strange creatures in a world which has been changed beyond recognition, and bits of castles and ale.  Pal of the Beune is a champion for humanity where there are not many people left.  He solves knightly problems using both his sword and his sharp intellect.  This is a light read with plenty of entertainment value.  I read an advanced reading copy.  The book is due out in January of 2019.

Today was a federal holiday. I went and voted today.

I also spent some time working on two bookmarks.  One on new business books and one on new computer books.

Web Bits


Harvard Converts Millions of Legal Documents Into Open Data

Keepers of the Secrets

Want to See the First Full Drawings of Captain American and Mickey Mouse?  Go to the Library of Congress.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/05/2018


WPA Poster, WPA Art Project between 1936 and 1940

Daily Thoughts 11/05/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I rested on the way to work.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I put in two orders for new books.

I spent some time writing a description of our business collection for an event on November 8, 2018.  I also worked a little bit on getting another program together.

I checked out the book, Artificial Condition by Martha Wells.

I spent some time looking at the new business books and the new computer books. 

Web Bits


The Library of Congress Makes Thousands of Fabulous Photos, Posters, and Images Free to Use and Reuse

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/04/2018

A Cosey Corner
A Cosy Corner, Frank Millet, 1884

Daily Thoughts 11/04/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I got the first proposal for doing a math and science program at the library this morning.

I read some more of Who We Are and How We Got Here.  I am reading about the contentions of using DNA on ancient Native American remains.  Earlier, I read about caste in India as well as endogamous marriage practices and how they affected heredity.  There is a lot of very contentious and controversial material in this book.  The author tries to be as fair as possible.

I read some more of Stop Workplace Drama as well.  I am reading about gaps between what needs to be done and how things are done.

Web Bits



Challenge, Change, Opportunity

Privacy and the Public Library:  NYPL's Chief Digital Officer Looks to Raise Awareness in Seattle Visit

Anti-Tax Fervor Closed Their Libraries.  Now Residents Are Trying to Go it Alone

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/03/2018

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Books and Cards, Reisai, 18th to 19th century

Daily Thoughts 11/03/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read Exit Strategy The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells. It is the last book in a series.  The main character is a rogue artificial intelligence in a mix of biological synthetic body.  She is essentially an armed security robot gone rogue.  The story has lots of action and intrigue in it.  It is also a quick read of 169 pages.  It was a nice break from serious reading.

I also read some more of Who We Are and How We Got Here.  This book is an odd synthesis of academic and popular writing.  The writing is very dense, it has a lot of information on the pages.  I have learned some new things.  Essentially, the science of ancient DNA combines the archaeological record with the study of human populations using DNA.  DNA samples are mapped from ancient skeletons and then compared to the archaeological record and DNA samples from modern populations.  This traces how people moved and interacted in the past.  There are many maps throughout this book showing the movement of different ancient peoples going back hundreds of thousands of years.  It is not just the DNA which is being described, it is how DNA interacted with ideas, language, and culture.

This gives insights which are very different from the standard archaeological record.  People did not stay in one place, there were constant migrations, intermixing, and changes in populations.  This leads to some new ideas.  For example, there are three types of moving populations, hunters, farmers, and pastoralists.  There are many surprising ideas which touch on race and peoples origins.  This book challenges conventions.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

A colleague is running a Gardening Club at the library from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m..  We discussed the Master Gardeners Program that is part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

There is a leather working workshop in the fiction room.  A designer is making leather purses with patrons.  This is funded from Arts Westchester.  The designer needed a place to do her workshop and asked us to provide the space with us.

I spent some time discussing a trip to the New York Library Association conference this month with a colleague.

I also did a little more work with books that are not in the system.

Web Bits


Relive the heyday of Punk in exhibition at Liverpool's beautiful Central Library

UB is developing a new data science librarian training program, thanks to a National Library of Medicine grant.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/02/2018

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Seymour Joseph Guy, Evening, 1867

Daily Thoughts 11/02/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of Stop Workplace Drama on the way home last night.  I read about the importance of having clarity for your goals.

I also read some more of Who We Are and How We Got Here.  I am reading about different ancient peoples like the Ancient North Eurasians, the Funnel Beaker Culture, and the Yamnaya.

I checked the displays and the gift books today.

I spent some time looking over the mending.  I also spent some time checking items that are not in the system.

I also read:

Diverse Viewpoints and Voices In Graphic Novels:  Must Have Graphic-Novels for Black History Month and Beyond

https://www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=181012-Diverse-Voices-in-Graphic-Novels

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

I spent some time discussing programming.

Web Bits



American Star Libraries 2018

Advocacy and the Power of Narrative

Kayaks, Ukuleles, Neckties:  The Weird and Useful Things You Can Check Out from Local Libraries


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/01/2018


Illustration From the Love Story of Ursula Wolcott, Ethel Reed, 1895

Daily Thoughts 11/01/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook.

Last night, I read some more of Who We Are And How We Got Here.  I am reading about how different populations of ancient humans intermixed and migrated.  Modern humans have DNA from several different ancient peoples including the denisovans and the neanderthals.  Homo Sapiens slowly pushed out and overwhelmed the other human species around 40,000 years ago.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time checking the books that had to be mended.  I also spent some time going books that had cataloging issues.

I discussed ADP with a colleague.

I spent some time working in the public computer area.

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

I am looking at the book, Exit Strategy by Martha Wells.  I also placed a hold on the book, Artificial Condition which is the second book in the series.




Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/31/2018

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La Lecture, Caricature by Louis-Leopold Boilly, 1828

Daily Thoughts 10/31/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of Who We Are And How We Got Here.  I am reading about the DNA sequencing of the neanderthals and how modern are related to them and interbred with them.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I read the latest copy of Publishers Weekly.

Right now, I am at the public computers.

I spent some time going through the mending section today.  I also spent some time looking at items that are not in the system.

I worked on some weeding lists for different sections in the library.  I also put in a few orders for new books.

I also checked a few things with scheduling.

I checked out the book, Stop Workplace Drama by Marlene Chism.  I watched her give a lecture on Lynda.com

Web Bits


Public Libraries Celebrate the Democratic Ideal

UC Berkeley Security Checks Library After Learning of Bomb Suspect’s Interest

Creative Bug: New Resource Offered by Lake County Library

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/30/2018

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Parliament, Edward Collier, circa 1695

Daily Thoughts 10/30/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read a few magazines online from the RB (Recorded Books) Digital Value Collection; an article about Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin rocket company in the October 2018 issue of Wired, and an article on Elon Musk in the October 2018 issue of Popular Mechanics.  It was entertaining reading these magazines.

I read the New York Times newspaper on the way to work.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I spent some time working on orders for new books.

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

I spent some time going over books in the mezzanine and how they should be handled with colleagues today.

I also looked at some items that needed mending and some books that were not in the system.

There was a Fundamentals of Computers class and a Beginning Microsoft Word class tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

I checked out the book, Who We Are and How Got Here Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past by David Reich.

Web Bits



Bram Stoker's Reference Material for Dracula Discovered at London Library

Libraries, Writ Small

Monday, October 29, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/29/2018

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Bartholomeus Hopfer (1628-1698) , Exilium Melancholiae, After 1643

Daily Thoughts 10/29/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Prediction Machines The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb.  I read about the struggle between privacy and collecting lots of data on people.  The more data that is collected, the more efficient a prediction machine becomes.  Thus places like China which collect massive amounts of data on people gain an advantage in building artificial intelligence.  This book has lots of strategy on how to use artificial intelligence and gain a competitive advantage in business.  At the same time it is a practical book on how artificial intelligence is being developed.

I placed a hold on the book, Stop Workplace Drama by Marlene Chism and the digital audiobook on RB Digital No Drama Leadership.

Web Bits


 Forget Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu -- Your Library is the New Place to Stream Movies


Donate Socks for the Homeless at Schaumburg Township Library

New York Public Library Offering "Knowledge Is Power" Limited Edition Library Cards


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/28/2018

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Franz Van Mieris The Elder, Woman Writing a Letter, 1680

Daily Thoughts 10/28/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Prediction Machines last night.  I learned that both Google and Microsoft are now AI focused companies.

I checked the purchase alerts for items on hold.

Web Bits



Hour of Code Google Mini-grants Available

The Library of Congress Needs Help Transcribing Lincoln's Letters and Other Documents

This is crowdsourcing.

An Insider's View of the New York Public Library


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/27/2018

Woman in Night Robe Reading a Letter

Young Woman In Night Robe Reading A Letter, Suzuki Haronobu, 1764-1772

Daily Thoughts 10/27/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more of Prediction Machines.  I am reading about how jobs will be redesigned because of artificial intelligence.  For example you might have a convoy of self driving trucks with two people to monitor five or six trucks on the road.  Also, parts of jobs which are routine will disappear while other parts which require human decision making will expand.

I looked through the book Art Journal Kickstarter Pages and Prompts to Energize Your Art Journals by Kristy Conlin.  This is a selection of pages from different art journals.  There is a picture then a discussion of a page from an art journal.  There are many different artists.  It is pretty and fun to look at.  It is the kind of book you keep as a conversation starter or to display on a table.  I flipped through the pages to see what was in it.  The content is mixed media.

We received $134,774 dollars to address the water damage to the Mount Vernon Public Library.  This is from a construction grant.  It will help address damage to the back offices, a study room, areas in the children's room and the young adult room.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/26/2018

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Where the Water Lilies Grow; signed and dated 'J. Aumonier' (lower left), inscribed with title, artist's name and address (on old label verso); oil on canvas, James Aumonier, 1832-1911

Daily Thoughts 10/26/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Prediction Machines.  I am reading about how artificial intelligence is increasingly used for special functions like finding MBA candidates and sorting boxes.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

We had a downloads class today from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the computer lab.  We discussed Freegal, RB Digital Value Collection for Magazines, and Flipster.  People liked the class.

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

I spent some time checking the books in the mending area.

There is a Codrones class in the computer lab from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There is also a teen video games hour from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Web Bits


CBC Presents Inaugural Diversity Awards

The Library of Congress Just Made Game Preservation A Little Bit Easier

Have the Public Library Find Your Next Favorite Book

Browsing the Stacks: A Photo Appreciation of Libraries

The London Library


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/25/2018

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Childe Hassam, Reading In the Garden, Between 1888 and 1889.

Daily Thoughts 10/25/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Prediction Machines.  I read about how factories and work areas with few people are likely to be automated first because there are less risks.  For example, an iron mine is much more likely to be fully automated first than a garment factory.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also did a little work with Give Gab which is a platform for fundraising.  We get an account through the Westchester Library System.

I spent some time preparing for our downloads class in the morning.  We discussed the different services we have like Freegal, Hoopla, Kanopy, Overdrive, and Freading.

I spent a little time looking at the books in the mending section. I also sorted some books from Rainbow Books.

Web Bits



Library of Congress to Provide Hundreds of Free Historic Films Online through National Screening Room

Every U.S. Public Library and YMCA Will Soon Get NARCAN for Free

You Can Request Hand-Crafted Reading-List Recommendations from Brooklyn Public Library Online

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/24/2018

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William Harnett, Music and Literature, 1878


Daily Thoughts 10/24/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Prediction Machines last night.  I am reading about human judgement.  People can make decisions where there is very little data.  They can react to unique situations where there is uncertainty.  Machines are not good at this.  This leaves a place for humans and machines to work together.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I am thinking about Giving Tuesday which is on November 27, 2018.

I spent some time working on weeding and books that are not in the system.

I also worked a little bit on signage.

There was a genealogy program in the computer lab at 6:00 p.m.

We showed the film, Forbidden Undocumented And Queer In Rural America in the Grace Greene Baker Room from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  This was streamed through Kanopy which gives its subscribers public performance rights.

Web Bits

Librarians React to New Penguin Random House Ebook Terms

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/23/2018

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Still Life With Books, William Notman, 1870-1880

Daily Thoughts 10/23/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more of Prediction Machines.  I am reading about how predictions by artificial intelligence improve when people work with machines where there is uncertainty and missing data.

I checked the gift books and the displays.

I spent time working on next months schedule for November.

I spent time discussing weeding today with the director.

I also spent time working on signage for the shelves.  We did some signage in the teen area.

I checked out the book, Stay Fit for Life, More Than 60 Exercises To Restore Your Strength and Future Proof Your Body bay Jason Kozak.  I also checked out a book called Art Journal Kick Starter Pages and Prompts To Energize Your Art Journals, Edited by Kristy Conlin.

Web Bits

Selling Graphic Novels In A Changing American Marketplace

Making A Library Indispensable In the Smart Phone Era

Monday, October 22, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/22/2018

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Cover of the March 1949 Issue of Fantastic Novels.  This cover is painted by Virgil Finlay one of the best artists of science fiction and fantasy.

Daily Thoughts 10/22/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also read some more of Prediction Machines on the way to work.  The authors are describing how data is what makes prediction possible.  They mention big data as a driver for artificial intelligence.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I placed some orders for new books.

I also checked some items that were not in the computer system to see if they should be added or discarded today.

I spent some time working on scheduling for next month.

I read a copy of Library Journal and the New York Times Book Review.

I spent some time at the public computers.

We had a Fundamentals of Computers Class and a Beginning Microsoft Word class tonight.

I placed a hold on the book, Stay Fit for Life: More Than 60 Exercises to Restore Your Strength and Future Proof Your Body by Joshua Kozak.

I am ordering the book, The Art of Reading, An Illustrated History of Books In Paint, by Jamie Camplin and Maria Ranauro.  I think it will be useful.

Web Bits


Where to Start With Ursula K. Le Guin

Library of Congress Digitizes its Huge Trove of Teddy Roosevelt Papers

Library of Congress to Launch Crowdsourcing Program


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/21/2018

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Felix Leblanc, Man Holding a Notebook, 19th Century

Daily Thoughts 10/21/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also spent some time thinking about weeding, the mezzanine, and unique aspects of our collection. It is not an easy thing to think about.

I read some more of Prediction Machines last night.  I am reading about how it is becoming cheaper to make more accurate predictions using artificial intelligence.  A lot of this is about predicting things like how a human might drive a car, how a person would react to a change in the stock market, what are the odds for it to be sunny tomorrow?  This makes it easier for people to make decisions with cheap and accurate prediction.

I checked the purchase alerts for items on hold.

Web Bits



Cantor Arts Center and Stanford Libraries Collaborate to Make Warhol Photography Archives Publicly Available

Life in Gilmore Library

'Love Your Library', Community Members Hug Peter White Public Library

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/20/2018

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Henri Labasque, Two Girls Reading, Circa 1900

Daily Thoughts 10/20/2018

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

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I read some of Prediction Machines The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb.  The writers of this book are associated with an AI Incubator called Creative Destruction Lab.  https://www.creativedestructionlab.com/

I spent some time setting up the sign in sheets for the November computer classes.

There is a Resume and Cover Letter writing class in the computer lab from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m..  We have a nice lady from Westchester Community College who volunteered to teach it.

Web Bits


Why Chimamanda Adichie Will Not “Shut Up.”

I registered for LibraryCon Live on Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/19/2018

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William Thomas Beckford (1 October 1760 – 2 May 1844), usually known as William Beckford, was an English novelist, art critic, travel writer and politician. He was Member of Parliament for Wells from 1784 to 1790, for Hindon from 1790 to 1795 and again from 1806 to 1820. William Thomas Beckford is the author of the Gothic novel Vathek and brainchild of the remarkable Fonthill Abbey.

Daily Thoughts 10/19/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook.

I read some more of The Labyrinth of the Spirits last night.  I am finding to be a captivating, enjoyable book.  The Cemetery of Forgotten Books in the story is very well done.  Some people describe the book as a modern gothic novel.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I worked on orders for new books.  I read the latest New York Times Bestseller List and Publishers Weekly Bestseller list.   I also read the Ingram Advance and the Ingram Advance for Biography and History as well as the Ingram Holiday catalog.

We had a staff meeting where we discussed weeding, shelf reading, and inventory.

I spent a little more time discussing the signage.

I also talked with a colleague about our literacy program.

My desk is starting to pile up.

Web Bits



Toward Gigabit Libraries Toolkit

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/18/2018

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Courtesan Writing A Letter, Kaigetsudo Doshin, Circa 1715

Daily Thoughts 10/18/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading 12 Rules for Life An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson.  Jordan B. Peterson draws on the bible and old stories to discuss rules to live by.  He also describes many incidents from his own life and his the lives of his patients to create rules for living.  I found the book to be well written and well intentioned in its outlook.  It has lots of stories that are meant to be instructive on how to make a persons life better.

I also read some more of  The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.  I am enjoying reading the story.  As I read it, the story becomes darker and stranger.  It seems to draw from the classics like The Phantom of the Opera and has just a bare touch of Dracula in it.  There are also references to fascism in Spain and the secret police.

This morning I went to active shooter training at my library.  The local police department was describing what to do in case there was an active shooter in the library.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I also put some new shelf signage for the adult area.

I worked on scheduling for my department and worked on monthly scheduling.

Web Bits


NYC Libraries Take the Lead for Digital Privacy Week

Library District Addresses Growth  With Creative Solutions

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/17/2018


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Still Life With Plaster Torso A Rose and Two Novels, Vincent Van Gogh, 1887

Daily Thoughts 10/17/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more of 12 Rules for Life An Antidote to Chaos.  I read about how we hide things avoiding talking about personal issues until they overwhelm and destroy us.

I also read some more of The Labyrinth of the Spirits.  Some of the characters have terrible wounds which adds a macabre element to the story.  The main character, Alicia has a wound in her side.  One of the characters loses a hand and another wears a prosthetic mask.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I also checked on the status of some orders.  I have been checking on the on order titles and asking the vendors to fill past orders.

I have my final course in for the American Library Association Certified Public Library Administrator.  I had to retake one of the courses.  I put all my paperwork in order and sent in my final essay.  Hopefully, they will like it.  It took several hours to write and finish the process.

I spent some time working on my monthly scheduling.

I also spent some time working on signage.

Web Bits

Wikipedia Rejected an Entry on a Nobel Prize Winner Because She Wasn't Famous Enough
https://qz.com/1410909/wikipedia-had-rejected-nobel-prize-winner-donna-strickland-because-she-wasnt-famous-enough/?platform=hootsuite&fbclid=IwAR1md7S2v31ac0qcOBciMgrl6PykvptZb6Qxjeo4CCzroZKRG5wJ8SpLRxM


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/16/2018

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Jin Nong, Ink Play, 1754

Daily Thoughts 10/16/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished writing my final assignment for the Politics and Partnerships class I was taking last night.

On the way to work, I read some more of The Labyrinth of the Spirits.  I am enjoying the literary aspects of the book.  There are some books which are both censored and forbidden by the Catholic church that are part of the story.  There are also bookstores and libraries that are featured in the story.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I read the latest copy of the New York Times Bestseller list.  I also read through the latest New York Review of Books and Booklist.

I renewed my ALA membership today and the joined the new Graphic Novels Roundtable.  I also turned in the confirmation for completing my CPLA class.

I spent a little time working on orders for new books.

Web Bits


The Number of Self Published Books Cracked 1 Million in 2017

TedX Library Events                                     

Monday, October 15, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/15/2018

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3RD MAN trailer screenshot, February 1950

Daily Thoughts 10/15/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.    I also checked the purchase alerts for holds.

I spent some time thinking about the mezzanine.

I read some more of The Labyrinth of the Spirits at the laundromat.  I like the very dark tone of the story.  At points, the main character is described as a kind of fallen angel.  She also works with the secret police.  The book draws on the history of the Spanish civil war.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/14/2018

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The Evening Lamp, Mina Fonda Ochtman, 1900

Daily Thoughts 10/14/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of The Labyrinth of the Spirits today.  This work is set in Barcelona in 1939. The main character, Alicia is a detective.  The story has a dark, otherworldly quality to it.  It is book four in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series.

Web Bits


Library Protects Privacy of Patrons

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/13/2018

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Bashkirtseff, Marie, At A Book, Circa 1882

Daily Thoughts 10/13/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I started reading The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.  It is the fourth book in the Cemetery of Forgotten books series.  It is set in Barcelona.

I am looking up math teachers in Westchester.

Web Bits


Libraries are About Democracy Not Just Books

How To Do a Library Makeover

Who Started the 1986 Fire at the Los Angeles Library?  Susan Orleans Investigates.
What Brands Can Learn from the New York Public Library's Instagram Stories













                                                                                                                    

Friday, October 12, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/12/2018


Sebastian Stoskopff ( 1597-1657 ), Still-life with books and bronze statue, Louvre

Daily Thoughts 10/12/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I rested on the way to work.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

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

We finished setting up some of the programming for November through February 2019 for the adult area.

I spent some time adjusting scheduling.

I also checked out the book, Prediction Machines The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb.

I am in the computer lab right now.

Web Bits



Books Are  The Best Medicine:  How Libraries Boost Our Well Being

Tolland Library To Open New Virtual Reality Center On Saturday

Library of Congress Collects Ranks Internet’s Most Popular Meme for Science

Education Is Not Pornography


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/11/2018

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Marie Spartali Stillman, Love Sonnets, 1894

Daily Thoughts 10/11/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of 12 Rules for Life An Antidote to Chaos.  Jordan B. Peterson describes how having a clear meaning to your life is important.  He describes as a counter force to evil in the form of tyranny.  He specifically is addressing Mao, Stalin, and Hitler.  There are references to the book, Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I also examined some duplicate copies of books.

I am working on scheduling programs for the next four months.

I spent some time looking at signage.

I finished my monthly report for October.  It always includes statistics on programming and social media.

There is a Beginning Microsoft Excel 2013 class in the computer lab tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Web Bits



American Democracy Is Fracturing.  Libraries Say They Know How to Help

You Can Check Out A Cheese Book At This Michigan Library

Queens Library Puts On Teen Mental Health Week

How A Free Public Library Is Becoming a Beacon of Hope In Baltimore

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/10/2018




















Mary Cassatt, Mrs. Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa, Reading, 1876

Daily Thoughts 10/10/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of 12 Rules for Life an Antidote to Chaos on the way home last night.  Jordan B. Peterson sees meaning in suffering.  He brings in a lot of modern thinkers like Dostoevsky and Nietzsche.  He also argues against nihilism and cultural relativism.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I also ordered a few new titles.

I put up some shelf signage.

There is a Civics Workshop from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. today in the community room.

We also have the Salsa Dance and Percussion Workshop from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the community room.  There is also an HTML 5 and CSS 3 Class in the Computer Lab from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Web Bits



Take A Virtual Tour of New York Public Library's Incredible Interior

How to Write A Monthly Report That Stakeholders Actually Read