Sunday, April 22, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/22/2018


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Boston Public Library, Main Staircase, Historic American Building Survey, Work Prepared by US Government Employee

Daily Thoughts 04/22/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facbeook this morning.

I read some more of Myths of Leadership. Jo Owen reminds us we should not volunteer to do things which we don't like even if we are good at them because it can trap an employee in a position they don't like.  He also describes why it is important to keep learning.

I am following the Trustee Elections at Mount Vernon Public Library.

I started reading Niall Ferguson The Square and the Tower Networks of Power from the Freemasons to Facebook.  This book is about hierarchy versus networked power.

I checked the purchase alerts tonight.

Web Bits


Libraries Partner with Community Agencies to Help Fight Food Insecurity

Library of Congress brings America to life in LA photo show

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/21/2018

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Still life with Books, a Letter and a Tulip, Charles Emmanual Biset, (1633-- After 1693)

Daily Thoughts 04/21/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of the book Myths of Leadership Banish Misconceptions And Become A Great Leader. by Jo Owen.  The basic idea of leadership in this book is that the leader takes people to places where they would not have gone by themselves. Another idea which comes up is that Asia is increasingly becoming involved in leadership.  They know a lot about Western business practices, but we do not know a lot about Asian business practices.

I have an ordering project which I am doing using Bluecloud Analytics.


Web Bits


Local Public Libraries to Celebrate First Class of Graduates To Receive Diploma Through Online Program.

For Libraries, It Was a Good Week on Capitol Hill

A Prescription for Graphic Medicine

Friday, April 20, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/20/2018

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Sketch of the Interior of Mudie's Lending Library, 509. 510, and 511 New Oxford Street, 1880

Daily Thoughts 04/20/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more of habeas data.  I am reading about a terrorism case where the government asked for Apple computers to create a backdoor to hack into an iPhone.  The book mentions people like Edward Snowden and the Electronic Frontier Foundation who commented on the case.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  We did more shifting with the oversize book.  We also did some more checking of the oversize books.

I looked over some of my old list of donor leads.

I spent some time covering the computer lab today.

I checked out two books, The Square and the Tower Networks and Power from the Freemasons to Facebook by Niall Ferguson and Myths of Leadership Banish the Misconceptions And Become a Great Leader by Jo Owen.

I asked a few questions on Facebook, one about robotic board games and one about robot kits.  I am hoping for some interesting answers.

Web Bits


The 6 Most Beautiful New Libraries in the US

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/19/2018

Honoring the Three Gods of Poetry: Women Composing Poems, Chōbunsai Eishi (Japanese, 1756–1829), Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper, Japan

Honoring the Three Gods of Poetry: Women Composing Poems Chōbunsai Eishi (Japanese, 1756–1829) circa 1792

Daily Thoughts 04/19/2018

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I read a little bit of an Advanced Reading Copy of habeas data Privacy Vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech by Cyrus Farivar.  This is published by Melville House.  It will be released in May.  One of the first subjects written about of course is the telephone and wiretapping.

I checked the gift books and the displays.

I also shifted some of the oversize books and checked some of them.

Tonight is the Open House at the Mount Vernon Public Library at 6:00 p.m.

I am also working on scheduling programming for the coming month.  We have some very interesting programming coming up including a screening of the movie Resilience with a discussion afterward.
https://kpjrfilms.co/resilience/

I spent some time discussing the monthly calendar with a colleague.  The library closed today at 2:00 p.m.  I assigned some people to shift in the oversize books.  I also am having one of the clerks who works in the Electronic Resources check the oversize.  The library is getting ready for the open house tonight.

I got a step increase in salary as a civil servant.  It feels like a solid acknowledgement that I am now a Librarian III.

Web Bits


Story Time from Space

The Data Is Clear It Is Time to Move Beyond Storytelling for Library Advocacy

The Marrakesh Treaty and Why it is Important to Library Advocates

One Woman Studied A Million Photos at the Library of Congress



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/18/2018

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Title: Four women composing poetry, possibly as a competition, next to a screen with painting of cranes Abstract/medium: 1 print : woodcut, color ; 38.5 x 25.5 cm.1791

Daily Thoughts 04/18/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I finished reading Natural Causes An Epidemic of Wellness, The Certainty of Dying, and Our Illusion of Control by Barbara Ehrenreich.  The last part is about aging and how to live successfully at the end of your life.  It also cover how to die at the end.  There is some commentary about how some people in silicon valley want to live forever.  There is a lot of dark humor in this book.  I liked reading it.

I checked the displays and the gift books in the morning.

I spent a little more time working on the oversize books.

We had three programs in the evening.  The first was our Ozobots program.  Ozobots are small robots which can be programmed to move and light up with colored markers.  You draw lines and the Ozobots follow the lines.  They also can be programmed to move in patterns from a computer or tablet.  They are fun to play with.  We had over twenty tweens who were interested in them. The program ran from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

There was also a HTML 5 and CSS 3 class in the evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

We had an assistant professor of literature, Mariel Rodney, lead a discussion Audre Lorde from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..  We were discussing essays from Sister Outsider Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde.  The essay which we are going to discuss next time is The Masters Tools Will Never Dismantle the Masters House.

It was a very busy day.

Web Bits


Papers of Benjamin Franklin Now Online



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/17/2018

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E Phillips Fox, A Love Story, 1902

Daily Thoughts 04/17/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I rested on the way to work.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time getting a standing order for the New York Times bestseller list setup.

I placed a few orders for books.  I also read a copy of the New York Times Book Review and two copies of Publishers Weekly.

I am in the computer lab right now.

The crochet group is meeting today from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

I read some more of Natural Causes by Barbara Ehrenreich.  I am reading about the concept of the harmonious body versus the body overtaken by cancer or viruses.

I also read another essay in Sister Outsider Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde, called Notes From A Trip to Russia.

There was a Fundamentals of Computers Class and a Beginning Microsoft Word Class tonight.

Tomorrow there are two events, an Ozobot class in the computer lab for tweens, and a discussion group on Audre Lorde.  It has been very busy.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/16/2018


The Picture Book, Eastman, Johnson, 1855

Daily Thoughts 04/16/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Natural Causes.  Barbara Ehrenreich is describing corporate mindfulness where the objective is to destress.  She successfully describes how meditation in the corporate setting can be ridiculous.

I checked the gift books and the displays.  I also did some shifting in the oversize books.  The power was out.  Con Edison was working on the power after a torrential rainfall.  We went home at noon.

I did a little bit of scheduling when I got home.

Web Bits


News: NILPPA Update: The Wide and Wild World Of Library Programming

News: NILPPA Update: What Skills Make for Good Library Programming

News: NILPPA Update: How Do We Learn to Run Library Programs?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/15/2018

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Fei Yigeng, Lady Writing Poetry, Between 1860 and 1880

Daily Thoughts 04/15/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I started reading Natural Causes An Epidemic of Wellness, The Certainty of Dying, and the Illusions of Control by Barbara Ehrenreich.

I read two of the essays in Sister Outside Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde.  This is one of the books being read for the discussion series Litanies for Survive: Audre Lorde's Revolutionary Practice of Love A Four Part Reading and Discussion Program.  The essays were Poetry Is Not A Luxury and The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action.

I read some more of Natural Causes at the laundromat.  I am reading about the rituals of going to the doctors office.

I checked the purchase alerts for items on hold today.

Web Bits


Why You Should Be taking Your Kids to the Library Regularly

A new strategy for reducing suspensions among kids who flock to the library after school

Future Trends for Libraries

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/14/2018

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Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema, World of Dreams, 1876

Daily Thoughts 04/14/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books when I came in to work.

I spent some time checking the oversize books.  I also did shifting in the oversize section.

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

I took a look at the April Bookpage.

Our Adult Literacy and Spanish Library had a conversion group for Language Learners from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m..  This was followed by a colleague doing a collage program at 12:30 p.m.

I finished reading Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker. The last part of the book is an argument for humanism over religion.  I thought the book was excellent until the end where Steven Pinker criticizes religion as being irrational.  I found the arguments for science, humanism, reason, and progress to be convincing.  They were backed up by lots of facts.  The end of the book includes extensive notes, references, and index.  The book has a positive message about how violence, crime, war, hunger, and hatred have been reduced over time. It makes a good case for the advantages of the philosophy of the western enlightenment.

Urban Librarians Unite Conference—Library Revolution 04/13/2018

At 9:00 a.m., the conference had check in with coffee and pastries.
The first speaker was Jim Neal, president of the American Library Association.  He spoke about building solidarity inside the profession.  There was also an award given to Urban Libraians Unite.
This was followed by the Assistant Director of the Brooklyn Public  Library who thanked everyone for coming.

I am going to point some highlights of the panels which I attended.  Not everything, because having two or three good ideas in a presentation is enough.

The Keynote Spoker was Jessamyn West who talked about community engagement.  She provided a list of community engagement tools at http://librarian.net/talks/engage  this includes a summary of the keynote speech.

The first panel I attended was from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Librarians for All: Preparing Staff to Work With  Individuals From Diverse Backgrounds.

The panelists referred to the American Library Association Office Diversity several times.  They also said that diversity should be in the library values.  Also, universal design works well because it is meant for everyone.

I had lunch with Carl Andrews who worked for Mount Vernon Public Library for a while.

The next panel was from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  It Was Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries.  New York Library Association has a Sustainability Certification. http://nyla.org/sustainability

The speakers described sustainability as a triple bottom line.
1      Environmentally sound.
2        Economically feasible
3         Socially equitable.

They also described how we were going  through a variety of changes with the climate and environment.
There was a quote which I liked from Alvin Toffler, “You’ve got to think big things while you do the small things.”
From 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  I went to The Power of Reviews The Situation of Race in the Bookshelf.  This discussion spoke about how there were very few reviewers of colors.  Most of the publishing profession is white and female.  The 2040 Review was created to have a diverse review. https://www.2040review.com/

The speakers also described how the standard review magazines like Kirkus, Library Journal, and Booklist were all old established review magazines where people knew each other.

Three review sources for diverse children’s literature were mentioned,  Latinos Kid Lit https://latinosinkidlit.com/

American Indians in Children’s Literature

The Center for the Children’s Book which has a variety of Diversity Lists

I mentioned Mosaic  Literary Magazine and a few other things which I look at.

I also learned about the Diversity Baseline  Survey in 2016 in Publishing.
https://www.leeandlow.com/about-us/the-diversity-baseline-survey

I missed the library cake.  It was there and then gone.

Web Bits


New Group To Support Yonkers Public Library
https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/yonkers/2018/04/10/new-group-support-yonkers-public-library/499982002/

Behind the Scenes Look at Cambridge's Oldest Library

Friday, April 13, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/13/2018

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Brooklyn Public Library (Ingersoll Memorial), Prospect Park Plaza, New York. General view from Park Plaza, January 13, 1941, This work is from Gottscho-Schleisner Collection at the Library of Congress, According to the Library there are no known copyright restrictions on the use of this work. Images in this collection have been placed in the public domain by the heirs of the photographers

Daily Thoughts 04/13/2018

This morning on the way to the conference, I read some more of Enlightenment Now.  I am almost done reading the book.  I am reading about science and reason and why they are an important component of the western enlightenment.

The night before, I finished reading Monet Itinerant of Light by Salva Rubio and Ricard Efa.  I found the story of Monet's life to be tragic.  It was a hard life that ended well.  The graphic novel has a painted quality to it.  In the back of the book there are is a systematic description of how the graphic novelist took many of Monet's paintings and used them as images inside the graphic novel.  This gives the graphic novel a feeling similar to a long impressionist painting.  It is a very beautiful and interesting book to look at.  The book is an oversize, quarto book.

I went to the Urban Librarians Unite conference today in Brooklyn.  The theme was Library Revolution.  Things have become very gentrified since the last time I was in Prospect Park.  There are a lot of little restaurants and stores that are very nice around the library.

I picked up a hat that said Make Publishing Great Again from Melville House publishers.

I have to sit down and write about the conference.  I am going to turn my visit into a report tomorrow.

I met with a few people from the conference.  I had a rather nice lunch with a colleague who is an academic librarian working on becoming tenured.  It sounds like a much different, much harder world to be in.  He has written five academic journal articles in preparation for applying for tenure.

It takes time to write these kinds of summaries.  There is quite a bit to look at and think about.

I picked up a copy of a galley for habeas data Privacy vs. the rise of Surveillance Tech by Cyrus Farivar.

I will write up my summary on the way to work tomorrow.

Web Bits


Library of Congress to Collect Every e-book

Libraries Offer Many Services, But Reading Is Foundational

House Committee Approves FDLP Modernization Act

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/12/2018

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Lucrezia as Poetry, Salvator Rosa, Between 1640 and 1641

Daily Thoughts 04/12/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read a little bit more of Enlightenment Now.  I am reading about the meaning of progress.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I also spent some more time working on the oversize books.

I read through two copies of the New York Times Book Review, and a copy of Booklist.  I also started on putting in my orders for next week.

There is a new Mount Vernon Arts Initiative grant which I am working on today as well.

I spent some time shifting books in the oversize section.

There is an Intermediate Microsoft Word class in the computer lab today from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

I am looking at the graphic novel, Monet Itinerant of Light written by Salva Rubio and painted by Richard Efa.  This is a biography of Monet.  The book is printed by NBM graphic novels.

Web Bits


Books VS Cigarettes

KCT Credit Union Branch Coming to Elgin Library
This is the first time I have seen a financial institution inside a library.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/11/2018

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Portrait of Keats Listening to a Nightingale on Hampstead Heath, 1845

Daily Thoughts 04/11/2018

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

I read some more of Enlightenment Now on the train to work.  I am reading about extinction events like major plagues, nuclear war, and an artificial intelligence takeover of humanity.

I met briefly with a representative from Reference USA to discuss their business database.  They also have a new product for libraries called Patron Link https://www.patronlink.com/

I spent some time checking the oversize books this morning.

I also read through a copy of the Times Literary Supplement.

There is an Audre Lorde program tonight in the community room.  We have all of Audre Lorde's books which came in from Humanities New York.  Mariel Rodney, an Assistant Professor of Literature from Pace University will be leading the discussion on Audre Lorde tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Web Bits


The Strange Magic of Libraries

Libraries Ready to Code To Release Beta Toolkit at 2018 Conference

After Uproar, University of Texas Decides Not to Relocate Its Fine Arts Library

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/10/2018


Giuseppe Sacconi, Allegory of Poetry, 1789

Daily Thoughts 04/10/2018

I rested on the train to work.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook at the library.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

This month is National Poetry Month.

I placed on several copies of Want Not by Jonathan Miles for our next book club.

I put in two orders for new books this afternoon.

I have a pile of periodicals which I have not gotten to yet.

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

I spent some time working on the scheduling for the last couple of weeks.  I am putting several full time salaried people into the schedule now.

I worked on the oversize books today.

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

I put some poetry books on display including a few by Audre Lorde.

On the way home, I read some more of Enlightenment Now.  I am reading about how more people are seeking after happiness.

Web Bits

The State of America's Libraries 2018
https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/state-of-americas-libraries-2018/

How Libraries Are Reinventing Themselves to Fight Fake News
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanholmes/2018/04/10/how-libraries-are-reinventing-themselves-to-fight-fake-news/#375ea2c0fd16

Andrew Carnegie Built 1700 Public Libraries But Some Towns Refused Steel Barons Money
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/04/09/andrew-carnegie-built-1700-public-libraries-but-some-towns-refused-the-steel-barons-money/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.8caf964e2ab2

Monday, April 9, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/09/2018


Daily Thoughts 04/09/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I thought this was interesting.
Magic  the Gathering Club Kit

https://magic.wizards.com/en/content/magic-club-support-program

Web Bits


Senate Appropriation Letter Campaign Ends Soon

What Skills Make for Good Library Programming?

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/08/2018


Daily Thoughts 04/08/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finally got all the information I need to write my monthly report.

I read some more of Enlightenment Now.  I am reading about the Flynn Effect which says that intelligence measured by IQ has steadily increased since when the tests first started because of better education, healthcare, nutrition, and more stimulating environments.  There has been a general improvement over time in peoples intelligence.

Web Bits


Copeland Supports National Library Week

Seattle and King County Library Systems Rank at Top of Global Digital Lenders As Growth Continues

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/07/2018


The Cruise of the Dazzler, Jack London, 1902

Daily Thoughts 04/07/2018

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

I also checked the New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.

Web Bits


The Memory Lab Technology In Focus

A New Generation of African American Owned Bookstores

Mahogany Books has an excellent set of selections online.

Adding Apps Technology In Focus

Celebrate National Library Week, 2018!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/06/2018

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Grandjean de Montigny - Biblioteca Imperial (Rio de Janeiro, RJ), 1840

Daily Thoughts 04/06/2018

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

I finished reading The Common Good by Robert B. Reich today.  The last part was on civic virtue and civic education for young people.  People need to understand their government better.  This book is quite liberal.  It argues against  corruption and has a strong anti Donald Trump message.

I read some more of Enlightenment Now.  I am reading about how there are more equal rights for women, minorities, and homosexuals in most places in the world.  There is a trend towards greater equality with each generation.

Web Bits


Making Spaces On Capitol Hill During National Library Week
https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/making-space-for-libraries-on-capitol-hill-during-national-library-week/

Libraries Transform 2 Year Report

Join Libraries Transform

Mount Vernon Public Library joined Libraries Transform two years ago.

Everyday Advocacy Has Lots to Offer


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/05/2018


Paul Cezanne, Portrait of Gustave Geoffrey, 1895

Daily Thoughts 04/05/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

They had active shooter training today at the Mount Vernon Public Library.  It was in the news.  I am on vacation so I wasn't there.  There is a video.


Library Staff Trains For Active Shooter-- Mount Vernon Public Library


I took a break from reading yesterday.

I read some more of Enlightenment Now this morning.  I am reading about the trend internationally towards greater democratic governance.

I also read a little bit more of The Common Good.  Robert Reich is describing the increasing acrimony between the Republican and Democratic parties.  People are continuing to attack candidates even if they have lost an election.

Web Bits


America faces a 'Crisis in Trust'-- Librarians Can Help Fix It

The Fortress of Solitude as a Kryptonian Library

New Rochelle: "Save Our Library" Petition Gains Traction


As Used Bookstores In Idaho Close, Library Friends Take Up the Slack

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/04/2018


Daily Thoughts 04/04/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also checked on some programming.

Web Bits


Are You Pregnant? Can I Have Some Creamer?  And Other Questions I Get at the Library.

Love and Rockets' Jaime Hernandez Creates Graphic Novels for Kids

The Library Lifecycle

Designing A Public Library For and WIth Families

Free Webinar: Advice from Former Congressional Staffers: How to Conduct a Successful Capitol Hill Meeting

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/03/2018


Sulking, Edgar Degas, 1870

Daily Thoughts 04/03/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Yesterday was the last day for the Advanced Ecourse Winning Support and Influencing Communities for Library Funding.

I read some more of The Common Good.  I am reading about the moral authority of the president of the United States.

I also read some more of Enlightenment Now.  I am reading about how safety has been improved for fires, earthquakes, lightning and other natural disasters.  The author shows how it is easier to die in a traffic accident than by terrorism or war.



Web Bits


Automatic Renewals Coming to Park Ridge Library Under New Catalog System

University Libraries Host Edible Books Competition With Lots of Puns

Bookless libraries: treasures within the USDA plant collections

                                       

Monday, April 2, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/02/2018

Book of the Dead of the Priest of Horus, Imhotep (Imuthes), Papyrus, ink

Book of the Dead of the Priest of Horus, Imhotep (Imuthes) Circa 332-200 B.C.


Daily Thoughts 04/02/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Enlightenment Now.  I am reading about how the rate of murder and lawlessness has steadily decreased with centralized justice systems and police forces around the world.

I also read some more of The Common Good by Robert B. Reich.  The steady dissolution of common values has been steadily destroying the middle class.

There is going to be Active Shooter training at the library from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Web Bits


Rutgers Professor Helps Library of Congress Retrieve Oldest Legible Torah

A Library Without Books Is Not a Library

Who doesn't read books in America?        

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/01/2018

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Unknown (artist), National Savings Committee (publisher/sponsor), James Haworth and Brother Ltd, London (printer), Her Majesty's Stationery Office (publisher/sponsor) between 1933 and 1945

Daily Thoughts 04/01/2018

I checked the library Facebook and Twitter this morning.

I checked the New York Times bestseller list and the Publishers Weekly bestseller list this morning.

I am reading some more of The Common Good.  I am reading about how changes have occurred in business politics which allow a winner take all at any cost philosophy.  In business, there is increasingly a belief that the only thing that matters is the bottom line profitability.  In politics it has become increasingly acceptable to use dirty tricks and negative advertising.

I also read some more of Enlightenment Now.  I am reading about how there is less war.  Part of this is that there are now more international laws which condemn warfare as well as a greater desire for commerce between nations.

I am watching The Hollywood Librarian A Look At Librarians Through Film done by the Media Education Foundation.  This film mixes the history and functions of librarians with short clips from films.  For example, they had a brief clip of the song Marian the Librarian from the film the Music Man and a clip from the film The Desk Set.  There are a lot of films clips i the movie.  It also gives examples of different function of librarians like children's librarianship and literacy. There are other examples of famous people like the writer John Steinbeck and the librarian, Nancy Perl.  It is an interesting film.  There is even discussion of fundraising and the place of the public sector for libraries.  This is a film on Kanopy.

Web Bits


Yes, Bookmobiles Are Still A Thing

At the library: Celebrate National Library Week In April

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Daily Thoughts 03/31/2018

Memories - William Merritt Chase
Memories, William Merritt Chase, 1910

Daily Thoughts 03/31/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Common Good.  I am reading about civic virtues and how easy it is to break them.

I also read some more of Enlightenment Now.  I am reading about the environment and climate change.  Steven Pinker is making arguments that as people have more they become more aware about the environment.  He is arguing for more investment in a carbon tax, afforestation, and investment in fourth generation nuclear power plants.

The YMCA is across the street from the library.


Developers Seek to Buy Mount Vernon YMCA for South Side Arts District

I spent a little time working on the grant for the 2018 Mount Vernon Arts Initiative.

I started the process of applying for the Great American Read on PBS.
https://apply.ala.org/GreatAmericanRead/guidelines

Web Bits

Residents Lobby Around New Rochelle Library

Library of Congress Celebrates 80th Anniversary of Superman
                                          

Friday, March 30, 2018

Daily Thoughts 03/30/2018

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TakehisaYumeji-1919-Woman Reading a Book on a Sofa

Daily Thoughts 03/30/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I made some fliers were in order.

I  read some of The Common Good by Robert B. Reich which is about a philosophy of governance focused on creating politic outcomes from government.

I spent some time looking at different public library computer labs on the internet.  It was interesting.  There were three unique styles I saw, the maker space where libraries made different things which had a sewing machine and 3D printer, the digital media space with Adobe Creative Cloud, Garageband, Audible and other creative software, and the conversion space where people could scan old photographs, convert vhs tapes to dvd, and move their old files to newer formats.  The conversion space was not as common.

Web Bits


Decades Later, Albums Returned to the Annawan Library

Finding Facts at the Library

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Daily Thoughts 03/29/2018

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Karel Ooms, The Prohibited Reading, 1876

Daily Thoughts 03/29/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I did a presentation last night on my input to the strategic plan last night.  We are definitely going to get a preservation assessment for the collection.  We are also going to work more on inventorying the collection as well.

I rested on the way to work.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I spent some time checking the music CDs for missing items.  I also spent some time going over the oversize books.

I also generated some shelf lists in Bluecloud Analytics for people to check for missing items.

I am working on a grant for Arts Westchester.  I also have another mini-grant for gardening which I am working  and am looking at a reading program.

I ordered the Recorded Books Online Value Collection today.

Web Bits



Next Chapter: BPL Invests Millions in Modern Makeover of Central Library

NLB Mobile App (National Library Board of Singapore)
                                                                                                                                                                           

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Daily Thoughts 03/28/2018

Édouard Manet - La Mère de Manet dans le Jardin de Bellevue.jpg
Édouard Manet - La Mère de Manet dans le Jardin de Bellevue 1879

Daily Thoughts 03/28/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Enlightenment Now.  I am reading about how people are living longer, healthier lives with more access to food and wealth.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I spent some time using the weeding tablet to check for items that were missing and remove the records for them.

I also spent some time working on the oversize books.

I prepared a laptop for my presentation tonight.

I read the latest New York Times Book Review.

I spent a little time working on the calendar.

Web Bits


Why So Many Public Libraries Are Giving Out Seeds
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/public-seed-library

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Daily Thoughts 03/27/2018


Woman Reading Under a Mosquito Net, 1720, Fuhiken Tokikaze

Daily Thoughts 03/27/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I finished reading Alternate Routes The Ghosts of the Freeway Are Rising by Tim Powers.  I enjoyed the story.  It had a touch of the weird or strange tale to it.  There were plenty of ghosts and appropriately strange apparatuses that went with them.  There were of course car chases and plenty of driving as well.

We finished the flier for Ozobots today.

The weeding tablet is charging in the charging cabinet right now.  We had a discussion about weeding, but did not do a lot of weeding today.

I printed out a copy of the strategic plan which I have to discuss tomorrow.

I also contacted New York Humanities which confirmed that the books were being sent to us for the reading series on Audre Lorde.

We met to discuss the Mount Vernon Local Authors Fair in October 2018.

I put in an order for new books.

I spent some time talking to Josie LaRiccia about doing a grant for Arts Westchester.

It has been a busy day.

I checked out the book, The Hacking of the American Mind by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL

Web Bits


Early Book Cover Designs

North Dakota Tries to Establish Theodore Roosevelt Library

Monday, March 26, 2018

Daily Thoughts 03/26/2018


Young Ladies Reading A Manuscript, Conrad Kiesel (1846-1921), Unknown Date

Daily Thoughts 03/26/2018

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

I also reread the Strategic Plan for Mount Vernon Public Library 2017-2020 last night.

The new Awareness to Funding 2018 document came out today.
https://www.oclc.org/research/awareness-to-funding-2018.html

I read some more of Enlightenment Now.  I am reading about how there is less violence in the world and it is a safer place to be.  Steven Pinker is addressing the tendency of news and reporters to seek out negativity.

I am reading Alternate Routes The Ghosts of the Freeway Are Rising by Tim Powers.  It is a modern fantasy novel with ghosts, intrigue, and government agents.

Become a Mount Vernon Public Library Trustee.
http://mountvernonpubliclibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/become-a-trustee-2018.pdf


Web Bits


The New York Times is launching an audiobook bestseller list.

School librarians fear a 'quiet crisis' is endangering their place in education.

In Brooklyn, Modernizing A Library for Downloads and Robots

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Daily Thoughts 03/25/2018





Books of Flowers and a Writing Brush

Ryūryūkyo Shinsai (Japanese, active ca. 1799–1823)

Daily Thoughts 03/25/2018

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

I also watched Bladerunner 2049 which was a quite interesting film.  I did not think it was as good as the first one.  However, it filled in some of the gaps from the story.

I also finished reading Kill The Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne.  I liked the surprise ending.  I also liked that some of the characters died because of their own idiocy.  The humor was very mild and the story held your attention.  There was just enough that was different and fractured to make the story entertaining.

I read some more of Enlightenment Now at the laundromat.

I checked the purchase alerts tonight.

Web Bits


Startup, Library Work On New App

How Digital Lending Service Hoopla Brings Libraries Into the Internet Era


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Daily Thoughts 03/24/2018


Portrait of a Scholar, Imitator of Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) (Italian, Cento 1591–1666 Bologna)

Daily Thoughts 03/24/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of Kill the Farmboy.  It is a fractured fantasy where all the characters are somewhat ridiculous.  I especially like the talking goat.  There are lots of puns and jokes.

I started reading Enlightenment Now.  It is a very large, philosophical book which will take a very long time to read.

I have been watching How To Make Stress Work For You which is part of the Great Courses series on Hoopla.  Each episode is half an hour.

Web Bits



Librarian of Congress: Don't Let Reading Become A Chore

UC Berkeley Libraries Retain Global, Political Focus Since Founding

Spending Bill Includes Big Increases for Libraries



Friday, March 23, 2018

Daily Thoughts 03/23/2018


Bookshelves, Study for "Edmond Duranty", Edgar Degas, 1879

Daily Thoughts 03/23/2018

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I finished reading The One Percent Solution How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time by Gordon Lafer.  I found some bias in this book. I think this is more about what right wing and extremely conservative corporations are doing.  If you want to understand an agenda which the Koch Brothers have or conservative business lobbyists are working on this is a good book to read.

Gordon Lafer successfully describes how Citizens United lawsuit where corporations are viewed as people has created an environment destructive to the middle class focused on eliminating unions, reducing benefits, eliminating healthcare, replacing public schools with charter schools, eliminating the minimum wage, and creating an environment with minimal regulation and minimal government.
There is a little bit in this book on how libraries are affected by this agenda.  The Koch Brothers have run campaigns against funding libraries.

The book has a very liberal viewpoint.  Gordon Lafer is a professor of labor education.  The book has charts throughout, extensive notes, and an index.

I read some more of Fair Shot.  The author is making the case for a Guaranteed Basic Income of $500 per month for people who earn less than $50,000 a year.

On the way to work, I finished reading Fair Shot Rethinking Inequality And How We Earn by Chris Hughes.  I found it to be an idealistic and optimistic book which had a positive message.  I was not convinced on the argument that we should embrace a Guaranteed Basic Income.  I also thought the idea of a negative income tax was tried and not found to have as much impact as people expected.  The book has a very personable style.  It is a very quick read.  There is a bibliography and notes at the end of the book, but no index.  This is meant to be a positive argument and is not particularly academic in style.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I checked the oversize books and spent some time checking for items that were missing from the shelves with the weeding tablet.

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

I spent a little time testing out Reference USA database today.

I got a box of Advanced Reading Copies from Library Journal today.   I am looking at the ARC for Kill the Farm Boy Once. A pun. A time by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne and Alternate Routes by Tim Powers.

The April 2018 Book Page came in today.  I also have a copy of Library Journal to read.

Web Bits


The Disappearance of Books Threatens to Erode Fine Arts Library

Bike Check-Out: Coming Soon to a Library Near You

Library Expands Services to Accomodate Homeless, Mentally Ill


The Librarian At the Nexus of the Harlem Renaissance
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/harlem-renaissance-librarian-regina-anderson




Thursday, March 22, 2018

Daily Thoughts 03/22/2018

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African and Middle Eastern Reading Room (Area Studies). Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C., 2007, Carol M. Highsmith, Designated as Public Domain

Daily Thoughts 03/22/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Fair Shot Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn on the subway to work this morning.  I am reading about the concept of the winner take all economy when it comes to digital technology.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also checked some of the oversize books and used the weeding tablet to remove some items that were not found.

The book, Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker came in for me to read.

We had a presenter tonight from Westchester Community College.  Professor Christolyn Williams did a presentation on Nevertheless She Persisted for Women's History Month from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the community room.  It was quite interesting.  Professor Williams is a historian of Latin America and the Caribbean.

There was also a Beginning Microsoft Powerpoint class in the comptuer lab from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Daily Thoughts 03/21/2018

Thomas Rowlandson - Bookseller and Author - Google Art Project.jpg
Thomas Rowlandson, Bookseller and Author, 1784

Daily Thoughts 03/21/2018

The library is closed due to inclement weather.  I spent time calling employees to not come in.

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook in the morning.

I also spent some time working on scheduling.

I read some more of The One Percent Solution.  I am reading about charter schools and vouchers and they are supported by the wealthy and corporations.

I read a little more of Fair Shot Rethinking Inequality And How We Earn by Chris Hughes Co-Founder of Facebook.  The book opens with some biographical background of Chris Hughes and a little bit about the early start of Facebook,

I looked at Fat Brain Toys because they have a lot of coding and programming toys for children.  There is also a discount of 10% for libraries.
https://www.fatbraintoyco.com/about_us.cfm

Think Fun also has some interesting inexpensive coding games.
https://www.thinkfun.com/?s=coding

Web Bits

I rather like the libraries in video games blog.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Daily Thoughts 03/20/2018

File:Juan de Echevarría - Vase with Bananas, Lemons and Books - Google Art Project.jpg
Vase With Bananas Lemons and Books, Juan De Echevarria, 1917

Daily Thoughts 03/20/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear by Dr. Frank Luntz.  I enjoyed reading about words that have significance to Americans.  The book has a very upbeat tone to it.  It is very future oriented.  I don't agree with a lot of its content.  Dr.  Frank Luntz is a pollster and consultant for Republican candidates.  There is a lot about how to choose the right words and why specific words are better than others in political terms.

I checked the displays and the gift books.   I also used the weeding tablet to check for items that are not in the system.  I spent some time looking over the oversize cookbook section.

I put in some orders for new books.

I worked a little bit on a mini-grant from the Westchester Library System.

I am looking at the Great American Read Grant.
https://apply.ala.org/greatamericanread/guidelines

Web Bits


Library Hosts 12 Hour Knitathon

Renovation Creating A New Home for Yale Library's Digital Humanities Lab

Monday, March 19, 2018

Daily Thoughts 03/19/2018

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Sogi, October 1892. From the Thirty-six Ghosts series. 9.25" x 14.25". The print depicts Sogi, priest and poet, writing a couplet for a ghost

Daily Thoughts 03/19/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of The One Percent Solution.  I am reading about Right To Work laws which allow people to not have to pay for union membership.

I also read some more of Words That Work.  I am reading about myths about the average American as well as what the average American cares about.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I also checked some of the oversize books.

I placed two orders for new books.

I spoke to the Cornell Master Gardeners program today about a grant.

I read through a copy of Booklist and the New York Times Book Review this afternoon.  I also worked on some orders for books.

Right now, I am in the computer lab.

There is a beginning Microsoft Word class and a Fundamentals of Computers Class this evening in the computer lab.

They are presenting some people for the directors position tonight.

Web Bits

Internet Access Is Quietly Changing Seatttle's Tent Cities
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/homeless/internet-access-is-quietly-changing-seattles-tent-cities/

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Daily Thoughts 03/18/2018

Hand Study with Bible - Albrecht Durer
Hand Study with Bible, Albrecht Durer, 1506

Daily Thoughts 03/18/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read a little bit more of The One Percent Solution.  Gordon Lafer is describing how some conservative are increasingly adopting a minimal government philosophy where even if there is money for schools, roads, fire departments, and libraries, it should not be spent.  The government should be of minimal size, have minimal resources, and be as small as possible

I also read a bit more of Words That Work.  Dr. Frank Luntz is describing an idealized average American based on polling and focus groups.  The words used in political campaigns are matched to the average American to get their votes.  It is not the average American that is being sought out.  It is also the average consumer, and the average community.

Web Bits



How Celebrity Book Clubs Are Changing the Literary World for Good

Libraries the Antidote to Craziness

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Daily Thoughts 03/17/2018

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Man Reading by John Singer Sargent, 1856-1925

Daily Thoughts 03/17/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The One Percent Solution.  I am reading about how some corporate lobbies are targeting public sector unions and public sector pensions to reduce competitiveness between the public and private sectors.

I checked some of the oversize books this morning.  I also used the weeding tablet to mark items missing that I could not find on the shelf.  I am hoping that they will get another weeding tablet.

Web Bits


Long Awaited FDLP Modernization Act Would Strengthen Public Access to Government Information


Friday, March 16, 2018

Daily Thoughts 03/16/2018


Large Boston Public Garden Sketchbooks: A Woman Reading in the Park, Maurice Brazil Prendergast, 1858-1924


Daily Thoughts 03/16/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The One Percent Solution on the way to work. I am reading about how corporate lobbying has changed its focus recently to state level politics.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

We have been steadily eliminating the items we cannot find on the shelf list with the weeding tablet.

I checked some of the oversize books.

I created a nonfiction booklist for Bookletters.

We met and discussed programming for the next month.  We did some scheduling for it as well.  We also met and decided to set the dates for the Ozobot program in April.

I read the latest copy of the New York Review of Books.

I updated a new fiction list for Bookletters for the website.

I read a little bit more of Words That Work on the way home from work.  I am reading about how Dr. Frank Luntz wrote the Contract with America which helped create a Republican majority.

Web Bits


The Loss of Britain's  Libraries Could Be a Huge Blow to the Economy

Inside the Comics Collection of the  World's Largest Medical Library

Art Dealer Donates James Joyce Trove to Morgan Library

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Daily Thoughts 03/15/2018



The Blue Flower by Henry Van Dyke, 1902


Daily Thoughts 03/15/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I started reading The One Percent Solution How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time by Gordon Lafer.  This book is about how corporations have become much more influential because of the Citizens United case where they have been determined to be people.  Corporations have the right to spend near unlimited amounts on political campaigns.  Another side effects is that it has created groups of corporations with political agendas like eliminating the minimum wage, keeping medical spending down, limiting corporate contributions to social security, and similar actions.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I spent some time discussing the weeding tablet.

I spent some time checking oversize books.

There is a Beginning Microsoft Powerpoint class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

I had to check on a few invoices for databases and robotics.

I updated a list of new DVDs and new audiobooks for the website using Bookletters.

On the way home, I read some more of Words That Work.  Dr. Frank Luntz is describing how to make unappealing concepts acceptable to the average listener.  He is describing how to use language that makes high pay for executives acceptable, attacks unions, and makes conservative ideology appealing.  He describes ways to oppose change and other difficult communication situations.  Most of this is in the language of conservatism which can be hard to read.  Some people might call his suggestions spin and double speak.



Web Bits

Who Should Lead ALA
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/76319-who-should-lead-ala.html


Interviews With Marketing Masters Jeannie Allen Wins Supprt Via Long Range Planning

Historical Supreme Court Cases Now Online

Temporary Shipping Container Turned Library To Open in NoMa