Friday, July 20, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/20/2018

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Reading, by Yamashita Shintaro, Bridgestone Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 1908

Daily Thoughts 07/20/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Trekonomics this morning.  One of the ideas is that the replicator in Star Trek makes abundance possible.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I am working on getting additional computer classes.

I spent some time looking at the different people available for adult programs in Westchester.

I also wrote a list of programs for October 2018.

I looked through the Diamond Comic Distributor bestselling graphic novels list, the New York Times Bestseller list and the Publishers Weekly bestseller list.

Web Bits


Tor Scales Back Library E-Book Lending As Part of a Test

Friday Thoughts:  The Library of Congress Can’t Do This Without You


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/19/2018


Self Portrait With A Book, Tintoretto, 1585

Daily Thoughts 07/19/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Organized Simplicity.  I am reading about how people overwhelm themselves with tasks and don't allow for time to relax.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time discussing programming.

I put in an order for replacement DVDs.

I checked out the book, Trekonomics The Economics of Star Trek by Manu Saadia.  The author is a science fiction fan.

There is a Beginning Microsoft Publisher 2013 class tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the computer lab.  Also, the book club was tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m..  They were discussing Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood by Trevor Noah.

We are looking at the Rokit from Robolink.  We have done the Codrone Lites and the program has worked out well.

Web Bits

September is Library Card Sign Up Month
http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/library-card-sign-up-month-tools

Banned Books Week is September 23-29
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/banned

National Friends of the Library Week is October 21-27
http://www.ala.org/united/events_conferences/folweek

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/18/2018

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Johann Ender, Woman At Her Writing Desk, 1820

Daily Thoughts 07/18/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Organized Simplicity on the way to work.  I am reading about how families are needing more and more space and things to live as the years go by.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I am planning on reading Binti The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor on the way home.  Binti and Binti: Home won the Hugo and Nebula awards.

We are having a Codrones class in September.

I ordered some DVDs from the purchase alerts for items on hold.

I am putting The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea on hold for our book club.

I read Binti The Night Masquerade on the train home.  It is fun, quick light reading.  It is the last book in the Binti series.  There is a lot of inventiveness in this series.  Technology is not just machinery, it is also art, living beings, meditation and knowledge.  This book has many different alien species.  It also has a university world which is an interesting concept.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/17/2018

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Frans Verhas-- Reading in the Living Room, between 1850 and 1894

Daily Thoughts 07/17/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read a copy of the New York Times on the way to work today.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

Right now, I am in the computer lab.

I spent some time discussing a variety of projects.  I spoke to a gentleman who came by to discuss some signage for the library.

I am working on an order of DVDs from the purchase alert list which is items that are on hold.

I read Binti Home by Nnedi Okorafor.  It is the second book in the Binti series which can be described as afrofuturism.  I very much enjoyed the style of science fiction in this book.  The setting is different than most science fiction I have read.  I like the references to mathematics, art, and meditation in this book.  Also, the alien Okwu are well done.  This is an excellent series which I hope to finish soon.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/16/2018



Felix Vallotton, Portrait of Gertrude Stein, 1907

Daily Thoughts 07/16/2018

I read some more of The New Human Rights Movement on the way to work.  I am reading about the concept of neoliberalism which I find not believable and various ideas against NAFTA and other free trade agreements.

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I am training someone in the computer lab.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I also worked on an order of books.

The science fiction book, Binti The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor has come in for me to read.

I worked on my weekly schedule.  I also read the latest copy of the New York Times Book Review.

I printed up several lists for items that had not circulated for seven years.  They are going to be checked to see if they are still on the shelves and if they are not, the records are going to be deleted from the system.  We are trying to get the collection content to be more accurate.

I finished reading The New Human Rights Movement Reinventing The Economy to End Oppression by Peter Joseph.  The ending is very utopian.  There are a lot of ideas about technologies like renewable energy and vertical farms.  There is support for lots of automation, recycling, and other ways the author imagines will create a post scarcity society.

Web Bits


New York City Library Initiative Culture Pass to Offer Free Admission to 33 Cultural Attractions

Who’s Welcome Here?

Oldest Known Extract of Homer’s Odyssey Discovered in Greece


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/15/2018


Portrait of Baudelaire, Emile Deroy, 1844

Daily Thoughts 07/15/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook today.

I read some more of The New Human Rights Movement.  I am reading about consumerism and "structural violence" or violence created by poverty and other social ills.

Web Bits


Behind the Counter at America's Smallest Indie Bookstores

Council Adopts Three Revisions to Library Bill of Rights Interpretation

The Library of Alexandria is Long Gone and All Around Us

Artificial Intelligence

How the Enlightenment Ends Henry Kissinger

Post Work: The Radical Idea of a World Without Jobs

There are 170,000 Fewer Retail Jobs in 2017 and 75,000 More Amazon Robots

Robots, not humans: official policy in China

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/14/2018

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Ane Hedvig Broendum Sitting at the Table, 1909

Daily Thoughts 07/14/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The New Human Rights Movement.  I am reading about financialization or the increasing focus on financial instruments like stocks and bonds to generate wealth.  Increasingly this has been divorced from actually producing goods and services.


Web Bits


A Look Inside the Little Known Image Library That's Inspired Artists for Over A Century

FY 2019: House Committees Approve Level Funding for Libraries

Summer Feeding Can Mean Summer Reading

Friday, July 13, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/13/2018

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Woman Writing a Letter With Her Maid, Johannes Vermeer, 1671

Daily Thoughts 07/13/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The New Human Rights Movement.  I am reading about dominance theory and ideas of oppression.

I also started reading Organized Simplicity The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tish Oxenreider.  It is a book about organizing written by a blogger.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time working on the Adult Summer Reading program. We put in a banner in our display for Adult Summer Reading.

I also spent some time working on programming.

Web Bits


Library of Congress Is Spending $1.5 Million on A Public Congressional Research Service Reports Site. Is It Worth It?

The Odd Literary Paraphernalia of the New York Public Library’s Berg Collection

Libraries Key to a Fair Accurate 2020 Census, Senate Appropriators Say




Thursday, July 12, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/12/2018


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The Bibliophilist's Haunt or Creech's Bookshop, Williams Fettes Douglas, 1890

Daily Thoughts 07/12/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The New Human Rights Movement on the way to work.  I am reading about dominance theory and the concept of a "scarcity culture".

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I am putting in a display for the Summer Reading Program. 

I also finished writing my monthly report.  It is a little late going in because I was on vacation.

I spent some time looking through Kanopy which is a streaming service. It includes public performance rights.

There is an Introduction to Microsoft Publisher class tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Web Bits


New York Public Library's Reading List Campaign

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/11/2018

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Felix Vallotton, La Bibliotheque, 1915

Daily Thoughts 07/11/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I finished reading Political Risk How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity by Condolezza Rice and Amy B. Zegart.  This is an interesting book with an international business perspective.  There are quite a variety of different risks discussed from protests to terrorism to earthquakes.  This book describes how to prepare for disasters in public relations and politics for businesses.  It derives from a class at Stanford University.  The writing is very easy to read and is for a general business audience.  I liked reading the book.  There is an index, black and white pictures, and extensive notes.

I started reading The New Human Rights Movement on the way to work as well.  This book focuses on social issues.  Peter Joseph was involved in the Occupy Wall Street Movement and is an activist.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time checking the scheduling today.  We did some more planning for programs as well.

I did some work with the large print books.

There are some new widgets on the website from Select Reads.

http://www.mountvernonpubliclibrary.org

I read a copy of Booklist.  I have a copy of the July/August Ingram Advance to read.  I also read a copy of the Ingram Advance for July and August.

There is a codrones class in the computer lab for teenagers today from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m..  Codrones are coding drones.

On the way home, I read some more of The New Human Rights Movement.  I am reading about systems theory and systematic and institutional racism.

Web Bits


The Gig Economy Gets A Boost Thanks to Public Library Tech Upgrades

The Commons Library: 200 Years of History

The Ancient Library Where the Books Are Under Lock and Key





Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/10/2018

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Portrait of a Gentleman In His Study, Lorenzo Lotto, 1527

Daily Thoughts 07/10/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I spent a little time working on scheduling.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I also worked on a new order of books.

We had a turtle naming contest for the staff turtle today.  Our turtle is named Yertle.

I spoke to Select Reads about updating the widgets for the website.

I checked out the book,

On the way home, I read some more of Political Risk.  I am reading about how to respond to crises.

I checked out the book, The New Human Rights Movement Reinventing the Economy to End Oppression by Peter Joseph.


Web Bits


Charming Illustrated Maps Illuminate The Character of New York City

Monday, July 9, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/09/2018

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William Blake: The Book of my Remembrance from the Small Book of Designs, Copy B c. 1796, relief etching, colour printed, with pen and watercolour


Daily Thoughts 07/09/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I spent some time going over programming and scheduling.

I read some more of Political Risk at the laundromat.  I am reading about different ways to mitigate political risk.  Earlier I read about tools like looking backward and being a devils advocate to help solve problems.

Web Bits


Libraries, Technology, and the Route to Relevance

Ordinance Would Ban Homeless Camping at Public Library

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/08/2018

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Russia, 2008. Envelope with commemorative stamp (EWCS) № 182. 90th birth anniversary of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the writer. Envelope designer O. Luchnikova. First day of issue postmark 10.12.2008 Moscow, Post Office 101000.

Daily Thoughts 07/08/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Political Risk.The book has notes and an index.  It is very well documented.

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


Saturday, July 7, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/07/2018


Portrait of Hermine David, Jules Pascin, 1910

Daily Thoughts 07/07/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

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

I read some more of Political Risk.  I am reading about how to avoid blind spots about risk and have people who can tell you the truth in a company.

Web Bits


Countries With the Most and Fewest Libraries Per 100,000 Residents (Infographic)

The Average CEO Reads 60 Books A year -- Find Out Why

Protecting Library Workers' Discourse Around Social Justice ALA18

Friday, July 6, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/06/2018


Daily Thoughts 07/06/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Political Risk.  I am reading about how companies assess political risk and create groups to look at risks to organizations.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/05/2018


Alphonse Mucha, The Red Cape, 1902

Daily Thoughts 07/05/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Political Risk.  I am reading about how the Sea World disaster with orcas was an example of poor planning for political risk versus how the Royal Caribbean companies handling of the earthquake in Haiti was a success.

Web Bits


Conference 18: Moving From Advocacy to Activism UK

The Best 'Streaming Service' of All Is Your Local Library

 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/03/2018


Client In Court Securing His Papers, George Harvey, 1827

Daily Thoughts 07/03/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Political Risk.  I am reading about how political risk management is done well if nothing happens.  This makes it hard to justify because it is preventative.

Web Bits


Taking a Look at LatinX in Publishing

Monday, July 2, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/02/2018



A Philosopher, Jan Lievens, 1631

Daily Thoughts 07/02/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of Political Risk.  I am reading about how politics and unrest can create disruptions in shipping and supply chains internationally.

I checked the gift books and the displays.

We got the Select Reads information today for setup.

We confirmed that we are doing a Salsa Dance and Percussion program with Josie LaRiccia in September and October for Hispanic Heritage month.

I put in two orders for books today.

We also got the confirmation from the NEDCC that August would be a good time to do a collection assessment.

It is very hot out today.

I have a copy of the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Review of Books, and the New York Times Book Review to look through.

Web Bits

What Techsoup Offers for Libraries
https://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/what-techsoup-offers-libraries.html

How to Make Space for Active Learning In Your Library
https://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/make-space-active-learning.html

Recipes for a 5 Star Library
http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/cookbooks/recipes-for-a-5-star-library

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Daily Thoughts 07/01/2018


Poetry Reading, Milton Avery, 1957

Daily Thoughts 07/01/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also read some more of Political Risk.  I am reading about hacking and terrorism.

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

Web Bits


Scott County Library Brings Books Services to the Laundromat

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/30/2018


Daily Thoughts 06/30/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also read some more of Political Risk.  Condolezza Rice and Amy B. Zegart describe how political risk can come from individuals all the way up to international entities.

I placed a hold on the book, The New Human Rights Movement: Reinventing the Economy to End Oppression by Peter Joseph.

I also spent some time looking at programming.

Web Bits


Found: 3 Poisonous Books In A University Library

She Was Homeless Until A Detroit Library Stepped In To Help

Friday, June 29, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/29/2018

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John William Waterhouse, Circe, 1911

Daily Thoughts 06/29/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more of The Library Book.  The book has lots of vignettes about different staff in the Los Angeles Public Library.  I was reading about security in the library.  There are a lot of very odd people who spend times in libraries.  Susan Orleans does a good job of being the outsider looking in in this book.  I finished reading the book this afternoon.  Harry Peake, the person accused of setting the fire in the Los Angeles Public Library is proven innocent.  There is not enough evidence to prove who started the fire. 

Web Bits


Roadmap to Advocacy -- Uncovering Your Library's Support System

Overdue Discussion
                                                                                                                                    

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/27/2018

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Belle Da Costa Greene, Paul Cesar Helleu, 1913

Daily Thoughts 06/27/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Library Book by Susan Orlean.  I read about how Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in the basement of the Los Angeles Public Library.  I also read about some of the early directors of Los Angeles Public Library.

I read a little more of The Moral Economy.  I am reading about how incentives for things which people were doing for free often lead to people stop dong the activities which people were doing for free.

I started reading Political Risk How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity by Condolezza Rice and B. Zegart.  This is a book with lots of new concepts in it.  It starts with the story of Blackfish, a film about mistreating Orcas which put Sea World in Florida out of business.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I spent some time discussing signage with our marketing person this morning.

I got a set of Advanced Reading Copies for teenagers from my representative from Brodart.

We spent some time preparing for programming in July and August.

We got a list of all the ISBNs for items which we ordered during the last year for Select Reads.

I am off tomorrow so I cleaned off my desk a bit.

I checked out the book Organized Simplicity The Clutter Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tish Oxenreider.

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

Web Bits


2018: Spotlight on Wikipedia

I' m a public librarian. This why I'm also a civic-tech advocate by Tess Wilson

Library of Congress Celebrates Baseball's Role As An American 'Unifier'

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/27/2018


Portrait of a Scholar, Adriaen van Ostade, 1665

Daily Thoughts 06/27/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Happiness A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard Foreword by Daniel Goleman.  This is a book of buddhist meditation focused on relieving suffering and creating happiness and compassion.  It is well written for the western layman.  There are a lot of references to western philosophy in this book.

I also read some more of The Library Book.  I am reading about how Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in the basement of the Los Angeles Public Library.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I spent some time working on Adult Summer Reading.

I also did a little bit of weeding.  We are planning on shifting and weeding more in the oversize books.

We are going to get some signage priced soon.

Web Bits


ALA 2018 Librarian of Congress, National Archivist Trade Quips

Scarsdale Library Closure Where To Get Services

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/26/2018

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Albert Tikos, Boy Reading, 1843

Daily Thoughts 06/26/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Library Book on the way home.  I am reading about book burning right now.

I have been talking with Dear Reader this morning.

I also spent some time looking at the patron requests sheet for items which our patrons want.

I am looking at the book, Political Risk How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity by Condolezza Rice and Amy B. Zegart.

The first day of Adult Summer Reading and Teen Summer Reading is today.

We started the Adult and Teen Summer Reading Kickoff today.  We gave away lots of galleys, pencils, and candy and signed up a lot of people today.





Monday, June 25, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/25/2018

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Lila Cabot Perry, The Story Hour, 1848

Daily Thoughts 06/25/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read a little bit more of the Moral Economy on the way to work.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also spent some time discussing summer reading.

I went to a training session for Read With Me! MVPL's 2018 Summer Reading Program which is program where adults read to children.

I read a copy of the New York Times Book Review.  I also read the latest Book Page for July 2018.

I am discussing signage with a librarian from New Rochelle.

We should be setting up our Select Reads account tomorrow.

Web Bits


Time to Shelve Advocacy?  We Don’t Think So.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/24/2018

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Walkway and front façade of Los Angeles Public Library  circa 1935, Los Angeles Daily News, Copyright Not Renewed.


Daily Thoughts 06/24/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also looked up some Overdrive Marketing Materials.
https://resources.overdrive.com/library/marketing-outreach/   

I read some more of The Library Book by Susan Orlean.  On p.86, Peggy Murphy who works in collection development in Los Angeles Public Library tells us that she started working in libraries at the Mount Vernon Public Library.  I am reading an Advanced Reading Copy of this book.  It is due out on October 16, 2018.

I also read some more of Happiness.  I am reading about meditative techniques to deal with anger and envy.

I read a little bit of The Moral Economy Why Good Incentives Are No Substitute for Good Citizens by Samuel Bowles.  This is an argument against the idea of economic man.  It goes back to the ideals of Aristotle and Confucius who believe morality and ritual should be built into good governance.

I checked the purchase alerts tonight.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/23/2018


Ink Play, Jin Nong, 1687-1773, 1754

Daily Thoughts 06/23/2018

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

I read some more of Happiness on the way to work.  I am reading about our tendency to attach negative thoughts to emotions like anger and jealousy.

I also read a little more of The Library Book.  I am reading about how homelessness has become a part of libraries because of the closure of many mental institutions.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

We are working on an order of e-books this morning.

I spent some time discussing the pictures from an Ozobot event which we are sending to the Friends of the Mount Vernon Public Library.




Friday, June 22, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/22/2018


Portrait of English Writer and Illustrator Aubrey Beardsley, Felix Vallotton, 1898

Daily Thoughts 06/22/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of Happiness A Guide To Developing Life's Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard.  Matthieu Ricard is a scientist is a scientist and a buddhist monk whose focus is on happiness as it relates to meditation.  He is known for participating in scientific research on meditation.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

We are looking at some library gardening programs.

Growing Library Gardens

Simple Steps to Starting a Seed Library
http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2015/01/simple-steps-to-starting-a-seed-library/

We received our grant from Arts Westchester for the Salsa Dancing and Percussion Program.

I also placed an order of books for the Net Lender program.

I worked on scheduling for the month as well.

Web Bits


Brooke Astor Collection Heads to Research Room at Library

Federal Library Funding Remains Stable as FY 2019 Appropriations Process Moves Forward

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/21/2018


Still Life With Fruit and Vegetables, Thomas Hart Benton, 1914

Daily Thoughts 06/21/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I finished reading The Perfectionists How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World by Simon Winchester.  The themes in this book are fascinating.  For example, one of the ideas is that craftsmanship cannot match industrial precision where machines make machines.  Another is that as measurements become more refined, machinery becomes more complicated and precise.

I also started reading The Library Book by Susan Orleans which is about the Los Angeles Public Library fire which was the largest fire in a library in the history of the United States.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I also spent some time working on Read Squared the new summer reading sign up system.  We printed up some sample raffle tickets for summer reading.  The theme this year is libraries rock.

I spent some time working on programming.

I also spent some time working on scheduling for the computer lab.

Web Bits


Every Library Launches A Political Research Institute

Four Baby Falcons That Hatched Atop an Evanston Library Are Named, Banded

A Literary Architect Is Erecting A Swanky Library In Queens

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/20/2018


Still Life With Book, Bullshead, and Candle Range, Pablo Picasso, 1938

Daily Thoughts 06/20/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of  The Perfectionists on the way to work.  I am reading about GPS technology.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I read a copy of the Times Literary Supplement today.

I spent some time working on orders.

I am working on Read Squared, the new platform which we have for summer reading. I put together a suggested reading list for Adult Summer Reading.  I also signed up as a patron. 

I am also double checking on some items which need to be paid for.

I spent a little time discussing signage.

There are a few other programming ideas which have come up.

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


Web Bits


Graphically Speaking Spotlight on Graphic Novels

President Washington, Your Library Books Are Overdue

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/19/2018


Halls, Richard,, 1906-, artist. WPA Federal Theatre presents "It can't happen here" dramatized by Sinclair Lewis & J.C. Moffitt : Adelphi Theatre, 54th Street East of 7th Ave. N.Y.C. : Federal Art Project, [1936 or 1937] 1 print (poster) : silkscreen, color. Notes: Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Daily Thoughts 06/19/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Perfectionists on the way to work.  I am reading about two people, Henry Royce one of the founders of Rolls-Roye, and Henry Ford, the founder of Ford motor company.

I worked on two orders of books this morning.

I also worked on arranging for a collection assessment.

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

We got our Summer Reading Read Squared acount today.

I checked out the book, Happiness A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard who is a buddhist monk.

We finished ordering our Adult Summer Reading swag.

We have a Fundamentals of Computers Class and a Beginning Microsoft Word Class tonight in the computer lab.

Web Bits


ALA 2018 Spotlight: Watch Your Language

Monday, June 18, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/18/2018

Fan with Poetic Verses, Wood; painted, gilded, and lacquered
Fan With Poetic Verses, 1883-1884, Tehran, Iran

Daily Thoughts 06/18/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Perfectionists.  I am reading about the beginning of the creation of interchangeable parts and machines being created to make other machines.  It is about precision, repeatability, and accuracy.

I checked the ADP schedule.

I also looked at Bluecloud Analytics for some statistics for ordering.

Web Bits


The Importance of School Librarians

Donation Allows Iowa Library to Get a Full Kitchen




Sunday, June 17, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/17/2018

New School Library, Carlos Anderson (American, born 1905), Lithograph
New School Library, Carlos Anderson, Published by WPA, 1935-1943

Daily Thoughts 06/17/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read a little bit more of The Perfectionists. I am reading about the creation of the Bramah lock which was one of the first locks that you could not make a wax impression for a key.

I checked the purchase alerts tonight for items on hold.

Web Bits


Editors' Mystery Picks: Top Titles from Top Publishers: Day of Dialog 2018

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/16/2018


Inspiration, John Honore Fragonard, 1769

Daily Thoughts 06/16/2018

I checked the library Twiter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Perfectionists.  I am reading about James Watt who invented the steam engine as well as John Wilkinson who is famous for his ironmongering.

A patron provided a short list of romance novelists they are interested in.

I spent a little time looking at signage.

I am looking at the Association of Bookmobiles and Outreach Services.
http://abos-outreach.com/

Web Bits


The Growler

Friday, June 15, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/15/2018

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Vase With Banana, Lemons, and Books, Juan De Echevarria, circa 1917

Daily Thoughts 06/15/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I started reading The Perfectionists How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World by Simon Winchester.  I like the style which Simon Winchester writes in.  The book starts with trying to define what accuracy and precision is.

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

Web Bits


Libraries Directors' Describe Them As Community Hubs and Beyond

In Practice: Civility


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/14/2018

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Antonio Sicurezza, Still life with books and mandolin, Secondary School "Dante Alighieri", Formia, 1957

Daily Thoughts 06/14/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of One Goal.  The book reading and book club is tonight at 6:30 p.m..  I am looking forward to the presentation.  There is a powerpoint that goes with the the reading.

I met with Roxanne Mapp and we walked around the building looking at signage.  We are looking at different kinds of signage including shelf signage, hanging signage, and outdoor signage.

We discussed some things for Summer Reading today.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I looked at Library Reads for July today.  http://www.libraryreads.org

We also are getting Select Reads.  http://www.dearreader.com/select-reads/

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/13/2018


Still Life. Vase With Flowers on the Window. Paul Gaugin.  1881

Daily Thoughts 06/13/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of One Goal on the way to work.

I checked the gift books and the displays.

I am looking at the licensing agreement for Select Reads.

I put in two orders for new books and an order for books through the Net Lender account.  Some of the Net Lender books have already come in.

I read a bit more of One Goal on the way home.  The soccer team, the Blue Devils are trying to make it to the state finals.

There was an HTML 5 and CSS3 class tonight in the computer lab from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Web Bits


Baltimore’s Pratt Library Will Go Fine Free for Overdue Books

How A Hunt Through the Library of Congress Helped Get A New Movie Made

The Prime Real Estate of a Library Address

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/12/2018


Still Life With Book, Roman Selsky, 1926

Daily Thoughts 06/12/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of One Goal.  I am reading about how the coaches in Lewiston insisted on solid academics before they allowed high school athletes to be on the teams.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I read a copy of the New York Times Book Review and the latest Ingram Advance today.

I spent some time looking over circulation statistics for the library.

I have also been working on another order for the Net Lender program.

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

I helped out with another program, there was a master gardener from Cornell Cooperative Extension who talked about gardening in small spaces from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Web Bits


Librarians Shout N’ Share their Show Picks Book Expo 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/11/2018

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The Poster. Miss Art and Miss Litho, 1896

Daily Thoughts 06/11/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I spent some time talking to a salesman from Select Reads this morning.  http://www.dearreader.com/select-reads/

I also checked the displays and the gift books.

I put in two orders for books with money from the Net Lender account.
I also put in some orders for new books for this week.

I finished my monthly report for May today.  I handed it in a little bit late because I had to wait for some statistics.

I read some more of One Goal this morning.  The book gives an excellent sense of what teamwork is all about.  We are going to discuss the book on Thursday.

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

Web Bits


Comic Books in the State Library ???

The New York City Subway Gets Its First  Little Free Library


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/10/2018

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American Homes and Gardens 1909

Daily Thoughts 06/10/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Ray Dalio Principles.  I am reading about how to handle failures and mistakes.  I finished reading Principles in the laundromat.  There are some sections which are worth taking a second look at.

I also started reading more of One Goal.  This book tells a story of Somali immigrant teenagers who are on a soccer team.

I checked the purchase alerts today.

Web Bits



UVa Library’s Plan to Cut Stacks by Half Sparks Faculty Concerns

                                                          

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/09/2018

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Woman Reading in the Garden, 1912, Unknown

Daily Thoughts 06/09/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Principles on the way to work.  I am reading about perspective and how it is important to have a larger perspective if you are managing people.

I checked the gift books and the displays.

I spent some time working on orders for the Net Lender account.  I looked up a set of books using Bluecloud Analytics and another set by looking at selections from Book Expo America.

I am also working on an order of graphic novels and an order of inspirational fiction.

I checked out the book One Goal, A Coach, A Team, and The Game That Brought A Divided Town Together by Amy Bass.  There is going to be a reading and discussion on Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Web Bits


We Need Diverse Books Presents Life Cycle of a Diverse Book-- Book Expo

Friday, June 8, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/08/2018




Daily Thoughts 06/08/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also read some more of Principles by Ray Dahlio.  I am reading about why it is important to hire people with different ideas and skills than your own.

We had a training session on Google Calendar this morning for the staff.

I also spent some time going over Net Lender program and the NEDCC Northeast Document Conservation Center plan.

The Teen Computer Games hour is this afternoon from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We also have the last Ozobots program from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Web Bits


International Games Week Update

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Daily Thoughts 06/07/2018


Daily Thoughts 06/07/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also prepared my final batch of books to bring to the library from Book Expo America.

I read some more of  Principles.  I am reading about how to handle mistakes without blaming people.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

We went spent some time discussing the Community Development Block Grant.  We are going to city hall this evening to make a short presentation.

I distributed the last of the books from Book Expo.

I also worked for a bit on the monthly report for May.  I have a few more statistics which I need.

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

There is also an Ozobots class from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow.

I went to the Community Development Block Grant meeting and the Director, Evania Thompson gave a presentation for a grant for some ADA improvements to the building as well as for a Teen Computer Area for the Mount Vernon Public Library.

I spent a little time checking the oversize books.

Web Bits


Impatient Former Hong Kong Library Worker Arrested After Stealing Customers' Personal Data To Borrow Books Faster

Eleven Reasons Librarians Rock

Pen America Presents:  Can Free Speech Be Saved? Book Expo

Library Journal Partners With Overdrive for Indie Author Program