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

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/09/2018

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Edmond Picard, Jan Toorop, 1885

Daily Thoughts 10/09/2018

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

On the way to work, I read some more of 12 Rules for Life An Antidote to Chaos.  I read a little bit of commentary on Plato and Jesus.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I also placed some new orders for books.

We have started the process of setting up a class for citizenship.

I spent a little time looking at the signage.

I also spent some time looking at budgeted items.

I read the latest New York Times Book Review and the New York Review of Books.

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

Web Bits



Local Library Helping Families Write, Preserve Their Histories

The Easiest Way To Get Library Books on Iphone, Android, or Kindle

Banning Books Silences Stories


Monday, October 8, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/08/2018


Daily Thoughts 10/08/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of 12 Rules for Life An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson.  I am reading about parenting.  Jordan B. Peterson comes across as quite strict.  He writes about how to get children to follow rules, sleep, and cooperate.

I also watched another episode of Introduction to Meditation on Kanopy. The episode was Walking Mindfulness While Moving.  The content surprised me. It added some elements which I had not heard before.


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/07/2018


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Study of a Girl Reading, Valentine Cameron Prinsep (1838-1904)

Daily Thoughts 10/07/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read a short book called Forming and Founding Public Library Foundations, 2nd Edition by Faye Clow.  It was quite short.  It included a set of bylaws and documents of incorporation.

I also read some more of 12 Rules for Life An Antidote to Chaos.  Jordan B. Peterson reminds us to measure ourselves against our own past, not against other people.  He also reminds us that small simple tasks often lead to progress.

I am watching Mind: Working With Thoughts part of the An Introduction to Meditation series on Kanopy.

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

Web Bits


Behold! The Library of Congress's Audacious Plan to Digitize and Share the Nation's Treasures

No Small Thing: Rethinking Overdue Library Fines

Successful Voter Outreach


Saturday, October 6, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/06/2018

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A Reading Girl With a Cat, 1885, Fritz von Uhde

Daily Thoughts 10/06/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of 12 Rules for Life An Antidote to Chaos.  I am on the third rule Make Friends With People Who Want the Best for You.  The author describes how many people find it too hard to make their lives better and are on a downward trajectory.  I don't always agree with the idea that you should like people who want what is best for you.  Sometimes people think that you should be doing things that you have no interest in and are not part of your life.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

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

I spent some time discussing programming with a colleague.

There is a Resume Writing Workshop today in the computer lab from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Next month we are putting out the holiday display which includes books, films, and music.  Our holiday tree from American Christmas which is a local company is coming in on November 1st, 2018.  I gathered some of the new books for the display.

Web Bits



Growing Up In the The Library

Can Libraries Save America

Democracy Is Thriving at Your Community Library

Friday, October 5, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/05/2018



Anonymous, Brush Pot With A Man, Between 1723 and 1730

Daily Thoughts 10/05/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of 12 Rules for Life last night.  I was reading about the dominance hierarchies in the animal kingdom.  Jordan B. Peterson focuses on the lobster.

I spent a little time thinking about programming.

I am listening to my class lecture for Politics and Partnerships on Focusing Building Partnerships and Networks.  I wrote a bit about the Mount Vernon Public Library relationship with Arts Westchester and also with Ben Anthony who is certified to help with immigration issues and volunteers to come in every other Wednesday night.

Web Bits


Thousands of Sketchbooks Displayed at Brooklyn Library

Library of Congress' New Digital Strategy Makes Broad Commitments to Emerging Tech


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/04/2018

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Portrait of Helen Gow, Alexander Mann, Unknown Date

Daily Thoughts 10/04/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I watched an episode of An Introduction to Meditation Course on Kanopy.  I watched Episode 6 Breathing: Finding A Focus for Attention.  One of the reasons I use the libraries electronic services regularly is that I have to explain to the patrons how they work and the best way to understand them is to use them.

I read some more of Palaces for the People last night.  I read about how sports like soccer and baseball bring different communities together.

I also started reading 12 Rules for Life An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson.  There is a tie to Quora, the social media question and answer service for the origins of this book.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I worked a little bit on ordering.

I put in an order for some more sign holders.  We are steadily putting up new shelf signage for the main floor.

I spent some time working on an analysis of the electronic resources in relation to the local school for a colleague.

I finished reading Palaces for the People How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg.  There is a lot in this book about libraries and why we should support them because of the social function they provide to a community.

The last part of the book is about how people pull together during disasters.  It is also about how disaster prevention mechanisms for flooding like berms and seawalls can be integrated into public spaces.

I spent a little time looking at the week 5 powerpoint slides for the Politics and Partnerships class.


Web Bits


Barnes and Noble Hangs Up For Sale Sign

Boston Public Library Takes Aim At Digital Divide With New Pilot

5 Ways Your Library Can Help You  Save Money

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/03/2018

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Thomas Benjamin Kennington, Reading the Letter, 1884

Daily Thoughts 10/03/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Palaces for the People this morning on the way to work.  I am reading about food deserts, community gardens, and urban farms.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I made some final edits to the Arts Alive grant including a list of what we planned for the ten classes.

The Mount Vernon Inquirer has restarted as the Mount Vernon Post.  There is a new boss for the paper, Janelle Allbritton.

The book, The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon came in for me to read today.

We had a Civics Course from the League of Women Voters today from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. It was focused on local elections.

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


Web Bits
Digital Future Laid Out In Library of Congress 5 year Blueprint
https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/digital-future-laid-out-in-library-of-congress-5-year-blueprint

More than 9 Million Broken Links On Wikipedia Are Now Rescued
https://blog.archive.org/2018/10/01/more-than-9-million-broken-links-on-wikipedia-are-now-rescued/

Federal Budget Includes Big Gains for Libraries



Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/02/2018



John Wesley Jarvis, 1822,  James Fenimore Cooper

Daily Thoughts 10/02/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Palaces for the People on the way to work.  I am reading about how cleaning up abandoned buildings and empty lots leads to reduced crime and better neighborhoods.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I spent some time working on orders for new books.  I also read the latest copy of the New York Times Book Review.

I checked through some items that were listed as not in the system.  I also looked over some items with very low circulation.

I read the latest copy of Booklist.  I placed a hold on The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlus Ruiz Zafon.

Web Bits


Campaign to Promote Physical Bookstores Launched

Keep Copyright Office in the Library of Congress

Museum and Library Services Act Introduced

Monday, October 1, 2018

Daily Thoughts 10/01/2018

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Gerard Ter Borch, A Young Lady Writing At Her Desk, circa 1670

Daily Thoughts 10/01/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook.

I read some more of Palaces for the People.  I am reading about libraries as social infrastructure or places where people meet in the community.  There is a lot of description of library programming in this book.

I spent some time looking at information on library foundations.

I also wrote an assignment on politics for my Politics and Partnerships class today.

Web Bits


What Will Happen When Newspapers Kill Print  And Go Online-Only? Most of that Print Audience Will Just ... Disappear

My Library, My Story