Sunday, November 17, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/18/2019

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Man Reading A Newspaper, S T Gill

Daily Thoughts 11/17/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of A Long Petal Of The Sea.  The book is being released on January 21, 2020.  The beginning is set during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.

I watched Ancient Skies Explore the Cosmos through the Eyes of Our Ancestors which is a PBS video.


Saturday, November 16, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/16/2019

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Daily Thoughts 11/16/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading It's the Manager Gallup Finds That the Quality of Managers and Team Leaders Is the Single Biggest Factor In Your Organization's Long Term Success by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter.  This book is about building strengths for managers.  It focuses on employee development and creating a positive workplace environment.

I also started reading A Long Petal on the Sea by Isabel Allende which is a literary novel.  I have an advanced reading copy of the novel.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/15/2019

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Daily Thoughts 11/15/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook.

I finished reading Incubating Creativity At Your Library A Source Book for Connecting With Communities by Erinn Batykefer and Laura Damon-Moore.  This book is packed with ideas for programming and outreach that are artistic.  It is excellent for the art oriented library.  I am giving it to a colleague to read and hoping we can implement some of the ideas in the book.

I also read some more of It's The Manager.  I am reading about common qualities in managing that make a workplace better.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  We have a new display up for Latino Films at the Mount Vernon Public Library.

Silk Flowers of Care has a display on the First Avenue side of the building.

I worked on some shifting on the main floor.

I also checked some books in the mezzanine.

Right now, I am at the public computers.

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

I am checking out the book, Walking One Step at a Time by Erling Kagge, Author of Silence.


Web Bits

Illiteracy Linked to Tripled Dementia Risk

The National Book Festival: Takeaways for Programming Librarians

7 Ways Libraries Are Combating the Opioid Crisis


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/14/2019

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Portrait of John Keats, English Poet, Joseph Severn, 1821

Daily Thoughts 11/14/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of It's The Manager last night.

I also read some more of Incubating Creativity At Your Library.  I am reading about inviting people to give suggestions for different events and activities.  There is an interesting suggestion for a Book to Art Club.  https://booktoartclub.squarespace.com/

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

I am preparing for the Hipster Death Rattle reading tonight at 6:00 p.m..  It is a mystery by a Brooklyn native, Richie Narvaez.

I worked a little bit on shifting books.

I also removed some books that were not found on the shelves.

Web Bits


80 Years Later, Alexandria Sit-In Arrest Charges Are Dismissed

Life Cycle of A Library Book

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/13/2019

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La Richr, Herman Richir, 1910

Daily Thoughts 11/13/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of It's the Manager.

I also read some of Incubating Creativity At Your Library A Sourcebook for Connecting With Communities by Erin Batykefer and Laura Damon- Moore.  This books come from the website,
https://www.libraryasincubatorproject.org/

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I also checked the mezzanine.

I put in a few orders for new books.

I deleted some items that were not found on the shelves.

I spent some time checking the shifting of the books on the main floor.


Web Bits


Random Acts of Kindness at the Library

Peachtree City Library Wants Historical Objects
https://www.ajc.com/news/local/peachtree-city-library-wants-historical-artifacts/oONgSCU8oWMo4XScS68qhI/

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/12/2019

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Gothic Library, Frederick Clarke Withers, 1859

Daily Thoughts 11/12/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of It's The Manager.  I started reading the Appendixes for the book.  I am reading about different strengths which people have.

I spent some time working on orders.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

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

I checked on the shifting on the main floor.

The Crochet Group met today in the Community Room from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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

Web Bits



The Internet Archives is Digitizing and Preserving Over 100,000 Vinyl Records Hear 750 Full Albums Now

Stories That Stand the Test of Time

Monday, November 11, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/11/2019


View of the Library Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire, Susan Alice Dashwood, 1886

Daily Thoughts 11/11/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of It's The Manager.  I am reading about artificial intelligence in the workplace.  Part of this is about how we will increasingly be working performing the social aspects of work while artificial intelligence takes care of the clerical aspects of work.

Web Bits


Veterans History Project-- Library of Congress

Fine Policies and Lost Item Policies

Creating An Adult Speaker Series In A Tiny Library With Zero Budget

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/10/2019

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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 11/10/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read more than half of The Boho Manifesto An Insiders Guide to Post Conventional Living by Julia Chaplin.  Julia Chaplin is a fashion designer.  All of the pictures look like fashion drawings.  This makes the book very tongue in cheek.  You get fashion pictures of people from Burning Man, Digital Nomads, and people doing various activities like meditation and yoga.

There is wonderfully ridiculous element to this book.  It incorporates a lot of pop culture references to alternative lifestyles including many of the different counter culture or alternative lifestyle festivals like the Glastonbury Festival, the Envision Festival, the Oregon Country Fair, and many other festivals.

The book is definitely for adults.  It is a psychedelic and karmic romp through all kinds of alternative beliefs and places from dating to business.  Some of the sections read like summer camps for adults.  Everything from van living to cult kitchens is covered.  In addition to fashion pictures there are many photographs that look like they came out of a travel brochure for hippies.

There are many references to venture capital, TED talks, and other abundance lifestyles.  Steve Jobs and Sergei Brin are mentioned in the book.

I found the book to be very entertaining and more than a little bit about fantasy and wish fulfillment.  If you live or are interested in modern counter culture this book is worth reading.  The book design is excellent, there is an index and photographic credits.

I read some more of It's The Manager.  I am reading about the gig economy and flex time.  This book is based on a large global study on the future of work Gallup.

Web Bits


Campaigners Want You To Vote for Libraries in This General Election (United Kingdom).

How Your Library Can Use Google Ad Grants to Supercharge Your Website and Reach A Huge Untapped Audience

National Library of Israel Uploads 120,000 Books Online

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/09/2019

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From the Series, Streaked Mists, Ikeda Shoen

Daily Thoughts 11/09/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of It's the Manager on the way to work.  I am reading about women in the workplace.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I looked through the latest copy of Library Journal and Booklist.

I checked out the book, Incubating Creativity at Your Library: A Sourcebook for Connecting With Communities by Erinn Batykefer.

I applied for the Library Census Equity Fund.
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/govinfo/census/grants

I gave out a bookmark for inspirational fiction.  I'll be updating the bookmark soon so it will be more current.

I have a stack of Advanced Reading Copies on my desk from Library Journal.  The most intriguing title is A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende.  It is a historical fiction novel set in the 1930s.


Web Bits

'Tis the Season to Think Critically About Holiday Programming
https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2016/11/01/tis-the-season-holiday-programming/



The 9 Things You Should Never Do In a Library, According to Former Employees

Why Libraries Have A Public Spirit That Most Museums Lack

Friday, November 8, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/08/2019

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Orest Kiprensky, Newspaper Readers in Naples, 1831

Daily Thoughts 11/08/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of It's The Manager.  I am reading about the concept of coaching in management.

I checked the displays this morning.

I spent some time checking books in the mezzanine.

I have a pile of periodicals to read today.  I looked through two copies of the Times Literary Supplement.  I also looked through the New York Review of Books.  I checked the New York Times Bestseller list and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list.  I also looked through the New York Times Book Review.

I still have more review material to read.

I put in several orders for new books.

We are continuing to work on shifting the main floor books.  We are currently in the 800s.

Yesterday, one of my colleagues went to the Complete Count Committee meeting for the Mount Vernon census at city hall. She signed up to be a member of the committee.  We plan on applying for a grant from the census.

Today we had the Teen Gaming Hour in the Trustees Room from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Web Bits


Library of Congress Says it has “Significantly Improved” IT

Book Hider at Coeur D’Alene Library Receives National Media Attention
https://www.krem.com/article/news/local/book-hider-at-coeur-dalene-library-receives-national-media-attention/293-4e53e676-efe5-4258-ade8-9b0c8a2a6114

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/07/2019

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Daniel Huntington, The Fair Student, 1858

Daily Thoughts 11/07/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of It's The Manager.  I am reading about strength based employee development.  Jim Clifton's books include a lot of helpful ideas on how to manage people in a non confrontational way.  They do not seem oriented towards major confrontations, but will make suggestions for steady small improvements.

Web Bits



Florida Librarians: Here Is Why Citrus County Was Wrong to Reject the New York Times

Wake Up Your House Is On Fire Sustainability

Building A University Library Into One of the Most Influential In China

Handling Patrons' Personal Property

Hearing Modernizing the Library of Congress




Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/06/2019

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The Gentle Music of a Bygone Day, John Roddam Spencer Stanhope, 1873

Daily Thoughts 11/06/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of It's The Manager.  I am reading about how people can easily find out about a company's culture through social media and why it is important to have a strong company culture.

Web Bits

The Economic Case for Supporting Libraries

For the Love of Literacy, Better World Books and the Internet Archive Unite To Preserve Millions of Books

New York Public Library Lions Gala Honors Writers Raises 2.8 Million

Unauthorized Practice of Law in the Library




Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/05/2019


Daily Thoughts 11/05/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also read some more of It's The Manager.  I am reading about the concept of company culture.

Web Bits


This Robot Librarian Locates Haphazardly Placed Books

A Woman May Go to Jail for Forgetting to Return Library Books

What You Can Learn From Your Library About Data As a Service

Commissioners Call New York Times, 'Fake News', Deny Library Funding for Digital Subscriptions

Monday, November 4, 2019

Daily Thoughts 12/04/2019

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A delicate illustration by Yahya ibn Mahmud al-Wasiti in the book of The Assemblies. 13th Century Manuscript

Daily Thoughts 12/04/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of the book, It's The Manager Gallup Finds That the Quality of Managers And Team Leaders is the Single Biggest Factor In Your Organization's Long Term Success by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter.  This is a New York Times bestselling book.

Web Bits


650 People Make A Human Chain To Pass Off Children's Books to a New Library

Free Library of Philadelphia Stops Selling Cards to Non-Residents


Sunday, November 3, 2019

Daily Thoughts 12/03/2019

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Hero of Alexandria, Pneumatica 1,16: technical drawing of a hydraulic apparatus of singing artificial birds in the manuscript Venice, Biblioteca Marciana, Gr. 516, fol. 172v.

Daily Thoughts 12/03/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Ancient Greek Gadgets and Machines by Robert S. Brumbaug.  I learned that priests are often the first people to seek labor saving devices.  Hero of Alexandria created machines that generated steam, gravity, air, water, and wind power.  However these were mainly toys and devices for religious demonstration.

Web Bits


Library Journal, Horror Writers Association, and Partners Announce Second Annual Summer Scares Reading Program

Is Publishing Too Top-Heavy

Penn Yan Library, Yates Add Charging Station, Horse Shelter

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Daily Thoughts 12/02/2019

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Library of Alexandria (Sepia), 1890

Daily Thoughts 12/02/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I am reading Ancient Greek Gadgets and Machines by Robert S. Brumbaugh.  The main reason is because of Hero of Alexandria who worked at the Great Library of Alexandria.  I am reading about the creation of the aeolipile, the first steam engine and Hero's devices for temples like a coin operated holy water dispenser.

Web Bits


How Helsinki Built 'Book Heaven'

Heres Hoping Library Systems Keep Ditching Late Fees

Connecting With Congress

Friday, November 1, 2019

Daily Thoughts 12/01/2019

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Ex Libris Rulemann Grisson, 1919

Daily Thoughts 12/01/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

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

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time discussing the shifting of the nonfiction books on the main floor. We are also reading the shelves to make sure they are are in order.

We have some flyers to work on.

There is the teen games hour in the Trustees Room today from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Web Bits



Responding to Congress, ALA Denounces Amazon, McMillan

Books on wheels:  When the library comes to the Homeless Shelter

Lightfoot’s Decision to Eliminate Library Fines Triggers 240% Increase In Book Returns


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/31/2019

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Reverie, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, 1860

Daily Thoughts 10/31/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading The Pharaoh's Treasure The Origin of Paper and the Rise of Western Civilization by John Gaudet.  The history of papyrus covers much of the history of writing, scrolls, and books.  This book also has information on Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Christian libraries as well as the library of Alexandria.

It also describes how papyrus was grown on huge plantations in Egypt.  I found it to be a fascinating book.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time looking up new travel books released in October, November, and December.  The 2020 travel books are coming out now.

Yesterday, I spent some time looking at holiday books for cooking and crafts.

There is a Halloween Cookies event today in the community room from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

We are continuing to work on shifting the new books.

I spent some time looking at books in the mezzanine.

Yesterday I made a few suggestions for the website.

Web Bits


Start That Business At the Library

Goats Help Save California's Reagan Library from Wildfire

Raccoons Take Over Arkansas State Library

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/30/2019

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Ingeram-Codex der ehemaligen Bibliothek Cotta

Daily Thoughts 10/30/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Pharaoh's Treasure.  I am reading about the creation of the first papyrus codexes.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

We are working on shifting the books on the main floor.

I spent some time working on next months schedule for my department.


Web Bits


Macmillan CEO John Sargent: ‘We’re Not Trying to Hurt Libraries’

Could 2020 Census Help Bridge the Digital Divide

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/29/2019


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Folios 98v and 99r of the Codex Tudela, a 16th century Aztec codex.

Daily Thoughts 10/29/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Pharaoh's Treasure.  I have been reading about the swamps where they grew papyrus in Ancient Egypt and Rome.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

We are working on shifting books on the main floor.

We also had a Crochet Class from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the library.

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

Web Bits


Bringing the Library to the People

Former Librarian Raising Money for Libraries With Calendar Sales

Monday, October 28, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/28/2019

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The Scribe, Ludwig Deutsch, 1904

Daily Thoughts 10/28/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Pharaoh's Treasure.  I am reading about E.A. Wallis Budge, the Egyptologist, treasure hunter, and writer.  He is known for being a thief and a great scholar at the same time.

I checked the gift books and the displays.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

I also worked a little bit on shifting the collection.

I discussed programming for the library.

I read a copy of Bookpage.  I also looked through a copy of the New York Times Book Review.

I checked the schedules in ADP.  There is a new law which gives part-time people sick time in New York state.

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

Web Bits


Can Bookshop Become The Indie Amazon

5 Reasons Your Child Should Read Graphic Novels

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/27/2019

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Daily Thoughts 10/27/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Pharaoh's Treasure today.  I am reading about pyramid texts and coffin texts from ancient Egypt.

Web Bits


Will Robots Make the Next Big Bestsellers?

10 Strange Questions People Asked NYPL Librarians Before Google

Fugitive Libraries

How Public Libraries Help Build Healthy Communities

Overdue Repairs: Brooklyn Public Library Struggling to Meet $247 Million Funding Shortfall

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/26/2019

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Wacław Wąsowicz - Reading the Newspaper, 1920

Daily Thoughts 10/26/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read a children's book called The Library of Alexandria by Kelly Trumble, illustrated by Robina MacIntyre Marshal.  It is a short version of the history of the Library of Alexandria.

I finished reading Reinventing Knowledge From Alexandria to the Internet by Ian F. McNeely with Lisa Wolverton.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I checked out the book, The Pharaoh's Treasure The Origin of Paper and the Rise of Western Civilization by John Gaudet.

I did a little bit of shifting.

We spent some time discussing and preparing for programs.

Web Bits


5 Best Library Perks Your Not Taking Advantage Of

Seeing Its Patrons Needed More Than Books, A Library Struck Up A Unique Partnership


Friday, October 25, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/25/2019

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Ukiyo-e Print, 1792

Daily Thoughts 10/25/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of Reinventing Knowledge this morning.  I am reading about the concept of the Republic of Letters or shared correspondence between scholars.

We also worked on shifting some books.

I put together a schedule for programming next month.

We are working on flyers and events for November right now.

There is a Teen Games Hour today from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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

Web Bits


New Stamp to Honor Virginia Poet, Civil Rights Leader

The Enduring Meaning of the Library as a Community Space

Amazon’s Latest Antitrust Foe: Libraries

Evansville Library Shows Forgotten Bookmarks Collection Hold the Bologna

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/24/2019

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 Drawing, Sketchbook Page with Impressio Librorum (Printing of Books), ca. 1590

Daily Thoughts 10/24/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I finished reading The Vanished Library A Wonder of the Ancient World by Luciano Canfora.  It is about the Library of Alexandria.  It gives short accounts from history about the Library of Alexandria and how it might have looked like and who worked there.  There is quite a bit on Homeric scholarship and different philosophers.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

We are continuing to shift books in the main floor nonfiction section.

I spent some time discussing the New York Times Digital Edition with a sales representative today.

I also discussed a grant we are finishing writing from Humanities New York.

Web Bits

Congress Looking Into Anticompetitive Behavior in the Digital Library Market.
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/81549-congress-investigating-anticompetitive-behavior-in-the-digital-library-market.html

Discovering Zines at the New York Public Library
https://www.nypl.org/blog/2019/07/19/zine-collection-new-york-public-library?utm_campaign=NYPLSocialMedia&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_medium=social

In Minnesota Libraries Community Is Part of the Collection
https://www.sahanjournal.com/culture-community/in-minnesota-libraries-community-is-part-of-the-collection/

The Hunt for Shakespeare's Library: 'I Couldn't Stop Looking If I Wanted To'
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/oct/24/hunt-for-shakespeares-library-stuart-kells




Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/23/2019


Seated Allegorical Figure of Divine Wisdom, Carlo Maratti, 1674-1677

Daily Thoughts 10/23/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading The Importance of Small Decisions by Michael J. O'Brien, R. Alexander Bentley, and William A. Brock.  This book is about how to make small decisions.  The last part of the book focuses on fake news and the impact of false information.  The book describes how small decisions have big impacts, because the effects of decisions often compound over time for money and social consequences.

I also finished reading Hipster Death Rattle by Richie Narvaez.  This was an enjoyable mystery with many plot twists.  The setting in Williamsburg was enjoyable to read about.  Richie Narvaez is from Williamsburg.  I am looking forward to his coming to read from his mystery and discuss gentrification on November 14, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Public Library.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I checked some of the books in the mezzanine.  I looked over some shifting of books in the main floor collection.

I discussed choosing books to be put in the mezzanine from the oversize collection.  I also spent some time looking over oversize material in the 500s and 600s.

I discussed a holiday wreathe program for December with a local artist.

I placed a hold on Cataloging The World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age by Alex Wright.  I also checked out the book, Reinventing Knowledge From Alexandria to the Internet by Ian F. McNeely and Lisa Wolverton.

I placed an interlibrary loan on Incubating Creativity at Your Library: A Sourcebook for Connecting With Communities by Ellen Batykefer and Laura C. Damon Moore.

Web Bits



Mad About Marketing: Fun Ways To Advertise Library Programs

Fifteen Years of Google Books

What Is A Program, Anyway?

80Years Later, Alexandria Library Sit-In Arrest Charges Are Dismissed

The Internet Archive's Open Library Will Let You Sponsor A Book, Paying for it to Be Scanned

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/22/2019

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Study for Madame X Reading A Book, 1884, John Singer Sargent

Daily Thoughts 10/22/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

The census is at the Mount Vernon Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the computer lab.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

We are shifting the 700s right now on the main floor.

We are also working on the oversize books.

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

I am in the computer lab right now.

I read some more of Hipster Death Rattle on the way to work.  The story has a slightly grungy feel to it like hipsters and grunge rock.

Web Bits


UK Libraries Receive 125 Million Pounds in Additional Funding (United Kingdom)

The Library Lifecycle-- NEA Today

Write A Novel At Your Library

John Singer Sargent's Many Beauties, Male and Female at the Morgan Library

Monday, October 21, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/21/2019

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Dues Dammes Conversant En Una Terrassa, Francisco Moralles Gallup, 1901

Daily Thoughts 10/21/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Hipster Death Rattle. I am enjoying reading the mystery.

I also read some more of The Importance of Small Decisions.  I am reading about transparency and rational choice versus guesswork and copying.

Web Bits



New York Public Library's Main Branch Opens New Research Space

Bag of Snakes Brings New Library Policy in Madison County

Inside the 8 Most Beautiful Libraries In the World

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/20/2019




US Census Bureau Seal

Daily Thoughts 10/20/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Hipster Death Rattle.  The mystery story is picking up.  There are more murders in Williamsburg.  There is even a side plot with real estate.

I also read some more of The Importance of Small Decisions.  I am reading about the quickly changing landscape of technology and education.

The Census Bureau is coming on Tuesday to use the computer lab.


Web Bits

Abraham Lincoln Library Donation Could Be a Gold Mine for Scholars of the President

Can My Library Ban Guns?

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/19/2019


The Boston Sunday Herald, Ethel Reed, 1874

Daily Thoughts 10/19/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Importance of Small Decisions.  I am reading about the difference between social and individual learning.

I also read some more of Hipster Death Rattle.  I rather like that the story has a theme of gentrification, yuppies and hipsters versus the old neighborhood, Puerto Ricans and people who grew up in Williamsburg.

Web Bits


Friday, October 18, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/18/2019

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The Student, Charles Green, 1881

Daily Thoughts 10/18/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some of Hipster Death Rattle by Richie Narvaez.  I like that people act badly.  They smoke things, drink too much, and cause their neighbors trouble.  I also like that the villain is cutting down hipsters in Brooklyn.  There is some very dark humor and the descriptions of Williamsburg are accurate.  This book has a unique style.

I also read some of The Importance of Small Decisions by Michael J. O'brien, R. Alexander Bentley, and William Brock.  This book explains how and why small decisions can make a difference.  Part of this is about how small decisions can compound over time like eating out or choosing to take specific actions at work.  The book is surprisingly practical.  It is by the MIT Press.

I checked the shelves in the mezzanine.

We worked on shifting on the main floor.  We are in the 700s.  I also did a little bit of shelf reading.

I worked on two orders of books. 

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

I deleted some items that were not found.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/17/2019

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Xu Beihong, 1925, Painting Jiang Biwei by a Table

Daily Thoughts 10/17/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night I read Infinity A Graphic Guide by Brian Clegg and Oliver Pugh.  I enjoyed reading the book because it made math interesting.  There are a lot of different ideas about infinity in this book from a variety of sources.  It describes math from many different cultures, India, Greece, Italy, Germany, France, England, other places.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I checked on some programming.  The second session for the See It! Write It! Say It! is happening tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the community room.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

We are also working on shifting the books on the main floor of the library.

I had a demonstration of the new World Book Online Encyclopedia tools today from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

I checked out the book, Hipster Death Rattle by Richie Narvaez.  He is going to be doing a book reading and discussion of gentrification at the Mount Vernon Public Library in November.

Web Bits


Evolving Public Libraries




Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/16/2019

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Here is an hdr photograph taken from an enclosure inside the reading room at The John Rylands Library. Located in Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, UK. The apse of the historic reading room, 1st floor

Daily Thoughts 10/16/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Introducing Capitalism A Graphic Guide By Dan Cryan, Sharron Shatil & Pietro.  I like this series.  All of the book are informative and easy to read.  The illustrations in black and white are well done.  There are opinions from the left, right, and center about capitalism as a system.  It makes for interesting reading.

I also finished looking through Hack Your Journal, Stay Organized & Record Everything That Matters With One Notebook.  There are over 40 layouts for organizing different activities.  It is a book that is both practical and artistic at the same time.  I like the lettering which is used in the book.

I checked the displays and gift books.

I also checked some of the books in the mezzanine.

We are continuing to shift the collection.

I wrote some commentary on our new catalog as well as on weeding.

I spent some time looking up preservation grants for libraries.

Web Bits

Why Did a Georgia School District Ban This No. 1 Bestseller About Race

Major Public Library System Will Boycott McMillan Library E-books

12 Authors and their TED Talks

Women’s Suffrage Displays