Monday, February 18, 2019

Daily Thoughts 02/18/2019


The Thirty-Six Immortals of Poetry, Yosa Buson, 1799, Edo Period, Japan


Daily Thoughts 02/18/2019

Happy Presidents Day.

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this afternoon.

I checked the purchase alerts for items on hold.

I read some more of The Astronaut Maker.  I am reading about George Abbey's training as a fighter pilot and his work on the  Dyna-Soar project.

I read some of Saving Community Journalism.  I am reading about a combined digital and print strategy for newspapers.

I read some more of Personal Finance After 50.  I am reading about Medicaid.

I placed a hold on the book,  Build A Great Team: One Year to Success! By Catherine Hakala-Ausperk.  She was one of the teachers for my CPLA certificate.

Web Bits


New York Public Library Offers Public Viewing of Its 800,000 Maps

'Why Have a Large Library and Not Use It?' By the Book, Janet Malcolm

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Daily Thoughts 02/17/2019

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John Muir by Orlando Rouland, 1917. Oil on canvas

Daily Thoughts 02/17/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of The Astronaut Maker last evening.  George Abbey was an avid sport enthusiast and a graduate of Annapolis Naval Academy.

I also read some more of Personal Finance After 50.  I learned that professionals cannot work more than 15 hours a week if they are retired without losing some benefits from social security.

In addition I read some more of Saving Community Journalism.  I am reading about how younger readers are becoming attracted to mobile versions of community newspapers.

Web Bits



The Value of Owning More Books Than You Can Read

New Mexico Library Killer Sentenced to Life in Prison

The Lost Art of Books

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Daily Thoughts 02/16/2019

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P.S. Krøyer - Roses. Marie Krøyer seated in the deckchair in the garden by Mrs Bendsen's house, 1893

Daily Thoughts 02/16/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Personal Finance After 50.  I am reading about Social Security.

I also read some more of Saving Community Journalism.  I am reading about how the internet changed journalism.

I relaxed this morning.

Web Bits


A Tale of a Frustrated Library Patron

The Library of Mistakes

Friday, February 15, 2019

Daily Thoughts 02/15/2019

Thomas Jefferson Writing the Declaration of Independence, 1898 - Howard Pyle
Thomas Jefferson Writing the Declaration of Independence, 1898, Howard Pyle

Daily Thoughts 02/15/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Saving Community Journalism on the way to work.  I am reading about how the internet requires a change in strategy for small local newspapers to survive.

I also read some more of Personal Finance After 50.  I am reading about Social Security right now.

I am going to Evergreen Catalog training this morning for reports.  Evergreen is open source software.  It is a new system mainly used in the Pacific Northwest for library catalogs.  It is an open source software platform.  https://evergreen-ils.org/

I spent some time checking the fiction in the mezzanine.

I put in some orders for new books today.

I also did some scheduling for next month.

I checked out the book, The Astronaut Maker How One Mysterious Engineer Ran Human Space Flight for a Generation by Michael Cassutt.

I also put in requests to attend the Urban Librarians Unite conference on April 12, 2019 and Book Expo America on May 29 through May 31st, 2019.


Web Bits


Publisher, Author Groups Protest Library Book Scanning Program

Taxing District Has Fueled Library’s Growth

Some People go to Vegas to Gamble Others to Buy Really Rare Books

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Daily Thoughts 02/14/2019

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Walter Frederick Osborne's 1889 "The Dublin Streets; a vendor of Books" in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.

Daily Thoughts 02/14/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I finished reading Draw Your Day An Inspiring Guide to Keeping a Sketch Journal by Samantha Dion Baker.  I liked this book.  The illustrations were excellent.  The last part covered things like collage, drawing people and animals, and weather.  This is an enjoyable book to read.  I found it in some ways like a slice of life graphic novel.  I think it will add to peoples daily journaling practice.

I also read some more of Personal Finance after 50.  A lot of this book contains practical every day advice for managing your rent or house payments, phone bills, utilities, and grocery shopping.  It also describes how maintaining your health is financially sound.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I did some work checking the 600s.

There is Evergreen Training today in the community room for the new catalog.  It is starting at 2:00 p.m.  I cannot go today.  I am covering the computer lab for the next three hours.

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

Web Bits



Build Your Library's Influence In the Community With Power Mapping

Un-American Books In American Classrooms



Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Daily Thoughts 02/13/2019

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George Reiter Brill, Tribune Sunday Fiction, Late 19th Century

Daily Thoughts 02/13/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Personal Finances After 50.  I am reading about taxes and retirement accounts.

I also read a little bit more of Draw Your Day.  I am reading about Dion Baker's daily process for drawing where she first draws with pencil, redraws over with pen and erases the pencil, then adds color.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I checked some of the 600s.  I also checked the mezzanine fiction.

I spent some time discussing lunch breaks with the administration.

I also put in two orders for books.

I am staying late tonight.

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

We also have a talk by Christolyn Williams who is a professor at Westchester Community College on the Great Migration for African American history month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

I am staying late to cover a for a colleague tonight.

I checked out the book, Saving Community Journalism, The Path to Profitability by Penelope Muse Abernathy.

Web Bits


Philadelphia Students Deserve School Libraries!

Nyack Library Looks at America's 'Creed,' With Help From Condolezza Rice

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Daily Thoughts 02/12/2019

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"The Bad Book and the Stern Mamma; or, What's Sauce for the Goose Isn't Always Sauce for the Duckling" June 1, 1902, Walt McDougall

Daily Thoughts 02/12/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I placed a hold on Lasers, Death Rays, and the Long Strange Quest for the Ultimate Weapon by Jeff Hecht.

I read some more of Personal Finance After 50 for Dummies.  I read about bond funds, index funds, and mutual funds.  I am reading about retirement accounts.

I also read some more of Draw Your Day.  I am reading about different supplies, pens, pencils, erasers, markers, pastels, paints, journals, and similar things.  Part of this is in preparation for the Art Journaling workshop series we are having in March and April.

I bought my fitness watch online, it cost $45.  A branded watch like Fitbit costs $200 at a place like Best Buy.

I have been using my smart phone more lately.

Web Bits



The Disparate Language of Libraries and Politics

How To Transform a Library Into A Makerspace

Library Introduces Exoplanet Exhibition

Monday, February 11, 2019

Daily Thoughts 02/11/2019


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Renoir, Young Woman Reading a Journal, 1880

Daily Thoughts 02/11/2019

I finally have my computer back.  I picked it up from the shop today.  It has a new hard drive and motherboard.  I also have Open Office instead of Microsoft Office because it is free.  I probably should also look at Google Docs.

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.  It is good to have the computer back.

I also went to see the doctor.  I bought a fitness tracking watch online and some new dumbbells at Target.  I always look at the books at Target.  I placed a hold on The Greenprint: Plant Based Diet, Best Body, Better World by Marcos Borges.

I read some more of Personal Finance After 50.  I am reading about stock investments.

I also read some of Draw Your Day.  I have started reading about the artistic tools that are used in an art journal.

I checked the purchase alerts for items on hold.

Web Bits



Free Posters Celebrating Mighty Women In Science

Slow Reading Where Libraries, Reading, and Well Being Collide

Should Libraries Be the The Keepers of Their Cities' Public Data


Saturday, February 9, 2019

Daily Thoughts 02/09/2019

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Frank Weston Benson, Side By Side Are Two Women Identified as the Artist's Daughters, 1913

Daily Thoughts 02/09/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of Personal Finance After 50 for Dummies on the train to work.  Eric Tyson describes why it is important to keep track of your health and maintain it for financial reasons.  He also reminds people that they need to watch their investments closely.

I also read some of Draw Your Day.  This book came out of the desire for the author to create a personal journal.  She did it with drawing and lettering instead of writing.

I spent some time working on the 600s.

I also checked the displays and the gift books.

Right now, I am in the computer lab.  The technician is updating the printer on the main floor.

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

The Mount Vernon Public Library has its first citizenship class today in the computer lab at 1:00 p.m.

I finished writing my monthly report for February.  I was a little bit behind schedule.

I also spent some time checking the fiction books in the mezzanine.

Web Bits


Online Voter Registration Tools from Every Library

Facing Opposition, Amazon Reconsiders N.Y. Headquarters, Two Officials Say

San Angelo Library First In Nation to Earn NASA Grant

Friday, February 8, 2019

Daily Thoughts 02/08/2019

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A Road to Future Success-- Learning. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).; Date stamped on verso: Apr 27 1938.

Daily Thoughts 02/08/2019

I finished reading Notoriously Dapper How to be a Modern Gentleman with Manners, Style and Body Confidence by Kelvin Davis.  This is a mix of biography, fashion, and self help.  I enjoyed reading it.  Kelvin Davis is a father, artist, middle school teacher, coach, and fashion person.  It has a positive upbeat feeling to the book.

I also started reading Personal Finance After 50 for dummies by Eric Tyson, MBA.  This is an introduction to finance later in life.

We have the information for the Creativebug page for the website now.  It should be up soon.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

We are having a class ebooks, streaming media, and other downloads at 11:00 a.m..  The class went well.  We discussed Kanopy, Hoopla, and Overdrive.

I spent some time on the public computer desk and in the computer lab today.

I also spent some time checking the 600s.

I checked out the book, Draw Your Day An Inspiring Guide to Keeping A Sketch Journal by Samantha Dion Baker

Web Bits


The Every Library Institute is hosting a free webinar on Library Advocacy on February 27 at 1:00 p.m.

New Library and Affordable Housing Coming to Brooklyn



Thursday, February 7, 2019

Daily Thoughts 02/07/2019

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Photograph of artist C. B. Buckles painting a poster in front of the New York Public Library, New York City. The book sign is for the American Library Association's campaign, "Books Needed"., 1918

Daily Thoughts 02/07/2019

I read some more of Notoriously Dapper on the way to work.  The book comes from a blog by the author.  It is more than a book about fashion.  It is also about etiquette, being positive, and stories from Kelvin Davis's life.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I checked Facebook and Twitter for the library.

I also spent some time working on ADP.

I checked some of the 600s and the fiction books in the mezzanine.

I spent some time working on my monthly report.  I still have to get the statistics.

We are getting a new catalog.  There is going to be training on February 14 for the new Evergreen catalog software.  I am also going to training for Evergreen Basic Reports and Evergreen Local Administration.

Tomorrow we should have access to Creativebug.  We are waiting for some paperwork.

There is a Basic Internet class in the computer lab from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Web Bits


Center for Fiction to Hold Brooklyn Grand Opening

Library Book Clubs Cater to Literary and Gustatory Tastes

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Daily Thoughts 02/06/2019

The Lute Player, c.1596 - Caravaggio
The Lute Player, Caravaggio, 1596

Daily Thoughts 02/06/2019

I read some more of Notoriously Dapper on the way to work.  I am reading about body confidence and self confidence for larger men.

I checked the displays and the gift books today.

I spent some time writing a little bit on social media.  Webjunction has a nice article with social media policy examples.
https://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/social-media-policies.html

I spent some time looking through the Mount Vernon Public Library Strategic Plan to help figure out what my department might need in terms of staffing as it related to the plan.  There was also some technology like MacIntosh laptops, a Gopro camera, and some other equipment that would fit with the plan.

I checked some more items in the 600s.

I spent some time working on ADP today.

I also started working on my monthly report.

There is an Introduction to Google Docs and Drive class today at 5:30 p.m.


Web Bits



Libraries = Strong Communities Tour Reaches Seattle

New Concept:  A Library Topped With Affordable Housing

Authors Guild Declares War On Digital Lending Library,  Libraries




Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Daily Thoughts 02/05/2019

Portarait of philosopher Vladimir Solovyov, 1885 - Ivan Kramskoy
Portrait of Philosopher Vladimir Solovyov, Ivan Kramskoy, 1885

Daily Thoughts 02/05/2019

I checked the library Facebook and Twitter.

I read some of Notoriously Dapper How to Be a Modern Gentleman with Manners, Style, and Body Confidence by Kelvin Davis.  This is a book on how to be a gentleman focusing on attention, kindness, etiquettte, and consideration.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I talked with the treasurer about the Givegab fundraiser.

I am working on a calendar for programming for March and April of 2019.

I placed an order for new books.

I spent some time reading Library Journal, the New York Times Book Review, and The New York Review of Books.

Web Bits


The Census Bureau Needs to Hire Half a Million Workers for the 2020 Census

The Oscars At the Library

Alden Library To Host Book Publishing Workshop

Monday, February 4, 2019

Daily Thoughts 02/04/2019

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Shibata Zeshin, Brush, 19th Century

Daily Thoughts 02/04/2019

I did not post anything on Sunday.  My computer hopefully will be ready today.  I have been using my smart phone.  I brought two chargers for smart phones this morning.

Right now, I am in my local public library typing on the public computers.


I read some more of Foresight.  I am reading about long term decision making.  Deciisons like how to deal with climate change which can be decades in the future.



Saturday, February 2, 2019

Daily Thoughts 02/02/2019

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Félix Armand Heullant In Gedanken, 1905

Daily Thoughts 02/02/2019

I took my computer in to get fixed today.  I have to replace the hard drive and the motherboard.  Right now, I am at my local library on one of the public computers.

I read some of Foresight while I was waiting to get the diagnosis for my computer.  I am reading about decision making.  The parts before this were on mapping and forecasting.  People who read a lot and are open minded are more likely to make more accurate forecasts.

I spent some time working on making sure that a few programs are arranged on Monday.

 

Web Bits

Tomgram, Chip Ward: How the Public Library Became Heartbreak Hotel
http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174799/ward_how_the_public_library_became_heartbreak_hotel

Friday, February 1, 2019

Daily Thoughts 02/01/2019


The Boston Sunday Herald - ladies want it Feb. 24 / Boston Eng. Co. ; E. Reed, 1894

Daily Thoughts 02/01/2019

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I read some more of The Future of Humanity.  I am reading about life extension right now.

I also read some of Farsighted.  I am reading about how you map decisions and create multiple options for endpoints.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

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

Weird Giraffe Games is donating board games to libraries.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTCdcYaE0tLDEP3hYRnUe9LDkl4jQtTxGA50mJSfObUZI2Lg/viewform

I spent some time checking the 500s and the mezzanine fiction books.

We also finished working on the oversize books today.

We are working on a schedule of events for March and April.

Web Bits


Racism and the American Library Association