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

My Gems A22780.jpgMy Gems, William Harnett, 1888

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

Still Life - Henri Fantin-Latour.JPGStill Life, Henri Fantin Latour, 1866

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