Saturday, January 18, 2020

Daily Thoughts 01/18/2020

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One of Meridian, Mississippi's public Carnegie libraries, which has now been remodelled into the Meridian Museum of Art.

Daily Thoughts 01/18/2020

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of Financially Forward How To Use Today's Digital Tools To Learn More, Save Better, and Spend Smarter by Alexa Von Tobel, CFP.  I am reading about the tools of the gig economy.

Last night, I read the graphic novel for Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.  The artist who did it was Peter Kuper.  It was very atmospheric and dark.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I spent a little time checking the shelves in the biography section and in the mezzanine.

I also spent some time cleaning and organizing my desk.

There is an Acrylic Painting class this morning in the community room from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

I plan on working on calendars for events and schedules.

Web Bits


Crosby Kemper On Becoming the Next Director of IMLS

At the Library of Congress, ‘Comic Art’ Offers An Appealing History of Comics

Friday, January 17, 2020

Daily Thoughts 01/17/2020

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Main Reading Room of the New York City Public Library on 5th Avenue ca, 1910-1920

Daily Thoughts 01/17/2020

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Wisdom of Frugality.  I am reading about how environmentalism ties in with frugality.  Using less things is environmentally friendly.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I worked on some orders for new books.  I checked the New York Times and Publishers Weekly Bestseller list. 

I also checked some biography books in the mezzanine.

I worked on some orders for electronic databases.

Web Bits


Civic Data Partnerships

Library Takes a “Lonely” Book Out and Gives It a Day It Will Never Forget


Thursday, January 16, 2020

Daily Thoughts 01/16/2020

View of the Library, Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire

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

Daily Thoughts 01/16/2020

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Wisdom of Frugality.  I am reading about how concepts of frugality interact with modern consumer society and economic prosperity.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I spent some time checking ADP.

There are three programs this afternoon.  K. Samuel Murray is doing a discussion on financial literacy for teens and adults.  He wrote a children's book called Bank Magic Financial Literacy for Young People. This is from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  There is also a Bullet Journaling Workshop from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and a book club from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In the computer lab we have a class on Smart Phones from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Committee for Community Based Organizations for the Census is meeting from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the community room.

Web Bits



Meet ALA's New Executive Director

Reading Through The Ages Generational Reading Survey

Orbit Books Tosses 500,000 Copies to Its Witcher Fans

How Can Libraries Help the Census

Cleveland Public Library Criticized for Message On Union Dispute


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Daily Thoughts 01/15/2020

Hermann Von Weddig III, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1532

Daily Thoughts 01/15/2020

On the way to work, I read some more of The Wisdom of Frugality.  I am reading about when it is appropriate to be extravagant like at weddings or museums or national holidays.

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

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I proctored an exam this morning.

I spent some time working on ADP.

I also checked the biography books in the mezzanine.

I worked on databases.

I shifted some biography books to the mezzanine.

I went to the Board of Trustees Meeting where we discussed a variety of staff issues and presented the staff experiences to the board.

Web Bits


Overdrive’s New Owners: What It Means

Archivist and Bookseller Plead Guilty to Pilfering Over $8M In Rare Texts from Carnegie Library

Nike to Fund Athletic Facility At Obama Library





Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Daily Thoughts 01/14/2020


The Nature of Gothic, John Ruskin, First Page, Kelmscott Press, 1890s

Daily Thoughts 01/14/2020

I took a day off from library things to rest.

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

I read some more of The Wisdom of Frugality.  There are some problems that sometimes occur with excess frugality, mercenariness, ungenerosity, and stagnation.  Living a mean life without change because you cannot afford anything is not a positive thing.  You have to have things to be generous and give to others.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time checking the biography in the mezzanine.  I also checked for some books on the main floor biography to shift downstairs.

I went to the Complete Count Committee for the Census today on January 14, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon City Hall, there is going to be another meeting on January 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.  We are discussing what we plan to do for the next meeting.  There will be another meeting for Community Based Organizations on Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the community room at the library. There is going to be a focus on increasing the amount of people that are counted by the census this year.

I looked through a copy of the New York Times Book Review and the Times Literary Supplement today.

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

I also worked on scheduling with ADP.

There is a Fundamentals of Computers Class tonight and a Beginning Microsoft Word class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the computer lab.

Web Bits


The Case for Public and Academic Shared Libraries in Connecticut

Public Library Ebook and Audiobook Use Rocketed Up 20% in 2019

Librarian Of Congress Illuminates Its Hidden Treasures

New York Public Library Announces Its Top Ten Most Borrowed Books

Who Could Hate ‘Goodnight Moon’?  This Powerful New York Librarian

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Daily Thoughts 01/12/2020


Vase With Bananas, Lemons, and Books, Juan De Echevarria, 1917

Daily Thoughts 01/12/2020

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Wisdom of Frugality.  I am reading about why people are not frugal and live beyond their means.

Web Bits



Protest and the Pavement Library

Making Bread at the Library

Architecturally Bound: 20 of the World's Most Stunning Libraries



Saturday, January 11, 2020

Daily Thoughts 01/11/2020

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Title: Main Reading Room. View of statue representing Philosophy, by Bela Lyon Pratt, on the column entablature between two alcoves. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.

Daily Thoughts 01/11/2020

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook.

I read some more of The Wisdom of Frugality last night.  I am reading about the limitations of frugality focusing on art and wealth.  There is a brief mention of alien abduction insurance which was humorous.

Web Bits


In FY2020 Budget Proposal Trump Renews Bid To End Federal Library Funding


DPLA and Bibliolabs Partner to Provide Unprecendented Statewide Ebooks Access


Friday, January 10, 2020

Daily Thoughts 01/10/2020

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A Philosopher Reading, David Teniers the Younger, 1610-1690

Daily Thoughts 01/10/2020

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of The Wisdom of Frugality.  I am reading about how frugality can sometimes make people happy by avoiding bad decisions and moral corruption.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I took down the Holiday display.

I checked some of the biography books in the mezzanine.  I will be shifting some of the books in biography to the mezzanine soon.

I picked out some biography books to send to the mezzanine.

We are discussing programming for the next couple months.  We are thinking of how to get a basic meditation teacher to the library.

Web Bits


Promoting Digital

U.S. Senate Confirms ALA Member Crosby Kemper III As New IMLS Director

Why The U.S. Sent Librarians Undercover to Gather Intelligence During World War II

Library Card Registration Day Was Started by Rapper NoName

Neil Gaiman Leads Hampshire Writers Protesting Library Cuts (United Kingdom)

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Daily Thoughts 01/09/2020

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Thomas Eakins, Portrait of a Woman Reading, 1844-1916

Daily Thoughts 01/09/2020

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I started reading The Wisdom of Frugality Why Less Is More-- More or Less by Emrys Westacott.  This is a book about the moral and ethical underpinnings of frugality.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I put in two orders of new books.

We are discussing shifting books out of the young adult area.

I spent some time checking books in the mezzanine biography area.  Some colleagues are shelf reading and neatening the sections to make it easier to work in the area.

There was a Bullet Journaling class in the community room this afternoon from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

There was also an Introduction to the Internet class tonight in the computer lab from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Web Bits



One for the Books: The Unlikely Renaissance of Libraries In The Digital Age

What Hundreds of American Public Libraries Owe To Carnegie's Disdain for Inherited Wealth

More Libraries Are Going Fine Free. Here's Why.




Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Daily Thoughts 01/08/2020

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Paul Klee (German, born Switzerland. 1879–1940) Reading on the Bed (Lektüre auf dem Bett). 1910. Etching. Plate: 5 5/8 x 7" (14.3 x 17.8 cm); sheet: 7 5/16 x 10 7/8" (18.6 x 27.7 cm). Gift of Victor S. Riesenfeld. MoMA Number: 333.1948

Daily Thoughts 01/08/2020

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I finished reading You Suck At Cooking The Absurdly Practical Guide to Sucking Less at Making Food.  It was an enjoyable funny read with lots of very basic recipes.  It covers the basics like soup, salad, sandwiches, broiling, stir fry and other every day food.  It is a good introductory book for people who are inept at cooking.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I read the latest Bookpage.

I worked a little bit on programming.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

We are continuing to shift the books on the main floor of the library.  We finished these shifting.  I am going to start working on the biography soon.

I spent some time working on my monthly report.

Web Bits


America Has A Digital Skills Gap.  Libraries Can Help Fix It.

Some Secrets Are Bound Inside the Morgan Library

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Daily Thoughts 01/07/2020

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Seated Scribe, Between 2500 and 2350 b.c.

Daily Thoughts 01/07/2020

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading The Green New Deal Why Fossil Fuel Civilization Will Collapse by 2028, and the Bold Economic Plan To Save Life On Earth by Jeremy Rifkin.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I did some shifting on the main floor of the library.

The census is doing a job recruitment table in the rotunda lobby from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m..  There has been a steady of influx of people.

The crochet group is meeting today from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

I looked through a copy of Library Journal and a copy of Booklist and worked on some orders of books.

The state library came to visit and talked to the person in the local history room.

There is a Fundamentals of Computers Class and a Beginning Microsoft Word 2013 class in the computer lab from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

I signed up for Library Journal Day of Dialog on May 27, 2020.  I also signed up for Urban Librarians Unite on May 1, 2020.

I updated my membership to the American Library Association last night as well.

Web Bits


Kids & Family Reading Report 7th Edition

And the Beat Goes On at the Denver Public Library

Gwinnett Libraries Shelve Dewey Decimal System In Favor of Bookstore Model

Monday, January 6, 2020

Daily Thoughts 01/06/2020


Imhotep, 664-30 b.c.

Daily Thoughts 01/06/2020

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook.

On the way to work, I read some more of The Green New Deal.  I am reading about the European and Chinese plans to accommodate for climate change.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I did some shifting on the main floor.

I spent some time working on schedules.

I looked through a copy of the New York Times Book Review and the Times Literary Supplement.

I worked on two orders of new books.

Web Bits



DHS Monitoring Apparent Hack of Library Program Website.

Tucson Library Offering Homeless Patrons Food, Resources

Ransomware Attack Hits Contra Costa Library System

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Daily Thoughts 01/05/2020

Netsuke of the Sage, Kinkō Carrying a Scroll and Seated on a Carp, 18th Century, Japan 
Daily Thoughts 01/05/2020

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night I read some more of The Green New Deal.  I am reading about public private partnerships and alternative energy.

Web Bits



Why Doing Good Is Good Economics

Every Horror Movie Preserved In US Library of Congress

Library Uses Inmate Program to Digitize Yearbooks

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Daily Thoughts 01/04/2020

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Chales Emmanuel Biset, Still Life With Books, a Letter, and a Tulip, Between 1648 and 1693

Daily Thoughts 01/04/2020

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of The Green New Deal.  I am reading about pension funds and social investing.  I am also learning how some forms of energy are becoming lost assets like coal.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I also checked some books in the mezzanine.

I did a small amount of shifting in the main floor library.

There is an free acrylic painting workshop today from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the community room.

I did some more shifting of books in the afternoon.

I discussed the monthly report and scheduling with some colleagues.

I started reading You Suck at Cooking The Aburdly Practical Guide to Sucking Slightly Less at Making Food.  It is based on a Youtube channel.

I was looking at The Witcher by Andrej Sapkowski on Hoopla as a comic.  The book version has made it to the New York Times Bestseller list.  This is because the series is now on Netflix.  It went from book to video games to comics and now a Netflix series.  It is also on the Locus Magazine bestseller list.

Web Bits


The Complicated Role of the Modern Public Library

Thank Your Members of Congress for Supporting Libraries Across America

Public Domain Day 2020




Friday, January 3, 2020

Daily Thoughts 01/03/2019

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Interior Redpath Library, McGill University, circa1893

Daily Thoughts 01/03/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Green New Deal.  One of the aspects which I am finding interesting is fleet and electric car maintenance.  There are new services focused on telematics or managing fleets of vehicles with software and monitoring devices.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

Some of my colleagues are shifting books and shelf reading the collection.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

I worked on my monthly report.

I looked through the Publishers Weeky and New York Times bestseller lists.

Web Bits


Merchandising Your Collection

Should Private Colleges Open Libraries To Public

In Library Renovations, When Do Discussions of Accessibility Arise?

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Daily Thoughts 01/02/2020

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House of Industry, Men's Reading Room, 712-718 Catharine Street, Philadelphia PA, From Report of the Philadelphia Society for the Employment and Instruction of the Poor for the Seasons of 1847-1898 By Philadelphia Society for the Employment and Instruction of the Poor (1898)

Daily Thoughts 01/02/2020

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of The Green New Deal on the way to work.  I am reading about a solar powered and wind powered future.  Unfortunately, it does not cover run of the river hydroelectric, geothermal, or wave power which are less intermittent forms of  alternative energy.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I also shifted some books on the main floor and checked some books in the mezzanine.

I looked through a copy of the New York Review of Books.

I wrote a letter of recommendation for someone.

There is an Introduction to Gmail class tonight in the computer lab.


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Daily Thoughts 01/01/2020

Arrangement in Black: Girl Reading
Arrangement in Black: Girl Reading James McNeill Whistler, Circa 1880-1890

Daily Thoughts 01/01/2020

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I finished reading How Science Works The Facts Visually Explained.  The last bit of the book covered the weather, geology, and climate change.

I just started reading The Green New Deal Why The Fossil Fuel Civilization Will Collapse by 2028 and the Bold Economic Plan To Save Life on Earth by Jeremy Rifkin.  It is quite political.

Web Bits



USPS Could Privatize As Early As Next Year

The Seattle Public Library Goes Fine Free

Why Many Libraries Are Eliminating Late Fees