Saturday, August 24, 2019

Daily Thoughts 08/24/2019


Clay Tablet, Precuneiform Writing, 4th Millenium BC

Daily Thoughts 08/24/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read a portion of Ancient Libraries by James Westfall Thompson.  There is a bit on the ancient library catalog at the Temple of Edfu in Egypt.  The catalog exists, but none of the papyrus documents exist. I also read some of The Library an Illustrated History by A.P. Murray.  There is information on the Library at Ebla which is from 2500 b.c. as well as the Royal Library at Ashurbanipal.  These are the first libraries.

Web Bits



When the Public Feared Library Books Could Spread Deadly Diseases

The Birth of The Information Age: How Paul Otlet's Vision for Cataloging and Connecting Humanity Shaped Our Age

Age as a Factor In Programming

Friday, August 23, 2019

Daily Thoughts 08/23/2019

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Summary account of silver for the governor written in Sumerian Cuneiform on a clay tablet. From Shuruppak or Abu Salabikh, Iraq, circa 2,500 BCE. British Museum, London. 

Daily Thoughts 08/23/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of  The Model Thinker last night.  I am reading about Shapley Values.  Shapley Values describe power inside groups.

I am planning on generating a list of duplicate copies in the library this morning.

We did more weeding today.  We also had a staff luncheon with pizza today.

We picked up afterwards to make sure everything was neat.  We are reopening to the public tomorrow.  It was a lot of work.

I am planning on ordering in the computer books, management books, finance books, and health books.  I looked through the September Ingram Advance.

Web Bits


Guest Commentary: Publisher's Decision to Limit Access to E-books Bad News for Library Patrons

5 Unexpected Items You Can Borrow At Chicago's New Tool Library

The Secret Desk at Orton Library




Thursday, August 22, 2019

Dialy Thoughts 08/22/2019

Jan Davidsz de Heem 001.jpgJan Davidsz de Heem, 2nd Quarter of the 17th Century 

Daily Thoughts 08/22/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.


I read some more of The Model Thinker.  I am reading about linear logic.  I also read about how to weigh group decision making in terms of political power.

I spent a lot of time working on shelf lists today.

A lot of it was physical labor.  It has been fairly tiring.

I spent a little more time on scheduling.

Web Bits

Speeding Tickets Net $323K for Kalamazoo County Libraries

US Public Libraries Serve As Cooling Centers in Extreme Weather

Illinois Prison Bans Frederick Douglas's Memoir and Other “Racial” Books

Shh! No Hacking The Census In the Library

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Daily Thoughts 08/21/2019


Daily Thoughts 08/21/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked shelf lists for most of the day for items to discard.  In addition to checking for discards, we marked the items we could not find so we could delete records.

I distributed a variety of lists to different staff members for different areas of the library including the large print, mystery, romance, and portions of the mezzanine.

It was a lot of labor checking the books to make sure they were still relevant.  We did not just remove books because of the circulation, we also checked their condition, whether there was similar material, whether the material was still accurate because of age, whether there were duplicate copies, whether the content was primary source material, or high quality material.  It has been a challenging week.

I took a break and worked on scheduling as well as planned for some programming during September and October.

I also looked up some information on travel books and computer books for ordering.  I have a copy of the Ingram Advance to look at.

Web Bits



At This Maine Library, Internet Service Is Available In A Tent Out Front

Library Cards Unlock Access to Bikes, Benefiting Communities

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Daily Thoughts 08/20/2019

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Pierre Auguste Renoir, Le Lecon, 1906

Daily Thoughts 08/20/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this afternoon.


I put together a shelflist for the Large Print Books.

I spent some time checking books in the mezzanine.

We are working on a weeding project at the Mount Vernon Public Library.

I spent some time discussing weeding.

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

Web Bits


Do Publishers Suddenly Hate Libraries

“Kindnes Goes A Long Way” Why Libraries Train Staff to Work With Society’s Struggles

From Bag End to Babel: Top 10 Libraries in Fiction