Thursday, May 31, 2012
Daily Thoughts 05/31/2012
I finished reading Legions of Rome The Definitive History of Every Imperial Legion By Stephen Dando-Collins. This is the story of the long slow decline of the Roman imperial legion. It describes both Rome at its height and its final fall to the visigoths. It is a story of the slow decline of discipline, constant civil war, and the adoption of Roman tactics by Rome's enemies. It is also a story of how a country slowly stripped its military of fighting ability by removing the requirement that its senators serve in the military, limiting the ability of legions to gather in one place, and encouraging its citizens to serve as auxiliaries instead of as part of the main legion. There are lessons in history from this book.
This morning, I checked the Twitter and Facebook accounts for the library. I also checked the gifts and the displays. I also took a look at some of my flyers. I always keep my older work. It is hard to know when it will be useful again.
We have the computer lab open today from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
I am also prepping for Book Expo America. I am going to NY Cultural Tech tonight which is an event at METRO, or more properly, the New York Metropolitan Library Council. They asked us to talk about a project which we are working on. I am going to talk about my experiences with Codecademy, Lynda.com, General Assembly, and Skillshare, many of which share features of educational startups. Each person is supposed to talk about something which they are doing currently. http://www.meetup.com/cultural-tech/events/57439552/
Book Expo America hosts a number of free concurrent events at New York Book Week which is also the week of June 2-8, 2012
I am looking at the Books at BEA list which shows a number of the titles that will be available at Book Expo America
There is also an interesting session which focuses on New York Public Library's Lab which does a lot of interesting things with Foursquare, Twitter, and Facebook.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6
Building a Social Library (Rm. 1E09)
Take a look deep inside the New York Public Library (NYPL) to find out how it has built its extensive community and serves its readers--with a focus on the secrets of NYPL's social media success. Panelists include Angela Montefinise, director of public relations & marketing; Ben Vershbow, manager of NYPL Labs; and Michael Lascarides, senior manager of web initiatives.