Caricature "Résurrection de la Censure" (resurrection of censorship) by the french artist J. J. Grandville, lithography. 1832
Daily Thoughts 08/19/2017
I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.
I checked the gift books and the displays.
I spent some time setting up for the Acrylic Painting Class this morning which was well attended.
I also did some shifting in the 900s and checked some of the travel books.
I worked on two orders for books. I started on a third focused on Spanish Language which a colleague, Mayra Cabrera provided.
On the way home, I read some more of The New Librarianship Field Guide by R. David Lankes. There is a focus on community in the sense of the people who use or live around a library. This is a move away from collections. There is still a service orientation but it extends outside of the building.
The book is conceptually interesting and has some useful philosophical pieces. However, there are some oddities like the purpose of a library is to improve the community. I found this a little nebulous. Also, some of the ideas have a touch of jargon to them. I thought that calling community outreach community reference was a bit of a stretch.
If you want to read something which comes up with new ideas about libraries, this book is interesting and thoughtful. However, in some ways, I found it very impractical. I also thought some of the arguments about collections no longer being central creates a tension between old and new thinking about libraries which is not always productive.
I registered our library for the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament.
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