Saturday, February 10, 2018

Daily Thoughts 02/10/2018

Taking the Census, Francis William Edmonds (American, Hudson, New York 1806–1863 Bronxville, New York), Oil on canvas
Taking the Census, Francis William Edmonds, 1854

Daily Thoughts 02/10/2018

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

I read some of Hilary Chute's Why Comics from Underground to Everywhere.  The book surprised me, there is a fairly explicit chapter on sex and comics in the book.  This includes coverage of Robert Crumb, Alison Bechdel, and the Tijuana Bibles (comics from the 1920s with popular cartoon characters engaged in sexual acts).  This is not something I expected.  The chapter describes issues with censorship and morality which were a little uncomfortable.  One of the selling points of underground comics is the willing to show things that are taboo.

 Most of the book is fairly standard with discussion of Maus by Art Spiegelman, Death Ray by Daniel Clowes, and other standard alternative comics.  It is a well written general introduction.  This is definitely written for adults.

I read some of Real Love The Art of Mindful Connection by Sharon Salzberg.  This focuses on meta meditation which is a buddhist tradition.  However, this takes a more secular approach.  Another word for meta meditation is lovingkindness meditation.  It is about focusing on love and handling self criticism.  This book is a self help book.

I worked a little bit on my class, Winning Support and Influencing Communities for Library Funding.  I learned about Counter Messaging for negative messages and the Tully Message Box.

What Can Libraries Learn From Using A Message Box Like Kellyanne Conway

I placed an interlibrary loan request for How Organizations Develop Activists by Hahrie Han.

Web Bits

NYC's Biggest Museum has Put 50 Years of Art Books Online for Free

The Accidental Library Why Elon Musk Launched to Space That Could Last 14 Billion Years

A Library Without Books Universities Purging Dusty Volumes

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