Saturday, April 14, 2018

Daily Thoughts 04/14/2018

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Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema, World of Dreams, 1876

Daily Thoughts 04/14/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books when I came in to work.

I spent some time checking the oversize books.  I also did shifting in the oversize section.

I checked the latest New York Times Bestseller List and Publishers Weekly Bestseller List.

I took a look at the April Bookpage.

Our Adult Literacy and Spanish Library had a conversion group for Language Learners from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m..  This was followed by a colleague doing a collage program at 12:30 p.m.

I finished reading Enlightenment Now The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker. The last part of the book is an argument for humanism over religion.  I thought the book was excellent until the end where Steven Pinker criticizes religion as being irrational.  I found the arguments for science, humanism, reason, and progress to be convincing.  They were backed up by lots of facts.  The end of the book includes extensive notes, references, and index.  The book has a positive message about how violence, crime, war, hunger, and hatred have been reduced over time. It makes a good case for the advantages of the philosophy of the western enlightenment.

Urban Librarians Unite Conference—Library Revolution 04/13/2018

At 9:00 a.m., the conference had check in with coffee and pastries.
The first speaker was Jim Neal, president of the American Library Association.  He spoke about building solidarity inside the profession.  There was also an award given to Urban Libraians Unite.
This was followed by the Assistant Director of the Brooklyn Public  Library who thanked everyone for coming.

I am going to point some highlights of the panels which I attended.  Not everything, because having two or three good ideas in a presentation is enough.

The Keynote Spoker was Jessamyn West who talked about community engagement.  She provided a list of community engagement tools at  this includes a summary of the keynote speech.

The first panel I attended was from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Librarians for All: Preparing Staff to Work With  Individuals From Diverse Backgrounds.

The panelists referred to the American Library Association Office Diversity several times.  They also said that diversity should be in the library values.  Also, universal design works well because it is meant for everyone.

I had lunch with Carl Andrews who worked for Mount Vernon Public Library for a while.

The next panel was from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  It Was Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries.  New York Library Association has a Sustainability Certification.

The speakers described sustainability as a triple bottom line.
1      Environmentally sound.
2        Economically feasible
3         Socially equitable.

They also described how we were going  through a variety of changes with the climate and environment.
There was a quote which I liked from Alvin Toffler, “You’ve got to think big things while you do the small things.”
From 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  I went to The Power of Reviews The Situation of Race in the Bookshelf.  This discussion spoke about how there were very few reviewers of colors.  Most of the publishing profession is white and female.  The 2040 Review was created to have a diverse review.

The speakers also described how the standard review magazines like Kirkus, Library Journal, and Booklist were all old established review magazines where people knew each other.

Three review sources for diverse children’s literature were mentioned,  Latinos Kid Lit

American Indians in Children’s Literature

The Center for the Children’s Book which has a variety of Diversity Lists

I mentioned Mosaic  Literary Magazine and a few other things which I look at.

I also learned about the Diversity Baseline  Survey in 2016 in Publishing.

I missed the library cake.  It was there and then gone.

Web Bits

New Group To Support Yonkers Public Library

Behind the Scenes Look at Cambridge's Oldest Library

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