Thursday, January 29, 2015

Daily Thoughts 01/29/2015

Russians Reading and Writing, 1861, Utagawa Yoshikazu

Daily Thoughts 01/29/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

On the way to work, I read some more of The World of Raymond Chandler.  I liked his hard boiled descriptions of Los Angeles.  They appeal to me because of my strong dislike of Los Angeles and Hollywood. I also really like the pictures with Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Howard Hawks, Veronica Lake, and others.  The quotes from Raymond Chandler's correspondence make the book excellent as well.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  A colleague is working on a display for African American films for February.

I talked to Gale about two ebook collections, a collection on jobs and careers, and a collection on travel books.  I also asked about Career Online High School which is a program from Gale that is a certified online high school.

I also had a chance to start evaluating the Consumer Technology Library from Proquest which is a collection of computer related e-books.

Westchester Library System recently purchased a new set of databases and online learning tools for us to use, Flipster which is a magazine database which currently has a subscription to 12 popular electronic magazines, Novelist which is a readers advisory tool, which is an online video learning service, and Fashion University which is a collection of material to learn sewing and fashion.

I spent some time working with the oversize 600s.

There is a Beginning Microsoft Excel computer class in the computer lab from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Daily Thoughts 01/28/2015

Daily Thoughts 01/28/2015

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

On the way to work, I read a bit more of The Whispering Storm.  I am reading about Michael Moorcock visiting New York for a science fiction convention.  I also read some more of The World of Raymond Chandler.  I am reading about Philip Marlow, Raymond Chandler's fictional detective.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I put a few posters out for Black History Month.  I also put together a few more chapbooks.  The students are coming to pick up their chapbooks this evening.

I have a copy of the Times Literary Suppment to read.  I also have a copy of Publishers Weekly.

Day of Dialog from Library Journal registration starts today.

I spent some time working on next weeks book order.

Web Bits

Paper is back: Why 'real' Books are on the Rebound

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Daily Thoughts 01/27/2015

Cropped Screen Shot from the Trailer of the film, Double Indemnity

Daily Thoughts 01/27/2015

I read some more of the Whispering Storm today by Michael Moorcock as well as The World of Raymond Chandler.

I checked the library Twitter and Facbook this morning.

There is a foot of snow outside and the library is closed.  I watched The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland to pass some time.

Web Bits

Walter Dean Myers: ‘Once I Began to Read, I Began to Exist’

We Must Defend Public Libraries from a Market Based Ideological Framework

Monday, January 26, 2015

Daily Thoughts 01/26/2015

Daily Thoughts 01/26/2015

I am enjoying reading The Whispering Storm by Michael Moorcock.  I am reading about a strange experience which Michael Moorcock is not sure is real or a hallucination where meets one of the fantasy characters he writes about called Moll Midnight.

I checked the Facebook and Twitter accounts for the library this morning.  I also checked the displays and the gift books.  We are closing early today because of a big snowstorm at noon.

I have to send in the graphic novels grant in this morning.  It is snowing heavily outside and I have to get on the train back home before it stops running.

I put in an order for new books today.  The new February Bookpage came in for me to read. I also picked up a few posters from the business office for Black History Month which is this February.

My train ride from work home was quite long.  I had a chance to read some of The World of Raymond Chandler.  Raymond Chandler did not start writing mystery stories for money until he was in his 40s.  There are some interesting pictures of Erle Stanley Gardner and Dashiell Hammett as well as James M. Cain in the book so far.  Raymond Chandler is often considered to be the most literary of the hard boiled detective writers.

I also read some more of The Whispering Storm.  I am reading about Michael Moorcock's first marriage.  I learned that one of Michael Moorcock's mentors was Mervyn Peake.  I am not that fond of Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake's most famous novel.  The writing is beautiful, but a little too dark for my tastes.

Web Bits

Evolution for Libraries In Brooklyn Plans for Brooklyn Branches Have Merit

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Daily Thoughts 01/24/2015

Daily Thoughts 01/24/2015

I have been enjoying reading The Whispering Swarm which is part mysticism, part fantasy and part memoir.  I learned that Michael Moorcock became an editor at the age of 16.  He also mentions one of my favorite authors, Barry Bayley-- Barrington J. Bayley

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning. I also checked the displays.  The book, The World of Raymond Chandler In His Own Words Edited by Barry Day came in for me to read. There are lots of black and white pictures and photographs in the book.

I have been working a little bit more with the graphic novel grant.

I am looking at You Are Here Around the World in 92 Minutes Photographs from the International Space Station by Chris Hadfield.

We got a decent size donation of urban fiction which we can add to the library. 

I also spent some more time working on the Will Eisner graphic novels grant.  I learned a little bit about rates for classes by comic professionals.

Web Bits

Windows 10 Will Be A Free Upgrade for People Running Windows 8 and 7

Ode to the Public Library