Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Daily Thoughts 12/17/2014


Daily Thoughts 12/17/2014

The final touches are being put in place for the poetry chap book.  There is a young lady having an exam proctored. I am thinking about proctoring.

I took some time to look through the Simon and Schuster Digital Catalog for books.
https://catalog.simonandschuster.com/Catalogs/Default.aspx?CatType=shared&a=

I rested on the way to work.  I don't always read.  I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.  I also checked the gift books and the displays.  I spent a little more time working on next weeks order of new books.

There is a Mount Vernon Public Library Board of Trustees meeting going on today at 6:30 p.m. in the Trustees room.

Web Bits


Kids are Thriving, Reading, and Hungry For More:  Crunching Numbers at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit

What is the Value of a Public Library?


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Daily Thoughts 12/16/2014

Railway, Edouard Manet, 1873

Daily Thoughts 12/16/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook.

On the way to work, I read some more of  Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy The Many Faces of Anonymous.  The book reveals that Anonymous is not a single group but rather a platform of common values and skills which many different small groups join to push forward a variety of direct actions usually involving hacking, trickery, and political dissent.  It is constantly shifting and amorphous with no central direction or even universally accepted goals. The inconsistency, the dark humor, the infighting make this book captivating reading.

We had a staff luncheon for the holidays this afternoon.  I did my book club, with the book Unbroken by Lauen Hillenbrand.  I am going to request Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow by Sophia Loren as our next book club book.  We also discussed a little bit about the book Alan Turing the Enigma by Andrew Hodges.

I made a few changes to Bookletters and a read a copy of Publishers Weekly.  I also did a little work on next weeks order of new books.

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Capital Home to Oversized Atlas

Vital Community Hubs, Libraries Toil Underfunded


Monday, December 15, 2014

Daily Thoughts 12/15/2014


Daily Thoughts 12/15/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.  I proctored an exam.
There is a Path to Employment Workshop today in the computer lab from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

I checked the gift books and the displays.  I spent a little time working on the planning committee.
I placed an order for new books this morning.

On Sunday, I read some more of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy The Many Faces of Anonymous.  I have been reading about Anonymous and its relation to Wikileaks, and how Anonymous was involved in the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions.

I spent some time organizing my desk.  I also spent a little time planning what I am going to do in the near future.

I have a copy of Publishers Weekly to read.

On the way home, I read a little bit more of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy.  It is the trickster aspect of Anonymous which interests me. PBS Hacked, Claims 'Tupac Alive' in New Zealand.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/30/pbs-hacked-tupac-alive_n_868673.html

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So How Do You Wrap an E-book?

Six Hacks to Improve Diversity in Book Publishing

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Daily Thoughts 12/13/2014


Daily Thoughts 12/13/2014

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

I read some more of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman.  Gabriella Coleman wrote this as part of her academic requirement to publish.  She is a cultural antrhopologist focusing on modern culture.  The style is quite interesting.  There are many excerpts from internet relay chat conversations.  This means there is a lot of dialogue.  Also, in order for her to do this kind of work, she has to have regular contact with the people involved so that there is a lot of original research.  This makes the book more authoritative.

I checked the gifts and the displays this morning.  I also summarized my committee meeting from yesterday.  I sent some information for a flyer to our graphic designer.

The Mount Vernon Public Library is seeking a children's librarian part-time.
http://metro.org/jobs/childrens-librarian/

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No Luddite Libraries Here 95% of American Libraries Carry Ebooks

Make New York City’s Libraries A Higher Priority

Libraries Find New Ways to Thrive in Digital World


Friday, December 12, 2014

Daily Thoughts 12/12/2014

Ferenczy, Karoly, Red Wall, 1910

Daily Thoughts 12/12/2014

I read some more of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy.  I learned that are pirate parties in some countries with a specific platform of supporting reform in copyright, censorship, intellectual property laws, freedom of information, and greater participation in government.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.  I also checked the displays and the gift books.  I spent some time preparing for programs in January.  I also wrote up the November monthly statistics.

We had a meeting of the planning committee in the afternoon.  I have another report to write.

Web Bits

FCC Boosts Funding to Increase Internet Speeds at Schools, Libraries

E-books Challenge Public Libraries and High Street Booksellers