Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Daily Thoughts 07/29/2014

Historia, 1892, Nikolaos Gyzis

Daily Thoughts 07/29/2014

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

I checked the displays and the gift books.  Someone bought a large chunk of paperbacks from the Friends of the Library Book Sale last night.  I printed up some more flyers for programs.  I also ordered a few books from the Smart Guide to the Bible nonfiction set.

The Brown Bag Nonfiction Book Club is today from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Trustees Room.  We are reading The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto.  There is a Mystery Panel tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. featuring Rosemary Harris, Jane Cleland, and Jonathan Santlofer in the Community Room.  A colleague is leading the introduction.  Hopefully it should turn out well.  There are two books which were suggested for next time, Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky, and I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia by Su Meck.

We had the planning committee meeting today.  We spent time discussing a survey for the library.

We also have some beginning computer classes, a Microsoft Word class from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and a Fundamentals of Computer Operations class from 6:35 p.m. to 7:35 p.m.

I have a copy of the Times Literary Supplement to read.

Web Bits

Libraries, already helping job seekers, get government recognition and funding.
http://www.northjersey.com/news/libraries-already-helping-job-seekers-get-government-recognition-and-funding-1.1058655

Monday, July 28, 2014

Daily Thoughts 07/28/2014

Nicolae Tonitza (1886 - 1940) - Natură moartă.
Daily Thoughts 07/28/2014

This morning, I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I spent some time going through a sample box sent to us from Baker and Taylor of new items covering adult, teen, and children's books.  I also looked through the Poulin Project Distributtion to Underserved Communities grant box of books.  There were a lot of high quality poetry, literary journals, and literary fiction books which were donated to us.

I also summarized the results for some questions I had asked staff about training this morning.  I placed an order for new books and bestsellers.

I have the Brown Bag Nonfiction Book Club tomorrow from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m..  We are discussing The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto.

I checked out the graphic novel version of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. P. Craig Russell is the primary illustrator who is one of my favorite comic book artists.

I spent a little more time looking at grants.

Web Bits



George Bernard Shaw In Defense of Public Libraries

Daily Thoughts 07/28/2014


Daily Thoughts 07/28/2014

I checked the library Facebook and Twitter this morning.


Web Bits

The Public Library Documenting an Endangered Species by Robert Dawson-- Talk 92nd Y
http://www.92y.org/Event/The-Public-Library.aspx

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Daily Thoughts 07/27/2014

Still Life With Orange and Book, Raphaelle Peale, 1774-1825

Daily Thoughts 07/27/2014

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

I also watched a training video from Lynda.com.

I read an advanced reading copy, A Tale of Light and Shadow by Jacob Gowans.  It is a young adult fantasy novel coming out in September.  I rather liked it because of the themes in the novel.  It was a tale of conflict involving marriage, concubinage, intrigue, and love.  The theme of love, trust, and friendship was different than most fantasy novels I have read.  The heroes were not black and white cutouts.  They were deeply flawed.  This made the story deep and intriguing.

Last night, I watched Matilda which is a children's film based on the book by Roald Dahl.  It was very dark humor.  I also Ben Ten cartoon  which was light entertainment.

Web Bits

What does Hathitrust Decision Mean for Libraries?

http://www.llrx.com/features/hathitrust.htm

Cell Phone Book Clubs, A New Way for Libraries to Promote Literacy, Technology, Family and Community.
http://www.llrx.com/features/cellphonebookclubs.htm
With the rise of phablets (a cross between a cell phone and a tablet) something like this is inevitable.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Daily Thoughts 07/26/2014

Coverage of the Original Print, 1893, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
 
Daily Thoughts 07/26/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook pages.

I also looked through Writing Successful Technology Grant Proposals.

I watched a one hour webinar on library surveys.


Library Surveys for Succes