Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Daily Thoughts 08/20/2014

James Sant, The Fairytale, Between 1845 and 1870

Daily Thoughts 08/20/2014

This morning, I checked the library Twitter and Facebook.  I checked the displays and the gift books.  I am putting a display for Banned Books Week focusing on graphic novels.

I spent some time working on the staffing report for my department.  I am getting ready for the end of summer reading tomorrow.  There is going to be a jazz band, Cookie Thomas, playing between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. tomorrow as part of the end summer reading celebration.

I read a copy of Library Journal and Publishers Weekly today.  I put the book, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin on hold.

On the way home, I started reading No Place to Hide, Edward Snowden The NSA and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald.  Glenn Greenwald is Edward Snowden's first journalistic contact according to this book.  The book is about surveillance and how every person is basically under surveillance in the United States using various monitoring devices for the internet, phone, and computer.  I found some of the ideas in the book a bit naive, that PGP pretty good privacy will protect your email and you can have a safe laptop if it is not connected to the internet.  I have always been taught since I was small that there is no such thing as a secure electronic device.

Web Bits

Celebrate the Freedom to Read with CBLDF's New Banned Book Week Handbook

ALA Trends Report Policy Revolution

Ferguson Library A Refuge for Adults and Children Amid Strife

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Daily Thoughts 08/19/2014

Flower-piece with Books, 1916, József Nemes Lampérth

Daily Thoughts 08/19/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.  I also checked the displays and the gift books.

The nonfiction book club meets today from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Trustees room.  We are discussing I Forgot to Remember A Memoir of Amnesia by Su Meck and Cod by Mark Kurlansky.

Our computer classes are very successful right now.  They are starting to overflow the lab.  It is something to think about.

I spent some extra time changing some of displays.  September is National Library Card Month and the featured spokesperson is Stan Lee.  Also, the focus on Banned Books Week from September 21 through 27 is graphic novels.  It should be interesting.

I have been working on job descriptions and staffing needs for my department.

Web Bits

How Graphic Are These Novels?

This September Get Your Whole Family A Library Card

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Daily Thoughts 08/17/2014

Daily Thoughts 08/17/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Trial by Fire by Charles E. Gannon.  I enjoyed it.  It appears to be the second book in a series.  The first was Fire With Fire.  It is military science fiction which includes a lot of strategy and diplomacy.  The characters plan their actions and look before they leap. 

Web Bits

Weedsport Public Library: Why You Should Sign Up for a Library Card

The Women Who Went to the Library and Read Every Book on the Shelf

In My Library: Lorenzo Carcaterra

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Daily Thoughts 08/16/2014

Daily Thoughts 08/16/2014

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

Last night, I finished reading Wired For Story The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence.  The last section is on rewriting.  Lisa Cron reminds the writer that first the writer rewrites to get published, then when a publisher gets the manuscript, they rewrite for the editor.

Last night, I started reading Trial By Fire by Charles E. Gannon.  It is an e-book.

Web Bits

Conversations With the Dead