Friday, November 21, 2014

Daily Thoughts 11/21/2014

Marguerite, Guy Rose, 1918

Daily Thoughts 11/21/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook accounts.

I read a bit more of The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu.  I am finding this book useful on a personal level.  It is about a process of forgiving people.  I am not sure how to write about the different exercises and thoughts in this book many of which have a bit of both religion and ethics in it.  The bits about South Africa and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are interesting.

I checked the gifts and the displays.  I also did worked a bit on scheduling and programs.

I spent some more time looking through a list of missing items today.

I placed the book, Unbroken : a World War II airman's story of survival, resilience, and redemption by Lauren Hillenbrand on hold.  We are reading it for the next book club.

Web Bits

Neil Gaiman: Libraries are cultural ‘seed corn’


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Daily Thoughts 11/20/2014

Three Women at the Table by the Lamp, August Macke, 1912

Daily Thoughts 11/20/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I have been reading more of The Glass Cage by Nicholas Carr.  One of the things he correctly points out is that industry prefers to make automation more efficient and require less labor.  This is the phenomenon of capital replacing labor.  The other option is to make machines that improve the quality of production which require human input.

I checked the gift books and the displays.  I also spent some time checking for missing books that had holds.

I read a copy of the Times Literary Supplement.  Some of the more popular books which we got as gifts from authors like James Patterson and Zane are being processed.

The Friends of the Mount Vernon Public Library are bringing in an antiques appraiser on December 6, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. who is going to be doing appraisals in the Grace Greene Baker Community Room.

I read a copy of Booklist.  There is a book which I am hoping to read which is coming out in January, 2015, Tesla A Portrait With Masks by Vladimir Pistalo translated by Bogdan Raki and John Jeffries.  Tesla is very enigmatic.

Web Bits

Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) Graphic Novels Reading List K-8

A Field Trip to America’s Public Libraries

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Daily Thoughts 11/19/2014

Allegory of Poetry and Music, Angelica Kauffman, 1782

Daily Thoughts 11/19/2014

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

I have been reading more of The Glass Cage.  Nicholas Carr is describing how automation and computers have simplified architecture in some ways and removed complex hand drawings.  He views this as removing some skills from a profession.

I did a little checking of missing items that have holds.  I also spent some time today talking about the survey and programming with the Friends of the Mount Vernon Public Library.

The graphic novel, In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang has come in for me to read.

There is a Student Recital for the Mount Vernon Poetry Workshop tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m..  I have to help setup for the program. I went and got refreshments for the program.  It was the final piece of the Mount Vernon Poetry Workshop.  I enjoyed hearing people recite.  Arts Westchester was at the program.

There was also an Intermediate Excel computer class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the computer lab.

The Mount Vernon Public Library Board of Trustees met tonight as well.

I finished reading the graphic novel In Real Life. It was a quick, enjoyable read.  I liked how the game was drawn, the artistic style had Chinese motifs and symbols in it.   Also, the parents fear that their child was spending too much time on the internet was well done.  The writing was very clear and had a moral to it.  I like Cory Doctorow's writing.

I also read a bit more of The Glass Cage on my way home.  I am reading about the idea of human centered computing, ergonomics, and adaptive automation.  These are all ways to make humans the center of progress rather than technology. Nicholas Carr makes an argument that progress is about improving human society, not just making advances in how technology works.

Web Bits

Starred Reviews from 2014 for Adult Books Publishers Weekly

The Difference Between Search and Inquiry

This Map Shows the Most Famous Book Set In Every State

Why Going to the Library is One of the Best Things I Do for My Kids and the Planet

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Daily Thoughts 11/18/2014

Daily Thoughts 11/18/2014

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

On the way to work, I read some more of The Glass Cage.  Nicholas Carr is describing how pilots in airlines have their skills atrophy in flying when they use autopilots without practicing without them.  He is describing a process of losing skills and paying less attention when we rely too much on automation.

We have a late opening today due to water issues at the library.

I spent some time reading the New York Times and visited the Mid-Manhattan library on the way to work.  I took some time to look at some of the new books and the computer books section.

I have a copy of the New York Times Book Review and the New York Review of Books to read.

I ordered the book Digital Media Labs in Libraries by Amanda Goodman.

We had the book club focused on Mount Vernon Revisited.  In addition we looked at other books about the history of Mount Vernon.  The next book we are reading is Lauren Hillenbrand Unbroken.

I spent some time double checking for missing material that was listed as on hold.

There are two computer classes tonight, a Fundamentals of Computer Class from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and a Microsoft Word class from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Web Bits

Greenstone-- Software to Create Digital Libraries

De Blasio’s Time to Lead on Libraries                                                

Monday, November 17, 2014

Daily Thoughts 11/17/2014

Charles James Richardson, Interior View of a Library In Gothic Style, Drawing, 1860

Daily Thoughts 1/17/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

We had a job workshop in the computer lab.

Then the building shut down at 12 noon because of plumbing issues.

On the way home, I read some of The Glass Cage Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr.  It is a critique of our unthinking use of computer algorithms and automation to make life easier.  Nicholas Carr describes the problem of technological employment.  He also describes how it is eating into the middle class.  Unlike Nicholas Carr, I don't see driving as a pleasure.  I look forward to having automated cars in the near future.

I put the book, One Lucky Bastard by Roger Moore on hold.  I think James Bond can be interesting and my view is that Roger Moore played him best.

Web Bits

4 Tech Trends Every Librarian Needs to Know