Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Daily Thoughts 07/22/2014


Daily Thoughts 07/22/2014

I read a bit more of House of Outrageous Fortune this morning.  The first chapter is about the history of high end apartment buildings in Manhattan.  The second chapter is the real estate history of the Zeckendorf's the developers for 15 Central Park West in Manhattan.

This morning, I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.  I also checked the displays and gift books.  There were a few books to add like Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros and a large print edition of The Dubliners by James Joyce printed by Dover.  It is the first time I have seen large prints from Dover.

I spent some time working on publicity for an author presentation on July 29, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m..  We are having Rosemary Harris, Jane Cleland, and Jonathan Santlofer as a panel at the Mount Vernon Public Library to discuss their mystery novels.  It should be an excellent presentation.  I posted the flyer on Facebook, sent it out through Mailchimp, had it sent to city hall, and did a display with some of their books.  I also ordered some more of their books so they can be sold at the panel.  There is an announcement in the Mount Vernon Daily Voice.  Mystery Authors Panel Discussion http://mountvernon.dailyvoice.com/events/classes-lectures/722558/mystery-authors-panel-discussion

I have a copy of the New York Times Book Review and the Baker and Taylor Forecast to read.

Web Bits

Amazon Dissenting Authors Form Authors United
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/63404-amazon-dissenting-authors-form-authors-united.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=9654dfac67-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-9654dfac67-304551865



Monday, July 21, 2014

Daily Thoughts 07/21/2014

By the River, John Singer Sargent, 1885

Daily Thoughts 07/21/2014

I bought a copy of the New York Times on the subway to read.  I also read a little bit more of Dataclysm.  I am reading about how people are more likely to hire people who are attractive.  This is more true for women than men.

I checked the displays this morning.  I also picked out a few classics from the gift books to be added including The Odyssey and The Iliad by Homer.  I remember my father reading these to me.

I spent some time ordering new books this morning.  I also spent some time working with the oversize. I read a copy of Publishers Weekly and Booklist.  The July 13, 2014 New York Times Book Review has a number of reviews on children's books which is something that they do not review that much.

I checked out the book, House of Outrageous Fortune, Fifteen Central Park West the World's Most Powerful Address by Michael Gross.

On the way home, I read a little more of Dataclysm.  I learned that pizza is one of the most used words in the english language.  I also read a little bit of House of Outrageous Fortune.  15 Central Park West set the record for the most expensive condominium in New York with a sale price of $88 million for one of its condominiums.  It is the home of the global super wealthy.

Web Bits

New Yorker is Offering Free Digital Access to Entire Publication All Summer
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/the-new-yorker-is-offering-free-digital-access-to-entire-publication-all-summer_b88249

Bookplates: Business Cards of the Past?
http://blog.aaa.si.edu/2014/07/bookplates-business-cards-of-the-past.html

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Daily Thoughts 07/20/2014



Daily Thoughts 07/20/2014

I read a bit more of Dataclysm.  I am reading about how data on peoples views on race and sex inside online data sites.  It is kind of interesting.  It is purely statistical data from millions of online members of places like OKCupid and Match.com.

I looked at the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Web Bits



Book to Film: Coraline

The Vonnegut Librarians Approach to Censorship

Footage of the New York Public Library Book Ops Sorting Center Filmed by a Drone

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Daily Thoughts 07/19/2014

Hans A. Hornemann, Im Skriptorium, Öl auf Leinwand, 46 x 60 cm

Daily Thoughts 07/19/2014

I started reading Dataclysm by Christian Rudder.  Christian Rudder works for OKCupid which is an online dating site.  A lot of the material is big data about human relationships.  Christian Rudder takes massive numbers of people and generates statistics on how people interact.  He strips away the identity of the people and uses large numbers to find things about how people are.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

Web Bits

Close the Libraries and Buy Everyone an Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2014/07/18/close-the-libraries-and-buy-everyone-an-amazon-kindle-unlimited-subscription/
A little corporate welfare for the masses.

 P & L Sheet: Against "Curation"
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/63364-the-p-l-sheet-against-curation.html

Blue Sky Thinking

Q & A: Inside the World's Largest Indoor Farm.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140717-japan-largest-indoor-plant-factory-food/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_tw20140719news-japanplants&utm_campaign=Content&sf3767809=1
I thought this was interesting.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Daily Thoughts 07/18/2014

Alice Pike Barney, Dream Book, Circa 1900

Daily Thoughts 07/18/2014

I checked the library Facebook and Twitter this morning.  I also checked the displays and gift books.  I spent some time working with the oversize books.

There is an Ice Cream Social today at 3:30 p.m. in the community room.  I passed out some flyers for the different summer reading programs; for adult, teen and tween, and children's programs.

I picked out two Advance Readers Editions to read, Dataclysm Who We Are* Wen No One's Looking by Christian Rudder which is nonfiction and Station Eleven a Novel by Emily St. John Mandel.

Web Bits

U.S. Libraries Become Front Line in Fight Against Homelessness
http://news.yahoo.com/u-libraries-become-front-line-fight-against-homelessness-110220002.html;_ylt=AwrBJR6J.8hT3DYALC7QtDMD

Congress Passes Legislation Recognizing Libraries in Workforce Development
http://blog.imls.gov/?p=5002 

Amazon Wants You to Pay $120 for a Glorified Library Card
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/18/amazon-kindle-unlimited-e-books_n_5598745.html
This is kind of an odd statement.