Friday, February 27, 2015

Daily Thoughts 02/27/2015

Daily Thoughts 02/27/2015

On the way to work, I read some more of Waking, Dreaming, Being.  There is a section on the classic narrative of the Butterfly Dream of Zhuangzhi.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.  I also checked the gift books and the displays.  Next week, I will work on a Women's History Display.

I spent some time requesting flyers for events.  We have a graphic artist who standardizes all our flyers now. I also registered for the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Grant.  I cut and paste the grant narrative into Microsoft Word so I could write it up separately and edit it before I put in the full application.

There are a few committees which I am working on as well, the website committee, a collection development policy committee, and the grants committee.  I have to spend some time looking over collection development policies.

I also have a little more to work on with the Gale Virtual Reference Library which was purchased focusing on job, career, and business information.

I spent some more time looking at different collection policies from around Westchester County.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Daily Thoughts 02/26/2015

Edward Poynter, A Day Dream, 1863
Daily Thoughts 02/26/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.  I also checked the displays and the gift books.  Next month is Women's History Month.

I spent some time looking at a grant for Latino culture from the American Library Association.

Today there was an Ipod and Ipad class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

We have a new set of Career, Business, and Job E-books from the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

We are working on some other databases to add to the library website.  We are adding Flipster which is a magazine service to the website.

The Book Club met from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. to discuss the book Behind The Dream The Making of the Speech That Transformed the Nation by Clarence B. Jones.  It was an interesting discussion. There was some discussion of Martin Luther King's role as a Baptist minister. Th next book being discussed will be The Second Machine Age, Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolffson and Andrew McAfee.   

On the way home, I read some more of Waking, Dreaming, Being.  It was interesting seeing some material on Sigmund Freud and Friedrich Nietzsche's views on dreams.  Right now, I am reading about hallucinations and the imagination in dreams.

Web Bits

Legislation Filed to Help Libraries in Lawsuit

Building Libraries Along Fiber Optic Lines in Sub Saharan Africa

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Daily Thoughts 02/25/2015

Meditation Madame Monet Sitting on a Sofa, 1870-1871, Claude Monet
Daily Thoughts 02/25/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning. I also checked the library displays and gift books.  I spent some time reading through some copies of Publishers Weekly, the New York Times Book Review, and Forecast.  I checked the patron requests as well.

I worked a bit on the orders for next week.  There is a new book called Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance which is an authorized biography coming out on May 19, 2015 which I am hoping to read.

I also spent a little more time working on Bookletters.  I created a list of Overdrive Advantage titles for Bookletters  for our library.  I also did a little work on scheduling programming.

I also am getting some feedback on how to improve our mailing list from other staff members.

The computer class list is ready for March.  I have some sign up sheets which I need to add for Monday.

There was a Google Docs class tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab.

On the way home I read some more of Waking, Dreaming, Being.  I am reading about dreaming.  There is quite a bit about the hypnagogic state between waking and dreaming as well as lucid dreaming.   Evan Thompson cites Jean Paul Sartre's book, The Imaginary.

Web Bits

Read Across America Coming Up March 2, 2015

Homeless People Need Libraries, and Libraries Need Them Too;_ylt=AwrBEiScge5UxW8ANgTQtDMD

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Daily Thoughts 02/24/2015

Scholars at a Lecture, William Hogarth

Daily Thoughts 02/24/2015

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

I have a copy of Forecast to read through.  I also have been updating the Bookletters section of the website.  Part of it is adding more emails to the e-blast.

I placed an order from Content Reserve for e-books today.

There is a crochet class in the Fiction Room from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today.  The class went very well.  People seem to be learning.

Another person came by to pick up some chapbooks from the Mount Vernon Poetry Workshop.

I spent some time working on the computer class schedules for March.  I printed out some sign up sheets for classes.

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

A bit on the book club choice on Thursday.

On the way home, I read some more of Waking, Dreaming, Being by Evan Thompson.  The book is very contemplative.  There are new words and ideas like neurophenomenology.  I am reading about how measuring consciousness which can be described as both a qualitative and subjective internal state does not work easily with science which is focused on the material world and objective reality.  The ideas are meditative in their quality, but questionable in their underlying view of reality.  I don't understand a lot of it.  However, the writing is excellent and that makes up for my lack of understanding.

Web Bits

Last Call: Comment On Draft National Policy Agenda for Libraries by 2-27

Lawmaker Wants to Rid Seed Libraries of Outlaw Status

Monday, February 23, 2015

Daily Thoughts 02/23/2015

Daily Thoughts 02/23/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.  I also read some more of Waking, Dreaming, Being on the train to work.  I am reading about how meditation changes awareness over time.

I checked the displays this morning as well as the gift books.  I put aside a few books to be added from the gifts like Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis and As A Man Thinketh by James Allen.

I spent some time working on scheduling for the computer classes.  I also am working on my programming schedule.

Web Bits

Why James Baldwin’s FBI File was 1,884 Pages

Apple Could Smarten Up SIRI Using Crowdsourcing

Harvard’s Odyssey Unlocks Big Data