Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Daily Thoughts 10/22/2014


Daily Thoughts 10/22/2014

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

I read some more of A Slip of the Keyboard.  Terry Pratchett discusses his love of libraries and bookstores in some of his essays.  For Terry Pratchett, the library is a place for literature.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  A colleague is proctoring an exam in the computer lab.

The book, Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie came in for me to read.  It won the Nebula Award for 2014 as well as the Arthur C. Clarke Award for 2014.  It is science fiction.

Web Bits

After Queens Scandal Bills Introduced to Open up Books at City Libraries
http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/queens-scandal-bills-introduced-open-books-city-libraries-blog-entry-1.1982260

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Daily Thoughts 10/21/2014

Paul Gaugin's Armchair, Vincent Van Gogh, 1888

Daily Thoughts 10/21/2014

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

On the way to work, I read some more of A Slip of the Keyboard.  Terry Pratchett's writing is light and enjoyable.  He is writing about different elements in fantasy like fan fiction and elves.  He confirmed something interesting about him.  He wrote public relations for the nuclear power industry in England.

This morning, I checked the gift books and the displays.  I also did some shifting in the 900s. We got some new book ends which helps with shifting.  I am hiring a new part-time clerk to cover the cybercorner (public computers) in the afternoons.

I registered for the a webinar on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act on October 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
http://www.districtdispatch.org/2014/10/ala-depts-ed-labor-host-webinar-workforce-funding/

Westchester Residential Opportunities has a workshop tonight in the community room for Fair Housing from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

We also have two computer classes, a Beginning Microsoft Word class from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and a Fundamentals of Computer Operations class from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. tonight in the computer lab.

Web Bits

Libraries Digitize Papyrus Collection
http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2014/10/20/libraries-digitize-papyrus-collection/

41 Final Entries for the Knight News Challenge
https://newschallenge.org/challenge/libraries/refinement/

Monday, October 20, 2014

Daily Thoughts 10/20/2014


Daily Thoughts 10/20/2014

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

On the way to work, I read some more of  The Accidental Library Marketer.  I am reading about marketing plans and how they should be aligned with strategic plans.

We are having Disability Awareness Training at the library from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. provided by Westchester Independent Living.

I checked the displays and did some shifting in the 900s.

I also spent some time talking to the Friends of the Mount Vernon Public Library about marketing.  They have a table in the lobby.  It is National Friends of the Library Week this week.

On the way home, I finished reading The Accidental Library Marketer.  There was some interesting material on forming partnerships.

Web Bits

National Friends of the Library Week October 19-25
http://www.ala.org/united/events_conferences/folweek


My Hero: Mary Shelley by Neil Gaiman
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/oct/18/my-hero-mary-shelley-neil-gaiman

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Daily Thoughts 10/19/2014

From Series, A Collection of Beauties, 17th Century Woodcut

Daily Thoughts 10/19/2014

I spent some time looking through the New York Times and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller Lists. I also took a look at the National Book Awards Finalists on Earlyword.
http://www.earlyword.com/2014/10/15/national-book-award-finalists-3/

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

I have been reading a bit more of The Accidental Library Marketer.  I am reading about collecting different statististics for the library.  For example, sometimes in house usage statistics are counted for periodicals and other materials.  We keep some track of social media statistics.  There is also a little bit about library value calculators.  This is one from the Massachusetts Library http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/advocacyuniversity/toolkit/makingthecase/library_calculator

Web Bits


When Iggy Pop can’t live off his art, what chance do the rest have?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Daily Thoughts 10/18/2014

Reading by Lamplight, 1859, James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Daily Thoughts 10/18/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of The Accidental Library Marketer this morning on the way to work.  I am reading about demographics and maps in marketing.

I checked the gifts and the displays this morning.  I also did a little more shifting in the 900s.

The library has a play today by M & M Productions called Unrequited Loss in the community room.

Web Bits

Public Library Geographic Database Mapping
http://www.geolib.org/PLGDB.cfm