Saturday, October 25, 2014

Daily Thoughts 10/25/2014


Daily Thoughts 10/25/2014

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I also spent some time looking at grant information for libraries.

I read some more of Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alex Christie.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Daily Thoughts 10/24/2014

Ohne Titel (Handstudie), vor 1872, Vintage-Albuminabzug. 9,7 x 13,8 cm, Josef Lowy

Daily Thoughts 10/24/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I finished reading Ancillary Justice.  There is an interview of Ann Leckie in the back of the book.  She describes how she took elements from Roman history.  I rather liked that in her dedication she names a number of libraries which she used as research.

I checked out a historical fiction novel, Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I did some shifting this morning in the 900s.  We also had a management meeting.

A box of Advanced Reading Copies came in from Library Journal.  Two of them seem very interesting, Girl In the Dark A Memoir by Anna Lyndsey about a woman who becomes very light sensitive,  and Bad Days In History A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem and Misery for Every Day of the Year by Michael Farquhar.

The November Book Page came in today.

I spent some time discussing green companies in Mount Vernon, New York.  There is a recent push for green construction training in the area.  http://sentineledu.com/?p=88

I started reading Gutenberg's Apprentice which is historical fiction.  It is about Peter Schoeffer who apprenticed under Gutenberg at the direction of his foster father, Johann Fust who financed Gutenberg's press.


Web Bits



Collection Directions: Some Reflections on the Future of Library Collections and Collecting

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Daily Thoughts 10/23/2014

Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1797-1861), The Actor

Daily Thoughts 10/23/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Larry Spruill and Donna Jackson will be reading and showing slides from their book, Mount Vernon Revisited on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

http://mountvernon.dailyvoice.com/events/classes-lectures/808970/mount-vernon-revisited-images-america

On the way to work, I started reading Ancillary Justice.  I am enjoying it.  The main character is an artificial intelligence in a human body which is a bit different.  It is military science fiction.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I also did some shifting in the 900s.  It is steadily looking better.

I have a new part-time hire who covers the cybercorner in the afternoon who is being trained.  This allows us to open the computer lab for an additional hour every day so we have more computer time for patrons.

I spent some time getting ready for the Mount Vernon Revisited Program.  Poeple are very interested in the book.


Web Bits

Public Libraries Can be a Catalyst for Community Transformation
http://blog.imls.gov/?p=5345

We Need Diverse Books and School Library Journal Announce Collaboration
http://www.slj.com/2014/10/diversity/we-need-diverse-books-and-school-library-journal-announce-collaboration/#_

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Daily Thoughts 10/22/2014

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1873, Woman Reading a Book

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.

I did a little more shifting of the 900s today.

I finished reading A Slip of the Keyboard. Terry Pratchett is writing about how he had a variety of alzheimers and his father passed away from cancer.  Part of these essays are about assisted dying.

There is a Gmail class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the computer lab.  Also, the Poetry Workshop is meeting tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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/