Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Daily Thoughts 12/1/2015

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Example of an Allied Paper Corporation Stock Certificate. This corporation ceased to exist in 1967. The red certificates were to allow for issue of less than 100 shares, the exact number being written in.

Daily Thoughts 12/1/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I read some more of Smarter Than You Think this morning.  I am reading about the concept of public writing and how it clarifies your thoughts when you write for an audience.  The focus is on blogging.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I also did a little more work for programming.

I am working on getting a set of books into the computer lab so people can check them out.

I was at city hall yesterday and saw a model for Library Square in Mount Vernon the second floor of the building.  It was interesting to look at.

I spent a little time on the strategic plan.

Web Bits

One million Books, 100 Institutes Under National Digital Library-- India

Fight for School Libraries

Monday, November 30, 2015

Daily Thoughts 11/30/2015


Memory (1896). Olin Warner (completed by Herbert Adams). Bronze door at main entrance of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.

Daily Thoughts 11/30/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I also placed an order for new books this morning.

On the way to work, I finished reading Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor.  I enjoyed the novel.  Even though the book is fantasy, it is still about relationships between people.  The strangeness in the story only makes the people in it more poignant.  This is an excellent piece of modern fantasy.

I started reading Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson.  It is about how computers extend human thought.  The author describes the concept of  extended cognition.  Books extend our ability to remember, calculators extend our ability to do mathematics, and writing externalizes our thoughts.

I checked the displays and gift books this morning.

I read the latest copy of the New York Times Book Review.  I also put out new copies of the Bookpage.  I printed up some flyers for events as well as some bookmarks.

Web Bits

Mount Vernon Library Exhibit Features Work by Foster Children Others.
Quite a few people have been requesting copies of the exhibitors form lately. Some of our programs are increasing in popularity.

Creating a Library of Congress for the Digital Age

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Daily Thoughts 11/29/2015

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A Penny for Your Thoughts...Dollars for your Thoughts, NARA National Archives and Recoards Administration-- 51375, December 31, 1940, Public Domain

Daily Thoughts 11/29/2015

I read some more of Welcome to Night Vale.  In this novel, librarians are to be feared.  They are evil ghoulish creatures and the library is a place of fear.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I've decided to stop reading Creating A Learning Society by Joseph E. Stiglitz The concept of learning being internal to corporations and firms and directly related what you do in your work in a corporation is quite divorced from the work which I do as a librarian.  When I look in the index of the book, the word library, school, and university are not there.  There are three pages indexed on education.  It is a different view of how the world works.

I reactivated my Lynda.com account.  I am watching a training video on Management Tips.

Web Bits

For Obama, A New Shopping Haunt Upshur Street Books

Google. Facebook in Race to Build High Altitude Aircraft

Internet would be everywhere.  There are a few other things you can do with high altitude aircraft like high altitude wind and solar power.  Also near space telescopes are a possibility.  Near space is open for exploration.

Education is Not An Adequate Defense Against the Rise of the Robots
Learn to work with machines.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Daily Thoughts 11/28/2015

Still Life  - Jean Metzinger

Still Life, Jean Metzinger, 1919

Daily Thoughts 11/28/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook.

I read some more of Welcome to Nightvale.  I rather like the bizarre radio station and the television station.  The touches of strange like imaginary pie at the diner and imaginary corn with the local farmer give this novel a surreal charm.

The book, Smarter than You Think by Clive Thompson came in for me to read today.

I checked out the book, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.  It is the selection for the next book club on December 17, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
I looked through the New York Times Bestseller List and the Publishers Weekly Besttseller list today.  I also read through a copy of the Foreword Review.

Web Bits

A Slippery Number How Many Books Can Fit In New York Public Library

New Study Finds Low Levels of Digital Library Borrowing

Friday, November 27, 2015

Daily Thoughts 11/27/2015

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Marie Spartali Stillman, Love Sonnets, 1894

Daily Thoughts 11/27/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Creating a Learning Society.  I am reading about how economic stability improves learning in firms.  The argument is that less money and time are available to firms during recessions for learning.  Also, firms in bankruptcy cannot invest as much in research and development.  One of the ideas in the book is that the more an organizations does something, the more they learn how to do it better.

I checked the gift books and the displays today.

I also spent some time discussing the computer lab and the public computers with a colleague.

I spent some time in the computer lab today.

I also sent some information for a flyer to our graphic designer.

Web Bits

The Future of Libraries is Collaborative, Robotic, and Participatory

Can Fewer Books on the Shelf Improve Nebraska Libraries?

Libraries Aim to Fill Digital Gap by Obtaining Updated Technology

World Brain

I have been thinking a little bit about the concept of the Synopticon.  The Synopticon could be redone with a focus on the great ideas of the world instead of just the western world.