Thursday, October 23, 2014

Daily Thoughts 10/23/2014


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

Web Bits

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


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/

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?