Bauman, Jeff with Bret Witter. Stronger: Fighting Back After the Boston Marathon Bombing. Grand Central. Apr. 2014. 250p. ISBN 9781455584376. $26. MEMOIR Bauman’s life changed dramatically when a bomb exploded at last spring’s Boston Marathon, severing both of his legs. A photograph of his initial agony came to embody the tragedy of the event, and [...]
Binchy, Maeve. Chestnut Street. Knopf. Apr. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9780385351850. $26.95. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. POP FICTION Following Binchy’s untimely death in July 2012, this set of previously unpublished linked short stories will warm the hearts of fans everywhere. Binchy wrote these pieces intermittently while producing her big novels and Irish Times columns, hoping someday to [...]
Alpert, Mark. The Furies. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781250021359. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250022776. THRILLER A thriller with a fantasy twist from Scientific American contributing editor Alpert. Witches really do dwell among us, owing to a rare genetic flip-flop, something John Rogers learns too well when he’s yanked into the midst of war between [...]
Brown, Laura. How To Write Anything: A Complete Guide. Norton. Apr. 2014. 560p. ISBN 9780393240146. $35. REF/WRITING SKILLS How do you say it best, whether in business, academics, or your personal life? Writing coach Brown offers more than 200 hands-on entries with examples. Since Brown has a doctorate in English and comparative literature from Columbia, [...]
Simple pleasures in simple meals, schooled by America's Test Kitchen, notes from NY's Gramercy Tavern kitchen, Patterson's story to recipe, René Redzep's new book is A Work in Progress
From the DC Public Library: Today, ten firms were selected to move to the next round in the search for an architect team to help design the next generation Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Three firms will be selected in mid-December to move to the third and final round and [...]
This week’s column focuses on women making their way in the world, using any tools at hand: their blondeness, their intelligence, their sexual savvy, or a 1939 Ford. Jong, Erica. Fear of Flying. Holt. Oct. 2013. 368p. ISBN 9780805098587. $35. F It’s been 40 years since this novel of awakening and yes, liberation, unzipped itself [...]
From WREG (Memphis): Tennessee’s Supreme Court ruled against the City of Memphis and has upheld the state’s Voter ID law. The court upheld the 2011 law which requires photo identification for those who are registered to cast a vote. Two voters and the City of Memphis sued arguing the ID requirement was an unfair burden [...]
From the Honolulu Star-Advertiser: The University of Hawaii has drastically cut its funding request for the planned Daniel K. Inouye library, including slashing a request for state bond financing by two thirds, to $5 million. Interim UH President David Lassner proposed the funding change at today’s Board of Regents meeting after hearing public testimony from [...]
From the Worldreader Blog: With the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant, we will provide eight libraries in Kenya with 250 e-readers with protective cases. Library customers will have instantaneous access to 50,000 fiction and non-fiction books, reference materials and storybooks, plus a complete set of digital textbooks used in Kenyan schools and suitable for [...]
Wine, from grape to glass; ultimate adventures via Lonely Planet; Paleo Sweets and Treats; more on Whitey Bulger; The Modern Art Invasion; loving medical fiction; as told by Roger Rosenblatt; the evolution of slavery in America; Why Photography Matters
Briggs is a hot commodity in urban fantasy, and Frost Burned will satisfy fans for another year; The Marseille Caper from Mayle sports a delightful reading from the late Robin Sachs
Thursday, November 14th, 2013, 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET Now that you’ve bought your big fall titles, it’s time to preview what will be in demand next spring. Library Journal’s Barbara Hoffert will lead a discussion with editors as they highlight their top spring books that will be flying off of your shelves in LJ’s second Editors’ Picks webcast. Ellen Edwards will debut CBA top-selling Susan Meissner’s A Fall of Marigolds (NAL/Penguin Random); Amy Einhorn will discuss Carol Wall’s affecting memoir of black-white friendship in Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening (Amy Einhorn Bks/Penguin Random); Carrie Feron will unveil Laura Lippman’s next blockbuster standalone, After I’m Gone (Morrow/Avon); David Highfill, will discuss Wiley Cash’s This Dark Road to Mercy (Morrow/HarperCollins), Cash’s follow-up breakout debut; and Zachary Wagman will reintroduce Chris Pavone, author of The Expats with his upcoming The Accident (Hogarth/Crown). And that’s just a taste of the titles to be discussed. Register Now!
Decision Center, the collection management solution developed by Innovative Interfaces Inc (iii), released new features that will help users manage floating collections across multiple branches and, separately, anticipate demand for new titles. Decision Center, which replaced iii Reporter when it went into general release in June, is designed to work with iii’s Millennium ILS or its Sierra Services Platform.
Eagerly awaited: the new Eggers and a self-published effort from Scotch that will appeal to fans of smart women's fiction
Less than a year after purchasing the struggling textbook, reference, and professional business of McGraw-Hill (now known as McGraw-Hill Financial), the private equity firm Apollo Global Management (AGM) may be looking to slim down its purchase. Reports indicate the management group is shopping the professional components of McGraw-Hill Educational (MHE), which focuses on publications and digital resources for workers looking to improve their skills and continue their education.
From Andrew Albanese at Publisher’s Weekly: Less than a year after launching a pilot with its Minotaur Press imprint, Macmillan officials today confirmed that it will expand its library e-book offerings to include its entire e-book backlist, more than 11,000 titles. [Clip] Frontlist titles will not be included in the program at this time. Titles will [...]
Holding steady. That’s the overarching picture of salaries for new graduates from MLIS programs, as captured by LJ’s annual Placements & Salaries Survey. Every year, LJ takes the pulse of the profession through this national survey, and each year we suss out the significant issues conveyed by the numbers and the respondents’ verbatim replies. Steady, of course, can be relatively good news in a challenged economy. Still, I don’t like it. I want to see salary growth in this evolving and crucial profession. More important, the bulk of our new graduates need better salaries to survive and thrive—and the profession needs those wages to retain, and continue to attract, the best and the brightest.
The real achievements for the 2012 library and information science graduating class came in the form of emerging jobs and new responsibilities, according to the approximately 1,900 graduates who responded to LJ’s annual Placements & Salaries survey, representing 30.7 percent of the 2012 graduates from the 41 participating programs.
While new roles offered higher compensation opportunities as well as excitement, that growth did not extend to the full range of new librarians. Overall, starting salaries were flat, and placements decreased in school libraries. The overall average starting salary growth was lackluster, holding steady at $44,503, $62 less than in 2011. (Though this varied widely by region.)