When I was a new librarian I was continually looking for opportunities to add to my experience and to my résumé. I was on high alert to find chances to practice my craft, present, and publish, as well as to try out new technologies and develop new services.What I wonder now is, are you seeking out new opportunities and “seizing” them? Or do you have different priorities for your life/work balance?
For all its use to researchers, the Internet can be an awfully ephemeral thing. Websites changes hands, services that were once free land behind paywalls, and servers go offline. Whatever the reason, the result is the same—all too often, a once-valid link no longer directs users to the information they need. For many of us, the familiar 404 message, indicating that a page can’t be found, is a common but inconsequential hassle of Internet use. For scholars and legal professionals, though, being unable to find a piece of information cited in a court case can be a costly and time-consuming hurdle. Now Perma.cc, a new service spearheaded by the Harvard Law School Library, is aiming to put a stop to disappearing links to citations in legal documents and court decisions by creating individual caches of content at the moment that authors and journal editors cite it.
We were sad to learn about the death of bestselling author Tom Clancy today. Mr. Clancy was interviewed or participated in discussions on C-SPAN 10 times since 1990. The C-SPAN Video Library offers free, online video access to six of these interviews/discussions. A mechanically generated keyword searchable transcript is also available for these programs. Direct [...]
Both the higher education and mainstream media tend to report on studies relating college students’ lack of openness to non-print textbooks. More research and experimentation in this area suggest student attitudes may be starting to change.
An interview with Louise Penny, author of How the Light Gets In.
Thursday, October 29th, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET A look at the daily headlines reveals the increasingly interdependent world we live in. With today's heightened interest in global issues, international studies programs and courses have been experiencing rapid growth. But having access to the best international resources has become critical for students in all disciplines, not just IR majors. From globalization issues like international trade, outsourcing, and regional integration, to topics that affect us all like climate change, conflict and security, and the economic and financial crises, your patrons want the latest research from the leading international organizations. Does your library offer the resources needed to keep up with the world’s ever-changing socio-economic environment? Register Now!
Privacy in our society is being undermined with a daily intensity that may be unmatched in history. The confluence of compromises in our digital lives and the political arena chips away at our sense of what needs to be private and risks codifying a culture in which privacy is not a right but a state hard-won by continual effort or, worse, a state only available to those wealthy enough to protect themselves.
From the OverDrive Digital Library Blog: The Circulation APIs will allow approved partners to request checkouts, downloads, holds, and returns from within their own discovery interface. This means users will now be able to browse and search their library’s digital collection, see what’s available and check out a title or place a hold all without [...]
LJ’s exclusive July 2013 report, “Engaging the Occasional Patron,” the fourth and final report in Volume 2 of our Patron Profiles series, takes a detailed look at these infrequent library users. Produced in conjunction with ProQuest/Bowker and the PubTrack Business Intelligence team, the report features data drawn from an online survey of more than 2,000 library patrons, conducted in February 2013. According to this sample, these infrequent users could account for more than half of all library patrons.
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET When you can lead a reader to an author, title, or a publishing house they didn’t know about that turns out to be just right: librarian heaven. It’s better again if you can push some new voices and small presses at the same time. To find out about these hidden gems, sign up for our webcast Small Presses, Big Titles, which will take place on October 17th at 3PM. During the hour-long chat moderated by LJ’s reviews editor Henrietta Thornton-Verma, Bonnie Hamilton of Red Wheel Weiser, Synora Van Drine of Dundurn, Felicia Minerva of Midpoint Trade Books, Iris Blasi from Pegasus Books and Chip Fleischer of Steerforth Press will introduce new titles that showcase the best of the small-press world: innovative writing, in-depth research, and gripping stories.Register Now!
Scribd, the popular resource to post and share documents online has just formally launched their “all you can read” subscription ($8.99/month) ebook service in the U.S. The multi-platform service launches with a “majority of the titles” found on the HarperCollins and HarperCollins Christian backlists. Here’s a direct link to browse their catalog of books as of [...]
Here are a three reports that might be of interest to you, your colleagues, and your users. We’ve also included a link to a compilation of contingency plans from a number of federal government agencies. “Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects” was published on September 25, 2013 and made publicly accessible by the [...]
It’s a song you may have heard before. Are the majority of educators out of touch with the realities of the professions they support, including those in LIS? How do we prepare our students for a rapidly changing field?
This week, Library Journal/School Library Journal staffers are experiencing beauty, genius, loss, love of mankind, love of New York, and learning how to be good undergraduate researchers. It’s what we’re reading in the last days of September 2013. Ian Chant, Associate News Editor, LJ I just finished Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Dell), [...]
Barthel, Joan. American Saint: The Life of Elizabeth Seton. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Mar. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780312571627. $26.95. BIOGRAPHY Born and raised in late 1700s New York, at a time when Catholicism was illegal, Elizabeth Seton wore monogrammed slippers to George Washington’s 65th Birthday Ball, spent fruitless time in Italy trying to cure her [...]
Archer, Jeffrey. Be Careful What You Wish For. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2014. 384p. ISBN 9781250034489. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250034472. CD: Macmillan Audio. SUSPENSE There are so many complications in this fourth volume in Archer’s New York Times best-selling “Clifton Chronicles” series it makes your head spin. With Ross Buchanan out as chair of the Barrington [...]
Conley, Dalton. Parentology: Everything You Wanted To Know About the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted To Ask. S. & S. Mar. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781476712659. $25. PARENTING Conley stars in two disciplines, sociology and biology, and has three appointments at NYU: in the sociology department and at the School of Medicine and [...]
On October 16, Library Journal and School Library Journal will host “The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries.” Our fourth annual online event has itself been reinvented in a new format, offering program tracks focused around community, instruction, and getting beyond the container to new content. EBSCO is a platinum sponsor of the event, and LJ reached out to Scott Wasinger, Vice President of Sales for eBooks and Audiobooks at EBSCO Publishing, in the third of a series of interviews addressing how the ongoing digital shift is transforming the libraries of today and tomorrow.
April may be National Poetry Month, but it’s not the only time great poetry appears in abundance. In fact, in the months leading up to the 2014 festivities a number of major poets are coming out with exciting new books. From Linda Bierds’s keenly insightful Roget’s Illusion to Alex Lemon’s electrified, pop-cultural The Wish Book, [...]
In a quick reversal of its position on Kindle lending, Penguin on September 26 loosened the terms of its renewed agreement with OverDrive, announced only the day before. The publisher has agreed to allow library patrons to download ebook titles wirelessly via OverDrive’s “Get for Kindle” function instead of, as initially announced, first downloading titles to a computer, and then side-loading those titles to their Kindle classic or Paperwhite using a USB cord.