Most of us who work in libraries are familiar with the Myth of the Free Gift—otherwise known as the Kittens-or-Beer Conundrum. Free Beer is a gift that requires nothing of us but to consume it. Free Kittens don't cost anything to acquire, but they entail ongoing costs as you keep and care for them.
From the BBC: Old King Cole, published in 1985 by the Gleniffer Press in Paisley, measures only 0.9mm in height. It held the world record for the smallest printed book, for 20 years. It is one of about 85 miniature books from the library’s collections which will be displayed to the public for free until [...]
A thoughtful book about noodles, a mother's memoir of her child's autism, a rock star doctor on his addictions, the economics of wine, The Life of Raymond Chandler
December 2012 to date as identified by YBP Library Services
A chilling debut that hints of Gaslight, Francis resurrects his father's most popular character, a captivating "Blue Heron" winner from Higgins, Scottoline gives suspense fans more Rosato & Associates
Students and faculty of North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, are now diving into the first full school year with a new library at their disposal on the school’s Centennial Campus, and the rest of us get to watch as a new model hits its stride. The Hunt Library, which opened its doors in January after much anticipation and had the spring to work out any kinks, articulates the vision of the team at NCSU’s libraries. That team is led by Susan Nutter, vice provost and director of NCSU’s libraries and LJ’s 2005 Librarian of the Year. (We have a saying at LJ, “once a Librarian of the Year, always a Librarian of the Year,” and she keeps living up to it.)
There is only a short time left to nominate a connected educator for the White House’s next “Champions of Change” event, which celebrates education leaders who creatively use technology to help kids learn. Those selected will be invited to the White House in October—in honor of Connected Educator Month—to showcase their efforts to support more connected schools and students. Online nominations are due by midnight on Friday, September 20.
As I got ready to tour the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, last spring, as part of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) meeting held nearby, the buzz about the newly unveiled building had reached such a level that I expected to find it, however cool, overhyped. It wasn’t. It was exactly the right amount of hyped. “Every corner of the Hunt Library is designed to be memorable and stunning,” the library’s vision claims. Grandiose as that might sound, those corners deliver.
When to call it quits is a vexing matter for many library professionals. Recognizing we need to move along to create opportunities for new colleagues is just one consideration. Higher ed faculty are having a similar debate, but many are choosing to hang on as long as they can.
Tantorious is a semi-monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio. Marc J. Seifer is a professor of psychology and the author of more than 70 scientific writings published in numerous magazines. His book, Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla, Biography of a Genius, is [...]
From The Star Tribune (Minneapolis): The Twin Cities metro library systems could soon become the first in the nation to share e-books, vastly expanding the number of titles available to library patrons. [Clip] …in the next few months, in time for the annual spike in e-book demand associated with e-reader holiday gifts, more than 100 [...]
Several family members play a part in this month’s selections, and they may alternate being loving, dysfunctional, or ultimately loyal. Sometimes they mean well but stick their noses into the protagonists’ romantic plans. Other times they can be a pain—deadbeat dads and eager-to-give-free-advice aunts and uncles—that won’t go away. No matter what, it’s good to know somebody you grew up with has your back.
I spent the last week dealing with a family crisis, and the week consisted of a series of anxious moments punctuating periods of nothing to do but wait. And think. Since I was among family for the week and away from work, naturally I thought about work a lot when I wasn’t addressing family concerns. And in the process of thinking about work, I thought about the choices I’ve made in my life, not least of which was my choice of the work I would do.
A quirky romance tops September's LibraryReads, the monthly list featuring new books that librarians around the country nominate as their favorites.
The American Library Association on Monday asked the Federal Communications Commission to accelerate the goals of E-rate, the program that provides discounted Internet access and telecommunications services to U.S. schools and libraries. ALA’s statement specifically calls for faster deployment of high-capacity broadband and new strategic investments in infrastructure, as well as program changes to save costs and streamline the process so that more schools and libraries can participate in the program.
A look at Mango Languages, the innovative online language-learning databases, and an interview with the company's CEO, Jason Teshuba.
On Wednesday, September 18 @ 2pm ET, #ljAudio will focus on "Discovering Audiobooks," discussing which titles made you a devoted listener, what you recommend to patrons who have never tried audio, and how you help them discover audio holdings on their own.
A roundup of 14 recent titles (including two novels) commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
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. Recorded Books is a gold sponsor of the event, and LJ reached out to Matt Walker, vice president of Recorded Books, in the second of a series of interviews addressing how the ongoing digital shift is transforming the libraries of today and tomorrow.
Earlier this month, Drexel University announced the formation of a College of Computing and Informatics, a new educational hub that will act as a home for the school’s computer science and technology programs—including the University’s ALA-accredited iSchool. It joins the growing ranks of MLIS programs that have found themselves under new organizational management recently, for reasons from increasing collaboration between departments to cutting administrative costs.