Brown's Red Rising, Capp's easy cookbook, conspiracy to murder the Queen, vanished men from World War II, and more
A final volume from the late Arjouni, a clear-eyed and tender family drama from Borders, Frame reveals Miss Havisham, debut author Ponsor ask you to judge his legal thriller, a very long ride with best-selling author Schätzing
Here’s an issue about which I’ve been hearing from colleagues quite a lot lately—that of libraries undertaking and carrying out assessment methods and then ignoring or “trumping” the findings by doing what they wanted to do in the first place, but putting a “check mark” next to assessment in their mental (or literal) to do lists, indicating, “yep, did that!” My thought in such cases is: well, no, you didn’t do that!
Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) ranks as one of the nation’s best and busiest public library systems. And it’s no wonder—the staff at CCPL strives to create an atmosphere where readers can enjoy fantastic collections and services. In keeping with this column’s tradition of asking librarians to discuss the books that meant the most to [...]
Check back throughout the day as we update this post. UPDATE: We’ve added comments (see below) from Paul Aiken, Exec. Director of Author’s Guild. He tells ars technica AG will appeal decision. Coverage of the Decision Experts Law professor and an expert in this case, James Grimmelmann, is sharing his thoughts as he reads the [...]
This year, several announcements and blog posts combined to focus my attention on a slightly different question. What problems can open access solve? The answer seems obvious; open access will solve the problem of highly restricted and limited access to scholarship. A somewhat different problem that OA can help solve is the problem of scholarship locked up in the hands of badly run businesses that have come to believe that their inefficient and ineffective ways of doing business must be preserved at all costs.
January 2013 to date as identified by YBP Library Services
Self-Help reviews from the November 15, 2013 issue.
Spirituality & Religion reviews from the November 15, 2013 issue.
By Mahnaz Dar, Bette-Lee Fox, Liz French, Margaret Heilbrun, Barbara Hoffert, Stephanie Klose, Annalisa Pesek, Henrietta Thornton-Verma, & Wilda Williams Atkinson, Kate. Life After Life. Reagan Arthur: Little, Brown. ISBN 9780316176484. $27.99. F Atkinson’s risk taking pays off in a novel that persuasively presents alternate versions of a single life. An English girl born in [...]
Reviews of Charming Gardeners, The President’s Devotional: The Daily Readings that Inspired President Obama, and Dr. J: The Autobiography, plus a full list of Arts & Humanities titles from the November 15, 2013 issue.
A new library planned for the north side of Temple University’s campus has been postponed, as administration officials work to find the new facility a home closer to the center of campus. The planned $190 million budget for the project, which includes a $50 million contribution from the state of Pennsylvania, will remain the same, though ambitions for it to become what one board member described as “a great living room for Philadelphia” may be scaled back under the new plan.
Reviews of William and Dorothy Wordsworth: All in Each Other and Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage.
A Q&A with Tyler Capps, author of Cooking Comically.
For the past decade, Suzie Allard has worked to build a specialty in science information and science data management. In the process, she has expanded the range of jobs available for the new librarians graduating from her programs. Allard, associate professor and associate director of the School of Information Sciences (SIS) in the College of Communication and Information (CCI) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), now has been named the winner of the 2013 LJ Teaching Award, sponsored by ProQuest.
From the National Library of Medicine Training Center Web Site: The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces the activation of the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) in support of medical efforts in the Philippines and surrounding areas following the devastating typhoon. The Emergency Access Initiative is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide [...]
Reviews of Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East, The Good Thief’s Guide to Berlin, and The Good Thief’s Guide to Berlin, plus a full list of Audio titles from the November 15, 2013 issue.
Busy day for library advocacy. First, the news from EveryLibrary about the launch of EveryLibrary California. Now, advocacy-related news from ALA. From the American Library Association: The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) will immediately begin work on a national public policy agenda and action plan for U.S. libraries with support [...]
EveryLibrary, the library advocacy PAC led by John Chrastka, has just launched EveryLibrary California. What does the group plan to do? From the Introductory Blog Post: EveryLibrary California is here for state-wide voter advocacy and winning funding for libraries at the state level. We firmly believe that libraries are one of the most important institutions for [...]
Like many librarians, Tulsa City-County Library faced a disconnect when it came to providing face-to-face readers’ advisory service. We didn’t always get the opportunity to do so. Most library customers didn’t know they could ask for book suggestions. On the rare occasions when people approached the desk to request “a good book to read,” the responses varied dramatically depending on who was working the desk and how comfortable they felt answering RA questions. We sought ways to reach more readers and improve the quality of the face-to-face RA service we provided. Our answer came in the form of personalized, form-based RA. In 2011, we launched Your Next Great Read. It completely transformed our RA service.