Reviews of The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, Strategic Inquiry: Starting Small for Big Results in Education, The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio To Win the Presidency, plus a full list of Social Sciences reviews from the November 1, 2013 issue.
SF/Fantasy Best Sellers.
Mystery series titles from the November 1, 2013 issue.
Reviews of Deadly Pleasures: A Crime Writers’ Association Anthology, Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By: A Penny Brannigan Mystery, Cries of the Lost, and Deadly Catch: A Mac McClellan Mystery, plus a full list of Mystery reviews from the November 1, 2013 issue, along with the latest news.
Note: The Village of Orland Park, IL is a Chicago suburb located about 20 miles southwest of the city. Here’s a roundup of coverage from multiple sources. From the Chicago Sun-Times/Southtown Star: Is south suburban mom Megan Fox on a campaign to make the Orland Park Public Library safer for patrons, as she insists? Or is she [...]
Near the end stretch of picking best books of 2013, LJ staffers take some "me" reading time.
Crafts & DIY Reviews from the November 1, 2013 issue.
Patrons have long been able to borrow a cookbook from the library. In some places, they can even borrow a cake pan to go with it. But what if that cookbook calls for a pasta maker, food dehydrator, yogurt maker, or other specialized kitchen equipment they don’t already possess? Now, if they’re in in Toronto, they’re in luck, since the city is home to The Kitchen Library, a new non-profit kitchen tool lending library. For a $50 (Canadian) annual fee, members can borrow space-taking and often expensive kitchen appliances for three to five days. The Library, which opened October 15, is currently open 20 hours four days a week, including weekends. At present, the collection includes about 40 items.
Reviews of Gravity’s Rainbow, Domination, and Freedom, Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture, and Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS, plus a full list of Arts & Humanities reviews from the November 1, 2013 issue.
From The Globe and Mail: Visitors to Canadian libraries will no longer have access to free digital magazines from Canada’s largest publisher. Magazines Canada, an industry trade group, advised Canadian publishers to walk away from an agreement with the company whose software makes the publications available because of delivery problems. Rogers Media complied, and its [...]
Earning the trust of your library members is crucial to delivering a great user experience. Without trust, it is impossible to connect to library members in a meaningful way. Libraries benefit in all sorts of ways when they’re trusted institutions. Trust breeds loyalty, and loyal library users are more likely to take advantage of the library. What’s more, loyal patrons will also be more apt to sing the praises of the library to neighbors and colleagues. For libraries, thinking about trust highlights the importance of recognizing members as individuals. Thinking of users not as a homogenous group but rather as persons will allow your library staff to develop more empathy and build stronger relationships. There are many ways to earn—and lose—people’s trust in a library.
In partnership with Minnesota's Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) consortium, 3M has developed CloudLink, a new feature for its ebook lending system for consortia. Many consortial arrangements involve member libraries contributing ebooks to a common pool that patrons from all libraries can use. In addition to this functionality, CloudLink also enables any patron from any MELSA library to check out ebooks from the private collections of any other MELSA library, provided there is no holds list for the title.
When Purdue University Press was brought under the wing of the university’s library in 2009, it was a marriage of necessity, brought on by the flagging financial fortunes of the press. Since being absorbed into the library in 2009, the press has moved from reporting to library administrators to participating in planning with them, said Dean of Libraries James Mullins at a recent conference sponsored by education non-profit Ithaka. Purdue is one of a growing number of universities and colleges across the country where the in-house press and library are working more closely together, offering a glimpse into the possible future of academic publishing.
From ProQuest: ProQuest announced today that an affiliate of Goldman Sachs will purchase a significant minority equity interest in the Company, including the stake held by private equity firm ABRY Partners. Goldman Sachs will join majority shareholder Cambridge Information Group (CIG) as a partner. “Our aim is to continue to strengthen ProQuest’s industry position through [...]
t’s rare to get to talk with five of the top thinkers from the library field all at once. I got to do that as moderator of the keynote panel that kicked off the virtual event “The Digital Shift (TDS): Reinventing Libraries,” held October 16. Participating in a group webcast from all over the country were Dan Cohen, founding director of the Digital Public Library of America; Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services [IMLS]); Deborah Jacobs, director of the Global Libraries initiative for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Barbara Stripling, assistant professor at Syracuse University and president of the American Library Association; and John P. Wilkin, university librarian and dean of libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
From KUOW: Librarians have long asked you to “shhh,” and starting Monday, they may also ask you to please stop waving your gun around. That’s because the Seattle Public Library now allows patrons to pack heat – provided they do so respectfully. The library’s board reversed its long-standing rule banning firearms after reviewing a state [...]
From SirsiDynix: SirsiDynix today announced the acquisition of EOS International, a California-based technology company [based in Carlsbad] that develops solutions for legal, government, corporate, medical, and other special library customers. [Clip] Because of their unique focus on special libraries, the EOS products and services will continue to be developed and maintained as currently constituted. There [...]
Dalhousie University’s library system was in a bind. Bound books, mostly out-of-date academic journals that had since been uploaded to online databases, had been piling up for years. At nearly 50,000 volumes, the library was running out of space, and shredding didn't work. When builder and inventor David Cameron heard of the problem, he hoped to solve two problems at once, by using them to insulate an abandoned schoolhouse that’s now a community center focused on sustainability.
As amply proved by the 2013 Academy of American Poets Prizes ceremony, held October 25 at the New School in New York City, contemporary poetry is not the sealed-off playground it’s sometimes thought to be but continually bears witness, in ways that are sometimes grand, sometimes intimate, and always stylistically distinctive. (At the event, part [...]
FICTION Galloway, Steven. The Confabulist. Riverhead. May 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781594631962. $27.95. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Galloway’s poignant, sharp-eyed The Cellist of Sarajevo was both a commercial and a critical success, having sold over 100,000 copies, won multiple awards (e.g., the Evergreen Award), been nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Award and Scotiabank Giller Prize, been featured by [...]