Anselme, Daniel. On Leave. Faber & Faber. Mar. 2014. 224p. tr. from French by David Bellos. ISBN 9780865478954. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780865478961. LITERARY Anselme’s classic explains what it’s like for soldiers to return home from an unpopular war in a distant realm. No, it’s not about Vietnam. It was published in Paris in 1957, as [...]
Black, Benjamin. The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel. Holt. Mar. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780805098143. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780805098150. CD: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY Man Booker prize winner John Banville again changes tack to write as Benjamin Black, and Black changes tack, too, leaving behind series hero Quirke, consultant pathologist at the Dublin morgue, to revive [...]
Deconstructing the conference model, worries about the future of innovation in libraries and investing social energy. This and much more in this week’s episode of TWIL: your weekly dose of library innovation! thisweekinlibraries.com
Characters from earlier books reemerge in new locations and time periods, giving readers the gift of a constantly refreshed storywell.
In an effort to enhance access options for people who aren’t affiliated with universities, colleges, or high schools, not-for-profit digital library JSTOR has launched JPASS, a new program offering individual users access to 1,500 journals from JSTOR’s archive collection.
A seminal meal in southeast France leads to a culinary revolution; suggest these read-alikes, read-arounds, and watch-around to immerse your patrons in your library's cooking, art, and DVD collections.
From The Bookseller: Some Sheffield libraries could be turned into wine bars or restaurants with a library attached, if council plans go ahead. The city council has revealed the names of the groups and companies that have expressed an interest in keeping open 16 branches that are threatened with closure. From the Sheffield Telegraph [The list] [...]
Released yesterday by LC’s National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. From the iTunes App Store (via Twitter and iOSnoops): The BARD Mobile app provides access to braille and talking books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD). BARD contains nearly 50,000 books, magazines, and music scores in audio and [...]
Karmic goings-on from Andrews, a debut that's a cut above the average paranormal, alien invasion with a slight steampunk edge, McCarthy's second foray into new adult territory is riveting, Selvig's latest will have readers on the edge of their seats
In a move that underscores OverDrive’s plans to support a robust selection of streaming video for libraries, the company on Tuesday announced the appointment of Lee C. Milstein to the newly created position of chief strategy officer. Milstein was most recently head of the news content partnership team for Google’s YouTube division, and previously held [...]
Gambit brings back the fun albeit shallow style of the comic stories of 20 years ago; sadly, Barlow & company's R.I.P.D. reads like a rush job
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
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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.