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.
Very Cool and Very Informative! From a Post on the DigitalNZ Blog by the Developer of the Interactive Visualization: This blog post details an interactive visualisation of DigitalNZ data, which you can experiment with as a Google Fusion Table. [Clip] At the time of writing, DigitalNZ works with 140 content providers to make New Zealand digital content easier [...]
We’re reading across the spectrum this week at Library Journal/School Library Journal, with nonfiction and fiction both represented. A cross theme of strong women, from actress Anjelica Huston to warrior maiden Alanna to Anne Frank’s sister, is in play, with some humor and fantastic fantasy thrown in. There’s also real-life drama, as beleaguered hospital staffers [...]
Recently, I had the pleasure of talking with Jamie Ford, author of the mega-best-selling Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and now Songs of Willow Frost, which is publishing this month and has just appeared on the first LibraryReads list. Here’s the result of our conversation. “I like complicated family stories, stories [...]
From an ITHAKA S+R E-Mail: Nancy Fried Foster, an anthropologist and well-known expert in helping libraries redesign their spaces and services to meet the needs of today’s researchers, has joined the not-for-profit research and consulting group Ithaka S+R. Widely recognized for her work at the University of Rochester Libraries that began in 2003 , Foster [...]
Feldman, Deborah. Exodus. Blue Rider. Mar. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780399162770. $26.95. MEMOIR As she recounted in her eye-opening memoir, Unorthodox, a New York Times best seller, Feldman was raised in a strict Satmar Hasidic community in Brooklyn but eventually abandoned her roots and a loveless marriage, attending Sarah Lawrence College and becoming a writer. Here [...]
Box, C.J. Stone Cold. Putnam. Mar. 2014. 384p. ISBN 9780399160769. $26.95. CRIME Joe Pickett investigates a mysterious Black Hills rancher whose two companions include a “stone cold” killer and, even worse, a bad-news guy from Pickett’s past. From the multi-award-winning Box, who’s given us 14 Joe Pickett novels and four stand-alones. Brooks, Terry. The [...]
Allitt, Patrick. A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism. Penguin Pr: Penguin Group (USA). Mar. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9781594204661. $29.95. HISTORY Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University, Allitt will likely raise a few hackles with this environmental history, which sweeps from the atomic bomb and postwar suburbanization, to the [...]
The Pew Internet & American Life Project released the Cell Internet Use 2013 report today. From the Report Nearly two-thirds (63%) of cell phone owners now use their phone to go online, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. We call them “cell internet users” and define [...]
Reviews on global issues from the September 1, 2013 issue.
Recent titles on Harry S Truman from the September 1, 2013 issue.
Recent titles on Timbuktu from the September 1, 2013 issue.