The latest ereviews from the September 1, 2013 issue.
Reviews of The Newton Awards: A History of Genius in Science and Technology, The Warbler Guide, and St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, plus a full list of Reference reviews from September 1, 2013.
From the EdX Web Site: EdX today announced its partnership with Google to jointly develop the edX open source learning platform, Open edX, and expand the availability of the platform and its learning tools to individuals and institutions around the world. In collaboration with Google, edX will build out and operate MOOC.org [launching in early 2014], [...]
With belts tightening in departments across campus, the University of Southern Florida library faced cuts to its hours, which had been 24 hours a day, five days a week. Administrators, though, seemingly underestimated how much USF students counted on the library to play host to all night study sessions. When the reduced hours went into effect on August 26, USF students returned to school to find a library that opened at 7:30 a.m. weekday mornings, only to shutter its doors at midnight. In response, hundreds of students protested the decision with “sit-outs” and letter writing campaigns. Those protests paid off last week, when administration and library officials announced the return of the library’s popular ‘up-all-night’ schedule.
This following article from The Washington Post has more about discarded library books (here’s our post from Sunday) and also looks at plans to revamp the entire library system. From WaPo: The discarded books have opened a broader discussion about the library’s long-term plan, which would eliminate the requirement for fully trained librarians, reduce branch staff and cut the [...]
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has awarded the Round Rock Public Library System a grant of $49,500 to build Innovation Station, an after-school maker space and program that aims to engage middle schoolers in project-based science, technology, engineering, mathematics, art and design activities. The grant is part of a total $1.6 million in awards that TSLAC is distributing in fiscal 2014 to Texas library programs.
On October 16, Library Journal and School Library Journal will host “The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries.” Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is a gold sponsor of the event, and LJ reached out to Jim Draper, Vice President and General Manager, Gale, in the first of a series of interviews addressing how the ongoing digital shift is transforming libraries.
This week in the School Library Journal /Library Journal stacks, staffers are perusing murder by man and animal; spies; cult TV shows; boarding schools/riding camps; and fun times with werewolves. It’s a September smorgasbord of reading! Ian Chant, Associate Editor, News & Features, LJ I just finished The Jennifer Morgue (Ace) by Charles Stross, which [...]
Look over this week’s list of forthcoming March 2014 titles, and you will be struck immediately by the presence of African and African diaspora writers. The picks include Teju Cole’s Every Day Is for the Thief, set in Lagos and following up his original, eye-popping debut, Open City; and Dinaw Mengestu’s All Our Names, another [...]
Aidi, Hisham. Paint It Black: Music and the Roots of the New Muslim Youth Culture. Pantheon. Mar. 2014. 432p. ISBN 9780375424908. $27.95. SOCIAL SCIENCE/ISLAMIC STUDIES Since 9/11, young Muslims worldwide have worked to forge a distinctively racial, radicalized identity in the face of the West’s War Against Terror, resisting American efforts in particular to subsume [...]
Ackroyd, Peter. Three Brothers. Nan A. Talese: Doubleday. Mar. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9780385538619. $25.95. LITERARY A Guardian and Whitbread winner for his fiction and renowned for his crusading biography and history as well, Ackroyd here revisits 1960s London with the help of brothers Harry, Daniel, and Sam Hanway, youngsters in a Camden Town council estate [...]
DeJean, Joan. How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City. Bloomsbury USA. Mar. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781608195916. $28. HISTORY Everyone thinks of Paris as being remade in the 19th century under the direction of Baron Haussmann, but DeJean argues that its real rebirth occurred as it emerged from the medieval past in the [...]
Another report about weeding gone wrong. This time we head to Northern Virginia, a few miles from Washington, D.C. From WTOP Radio: Thousands of Fairfax County library books have been tossed in a big dumpster. Some of them show their wear, but others appear nearly unopened. “This doesn’t really happen in Fairfax County,” Providence Supervisor [...]
From the “From Our Corner” Blog (Washington Secretary of State): One of the Washington State Archives’ chief responsibilities is to preserve the millions of paper records under its care. Last week, that duty was put to the test when a freak flood at the State Records Center in Tumwater soaked dozens of cardboard boxes full [...]
Reviews of Nightmare Range, The Devil’s Interval, W Is for Wasted, and Aunty Lee’s Delights, plus a full list of Mystery reviews from the September 1, 2013 issue.
Nearly 10,000 students at 20 local schools now have access to the Indianapolis Public Library's collection of nearly two million items as part of the library's growing Shared System, an inter-library collaboration that provides online circulation services and joint access to the catalogs and collections of member institutions.
Susannah Cleveland examines ways that music librarians can help patrons locate and search for specific pieces of music.
Long Island’s Jericho Public Library, Hampton Library, and Mattituck-Laurel Library each recently launched customized versions of CapiraMobile, a new suite of native apps for Apple iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Nook devices
It’s been a long, hot summer for Apple, as the case against the tech company for allegedly conspiring with big-name publishers to fix the price of ebooks in the iBooks Store drew to its conclusion. The company finally got a bit of good news last week, though, as federal Judge Denise Cote mitigated the sanctions originally proposed for the company. The final terms of the injunction, signed yesterday by Judge Cote, take much of the sting out of a series of penalties suggested by the Department of Justice (DOJ), which Apple’s lawyers complained were excessively harsh.
Great titles on birding.