Librarians always seem to believe they’re living through revolutionary times, and perhaps they are. The world of libraries, like the world in general, is constantly in flux. But let us assume revolutionary change has been the norm in libraries for the last few decades. It’s actually pretty easy to point to historical moments of significant change, analyze their motives, and see how things turned out. We have at least two technological revolutions in libraries that are now distant enough for us to gain some historical perspective.
A new erotic "choose your own adventure" from d'Abo, a "perfect" follow-up from Gary, a fresh debut from Latham, and a welcome short story from Miller
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Cabot misses the mark with a religious conspiracy, while Reichs keeps readers guessing with a new Temperance Brennan adventure
Cooking reviews from the August 2013 issue.
Reviews of A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life, Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris, The Inheritor’s Powder: A Tale of Arsenic, Murder, and the New Forensic Science, plus a full list of Science & Technology reviews from the August 2013 issue.
ProQuest affiliate R.R. Bowker, a bibliographic information provider, today signed a definitive agreement to sell its Bowker Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions products to global information company Nielsen.
Good leaders need to make good decisions. Unfortunately we humans make bad decisions—for all the wrong reasons. Anything thing we can do as leaders to give ourselves an edge in making better decisions is good for our organizations. Chip and Dan Heath offer a four-step process for better decision-making.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 2:00-3:00 PM ET Credit cards are a way of life, even at public libraries. However, many library decision-makers are unsure of how to meet their obligations when it comes to protecting patron information. Confusion about the PCI Data Security Standard can inadvertently expose the library to serious consequences. This Webcast will provide clear-cut, definitive answers about how to accept credit cards, protect patron privacy, and comply with the PCI Standard. Presenters include library professionals who have confronted the challenge as well as an independent Qualified Security Assessor to answer your specific questions.Register Now!
Audio publishers are moving way beyond their core audience to capture sales to both libraries and consumers. In June, Random House Audio Group launched an online/radio/print ad campaign that reinforces what librarians already know: you don’t have to be a commuter or road-tripper to listen. Working out? Knitting? Ironing? The campaign website, TryAudiobooks.com, even features a “personal audiobook assistant” that can match how long your project will take to titles of similar length. The ad campaign caught the attention of the New York Times.
Reviews of Encyclopedia of Cesar Chavez, the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Trees, and Library Journal Reviews starred reviewJustices of the United States Supreme Court, plus a full list of Reference reviews from the August 2013 issue.
From the NY3Rs Association: The Library Publishing Toolkit [edited by Allison P. Brown] looks at the broad and varied landscape of library publishing through discussions, case studies, and shared resources. From supporting writers, authors, and filmmakers in the public library setting to academic libraries hosting open access journals and books, this collection examines opportunities for libraries [...]
From the CBC: Quebec is looking at ways to help small independent bookstores compete against big box retailers by imposing fixed prices on newly released books. Public consultation hearings began Monday on a proposal to allow retailers to knock off no more than 10 per cent from the cover price on new books for the [...]
From a TorrentFreak Blog Post: Boasting a collection of tens of thousands of eBooks, Springer is one of the larger publishers dealing with this emerging threat. To show what they’re doing to prevent the unauthorized distribution of eBooks, the company has recently updated its anti-piracy strategy. Like most other copyright holders, Springer is mainly focused on sending [...]
Smile! You’re at the library. (-: From Gothamist: The New York Public Library is getting into the selfie game. They’ve brought photobooths to their halls, available for free for anyone to use. We’re told one is currently at the 42nd Street building, and another at the Mid-Manhattan Library across the street (which will soon start [...]
Will Today host Natalie Morales become the next Oprah? Publishers frustrated by the lack of national television exposure for their authors are keeping their fingers crossed. This morning NBC’s Today show announced the launch of the Today Book Club, a monthly interactive digital and on-air initiative. Its first pick is Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season [...]
Judging by the upcoming fall publishing season, there will be plenty of speculative fiction titles to sharpen readers’ minds, but no one particular trend is leading the charge. Sf and fantasy has attracted a far more diverse readership than ever before, and publishing success can be found by exploring that diversity. Military sf and space opera stage a revival, fantasy goes dark, and digital publishing is here to stay.
As publishing evolves and writers turn to digital outlets to create and distribute new works, major publishers like Random House Publishing Group, a division of the newly formed Penguin Random House, have committed to finding these new authors and delivering exciting fresh content to today’s most tech-savvy readers. Sarah Peed is the associate editor at [...]
All eyes are on Miami-Dade, as they should be. The tragic budget cuts that will almost halve what has been a highly regarded public library system should have every library leader on alert. I worry that it’s a suffering canary in the coal mine, a warning we can’t ignore. We must understand what happens there.