As the cold weather circles, Library Journal and School Library Journal editors batten down the hatches and snuggle up with books set in Afghanistan, second grade, alternate fantasy worlds, Baltimore, and any place Alice Munro wants to take us. Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, LJ I’m reading Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner (Riverhead). I’m not loving [...]
From the IFLA Web Site: There was participation from 56 libraries from all over the world. The  survey presents: more than 20 indicators which give a snapshot of current trends regarding inputs, collections, expenditures, staff and outputs. for the second year, data about hot topics such as electronic services and social networking the ranking [...]
From Bowdoin College News Page What can modern computational techniques tell us about science, philosophy, and culture in the Italian Renaissance? Just ask Crystal Hall, a scholar of Galileo Galilei and, as of this fall, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities for Bowdoin’s new Digital and Computational Studies Initiative. Hall has spent the past decade working on identifying [...]
The ABCs of Rube Goldberg, Kafka's The Castle, Marquez and Ryan's 3D collaboration, comics from digital to print, and gorgeous black-and-white silhouettes from Nilsen
Amy Einhorn, publisher and vice president of Amy Einhorn Books: Penguin Random House, has published some top-of-the-charts books, among them Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, and Sarah Blake’s The Postmistress. (Personal favorites from her imprint range from Mark T. Mustian’s The Gendarme to Tanis Rideout’s Above All Things). So [...]
True crime is not just about blood and bodies. It also encompasses art theft. These titles explore permanent losses and recovered works.
Video games are already raising many of the thorniest challenges in the field of digital preservation, and as games continue to become more complex, those challenges are rapidly compounding. One of the most extensive recent efforts to analyze these challenges has been the Preserving Virtual Worlds (PVW) project, a collaborative research venture of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Stanford, the University of Maryland, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and digital entertainment developer Linden Lab, best known for the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game Second Life.
Cunningham, Michael. The Snow Queen. Farrar. May 2014. 272p. ISBN 9780374266325. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374710347. CD: Macmillan Audio. LITERARY FICTION Lovelorn yet again, Barrett Meeks looks to the sky as he wanders through New York’s Central Park and is transfixed by a luminous white light that beams down on him angelically, inducing a religious conversion [...]
Atkins, Ace. Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot. Putnam. May 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780399161582. $26.95. MYSTERY/DETECTIVE Top New England Patriots player Kinjo Heywood is the media’s bad boy, ever on display for violently acting out, so his agent hires Spenser to find the men reputedly causing Kinjo’s outbursts by harassing him. But Spenser’s assignment changes when [...]
Bland, Jeffrey & Dr. Dr. Mark Hyman. The Disease Delusion: A Radical New Way To Conquer the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life. HarperWave. May 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780062290731. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062290755. HEALTH/FITNESS The founder of Functional Medicine, which aims not to treat symptoms but to look for what [...]
The launch will take place on Wednesday (November 13, 2013) at a news conference in D.C. We will update this post with additional info and links when it becomes available. From the Smithsonian Institution: The Smithsonian will launch the public component of its 3-D digitization program Nov. 13. Twenty collection objects from its museums have [...]
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013, 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET Using usage statistics in various forms has been an important topic for those evaluating library collections, and making purchase and cancellation decisions. New research projects in libraries are amassing and analyzing standardized usage data across many different types of libraries and resources to identify new usage benchmarks for resources.This webcast will highlight a few of these projects and report on what librarians working with them are seeing so far. Register Now!
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013, 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET Scholars are looking beyond traditional metrics to show the impact their work can have in the online world, while publishers are looking to show more value for their content. This has led to looking at other sources of data to determine other ways to consider value. This webcast will highlight the work scholars and organizations are doing around alternative metrics and article-level use to expand the definition of the impact of scholarly exchange.Register Now!
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET This webcast will give an overview of how academic libraries are using data to drive decisions. The presentation will touch on the terminology, tools, services, and data available to libraries and provide real world examples of how academic libraries have used data to enhance services, improve online tools, and develop collections. Sarah Tudesco will also touch on how to communicate data to various stakeholders. Attendees will depart with a number of resources to learn more including the best books, blogs, journals, Twitter handles and more to continue learning as well as maintain a solid command of the progress and practices of the data-driven academic library. Register Now!
Congratulations! You have worked hard to earn your degree and have been successful in finding a professional position that suits your skills and abilities. You have navigated a competitive job market in the midst of a recession, and, in spite of reduced budgets, you have been able to launch your career. But no library school, however full of internships and practicums, can fully prepare you for day-to-day life as a working librarian. Here are some hints to help you fit into your role and have a fruitful and rewarding lifework—all based on observations from years of mentoring new employees.
Midwest Tape’s pay-per-circ streaming media service hoopla has announced the addition of thousands of popular movies and television shows to its lineup, through new agreements with Universal Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, National Geographic, and BBC America.
The latest cooking reviews from the November 15, 2013 issue.
New database releases.
Old favorites and shiny new toys make this year's list of the best databases for your library.
A look at ways that librarians, professors, and other academics are addressing how students use Wikipedia.