Busy day for library advocacy. First, the news from EveryLibrary about the launch of EveryLibrary California. Now, advocacy-related news from ALA. From the American Library Association: The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) will immediately begin work on a national public policy agenda and action plan for U.S. libraries with support [...]
EveryLibrary, the library advocacy PAC led by John Chrastka, has just launched EveryLibrary California. What does the group plan to do? From the Introductory Blog Post: EveryLibrary California is here for state-wide voter advocacy and winning funding for libraries at the state level. We firmly believe that libraries are one of the most important institutions for [...]
Like many librarians, Tulsa City-County Library faced a disconnect when it came to providing face-to-face readers’ advisory service. We didn’t always get the opportunity to do so. Most library customers didn’t know they could ask for book suggestions. On the rare occasions when people approached the desk to request “a good book to read,” the responses varied dramatically depending on who was working the desk and how comfortable they felt answering RA questions. We sought ways to reach more readers and improve the quality of the face-to-face RA service we provided. Our answer came in the form of personalized, form-based RA. In 2011, we launched Your Next Great Read. It completely transformed our RA service.
Crafts & DIY reviews from the November 15, 2013 issue.
The Shelley-Godwin Archive, a free online resource featuring the digitized manuscripts of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft, will include tools designed to encourage collaborative humanities research, similar to collaborative public projects in the sciences.
The latest in library products & furnishings from the Fall 2013 Library by Design supplement to Library Journal.
In connection with Veterans Day and this month’s “Collection Development” piece that Ed Burgess (EB) and I (MH) wrote on World War I, we thought we’d chat about our World War I-related hobbies. EB: I’m a modeler. I admit it freely, without shame. I don’t have the collector’s obsessive gene that you have, Margaret. MH: [...]
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!