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  • Your Digital Branch has Unique Content

    David Lee King
    David Lee King
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    Did you know that Emerald Group Publishing has a Special Features part of their website? They have some really useful articles there … one of them being an article from me! I just posted this – Your Digital Branch has Unique Content. What do I talk about? What the title says – the fact that your library’s website – your digital branch – has some very unique content. Think ebooks, or the full catalog vs browsing the shelves for stuff not checked out. And some other ideas too. Go read it!
  • Librarians Greedy and Brave

    Annoyed Librarian
    Annoyed Librarian
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s been a strange week for librarians in the news. From China comes the odd story of a former librarian  at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts who has admitted that in addition to digitizing the art collection he stole numerous paintings, replaced them with forgeries, and then sold the originals, making over $5 million […]
  • Librarian of Progress – it’s time

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    jessamyn
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    Librarian of PROgress. Let’s start the conversation. People have been asking me, and they may be asking you, about the job opening for Librarian of Congress. I put together this little one-page website to give people a run down of the important issues as I see them. #nextloc
  • History In Job Titles

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    Brian Herzog
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    I was looking at some old Town of Chelmsford annual reports recently, to research the opening of one of the High School buildings in town. Just by chance, I came across a page that stood out to me (for obvious reasons): Chelmsford was a much more agricultural community in 1917, so it makes sense that moths could be a big deal, and that the town would have someone inspecting slaughterhouses. But they still made me laugh, and double-check if these positions are still on the Town payroll (they didn't seem to be). History is fun.
  • Revising the Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators

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    acrlguest
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    ACRLog welcomes a guest post from Sara Harrington, Head of Arts and Archives at Ohio University Libraries. Your thoughts and feedback are invited! The Instruction Section has charged a Task Force to Revise the 2007 document “Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators” as part of the Section’s cyclical review of standards. The work of this Task Force builds on the recommendations of an earlier review task force that recommended that the Standards be revised to: adopt a contextual and holistic approach and wider vision which encompasses the roles and…
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    David Lee King

  • Your Digital Branch has Unique Content

    David Lee King
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    Did you know that Emerald Group Publishing has a Special Features part of their website? They have some really useful articles there … one of them being an article from me! I just posted this – Your Digital Branch has Unique Content. What do I talk about? What the title says – the fact that your library’s website – your digital branch – has some very unique content. Think ebooks, or the full catalog vs browsing the shelves for stuff not checked out. And some other ideas too. Go read it!
  • Serving People Who are Different Than You

    David Lee King
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    I just read the book Crafting the Customer Experience For People Not Like You: How to Delight and Engage the Customers Your Competitors Don’t Understand, by Kelly McDonald (that is one long title!). I read it around the same time I attended ALA’s annual conference in San Francisco. There was a lot of discussion about diversity, as there always is at a library conference. Which is awesome. When we talk about diversity at one of those events, usually “diversity” means minorities, gender, and sexual preference. This book had a slightly different take on that. Kelly says…
  • Make your Website UX ROCK

    David Lee King
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    I recently spoke at the New England Library Association’s ITS Spring Event in Portsmouth, NH. Fun day, cool people! I spoke about library website UX, and provided some tips on making library websites easier to use. They made a video of my talk – here it is! Here’s another talk from that day. This panel includes two case studies of library website redesign projects, from Andrea Bunker and Sarah Leonardi. They have different perspectives – so watch this one too! Enjoy!
  • Social Media Best Practices

    David Lee King
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Ever wish a social media company like Facebook or Twitter would tell you the best way to post on their site? Well – you’re in luck! Most social media companies want to embrace the business user (that’s you), and have some sort of best practices that they share. Here’s a listing of current Best Practices for popular social media sites: Facebook Pages – The current one, Facebook for Business, has a lot of tips for a Facebook Page. Here’s a link to a copy of their older Best Practices guide, which has some very practical posting tips that are still useful. YouTube –…
  • Books is Not Your Brand

    David Lee King
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Businesses and organizations have some pretty recognizable stuff. McDonald’s has their hamburger. Nike has their swooshy logo and their “just do it” tagline. Google has their search engine. Apple has the iPhone. These things – products, logos, and taglines – aren’t brands. They are products, consumables, and marketing projects. They are things the company produces. But what’s a brand? Here are some definitions: “A brand is a person’s gut feeling about a product, service, or organization” (from gist brands) “… your brand is a story, a set of…
 
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  • Librarian of Progress – it’s time

    jessamyn
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    Librarian of PROgress. Let’s start the conversation. People have been asking me, and they may be asking you, about the job opening for Librarian of Congress. I put together this little one-page website to give people a run down of the important issues as I see them. #nextloc
  • I need to find a public domain image of _______. How do I do that?

    jessamyn
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:04 am
    Reference question of the day was about finding public domain images. Everyone’s got their go-tos. If I am looking for illustrations or old photos specifically I’ll often use other people’s searches on top of the Internet Archive’s content. Here’s a little how to. 1. Check the Internet Archive Book Images feed on Flickr. What I often do is search (which finds the words that surround the images) and then click straight through to the book (which is always linked in the metadata) and then fish around. For example… Search for cricket…
  • My pecha kucha talk about Open Library

    jessamyn
    27 May 2015 | 12:16 pm
    I went to the Vermont Library Conference last week and mostly handed out Vermont Libraries Passports but I also gave a short talk about Open Library in pecha kucha format. I’d never done one of these before. Twenty slides, twenty seconds each. Total talk is under seven minutes. You have to be brief and you have to practice. This was a session with six or seven presenters and we got to learn a little bit about a lot of topics. You can probably see what mine was about by watching my abbreviated slide show. I also learned how to make an animated GIF from a slideshow which is not as tough…
  • Continuing to talk about the empowerment divide – CTlibs15

    jessamyn
    10 May 2015 | 3:22 pm
    I somehow managed to screw up the hashtag for my Connecticut Library Association slides so they’re at librarian.net/talks/cla15 instead of findable collocated with the CTLibs15 tag. I’ve rectified that here. I took some time off from public speaking in the last six months. Wanted to get some new ideas percolating. Was doing more writing and less speaking andtrying to do more listening. It was useful. I’m now back around. I filled in for a speaker who cancelled lateish at CLA last month in Groton CT and I’ve got a few more speaking gigs coming up including another CLA…
  • Not the Avengers of librarianship. Thoughts on the DPLA/White House/FirstBook/IMLS/ALA thing

    jessamyn
    5 May 2015 | 10:49 am
    It could have been the Avengers of librarianing. All these powerhouses working together to help increase low-income childrens’ access to good reading material. But I don’t think that’s how it worked out. Here are my thoughts on last week’s press releases about this new set of programs. Written for The Message. Aren’t libraries already doing that?
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    Swiss Army Librarian

  • History In Job Titles

    Brian Herzog
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    I was looking at some old Town of Chelmsford annual reports recently, to research the opening of one of the High School buildings in town. Just by chance, I came across a page that stood out to me (for obvious reasons): Chelmsford was a much more agricultural community in 1917, so it makes sense that moths could be a big deal, and that the town would have someone inspecting slaughterhouses. But they still made me laugh, and double-check if these positions are still on the Town payroll (they didn't seem to be). History is fun.
  • Reference Question of the Week – 7/12/15

    Brian Herzog
    18 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    Here's a question I may not have been able to answer successfully a few years ago - actually, luck had a lot to do with this success, because even for my community the answer would still be mixed. A patron emailed in to ask, Do you know who would have Lowell High School yearbooks available? Lowell is the city next door to the town in which I work. We have a print collection of Chelmsford High School yearbooks, so my first thought (that is, my first hope) was that the Lowell Library would have the same for their high school*. Unfortunately, when I called over, the librarian there said they do…
  • Reference Question of the Week – 7/5/15

    Brian Herzog
    11 Jul 2015 | 12:50 pm
    This was actually a reference question I asked myself, but it's sort of summery so maybe relevant to other people - and, hopefully, helpful. I was outside playing one day a few weeks ago and ended up with pine sap on my favorite pair of shorts. That's the worst because I don't like going shopping, and I thought that sap meant pretty much the end of clothes. I was sad, so I put them aside in the hopes that the sap would just evaporate naturally. I came across them last week, and was able to determine that sap doesn't naturally evaporate out of shorts. Since no laundry experts were around to…
  • Cross-Branding the Library Symbol

    Brian Herzog
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:11 am
    My pre-library background is in marketing, so branding and logos and things are never far from my mind. Over the July 4th weekend, I took the opportunity to throw together some library versions of famous logos (that is, I was too lazy to get off the couch one day so this was a way to entertain myself). Everyone knows the traditional library symbol... Here's one to get us attention during the comic book movies trend... And one to appeal to athletes... The straight-backed posture above seemed too static, so here's the same thing with some forward energy (or the reader just to a good part in…
  • Microsoft Clipart Surprise

    Brian Herzog
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Here's a real turkey of an Easter Egg right before Independence Day: I was searching the Microsoft clipart gallery in Powerpoint because I needed a picture of a Teddy Bear for an event listing on our calendar. And skimming the results, the third one down on the left looked like it might be a good candidate... So now click on the image above to share in my surprise at that particular clipart bear's scary costume. Is this an April Fool's joke? I don't know where Microsoft's online clipart gallery is pulling from, but they are far more prepared with clipart for all types of occasions and…
 
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  • Revising the Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators

    acrlguest
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    ACRLog welcomes a guest post from Sara Harrington, Head of Arts and Archives at Ohio University Libraries. Your thoughts and feedback are invited! The Instruction Section has charged a Task Force to Revise the 2007 document “Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators” as part of the Section’s cyclical review of standards. The work of this Task Force builds on the recommendations of an earlier review task force that recommended that the Standards be revised to: adopt a contextual and holistic approach and wider vision which encompasses the roles and…
  • A Year Down, 211 Miles to Go

    Lindsay O'Neill
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    This weekend* I’m leaving to hike the John Muir Trail. I’ll hike the 211 mile trail in about three weeks. While I’m hiking, my official one-year anniversary of working as an academic librarian will pass, so taking a break from work sounds like an excellent way to celebrate. While the trail will be physically demanding, I look forward to not having to think beyond putting one foot in front of the other. I’ve done more than enough thinking in my action-packed first year as an academic librarian. When I accepted a new position as Instructional Design Librarian, I knew that I’d have my…
  • One Instructional Philosophy to Unite Them All

    acrlguest
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    ACRLog welcomes a guest post from Nicole Pagowsky, Research & Learning Librarian and Instruction Coordinator at the University of Arizona Libraries. You can find her on Twitter at @pumpedlibrarian. When I first thought about writing this post, I considered how boring it would sound to read an article about a library’s instructional philosophy. Who is going to be racing to read that? I mean doesn’t it kind of seem like recycling in a way? We all know we should be doing it but it’s not necessarily exciting, and do we know for sure if those supposed recyclables aren’t actually just…
  • No Longer an FYAL

    Erin Miller
    13 Jul 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Exactly 365 days ago I was exactly ten days into my job as the Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of North Texas. Well, actually – 365 days ago from today, July 13, 2015, was a Sunday (not a Monday) and I was flying to Texas after a belated going-away party back home. How do I know that? By visiting my Facebook profile and flipping through the events of that last year until I found the photos and posts from July 13, 2014. Seeing everything all at once like that was a bit disorienting. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and miss the big picture…especially, I…
  • Summer doldrums: Regenerating some mojo, or How sweet it really is

    Jennifer Jarson
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    The end of the semester / start of summer can be a difficult time. A hectic and demanding (and fun, to be sure) semester can be draining, and my motivation sometimes wanes. I’m not the only one plagued by this lethargy. It’s a common complaint for (and bond between!) those of us in higher ed. In late April and early May, June shines brightly as a coveted reward for us academic folk suffering from a touch of burnout. The promise of its wide-open schedule is alluring and sustaining. Yet June never really delivers, does it? Summer’s to-do list isn’t any shorter than the semester’s. In…
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  • Berkman Fellow

    griffey
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    I am thrilled to be able to announce that I have been invited to be a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University for the 2015-2016 academic year. While there, I will be working to explore communities’ engagement with open, inexpensive hyperlocal digital networks, with special emphasis on bridging inequality of information access…for example, studying how LibraryBox and systems like it are used in areas with limited or no infrastructure. From my initial statement of research for Berkman: My research plan would include communication with the…
  • Flags & Speech & Hate & Fear

    griffey
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about identity, specifically about Southern identity, and even more specifically about my own identity as a Southerner. As I’ve blogged about previously, I’m originally from Eastern Kentucky (Olive Hill, in Carter County to be precise), spent the majority of my 20s in Chapel Hill, NC, and since then have been living in rural Tennessee. I have effectively never lived outside the South, except for a brief period during a failed PhD bid at the University of Maryland at College Park. For those of you that know me as a librarian, you’ve…
  • ALA Annual Conference 2015

    griffey
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    At the end of this week, myself and about 20,000 of my librarian and library-adjacent colleagues will be jetting off to lovely San Francisco for the American Library Association Annual Conference. The conference is always a highlight of my year, and this summer is a particularly busy one for me. There are a bunch of responsibilities as a part of my Knight News Challenge project, Measure the Future, as well as my last set of Board meetings with LITA as Chair of Bylaws and Parliamentarian. If you want to schedule some time at ALA to talk to me about an upcoming technology consulting or…
  • Library Technology: Problems, Futures, and Directions

    griffey
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:42 am
    This is a keynote that I delivered at the MOBIUS Consortium conference in Columbia, Missouri on June 2, 2015. I talk about why library technology is terrible, why technology is a unique thing, the speed of change, what technological futures are near, and the broad strokes of how I think libraries need to respond in order to suck less at tech. It’s a fun time for everyone. There’s one little technical glitch in the middle where Keynote decided to crash, but otherwise I’m pleased with the way this came together. Just a few hours after I gave my presentation, in which I talk…
  • LibraryBox v2.1 Public Beta

    griffey
    21 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    I’m thrilled to finally have the ability to announce that the v2.1 release for LibraryBox is now available as a Public Beta. What does that mean? It means that while we think we have all the bugs ironed out, we can’t be sure, and we need some brave souls that are willing to help us make sure. The benefits of the v2.1 release are many: CSS styled directory listings that are fully responsive The addition of the Mozilla l10n translation engine that allows for multi-language support for theLibraryBox interface. In the initial v2.1 release, we have 10 languages supported: German…
 
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    ResearchBuzz

  • Oklahoma, Mongolia, Patents, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, July 27th, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
    NEW RESOURCES Historic maps of Oklahoma are now available for viewing online. “The collection includes more than 15,000 maps from 1820 to the present, including the 1,900 now online. It features Oklahoma streets and highways, counties and towns, waterways, railways, American Indian populations, cemeteries, telecommunication lines, trails, borderlines and boundaries, including U.S. government agency maps, [Chad] Williams said.” Google Street View went to Mongolia and oh, wow. “Last fall we strapped a Street View camera onto a four-wheel drive pickup truck to begin capturing…
  • Typography, Twitter, Slack, More: Monday Morning Buzz, July 27th, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:49 am
    NEW RESOURCES A new crowdfunded investigative journalism site is being launched in Scotland. “Called the Ferret, the web-based project said it plans to draw on successful investigative journalism collectives, including De Correspondent in the Netherlands and the Belfast-based outfit The Detail, to produce independent investigations and also stories it can sell on to mainstream outlets such as the Scottish and national press, Channel 4 News or the BBC.” The Ogden Museum is gathering memories of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita for a digital archive. “From Aug. 1 through…
  • Faulkner, Delicious, Video Games, More: Friday Buzz, June 24th, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:06 am
    NEW RESOURCES William Faulkner is getting a new online database. “More than 50 years after William Faulkner’s last book, educators are creating an online database of his books and short stories, featuring maps, characters and other information that can be accessed online by scholars and the public.” Want to explore video games? Two USC students made some cool tools. “In a UC-Santa Cruz research lab dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of computer games, two graduate students have combined linguistics and computational theory to create a new multidimensional library…
  • Advertising, Twitter, More: Thursday Evening Buzz, July 23rd, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:23 pm
    NEW RESOURCES The Internet Archive is going to have a 2016 political ad tracker. “We will be capturing all TV programming in select 2016 primary election locales, front-loaded to reflect early-state candidate winnowing. We hope to apply lessons learned during the primaries, to key general election battleground states in the fall. In addition to our regular TV news research library interface, we’ll be creating an online reference page for each unique-content political ad. These pages will present journalist fact-checking and other analysis. Accompanying these assessments will be…
  • Kentucky, Wine, Meerkat, More: Thursday Buzz, July 23rd, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:08 am
    NEW RESOURCES The state of Kentucky has launched a new database for lost and abandoned horses. “The state veterinarian’s office has launched a Stray and Abandoned Equine Database with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture where people can browse listings of horses that have been found.” A collection of records for London synagogue seatholders (1920-1939) has gone online. “Revealing details of positions held by forebears, researchers will be able to track ancestors who became wardens, council members, or served on committees of their synagogue, as well as seatholders…
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
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  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
  • Academic Movers 2015: In Depth with Hosea Tokwe

    Lisa Peet
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    In our most recent 2015 In-Depth Interview with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we spoke with Hosea Tokwe. In 2007 Tokwe, at the time a senior library assistant at Midlands State University (MSU) in Kweru, Zimbabwe, was given two boxes of books bound for the Matenda Primary School in rural Zimbabwe, donated by former students. The difficulties he encountered in simply getting the books to Matenda inspired him to singlehandedly establish a library at the school—no small task, as Zimbabwe was in the midst of ongoing political and social unrest…
  • Wisdom of the Crowd | Digital Collections

    Matt Enis
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    In 2005, a team of marine biologists led by Glenn Jones of Texas A&M University used inflation-adjusted pricing data from the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) collection of 45,000 restaurant menus, among other sources, to confirm the commercial overharvesting of abalone stocks along the California coast beginning in the 1920s, a sharp decline in the East Coast’s inshore lobster population that began in the 1950s, and other information regarding historical stocks of swordfish, oysters, halibut, haddock, sole, and other popular seafood. This goes to show how special collections can…
  • Students, Faculty Engage with Streaming Video | ALA Annual 2015

    Lisa Peet
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    From session slideshare, courtesy of SAGE The use of video in higher education isn’t new, but the delivery method is changing. Streaming video offers access to important content and cutting-edge issues, and is easy to integrate into online courses. However, its recent popularity in the classroom—both on campus and for distance education—requires faculty, librarians, and distributors alike to learn a new set of rules. The American Library Association’s (ALA) Video Round Table hosted a session at the ALA Annual Conference to examine student and faculty engagement with streaming video,…
 
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    Library Journal Reviews

  • From Page to Screen: Graphic Novels in Movies and Television

    LJ Reviews
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    With the recent explosion in comic book–based movies and television shows, now is a good time to reassess your graphic novel collection. To an old comic book fan like me, it’s simply astounding that characters such as Kingpin (from Daredevil) and Captain Cold (from The Flash) are on the lips of millions of casual film and TV viewers. What’s a librarian to do when new comic converts ask for a book about their latest favorite character, or a comic that is similar to their favorite show? Start with this handy list of graphic novels that have either inspired or been inspired by their…
  • Updraft by Fran Wilde | LJ Review

    LJ Reviews
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    Wilde, Fran. Updraft. Tor. Sept. 2015. ISBN 9780765377838. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466858206. SF On the eve of the wing test that will finally allow her to take her place alongside her mother as a trader between the towers, Kirit Densira breaks tower law and attracts a skymouth. In a panic, she finds an unexpected skill: her voice can control the invisible predators that roam the skies around the towers. This talent brings her to the attention of the Singers, those in charge of enforcing tower laws and protecting the people. Forced to train with the Singers, Kirit soon uncovers secrets about…
  • Thrillerfest X: What’s Trending in 2015

    Barbara Hoffert
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Held July 7–11 in New York City and sponsored by International Thriller Writers (ITW), this year’s Thrillerfest—the tenth annual event—really was somewhat more international in flavor than previous years. Authors present included Sara Blaedel, creator of the internationally best-selling series starring Det. Louise Rick and in 2014 voted Denmark’s most popular novelist for the fourth time in a row; best-selling French crime writers Eric Giacometti (Jacques Ravenne series) and David Khara (Consortium series); English masters Simon Toyne and Mark Billingham; Scottish author Mark…
  • Copper Canyon Announces a New Volume of Pablo Neruda Poems for April 2016

    Barbara Hoffert
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    In June 2014, researchers at the Pablo Neruda Foundation in Santiago, Chile, discovered 20 previously unknown poems by the widely admired poet-diplomat. Poetry lovers here have been waiting impatiently, but finally we have word that Washington State–based Copper Canyon Press has acquired the U.S. rights to the manuscript. We still have to wait some–the book will be published in April 2016—but the good news is the volume will be both hardcover and bilingual and will include full-color, facsimile presentations of Neruda’s handwritten poems. What’s more, the poems will be rendered in…
  • Prize-Worthy Aboulela, Screen-Worthy Cornwell & Endo, Thatcher’s Continuing Biography, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2015, Pt. 4

    Barbara Hoffert
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:46 am
    Aboulela, Leila. The Kindness of Enemies. Grove. Jan. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780802124487. $26. LITERARY FICTION Sudanese-born, Scotland-based, and relentlessly prize-worthy, Aboulela grabbed the Caine Prize for African Writing with a story from the collection Coloured Lights and the Scottish Book Award for her most recent novel, Lyrics Alley; that novel and her two others, The Translator and Minaret, were both longlisted for the Orange Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Here, she embraces history with the story of half-Russian, half-Sudanese history professor Natasha,…
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
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    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
 
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
 
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
 
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
 
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
 
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
 
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
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  • Thrillerfest X: What’s Trending in 2015

    Barbara Hoffert
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Held July 7–11 in New York City and sponsored by International Thriller Writers (ITW), this year’s Thrillerfest—the tenth annual event—really was somewhat more international in flavor than previous years. Authors present included Sara Blaedel, creator of the internationally best-selling series starring Det. Louise Rick and in 2014 voted Denmark’s most popular novelist for the fourth time in a row; best-selling French crime writers Eric Giacometti (Jacques Ravenne series) and David Khara (Consortium series); English masters Simon Toyne and Mark Billingham; Scottish author Mark…
  • Copper Canyon Announces a New Volume of Pablo Neruda Poems for April 2016

    Barbara Hoffert
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    In June 2014, researchers at the Pablo Neruda Foundation in Santiago, Chile, discovered 20 previously unknown poems by the widely admired poet-diplomat. Poetry lovers here have been waiting impatiently, but finally we have word that Washington State–based Copper Canyon Press has acquired the U.S. rights to the manuscript. We still have to wait some–the book will be published in April 2016—but the good news is the volume will be both hardcover and bilingual and will include full-color, facsimile presentations of Neruda’s handwritten poems. What’s more, the poems will be rendered in…
  • Prize-Worthy Aboulela, Screen-Worthy Cornwell & Endo, Thatcher’s Continuing Biography, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2015, Pt. 4

    Barbara Hoffert
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:46 am
    Aboulela, Leila. The Kindness of Enemies. Grove. Jan. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780802124487. $26. LITERARY FICTION Sudanese-born, Scotland-based, and relentlessly prize-worthy, Aboulela grabbed the Caine Prize for African Writing with a story from the collection Coloured Lights and the Scottish Book Award for her most recent novel, Lyrics Alley; that novel and her two others, The Translator and Minaret, were both longlisted for the Orange Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Here, she embraces history with the story of half-Russian, half-Sudanese history professor Natasha,…
  • A Cain Kickback, Patterson in Paris, & the Art of the Thriller | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2016, Pt. 4

    Barbara Hoffert
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    Abbott, Jeff. The First Order. Grand Central. Jan. 2016. 480p. ISBN 9780316268424. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781455558407. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455591855. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Three-time Edgar Award nominee Abbott returns with the fifth in his high-octane, newly formatted Sam Capra series. No word on plot yet, but this book is being positioned as a breakout; with a 40,000-copy first printing and a five-city tour. Buckley, Carla. The Good Good-bye. Bantam. Jan. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780553390582. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780553390599. SUSPENSE As cousins Rory and Arden lie unconscious in a hospital…
  • From Tama Janowitz to Amy Winehouse’s Mom | Memoir Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 4,

    Barbara Hoffert
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    Hazzard, Kevin. A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back. Scribner. Jan. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781501110832. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501110870. MEMOIR Looking for a way to test himself, Hazzard became a paramedic in 2004 and held the job for nearly a decade, working in some of the toughest parts of Atlanta. This memoir promises to be more than a blood-and-guts retelling of his scariest moments. Instead, Hazzard meditates on what really matters, insights gleaned from wrestling people back from death’s dark edge. Janowitz, Tama. Scream: A Memoir of Glamour and…
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
 
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
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  • Dictionaries of Law, American Theater, World History, plus Mammals in North America and New Short Takes | Reference Reviews, July 2015

    LJ Reviews
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    A Dictionary of Law. 8th ed. Oxford Univ. (Paperback Reference). 2015. 704p. ed. by Jonathan Law. ISBN 9780199664924. pap. $21.95; ebk. ISBN 9780191053788. REF Limited to UK legal terminology, this alphabetically arranged dictionary’s two line (e.g., “ab intestato”) to full page (e.g., “Adoption Law”) entries include a definition and the word’s grammar category but exclude its pronunciation. Seventy-four entries refer the reader to one or more websites for additional information; however, the related URL is buried in the introductory paragraph of the appendix’s updated “Online…
  • Health Resources | Reference eReviews, July 2015

    Bruce Connolly & Gail Golderman
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    FROM FITNESS APPS and devices that log data about our every step to the ubiquitous medical dramas on television and the proliferation of websites offering health advice, all corners of the health-care industry seem to be experiencing significant growth. The U.S. National Library of Medicine started the process when it began publishing Index Medicus in 1879, a monthly print resource that had a successful run before evolving into the mediated MEDLARS Online database in 1971 and ultimately into the user-friendly PubMed/Medline thanks to the democratizing effects of the Internet. In this column,…
  • AudioBlocks, VideoBlocks; Knovel | Reference eReviews, June 15, 2015

    LJ Reviews
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:58 am
      AudioBlocks, VideoBlocks AudioBlocks, audioblocks.com VideoBlocks, videoblocks.com To request a free trial, please call 888-944-4455 for AudioBlocks and 866-282-5360 for VideoBlocks By Cheryl LaGuardia CONTENT AudioBlocks and VideoBlocks are stock audio and video subscription services targeted at educational users: teachers, media specialists, instructional designers, web designers, etc. AudioBlocks offers more than 100,000 royalty-free music tracks, sound effects, and loops, all of which can be downloaded and used in any educational project. VideoBlocks presents over 115,000…
  • Sharks, Baseball, Sweet Treats, and Speeches | Reference Reviews, June 15, 2015

    LJ Reviews
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:41 am
    Ebert, David A. & Sarah Fowler (text) & Marc Dando (illus.). A Pocket Guide to Sharks of the World. Princeton Univ. 2015. 256p. index. ISBN 9780691165998. pap. $19.95. REF In this condensed version of the authors’ Sharks of the World, every known shark species is described by key identification features and shown in a color illustration. The guide lists the regions in which the species lives, its habitat, and its status on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species. An exhaustive, step-by-step guide describes how to identify sharks based…
  • Video Grows Up

    Henrietta Verma
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:49 pm
    SAGE, a company known for print reference works in the social sciences, is this month releasing SAGE Video, a database that will include original material as well as licensed content, all aimed at adults through the postgraduate level. This is in response to the growing use of video by students; a recent SAGE white paper (see ow.ly/O2EXO) explains that 79 percent of students watch informational videos outside class to help with their studies, and that this viewing is increasingly led by faculty. Professors frequently show interviews, tutorials, and more during class and recommend them as…
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
 
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
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  • Ebook Vendors Anticipate Big Five Licensing Terms Becoming More Flexible

    Matt Enis
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. U.S. consumer ebook sales experienced 3.8 percent revenue growth in 2014 to reach $3.37 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey, released in June. (In comparison, revenue for print books and journals rose 4.6 percent, to $27.9 billion.) While 3.8 percent…
  • E-Rate: “Judges Revive Claim that AT&T Overcharged Schools and Libraries for Internet Service”

    Gary Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    From ProPublica: For seven years, a Wisconsin telecom consultant has waged an unsuccessful legal fight against AT&T, alleging that the company long defrauded a federal program by overcharging the nation’s schools and libraries for Internet and telephone services. Now an appeals court in the District of Columbia has given new life to his case. The little-noticed June 23 ruling concluded that the complaint by Todd Heath was properly filed under the U.S. False Claims Act – a decision that could lead to the disclosure of AT&T’s internal records about the federal program known as…
  • APA reports continued strong audio sales

    Stephanie Klose
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the results of its annual sales survey, conducted by the independent research firm Management Practice in the spring of 2015, which revealed that the audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format. Based on information from responding publishers, the APA estimates that audiobook sales in 2014 totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over the previous year. Additionally, 1,032 more titles were published on audio than in 2013, bringing the number of audiobooks published in…
  • Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest? Few academic librarians would argue that technology has made college and university libraries worse: Raise your hand if you prefer a physical card catalog system. While our library technology is far from perfect, over time, as refinements continue, it will improve the library research experience. Technology certainly has its place for helping librarians to do their work. Tools such as electronic resource…
  • University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fanzines

    Ian Chant
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    A selection of Hevelin fanzines Every library has a sci-fi section, but not many can compete with the collection of speculative fiction that has been growing steadily at the University of Iowa (UI) in recent years. While the UI Libraries boast an impressive collection of works by notable authors in the genre, it’s not the focus of UI’s universe-spanning sci-fi collections. Instead, Peter Balestrieri, Curator of Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections for UI Libraries, and his colleagues are working to preserve the writings and records of fan communities. While these fandoms have…
 
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    Library Journal Reviews » » In the Bookroom

  • From Page to Screen: Graphic Novels in Movies and Television

    LJ Reviews
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    With the recent explosion in comic book–based movies and television shows, now is a good time to reassess your graphic novel collection. To an old comic book fan like me, it’s simply astounding that characters such as Kingpin (from Daredevil) and Captain Cold (from The Flash) are on the lips of millions of casual film and TV viewers. What’s a librarian to do when new comic converts ask for a book about their latest favorite character, or a comic that is similar to their favorite show? Start with this handy list of graphic novels that have either inspired or been inspired by their…
  • Reading and Reacting | French on Fridays

    Liz French
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Did you know that Liberace nearly killed himself by trying to dry-clean his flamboyant garments in a stuffy hotel room in 1963? He was rushed to the hospital on the night that JFK died. He suffered acute kidney damage from the chemicals in the dry-cleaning fluid he used to give those sequins a new sheen. I learned that from leafing through the fascinating book Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress, Past and Present by Alison Matthews David (Bloomsbury). Who’s Liberace?, you younguns might be asking….ask your grandmother (or, check out the 2013 HBO movie, Behind the Candleabra, starring…
  • Coloring, Geeking, Watching, Witching, & More | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Last week I asked my cohorts at LJ/School Library Journal and Junior Library Guild about “alternative” reads, then sat back and waited for the deluge. There was no deluge. I got freaked out. I needed some input besides my Stalin-era crime novel, after all. So then I re-asked the gang, telling them to please save me from the “nightmare” of no WWR entries. That plea opened the floodgates! We have some frequent and infrequent contributors to this week’s column, and they’re more than ready to discuss dreams, nightmares, outliers, relaxing, reading, out-of-stock books, oh, and…
  • Alternate Routes & Reads | French on Fridays

    Liz French
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    I’m feeling very normal today. I say this after reading (pretty much in one sitting) a book that my colleague Mahnaz loaned me called The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory (Akashic). By Stacy Wakefield, it’s a story of a squatter girl (v. tempted to type “grrrrl”) in 1995 Brooklyn and the Lower East Side. Whoa, 1995. Twenty years ago. Seems like only yesterday. The book was a very quick read, and while it was good in parts, I stuck with it mostly because it’s set in a neighborhood I know very well—knew back in 1995, too—Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I knew some squatters, musicians,…
  • The Eisners: Winning Cartoonists, Winning Libraries | Eisner Awards 2015

    Martha Cornog
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Eisner Awards times two! The 27th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (ECIA) were bestowed July 10 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront during Comic-Con International San Diego (July 10–12), while the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries were celebrated June 27 at the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference in San Francisco. The grants for libraries gain their generous funding through the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation, which fosters innovation and creativity in sequential art of all kinds. The foundation propagates the legacy of legendary cartoonist Will…
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  • Librarians Greedy and Brave

    Annoyed Librarian
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s been a strange week for librarians in the news. From China comes the odd story of a former librarian  at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts who has admitted that in addition to digitizing the art collection he stole numerous paintings, replaced them with forgeries, and then sold the originals, making over $5 million […]
  • Gaining a Little Sympathy

    Annoyed Librarian
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Unlike the ALA, I’m not a fanatic about book challenges. Along with most sane people, I believe that some books are inappropriate for small children. I don’t think third graders should be required or allowed to read books about child pornography for example, or even adult pornography. Other topics I think should be avoided are […]
  • Better Ways to Resist Change

    Annoyed Librarian
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Librarians should learn that they should never weed books…at least in any way that people can find out about it, including the staff. Since books are incredibly rare and scarce commodities, with even book loving Americans having on their shelves at most a copy of Shakespeare and the Bible because of their rarity, hoarding books […]
  • Dreaming about School Libraries

    Annoyed Librarian
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    It should come as no surprise to librarians, at least the ones that read this blog, that school libraries are in trouble and have been for many years. However, now that the New Republic has found out, their problems might finally be solved. If you want to find out how badly school libraries are doing […]
  • All You Can Read Unless You Read a Lot

    Annoyed Librarian
    13 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    I’m not usually prone to schadenfreude, and I wouldn’t want to see any business in the service of reading fail, but I have to admit I found this story amusing. It’s about how Scribd’s “Netflix for books” service is “planning to pull thousands of romance titles because their popularity was costing the company too much […]
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  • Revising Academic Library Governance Handbooks

    Jen Stevens
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Original Image by Flickr user Sasquatch 1 (CC BY 2.0), with minimal modification by C. Strunk (10 June 2015). In Brief Regardless of our status (tenure track, non-tenure track, staff, and/or union), academic librarians at colleges and universities may use a handbook or similar document as a framework for self-governance. These handbooks typically cover rank descriptions, promotion requirements, and grievance rights, among other topics. Unlike employee handbooks used in the corporate world, these documents may be written and maintained by academic librarians themselves1. In 2010, a group of…
  • Soliciting Performance, Hiding Bias: Whiteness and Librarianship

    Angela Galvan
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Image by Flickr user tweng (CC BY-SA 2.0) In Brief: Despite the growing body of research on our professional demographics and multi-year diversity initiatives, librarianship in the United States remains overwhelmingly white. I suggest the interview process is a series of repetitive gestures designed to mimic and reinforce white middle class values, which ultimately influence the hiring decisions—and relative lack of diversity—of librarianship as a whole. I consider how the whiteness of librarianship may manifest long before the hiring process. By identifying and interrogating the body of…
  • “I’m Just Really Comfortable:” Learning at Home, Learning in Libraries

    Mariana Regalado
    20 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Matteo, a Borough of Manhattan CC student, drew a picture of himself sitting on the sofa at home reading for his research paper. In Brief: While commuter students may use their college or university libraries, student centers, or other campus locations for academic work, as commuters they will likely also create and negotiate learning spaces in their homes. Our research with urban commuter undergraduates revealed that finding space for their academic work at home was difficult for many students whose needs collided with the needs of other residents using those locations for non-academic…
  • As the World Turns So Do We: A New Publication Strategy

    Editorial Board
    6 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    In Brief: Announcing an update to In the Library with the Lead Pipe’s publication strategy. In the Library With the Lead Pipe began in the fall of 2008 with lofty publication goals. Six librarians launched the site as a peer-reviewed blog, with plans to publish an article every Wednesday. In their introductory post, they even mentioned the idea of increasing publication to twice weekly. Five months later, the editorial board announced that they would be moving to a bi-weekly format and opened up submissions for guest post proposals. The board found that writing lengthy peer reviewed…
  • Adopting the Educator’s Mindset: Charting New Paths in Curriculum and Assessment Mapping

    Bethany Messersmith
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Throwback Thursday for June 18, 2015: In the Library with the Lead Pipe welcomes Bethany Messersmith to our Editorial Board!  In honor of Throwback Thursday, we’re highlighting Bethany’s recent piece on curriculum and assessment mapping.   Photo by Flickr user MontyAustin (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) In Brief: The greatest challenge that I faced in my role as Information Literacy Librarian occurred as a result of a Higher Learning Commission (HLC) initiative at my institution, requiring all academic programs/departments to create/review/revise program-level student learning outcomes…
 
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    Library Stuff

  • Library advocate to visit 50 New York libraries in his ’78 Volkswagen camper

    Steven M. Cohen
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:32 am
    Jeremy Johannesen and his son Jack plan to visit 50 New York libraries in 10 days. It’s not exactly the top vacation trip for most families, but it is the perfect adventure for Johannesen, a Bethlehem resident who is executive director of the New York State Library Association based in Guilderland. First, it gives him the chance to visit some of the state’s 756 public libraries. Second, he gets to spend time with his 11-year-old son. And third, he wanted to put his 1978 Volkswagen camper on the road after 10 years in storage.” (via Times Union)
  • Turning the page: Library district emerges stronger after years of cost reduction

    Steven M. Cohen
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:19 am
    “Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Executive Director Dr. Ronald R. Heezen said half of the district’s employees who were laid off due to the 2008 recession have been rehired. And increased staffing isn’t the only bright spot in the district’s future: He said the libraries are now in a financial position to better meet the community’s needs. “Years of cost reduction, expenditure management and personnel cost containment have paid off for the district,”? he said in a press release. “We are now in a position to build its capacity to meet…
  • How the NY Public Library Crowdsources Digital Innovation

    Steven M. Cohen
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    “Like most public institutions, the New York Public Library is chronically underfunded. However, shoestring staffing has not slowed the breakneck pace at which NYPL Labs releases new digital projects. NYPL Labs offers a model for public institutions around the country: Trust your patrons. Thanks to shrewd application of crowdsourcing initiatives, NYPL Labs has produced innovative online projects ranging from maps to menus.” (via PC Magazine)
  • With 10,699 books printed, Windsor library’s self-publishing machine is a hit

    Steven M. Cohen
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    “Sue Perry likens her role at the Windsor Public Library to that of a midwife. Perry runs the main library’s self-publishing Espresso Book Machine which has produced 10,699 books in three years and she hopes to be even busier delivering professionally-bound paperback books into the hands of local authors. Windsor was the first public library in Canada to install such a machine in 2012 so it wasn’t clear how well it would be received. Three years later, the service isn’t a money-maker but its growing popularity and a proposed fee increase could help it break even.” (via…
  • Booktrack Attracts $5 Million in Funding

    Steven M. Cohen
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    “Booktrack, an e-publishing venture offering publishers the ability to add customizable soundtracks to digital titles, has secured $5 million in funding led by investments from COENT Venture Partners and Sparkbox Ventures. The new round of funding comes on the heels of $3 million in financing raised by Booktrack last year. The company plans to use the new funding to support recent overall growth, acquire more book content and support direct to consumer sales of Booktrack titles via its e-book store.” (via Publishers Weekly)
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    The 'M' Word - Marketing Libraries

  • New Marketing and Communications Conference!

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Have you heard about the new conference that's being designed just for library marketing and PR people?? It's called the Library Marketing and Communications Conference, and it will be held just outside Dallas, Texas, this November. I'm leading the Program Committee that's planning the event, and I couldn't be more excited!! Here are the details: Library Marketing and Communications ConferenceDallas, TX, Nov 3–4, 2015Held at the Crowne Plaza Dallas NearGalleria–AddisonOrganized by the Library Marketing and Communications Group Sponsored by Amigos Library Services Propose to…
  • The 2015 JCD PR Winners Are ...

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:50 am
    The 2015 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards winners have been named! This year there were 77 entries submitted online; judges had to narrow that down to eight winners. Once again, EBSCO sponsored the contest and reception, and The H.W. Wilson Foundation generously donated the prize money for the awards, the richest PR contest in North America.And the 2015 JCD winners are....The Contra Costa County (Calif.) Library won for War Ink, an exhibit and forum that helps to bridge the divide between the veteran and civilian communities.The Columbus State Library (Ohio) won for its…
  • The LibraryAware Community Award 2015 Winners

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    27 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    Dothan Houston County staffers accept their award.Photo courtesy of Library Journal and NoveList.Three libraries have won the 2015 LibraryAware Community Award, which recognizes libraries’ engagement with their communities.+ Dothan Houston County Library System in Alabama won first place ($10,000).+ Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library won second place ($7,500).+ Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library in Kansas won third place ($5,000).These annual awards are given by Library Journal and are underwritten by LibraryAware, a product of the NoveList division of EBSCO…
  • Doing National Library Week Right: TSCPL

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Yesterday marked the start of National Library Week (#NLW15) in the US. Many libraries of all types do things to take advantage of this time, when ALA and other organizations have already primed the media to do library stories. Some, understandably, do more than others.I'd like to show you a prime example of a public library that's done #NLW15 right. Take a look at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL) in Topeka, Kansas. On its Facebook page yesterday, the opening day of National Library Week, TSCPL posted a short teaser note and video. (It's just 26 seconds if you want…
  • Enter the JCD Awards by March 6

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    { UPDATE: Feb. 26. The entry deadline has been extended to March 6. That gives you an extra week to prepare your entry! ~KD }It's that time of year again---time to enter the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award contest. Once again, eight exceptional PR campaigns will win $10,000 each to further their work, thanks to the H.W. Wilson Foundation and to EBSCO.All types of libraries are welcome to enter, and international entries are welcome. However, entries must be written in English for the award jury. The John Cotton Dana (JCD) entry process is now entirely online, so you…
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    Stephen's Lighthouse

  • Competencies for Information Professionals in Learning Labs and Makerspaces

    Stephen Abram
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:56 am
    Competencies for Information Professionals in Learning Labs and Makerspaces Kyungwon Koh, School of Library and Information Studies, The University of Oklahoma, Email: kkoh@ou.edu June Abbas, School of Library and Information Studies, The University of Oklahoma, Email: jmabbas@ou.edu https://kyungwonkoh.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/koh_abbas_jelis2015.pdf “Competencies for Information Professionals in Learning Labs and Makerspaces Kyungwon Koh School of Library and Information Studies, The University of Oklahoma, Email: kkoh@ou.edu June Abbas School of Library and Information Studies,…
  • Adult Learners on Stress in College

    Stephen Abram
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    Adult Learners on Stress in College http://blog.cengage.com/adult-learners-on-stress-in-college/ Stephen
  • Ten Facebook Pages You Need to Stop Sharing From

    Stephen Abram
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:43 am
    Librarians are always collecting horror stories and bad sites from the web for teaching purposes.  Here’s some lists of questionable Facebook pages. Ten Facebook Pages You Need to Stop Sharing From http://dawnsbrain.com/ten-facebook-pages-you-need-to-stop-sharing-from/ UPDATE May 11 2015: Ten Facebook Pages You Need to Stop Sharing From Part 2 UPDATE June 25 2015: Ten Facebook Pages You Need to Stop Sharing From Part 3 Stephen   Stephen
  • Forrester: Tablet Sales Have Plateaued But There’s A Future In Business

    Stephen Abram
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:53 am
    Forrester: Tablet Sales Have Plateaued But There’s A Future In Business http://techcrunch.com/2015/07/12/forrester-tablet-sales-have-plateaued-but-theres-a-future-in-business/?ncid=rss “As iPhone revenue soars, Apple’s iPad sales dropped 18 percent year-over-year in the final quarter of 2014 and has now hit a plateau, according to a new study from Forrester Research. Even the new iPad Air didn’t help. But it’s not just Apple’s device that slipped. The study points to an overall plateau in tablet sales worldwide. The reason for the slump in sales is varied, but saturation in…
  • An Op-Ed by David Weinberger: “There’s a Library-Shaped Hole in the Internet”

    Stephen Abram
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:51 am
    An Op-Ed by David Weinberger: “There’s a Library-Shaped Hole in the Internet” http://www.infodocket.com/2015/07/25/an-op-ed-by-david-weinberger-theres-a-library-shaped-hole-in-the-internet/ “David Weinberger, thinker, blogger, author, thinker, speaker and member of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society has a new an op-ed (820 words) published by the Boston Globe. From the Op-Ed: If you want to know anything about movies, the Internet’s got you covered. Likewise for details about the world’s roadways, song lyrics, or Pokemon characters. But if you want to know…
 
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    Tame The Web

  • Interview with Author José Ángel N. by TTW Contributor Troy Swanson

    troyswanson
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:05 pm
    For me, summer time is important prep time as we get ready for our fall programming. This year, our One Book, One College program is looking at the book Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant by José Ángel N. who is an alum. This book was suggested by several of our faculty . To promote the programming for the academic year, a couple colleagues and I interviewed our One Book author. It was a fun and meaningful conversation. I thought it would be fun to share this with all of you Tame the Web readers. I love tinkering around with videos like this. Interview with One Book…
  • #IRDL2015 Twitter Chat Resources

    Michael
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:08 am
    I am honored to be participating in the  2015  Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) at Loyola Marymount University. My focus with the scholars explores personal learning networks and reflective practice. Tonight, I’ll be hosting a Twitter chat for the 22 scholars. This post will serve as a resource for that chat. Our hashtag  for the institute is #IRDL2015 and our chat hashtag will be #irdl2015chat. We practiced on Tuesday with http://tweetchat.com – very cool site for Twitter chats. For tonight, the scholars are reading: Horowitz &…
  • New Article: Participatory and Transformative Engagement in Libraries and Museums: Exploring and Expanding the Salzburg Curriculum

    Michael
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:20 am
    Honored to have an article in the new issue of the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS)  – special supplement on international issues in LIS education. This work is based on what we did in Salzburg in 2011, lead by R. David Lankes. http://dpi-journals.com/index.php/JELIS/issue/view/310 Participatory and Transformative Engagement in Libraries and Museums: Exploring and Expanding the Salzburg Curriculum R. David Lankes, Syracuse University Michael Stephens, San Jose State University Melissa Arjona, San Jose State University Abstract: During a program…
  • Upcoming Presentations Fall 2015

    Michael
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    September 18, 2015, Staff Development Day, Prince William Public Library System, Virginia. October 7 & 8, 2015: ” Learning Everywhere: The Transformative Power of Hyperlinked Libraries” & “Emerging Trends and Emerging Tech: Exploring the Hyperlinked Library,” Ohio Library Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio. October 20, 2015: “Full Stacks, Introverts, & Zero-Sum Librarians: Notes from Office Hours,” Library 2.015 Conference, Online. October 24, 2015: Keynote, Colorado Association of Libraries, Loveland, Colorado. November 20, 2015: Keynote,…
  • Now you see it: How the brain science of attention will transform the way we live, work, and learn – A TTW Guest Post by William Bejarano

    Michael
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:57 am
    As part of Michael Stephens’ Hyperlinked Library course offered through San Jose State University, I reported on the book Now you see it: How the brain science of attention will transform the way we live, work, and learn by Cathy N. Davidson. We were encouraged to use creative means to convey our reports, so I took the book’s central theme to heart and utilized several free and available web tools to comment across platforms. Part 1: TameTheWeb – “Introduction” The main thrust of this book is the notion that we are using outdated criteria to measure our educational progress. This is…
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    What I Learned Today...

  • Bookmarks for July 23, 2015

    Nicole C. Engard
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. hylafax The world’s most advanced open source fax server Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for July 23, 2015 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Faxing via the Web No more free faxing with drop.io MarkMail: Mailing List Search
  • Bookmarks for July 21, 2015

    Nicole C. Engard
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. Hacker League We Power Hackathons Livecoding Watch People Code Products, Live. Learn coding. Learn Programming Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for July 21, 2015 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Learn to Code by Watching How To Get More Kids To Code Educate future female programmers
  • An Introduction to Planning and Running Tech Events

    Nicole C. Engard
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Kara Sowles and Francesca Krihely gave an afternoon workshop at OSCON on how to plan and run tech events. I’m hoping to be doing more and more of this at work in the near future so I was sure to take copious notes. A successful event is one that feels like magic – that everyone and everything is running smoothly and you never notice the organizers. To create a successful event you just nee the passion to do it. So let’s get started! First things first, you need to create a document. A shared document with you and your collaborators where you have a ‘single source of…
  • OSCON15: Community Management Workshop

    Nicole C. Engard
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:14 pm
    My first session at OSCON this year was hosted by Jono Bacon on Community Management. We’ve seen a remarkable growth in community all over the world – people are getting together to make things, do things, hack, etc. Just this simple idea of peel getting together to make communities makes Jono excited (me too). If you take away the screens, computers, internet, etc – we’re all just people. We all have a basic set of concerns, opportunities, and insecurities. We all want a feeling of self-worth and to do that we need to contribute to communities (family, friends, etc).
  • Bookmarks for July 8, 2015

    Nicole C. Engard
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. Library Analytics Toolkit The Library Analytics Toolkit is a dashboard that pulls library data together in a way that allows both librarians and library users to identify and respond to trends and changes in collections, usage, and other data. It enables libraries to understand, analyze, and visualize the patterns of activities, including checkouts, returns, and recent acquisitions, and to do so across multiple libraries. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for July 8, 2015 appeared first on What I Learned…
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    LJ INFOdocket

  • Digital Humanities: Emory Digital Scholarship Center Launches Belfast Group Poetry Networks Interactive Resource

    Gary Price
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:11 pm
    The following resource went live earlier this month and includes a number of data visualization tools. From Emory University in Atlanta: A new website called Belfast Group Poetry Networks will make it easier to understand the connections between Irish writers, particularly members of the mid-1960s Belfast Group, using open-source software created by the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS). Belfast Group Poetry Networks provides an interactive way to explore the poets’ literary and social networks, based on correspondence, shared poems at workshops, and mentions of names and…
  • Since 2004-05 School Year, 43% Fewer School Librarians Working in Ohio Public Schools

    Gary Price
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    From the The Columbus Dispatch: In the past 10 years, the number of librarians, or full-time equivalents, in Ohio public schools has dropped by 43 percent, from 1,628 in the 2004-05 school year to 923 in the 2013-14 year, according to the Ohio Department of Education. [Clip] Many school districts are replacing licensed librarians with aides, volunteers or substitute teachers. Those replacements often aren’t qualified to teach subjects such as media literacy and database research, or aren’t licensed to teach at all. [Clip] “Some school administrators believe that students have access to…
  • New Online: U.S. State Department Releases “2015 Trafficking in Persons” Report

    Gary Price
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:08 am
    From the State Department Web Site: The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. It represents an updated, global look at the nature and scope of trafficking in persons and the broad range of government actions to confront and eliminate it. The U.S. Government uses the TIP…
  • The British Library and National Library of Israel Announce Partnership to Digitize Hebrew Manuscripts

    Gary Price
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:02 am
    From a  Joint Announcement: As part of the National Library of Israel’s International Digital Library of Hebrew Manuscripts initiative, the National Library of Israel (Jerusalem) and the British Library (London) are pleased to announce the signing of a partnership agreement providing for the digitization of at least 860 Hebrew manuscripts from the British Library’s collection, in addition to 1,250 already being digitized and made available through an earlier project funded by The Polonsky Foundation. Through these two projects, all 3,200 manuscripts in the British Library’s…
  • DC Public Library’s Fabrication Lab and Studio Lab Featured in New Article

    Gary Price
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    The Labs at DC Public Library are discussed (as well as two other lab spaces in the DC metro) in a new 1700 word article in Washington City Paper titled, “At the D.C. Public Library, You Can Laser Cut, 3-D Print, and Record Music for Free.” From the Article DCPL staffers visited the Cleveland Public Library’s TechCentral MakerSpace, which has a similar focus on A/V and creative tools, to inspire the MLK Library workshops. “Librarianship is changing,” Kerelchuk says. Libraries are shifting their goals in response to patrons’ needs. Providing reading material is still at the…
 
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    American Libraries Magazine

  • Libraries Transform

    Laurie Borman
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Because my grandchildren will use technologies I cannot even imagine, libraries transform. Because algorithms don’t inspire readers, libraries transform. Because solving for X doesn’t ­always give us the “why,” libraries transform. Welcome to ALA’s new, multi-year public awareness campaign, “Libraries Transform.” Its ultimate goal is to increase funding support for libraries and advance information policy issues in alignment with ALA’s advocacy goals. The “Libraries Transform” campaign demonstrates how libraries of all types support individual opportunity and community…
  • A Look at Tech

    Amy Carlton
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    The exhibit hall at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference offered an almost complete representation of the technology products and services available to libraries in North America. For technology providers, the conference is an opportunity to showcase products to more than 20,000 attendees. Those considering resource management systems, discovery services, self-service or automated materials-­handling products, ebook lending services, or digitizing equipment can get a firsthand glimpse of the available options. One current trend in library technology aims to improve the engagement of patrons with…
  • Pride and Diversity at Annual 2015

    Sanhita SinhaRoy
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Given that the 2015 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, held June 25–30 in San Francisco, coincided with the San Francisco Pride celebration and parade, it’s hardly surprising that matters of inclusiveness and diversity emerged as major themes of the conference. The national news only sharpened this focus, as the US Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling that legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country was announced just hours before the conference began Friday. In the wake of this news, attorney Roberta Kaplan keynoted the Opening General Session. Kaplan successfully…
  • People with American Libraries

    Amy Carlton
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:19 am
     
  • Becoming New Americans

    Amy Carlton
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:18 am
    The Schaumburg Township (Ill.) District Library in Chicago’s northwest suburbs promotes citizenship training as well as English as a second language (ESL) courses. Schaumburg, home to several global corporations, attracts workers from around the world. As a result, the library found that citizenship training was very much in demand. Pat Barch, literacy coordinator for the library, says, “Our American Dream project is really very important to us, because the library has been providing citizenship classes for about five years now.” In recognition of the library’s five-year-long…
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