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  • Read your contract: Being OA isn’t enough

    Information Wants To Be Free
    Meredith Farkas
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    So, I missed writing this for Open Access Week, or Fair Use Week, or Open Education Week, but I think these are topics that we should be focusing on every day of our professional lives; not just 3 weeks of the year. Imagine for a moment that you’re doing an ego search (not that I would ever do that) and you find that someone is selling an article you wrote (with your name on it) as part of a book or journal that you never contracted with. Sure, you published the article, but for a completely different publisher. Now you find that some random company is making money off your work. You…
  • More Info about iBeacon Technology

    David Lee King
    David Lee King
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    My last couple of articles have looked into iBeacon technology. Interested in finding out more? This article has a bunch of links for more reading on iBeacons, and what’s happening with them. Enjoy! My articles on iBeacons: iBeacon Technology Non-Retail Uses for iBeacons iBeacons and the Library More Info about iBeacon Technology (that’s this article!) Library-related iBeacon articles: The Internet of Things Plan to Make Libraries and Museums Awesomer Libraries Get Cutting Edge Tech with iBeacons “Beacon” Technology Deployed by Two Library App Makers Even More iBeacon…
  • Why SpaceX photos aren’t public domain (yet)

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    jessamyn
    21 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Sometimes people who license their digital content aren’t really thinking it through. They may have something else on their minds or copyright nuance may not be their thing. I think it behooves us copyright advocates and activists to (at least) politely try to push the envelope towards more open content licensing. Here’s the example I enjoyed from today. This is interesting especially because Flickr uses Creative Commons licensing, but does not use CC-0 which is an intentional choice. Photos from cultural heritage organizations which are in the Flickr Commons have an additional…
  • Reference Question of the Week – 3/22/15

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    Brian Herzog
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    There really was nothing to this question, other than I thought it was neat and a creative idea. This came into the general reference email inbox this week: From: Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 To: askus@mvlc.org Subject: Card Catalog Good Afternoon- My name is [...] and I am a high school teacher in town. My fiancé, [...], is a life long resident of Chelmsford and currently teaches at the high school as well. We are getting married this fall and are hoping to include a theme of vintage school, as it was education that brought us together. We want to incorporate as much school and hometown…
  • Open Education Week 2015: A Reflection on IP, Infrastructure, and Interest

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    Sarah Crissinger
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    This year, Open Education Week ran from March 9th to March 13th. Open Education Week, like Open Access Week, is a celebration of what has been accomplished and what is currently being done within the greater open movement. The Open Education Consortium sponsors the week by compiling resources, marketing materials, and educational tools for librarians, faculty, and other instructors around the world. One of the best parts about this process is that after the week ends, the Open Education website becomes a repository of sorts for events that happened that year. The resources for each event…
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  • More Info about iBeacon Technology

    David Lee King
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    My last couple of articles have looked into iBeacon technology. Interested in finding out more? This article has a bunch of links for more reading on iBeacons, and what’s happening with them. Enjoy! My articles on iBeacons: iBeacon Technology Non-Retail Uses for iBeacons iBeacons and the Library More Info about iBeacon Technology (that’s this article!) Library-related iBeacon articles: The Internet of Things Plan to Make Libraries and Museums Awesomer Libraries Get Cutting Edge Tech with iBeacons “Beacon” Technology Deployed by Two Library App Makers Even More iBeacon…
  • iBeacons and the Library

    David Lee King
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    I’ve shown what iBeacons are, and what they do in non-retail settings. Can they be used in a library setting? Definitely – because some libraries are already experimenting with them! There are currently two companies in the library industry working with iBeacons (that I know of, anyway): Bluubeam Capira Technologies What are these companies focusing on? Bluubeam sends out location-based messaging. For example, if you walk into the teens area of the library (and have the Bluubeam app on your mobile device), you might get a message about what’s happening in the teen section…
  • Non-Retail Uses for iBeacons

    David Lee King
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    In my last post, I explained what iBeacons are and a bit about what they do, especially in retail stores. There are some pretty cool non-retail uses of iBeacon technology, too. Here are some examples: CES: At CES, if you had the CES app installed, you could play a scavenger hunt and win a prize Education: Teachers are using them to automatically take attendance. The iBeacons recognize when a student has entered the classroom Museums: Hanging around a painting? iBeacons could send you more information about the painting and the artist Hotels: automated check-in and check-out SXSW: install the…
  • iBeacon Technology

    David Lee King
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Have you heard about iBeacons? It’s possible this new technology will change many things about how we interact with our world. I’m still learning and experimenting with iBeacons – here’s what I know so far. For starters – what exactly is iBeacon technology? It’s basically a low-level location and broadcasting technology that is built into smartphones. Here’s how it works: A beacon is a small BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) device that’s battery powered. It broadcasts a small amount of data, and smartphone apps can receive the signal and perform actions or share locations.
  • Addicted to your Smartphone?

    David Lee King
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    In my last article, I talked about the silliness of a CEO’s belief that smartphones are bad. There is another side to that coin – some people are really, truly addicted to their favorite mobile device. Or at least “have issues.” If you are one of those, what can you do? Here are some suggestions, culled from the depths of Google (ok – just the first 8 or so articles that I found): Turn off notifications. I do this with email (because I get too much). I manually check email on my iphone, rather than having my iphone alert me to email every minute or so. Works…
 
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  • Why SpaceX photos aren’t public domain (yet)

    jessamyn
    21 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Sometimes people who license their digital content aren’t really thinking it through. They may have something else on their minds or copyright nuance may not be their thing. I think it behooves us copyright advocates and activists to (at least) politely try to push the envelope towards more open content licensing. Here’s the example I enjoyed from today. This is interesting especially because Flickr uses Creative Commons licensing, but does not use CC-0 which is an intentional choice. Photos from cultural heritage organizations which are in the Flickr Commons have an additional…
  • A week of technology instruction

    jessamyn
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:54 pm
    So since I left MetaFilter almost a year ago, my goal was to spend more time “librarianing” I have a part time job with the Internet Archive running Open Library. I write for The Message a Medium publication, sometimes about librarianship and sometimes not. I write monthly for Computers in Libraries. I do my local technology instruction through the Adult Education program at the local vocational high school. In the past I’ve also done a lot of “How I do it” talks on the road at library conferences. I have not been doing that this month. Instead, I’ve been…
  • quick parent safety lectures

    jessamyn
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:38 am
    The principals of all the local schools got together and did a parent safety evening at the school. I was one of the presenters. I think they were expecting a big turnout, but it was a small (but interested) crowd. I did two very short presentations 1. Ten apps in ten minutes. For parents who are not using mobile devices for social purposes outside of facebook, knowing what the various apps are and what they do can be useful. I just had a very basic slide deck and talked over some images of the apps. I had to learn to use Snapchat which was sort of hilarious. 2. “How the heck does this…
  • How to hold a blood drive in the spirit of intellectual freedom

    jessamyn
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:18 pm
    It’s been fun being able to follow along with the ALA Midwinter conference on a bunch of different social media fronts. I was just reading the Stonewall Book Awards press release (congrats everyone) and noticed the GLBT Round Table page where I read the press release about the blood drive that happened during ALA. And it made me happy. Both because there was a blood drive but also because there was the recognition of the discriminatory nature of the decisions regarding the eligible donor pool–nearly all gay and bisexual men can’t donate blood at all–and they not only…
  • An MLK day story on the importance of librarians and archivists

    jessamyn
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    Amy Goodman from Democracy Now interviews Brian DeShazor the director of the Pacifica Radio Archives. He talks about finding a lost speech of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. So, this recording, this archive is an American treasure, and every citizen in America, I hope, understands that this collection, we want to be able to make it accessible to you, the public. We want it to be in the classrooms. We want it to be in high schools. We want universities to have this for their scholarly research and their scholarly endeavors. And that will make history change. It will be able to have us, the…
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  • Reference Question of the Week – 3/22/15

    Brian Herzog
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    There really was nothing to this question, other than I thought it was neat and a creative idea. This came into the general reference email inbox this week: From: Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 To: askus@mvlc.org Subject: Card Catalog Good Afternoon- My name is [...] and I am a high school teacher in town. My fiancé, [...], is a life long resident of Chelmsford and currently teaches at the high school as well. We are getting married this fall and are hoping to include a theme of vintage school, as it was education that brought us together. We want to incorporate as much school and hometown…
  • Banned Books Inquiry, And What We Found Here

    Brian Herzog
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    We had an interesting request from a college student who is doing a project on book challenges in libraries. We didn't have a lot to contribute, but I thought I'd share the exchange here anyway to hopefully hear about other libraries' experiences. This student asked [edited for privacy], Date: March 8, 2015 at 10:40:31 PM EDT Subject: Banned Books Currently I am attending Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH, and ... am taking a class this semester titled "Banned Books." As part of the course requirements we are reading various books that have been banned such as: And Tango Makes Three by…
  • Reference Question of the Week – 3/15/15

    Brian Herzog
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    I had to wait to post this one until the event had passed, because I didn't want to skew the results. And also as a caveat emptor right up front, this might be one of those "you had to be there" moments, because the set up is long so the punch line may be anti-climatic. But it's the second day of Spring and it's snowing again, so here we go anyway. Every year since 1993, Chelmsford has had a town-wide Winterfest celebration during February. That's fun. A couple years ago, the organizers also started an ArtWalk - artists created work around the same theme, and these were displayed in business'…
  • World’s Most Visited Tourist Attractions

    Brian Herzog
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
    From the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners comes this infographic. I'm not sure that the number of people who use Massachusetts libraries are strictly tourists, but still it's a nice-looking way to illustrate that libraries have not been killed off by the internet. Take that, Niagara Falls! Incidentally, here's Travel+Leisure's full list of visit statistics.
  • Reference Question of the Week – 3/8/15

    Brian Herzog
    14 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    One afternoon, an older Asian women came up to the desk. In this case, I'm only pointing out the age and ethnicity to illustrate that she and I did not share a common native language. Usually I'm pretty good at hearing what people are saying, even with heavy accents on their English. However, with this women, I was struggling. And she knew it. Eventually I got that she was asking me to look up three books for her, and after having her repeat the first one four times, I finally got it. We owned it and it was on the shelf, so things were looking up. But when we moved on to the next titles, the…
 
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  • Open Education Week 2015: A Reflection on IP, Infrastructure, and Interest

    Sarah Crissinger
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    This year, Open Education Week ran from March 9th to March 13th. Open Education Week, like Open Access Week, is a celebration of what has been accomplished and what is currently being done within the greater open movement. The Open Education Consortium sponsors the week by compiling resources, marketing materials, and educational tools for librarians, faculty, and other instructors around the world. One of the best parts about this process is that after the week ends, the Open Education website becomes a repository of sorts for events that happened that year. The resources for each event…
  • The Key Word is Scalability

    Lindsay O'Neill
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Cal State Fullerton is a campus of 38,000 students and 2,000 faculty. We have about sixteen instruction librarians (figuring in part-time people). That’s 2,375 students and 125 faculty for each librarian. From these numbers, you won’t be surprised when I tell you that we are very interested in exploring scalable solutions to reach more of our campus. Of course, our staff isn’t going to be scaled up anytime soon. Minimized over the last few years through attrition, instruction librarian staff here is already struggling to keep up with existing obligations. We also have a fixed number of…
  • Teaching with Big Ideas: How a Late Addition to the ACRL Framework Might Make Us Rethink Threshold Concepts

    acrlguest
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    ACRLog welcomes a guest post from Eveline Houtman, Coordinator of Undergraduate Library Instruction at the Robarts Library, University of Toronto. We see the Framework draft as a part of an ongoing conversation and an attempt to nudge our profession in a positive direction toward conceptual teaching. Threshold concepts gave the Task Force one starting place to think about big ideas in information literacy. As we all know, many librarians already take a challenging, big picture approach to content and have been teaching that way for years without threshold concepts or the new Framework. From…
  • Conferences Full of Academic Librarians

    Erin Miller
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:20 pm
    I never gave it much thought, but I can remember wondering briefly in the past why the majority of librarians at many conferences seemed to be from academia. And now I know; it is probably because those of us who are academic librarians are required to attend academic conferences! I was even more interested to learn than not everybody is happy about this job requirement – a realization that surprised me. As a former high school librarian I am accustomed to feeling fortunate to be ableto attend conferences. When you are the only librarian in a high school, going to a conference involves…
  • Reflections on the Job Hunt: Writing a Teaching Philosophy

    Sarah Crissinger
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    As an LIS student graduating in May 2015, the job search is on my mind a lot these days. One of my more recent applications required a one-page teaching philosophy, in addition to a letter of interest and resume. Like many people that write a teaching philosophy for the first time, I have years of varied instructional experience but I often don’t take the time or space to do intentional, deliberate reflection of my teaching. I think that ACRL’s recent decision to move forward with the proposed Framework, while simultaneously making a conscious stand not to rescind the Standards is more…
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  • Carbon3D Printer Analysis

    griffey
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:41 pm
    This morning, a new 3D printing company (Carbon3D) won the marketing lottery, by appearing in a story in the Washington Post, and then being featured pretty much everywhere possible online. They were tweeted hundreds of times. While I trust that they really are doing something different, the overall technology isn’t new…it is a variation on stereolithography,  which predates fused deposition modeling (what most library 3d printers are using) as a technology. It’s not even the first consumer level stereolithographic printer! The Form 1…
  • LibraryBox at Computers in Libraries 2015

    griffey
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    Way back in March of 2012, I debuted the very first proof-of-concept for the LibraryBox Project at Computers in Libraries in Washington DC. It was the first time a LibraryBox was tested in public, and the reactions and feedback were integral to moving the project forward to where it is today. The first one was actually embedded in a real book (I liked the irony of the presentation). Where it is today is amazing! We are polishing the v2.1 release of the open source code that lets anyone in the world build their own offline digital file sharing device, which includes a really improved…
  • Apple Watch Predictions

    griffey
    8 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Tomorrow is March 9th, and that means that we will get the formal Apple announcement of the Apple Watch. As always, I’ll be live tweeting the announcement, but I wanted to make a couple of predictions here about pricing, mostly because I think they are going to surprise everyone. All that Apple has said thus far about pricing is the quote from the initial announcement of the product that “Apple Watch will start at $350″. There are three tiers of the watch, each made of different materials: Apple Watch Sport, which is aluminum and glass; Apple Watch, which is stainless steel…
  • Support Circulating Ideas

    griffey
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    So my buddy Steve Thomas just launched a Kickstarter in order to have transcriptions made of his awesome podcast Circulating Ideas.  I shouldn’t have to explain why transcriptions are a fantastic idea for a podcast, but I will anyway: It will make the content available to people with hearing difficulty It will enable full-text searching of the podcast episodes Transcripts will allow people to text-mine the content in interesting ways There will be a book (A BOOK) of the podcast made All of these are awesome reasons to back the Kickstarter, but I’m going to back it because I…
  • Poverty, Libraries, Jobs, Me

    griffey
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:47 pm
    A bit earlier today I saw a handful of librarians on Twitter posting a link to a Library Director’s job with what appeared to be an appalling salary of $7.25 an hour. You too can be a library directory — for a mere $7.25/hr. http://t.co/whwZkgrbvt — Shield Maiden (@byshieldmaiden) February 24, 2015 Wanna be a library director for minimum wage? This is totally disgraceful. http://t.co/gStkbMvxYE — Amanda Cintron (@Xaila) February 24, 2015 Each of these tweets have been re-tweeted a dozen or so times as I’m writing this, so people are sharing it. Heck, I clicked through when I…
 
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  • Storify, Seed Catalogs, Congress.gov, More: Sunday Buzz, March 29th, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:34 pm
    NEW RESOURCES I just found this a few days ago and it’s not new but it’s lovely. The British Museum has an Instagram series of all its galleries up on Storify. Now available: a huge collection of online medical journals. “While we encourage you to explore the full-text search tool available on our website, you can now also browse over 3,000 volumes that comprise our 336 journal titles. If you’d rather browse by date or search all fields, we encourage you to download the CSV file, also available on the journals browse page.” USEFUL STUFF Dave Winer has open-sourced…
  • Cars, Reddit, Zillow, More: Saturday Afternoon Buzz, March 28th, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    NEW RESOURCES Au.to is a new search engine for used cars (PRESS RELEASE). “Like Google, AU.TO crawls the web seeking out cars for sale, collecting both vehicle and dealer data, and sorting vehicles based on user predicted interest, thereby providing custom-tailored search results for individual users. AU.TO features a lightning fast, text-based search, yielding results in milliseconds, not minutes. It also provides the first user-predicted interest algorithm for online car shopping: Think Pandora for cars.” You know, you could just be a search engine for used cars. Comparisons to…
  • Blekko, Glass, Magna Carta, More: Saturday Morning Buzz, March 28th, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
    NEW RESOURCES The British Library has launched its Magna Charta archive. Yahoo has launched a new digital magazine: Yahoo Politics. Georgia State University has launched new online exhibits. “The current exhibit topics include the history of radio broadcasting in Georgia, history of Atlanta women’s organizations, and grass roots activism. Additional exhibits will be added periodically in the future.” Pixar has made its rendering engine, Renderman free (as in beer). “To download Renderman, Pixar requires you to register for a forum account and provide a valid e-mail…
  • Short Friday Morning Buzz, March 27th, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    TWEAKS AND UPDATES The Oklahoma Historical Society has updated its online Oklahoma encyclopedia of history and culture. “Nearly 1,000 of 2,466 original encyclopedia articles have been updated, and several hundred more will be prepared and added in the future, [Bob] Blackburn said. ” AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD Google has hired a new CFO – Ruth Porat. The Wall Street Journal has an eye-widening article about how much money and time Google spends on Washington. “Last year, Google spent $16.8 million on lobbyists, more than any other company except for…
  • India, Scotland, Princeton, More: Morning Buzz, March 25th, 2015

    ResearchBuzz
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    NEW RESOURCES Twitter and the government of India have teamed up. Algerie Telecom has launched Nooonbooks (yes, three o’s), a new digital library of 30,000 books in Arabic. “The digital library “Nooonbooks” comprises over 30,000 books on exact sciences, management, social sciences, law, personal development and general knowledge. Nooonbooks is available by annual subscription priced at DZD 2,400 via one-year licence cards.” (I believe that’s about $25 a year USD.) Dumfries and Galloway’s Library and Archive Service has launched an online image…
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  • Feedback: Letters to LJ, March 15, 2015 Issue

    LJ
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    “I really liked the idea of [libraries as] ‘something we own collectively,’ as opposed to the whole, ‘Hey, it’s free,’ thing, since it’s not really…” It is not really free Rebecca T. Miller’s “Worth the Price: Reflecting on the Problem of ‘Free’ ” (Editorial, LJ 2/1/15) was a thoughtful and helpful way to look at the issue a little differently. I really liked the idea of [libraries as] “something we own collectively,” as opposed to the whole, “Hey, it’s free,” thing, since it’s not really (trust me, I count on that check every month!). Anyway, thanks…
  • Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

    LJ
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
  • News Briefs for March 2015

    LJ
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
  • Sudden Sweet Briar Closure Leaves Library in Limbo

    Lisa Peet
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
  • Books for Your LGBTQ Audience

    LJ
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Presented by: Bold Strokes Books, Riptide Publishing & Library Journal Event Date & Time: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT Join Bold Strokes Books and Riptide Publishing to hear about trends and the latest titles for patrons interested in LGBTQ materials. Romance, erotica, mystery, and fantasy: these publishers will cover the spectrum of hot upcoming titles for LGBTQ readers from YA to adult, allowing you to stock your shelves with don’t-miss titles that patrons will clamor for. You’ll also hear more about Library Journal’s…
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  • Sudden Sweet Briar Closure Leaves Library in Limbo

    Lisa Peet
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
  • Influencing Staff Creativity: How Good Leaders Get it Right | Leading from the Library

    Steven Bell
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Productive change depends on staff members who are working creatively to develop new ideas for better library services. Leaders can play an important role in helping staff to achieve higher levels of workplace creativity. Creativity spaces are a hot trend in academic library buildings. Librarians are reimagining some pieces of their physical space as a zone of imagination, play, or activity to stimulate community members to find their creative sides. You’ve probably heard someone say that the library should be a kitchen and not the grocery store. The library creativity space where…
  • Meet Jessica Generoux, Aboriginal Intern

    Lisa Peet
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    Jessica Generoux has secured an innovative internship while she pursues her Master of Information and Library Science at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Generoux, previously a library assistant at the Regina Public Library’s Albert Branch, is now the University of Saskatchewan’s (U of S) first Aboriginal library intern. The paid internship was established as part of the U of S’s Promise and Potential integrated plan, which includes Aboriginal Engagement as a top component. Over the next three years Generoux will rotate through each of the university library’s branches,…
  • Negotiating Librarianship | Peer to Peer Review

    Kevin L. Smith
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Every year I do a short presentation about negotiation during the course I co-teach with my colleague Will Cross on legal issues for librarians at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science. And every year, that presentation elicits a large number of questions and exposes considerable anxiety amongst these new librarians about negotiating, first on their own behalf as they seek employment, and then as negotiation becomes a regular part of their professional lives. I also recently had a conversation with seasoned librarians about license principles and how to…
  • When Rankings Rule Our Thinking | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    No matter how much academics express displeasure about college rankings, the rankings continue to multiply. Each new one claims to offer some advantage over the competition. Will higher education ever be able to bring ranking madness to an end? College rankings tend to annoy me. I am hardly alone in feeling that way. Dozens of college presidents have sought to boycott college rankings entirely by refusing to provide data, claiming that the lists misrepresent their institutions and do a disservice to prospective students. I’ve shared my thoughts about rankings in the past when blogging and…
 
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  • Literary Lagniappe | Wyatt’s World

    Neal Wyatt
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Literary fiction fans have much to look forward to with new books from Toni Morrison (God Help the Child, Apr.) and Anne Enright (The Green Road, May) just around the corner. Yet there is even more to celebrate for those who like to geek out on sublime language and fascinating characters. Here’s a collection for the literary minded. Young Eliot: From St. Louis to The Waste Land by Robert Crawford (Farrar). Timed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Eliot’s death, this important biography, the first volume in an expected set, explores the poet’s personal and literary life (1888–1965)…
  • Anderson to Zweig | French on Fridays

    Liz French
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    No themes or requests for specific types of books this week—enjoy the break while you can, the spring holidays are a-comin’ and I’ll be back in that groove, requesting rabbity reads, or perhaps some bitter herbs cookbooks, or narratives about religious persecution and ultimate triumph. I will also try to spare you the blow-by-blow accounts of apartment hunting and landlord insanity that is my life these days. It’ll be hard, but I can do it! So let’s talk about what we’re reading. Last week the WWR correspondents delighted and distracted me with house reads (Mahnaz and I discussed…
  • Fiction from Cander and O’Hagan, a “New” Vidal, and Stibbe’s Debut | Xpress Reviews

    LJ Reviews
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    Week ending March 27, 2015 Cander, Chris. Whisper Hollow. Other. Mar. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9781590517116. pap. $17.95; ebk. ISBN 9781590517123. F Verra, a small coal-mining town in West Virginia where girls are pressured to marry young and men are expected to work in the mine, is populated by the discontented and unfulfilled. Myrthen is fixated on becoming a nun but must marry John; meanwhile, Alta accepts the first suitor who asks for her hand, incapable of imagining anything better for herself. Tangled lives, disappointments, vengeful acts, and Myrthen’s delusions of self-righteousness lead…
  • Graphic Novel from Darrow & Stewart Is a Zombie Mess | Xpress Reviews

    LJ Reviews
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    Week ending March 27, 2015 Darrow, Geof (text & illus.) & Dave Stewart (illus.). The Shaolin Cowboy: Shemp Buffet. Dark Horse. Mar. 2015. 136p. ISBN 9781616557263. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9781630082024. HORROR After a hiatus, Darrow (artist, Hard Boiled) has returned to the Shaolin Cowboy, a dumpy, balding drifter with a hangdog expression and a master of kung fu who carries a long pole with a chainsaw on either end. Although the book begins with a lengthy recap full of delightfully juvenile puns, the story proper isn’t much more than the Cowboy fighting a zombie horde, plus a run-in with…
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    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    June 2014 to date as identified by YBP Library Services The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BC–1492 CE Schama, Simon Penguin Books Canada 2014. ISBN 9780670069798. $39.36 Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence Armstrong, Karen Alfred A. Knopf 2014. ISBN 9780307957047. $30 What Is Veiling Amer, Sahar University of North Carolina Press 2014. ISBN 9781469617756. $28 Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter Balmer, Randall Basic Books: Perseus 2014. ISBN 9780465029587. $27.99 The Religious Art of Pablo Picasso Dillenberger, Jane Daggett University of California Press 2014.
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    “I really liked the idea of [libraries as] ‘something we own collectively,’ as opposed to the whole, ‘Hey, it’s free,’ thing, since it’s not really…” It is not really free Rebecca T. Miller’s “Worth the Price: Reflecting on the Problem of ‘Free’ ” (Editorial, LJ 2/1/15) was a thoughtful and helpful way to look at the issue a little differently. I really liked the idea of [libraries as] “something we own collectively,” as opposed to the whole, “Hey, it’s free,” thing, since it’s not really (trust me, I count on that check every month!). Anyway, thanks…
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    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
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    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
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    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
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    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
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    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
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    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
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    “I really liked the idea of [libraries as] ‘something we own collectively,’ as opposed to the whole, ‘Hey, it’s free,’ thing, since it’s not really…” It is not really free Rebecca T. Miller’s “Worth the Price: Reflecting on the Problem of ‘Free’ ” (Editorial, LJ 2/1/15) was a thoughtful and helpful way to look at the issue a little differently. I really liked the idea of [libraries as] “something we own collectively,” as opposed to the whole, “Hey, it’s free,” thing, since it’s not really (trust me, I count on that check every month!). Anyway, thanks…
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    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
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    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
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    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
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    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
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    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
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    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
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    “I really liked the idea of [libraries as] ‘something we own collectively,’ as opposed to the whole, ‘Hey, it’s free,’ thing, since it’s not really…” It is not really free Rebecca T. Miller’s “Worth the Price: Reflecting on the Problem of ‘Free’ ” (Editorial, LJ 2/1/15) was a thoughtful and helpful way to look at the issue a little differently. I really liked the idea of [libraries as] “something we own collectively,” as opposed to the whole, “Hey, it’s free,” thing, since it’s not really (trust me, I count on that check every month!). Anyway, thanks…
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    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
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    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
  • Sudden Sweet Briar Closure Leaves Library in Limbo

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    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
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    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
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    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
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    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
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    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
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    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
  • Sudden Sweet Briar Closure Leaves Library in Limbo

    Lisa Peet
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
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    “I really liked the idea of [libraries as] ‘something we own collectively,’ as opposed to the whole, ‘Hey, it’s free,’ thing, since it’s not really…” It is not really free Rebecca T. Miller’s “Worth the Price: Reflecting on the Problem of ‘Free’ ” (Editorial, LJ 2/1/15) was a thoughtful and helpful way to look at the issue a little differently. I really liked the idea of [libraries as] “something we own collectively,” as opposed to the whole, “Hey, it’s free,” thing, since it’s not really (trust me, I count on that check every month!). Anyway, thanks…
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    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
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    27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
  • Sudden Sweet Briar Closure Leaves Library in Limbo

    Lisa Peet
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
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    “I really liked the idea of [libraries as] ‘something we own collectively,’ as opposed to the whole, ‘Hey, it’s free,’ thing, since it’s not really…” It is not really free Rebecca T. Miller’s “Worth the Price: Reflecting on the Problem of ‘Free’ ” (Editorial, LJ 2/1/15) was a thoughtful and helpful way to look at the issue a little differently. I really liked the idea of [libraries as] “something we own collectively,” as opposed to the whole, “Hey, it’s free,” thing, since it’s not really (trust me, I count on that check every month!). Anyway, thanks…
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    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
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    27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
  • Sudden Sweet Briar Closure Leaves Library in Limbo

    Lisa Peet
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
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    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
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    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
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    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
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    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
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    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
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    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
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    27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
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    Lisa Peet
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
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    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
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    27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
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    Lisa Peet
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
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    “I really liked the idea of [libraries as] ‘something we own collectively,’ as opposed to the whole, ‘Hey, it’s free,’ thing, since it’s not really…” It is not really free Rebecca T. Miller’s “Worth the Price: Reflecting on the Problem of ‘Free’ ” (Editorial, LJ 2/1/15) was a thoughtful and helpful way to look at the issue a little differently. I really liked the idea of [libraries as] “something we own collectively,” as opposed to the whole, “Hey, it’s free,” thing, since it’s not really (trust me, I count on that check every month!). Anyway, thanks…
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    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
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    27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
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    Lisa Peet
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
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    “I really liked the idea of [libraries as] ‘something we own collectively,’ as opposed to the whole, ‘Hey, it’s free,’ thing, since it’s not really…” It is not really free Rebecca T. Miller’s “Worth the Price: Reflecting on the Problem of ‘Free’ ” (Editorial, LJ 2/1/15) was a thoughtful and helpful way to look at the issue a little differently. I really liked the idea of [libraries as] “something we own collectively,” as opposed to the whole, “Hey, it’s free,” thing, since it’s not really (trust me, I count on that check every month!). Anyway, thanks…
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    28 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
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    LJ
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
  • Sudden Sweet Briar Closure Leaves Library in Limbo

    Lisa Peet
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
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    25 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
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    “I really liked the idea of [libraries as] ‘something we own collectively,’ as opposed to the whole, ‘Hey, it’s free,’ thing, since it’s not really…” It is not really free Rebecca T. Miller’s “Worth the Price: Reflecting on the Problem of ‘Free’ ” (Editorial, LJ 2/1/15) was a thoughtful and helpful way to look at the issue a little differently. I really liked the idea of [libraries as] “something we own collectively,” as opposed to the whole, “Hey, it’s free,” thing, since it’s not really (trust me, I count on that check every month!). Anyway, thanks…
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    28 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
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    27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
  • Sudden Sweet Briar Closure Leaves Library in Limbo

    Lisa Peet
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
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    25 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Presented by: Bold Strokes Books, Riptide Publishing & Library Journal Event Date & Time: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT Join Bold Strokes Books and Riptide Publishing to hear about trends and the latest titles for patrons interested in LGBTQ materials. Romance, erotica, mystery, and fantasy: these publishers will cover the spectrum of hot upcoming titles for LGBTQ readers from YA to adult, allowing you to stock your shelves with don’t-miss titles that patrons will clamor for. You’ll also hear more about Library Journal’s…
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    “I really liked the idea of [libraries as] ‘something we own collectively,’ as opposed to the whole, ‘Hey, it’s free,’ thing, since it’s not really…” It is not really free Rebecca T. Miller’s “Worth the Price: Reflecting on the Problem of ‘Free’ ” (Editorial, LJ 2/1/15) was a thoughtful and helpful way to look at the issue a little differently. I really liked the idea of [libraries as] “something we own collectively,” as opposed to the whole, “Hey, it’s free,” thing, since it’s not really (trust me, I count on that check every month!). Anyway, thanks…
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    28 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
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    27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
  • Sudden Sweet Briar Closure Leaves Library in Limbo

    Lisa Peet
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
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    25 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Presented by: Bold Strokes Books, Riptide Publishing & Library Journal Event Date & Time: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT Join Bold Strokes Books and Riptide Publishing to hear about trends and the latest titles for patrons interested in LGBTQ materials. Romance, erotica, mystery, and fantasy: these publishers will cover the spectrum of hot upcoming titles for LGBTQ readers from YA to adult, allowing you to stock your shelves with don’t-miss titles that patrons will clamor for. You’ll also hear more about Library Journal’s…
 
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    “I really liked the idea of [libraries as] ‘something we own collectively,’ as opposed to the whole, ‘Hey, it’s free,’ thing, since it’s not really…” It is not really free Rebecca T. Miller’s “Worth the Price: Reflecting on the Problem of ‘Free’ ” (Editorial, LJ 2/1/15) was a thoughtful and helpful way to look at the issue a little differently. I really liked the idea of [libraries as] “something we own collectively,” as opposed to the whole, “Hey, it’s free,” thing, since it’s not really (trust me, I count on that check every month!). Anyway, thanks…
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    28 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
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    27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
  • Sudden Sweet Briar Closure Leaves Library in Limbo

    Lisa Peet
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
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    Barbara Hoffert
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    Brooks, Geraldine. The Secret Chord. Viking. Sept. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780670025770. $27.95. CD: Penguin Audio. HISTORICAL FICTION Brooks, who wins both prizes (e.g., the Pulitzer for March) and audiences (there are two million copies of her books out there), has always triumphed with historical subjects, and she’s back at it with this novel about King David. She must take into account historical fact and biblical portraiture as she takes her David from shepherd to soldier to king to despot, often showing him from the perspective of others—the prophet Nathan, his three wives, and his son,…
  • Reed Farrel Coleman, Louise Penny, Anne Perry, & More | Mystery Previews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 3

    Barbara Hoffert
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Beaton, M.C. Dishing the Dirt: An Agatha Raisin Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781250057426. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466861183. MYSTERY New York Times best-selling sleuth Agatha Raisin is used to thwarting murderers, but in her latest case she’s the suspect. New-in-town therapist Jill Davent had snickered about Agatha’s humble origins, pursued her ex-husband, and counseled a woman Agatha believes is an accomplice to murder, but when she hired a private detective to investigate Agatha further, our put-upon heroine broke down and yelled “I could kill you”…
  • Jan Karon, Jojo Moyes, Nicholas Sparks, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 3

    Barbara Hoffert
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    Dallas, Sandra. The Last Midwife. St. Martin’s. Sept. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9781250074461. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466886148. HISTORICAL Dallas, a New York Times best-selling author, follows up A Quilt for Christmas with another historical. Gracy Brookens, the only midwife in a small 1880s Colorado mining town, has delivered hundreds of babies but now has been accused of killing one. Because she enters her neighbors’ homes at a vulnerable time and hears what women can utter during the pain of childbirth, perhaps she knows more about people’s secrets than she should. Dicks, Matthew. The Perfect…
  • Biography (e.g., J.M. Coetzee, Mary McGrory) & History (e.g., World War II) | Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 3

    Barbara Hoffert
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    Attwell, David. J.M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing: Face to Face with Time. Viking. Sept. 2015. 272p. ISBN 9780525429616. $27.95. LITERARY CRITICISM/BIOGRAPHY Currently a professor at the University of York, Attwell completed an MA in African literary theory and criticism at the University of Cape Town, where his supervisor was Nobel Prize–winning novelist J.M. Coetzee, and a PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, where Coetzee’s manuscripts, notebooks, and research papers were recently deposited. Thus Attwell has the wherewithal (and the connections) to analyze Coetzee’s…
  • Library of Congress Honors Louise Erdrich

    Barbara Hoffert
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced that Louise Erdrich will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, to be awarded during the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, September 5, at Washington, DC’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The award is given for both artistic merit and originality of thought and imagination, which Erdrich has demonstrated in novels ranging from her debut, Love Medicine, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, to The Plague of Doves, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Anisfield-Wolf Book Award…
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  • Feedback: Letters to LJ, March 15, 2015 Issue

    LJ
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    “I really liked the idea of [libraries as] ‘something we own collectively,’ as opposed to the whole, ‘Hey, it’s free,’ thing, since it’s not really…” It is not really free Rebecca T. Miller’s “Worth the Price: Reflecting on the Problem of ‘Free’ ” (Editorial, LJ 2/1/15) was a thoughtful and helpful way to look at the issue a little differently. I really liked the idea of [libraries as] “something we own collectively,” as opposed to the whole, “Hey, it’s free,” thing, since it’s not really (trust me, I count on that check every month!). Anyway, thanks…
  • Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

    LJ
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
  • News Briefs for March 2015

    LJ
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
  • Sudden Sweet Briar Closure Leaves Library in Limbo

    Lisa Peet
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
  • Books for Your LGBTQ Audience

    LJ
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Presented by: Bold Strokes Books, Riptide Publishing & Library Journal Event Date & Time: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT Join Bold Strokes Books and Riptide Publishing to hear about trends and the latest titles for patrons interested in LGBTQ materials. Romance, erotica, mystery, and fantasy: these publishers will cover the spectrum of hot upcoming titles for LGBTQ readers from YA to adult, allowing you to stock your shelves with don’t-miss titles that patrons will clamor for. You’ll also hear more about Library Journal’s…
 
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    29 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    “I really liked the idea of [libraries as] ‘something we own collectively,’ as opposed to the whole, ‘Hey, it’s free,’ thing, since it’s not really…” It is not really free Rebecca T. Miller’s “Worth the Price: Reflecting on the Problem of ‘Free’ ” (Editorial, LJ 2/1/15) was a thoughtful and helpful way to look at the issue a little differently. I really liked the idea of [libraries as] “something we own collectively,” as opposed to the whole, “Hey, it’s free,” thing, since it’s not really (trust me, I count on that check every month!). Anyway, thanks…
  • Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

    LJ
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
  • News Briefs for March 2015

    LJ
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
  • Sudden Sweet Briar Closure Leaves Library in Limbo

    Lisa Peet
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
  • Books for Your LGBTQ Audience

    LJ
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Presented by: Bold Strokes Books, Riptide Publishing & Library Journal Event Date & Time: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT Join Bold Strokes Books and Riptide Publishing to hear about trends and the latest titles for patrons interested in LGBTQ materials. Romance, erotica, mystery, and fantasy: these publishers will cover the spectrum of hot upcoming titles for LGBTQ readers from YA to adult, allowing you to stock your shelves with don’t-miss titles that patrons will clamor for. You’ll also hear more about Library Journal’s…
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  • Asian Film Online | Reference eReviews, March 15, 2015

    Cheryl LaGuardia
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:39 am
    Asian Film Online Alexander Street Press; alexanderstreet.com/products/asian-film-online-series. To request a free trial please call ­703-212-8520, ext. 127 or email support@alexanderstreet.com. By Cheryl LaGuardia CONTENT Asian Film Online: Volume 1 is a streaming video collection of nearly 690 feature films, documentaries, animations, and shorts selected by film scholars and critics. The films represent 24 Asian countries and contain a broad cultural perspective from across the Asian continent. Included in the resource are movies from notable directors in China (Xie Fei), Iran (Dariush…
  • Histories of Irish Americans, the World Cup, plus Guides to Baby Names, Organic Foods | Reference Reviews, March 15, 2015

    LJ Reviews
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    Irish Americans: The History and Culture of a People. ABC-CLIO. 2014. 511p. ed. by William E. Watson & Eugene J. Halus, Jr. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781610694667. $100; ebk. ISBN 9781610694674. REF As well as the American story of the Irish, Watson (history, Immaculata Univ.; The Ghosts of Duffy’s Cut) and Halus (politics, Immaculata Univ.; formerly a staff member in Ireland’s parliament) describe events and forces that pushed the group to this country. Front matter includes a guide to related topics and a chronology. The entries that follow cover people (Billy the Kid, Frank…
  • F1000’s Vitek Tracz: Redefining Scientific Communication

    Henrietta Verma
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    F1000—or Faculty of 1000—is an online publisher of life science articles that appear in databases called F1000Prime and F1000Research. Recently I Skyped with the company’s Vitek Tracz, a scientific publishing pioneer and founder of F1000 and previously of BioMed Central and Current Opinions journals. Tracz discussed why he started the business, problems with peer review, how F1000’s approach has affected scholarly publishing, and their upcoming launch of a comprehensive workspace for scientists. Tracz told LJ that while the organization has decided not to change the name, F1000 “is…
  • Apartheid South Africa, 1948–1980 | Reference eReviews, March 1, 2015

    Cheryl LaGuardia
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
    Apartheid South Africa, 1948–1980 Adam Matthew Digital, a SAGE Company; amdigital.co.uk/m-collections/collection/apartheid-south-africa-1948-1980/. To request a free trial, please email info@amdigital.co.uk or visit ­amdigital.co.uk for more information. By Cheryl LaGuardia CONTENT In its entirety, Apartheid South Africa (ASA) will make available British government files from the Colonial, Dominion, and Foreign and Commonwealth Offices spanning the period between 1948 and 1980. The scope of the file ranges from the implementation of apartheid by South Africa’s National Party in 1948…
  • ALA Reference Announcements | Reference News, March 1, 2015

    LJ Reviews
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:13 am
    SINCE 1932, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, houses the world’s largest collection of the printed works of poet and playwright William Shakespeare, the most prominent dramatist of the European Renaissance. Besides collecting books, manuscripts, and artwork relating to Shakespeare and his native Stratford-upon-Avon, the library also hosts Folger’s Digital Image Collection, ­luna.folger.edu, which offers high-resolution images of letters, attire, and drawings relating to Shakespeare’s works and productions. To complement that collection, the Folger Library has partnered…
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  • Feedback: Letters to LJ, March 15, 2015 Issue

    LJ
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    “I really liked the idea of [libraries as] ‘something we own collectively,’ as opposed to the whole, ‘Hey, it’s free,’ thing, since it’s not really…” It is not really free Rebecca T. Miller’s “Worth the Price: Reflecting on the Problem of ‘Free’ ” (Editorial, LJ 2/1/15) was a thoughtful and helpful way to look at the issue a little differently. I really liked the idea of [libraries as] “something we own collectively,” as opposed to the whole, “Hey, it’s free,” thing, since it’s not really (trust me, I count on that check every month!). Anyway, thanks…
  • Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

    LJ
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
  • News Briefs for March 2015

    LJ
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
  • Sudden Sweet Briar Closure Leaves Library in Limbo

    Lisa Peet
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
  • Books for Your LGBTQ Audience

    LJ
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Presented by: Bold Strokes Books, Riptide Publishing & Library Journal Event Date & Time: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT Join Bold Strokes Books and Riptide Publishing to hear about trends and the latest titles for patrons interested in LGBTQ materials. Romance, erotica, mystery, and fantasy: these publishers will cover the spectrum of hot upcoming titles for LGBTQ readers from YA to adult, allowing you to stock your shelves with don’t-miss titles that patrons will clamor for. You’ll also hear more about Library Journal’s…
 
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    LJ
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    “I really liked the idea of [libraries as] ‘something we own collectively,’ as opposed to the whole, ‘Hey, it’s free,’ thing, since it’s not really…” It is not really free Rebecca T. Miller’s “Worth the Price: Reflecting on the Problem of ‘Free’ ” (Editorial, LJ 2/1/15) was a thoughtful and helpful way to look at the issue a little differently. I really liked the idea of [libraries as] “something we own collectively,” as opposed to the whole, “Hey, it’s free,” thing, since it’s not really (trust me, I count on that check every month!). Anyway, thanks…
  • Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

    LJ
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
  • News Briefs for March 2015

    LJ
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
  • Sudden Sweet Briar Closure Leaves Library in Limbo

    Lisa Peet
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
  • Books for Your LGBTQ Audience

    LJ
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Presented by: Bold Strokes Books, Riptide Publishing & Library Journal Event Date & Time: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT Join Bold Strokes Books and Riptide Publishing to hear about trends and the latest titles for patrons interested in LGBTQ materials. Romance, erotica, mystery, and fantasy: these publishers will cover the spectrum of hot upcoming titles for LGBTQ readers from YA to adult, allowing you to stock your shelves with don’t-miss titles that patrons will clamor for. You’ll also hear more about Library Journal’s…
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    29 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    “I really liked the idea of [libraries as] ‘something we own collectively,’ as opposed to the whole, ‘Hey, it’s free,’ thing, since it’s not really…” It is not really free Rebecca T. Miller’s “Worth the Price: Reflecting on the Problem of ‘Free’ ” (Editorial, LJ 2/1/15) was a thoughtful and helpful way to look at the issue a little differently. I really liked the idea of [libraries as] “something we own collectively,” as opposed to the whole, “Hey, it’s free,” thing, since it’s not really (trust me, I count on that check every month!). Anyway, thanks…
  • Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

    LJ
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
  • News Briefs for March 2015

    LJ
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
  • Sudden Sweet Briar Closure Leaves Library in Limbo

    Lisa Peet
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
  • Books for Your LGBTQ Audience

    LJ
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Presented by: Bold Strokes Books, Riptide Publishing & Library Journal Event Date & Time: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT Join Bold Strokes Books and Riptide Publishing to hear about trends and the latest titles for patrons interested in LGBTQ materials. Romance, erotica, mystery, and fantasy: these publishers will cover the spectrum of hot upcoming titles for LGBTQ readers from YA to adult, allowing you to stock your shelves with don’t-miss titles that patrons will clamor for. You’ll also hear more about Library Journal’s…
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    29 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    “I really liked the idea of [libraries as] ‘something we own collectively,’ as opposed to the whole, ‘Hey, it’s free,’ thing, since it’s not really…” It is not really free Rebecca T. Miller’s “Worth the Price: Reflecting on the Problem of ‘Free’ ” (Editorial, LJ 2/1/15) was a thoughtful and helpful way to look at the issue a little differently. I really liked the idea of [libraries as] “something we own collectively,” as opposed to the whole, “Hey, it’s free,” thing, since it’s not really (trust me, I count on that check every month!). Anyway, thanks…
  • Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

    LJ
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Anita Carroll was named Director, Granville Public Library, OH. She previously held the same title at MidPointe Library System, Middletown, OH. Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, Minden, NV. She previously held the same title at Pine River Library, Bayfield, CO. Georgie Donovan was appointed Assistant Dean at College of William & Mary’s Swem Library, Williamsburg, VA. She was previously Associate Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Cliff Jo, Director of Finance and Business Operations at Pierce County Library System,…
  • News Briefs for March 2015

    LJ
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library, MA, received the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. It was honored for furthering the educational mission of its parent institution. Artstor announced the three winners of its Digital Humanities Awards: Historic Dress from Smith College , Northampton, MA; Medieval Portland from Portland University , OR; and Sacred Conflicts: Religious Violence in Comparative Perspective from Northern Illinois University , DeKalb. Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, received a bequest of more than…
  • Sudden Sweet Briar Closure Leaves Library in Limbo

    Lisa Peet
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An architect’s rendering of the newly renovated library at Sweet Briar College Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old women’s liberal arts school in Amherst County, VA, counts among its graduates author Elaine Dundy, class of 1943; film critic Molly Haskell, class of 1961; and U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell, class of 1989. No doubt members of the class of 2015 will go on to great things as well. But there may be no class of 2016. On March 3, interim president James F. Jones Jr. announced that the college would close after the summer session, a statement that shocked most of the…
  • Books for Your LGBTQ Audience

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    25 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Presented by: Bold Strokes Books, Riptide Publishing & Library Journal Event Date & Time: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT Join Bold Strokes Books and Riptide Publishing to hear about trends and the latest titles for patrons interested in LGBTQ materials. Romance, erotica, mystery, and fantasy: these publishers will cover the spectrum of hot upcoming titles for LGBTQ readers from YA to adult, allowing you to stock your shelves with don’t-miss titles that patrons will clamor for. You’ll also hear more about Library Journal’s…
 
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  • Anderson to Zweig | French on Fridays

    Liz French
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    No themes or requests for specific types of books this week—enjoy the break while you can, the spring holidays are a-comin’ and I’ll be back in that groove, requesting rabbity reads, or perhaps some bitter herbs cookbooks, or narratives about religious persecution and ultimate triumph. I will also try to spare you the blow-by-blow accounts of apartment hunting and landlord insanity that is my life these days. It’ll be hard, but I can do it! So let’s talk about what we’re reading. Last week the WWR correspondents delighted and distracted me with house reads (Mahnaz and I discussed…
  • Home & Away | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
    When I sent out the plea for WWR entries last week, books about home, place, and a place to call home were on my mind. A few of my colleagues at School Library Journal and LJ responded with housey reads; others did not. No matter where you live and read, it’s all good in the WWR neighborhood! Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, SLJ Reviews I’ve written about Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby (Random) many times before, and here I go, again. “But Mahnaz!” I foresee the careful reader crying out. “Rosemary’s Baby is a classic tale of horror. What does it have to do with housing?” Why,…
  • Spotlight on Rachel Joyce | LibraryReads Author, March 15, 2015

    Barbara Hoffert
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    Photo by Fatimah Namdar After Rachel Joyce caught the world’s attention with The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, she spoke to many audiences eager to discuss her eponymous hero, who bravely walked across England to visit his dying friend, Queenie. Unexpectedly, they also asked about Queenie herself, wondering why Joyce portrayed her as she did. But as Joyce explained in a phone interview, with ­Harold Fry “I was only thinking in terms of Harold and his wife. I didn’t want to cheat Harold by introducing a new voice.” Upon reflection, though, she realized that in Harold Fry she’d…
  • Welcome to the Neighborhood | French on Fridays

    Liz French
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:37 am
    I am in real-estate hell right now. Landlord wants us out; his son, who lives downstairs and controls the thermostat, has turned off the heat just in time for today’s snowstorm. This morning my dog put his paw on my knee and looked up at me with wide puppy eyes usually reserved for begging, and commenced to shiver. “Bring the heat, Liz!” he seemed to be saying. I gave him a greenie treat and put his little sweater on him. He hates that sweater. One thing about this apartment search/landlord hell that is alternately annoying and amusing is the stories. The people and their stories.
  • Q&A: Judith Claire Mitchell

    LJ Reviews
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Three middle-aged sisters, suffering hardship and heartbreak, decide to end their lives at the close of 1999. Gathered in their ancestral New York apartment, the sisters trace their collective family history, looking into the life of their brilliant but repressed maternal great-grandmother and their great-grandfather, a Nobel Prize–winning chemist whose invention is used to deadly effect during World War II. In A Reunion of Ghosts (LJ 2/1/15), Judith Claire Mitchell has written a darkly humorous and poignant study of a very odd family haunted by what they believe to be their cursed past.
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  • A Canadian Challenge

    Annoyed Librarian
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    For some reason, I usually think of library book challenges coming from people who are afraid their children will turn gay if they read a book about penguins, and I usually picture someone from small town America. I don’t know why. The latest book challenge I’ve read about is certainly challenging stereotypes, my stereotypes at […]
  • Do We Need Louder Librarians?

    Annoyed Librarian
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Things are bad all over it seems, especially for libraries. Sure, in Kentucky libraries just caught a big break, but that’s unusual. Not that I think public libraries are dying. School libraries maybe, but not public ones. Still, times are hard, and while the public might still love their libraries, the public’s politicians cut funding […]
  • Shave the Time of the Reader

    Annoyed Librarian
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    A constant theme running through the media, if you are on the lookout for it, is a misunderstanding of how libraries work. Every once in a while, someone gets it right. For example, there’s a news article from Rochester, New York about the public library’s recycling bin. And, yes, I’m assuming it was a slow […]
  • The Agony of Choice

    Annoyed Librarian
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    ALA elections are right around the corner, and the Presidential election should be a hoot. If you haven’t noticed or didn’t care to, here’s some information on the four candidates. That’s right, four. Usually the election is a contest between two librarians most people have never heard of, with votes being cast for such reasons […]
  • What Mosul Doesn’t Teach Us

    Annoyed Librarian
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    A Kind Reader sent me a link to this article, which is supposed to be about the destruction of the Mosul Public Library by ISIS. I considered writing about that topic last week, but there’s not a lot to say other than, “[stunned silence]”. So I was stunningly silent. But someone at Flavorwire is more […]
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  • A radical publishing collective: the Journal of Radical Librarianship

    Simon Barron
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    From Flickr user, Julian Stallbrass, licensed under CC BY 2.0. Image has been cropped. In Brief: the Journal of Radical Librarianship is a new open-access journal publishing scholarly work in the field of radical librarianship. The focus on critical approaches to librarianship and anti-marketisation of information is reflected not only in our subject matter but in our publishing model, our licensing model, and our organisational practices. We hope to foster open and engaging discussions about radical approaches to librarianship and information studies. There’s a growing amount of discussion…
  • #DitchTheSurvey: Expanding Methodological Diversity in LIS Research

    Rebecca Halpern
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Survey rating scale: Allie Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half, CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 United States License. Retrieved from http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/02/boyfriend-doesnt-have-ebola-probably.html In Brief: Recent content analyses of LIS literature show that, by far, the most popular data collection method employed by librarians and library researchers is the survey. The authors of this article, all participants in the 2014 Institute for Research Design in Librarianship, recognize that there are sound reasons for using a survey. However, like any one method, its very nature limits the types…
  • Beyond the Threshold: Conformity, Resistance, and the ACRL Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education

    Ian Beilin
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Photo by Flickr user laroyo (CC BY-NC 2.0) In Brief: The recently adopted ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education has generated much critique and discussion, including many important reflections on the nature of information literacy and librarianship itself. This article provides a brief consideration of some of these responses and as well a critique of the Framework from the perspective of critical information literacy. It argues that although the Framework demonstrably opens up possibilities for an information literacy instruction that encourages students to question…
  • A Conversation with Librarian-Editors

    Ellie Collier
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    In brief: Ellie Collier interviews several librarian-editors about the publishing process, with a focus on “call for chapters” style books. Introduction: I began working on In the Library with the Lead Pipe in 2008 as a founding editor and author, despite hating to write. The prospect seemed too exciting to let my own dislike of writing get in the way. I was the first editorial board member to step off of our initial author rotation and I remain grateful that the board let me stay on in an editorial role only, stepping back into a writing role from time to time to share survey results or…
  • On Scholarly Communication and the Digital Humanities: An Interview with Kathleen Fitzpatrick

    Andrew Lopez
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Photo of a class in radio technology at Radcliffe College 1922. Retrieved from Wikimedia Commons.   In Brief: At Temple University Libraries (TUL), librarian Fred Rowland began conducting interviews and sharing them as streaming audio through TUL’s website in 2007. The following interview transcript with digital humanities scholar Kathleen Fitzpatrick offers insight into her work and a discussion about the future of scholarly communication. An introduction has been added to the interview, which addresses both the transcription process and the implications of using digital media to make…
 
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  • Spread the words: Little Free Libraries find global following

    Steven M. Cohen
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
    “Maybe “little” isn’t such an apt description anymore of those book houses people put up in their yards. Five years after Todd Bol put up the first Little Free Library in front of his house in Hudson, Wis., the grassroots book lending program has popped up everywhere from Iceland to Tasmania. There are about 25,000 Little Free Libraries around the globe today and it’s growing faster than ever. “We’re going to pass McDonald’s by Thanksgiving,” Bol said. “There’s going to be more Little Free Libraries than McDonald’s, which…
  • App That Aims To Make Books ‘Squeaky Clean’ Draws Ire From Edited Writers

    Steven M. Cohen
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    “In a stroke of irony fit for fiction, an effort by two Idaho parents to clean up their daughter’s books has dredged up a fairly messy controversy. Clean Reader — an e-reader app designed to ferret out, and block, profanity in novels and nonfiction — drew significant pushback from some authors amid its recent launch. In the face of that criticism, the folks behind Clean Reader have now backed down, announcing their intentions to stop selling books directly through the e-reading platform.”(via NPR)
  • LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ACQUIRES RARE TROVE OF CIVIL WAR IMAGES

    Steven M. Cohen
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
    “A Houston housewife who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress. The library announced the acquisition Sunday and is placing the first 77 images online. On Friday, 87-year-old Robin Stanford delivered the historic stereograph images from her collection to the library.” (via The Associated Press)
  • Review: ‘Improbable Libraries’ a fascinating trek among the stacks

    Steven M. Cohen
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    “In our technology-obsessed world, libraries provide tranquil sanctuaries for zoning out with physical books.”Libraries have a long history of overcoming geographic, economic and political challenges to bring the written word to an audience,” writes Alex Johnson, a journalist at the U.K. newspaper the Independent, in the introduction to his fascinating new book, “Improbable Libraries.” Johnson should know — both of his parents are librarians. He spent the last few years documenting what he calls “the new library revolution.” (via LA Times)
  • UK researchers set to benefit from easier access to digital services

    Steven M. Cohen
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    “A new service enabling researchers to access their digital resources and applications through a single, federated sign-on is launching today thanks to Jisc. A world-first, Assent, provided by Jisc, enables simplified, seamless and secure access to the broad range of web and non-web services that researchers commonly need – from cloud, email and file storage services, through to desktop login, high performance computing (HPC) facilities and secure data communications.” (via Jisc)
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  • Online Resources that Make Student’s Life Much Easier

    Stephen Abram
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:47 am
    Online Resources that Make Student’s Life Much Easier http://billthelibrarian.com/online-resources-that-make-students-life-much-easier/ Via Bill Drew How many do you know? 1. Mindtools.com 2. Atrixware.com 3. Openculture.com 4. Bestessaytips.com 5. Mindgenius.com 6. Studyguidezone.com 7. Allcorrect.org See the reviews here: http://billthelibrarian.com/online-resources-that-make-students-life-much-easier/ Stephen
  • AAP Reports Publisher Revenues Up at the End of 2014

    Stephen Abram
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:10 am
    AAP Reports Publisher Revenues Up at the End of 2014 http://the-digital-reader.com/2015/03/11/aap-reports-publisher-revenues-up-at-the-end-of-2014/ “All in all, this was a bumper year for this part of the digital publishing industry.” Publisher Revenues Up 4.9% in 2014: AAP http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/publisher-revenues-up-4-9-in-2014-aap/100342 Stephen
  • Love Bad Book Covers? Here Are Five Blogs Where You Can Get Your Fill

    Stephen Abram
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:40 am
    Love Bad Book Covers? Here Are Five Blogs Where You Can Get Your Fill http://the-digital-reader.com/2015/03/16/love-bad-book-covers-here-are-five-blogs-where-you-can-get-your-fill/ Awful Library Books The Museum of Bad Book Covers Lousy Book Covers Kindle Cover Disasters More Bad Book Covers This is too much fun! Stephen
  • 10 hot trends to watch from SXSW Interactive 2015

    Stephen Abram
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:07 am
    10 hot trends to watch at SXSW Interactive 2015 http://mashable.com/2015/03/11/10-hot-trends-at-sxsw-interactive-2015/ “Read below for the 10 trends that we feel will gain the most traction this March in Austin. 1) The startup economy continues to grow and grow. This has led SXSW to double the amount of space devoted to startup-related content in 2015 compared to what was offered in 2014. 2) International participation at SXSW Interactive is also seeing a sharp increase. Much of this growth comes within SXSW Startup Village, which more than ever reflects the global entrepreneurial…
  • Friday Fun: 7 of the Most Horrible Technology Sounds

    Stephen Abram
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:37 am
    7 of the Most Horrible Technology Sounds Dial-up modems Ringtones of all kinds The dying screams of a hard drive The living screams of a floppy drive Tests of the emergency broadcast system Someone else’s hammer-typing Every alarm sound ever Any more? Listen here: http://gizmodo.com/7-of-the-most-horrible-technology-sounds-1691736810 Stephen
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  • Listening To Student Voices

    Michael
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Greetings all! We’re starting a new series of guest posts here at TTW. I’m calling them “Listening to Student Voices.” There is so much wonderful blogging that goes in within courses I teach and beyond, I want to make sure some of those voices get out farther than the students and professor. Watch for the first post soon!
  • Not Just Where to Click by TTW Contributor Troy Swanson

    troyswanson
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:12 am
    I am very excited to announce the publication of Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think About Information from ACRL. I co-edited this collection with Heather Jagman. From the ALA Website: Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information explores how librarians and faculty work together to teach students about the nature of expertise, authority, and credibility. It provides practical approaches for motivating students to explore their beliefs, biases, and ways of interpreting the world. This book also includes chapters that bridge the gap between the…
  • The Relationship Model: What Journalism Can Teach Us by TTW Contributor Troy Swanson

    troyswanson
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    I have been keeping tabs on the state of journalism over the last decade. I do this because it is part of my job as someone who helps build information literacy skills in students, but I also do this because the disruptive forces ripping apart journalism are related to forces impacting libraries. Journalism is at the epicenter of the earthquake, and we’re a bit more removed (so far at least). As media companies implode, merge, vanish, and reappear in new forms, I think it would do libraries well to sit up and take some notes. One of these opportunities caught my ear when I heard Jeff…
  • Library of the Future – Keith Webster’s New Blog

    Michael
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    Folks – Don’t miss this new blog by Carnegie Mellon University Dean of Libraries Keith Webster: http://www.libraryofthefuture.org Keith is one of the academic library leaders I look to for insights and ideas related to higher ed and library service. Look for his articles and presentations – you won’t be disappointed. For example: The changing landscape of scholarly communication: presentation to the NFAIS 2015 annual conference from Keith Webster From his introductory post: If the librarian’s profession is increasingly to be conducted outside the library, then…
  • Connected Learning: Project Information Literacy Interviews S. Craig Watkins

    Cathy
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    Project Information Literacy (PIL) has just shared the Information Literacy’s latest “Smart Talk” interview with Craig Watkins a leading thinker on social media, connected learning and youth. In the interview, Craig says: “While schools do not always suffer from a lack of technology, they consistently suffer from a lack of vision in how the technology will be used. In high-poverty schools, technology is rarely used to promote the development of higher-order thinking skills, such as design, problem-solving, or coding. Schools must invest in highly-skilled instructors…
 
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  • Three For: School Library Sites

    Fran Bullington
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    I thought I’d check to see what other schools are doing in conjunction with March Madness and came across some sites that are exceptional – each for different reasons.  Thought I’d share! Lake Forest High School – I love the “Now Quoting” idea – what a great idea to generate interest in a book!  See their quotes for the book Unraveling. Severn School – Book, Line, and Sinker – The Middle School Maker Fair seems to have been a successful venture.  Awesome idea to extend the library and our  image. Pleasant Grove High School –…
  • National Information Literacy Awareness Month

    Fran Bullington
    17 Oct 2012 | 3:24 am
    It’s been three years since President Barack Obama proclaimed October as National Information Literacy Awareness Month.  This year I served on a committee to word a proclamation to present to Gov. Nikki Haley so that South Carolina could also shine the light on the importance of information literacy. Eighteen states have now followed Obama’s lead; is your state one of those?
  • Three for: Documenting Your Impact

    Fran Bullington
    4 Sep 2012 | 6:11 pm
    Creative Commons Image Attribution: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vblibrary/5762454084/ The 2012-2013 school year is upon us!  One of my goals this year is to improve my methods of assessment.  School librarians are often so busy teaching that they forget to assess the learning taking place.  Can you imagine a classroom teacher NOT assessing student learning? I hope that the three resources I have gathered for this post are as helpful/motivational to you as they have been to me. “Assessing Learning: the Missing Piece in Instruction?” by Violet H. Harada and Joan M. Yoshina is an…
  • I Love Being a Librarian

    Fran Bullington
    25 Aug 2012 | 7:30 am
    As the summer was coming to a close, I had a thought that I never imagined would enter my head:  maybe retirement wouldn’t be so bad. Who I Am at the Core I am now in my 36th year of education.  Education has been, and continues to be, part of my core.  I am a nerd from the tip of my auburn head (not so much my natural color now)  to the hot pink polished nails at the end of my toes.  As a classroom teacher for 29 years, I loved interacting with teens and our discussions about literature. I loved reading their writing (well, maybe the research papers tested my soul) and discovering…
  • Three for: Free Classroom and Library Printables

    Fran Bullington
    10 Aug 2012 | 1:33 pm
    Free quality educational resources?  Sign me up! Iowa Library Services Library Posters Iowa Library Services offers this collection of library posters in pdf format.  Print to your heart’s content! Educational Technology and Mobile Learning Thanks for culling links for us, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning Blog! 8 Great Free Technology Posters to Hang in Your Classroom Bloom’s Taxonomy Posters Venspired Learning Krissy Venosdale generously shares her creative classroom designs and posters through her blog and Flickr account.  Check them out! 12 Classroom Themes Posters…
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  • Read your contract: Being OA isn’t enough

    Meredith Farkas
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    So, I missed writing this for Open Access Week, or Fair Use Week, or Open Education Week, but I think these are topics that we should be focusing on every day of our professional lives; not just 3 weeks of the year. Imagine for a moment that you’re doing an ego search (not that I would ever do that) and you find that someone is selling an article you wrote (with your name on it) as part of a book or journal that you never contracted with. Sure, you published the article, but for a completely different publisher. Now you find that some random company is making money off your work. You…
  • Framework? Standards? I’m keeping it local.

    Meredith Farkas
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:11 pm
    I’m sure most of you have already heard that the ACRL Board has decided to adopt the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. What I think is more interesting is that they deferred action on the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, choosing instead to take a wait-and-see approach. I think this is a very wise decision and applaud it. There certainly was no lack of concern about the Framework and the sunsetting of the Standards, as evidenced by many critical blog posts and the Open Letter to the ACRL Board, written by librarians in New Jersey…
  • Sorry Springshare, but also not sorry

    Meredith Farkas
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    So I probably didn’t make a lot of friends at Springshare with my blog post about LibGuides this morning (if you haven’t already, take a look at the update I made to my original post). And I do apologize for lumping them in with EBSCO, because it appears that they have not taken away something that people had access to in LibGuides 1.0 and made it only available in the CMS product. That said, their new API (as opposed to their old API which they shouldn’t have been called API at all because it’s not a true API, but is still available in LibGuides 2.0) is only available…
  • LibGuides, you’re not “Web 2.0″ without an open API

    Meredith Farkas
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    Update: I’ve been in touch with a Springshare representative who tells me that things like the contextually aware D2L widget from Portland State University will work in LibGuides 2.0 and apparently, the responses we’d received from support were based on hypotheticals (though we’d explicitly sent the link to PSU’s code in our emails to support). This is very good news, but I am dismayed that it takes a blog post to receive a straight answer, because what we’d heard from support originally was that there was a change in access to the API. What I do know for sure is…
  • Peer learning in library instruction

    Meredith Farkas
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Teaching is such a solitary thing. Sure, you’re up in front of a bunch of students, and maybe an instructor if you’re doing course-integrated instruction, but the act still feels solitary. We try to make it less so by seeking feedback from instructors and doing assessment, but we rarely get feedback from people who really understand what we do: our colleagues in the library. But doing that can be terrifying for some. The idea of showing off your approach to teaching can be intimidating. Many of us assume that whatever our colleagues are doing in the classroom, it’s probably…
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    The Unquiet Librarian

  • Bridge to Presearch and Growing Student Understandings: Connect, Extend, Challenge

    The Unquiet Librarian
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    One of our ongoing goals this academic year as instructional designers has been framing the importance of process in research projects and emphasizing the frontloading of presearch experiences as a critical point of helping students select and narrow a topic of authentic interest.  As we tried to collaborate with our 11th Language Arts teachers earlier this semester, Jennifer and I wanted to experiment with the learning structure Connect, Extend, Challenge to see if we could nudge student thinking about the overarching research theme of The American Dream. We decided to do a modified…
  • Circuits, Curiosity, and Inquiry: Physics and Team NHS Learning Studio

    The Unquiet Librarian
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:52 am
    Last Friday was an especially exciting day for all of us here in the NHS Learning Studio as we partnered with Physics teacher Joe Pepitone to create learning opportunities for inquiry and student exploration of circuits.    Below, Joe explains the seeds of this collaboration, reflections on the lab activities, and the impact of a team effort to create “centers” and “extension” circuit activities to extend and challenge the principles behind the primary circuit lab.  I encourage you to take the time to listen to Joe’s in-depth reflections on processes and…
  • Musical Book Tasting+Padlet: A Recipe for Participation

    The Unquiet Librarian
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:33 am
    Last week, Jennifer Lund and I tried a new variation on our musical book tasting activity we piloted in January.  Our LSTCs, Hope Black and Logan Malm, wrote a grant for a set of Chromebooks for teachers and students to use with a focus on cloud based applications and resources.  After consultation with ESOL teacher Dr. Melinda Byrne, we decided to have students post to a class Padlet wall for their book tasting activity using the Chromebooks rather than the traditional paper ticket we had used with other classes.   Because these classes were a little smaller than what we usually see and…
  • Writing Around Literature Motfis + See, Think, Wonder for Deeper Understanding

    The Unquiet Librarian
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:18 am
    Yesterday we had the privilege of observing and listening to the students of Language Arts teacher Aba DeGraft-Hanson think together and share their ideas around different motifs of To Kill a Mockingbird.    They first began with a write-around the motifs last week; they then met in the library learning studio yesterday to discuss the ideas from the write-around and collaboratively draw conclusions by using the See, Think, Wonder structure from Making Thinking Visible.   Aba’s variation of this learning structure also asked students to include a one-word distillation of their…
  • Tools of the Trade: My Essentials for Teaching, Learning, Collaborating, and Sharing

    The Unquiet Librarian
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:24 am
    I rarely write posts about tech tools in recent years, but I thought I would briefly share some of my “go to” resources that have become an integral part of my work since coming to Norcross High in August of 2013.  These apps and devices are essential to the work I’m doing related to teaching and learning, especially for capturing student work whether it is for archival purposes, assessment, collaborative work between classes, or to merely document learning activities and experiences in our work with teachers and students.  They also help me collect qualitative data,…
 
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  • Bookmarks for March 27, 2015

    Nicole C. Engard
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. Airport Codes Make sense of airport codes Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for March 27, 2015 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Herding Cattle Google Floor Plans Planning to Travel?
  • Bookmarks for March 26, 2015

    Nicole C. Engard
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. Booktype Lets you produce beautiful, engaging books in minutes. Booktype is free and open source software that helps you write and publish print and digital books. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for March 26, 2015 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: CA Law to Produce Open Source Textbooks Espresso Book Machine E-book reading on the rise
  • Bookmarks for March 25, 2015

    Nicole C. Engard
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. Contributoria Contributoria is an independent journalism community. The platform enables journalists and writers to collaborate on all aspects of the writing process, including commissioning, editing and publication. ARSenic A free, open-source, web-based audience response system Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for March 25, 2015 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: New Official Koha Site OSCON Keynote: Creating Communities of Inclusion Edit your photos in Flickr
  • Bookmarks for March 24, 2015

    Nicole C. Engard
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. Scrollback Create rooms based on your interest or follow existing ones. Share ideas, discuss realtime and redefine your online community experience with Scrollback. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for March 24, 2015 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Koha Users and Developers to Meet at KohaCon 2009 Can you say Kebberfegg 3 times fast Capturing, Sharing and Acting on Ideas
  • Bookmarks for March 23, 2015

    Nicole C. Engard
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. Tutanota An Open Source Encrypted Gmail Alternative Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for March 23, 2015 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Search in Gmail Attachments Open Source Options for Education Handy Spam Tip
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  • Conf. Presentation: “A Continuum of Publishing Opportunities: The Purdue University Library Publishing Division”

    Gary Price
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    UPDATE: On a Related Note…Peter Froehlich to Lead Purdue Libraries Publishing Division The following slide deck was used during a presentation on March 29, 2015 at the Library Publishing Coalition Forum in Portland, OR. Title A Continuum of Publishing Opportunities: The Purdue University Library Publishing Division Presenters/Authors David Scherer Purdue University – Main Campus Katherine M. Purple Purdue University – Main Campus Source Purdue University Inst. Repository Abstract Formed in 2012, the Purdue University Libraries Publishing Division creates a collaborative…
  • Conference Presentation: Slide Deck: “The Digital Public Library of America and Academic Libraries: How the DPLA Advances Teaching, Learning, and Research”

    Gary Price
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    Here’s a slide deck shared during a presentation at the just concluded ACRL 2015 in Portland, OR. Title The Digital Public Library of America and Academic Libraries: How the DPLA Advances Teaching, Learning, and Research Authors/Presenters Michael J. Paulus, Jr. Seattle Pacific University Jonas Lamb University of Alaska Southeast Kristen Yarmey University of Scranton Kathryn Shaughnessy St. John’s University Emily Gore DPLA   Source Selected Works ofMichael J. Paulus, Jr., Seattle Pacific University Repository Note: This presentation is also available from another co-presenter…
  • U. of Florida’s Smathers Libraries Awarded NEH Grant for MassMine: Collecting and Archiving Big Data for Social Media Humanities Researchers

    Gary Price
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    From the U. of Florida: University of Florida researchers have spearheaded a collaborative project which has been awarded $60,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant for “MassMine: Collecting and Archiving Big Data for Social Media Humanities Researchers.” The project will support development of an open-source toolkit and training materials that would allow humanities researchers to collect and analyze large-scale, publicly available data drawn from social media sites. The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a…
  • Oral History: StoryCorps Formally Launches New Global Platform, iOS and Android Apps Available

    Gary Price
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    From a Library of Congress Blog Post by Nicole Saylor: [On Wednesday] we celebrate[d] the official release of StoryCorps.me, a global platform where anyone in the world can record and upload an oral history interview. This effort is a wish come true for StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, the 2015 recipient of the TED Prize. The prize comes with $1 million to invest in a powerful idea. Dave’s was to create an app, with a companion website at StoryCorps.me, that guides users through the StoryCorps interview experience from recording to sharing the story online. Hear him talk about his…
  • Reference: Lists & Rankings: Top 10 Restaurant Chains & Fastest Growing Chains in the U.S., 2014

    Gary Price
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    From Food Business News: Though the 500 largest brands in the United States drove a 4% increase in cumulative sales growth to an estimated $274.4 billion in 2014, according to a new report from Technomic, Inc., such giants as McDonald’s and Subway reported overall sales declines for the year as focused-menu concepts and emerging fast-casual chains gained ground. The 500 biggest chains improved their sales growth from a 3.4% increase to a collective $264.4 billion in sales in 2013. These brands also grew overall unit count by 2.2% in 2014 to more than 220,000 locations. But four of the five…
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  • Newsmaker: Steve Potash

    Sanhita SinhaRoy
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    Steve Potash founded OverDrive in 1986 and built it into the predominant provider of ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital media for American libraries and schools. It is estimated that OverDrive has about 90% of the US public library market. So when the company announced March 19 that it would be purchased by Rakuten—a large international online retailer and e-content provider based in Japan—there were plenty of questions about what it will mean to libraries and to library users. Rakuten also owns Kobo, the Canadian ebook and e-reader company. In a telephone interview, Potash talked…
  • Midwinter 2015: Members Talk Diversity and Technology

    Veronique Barnes
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Chicago’s fifth-largest snowstorm on record could not deflate the enthusiasm of more than 10,000 Midwinter Meeting attendees who came to the American Library Association’s (ALA) headquarter city to discuss how libraries can better serve patrons as demographics rapidly shift. Diversity was a major theme of this year’s meeting. It culminated at the Youth Media Awards ceremony, where ALA President Courtney L. Young observed the need for all children to have access to materials that reflect their experiences. “Our country is a melting pot of cultures, yet the percentages of children’s…
  • Women in Management, Revisited

    Sanhita SinhaRoy
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    Thirty years ago, American Libraries published “Spotlight on Women Managers” a series of interviews with several women who had been recently appointed to library management positions about their views of management, their goals and challenges, and their expectations for the future. Recently, we followed up with four of those interview­ees to see how their experiences matched—or didn’t match—their expectations, their observations of the cur­rent state of library management and of women within it, and the lessons they’ve learned over their careers. Our interviewees are: BRIDGET…
  • Diversity on My Mind

    mightybytes
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    Is diversity on your mind? It needs to be. In our increasingly global society, it’s important that children are exposed to ways of life outside their own and that they see themselves reflected in the literature they access. Children’s librarians play an important role to play here. As gatekeepers, we have power over what books our communities and students might be exposed to. It’s not enough to follow the conversation on diversity. We need to consciously think about how we’re including diverse literature in programs, book lists, readers’ advisory, presentations, and displays until…
  • Meet the Candidates

    Phil Morehart
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    Voting for the 2015 ALA Elections begins on March 24. Get to know the four candidates for the 2015–2016 ALA presidency as they introduce themselves and their campaign goals to voting ALA members.     Meet the Candidates for ALA President: James LaRue By James LaRue   Meet the Candidates for ALA President: Joseph Janes By Joseph Janes   Meet the Candidates for ALA President: JP Porcaro By JP Porcaro   Meet the Candidates for ALA President: Julie Todaro By Julie Todaro   Voting will begin at 9 a.m. Central time on March 24. Between March 24 and March 26, ALA will…
 
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