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Exploring Youth Book Awards

Resources for exploring youth book awards beyond the Newbery and Caldecott.

Western Sydney University Offers No-Cost Digital Textbooks

Australia’s Western Sydney University (WSU), in collaboration with ProQuest, announced on February 12 that it will begin providing first-year students with no-cost access to digital textbooks through WSU’s library.

March/April 2017 Issue of AALL Spectrum

The March/April 2017 issue of AALL Spectrum is now available online. It is the monthly publication of the American Association of Law Libraries. Among the feature articles are: Teaching Legal Research To Today's Digital Natives Educating Lawyers: A Law Firm Approach to Effective Training Teaching Legal Technology Enhanching Instruction: Creating High-Quality Interactive Videos

Statistics Canada Article on Adult Ciminal Courts

The Statistics Canada publication Juristat has published a new article entitled Adult criminal court statistics in Canada, 2014/2015: ""This Juristat article presents information on the characteristics of criminal court cases involving adults (18 years and older). Show More Summary

Adopting a Founder’s Mindset: Leading like an Owner | Leading from the Library

It’s good when library leaders talk about having a start-up mentality or entrepreneurial spirit. One thing is missing though: Ownership. These leaders have little of their own to lose if things go bad. Thinking like an owner may make a difference.

The value of libraries

Topic: Libraries Most library activity is entertainment, not research, not knowledge. It's still difficult, even with SAILS, to find good technical books. Romance novels, detective stories, sure, hundreds of those. But the tech sideShow More Summary

Information is garbage

Topic: Libraries And tsunami is an apt description of what we now face. We all generate and consume information on countless screens. Information is now free-form. It’s evident in our move away from formalized data stores into call-and-response APIs. Show More Summary

Policy Options Article on Faulty Logic of Sexual Assault Trials

Policy Options, the online journal produced by the Montreal-based Institute for Research on Public Policy, has just published an article entitled Tracking the faulty logic of sexual assault trials:"We’re mining Canadian court transcripts...Show More Summary

Librarians Mobilize Resources, Information, and Solidarity in Response to New Administration

The results of the 2016 presidential election caught many by surprise. With the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, and his immediate remaking of American policy through executive orders, public and academic librarians began to mobilize. Show More Summary

Douglas County Libraries Face Closure

The 11-branch Douglas County Library System (DCLS), OR, is facing closure later this spring after a ballot measure to create an independent tax district was defeated in the November 2016 election. Money provided by the tax district would have generated about $4 million a year; enough to meet the library’s funding needs. Show More Summary

2015-2016 Intake Report of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project recently published its 2015-2016 report on the background of self-represented litigants (SRLs) in Canada.This most recent report provides demographic data (age, gender, imcome, etc.) from...Show More Summary

Fall from Grace (well sorta) for Milo Yiannopouloss

Topic: Authors Libraries Publishing From Mediaite, news that Simon & Schuster has cancelled publication of Milo Yiannopouloss book (after creating hell for all their other authors). He has also left the right-leaning Breitbart News. Tweet

Trump appointment pushes book to #1 on Amazon

Topic: Books On February 20, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump named McMaster to serve as his National Security Advisor following the forced resignation of Michael T. Flynn on February 13. Blurb about book: (First published in 1997)Show More Summary

News Briefs for February 1, 2017

Backstage Library Works microfilms ten years of the Palestinian newspaper al-Hadaf, Library of Congress becomes a Digital Public Library of America “content hub partner,” Toledo Lucas County Public Library and Chattanooga Public Library recognized for Passport Acceptance programs; and more News in Brief from the February 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Primary Research Group Report on Inter-Library Loan Services for Research University Faculty

New York-based Primary Research Group has just published a report called International Survey of Research University Faculty: Use of Inter-library Loan Services:"The study presents data from a survey of more than 500 international research...Show More Summary

Supporting Open Access

Open Access publishing—both Green and Gold varieties—are gaining greater acceptance. Librarians need to focus on ways to promote and improve the process.

Library Hand, the Fastidiously Neat Penmanship Style Made for Card Catalogs

Topic: Libraries Dewey and his crew of “a dozen catalogers and librarians” spent, in his estimation, “an hour daily for nearly an entire week” hashing out the rules of library hand. They started by examining hundreds of card catalogs, looking for penmanship problems and coming up with ways to solve them. Show More Summary

Finding Philanthropic Funding | BackTalk

As a librarian, I feel a deep fear of the direct threat to library funding posed by the new administration. However, as a philanthropy professional, I can’t help but feel some small amount of hope.

Thirty-Four Must-Have Spring Books | Editors’ Picks 2017

The 34 new books that are tickling our imagination this season From the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to the future of American journalism after Edward Snowden, from psychological thrillers featuring unreliable narrators to a beloved romance author’s final novel, the titles chosen by my review colleagues reflect both our professional “beats” and personal passions. A […]

Big Read in the Big Apple: NYC Launches Reading Initative

Can New Yorkers agree to read the same book as the city launches One Book One New York reading campaign?

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