Climate Crisis in Fiction | Collection Development, August 2019

Climate Crisis in Fiction | Collection Development, August 2019

Climate chance fiction, sometimes abbreviated "cli fi," has grown dramatically in recent years. The selected 21 titles are a representative sample. 

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Kaetrena Davis Kendrick on Low Morale Among Academic Librarians

Deimosa Webber-Bey, Aug 22, 2019
Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, associate professor and associate librarian at Medford Library, University of South Carolina–Lancaster, is the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2019 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. Kendrick’s recent research into low morale quantifies the experiences of many academic librarians who are not getting the support that they need for success in this field.

College Costs Are Changing the Undergraduate Experience | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell, Aug 21, 2019
Cost has always been a factor in the college selection process. New surveys reveal that cost is no longer merely one factor but the overriding decision element. Academic librarians can contribute to affordability.

Some Alaska University Cuts Rolled Back, Public Libraries Still Threatened

Lisa Peet, Aug 19, 2019
After months of back-and-forth with state officials over Alaska’s FY20 operating budget, Gov. Mike Dunleavy relented on a plan to cut funds for the University of Alaska (UA) by 41 percent. Rather than a one-year, $135 million cut, the university will see state funding cut by $70 million over the next three years—$25 million this year and $45 across the following two.

California Grand Jury: Data Analytics Threaten Patron Privacy

Matt Enis, Aug 12, 2019
Following an investigation into Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ use of Gale Analytics on Demand, a California grand jury reported on June 24 that the use of data analytics tools by libraries “is a potential threat to patron privacy and trust.”

Alexandra Chassanoff, Apr 12, 2018
During the week of March 19–23 MIT Libraries convened experts from across disciplines and domains to identify and address grand challenges in the scholarly communication and information science landscape.
Mirco Tonin, Jan 03, 2018
Suppose a librarian receives an email from a man named Greg Walsh, wanting to become a cardholder or simply inquiring about the open hours. Would the librarian reply? And, if so, would the reply be polite, including for instance some form of salutation, such as “Hello” or “Good morning”? Does your answer change if the guy is called Tyrone Washington? Is a librarian treating Jake Mueller differently from DeShawn Jackson?
LJ Reviews, Apr 11, 2018
A detailed look at pain management implementing the use of medical cannabis rather than opioids; A complex look at the issue of opioid abuse backed up with research and first hand stories; A valuable addition to the conversation about addiction filled with case studies illustrating the complexities of the disease
Mahnaz Dar, Jan 20, 2018
Editor Sarah Janssen discusses editing The World Almanac in an age where being attuned to "fake news" is especially vital.
Gary Price, Aug 22, 2019
The latest issue of New Maps this Month (July 2019; 12 pages; PDF) from the Geography & Map Division (G&M) of the Library of Congress is available online.“New Maps This Month” provides a list (with metadata and hyperlinks) to all of the digital maps that the G&M Division posted online during July. Direct to New Maps this Month (July […]
Gary Price, Aug 22, 2019
From an OCLC Research/Hanging Together Blog Post by Rebecca Bryant: In research universities today, there is a growing need to provide an array of research support services such as research data management, research information management, open access repositories and monitoring, and much more. Previously siloed campus units—many that never before collaborated—must increasingly work together to address complex […]
Gary Price, Aug 22, 2019
From Fresno State University: The California State Lands Commission has entered into a contract with Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library to digitize the remainder of its map collection — about 50,000 maps — over the next three years. This continued contract follows an $87,000 grant over the past year to digitize about 20,000 maps. The diversity of aerials and maps […]
Gary Price, Aug 22, 2019
Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, spoke at the Ontario Library Association’s “Annual Institute on the Library as Place” on July 11. 2019. A copy of his speech is now available online. From the Speech: As the custodians of our distant past and of our recent history, national libraries and national archives are key […]
Neal Wyatt,  Aug 23, 2019
A controversial series and fascinating women lead adaptations this week. A bevy of booklists are out, including those addressing science, poetry, and music. Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is headed to the movies. Motherless Brooklyn gets a trailer.

Elizabeth Kobert,  Aug 23, 2019
Washington State has made great strides in helping its citizens exercise their right to vote, but gaps in service and information remain. Public libraries have stepped in to ensure that all voters have access to the ballot box on Election Day.

Stephanie Sendaula,  Aug 23, 2019
Since its launch in 2015, Flame Con, the LGBTQ-themed comic convention created by nonprofit Geeks OUT, has had increasingly more to offer: a multitude of panels, several workshops, and an increasing number of vendors. Eager crowds from a variety of fandoms gathered on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18 for this year's event.

Neal Wyatt,  Aug 22, 2019
Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey leads 14 books onto the bestseller lists this week. Nicholas Sparks wins his defamation case. The Ripped Bodice bookstore launches its next Great Big Romance Read. Early sketches from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery have been found.

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