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Reference: “Laws Protecting Journalists from Online Harassment” (Full Text Report From Law Library of Congress)

Research Article: “Attitudes of North American Academics Toward Open Access Scholarly Journals” (Preprint)

New Books to Know About: “Information Hunters When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe”

Video: An Interview with Kumsal Bayazit, CEO, Elsevier

Report: “Google Urges FTC To Weaken Children’s Privacy Rules”

Women Rule 2019 National Film Registry Selections: Boys Don’t Cry,’ ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter,’ ‘Before Stonewall’ Among the Titles

News Roundup (December 11, 2019)

Top 20 Best-Selling Psychology Titles | Academic Best Sellers

Bill Gates and PBS NewsHour Offer Reading Lists

Research Tools: Oxford Experts Launch “Comp Prop Navigator” to Help Fight Disinformation

University of Virginia: A Collaborative Effort Will Preserve Physical Card Catalog Containing 4 Million Cards

New Full Text E-Book From NASA “Reveals Insights of Earth Seen at Night From Space”

New Report From RAND: “Profiles of News Consumption Platform Choices, Perceptions of Reliability, and Partisanship”

ALA Announces 10 Winners of the “I Love My Librarian Award”; 1,974 Nominations Received For This Year’s Award

New Data: National Six-Year and Eight-Year College Completion Rates Reach New Highs, 59.7% and 61.8%, Respectively

Merriam-Webster Selects “They” as Word of the Year for 2019

New Collaboration: Cultural Artifacts From DPLA Coming to Wikipedia and Other Wikimedia Projects

Roundup (December 10, 2019)

Best Lists Continue, Dec. 10, 2019 | Book Pulse

Hayward PL, Yale's Bass Library, and a New Main Library at Charlotte Mecklenburg | Branching Out, December 2019

Report: China’s Library Officials are Burning Books that Diverge From Communist Party Ideology

EBSCO Posts “Message to the Library Community” re: Consolidation in the ILS Space

New Report From OCLC Research: “Responsible Operations: Data Science, Machine Learning, and AI in Libraries”

Register of Copyright Karyn Temple is Leaving U.S. Copyright Office For Position with Motion Picture Association

Now Available: Video Recordings and Presentation Slides from the 11th Semantic Web in Libraries Conference (SWIB19)

Research Resource: “Military Service Records, Awards, and Unit Histories: A Guide to Locating Sources” (Updated)

Journal Article: “A Discussion of Value Metrics for Data Repositories in Earth and Environmental Sciences”

Roundup: Items From Germany, Netherlands, UK, Switzerland (December 9, 2019)

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Dec. 9, 2019 | Book Pulse

Last of the Literary Fiction, with Pop Crossover Appeal: Fiction Previews, Jun. 2020, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Love/Marriage/Family, SF/Fantasy/Horror, & Historical Fiction: Pop Fiction Previews: Jun. 2020, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Issues, Science, Arts, Help & Inspiration, plus Serena Williams: Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2020, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Research/Reference: New Biomass Map to Stock of the World’s Carbon

The Sheridan Libraries/Johns Hopkins University Acquires Rare Copy of 19th Century Essay

Journal Article: “The Information Behaviors of Fiction Writers: A Systematic Approach to an Understudied Information Community”

Kennedy Assassination Bullets Preserved in Digital Form

Journal Article: “Public Libraries Supporting Health and Wellness: A Literature Review”

LocHal Public Library (Tilburg, Netherlands) Named 2019 Building of the Year at World Architecture Festival

Video Recordings of Sessions From the 2nd Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Open Science Symposium are Now Available Online

Nothing Gets Lost in Translation in the Perseus Digital Library

Indiana University Reveals New Strategic Plan to Guide Care, Preservation, Use of More Than 220 Collections

Digital Collections: National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Alvin Ailey Photography Collection is Now Available to the Public Online, More Than 10,000 Photos Available

Video: “The Ancient Alexandria Library Anew for the 21st Century”

ALA Announces Sale of Chicago Headquarter Building

Library Renovations: Arizona State University’s Hayden Library to Reopen January 13, 2020

Britain Has Closed Almost 800 Libraries Since 2010, Figures Show

Public Access Submission System: “Making It Easier To Be Open: Johns Hopkins Engineers Innovative Platform For Repositories”

Roundup (December 6, 2019)

Run Me to Earth

Essential reading as Americans continue to grapple with our involvement in Asia and for anyone interested in top-drawer literature. [See Prepub Alert, 7/15/19.]


Excellent reading that revives our sense of community while revealing North America’s racial complexity in a new light. [See Prepub Alert, 5/20/19.]

Martha Stewart’s Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines

Readers on a budget or establishing a household will find inspiration and customizable ideas here. Those seeking a philosophical discussion about downsizing or decluttering as they undertake organizing should also look to Margareta Magnusson’s The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning or Joshua Becker’s The Minimalist Home.

The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts

A scholarly yet accessible study of world scriptures, and an elegant argument for embracing them as they have traditionally been read. This will appeal to those who view scripture as a life-giving resource that enhances instead of restricts readers’ understanding to literal interpretation. [See Prepub Alert, 5/13/19.]

Islamic Art: Past, Present, Future

For casual observers analyzing these works against other religious denominations and their related art, this comprehensive analysis of a modern take on Islamic art will be an appreciated resource. It is also well suited to art scholars and enthusiasts.

Great Women Artists

Shedding light on many influential female artists, some of whom have been overlooked in other art literature, this beautiful book is an excellent choice for those interested in expanding their knowledge and discovering “overlooked and undervalued” women in the art world.

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice: The Untold Story of 18 African Americans Who Defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler To Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Even though the organization of the book could have been improved, overall it will appeal to readers interested in the history of the Olympics and World War II and might best serve as a companion piece to the documentary.

The Great Blue Hills of God: A Story of Facing Loss, Finding Peace, and Learning the True Meaning of Home

While similar accounts exist on the subject of grief and self-discovery, the inspirational aspects of this well-written work should reach an audience interested in Christian devotional literature or who are familiar with Beall and Blackberry Farm.

An Old Man’s Game

The character of the unassuming retired PI will appeal to fans of Naomi Hirahara’s “Mas Arai” mysteries, another series with an elderly investigator. The quiet story puts an interesting spin on Jewish history.

The Other People

The latest page-turner from Tudor (The Hiding Place) contains elements of the supernatural within a thriller, but the true mystery lies in dark secrets kept and the lengths that some will go for justice and revenge. Plot twists and revelations will keep readers guessing to the last page. [See Prepub Alert, 7/8/19.]

Wolves at the Door

Although this 20th “Varg Veum” mystery (after Wolves in the Dark), only some of which are available in English, stands alone, reading the backstory from its predecessor would be helpful. Action takes place primarily in the denouement, but the series’ signature strengths of well-developed characters and a engaging story line are on full display.


A successfully scary and thrilling vision of the apocalypse, and a surprisingly moving examination of how beacons of hope cope with the realization that the end is nigh. Collects the entire best-selling miniseries.


A thoughtful account of family and place that will be especially enjoyed by fans of graphic memoir. [Previewed in Ingrid Bohnenkamp’s “Mass Appeal,” LJ 6/19.]

La Voz De M.A.Y.O.: Tata Rambo. Vol. 1

Barajas’s passion for his subject is clear, but haphazard pacing and a lack of context regarding the legal and tribal issues involved in the dispute make for an occasionally confusing read. Nevertheless, this is still an essential volume in what Frederick Luis Aldama’s introduction calls “reclaiming, restoring, and affirming Lantinxs as significant shapers of the historical record.”

Witchfinder: Omnibus. Vol. 1

Riveting mysteries and thrilling action combine in stories with ongoing ramifications for the larger Hellboy universe. A solid purchase.

Naomi: Season One

An exciting mystery and coming-of-age superhero origin story introducing an original heroine and a cliff-hanger ending sure to have readers eager for future installments. [Previewed in Ingrid Bohnenkamp’s “Mass Appeal,” LJ 6/19.]

The Lost Girls: Love and Literature in Wartime London

A solid choice for readers of 20th-century British literary history or the lives of the British during World War II.

Stealth: The Secret Contest To Invent Invisible Aircraft

This authoritative contribution to the history of aviation will be welcomed by academics and general readers of flight, military theory, and aeronautical engineering.

Great Society: A New History

While far from a polemical text, Shlaes’s work raises a point of view that represents a specific spectrum of economic ideology; for readers who share the author’s beliefs.

Napkin Finance: Build Your Wealth in 30 Seconds or Less

Perfect for financial novices and students--the unique compact format and simple sketches make even the most complex financial concepts both easy to read and understand.

Skip Dye, Allison Hill, Karen Estlund, and More Library People News

Page to Screen, Dec. 6, 2019 | Book Pulse

Give the Devil His Due

Australian author Gentill’s seventh installment featuring Rowland Sinclair (after A Murder Unmentioned) is as fun and consuming as her previous novels. The writing is superb, providing fascinating historical context as well as depth in her characters. Highly recommended for fans of the series and historical crime mysteries.

Three Libraries Complete NYLA Sustainability Certification Program

Harris County Jail Book Club, Misplaced Gettysburg Address, Apostrophe Protection Society | Around the Web, Dec. 6, 2019


Digital Privacy: “Majority of Virginia Commonwealth University Students Refuse To Participate in Wi-Fi Tracking Program”

Library Systems: Ex Libris Announces Agreement to Acquire Innovative

Ransom Center/U. of Texas Announces Playwright Arthur Miller’s Archive is Now Open to Researchers

Report/Backgrounder: Artificial Intelligence, Automation and Peer Review

DOAB and OAPEN, PKP and OpenCitations Latest Services to Earn SCOSS Recommendation as Second Funding Cycle Launches

Australia: State Library of Victoria Reopens After Five-Year, $88 Million Redevelopment

U.S. Senate Confirms Hugh Halpern as Government Publishing Office (GPO) Director

From Houston to Minneapolis: Lisa German Named Dean of Libraries at the University of Minnesota

Roundup (December 5, 2019)

New Bestsellers, Dec. 5, 2019 | Book Pulse

Ex Libris Acquires Innovative Interfaces

Meeting Room Policy Protests in Toronto, Vancouver


Journal Article: “Scholarly Publishing Literacy at the University of South Florida Libraries: From Advising to Active Involvement”

UCLA Film & Television Archive Joins UCLA Library

The New Europe PMC is Here

Now Available: Keyword Searchable Video of Today’s U.S. House Judiciary Hearing on Constitutional Framework for Impeachment

Report: The Life of an American Library in Paris

Happy Birthday! Helsinki’s Award-Winning Central Library Oodi Turns One Year Old

New Report From ISI/Clarivate: “Multi-Authorship and Research Analytics”

Journal Article: “Finding Government Resources Online: A Webometric Study of Selective Federal Depository Library Websites”

Season One of the “Material Memory” Podcast From the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Debuts December 10th

Roundup (December 4, 2019)

Roundup (December 4, 2019)

NPR’s Book Concierge Returns, Dec. 4, 2019 | Book Pulse

National Humanities Medal Winner James Patterson on Literacy, Libraries


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