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Stanford University’s Faculty Senate Approves Open Access Policy

Federal Scientific Integrity: A Primer (New Congressional Research Service Report)

One in Four Books in the U.S. is Purchased During the Holidays, According to Data From NPD Group

Accessible Libraries: “A Different Sense of Reading”

'Ready Player Two' by Ernest Cline Tops This Week's Holds | Book Pulse

Oxford Word(s) of the Year 2020: Oxford Languages Releases “Words of an Unprecedented Year” Report

Report: “Inside the World of Private Libraries, Where The Minimum Investment to Create a Custom Collection is $25,000”

Journal Article: “Little Free Libraries: A Necessity or A Luxury?”

Report From Germany: “Accessible Libraries: ‘A Different Sense of Reading'”

HBCU Library Alliance and CLIR Receive Grant to Study Feasibility for Large-Scale Survey of HBCU Archives

Milestones: ORCID Reaches 10 Million Registered IDs

Bibliodiversity: COAR, TCC Africa and AfricArXiv Sign Partnership Agreement


Easy Homemade Pottery: Make Your Own Stylish Decor Using Polymer and Air-Dry Clay

Stone gives good coverage of a fun new medium to explore, especially as people spend more time at home. This book will appeal to a wide audience of clay artists, both beginning and more experienced. It is a good basic, instructional resource.

Can’t Slow Down: How 1984 Became Pop’s Blockbuster Year

Protracted dissections of events such as the Grammys may prove tedious, but pop fans with an appetite for nostalgia will find much to like.

Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now

This useful account will help readers understand Biden’s mindset and suggests a blueprint for the next four years. For more in-depth, but pre–2020 campaign accounts, see Steven Levingston’s Barack And Joe and Jules Witcover’s Joe Biden.

They Just Seem a Little Weird: How KISS, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, and Starz Remade Rock and Roll

Devotees of Kiss, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, and/or Starz, and they are legion, are going to lick this up. Rock this way.

This One Wild and Precious Life: The Path Back to Connection in a Fractured World

This may be one of the first books that culminates in the events of 2020 and offers a solution for moving forward. Although Wilson comes across as a bit rambling and even privileged at times, her stories are fascinating and her message is universal and hopeful. Readers with wanderlust will be inspired by her journey and calls to action.

Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces

Music students and aficionados alike will appreciate this engaging and accessible portrait of the composer.

The Butcher of Paris

While chapters covering the investigation feel slightly underdeveloped, a final sequence detailing Petiot’s trial is truly captivating.

The Battle of Hastings: The Fall of the Anglo-Saxons and the Rise of the Normans

This dense account is not written in a narrative format but seeks for a firm understanding of a pivotal moment in history. Casual readers will not get as much out of Bradbury’s book as serious students of history and readers who like deep analysis of events.

Mickey All-Stars

A total delight with high appeal for children and adult readers alike.

'Shuggie Bain' by Douglas Stuart Wins 2020 Booker Prize | Book Pulse

A Demon-Haunted Land: Witches, Wonder Doctors, and the Ghosts of the Past in Post-WWII Germany

Readers interested in German and Cold War history and cultural studies of religious and supernatural beliefs will find much to enjoy in this rich study.

Report: “Information Overload Helps Fake News Spread, and Social Media Knows It”

Digital Privacy Tools: Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Introduces “Cover Your Tracks”

Reports: “StoryCorps Great Thanksgiving Listen “Aims to Bring Families — and the Country — Together Through Listening” & “Google Cloud AI Digitizes StoryCorps Archive”

DC Public Library Releases Facilities Master Plan: Next Libris Will Inform Building Investment Through 2030

Report: Plymouth Colony Account Reprinted for 400th Anniversary

Institute of Museum and Library Services Grants to States Funding Formula: In Brief (New Report From the Congressional Research Service)

REALM Project Releases Results From Latest Tests of Coronavirus on Five Common Building Materials; Raw Data Sets and Updated Toolkit Resources Also Available

Joy Harjo Appointed to Third Term as U.S. Poet Laureate

Roundup (November 19, 2020)

'Interior Chinatown' and 'The Dead Are Arising' Win the 2020 National Book Awards | Book Pulse

Design Trend: Take Wing | Year in Architecture 2020

Design Trend: Built-In Delight | Year in Architecture 2020

Design Trend: Inside Out | Year in Architecture

Design Trend: Light and Sound | Year in Architecture 2020

Design Trend: At Home in the Community | Year in Architecture 2020

Design Trend: Seeing is Believing | Year in Architecture 2020

Architects | Year in Architecture 2020

The Year in Architecture 2020

Six-Year Cost Summary, Funding Sources | Year in Architecture 2020

Public Libraries Data | Year in Architecture 2019

Academic Libraries Data | Year in Architecture 2020

The 2020 National Book Awards Bear Witness

The 2020 National Book Awards Bear Witness

Baker & Taylor Return to Full Service for Academic Libraries


2020 Visions | Year in Architecture 2020

British Library Acquires Unique 15th Century Lucas Psalter Manuscript Featuring Previously Unknown Work by the Master of Edward IV

Digital Collections: University of Wyoming Museum of Vertebrates Launches Publicly Accessible Database of 3D Scans on Sketchfab

cOAlition S Releases the Journal Checker Tool, a Search Engine that Checks Plan S Compliance

Law Library of Congress Introduces Indigenous Law Web Archive

“Research Data Services in US Higher Education: A Web-Based Inventory” (New Research Report From Ithaka S+R)

Roundup (November 18, 2020)

The Impacts of Publishing a Donald Trump Memoir | Book Pulse

Galchen, Lin, Shriver, Taddeo, Williams: Fiction Sneak Peeks, Jun. 2021, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert

Young Pandemic Doctors, American Slavery, and Losing—and Finding—the Soul of a Nation: Nonfiction Sneak Peeks, Jun. 2021, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert

Young Pandemic Doctors, American Slavery, and Losing—and Finding—the Soul of a Nation: Nonfiction Sneak Peeks, Jun. 2021, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert

Microsoft Finds Online Risks That Sow Hate and Division are Growing

Report: “Words Matter’: Why the UC Berkeley Library is Embracing Another Term for “Illegal Aliens”

Research Tools: Semantic Scholar’s New “TLDR” (Beta) Feature Uses NLP to Place “Single-Sentence, Automatically-Generated Paper Summaries” on Search Results Pages

Urban Libraries Council (ULC) Launches a Toolkit of Resources For Entrepreneurs

Researchers Across U.K., Europe to Create Digital Library of Old European Smells

Over 200 Cambridge University Press Journals Become Plan S Aligned Transformative Journals

Research Paper: “Software Must Be Recognised as an Important Output of Scholarly Research” (Preprint)

“Social Media Junk News Around Electoral Fraud in the US Election” (COMPROP Weekly Misinformation Briefing)

Roundup (November 17, 2020)

Reference Publishers, Academic Librarians on Keeping Resources Current and Comprehensive

'How to Fail at Flirting' Tops December Library Reads List | Book Pulse

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Publishes FY 2020 Annual Financial Report

New Research From the University of Oxford Finds Video Gaming May Not be as Bad as You Think

Research Tools: “2020 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals” Published Today by The World Bank

Roundup (November 16, 2020)

International Open Access Week 2020: Opening the Book

Barack Obama's Memoir Leads Holds This Week | Book Pulse

UK’s National Archives Joins the Climate Heritage Network and Releases Statement on Sustainability and Climate Action

BookNet Canada Releases: The Most-Loaned Canadian Authored Books of 2020 (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Juvenile/YA)

Stefanie Haustein wins uOttawa Library Open Scholarship Award

Not Real News: An Associated Press Roundup of Untrue Stories Shared Widely on Social Media This Week

From the UK: “University Staff Urge Probe Into E-Book Pricing ‘Scandal'”

New Research From Microsoft Finds, “Online Risks that Sow Hate and Division are Growing”

Reviews & Excerpts of Barack Obama's 'A Promised Land' | Book Pulse


Instant Family Meals: Delicious Dishes from Your Slow Cooker, Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot

Readers with an electric pressure cooker will find this book useful. Like Copeland’s previous book, this one offers easy-to-follow recipes that are attainable by new and experienced cooks alike.

Prisoners of History: What Monuments to World War II Tell Us About Our History and Ourselves

An insight into World War II that will appeal mostly to military enthusiasts and those interested in social history.

What To Expect When You’re Expecting Robots: The Future of Human-Robot Collaboration

Unlike dry technology books, this accessible account incorporates absorbing writing, personal anecdotes, and scientific projections of life with robots. The authors’ writing will speak to readers interested in futuristic technology and those who enjoy comparing current innovations to upcoming technologies.

Discovering the Inner Mother: A Guide to Healing the Mother Wound and Claiming Your Personal Power

Those with estranged or difficult relationships with their mothers will find affirmation. Good for collections strong in feminist works or the psychology of family dynamics.

This Is Bop: Jon Hendricks and the Art of Vocal Jazz

This evocative work conveys the challenges and successes Hendricks experienced and make for an affecting, well-rounded portrait of an underappreciated jazz artist who is ripe for rediscovery.

Unsinkable: Five Men and the Indomitable Run of the USS Plunkett

An accessible maritime history for libraries with extensive World War II collections.

All About the Story: News, Power, Politics, and the Washington Post

With the recent denigration of journalists by government officials and purveyors of fringe media, stories such as Downie’s are important. Aspiring journalism students and readers of the Post would especially appreciate this biography.

The Truth of Yoga: A Comprehensive Guide to Yoga’s History, Texts, Philosophy, and Practices

Simpson covers the study and practice of yoga in this comprehensive yet accessible text. By sharing what he has learned, and continues to learn, without prescribing a single, definitive approach, he welcomes readers to embrace the truth of yoga.

Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt Between the Islamic and the Contemporary

This richly illustrated, scholarly book is recommended for anyone with an interest in modern Middle Eastern art and society.

The Con

DeLuzio gives an up close and personal look at the sometimes feared, often mocked sf convention, only this one just might have real aliens in attendance. The double entendre title highlights the book’s deeper theme: How do we define what is real and what is fantasy? Some readers may be confused by the sf references and gaming jargon, but the quirky cast of characters and their relatable geekiness more than make up for it. Includes short stories “Troll Bridge” and “Do You See What I See?”

Lonesome Days, Savage Nights. Vol. 1: The Manning Files

Illustrator Kudranski’s (Superman: Action Comics. Vol. 3: Leviathan Hunt) use of eerie red and purple tones to highlight otherwise murkily dark scenes is truly stunning. Otherwise, this is a relatively stock noir story line enlivened, but not quite redeemed, by an infusion of horror tropes.

Library Land Project Gets Nonprofit Status, Continues Mission During COVID Shutdown


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