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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries: “Documentary Filmmaker Ken Burns’ Research Team Looked at Thousands of Digitized Images Across Multiple Collections that Document the Country Music Industry”

Materials From the “International Conference on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries, Archives, Museums and Educational & Research Institutions”

The Internet Archive Announces Launch of the Offline Archive Project

Association of American Publishers (AAP) Releases August 2019 Statshot Report; Paper Formats Continue to Dominate Trade Categories

University of Georgia Partners with Google Books For Digital Access


An Irish Country Family

Taylor’s fans will need no convincing, but also suggest this warm story to those who enjoy novels by Maeve Binchy.

The Wrong Girl

Old Hollywood, silent film stars, the Jazz Age, and strong female characters all combine to create a solid read for crime fiction fans of all stripes.

Movies (and Other Things)

Serrano knows how to craft a think piece, and his perspective is illuminating. With essays on Get Out, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Booksmart, this is also a timely read to be enjoyed by film buffs and general audiences alike.

Religion in Vogue: Christianity and Fashion in America

With an academic focus, this extensively researched, fascinating account of two distinct arenas of thought and forms of expression will be essential for students and scholars of religion, fashion, cultural studies, and sociology.

The Vagina Bible: The Vulva and the Vagina; Separating the Myth from the Medicine

For anyone seeking a factual and fun take on a subject that should never have been, yet still is, taboo, this book will be much appreciated.

American Demagogue: The Great Awakening and the Rise and Fall of Populism

Despite its misleading title, this work remains a thoughtful take on an intriguing period of American history.

Lincoln’s Informer: Charles A. Dana and the Inside Story of the Union War

An insightful work about an influential but often overlooked political figure.

Small Garden Design

Professional landscape designers will find plenty to ponder here. Even as the overall vibe is more upscale Architectural Digest than down-to-earth Better Homes and Gardens, there is enough practical wisdom seeded among the dreamy images that even home gardeners will find a tip or two to apply to their own cherished plots of verdant happiness.

Page to Screen, Oct. 18, 2019 | Book Pulse

Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, The Berlin Wall, and the Most Dangerous Place On Earth

A fascinating take on the importance of level-headed people and international agreements working together to manage tense geopolitical situations.

Library Tourism, Elijah Cummings's Library Life, Fictional Librarians | Around the Web, Oct. 18, 2019


Best of the Buchmesse | Highlights from the Frankfurt Book Fair

MIT’s Open Access Task Force Releases Final Recommendations

Library and Archive Organizations Including ACRL, ALA, ARL, and SAA File Amicus Brief Promoting Digital Preservation

Harvard Crimson Editorial: “Changing Libraries — But Not Too Much”

The Internet Archive Launches a New Music Player: Access 1 Million+ Recordings, View Liner Notes, Discover Related Tracks, and More

ARL Releases Proceedings of the 2018 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment

Open Access: The First Transformative Agreement for Australia and New Zealand

Report: “UF (University of Florida) Reprimands Book-Hungry Prof Over 2017 Behavior”

Roundup (October 17, 2019)

New Bestsellers Arrive, Oct. 17, 2019 | Book Pulse

UK Libraries Receive £125 Million in Additional Funding

UK Libraries Receive £125 Million in Additional Funding

Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and JSTOR Partner to Make South Asian Materials Openly Available Online

New Report: “Access My Info Measuring Data Access Rights Around the World”

Controlled Digital Lending in Canada: “Protecting Unique Canadiana Works” at the Hamilton Public Library

Book Chapter: “Teaching Students to Critically Evaluate Textbooks”

E-Lending, Embargoes and Equitable Access: Interview with Sari Feldman

Open Publishing Awards Announced

From eBooks to Films: Former ProQuest and ebrary Exec, Kevin Sayar, Named CEO of Kanopy

New Report from the UK: “Public Libraries, The Case for Support”

White House Plans to Nominate Hugh Nathanial Halpern as Government Publishing Office (GPO) Director

Roundup (October 16, 2019)

Authors in Conversation, Oct. 16, 2019 | Book Pulse

Father Columba Stewart on Digitizing Endangered Manuscripts, Provisional Metadata, and Hope


“Education Before Regulation: Empowering Students to Question Their Data Privacy”

Report: “Crawl Data Analysis of 2 Billion Links From 90 Million Domains Offer Glimpse Into Today’s Web”

Bowker Releases “Self-Publishing in the United States, 2013-2018” Report

Association of University Presses (AUPresses) Issues Statement Condemning a Book Burning Incident at Georgia Southern University

Roundup (October 15, 2019)

ALA’s eBooksForAll Petition Exceeds 100,000 Signatures

Margaret Atwood & Bernardine Evaristo Win the Booker Prize, Oct. 15, 2019 | Book Pulse

Top 20 Best-Selling Literary Criticism Titles | Academic Best Sellers

Top 20 Best-Selling Literary Criticism Titles | Academic Best Sellers

A Master Burglar’s Rip-Roaring Heist

Report: “UF (University of Florida) Reprimands Book-Hungry Prof Over 2017 Behavior”

Amazon Makes Another $1 Million Gift to the Wikimedia Endowment to Help Ensure Long-Term Sustainability of Wikipedia

New Book: Knowledge Exchange Publishes “Open Scholarship and the Need for Collective Action”

Penn. State University: Dean of University Libraries Barbara Dewey to Retire August 2020

Digital Privacy News Roundup

Roundup (August 14, 2019)

Roundup (October 14, 2019)

ALA Annual 2020 Coupon Booklet

A Conversation with Afia Atakora, Author of Conjure Women

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Oct. 14, 2019 | Book Pulse

Women’s, SF/Fantasy, Historical: Top Pop Fiction Previews, Apr. 2020, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Barbara’s Picks (Ishmael Beah, Christina Dalcher, Paulette Jiles, & Ian McGuire), Plus More Titles with Literary–Popular Crossover: Fiction Previews, Apr. 2020, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Barbara’s Picks (From Jennifer Finney Boylan to Jessica Ward), Plus Arts, Science, Business, & Health: Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2020, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

John Rothman, Electronic Information Pioneer, Dies


Big Update! The Internet Archive Adds 2,500 More MS-DOS Games to Play Online

Oxford English Dictionary Adds More Than 650 New Words, Senses, and Subentries Including Chillax, Cyptocurrency, Fake News, and Jedi Mind Trick (October 2019 Update)

United States Army Defends Decision to Close its Historic 57-Year-Old Space and Technical Library at Redstone Arsenal.

More Than 1,700 Maps Added to USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection

New Data on Postsecondary Tuition, Fees and Degrees in the United States From the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

New Report: “The Market of Disinformation”

Now Available Online: The “Digital Collections Management Compendium (DCMC)” From the Library of Congress

Interview: UNC at Chapel Hill University Librarian Elaine Westbrooks on Academic Publishing, Open Access, and Elsevier


Code of Conduct

In a pulse-pounding story featuring a captivating interracial couple paired with a riveting adventure, this strong series launch from White (An Urchin of Means) casts equally original and intriguing supporting characters, who will hopefully headline future entries. A thrill for readers of Sandra Brown or Kristen Ashley.

Citizen 865: The Hunt for Hitler’s Hidden Soldiers in America

A general purchase recommended for public libraries.

999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz

Against the backdrop of World War II, this respectful narrative presents a compassionate and meticulous remembrance of the young women profiled throughout.

Fighting Churchill, Appeasing Hitler: Neville Chamberlain, Sir Horace Wilson, & Britain’s Plight of Appeasement: 1937–1939

This fascinating study is a model of historical sleuthing. Vigorously researched, it should appeal widely to history buffs.

The Founding Fortunes: How the Wealthy Paid for and Profited from America’s Revolution

Overall, the work presents a commendable treatment of pecuniary matters during this country’s embryonic stages and is recommended for readers interested in fiscal matters and American economic habits.

The Girl at the Door

In a story reminiscent of The Scarlet Letter but with a more salacious vocabulary, emotional polarities abound while the accused expresses no remorse, only self-interest. Provocative reading for the brave. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]

The Nanny

Macmillan (What She Knew) is a master of suspense, and this latest engrossing tale does not disappoint. Stock up on multiple copies. [See Prepub Alert, 3/11/19.]

Murder Off the Page

Lehane successfully manufactures drama and intrigue and offers up plausible red herrings, surprising readers as often as bewildering them with questionable character choices, but this quick read is mostly for patrons who enjoy modern murder mysteries and can withstand some well-worn tropes and stereotypes. [See Prepub Alert, 4/22/19.]

The Bodies in the Library

The heroine of this new series from Wingate (“Potting Shed” series) is a pushover for anyone with more confidence, including her daughter, her boyfriend, the secretary at the library, and the writers. Owing to her lack of knowledge and insecurity, the book feels too long. Fans of Golden Age mysteries would do better to read the authors themselves.

The Man Who Came Down the Attic Stairs

Sporting elusive black-and-white art that utilizes the power of the comic form to heighten the emotional resonance of the story, Loup (Bad Boyfriends) creates a strikingly literary horror by externalizing and incarnating the miasma of postpartum depression. A solid addition for adult graphic novel collections.

Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever

All readers will find inspiration in this uplifting book, particularly in today’s complex world. Pair with Maxwell King’s The Good Neighbor for a multifaceted look at an innovator of children’s television. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]

Wham!, George Michael and Me: A Memoir

This fond memoir of friendship and fame will appeal to fans of Wham! and 1980s pop. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]

The Theology of Liberalism: Political Philosophy and the Justice of God

While ultimately Nelson is unable to refute nonideal critiques of his position, even readers leery of his conclusions will learn much from his attempt.

Listening for America: Inside the Great American Songbook from Gershwin to Sondheim

While Kapilow doesn’t quite make his case, he has written an engaging, informative, and provocative book that is recommended for fans of Broadway musicals.

Roundup (October 11, 2019)

Roundup (October 11, 2019)

Little Voices

Fast paced and psychologically complex, this debut mystery has plenty of twists and turns that will appeal to fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, and Megan Abbott.

When Reagan Sent in the Marines: The Invasion of Lebanon

Complementary to Benis Frank’s thoroughly researched U.S. Marines in Lebanon, 1982–1984 and John Laffin’s The War of Desperation: Lebanon 1982–1984, this smoothly written assessment of a modern American military disaster will be a worthwhile addition to most history collections.

Know My Name: A Memoir

A much-needed memoir giving voice to those who must be heard. Miller’s writing stands apart.

Bound in Flame

More of a coming-of-age tale than a romance, this debut’s lush early 1900s Hawaiian setting fails to overcome a meandering story full of details but lacking in focus. Magic is used as a convenient plot device to prop up a heroine of color who deserves to be extraordinary in her own right. Issues of racism, colonialism, and sexism are handled clumsily. Not recommended

Page to Screen, Oct. 11, 2019 | Book Pulse

Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years

A frank and intimate storyteller whose radiant spirit fills these pages, Andrews chronicles the peaks and valleys of her life and career. This event-packed memoir is a must for fans of Andrews’s life and work, students of cinema history, and anyone who is curious about musical film production. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]

Permanent Record

For those fascinated by electronic spying or impassioned by the issue of privacy rights, Snowden’s memoir casts an enlightening view of the U.S. intelligence community despite sometimes being marred by cumbersome jargon.

What College Students Want (in the library), Lasers!, and Going Fine Free | Around the Web, Oct. 11, 2019


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