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Listening In Lockdown | Audio Spotlight

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Archives 101

This excellent and practical primer is a solid choice for staff of local collections, and educators and students of archiving. It dovetails well with the third edition of Gregory S. Hunter’s Developing and Maintaining Practical Archives: A How-To-Do-It Manual.

Anime Clubs for Public Libraries: A Practical Guide for Librarians

Pard has created an indispensable guide for all anime clubs. Her clear descriptions and encouraging tone will reassure readers that they need not be anime fans themselves to run a successful club. Highly recommended.
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The Beautiful Things Shoppe

With realistic, though relatively low-key conflicts; quirky, warm-hearted secondary characters; and a believable love story, this will appeal to fans of contemporary enemies-to-lovers romances.

Hungry Hearts

This is a powerful volume that will be in demand, whether for specific contributors or the inspiration provided by the essays.
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The Lost Apothecary

This engrossing multi-timeline story should appeal to fans of Lauren Willig or Susanna Kearsley.

Nine Days: The Race To Save Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life and Win the 1960 Election

Strongly recommended for all public libraries.

Flirting with Forever

This third book in the “Forever Yours” series (after Can’t Help Falling) proves Bastone is a must-read author, especially for the way she deftly weaves topics like grief, aging, and class difference into her contemporary romances. Here, she turns a disastrous first impression into a beautiful happily ever after.

The Bad Muslim Discount

Insightful, entertaining, and warmly recommended.
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Wild Rain

This sensual, captivating romance is highly recommended for all fiction collections.

The Echo Wife

Highly recommended for all collections.

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619–2019

Essential for library collections.
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Prodigal Son

Recommended for fans of the thriller genre; certainly a must-read for fans of Hurwitz.

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We Begin at the End

This unforgettable coming-of-age story of love, loss, loyalty, and friendship, along with its unexpected plot twists, will appeal to readers of crime fiction, thrillers, suspense, and fiction.

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A Promised Land

Although it’s lengthy, this memoir is a must-have for any collection. Obama successfully carries out the task he set himself for this volume: to “offer readers a sense of what it’s like to be the president of the United States.”
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Honey Girl

Listeners will relish this Own Voices debut love story, which focuses on Grace as a young Black woman trying to find a place in her family and in the world.
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A Discerning Eye

Boston-area libraries will want this local audiobook; the premise is clever, and it wraps up the crime. Other libraries may want to purchase on demand.
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Partners in Teaching and Learning: Coordinating a Successful Academic Library Instruction Program

Mallon lays out a solid foundation and offers sage advice that instruction coordinators will find useful.

New on DVD/Blu-ray: Mel Brooks’s 1968 ‘The Producers’; Goro Miyazaki Adapts a Diana Wynne Jones Novel

Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-Ray: A 1950s-Set Neo-Western; Ang Lee’s Tale of China Under Japanese Occupation

Top Docs: Billie Holiday, Margaret Atwood, and Pepe the Frog

Festival of Books Features Native American Authors, Including Rigoberto González & Danielle Geller | Book Pulse

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Underserved Patrons in University Libraries: Assisting Students Facing Trauma, Abuse, and Discrimination

Offering a nuanced look at how patrons’ lived experiences impact their interactions with libraries, this book is widely applicable to people working in any college or university setting
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Spreadsheets for Librarians: Getting Results with Excel and Google Sheets

White’s writing style brings clarity and humor to the dry, technical task of mastering spreadsheets. Despite the library-specific examples, this offering will also appeal to other professionals looking for strategies to increase efficiency in their work.
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Emerging Human Resource Trends in Academic Libraries

Small and medium-sized libraries will find some useful ideas here, but the bulk of the book is aimed at larger libraries where opportunities for promotion and job growth within the library are more plentiful. Worthwhile reading for directors in all academic libraries and for human resources managers in larger academic libraries.

Dolly Parton, Songteller

This is an excellent audiobook sure to thrill fans of Dolly Parton and country music, and readers who love unusual audiobook experiences.

Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection

Essential for all university libraries supporting psychology and human resources development curricula.

The Four Winds

With poignant prose documenting historical scenarios but also invoking currently resonant issues--environmental responsibility, immigration and displacement, workers’ and women’s rights, social ills laid bare by calamity--Hannah’s (The Great Alone) absorbing tale will enthrall a wide swath of readers.

Top Docs: Two Generations of Black Women Entertainers; the Last Blockbuster; a Wildfire’s Devastation

Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-ray: A Joyce Carol Oates Adaptation; a Historical Drama of WWII Women Spies

New on DVD/Blu-ray: A Peckinpah Western; a Wyatt Earp Biopic; Sigourney Weaver as Primatologist Dian Fossey

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Engaging Students through Campus Libraries: High-Impact Learning Models

Although the editors waste some time arguing the foregone conclusion that teaching courses or embedded course content has more impact than one-shot sessions, the programs described are detailed and useful examples of high-impact information literacy skills instruction.
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Developing a Library Accessibility Plan: A Practical Guide for Librarians

Libraries with limited staff and funds may have difficulty incorporating many of the suggestions without considerable assistance from community partners, but larger libraries will find a practical map for improving accessibility.
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Leading Professional Development: Growing Librarians for the Digital Age

A quick read with guidance for creating myriad enrichment activities for library professionals. Will appeal broadly across all types of libraries, professional organizations, and library science programs.

Top Docs: A Refugee’s SoCal Donut Empire; an Ode to Glamorous Movie Palaces

Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-ray: A Paranoid ’70s-Era Political Thriller & a Neo-Noir Crime Drama

New on DVD/Blu-ray, Feb. 2021: A Go-Go’s Documentary; Diana Ross as Billie Holiday; an Animated “Little Prince”

Libraries Supporting Online Learning: Practical Strategies and Best Practices

Timely, valuable, and essential reading for all librarians and educators.
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Library Marketing and Communications: Strategies To Increase Relevance and Results

Library directors, senior library management, and marketing staff looking to implement long-range plans for growing their customer bases and increase community engagement will find useful strategies here.
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A Trauma-Informed Approach to Library Services

Library staff will appreciate suggestions on rethinking customer services from this framework and the tools to implement it.

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Strauss’s Handbook of Business Information: A Guide for Librarians, Students, and Researchers

Essential reading for business librarians, business students and faculty, entrepreneurs, and other private-sector business researchers.
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Healthy Living at the Library: Programs for All Ages

A solid purchase for librarians seeking to expand year-round programming with healthy ideas.
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Academic Library Services for First-Generation Students

Librarians will appreciate the list of questions that let them analyze their own institution’s situation, the spotlights on successful programs, and the sample surveys. For academic librarians looking to help first-generation college students flourish.
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Libraries and the Substance Abuse Crisis: Supporting Your Community

A slim volume packed with practical information on recognizing those dealing with substance abuse issues, planning services for them and their families, and safeguarding spaces and training staff for emergencies.

Audiobooks: A Sensory Treat for All Readers

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Academic Library Services for Graduate Students: Supporting Future Academics and Professionals

Librarians looking to develop services targeted to graduate students will find solid ideas and models for consideration.

The Latest from Tana French, Alix E. Harrow & Juan Felipe Herrera—plus 42 other exceptional titles

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Developing and Maintaining Practical Archives: A How-To-Do-It Manual

A necessary title for those working in archives and essential reading for anyone establishing a community archive without previous archival experience.
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A Practical Guide to Privacy in Libraries

Pedley addresses salient points related to privacy in libraries and directs readers to helpful sources for more in-depth information. A strong text, especially for librarians whose institutions are considering creating a privacy policy statement or other formal documentation regarding policy.
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On the Go with Senior Services: Library Programs for Any Time and Any Place

Adult service librarians will find practical ideas that can easily be adapted to fit their own community.

Reference and Information Services: An Introduction

Essential reading for all librarians, particularly those with a concentration in reference and bibliographic instruction.

Ruth Ware's Homage to an Agatha Christie Classic, Rebecca Roanhorse's Pre-Columbian-Inspired Fantasy, & 54 Other Superb New Books

Amazing Audiobooks Announced by ALA's Listen List Council | The Reader's Shelf, June 2020

Data Science for Librarians

A worthy contribution to the dynamic field of data science, suited for library professionals in all types of libraries.
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Participatory Archives: Theory and Practice

This is a solid work for understanding the past, present, and future of participatory archives. Archivists and MLIS students and their professors will benefit from engaging in conversation about this topic and worthwhile read.
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Meeting the Challenge of Teaching Information Literacy

Experienced instruction librarians will find themselves in familiar territory here, but new professionals might welcome the overview and reflection questions.
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Best Technologies for Public Libraries: Policies, Programs, and Services

Librarians will find useful advice as they evaluate, select, and integrate new technologies. The book can be read à la carte to consider a specific technology or cover to cover for an overview of a range of possibilities.

June Audio Reviews: A Wildly Exciting Police Procedural, a Life Out of Order, & a Trip to the End of the Known Universe

A Comic Biography of Jack Kirby, a Heart-Pounding Slasher from Stephen Graham Jones, & 53 Other Standout New Books | Starred Reviews, Jun. 2020

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Supporting Today’s Students in the Library: Strategies for Retaining and Graduating International, Transfer, First-Generation, and Re-Entry Students

All library staff should read this reminder of the ever-increasing diversity of students seeking support in libraries and consider suggested improvements to the inclusivity of systems, supports, and spaces for nontraditional students., Winnipeg
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A-Z Common Reference Questions for Academic Librarians

An efficient and well-organized resource for UK reference desks and novice staff looking to gain confidence in that setting.

Competency-Based Career Planning for Reference and User Services Professionals

This superb work is essential reading for reference and user-service librarians looking to improve their professional capabilities.

May Audio Reviews: The Latest from Isabel Allende, a Silent-Era Thriller, & the Newly Updated 'Lies My Teacher Told Me'

New on DVD/Blu-ray: A Proto-'Black Swan,' 5 Scorsese Shorts, & an Appreciation for the True King of Rock & Roll

A Julie Christie Classic & a Soviet Cinema Landmark | May's Top Indie, Foreign, & Classic DVD/Blu-ray Picks

Four Asian American Narrators Take the Mic

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Coaching Copyright

Academic librarians will appreciate the practical advice found here, while librarians in other settings with an interest in copyright will discover methods to connect with users.

Marketing Plans in Action: A Step-by-Step Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Cultural Organizations

A must-read for anyone involved in marketing activities in libraries and related organizations.
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Developing the Next Generation of Library Leaders

Librarians aspiring to administrative positions may find some useful career development ideas. Practical advice such as pursuing an advanced degree early in one’s career and becoming professionally engaged may be helpful in personal career planning.

Gary Cooper, a John Carpenter Cult Classic, and a Star-Studded CATastrophe | Now on DVD/Blu-ray

Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-ray: A Cold War Classic, a "Kitchen Sink" Drama, & an Indie Thriller

Top Docs: A Love Song to a Music City Legend, a Journey Into America's Violent Past and Present

Audio Reviews: A Collection of Crime Fiction by Women Writers, a Business Book by a Futurist and SF Author, & a Memoir of Love and Death

Demystifying Online Instruction in Libraries: People, Process, and Tools

Librarians who lack formal instructional design training but who find themselves tasked with meeting the teaching and learning needs of their campuses will discover an invaluable primer here, as will librarians who have some expertise but have yet to formalize their workflows.
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The Globalized Library: American Academic Libraries and International Students, Collections, and Practices

A hefty yet convincing look at the international dimensions of U.S. academic library work. Especially recommended to those new to or interested in international librarianship, but valuable for others in academic libraries as well.
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Library Services for Online Patrons: A Manual for Facilitating Access, Learning, and Engagement

A strong addition for any academic libraries starting to offer distance learning support services.

Little Gandhi

An inspiring profile of an enlightened visionary.

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How To Thrive as a Library Professional: Achieving Success and Satisfaction

Librarians need information on how to obtain fair salaries and workloads, create more welcoming workplaces for librarians of color and LGBT colleagues, get more women and people of color into management, and navigate burnout; this superficial work offers little new or useful.
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Library Licensing: A Manual for Busy Librarians

This is a solid guide for understanding, creating, and managing licensing agreements. Even readers with little experience will gain confidence and be able to approach contract negotiations from a position of knowledge and strength. Library professionals without ready access to legal advisers will refer to this work time and again.
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Incubating Creativity at Your Library: A Sourcebook for Connecting with Communities

Librarians, artists, and educators will find this a valuable and inspiring guide for developing creative community programs.

Camille Claudel, Winter Kills, & Edie |Top Foreign & Indie DVD Picks

Eastland: Chicago’s Deadliest Day, And Then They Came For Us, & Out of Omaha | RealReels

After Parkland, Wild Nights With Emily, & Serendipity | Coming Attractions

67 Compelling Titles | Starred Reviews, Feb., 2020

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Supporting Trans People in Libraries

Well worth reading for library staff at any level seeking to improve their gender-inclusive practices.
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Teaching Adult Learners: A Guide for Public Librarians

This is a worthwhile source for all librarians, especially MLIS students and reference librarians working with adults.
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Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization

Librarians interested in the intersection of information literacy and politics will find that the concepts and approaches here provide ample food for thought. Pair this provocative, reflective work with a text focused more broadly on information literacy, such as Samantha Godbey, Susan Beth Wainscott, and Xan Goodman’s Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts.
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Wholehearted Librarianship: Finding Hope, Inspiration, and Balance

Library science students, as well as information professional seeking encouragement and motivation, will benefit from Stephens’s stirring work.
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Practicing Intellectual Freedom in Libraries

Along with the latest edition of ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Manual, Oltmann’s thoughtful work is an important resource for LIS students, librarians, and administrators alike.
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Intellectual Property and Information Rights for Librarians

A welcome resource for librarians across the profession in understanding issues related to intellectual property.
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Whole Person Librarianship: A Social Work Approach to Patron Services

This is a well-researched and practical guide recommended for those in the library and social worker professions.
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Library Management 101: A Practical Guide

While the field is crowded, this updated edition is a solid primer for new library managers. It will appeal to those looking for a broad understanding of the theory and best practices of library management.

Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum: A Practical Guide for Academic Libraries

Required reading for all librarians, particularly those in K–12 and academic libraries, and a solid choice for all educational professionals.

Personal Librarians: Building Relationships for Student Success

All librarians will find useful ideas here, particularly library administrators marketing their institution’s value to the community. Essential for every collection.
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Library Web Development: Beyond Tips and Tricks

Though Bengtson offers many introductory resources throughout the book, this title is not intended to be a primer or introduction to web development. Library staff who are mostly self-trained web developers will likely find this helpful in navigating the dynamic and complex web development landscape.

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New Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs To Know: A LITA Guide

Those looking to understand current technological trends, especially in academic libraries, will find this a valuable text. Readers seeking a more expansive discussion may also want to consult Peter D. Fernandez and Kelly Tilton’s Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology.
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Libraries and Gardens: Growing Together

Would-be gardeners will find practical resources for new projects, and libraries that already have gardens will discover constructive ideas and advice.
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