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Roundup (October 22, 2020)

Bernardine Evaristo, Molly Stern & Margaret Busby Make News | Book Pulse

Central Arkansas Library System, Gwinnett County Library System, Union County Library System Awarded 2020 Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize Honorable Mention

Identifying 1,257 Married Women by their Full Names in Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library Finding Aids | Peer to Peer Review

Helping Unify a Changing City, Cranston Public Library Wins 2020 Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize

Report: “Living Our Values and Principles: Exploring Assessment Strategies for the Scholarly Communication Field”

Milestones: JSTOR’S Open Community Collections Reaches 200th Contribution

IMLS Funds Five Pandemic Response, Professional Development, Digital Inclusion Library Projects

Just Released: World Food and Agriculture – Statistical Yearbook 2020

Open Access Archiving: JISC Announces New Sherpa Romeo Service Enhancement: Browse by Country

Roundup (October 21, 2020)

Vincent Brown, Camilla Townsend, & William Dalrymple Are Cundill History Prize Finalists | Book Pulse

New Report, Data: “The World’s Women: 2020 Trends and Statistics”

Digitization Saves Marygrove College Library After Closure, Collection Now Available Online in Partnership with Internet Archive

New Book: “Reassembling Scholarly Communications: Histories, Infrastructures, and Global Politics of Open Access”

GPO Names Indiana University, Bloomington Library as 2020 Library of the Year

Journal Article: “Open Access and Author Rights: Questioning Harvard’s Open Access Policy”

Open Access Button Receives Four-Year, $1.87 Million Grant From the Arcadia Fund

Journal Article: “Response to COVID-19 Pandemic: Where Do Public Libraries Stand?”

German Institutions to Benefit From First Transformative Agreement for Nature (Springer/Max Planck Digital Library Agreement)

Roundup (October 20, 2020)

Hank Phillippi Ryan Wins Best Novel Anthony Award for 'The Murder List' | Book Pulse

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Research and Learning

Sleuthing by Sunny Randall, Daniel Pitt, and Bruno, Chief of Police: Mystery Previews, May 2021, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert

Report: “American Airlines Told Internet Archive Not Evidence in Refund Suit”

SPARC: “Building Open With Purpose And Going Beyond Statements”

Reclaim the Records Files FOIA Request For “Billions of Digital Images and Associated Text Metadata Created Through the United States National Archives and Records Administration’s Digitization Partnership Program”

A New Roadmap From COAR and JISC Lays Out Path for OpenDOAR as an International, Community-Driven Repository Directory

IFLA Invites Signatures to the “Library Pledge for Digital Inclusion”

Cambridge University Press Seeks Transformative Status by cOAlition S Across a Majority of its Journals

Roundup (October 19, 2020)

'In a Holidaze' by Christina Lauren Leads Holds | Book Pulse

Journal Article: “Quotation Errors in General Science Journals”

Newark Public Library’s Philip Roth Collection Will Give Intimate Glimpse Into His Research and Writing Process

The New York Public Library Acquires Arthur Miller’s Personal Study Library

New From the Congressional Research Service (CRS): 2020 Elections: Selected Resources for Members and Constituents”

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

A Conversation with Maria Bustillos: “Publisher Lawsuit Against Internet Archive Puts Future of Book Ownership in Question”

Staff From the Smithsonian Institutions Archives Discuss “Maintaining the Archive for the World’s Largest Museum Complex”

Roundup (October 16, 2020)

K. Wayne Smith, Former President and CEO of OCLC, Dies at 82

Carnegie Mellon University: “Libraries Use Computer Vision to Explore Photo Archives”


The Best American Mystery Stories 2020

Whether readers enjoy snacking on bite-sized twisty mysteries or are looking for a new author to follow, this anthology delivers.

Writing Kit Carson: Fallen Heroes in a Changing West

For readers who wish to know more about how history is written, its influencers, their writings, and how figures such as Carson fall from grace. An excellent addition for women’s studies collections.

Slum Virgin

Set in the slum of El Poso in Buenos Aires, this novel tells the story of Quity, a crime reporter for a large newspaper, and her lover, Cleopatra, an enigmatic transvestite ex-prostitute...


Incredibly detailed, based on research and the author’s personal experience, this work rises above the level of generic action-thriller to that of literary art, joining such geopolitical forebears as VassilisVassilikos’s Z and John le Carré’s The Mission Song.

Still Life

In the sixth in her “Karen Pirie” series (after Broken Ground), McDermid rewards readers with a timely and cracking good mystery that keeps the pages flying. New readers are brought up to speed and will join longtime fans cheering on the well-drawn characters.

We Gather Together: A Nation Divided, a President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign To Embrace Gratitude and Grace

Thanksgiving can often get lost in the commercialization of the holiday season, but this history of its origins puts the holiday in a fresh perspective. Readers seeking an inspiring story of persistence and achievement will appreciate.

Giacomo Meyerbeer: The Deliberately Forgotten Composer

Accessible and illuminating, this is required reading for anyone interested in opera and its complete history.

Shipwrecked: Coastal Disasters and the Making of the American Beach

This accessible, thoughtful work is ideally suited for academic libraries, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses, and general readers of maritime history.


Wilson’s (Natural Complexions) latest is a wild, surreal modern trip down the rabbit hole. Anyone who enjoys stream-of-consciousness stories, as well as fans of artists Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, will enjoy this hallucinatory dreamscape. Modern cultural elements are supernaturally twisted, while the movie industry is satirized. Logophiles will love the imaginative uses of obscure words.

Diners, Dudes, and Diets: How Gender and Power Collide in Food Media and Culture

A fascinating work of cultural studies that makes evident the continued power and threat of explicitly gendered food production and consumption in the 21st century. Recommended broadly for students and scholars of fields related to gender, culture, and consumption.

Life and Culture in Northeast India

Highly recommended for adventurers and armchair travelers who appreciate geographically isolated locales.

60 Stories About 30 Seconds: How I Got Away with Becoming a Pretty Big Commercial Director Without Losing My Soul (Or Maybe Just Part of It)

For film students and celebrity mavens alike.

Emerald Street: A History of Hip Hop in Seattle

This enjoyable and encyclopedic treatment of a thriving and still-growing culture will appeal to listeners and scholars of Seattle hip-hop and the genre in general.

The Last Slave Ships: New York and the End of the Middle Passage

A signal contribution to U.S. antebellum historiography. Highly recommended for U.S. Middle Period, African American, and Civil War historians, and for all general readers.


While the story’s premise is interesting, the disjointed writing and plotting distracts from the work as a whole. More troubling is the author’s use of racist stereotypes, the emotionally abusive relationship of Khalid and Olivia, and the derogatory language toward overweight characters. Not recommended.

Ways to Celebrate Halloween

Gaming Lives | Social Sciences Reviews

TIME's 100 Best Fantasy Books Ever | Book Pulse


The Wondering Jew: Israel and the Search for Jewish Identity

This scholarly work will engage readers concerned with the future of a democratic Jewish Israel.

The Mountain Baker: 100 High-Altitude Recipes for Every Occasion

This straightforward cookbook should appeal to those looking for hearty meals and protein-heavy snacks and, obviously, those looking for high-altitude baking recipes

The New Craft of the Cocktail

A must for cocktail fans and aspiring mixologists.

People Who Love To Eat Are Always the Best People: And Other Wisdom

For lovers of all things Child and appreciators of a clever quip, this is a great read that would be a nice supplemental purchase for larger collections and an ideal gift for foodies.

Purdue University Libraries in Negotiations with Elsevier

New Report From GAO: “Data Security: Recent K-12 Data Breaches Show That Students are Vulnerable to Harm”

NTSB Launches New Data Search Tool, Case Analysis and Reporting Online (CAROL) Provides Access to Investigations, Safety Recommendations and Dockets

Now Available:International Publishers Association Launches New State of Publishing Reports

Now Available: International Publishers Association Launches New “State of Publishing” Reports

The Smithsonian Libraries Releases a New Set of Digital Jigsaw Puzzles!

Indiana University (IU) Awarded $500,000 Grant to Support the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC)

Puritans, Pure Filth, How the Christian Revolution Remade the World, Spying Missionaries, and More in Religion Titles | Academic Best Sellers

LJ's Placements and Salaries Survey 2020 | Methodology

LJ's Placements and Salaries Survey 2020

Memoirist Riva Lehrer Among the Winners of the First Disability Futures Initiative | Book Pulse


Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Awards $3 Million Grant for National Open Access Platform, Coalition Publica

Texas State University to Become 125th Member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Releases New Data on Postsecondary Graduation Rates, Outcome Measures, Student Financial Aid, and Admissions

The Smithsonian Libraries Releases a New Set of Digital Jigsaw Puzzles!

REALM Project (REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) Releases Test 5 Results and Literature Review Findings

Launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Publishers Compact: Inviting Publishers to Make a More Sustainable Future

JISC and Public Library of Science (PLOS) Announce Two 3-Year APC-Free Open Access Agreements

Research/Journal Article: “Using Open Data to Inform Public Library Branch Services”

Roundup (October 14, 2020)

COVID-19 Resources

Immigrant Stories: Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

From Elizabeth McCracken to Helen Oyeyemi to Willy Vlautin: Literary Fiction Previews, Apr. 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Jeffrey Archer, Patry Francis, Katherine Heiny, & Newcomer JoAnne Tompkins: Pop Fiction Previews, Apr. 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Curious About Western Gothic or Cyberpunk? There's a Genre Guide for That. | Book Pulse


University of California Has Resumed Formal Negotiations with Elsevier


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