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ARL, ACRL, Oberlin Group of Libraries Urge Library Vendors to Continue Free Access

Research Article: “Open Access Publishers: The New Players”

A New Special Collection (Free Access) of Books and Articles From Project MUSE: “Confronting Structural Racism”

cOAlition S Contributes to UNESCO Consultation for a Standard-Setting Instrument on Open Science

Digital Privacy: “Report Finds Massive Drop in Canadians’ Willingness to Disclose Personal Information for Free Online Services”

IFLA Condemns the Destruction of the Library of the Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela

Civil Unrest, Civil War, Fantasy, Fiction | What We're Reading & Watching

Top Five Antiracist Titles, including Ibram X. Kendi's 'How To Be an Antiracist' | Book Pulse

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Announce Awardees For Its 2020 Digital Extension Grants Program

University of Alberta: Coutts Library Closed; Marks Second Library Closure Due to Budget Cuts

Report: “Facebook Slaps Labels on State-Controlled Media Amid Anger Over Trump’s Posts”

Interview: Ryan Merkley, Chief of Staff to the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, Talks with Lawfare

Now Available: A New Edition of the “Coronavirus Misinformation Weekly Briefing” from the Oxford Internet Institute (June 1, 2020)

Journal Article: “Stewarding National User Groups to Strengthen Open Source Software Communities”

A New Report From Digital Science: “How COVID-19 is Changing Research Culture”

Roundup (June 4, 2020)

ALA Survey Reports Similar Library Reopening Plans, But Scattered Schedules

Snoop Dogg Adapts Joe Ide's IQ Series | Book Pulse

A Statement from LJ on the 2020 Library of the Year


Research Article: “Generate FAIR Literature Surveys with Scholarly Knowledge Graphs” (Preprint)

University of Toronto Library Launches Revamped Romantic Poetry Bibliographic Database

The University of Minnesota Press Announces Reading for Racial Justice Open Access Book Collection

Canada: “Federal Government Went on ‘Draconian Witch Hunts’ After News Stories on Wikipedia Edits By Bureaucrats”

Nature: “Will the Pandemic Permanently Alter Scientific Publishing?”

REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project Releases Preliminary Literature Review and Test Plan for Materials

ALA Releases Findings From “Libraries Respond: COVID-19 Survey”

Roundup (June 3, 2020)

Public Library Offers Hope and a Second Chance at Earning a High School Diploma

Happy Pride from Kate Milliken

Antiracist Reading & Viewing | Book Pulse

Thrillerfest 2020 Goes Virtual

IMLS Research Partnership To Address Safety Guidelines for Library, Museum Materials

IMLS Research Partnership To Address Safety Guidelines for Library, Museum Materials

Jane Smiley Leads the Way: Literary Glitter, Dec. 2020, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

Jeff Lindsay, Thomas Perry, & Some Stellar Newcomers: Thriller Previews, Dec. 2020, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

From England’s Medieval Queens to the Young Barack Obama: History/Biography Previews, Dec. 2020, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick on Low Morale Among Public Librarians

The Seattle Public Library Listens Up | Gale/LJ Library of the Year 2020


What the World Needs Now | Sustainability

Public Libraries: “D.C. Library System’s Crown Jewel Revamped”

A University of Minnesota Libraries Project: “Mapping Prejudice Documents History of Racial Injustice Through Restrictive Housing Deeds”

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal

FREYA Project Releases Initial Guides on Choosing Persistent Identifiers, Feedback Welcome

New Reports This Week (June 1, 2020)

University of Washington: National Science Foundation Awards Center for an Informed Public (CIP) Researchers $200,000 Grant

Roundup (June 2, 2020)

Q&A with Alice Hoffman about her upcoming novel set in the Practical Magic universe, Magic Lessons

More Antiracism Reading; Lammy Awards Honor 'Patsy' and 'Lot' | Book Pulse

More Antiracism Reading; Lammy Awards Honor 'Patsy' and 'Lot' | Book Pulse

EDUCAUSE Releases “Study of the Technology Needs of Students with Disabilities, 2020”

National Library of Medicine is Launching a Preprint Pilot in PubMed Central For NIH-Funded Research

Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and Wiley File Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Internet Archive

Research Tools: “FAO, GAIN and Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World Launch New Online Dashboard to Inform Better Food Policy”; Data For 230 Countries Available

Slides From COUNTER Annual Meeting 2020 Now Available & First Module of Release 5 Manual For Librarians Released


The Last Train to Key West

Cleeton should add to her growing fan base with this title, which is well suited for book clubs and for historical fiction fans of authors such as Renée Rosen and Susan Meissner.

Thin Girls

Recommended for readers who like well-drawn, character-driven stories but can also handle detailed descriptions of eating disorder behavior. [See Prepub Alert, 12/2/19.]

28 Summers

Because Jake and Mallory meet only one weekend a year, their relationship is rendered, a perpetual holiday. Less a story about a secretive affair and more a tale of sweet nostalgia and fate, this title will be popular with a wide audience. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]

One To Watch

A long and entertaining if overstuffed novel about reality TV, romance, fat-shaming, and self-esteem that will appeal to rom-com fans and likely strike a chord with plus-size readers.

Closer Than She Knows

Recommended for purchase in inspirational collections.

Tea by the Sea

A light read, despite the book’s serious-sounding themes.

Rift Zone

An important book to consider and savor. [See “Versifying,” LJ 1/20.]

Walker Evans: Starting from Scratch

Intriguing interpretations of Evans’s photos and work process, for both specialists and general readers.

Peggy Lee: A Century of Song

Those seeking the skinny on personal information, such as Lee’s four marriages and subsequent divorces, should look elsewhere, but those wanting to geek out on the subtleties of Lee’s jazz slides, phrasing, and vocal interpretive prowess will be richly rewarded.

The Seven Lives of Alejandro Jodorowsky

Fans of the creative, disturbing, psychedelic, restless, and challenging Jodorowsky will find much to appreciate here, as will anyone curious about the radical and ragged edge of 1960s theatrical and cinematic experimentation.

George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters

Harrison’s humanity, thoughtfulness, and humor are on rich display throughout, and a portrait of his entire life emerges. A fascinating addition to the voluminous catalog of Beatle-related literature.


Since photo-based work is often not emphasized in the history of art brut, this is a must-view for fans and scholars of the genre. The collection also provides a new lens with which to view the field of photography.

Music Lessons

Stimulating, thought provoking, and sometimes just provoking, Wiseman’s ruminations on all things musical (and beyond) are a trip worth taking.

The Age of Undress: Art, Fashion, and the Classical Ideal in the 1790s

This title will engage readers of costume scholarship as well as historians focused on the turn of the century. There is much to learn from the well-researched text, and the book is easy to browse for its rich images that exemplify the time period.

The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers

Weiner offers bubble gum philosophy that provides a quick, sweet taste and occasionally implies that the jaw exercise of chewing on philosophically challenging concepts is not rewarding. Readers seeking travelog will feel shortchanged, but those looking for lite insights will be drawn in gradually from the shallow (getting out of bed and walking) to the deep end (ageing and death).

This Is What Democracy Looked Like: A Visual History of the Printed Ballot

For all American history and graphic design collections.

The Meaning of Soul: Black Music and Resilience since the 1960s

A strong choice for libraries supporting African American studies or popular American music programs.

Not Go Away Is My Name

Ríos’s poems of memory and aspiration are small masterpieces of clarity and caring, “Hard at the work of being human.” A richly hopeful collection that seems especially vital now. [See “Versifying,” LJ 1/20.]

Watercolor Is for Everyone: Simple Lessons To Make Your Creative Practice a Daily Habit—3 Simple Tools, 21 Lessons, Infinite Creative Possibilities

Written in a warm and inviting tone that is both inspirational and aspirational, this is an excellent introduction for artists of all levels to the rewarding medium of watercolor.

Political Suicide: The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party

Rall combines prose, photographs, and single-panel political cartoons in this carefully researched, fervent plea for a reorganization of the current political system.

Shame Pudding: A Graphic Memoir

A sensitive coming-of-age story and tribute to how the author’s family shaped her into the artist she is, illustrated in loose pen and ink lines and distorted forms that exude Noble’s warmth for her characters.

Trots and Bonnie

An intelligent, uncompromising, and singularly candid chronicle of young womanhood.

Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics

Scioli details Kirby’s life with the same passion and crackling energy the King of Comics brought to his own work. An essential text for fans of the medium.

Wendy, Master of Art

A savage lampooning of the art world’s self-seriousness that makes some serious points about the artistic establishment and the difficulty that accompanies dedicating oneself to creative expression.

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist

A hilarious, frequently cringe-inducing masterpiece from a fearless artist at the height of his powers.


Pulido packs enough twists and turns to fill a door-stopping epic into 18 brilliantly concise chapters in this slim volume, which won Spain’s 2017 National Comic Book Award.


Vigneault’s (The Immersion Program) decision to establish his cast and world at a slow burn over the first few chapters pays dividends in the high-stakes second half of this thoughtful and unabashedly political sf thriller.

Killadelphia. Vol. 1: Sins of the Father

A strong sense of place, an offbeat take on vampire mythology, and gorgeously grim illustration combine to make this first volume in an ongoing horror series a memorable standout.

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

Without Ever Reaching the Summit

Of interest to fans of The Snow Leopard, and those fascinated by or interested in learning more about this geographical region of Nepal.

The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism

A valuable history of an important political tradition, and what it means for the future.

When Truth Is All You Have: Memoir of Faith, Justice, and Freedom for the Wrongly Convicted

McCloskey and Lerman’s natural storytelling style make this an enjoyable read even when addressing tough subjects. This will be essential for collections focused on social justice, the wrongly convicted, and spiritual transformation.

The Case of the Vanishing Blonde: And Other True Crime Stories

This true crime master expands the limits of the genre, digging to find answers and revealing that even the most horrific crimes are often linked to a larger story about America.

14 Miles: Building the Border Wall

Written in a narrative style, this engaging book will appeal to anyone interested in learning more about who lives along the border and what a wall means to them.

Is Rape a Crime? A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto

Chanel Miller’s Know My Name demonstrated that coming forward to tell one’s story is in itself a powerful form of victim advocacy; Bowdler does the same in this affecting account. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]

This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire

There is clearly a lot to mine from Flynn’s youth, but this memoir is both disjointed and illusory, featuring imagined monologs from Flynn’s mother to engage audiences further. Best for die-hard fans of Flynn’s first memoir. [See Prepub Alert, 1/29/20.]

Democracy, If We Can Keep It: The ACLU’s 100-Year Fight for Rights in America

Cose’s book is an excellent choice for anyone seeking to understand the ACLU as an organization and for those wanting to explore how the fight for civil liberties has evolved and helped to shape the society we have today

The Rise of the G.I. Army, 1940–1941: The Forgotten Story of How America Forged a Powerful Army Before Pearl Harbor

A gripping study of a topic less explored, this work should appeal to readers interested in pre–World War II preparations and social and cultural aspects of U.S. Army history.

Obsessed: Building a Brand People Love from Day One

At once imaginative and pragmatic, this will appeal to those who regard branding as a sometimes daunting task of creating and fostering emotional connections with customers.

Six Days in August: The Story of Stockholm Syndrome

Engrossing, well researched, and tailor-made for true crime enthusiasts.

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