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Video: An Interview with Brewster Kahle, Founder/Digital Librarian, Internet Archive

Research Article: “Adults Need STEM, Too: An Assessment of One Public Library’s Experiment With STEM Programming for Adults”

Research Article: “E-Book Information Behaviors and Formats Among Graduate Students in Information Sciences” (Preprint)

Donations: California Library Gains Hundreds of Presidential Documents

Digital Collections: University of Kentucky Libraries Makes 13,000+ Lexington Herald-Leader Images Available Online

Research Tools: AGRIS (International Information System for the Agricultural Science and Technology) Reaches Approaches 11 Million Bibliographic Records

Roundup (December 13, 2019)

Page to Screen, Dec. 13, 2019 | Book Pulse

All the Ways We Said Goodbye: A Novel of the Paris Ritz

A great choice for anyone looking for clever historical fiction with plenty of drama, action, and surprises in every chapter. [See Prepub Alert, 7/15/19.]

The Other Windsor Girl: A Novel of Princess Margaret, Royal Rebel

For both royal watchers and followers of celebrities; fans of TV’s The Crown will be excited to learn more about this fascinating royal rebel.

Starring Red Wing! The Incredible Career of Lilian M. St. Cyr, the First Native American Film Star

Too few people know St. Cyr’s name

A History of Islam in 21 Women

Overall, a solid starting reference for those interested in women and Islamic studies, accessible and well-suited for both high school and college-level readers


While not for beginners, Took’s biography is deeply enriching for those who have some grounding in Dante, for whom this is an essential resource.

Say What Happened: A Story of Documentaries

Viewers who count The Sorrow and the Pity or Paris Is Burning on their top ten film list will welcome this contemplative exploration of documentaries.

Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals, Introverts, and Nerds Who Want To Be Effective Teachers

An original take on pedagogy, this is an ideal pick for the recent PhD graduate who is suddenly thrust into teaching their first 101 course.

Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America

An enriching look at African American history through the lens of the black motorist, and as one of the few books on the subject, this is essential for most collections.

The Proximity Paradox: How To Create Distance from Business as Usual and Do Something Truly Innovative

A respectable business work recasting vintage techniques that may be compelling to a more scholarly audience.

What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man’s Blues

This frank and personal examination of race and racism in America will be an important addition to many collections.

Seduction: A History From the Enlightenment to the Present

The book’s quasibiographical approach provides an unusual but engaging way of addressing its central topic, though readers wanting a more clear-cut exploration of the subject will almost certainly find it too tangential.

Dark Video

The finale has some twisty plot developments, but it’s hardly worth wading through the amateurish prose, mostly unlikable characters, and gratuitous depictions of sexual assault in this overall clumsy and misogynistic technothriller.

Fatal Roots

The story is repetitive and drawn out, and not much happens to move it along. Only fans of Connolly’s previous books, such as The Lost Traveller, will be interested enough to finish it.

The Art of Dying

Recommended for readers who enjoy historical or medical mysteries, especially those set in Victorian England.

Lost Hills

Angelenos may enjoy the geographic details, but most mystery buffs will find this less than compelling.

Her Neighbor’s Wife: A History of Lesbian Desire Within Marriage

With close reading and deep analysis, Gutterman weaves a thoughtful cultural history that insists on the sexual and relationship agency of midcentury wives and demonstrates that outwardly heterosexual marriages have, at times, indeed contained queer possibilities.

Pardiz: A Persian Food Journey

This is a personal journey as much as a food journey. The work has the feel of a travelog but might delve too close to coffee-table book territory for readers seeking a more traditional cookbook. That being said, the recipes are simple and easy to follow, with most of the ingredients readily accessible, and average cooks can easily find a new flavor to tease the palate.

The Autonomous Revolution: Reclaiming the Future We’ve Sold to Machines

This work will find an active readership among historians of technology and those with an interest in popular historical narratives that focus on the social science angle of technologies.

The Case for Climate Capitalism: Economic Solutions for a Planet in Crisis

Rand’s call for action warns that a hostile climate is “our default future” and declares it’s up to both business and government to head it off in this realistic and readable outline of solutions that could be implemented. Recommended for informed readers, in particular Canadians, who are concerned about climate change.

The Man in the Red Coat

Scholars may laud this work’s brilliance, but others might find it a difficult read. For serious students of French history or the history of medicine and sexuality.

Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival

A stunning collection that viscerally highlights the pervasiveness of sexual violence and the multitude of ways survivors process trauma.

Where Is God? Christian Faith in the Time of Great Uncertainty

Recommended particularly for Catholic university and seminary libraries, though general readers of religion may also find this to be informative and useful.

Cook Like a Local: Flavors That Can Change How You Cook and See the World

While many of the recipes are on the cheffy side and require a lot of prep work, experienced home cooks will find this to be an attractive choice.

Modern Flexitarian: Plant-inspired Recipes You Can Flex to Add Fish, Meat, or Dairy

Offering a wide variety of delicious-sounding plant-based dishes with a strong international focus, this should be purchased where vegan and vegetarian works are popular.

MIT: Design for the Hayden Library Renovation Takes Shape

New White Paper From Choice: “Research Data Services in Academic Libraries: Where are We Today?”

Research Article: “Unprofessional Peer Reviews Disproportionately Harm Underrepresented Groups in STEM”

Cornell University: “Conan O’Brien Correspondence With E.B. White Surfaces”

Research Tools: Brill Launches Chinese Iconography Thesaurus in Open Access

Now Available: Video and Slide Presentations From the United Nations Open Science Conference “Towards Global Open Science: Core Enabler of the UN 2030 Agenda”

Research Report: “Teaching Business Looking at the Support Needs of Instructors”

Web Archives: “These Crusaders Want To Preserve ‘Human Culture’ Online. Their Latest Target: Yahoo Groups”

Commentary: “Leading Scholars and Publishers From Ten Countries Have Agreed a Definition of Predatory Publishing That Can Protect Scholarship”

Roundup (December 12, 2019)

Roundup (December 12, 2019)

Kevin Sayar on Taking the Helm at Kanopy

New Bestsellers, Dec. 12, 2019 | Book Pulse

California State University System Renegotiating Contract with Elsevier

National Parks: Archives Tell Yellowstone’s Story with Millions of Records

Reference: “Laws Protecting Journalists from Online Harassment” (Full Text Report From Law Library of Congress)

Research Article: “Attitudes of North American Academics Toward Open Access Scholarly Journals” (Preprint)

New Books to Know About: “Information Hunters When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe”

Video: An Interview with Kumsal Bayazit, CEO, Elsevier

Report: “Google Urges FTC To Weaken Children’s Privacy Rules”

Women Rule 2019 National Film Registry Selections: Boys Don’t Cry,’ ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter,’ ‘Before Stonewall’ Among the Titles

News Roundup (December 11, 2019)

Top 20 Best-Selling Psychology Titles | Academic Best Sellers

Bill Gates and PBS NewsHour Offer Reading Lists

Research Tools: Oxford Experts Launch “Comp Prop Navigator” to Help Fight Disinformation

University of Virginia: A Collaborative Effort Will Preserve Physical Card Catalog Containing 4 Million Cards

New Full Text E-Book From NASA “Reveals Insights of Earth Seen at Night From Space”

New Report From RAND: “Profiles of News Consumption Platform Choices, Perceptions of Reliability, and Partisanship”

ALA Announces 10 Winners of the “I Love My Librarian Award”; 1,974 Nominations Received For This Year’s Award

New Data: National Six-Year and Eight-Year College Completion Rates Reach New Highs, 59.7% and 61.8%, Respectively

Merriam-Webster Selects “They” as Word of the Year for 2019

New Collaboration: Cultural Artifacts From DPLA Coming to Wikipedia and Other Wikimedia Projects

Roundup (December 10, 2019)

Best Lists Continue, Dec. 10, 2019 | Book Pulse

Hayward PL, Yale's Bass Library, and a New Main Library at Charlotte Mecklenburg | Branching Out, December 2019

Report: China’s Library Officials are Burning Books that Diverge From Communist Party Ideology

EBSCO Posts “Message to the Library Community” re: Consolidation in the ILS Space

New Report From OCLC Research: “Responsible Operations: Data Science, Machine Learning, and AI in Libraries”

Register of Copyright Karyn Temple is Leaving U.S. Copyright Office For Position with Motion Picture Association

Now Available: Video Recordings and Presentation Slides from the 11th Semantic Web in Libraries Conference (SWIB19)

Research Resource: “Military Service Records, Awards, and Unit Histories: A Guide to Locating Sources” (Updated)

Research Article: “Loading… Loading… The Influence of Download Time on Information Search”

Journal Article: “A Discussion of Value Metrics for Data Repositories in Earth and Environmental Sciences”

Roundup: Items From Germany, Netherlands, UK, Switzerland (December 9, 2019)

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Dec. 9, 2019 | Book Pulse

Last of the Literary Fiction, with Pop Crossover Appeal: Fiction Previews, Jun. 2020, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Love/Marriage/Family, SF/Fantasy/Horror, & Historical Fiction: Pop Fiction Previews: Jun. 2020, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Issues, Science, Arts, Help & Inspiration, plus Serena Williams: Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2020, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Research/Reference: New Biomass Map to Stock of the World’s Carbon

The Sheridan Libraries/Johns Hopkins University Acquires Rare Copy of 19th Century Essay

Journal Article: “The Information Behaviors of Fiction Writers: A Systematic Approach to an Understudied Information Community”

Kennedy Assassination Bullets Preserved in Digital Form

Journal Article: “Public Libraries Supporting Health and Wellness: A Literature Review”

LocHal Public Library (Tilburg, Netherlands) Named 2019 Building of the Year at World Architecture Festival

Video Recordings of Sessions From the 2nd Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Open Science Symposium are Now Available Online

Nothing Gets Lost in Translation in the Perseus Digital Library

Indiana University Reveals New Strategic Plan to Guide Care, Preservation, Use of More Than 220 Collections

Digital Collections: National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Alvin Ailey Photography Collection is Now Available to the Public Online, More Than 10,000 Photos Available

Video: “The Ancient Alexandria Library Anew for the 21st Century”

ALA Announces Sale of Chicago Headquarter Building

Library Renovations: Arizona State University’s Hayden Library to Reopen January 13, 2020

Britain Has Closed Almost 800 Libraries Since 2010, Figures Show

Public Access Submission System: “Making It Easier To Be Open: Johns Hopkins Engineers Innovative Platform For Repositories”

Roundup (December 6, 2019)

Run Me to Earth

Essential reading as Americans continue to grapple with our involvement in Asia and for anyone interested in top-drawer literature. [See Prepub Alert, 7/15/19.]


Excellent reading that revives our sense of community while revealing North America’s racial complexity in a new light. [See Prepub Alert, 5/20/19.]

Martha Stewart’s Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines

Readers on a budget or establishing a household will find inspiration and customizable ideas here. Those seeking a philosophical discussion about downsizing or decluttering as they undertake organizing should also look to Margareta Magnusson’s The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning or Joshua Becker’s The Minimalist Home.

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