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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.
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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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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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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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.

67 Compelling Titles | Starred Reviews, Feb., 2020

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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.

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.

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.
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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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Beyond Banned Books: Defending Intellectual Freedom Throughout Your Library

Readers will appreciate Pekoll’s authoritative, clear discussion. Invaluable to anyone interested in resisting censorship attempts on all varieties of resources.
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The No-Nonsense Guide to Leadership, Management and Team Working

A handy primer and quick reference on library management and leadership.

69 Stellar Titles | Starred Reviews, August 2019

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Before the Ballot: Building Political Support for Library Funding

Essential for librarians, library employees, and board members who don’t want to be left in the dust when it comes to funding.
 
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Community Technology Projects: Making Them Work

While community technology projects present multiple challenges, Heller demonstrates that they can succeed with effort and a willingness to adapt. For library technology managers, scholars, and project managers.
 
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Instructional Design for LIS Professionals: A Guide for Teaching Librarians and Information Science Professionals

This practical, straightforward guide is highly recommended for those following in Geoffrey Chaucer’s footsteps who would gladly learn and gladly teach.

The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel

A must-see for anyone with an interest in WWII or military history.

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Information Literacy for Today's Diverse Students

Although containing useful elements, this work is limited by its basis in superseded learning theories.
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The Guilty

Reassigned to emergency dispatching duties while awaiting a disciplinary hearing, a sidelined cop (Jakob Cedergren) at the end of his shift gets a frantic call from a woman being abducted by her husband...
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Poetry in America: Season 1

Viewers should freely sample the videos from the series website if they are still unconvinced that poetry discussions can be that fascinating. A quality addition to libraries' literature collections.
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Angry Inuk

This beautifully shot production makes a strong case to viewers. However, the argument is complex, and the group's resources are tiny and no match for the organizations that apparently intend to stop all commercial seal hunting.
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Conversations with Leading Academic and Research Library Directors: International Perspectives on Library Management

This is a fascinating look at the kinds of "mind-set, skill sets" academic libraries and librarians need to excel in the 21st century. For library science students and professionals seeking a worldwide perspective on the essential values of academic librarianship.
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Obsession

Wealthy New Orleans real estate developer Michael Courtland (Cliff Robertson) loses his wife, Elizabeth (Genevieve Bujold), and nine-year-old daughter during a bungled kidnap rescue...
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Purdah

A multilayered chronicle that highlights many of the challenges facing young women worldwide, this will appeal to those concerned with women's rights and the global climate for women's sports.
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Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable

A fascinating film about a flawed man who shares his point of view, literally, this could inspire future photojournalists or anyone with a camera to look past the selfie and toward creating a narrative with a picture. [See Trailers, LJ Winter 2018.]
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No Offence: Series 2

Fast-moving and entertaining, No Offence features an outstandingly strong female cast. Recommended for viewers who enjoy a particular style of British irreverence.
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Successful Campus Outreach for Academic Libraries: Building Community Through Collaboration

Outreach librarians will appreciate the variety of institutions represented and the scope of activities described.
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Charly

Experimental brain surgery makes a genius out of a mentally challenged man who cannot outwit a mouse, but his emotional development does not keep up in Ralph Nelson's big-screen adaptation of the classic Daniel Keyes short story-cum-novel Flowers for Algernon...
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The Post

Fans of dystopian fiction or The Walking Dead will enjoy this title.
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Domina: The Women Who Made Imperial Rome

Though written for general consumption, this work will be of value to academics as well.
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Gift

Recommended for art and philosophy lovers. This film is especially valuable for its profile of the late Alfred (1981–2016).
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Exorcist II: The Heretic Collector's Edition

This unusual sequel by visionary director Boorman delivers a powerful view of a world in which science, magic, and religion combine as an antidote to demonic horrors. Imperfections exist in editing and script, but the results remain boldly evocative.
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Chef Flynn

An examination of talent, ambition, maturity, and parent-child interaction in the context of exquisite cuisine.
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Elizabeth I and Her Enemies

Fans of the History Channel as well as readers who have devoured the novels of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir will be equally entertained.
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Left Behind America

The documentary sums up the region's problems astutely and is highly recommended to everyone with an interest in the region or the nation's economy overall.
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Yellowstone: Season 1

Complicated, violent, and tension-filled, this series for adults should appeal to Western fans as well as those who enjoy family drama.
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Horse Speak: The Equine-Human Translation Guide; First Conversations

Particularly useful to therapeutic riding instructors, horse rescue workers, and anyone who likes to spend time around horses.
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No Date, No Signature

A forensic pathologist (Amir Aghaee) blames himself when the boy he injured in a car accident turns up in the morgue, in spite of an autopsy showing food poisoning as the most probable cause of death...
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Move! Dance Your Life

Recommended for most dance collections.
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Berlin Alexanderplatz

Recently released from prison for murdering a prostitute, Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) tries hard to go straight by taking a series a menial jobs in Depression-era Germany...
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When Giants Fall

This film is often difficult to watch. Though elephants have survived for two million years, human ambition for unlimited wealth and living space seem to be dooming these intelligent social behemoths. Environmentalists of all stripes will be intrigued.
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Black Leopard, Red Wolf

This challenging book rewards listeners willing to commit time and mental energy to contemplating the meaning of truth, the consequences of decisions, and the depths of pain. Unfortunately, the many maps and lists of characters that appear in the print and ebooks are not available here. ["An unglorified if gloriously delivered story that feels eminently real despite the hobgoblins": LJ 2/19 starred review of the Riverhead hc.]
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The Silent Patient

The book is receiving much-deserved buzz, but the audio production and exceptional narration make the characters feel real. ["Dark, edgy, and compulsively readable": LJ 11/1/18 review of the Celadon hc.]
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The Bird King

An emotional and often melancholy historical fantasy that will appeal to fans of Guy Gavriel Kay and Helene Wecker.

The Last Thing You Surrender

Impeccably researched, this compelling historical novel, with its important message about social justice, is essential for fiction collections.

Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter

Highly recommended for anyone looking for adventure stories or tales of Wild West history. ["Fans of Dodge City and general readers will find this detail-laden volume appealing": Xpress Reviews 12/21/18 review of the St. Martin's hc.]
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Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will To Survive

Recommended to listeners with an interest in contemporary working conditions and those who enjoyed Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed. ["An illuminating read that should inspire outrage, hope, and change": LJ 12/18 review of the Hachette hc.]

Daisy Jones & the Six

Music fans will be captivated, as will readers of character-driven fiction, not to mention the audience acknowledged in Daisy's Grammy speech—"all of you out there hung up on somebody or something"—that is, most listeners. Enthusiastically recommended. ["For music lovers, romance fans, and anyone who wants to feel invincible with youth, intoxicated by music, and a powerful longing for days gone by": LJ 3/19 review of the Random hc.]
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The Dreamers

This dreamlike novel with sf overtones blends philosophical musings on dreams and the nature of reality with human interest stories that keep listeners riveted. Recommended for readers seeking an unusual and fanciful story told in elegant prose. ["A satisfying, suspenseful page-turner that leaves readers curious about the possibility of dreams": LJ 9/15/18 review of the Random hc.]

Transforming Libraries To Serve Graduate Students

An excellent resource for any library that serves graduate and professional students.

King of Stage: The Woodie King Jr. Story; The Star Maker

Like all great stories, they are best when told by those who lived them. An essential addition for all collections.

Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious

Fans of Kugel's work in the Times or his YouTube channel "Amigo Gringo" or Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown, as well as anyone looking for unique travel experiences, will truly enjoy this fun audiobook.

Death Is Hard Work

Powerful and poignant, this audiobook is very highly recommended for adult fiction collections. ["Flawlessly translated and exquisitely written, this novel from the winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Prize is a genuine tour de force as well as a thoughtful and provocative examination of what it means to be alive": Xpress Reviews 4/19/19 starred review of the Farrar hc.]

Parkland: Inside Building 12

Strongly recommended for public libraries, as well as education and history collections. Some of the film is graphic, and before viewing, students would need preparation, especially high school classes.

Good Riddance

A treat for Lipman followers, this romantic comedy/caper will divert anyone seeking clever but warmhearted fiction (e.g., Cathleen Schine), as well as fans of classic screwball comedies. Ideal for public libraries. ["Funny, warm, sharp, smart, and full of love for family, no matter how flawed": LJ 12/18 review of the Houghton Harcourt hc.]

The Magnificent Ambersons

A must-have for serious collections—appealing to casual TCM fans even if best treasured by die-hard film buffs. [See Trailers, LJ 10/1/18.]

The Perfect Predator: A Scientist's Race To Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug

This story of a life and death fight against an antibiotic-resistant superbug is pertinent to every person on the planet and written to be accessible to a general audience. Both fiction and nonfiction fans will relish this story.

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Using Twitter To Build Communities: A Primer for Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Recommended for those interested in developing a more robust social media program geared toward community engagement.
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Breakfast with Einstein: The Exotic Physics of Everyday Objects

Orzel opens the door to a better understanding of the fascinating world of the strange spookiness, the weirdnesses, and the inexplicable paradoxes that make up the quantum world.

Far from the Tree

Highly recommended for educators, medical professionals, caretakers, and loved ones and friends of those who are "different."
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Hobbyhorse Revolution: Special Edition

The tag line is "Never stop doing what you love," and the filmmakers waste no time in demonstrating why that is so important, using this most unlikely pastime.
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The Relevant Library: Essays on Adapting to Changing Needs

Academic, public, and school librarians seeking to refresh their outreach services will find some inspiration here, as the contributions cover such a wide range of subjects, user groups, and settings.
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Ancient Civilizations of North America

This book will appeal to listeners with or without an archaeological background who want to know more about ancient civilizations in North America. Recommended.
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The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilization?

An easy introduction to Fleming's cautionary but optimistic assessment of the future. Redefining Prosperity (2017) presents the story of how Nevada City, CA, created its version of a community-based economy.
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Hidden: Series 1

As a police procedural, this atmospheric miniseries is a cut above the competition; for audiences who enjoy suspenseful crime dramas.
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Shampoo

For movie fans interested in revisiting a significant if not quite classic 1970s-era film. [See Trailers, LJ 9/1/18.]
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Genesis 2.0

Equal parts thought provoking and frightening, Genesis 2.0 takes viewers deep into the world of synthetic biology.
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The Apparition

A dedicated journalist (Vincent Lindon) recovering from a traumatic injury agrees to assist a Vatican-directed team investigating the claim of a teen novitiate (Galatéa Bellugi) to have witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary...
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Instinct: Season One

TV crime junkies who need a new binge-worthy series will find Instinct to be just the ticket. [See Trailers, LJ 11/1/18.]
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Pick of the Litter: A Service Dogumentary

This well-done program is sure to be a welcome addition to public library collections for families and young adults. High recommended.
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American Dialogue: The Founders and Us

All libraries, both public and academic, should consider. ["Ellis's compelling historical examples and astute analysis will raise questions and ignite debate. This work should be read by academics and general readers alike": LJ 10/1/18 starred review of the Knopf hc.]
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