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Curating Community Collections

This excellent guide, featuring a mix of hands-on information, time-tested advice, and insight into the hows and whys of creating inclusive collections, is an indispensable resource. Perfect for collection development librarians, school librarians and teachers, and seasoned and early-career librarians.
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Creators in the Academic Library: Instruction & Outreach, Vol. 1

A useful collection of instructional materials for creative fields. Recommended for academic instructional librarians.

Comic Books, Special Collections, and the Academic Library

Fascinating reading for comic book fans and newcomers alike. Essential for any librarian or other scholar working with comic books, comic strips, manga, or graphic novels.
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Libraries Without Borders: New Directions in Library History

This robust collection, originally presented at the 14th Annual Library History Seminar, should appeal to those interested in the history of librarianship and the intersection of social justice and libraries.

Chase’s Calendar of Events 2024: The Ultimate Go-To Guide for Special Days, Weeks and Months. 67th ed

An invaluable resource for trivia fans, planners, media professionals, teachers, and librarians.
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Defining Documents in American History: Workers’ Rights

A distinctive collection of important primary papers with supporting text that provides historical context, relevance, and significance of those sources. Great for student reports.

Historical Dictionary of Choral Music

A remarkable resource that will please both musical professionals and amateurs, along with teachers and their students, and conductors and singers.
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Restore Your Life from Chronic Pain: Find Lasting Relief from Arthritis, Headache, and Back Pain

A positive, comprehensive, integrative, helpful, and hopeful approach to taming pain. Perfect for people with chronic pain who are eager for feasible solutions.
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Creators in the Academic Library: Collections and Spaces

Offering inspiration for implementing student creativity initiatives, this is a recommended purchase for most higher education libraries.
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The Design of Books: An Explainer for Authors, Editors, Agents, and Other Curious Readers

This title illuminates all that goes into producing and designing a book. A must for authors, editors, designers, and curious readers. Give to those who enjoyed ABC for Book Collectors by John Carter and Nicolas Barker. They’ll love this book too.

Cataloging and Classification: An Introduction

The new edition of this essential work has raised the bar on an already excellent text about cataloguing. Recommended for cataloguers at all levels of expertise.
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The Fight Against Book Bans: Perspectives from the Field

This title is highly recommended for people seeking information on how to address book challenges and increase advocacy efforts, as well as anyone working in libraries facing censorship who needs to know they aren’t alone.

Handbook of U.S. Labor Statistics 2023

The most authoritative and up-to-date source on United States labor market data available in print. A must-purchase.
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The Encyclopedia of Cut Flowers: What Flowers To Buy, When To Buy Them, and How To Keep Them Alive Longer

A distinctive ready reference that will provide an abundance of positive takeaways and tips for both novices and the most seasoned florists.

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Twenty-First-Century Access Services: On the Front Line of Academic Librarianship

This is a recommended purchase for its abundance of knowledge about access services and their history, operations, and management. Best for readers who don’t work directly in access services, including library students and those wanting to learn other librarians’ perspectives on access services.
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Foundations of Information Law

A helpful overview of information law and issues impacting those working in the field. Perfect for novice librarians or readers seeking an introduction to information law.
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100 Ways To Change Your Life: The Science of Leveling Up Health, Happiness, Relationships & Success

A refreshing departure from one-size-fits-all health narratives. This is a valuable reference guide for readers seeking a holistic and personalized approach to well-being.
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The Backyard Homestead Guide to Growing Organic Food: A Crop-by-Crop Reference for 62 Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, and Herbs

A solid reference guide that’s best for established gardeners looking to introduce organic methods and self-sustainability into their practice.
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The College Student’s Research Companion: Finding, Evaluating, and Citing the Resources You Need To Succeed

A solid resource for beginning researchers, appropriate for high schoolers and beyond. Quaratiello’s clear explanations of searching and evaluating should serve students for years to come.

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Gale Business: Plan Builder | eReview

The World’s Largest Online Historical Archive of Eighteenth Century Studies Turns 20

No Misinformation, Please. Reference Sources Worthy of Your Trust

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The Beginner’s Guide to Ayurvedic Home Remedies: Ancient Healing for Modern Life

Of interest to readers looking for natural or alternative-medicine ways to improve overall health.
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Practical Cycling: Equip, Maintain, and Repair Your Bicycle

Interest in outdoor activities remains high. This book is helpful for readers considering a bike purchase or current cyclists looking to interact more with their bikes.
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Behind the Screens: Illustrated Floor Plans and Scenes from the Best TV Shows of All Time

Delightfully offbeat views of Stars Hollow (The Gilmore Girls), Central Perk (Friends), and the Pie Hole (Pushing Daisies). Consider ordering a couple of copies, as this will likely stay in circulation.
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Nothing but the Tooth: An Insider’s Guide to Dental Health

Finding a trusted dentist and preventing and addressing tooth and gum disease add greatly to quality of life, so this is a useful resource for every library.
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Talking with Hands: Everything You Need To Start Signing Native American Hand Talk

An interesting and useful cultural resource, equally at home in a children’s reference section or for adults.
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Why We Love Middle-Earth: An Enthusiast’s Book About Tolkien, Middle-Earth, and the LotR Fandom

A delightful addition to most libraries. Expect an uptick in circulation of other Tolkien-related books and DVDs after purchase.
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Smithsonian America: The Atlas

Visually rich, with thoughtful and approachable text suitable for teen and adult readers.
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Thrive with a Hybrid Workplace: Step-by-Step Guidance from the Experts

Written to help leaders draft and iterate hybrid workplace policies that promote employee satisfaction, productivity, and retention.
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The Dream Dictionary: Interpret the Secrets of Your Dreams

A useful replacement for the 2006 edition, likely to see use by dream-curious readers.
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Women Warriors in History

A dazzling overview of women’s contributions to warfare, starting with archers from the Bronze Age. It’s sure to intrigue readers looking for both big-picture observations and small details about women’s triumphs and defeats on the battlefield.
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The Environmental Resource Handbook, 2023/2024

Libraries with low budgets would be well-served by acquiring this print edition about environmental issues. Those with serious research collections on environmental topics, however, will want to consider purchasing a subscription to the online database.

Food Cultures of China: Recipes, Customs, and Issues

Highly recommended for readers interested in learning more about Chinese cuisine and its history. This riveting work will enthrall foodies.

Library Programs and Services: The Fundamentals, 9th ed

An important offering for seasoned librarians and those new to the profession. This volume should be required reading for all library-science students and is an invaluable resource for those working in the field.

Managing Crises in the Academic Library: Past, Present, and Future

This vital work combines practical utility with a significant historical record, making it an essential purchase for any academic professional collection.

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Historical Dictionary of Baroque Music, 2nd ed

Bravo! An invaluable source for scholars and concertgoers. For readers without experience in music theory or notation, a good basic dictionary of music (such as the current edition of the Harvard Dictionary of Music) would complement this title well.
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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2023

Readers can catch up on a year’s worth of well-written discoveries and investigations in this collection. Appropriate for adults as well as readers as young as middle school.
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Empty Fields, Empty Promises: A State-by-State Guide to Understanding and Transforming the Right To Farm

An academic yet accessible book that rural advocates and foes of inequality will appreciate.
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Weapons, Warfare, and Military Technology, 3rd Ed.: Vols. 1–3

Best for general readers, instead of professional military researchers. However, this work could be a useful starting point for research in public and undergraduate libraries.
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6-Language Visual Dictionary

A boon for visual learners looking to broaden and enhance their foreign-language skills. For all levels and ages.
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Simple Positive Play at the Library

The lessons learned in incorporating this approach in programming and partnering with school librarians are most useful for early career librarians. For more seasoned staff or librarian administrators, this book offers an introduction to or a reminder of the benefits of a collaborative community mindset.
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Creating a Staff-Led Strategic Plan: A Practical Guide for Libraries

This user-friendly, scalable guide is a solid addition to strategic-planning literature, providing everything library planners need to get started.

Libraries and Sanctuary: Supporting Refugees and Other New Arrivals

A unique, erudite, and thoroughly practical investigation of the untapped power and resources that public institutions can use in support of their most overlooked constituents; recommended for all professional collections.

Crash Course in Collection Development, 3rd ed

Highly recommended for all librarians with collection development responsibilities and administrators who need to better understand the process.

Platino Educa | eReview

Broadcasting America: The Rise of Mass Media and Communication | eReview

The Encyclopedia of the Weird and Wonderful: Curious and Incredible Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Emphasizing humanity’s history over the traditional time line with its model life stage organization, this intriguing and fascinating title is difficult to put down. It will appeal to both adults and younger students interested in trivia, facts, and history.
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100 Places To See After You Die: A Travel Guide to the Afterlife

Readers who don’t mind some irreverence can imaginary-armchair-travel to Valhalla (Norse mythology), the Heaviside Layer (Cats), the Djalia (Black Panther’s Wakanda), and the Outer Planes (Dungeons & Dragons).
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Lamborghini 60 Years

Slightly oversize (about 10 by 12 inches), this book impresses at a quick browse and delivers satisfying details to readers conversant in compression ratios and engine lubrication.
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The Incredible Hulk: Worldbreaker, Hero, Icon

Hulk’s appearance in the Avengers movies and his stand-alone popularity make this an appealing choice.
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Japanese Yokai and Other Supernatural Beings: Authentic Paintings and Prints of 100 Ghosts, Demons, Monsters and Magicians

Scholars of art can learn from the detailed captions, while folklore and horror fans will appreciate the creepy images of skeletons and vicious Kasha and his burning chariot.
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365 Gays of the Year (Plus 1 for a Leap Year): Discover LGBTQ+ History One Day at a Time

Not meant to be a “best of” but a compilation of people who have contributed to LGBTQIA+ culture worldwide. Recommended for all libraries.
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Burning Man: Art on Fire; Revised and Updated Edition

Fascinating, joyful, and awe-inspiring. Raiser’s text provides insight into the planning and detail that go into maintaining Burning Man’s integrity and safety while celebrating its spirit of creativity and participation.
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Butterflies of the Midwest Field Guide

A compact and useful guidebook for libraries in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
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Timeline of the British Monarchy

A compact and engaging recounting of British monarchs past and present, suitable for middle school readers and up.
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OMFG, Bees!: Bees Are So Amazing and You’re About To Find Out Why

Playful watercolors and bee-enhanced modifications to classic art add to the humorous text.
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Llewellyn’s Complete Book of North American Folk Magic: A Landscape of Magic, Mystery, and Tradition

This work offers an interesting introduction to a variety of traditions, supporting readers as they decide which beliefs and suggestions to explore further.
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The Who, What, and Where of America: Understanding the American Community Survey, 10th Ed.

This publication should be considered a useful and supplemental guide to the Census Bureau’s website, since it expands on the information found within it.
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The Printmaking Bible, Revised Edition: The Complete Guide to Materials and Techniques

Part history, part how-to, part creativity jumpstarter, this hefty, well-written, art-filled guide has appeal for working artists, collectors, browsers, and libraries looking to update their 750s section.
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Integrated Library Planning: A New Model for Strategic and Dynamic Planning, Management, and Assessment

Stephens’s innovative approach to strategic planning is a game-changer, with the potential to increase engagement, effectiveness, and financial accountability. A generative, inclusive approach for libraries of all sizes and types.
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Inglorious Pedagogy: Difficult, Unpopular, and Uncommon Topics in Library and Information Science Education

A beneficial and thought-provoking book focusing on critical topics and experiences rarely explored in the field. Though the focus on LIS programs and education narrows the appeal, this would also be a timely addition to professional-development collections.
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Thriving as a Mid-Career Librarian: Identity, Advocacy, and Pathways

Recommended for any collection where professional library literature is popular; librarians at various stages of their careers may take an interest.
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Joan of Arc: A Reference Guide to Her Life and Works

Manning asserts in his introduction that there is more documentation of Joan of Arc’s life, movements, and military actions than commonly thought, and this volume supports his thesis. Comprehensive and accessible to casual and serious readers alike.
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On Record, Vol. 4, 1981: Images, Interviews & Insights from the Year in Music

Only for scholars of popular music or the time period.
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What Every Library Director Should Know, 2nd Ed.

Unique supplemental reading for aspiring library directors or those interested in an insider’s view of successful library management.

Hiveclass | eReview

Political Extremism & Radicalism Part III: Global Communist and Socialist Movements | eReview

Education Magazine Archive | eReview

The Afterlife Book: Heaven, Hell, and Life After Death

A thorough, well-researched, and nonjudgmental book. An excellent resource for readers exploring the true final frontier of death and beyond.

Business Statistics of the United States 2022: Patterns of Economic Change, 27th Ed

A necessary addition to all public and academic libraries’ reference collections.
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The Safe Library: Keeping Users, Staff, and Collections Secure

A thought-provoking resource that posits library safety as a responsibility shared by the entire staff. Albrecht’s guidance will benefit all library workers, whether administrative or public-facing.
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Online Searching: A Guide to Finding Quality Information Efficiently and Effectively, 3rd Ed

Though written with LIS students and faculty in mind, this volume will be of use to any librarian wishing to update their online searching skills.
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Teaching Critical Reading Skills: Strategies for Academic Librarians

Highly recommended for collections supporting the study and practice of librarianship and higher education.
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The Atlas of Car Design: The World’s Most Iconic Cars (Onyx Edition)

This may be the only automotive book to combine worldwide scope with historical perspective. It’s a veritable showcase of vehicles.

Hopeful Visions, Practical Actions: Cultural Humility in Library Work

A welcome reference for staff training and all professional-development collections.

Tools: A Visual Exploration of Implements and Devices in the Workshop

A perfect and highly recommended reference book. It’s a remarkable refresher for those more experienced and handy with tools; newbies will likely find it to be an impressive introduction as well.
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School Insecurity: A Comprehensive Guide for Parents and Educators on School Security, Protecting Your Children, and Fostering a Safe Learning Environment

A common-sense and realistic approach to solving one of the most heartbreaking, serious, and vexing issues in American society. This important book is filled with recommendations that would significantly reduce the risk of school shootings.

Africa and the New Imperialism: European Borders on the African Continent, 1870–1914 | eReview

Conflict in Indochina: Foreign Office Files for Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, 1959–1964 | eReview

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Defining Documents in World History: Human Rights, Vols. 1–2

A terrific set of definitive human rights documents for both general readers and scholars.
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