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Royal Shakespeare Company Archive | eReviews

Bloomsbury Dress and Costume Library | eReviews


Near-Death Experiences: Afterlife Journeys and Revelations

In this recommended work, Willis invites readers to contemplate the nature of consciousness and questions of mortality.

Circus World: Roustabouts, Animals, and the Work of Putting on the Big Show

Fascinating, thoughtful research that will appeal to circus buffs and students of labor history.

Colonial Caribbean Module III: Economic Change and Indenture Labour, 1850–1870 | eReviews

Bloomsbury Visual Arts | eReviews

Hardly Harmless Drudgery: A 500-Year Pictorial History of the Lexicographic Geniuses, Sciolists, Plagiarists, and Obsessives Who Defined the English Language

Highly recommended for all word lovers curious about the people who codified English vocabulary throughout time.

Creating a Person-Centered Library: Best Practices for Supporting High-Needs Patrons

A helpful collection that will inform high-needs patron services, targeted toward public libraries but useful everywhere.

Conducting Original Research for Your Library

A solid addition to help new and seasoned library professionals conduct their own original research projects. Recommended for any professional literature collection, especially those supporting MLIS programs.

500 Insects: A Visual Reference

This recommended, engaging, visual reference fosters a distinctive way to learn more about the world of insects. The book’s color photographs enrich the reading experience.

Historical Dictionary of Confucianism

This well-researched, well-written reference is packed with information on one of the world’s foremost intellectual, moral, philosophical, and social systems. It’s an indispensable resource for high school and undergraduate students doing term papers, reports, and projects.

MLA Handbook Plus | eReview

Librari | eReview


Major Canadian Cities: 50 Cities Compared, Ranked & Profiled

Recommended for readers wanting to review reliable data of Canadian cities in an easy-to-use format. It’s a great selection for students and researchers of all levels, general readers, and business owners who are considering new locations.

Critical Insights: Power & Corruption

This resource offers nuanced insights and facilitates engagement with the complexities of power and corruption in literature. A worthy addition to the series and a valuable tool for researchers and academics on this subject.

The Plants of the Appalachian Trail: A Hiker’s Guide to 398 Species

A recommended ready reference for hikers, especially for readers planning a trek along the Appalachian Trail. Some plant descriptions, especially toward the beginning of the book, seem to be written for an academic audience, while others are more informal, especially once readers get to the slime molds.

Silenced in the Library: Banned Books in America

A solid reference book for all libraries, useful for librarians, board members, elected officials, and interested citizens.

Decentering Whiteness in Libraries: A Framework for Inclusive Collection Management Practices

Though it’s geared toward youth services librarians, librarians at every level will find this a user-friendly and galvanizing guide to building balanced, inclusive collections that reflect the wide range of cultures, ethnicities, races, genders, and experiences within their communities.

Current Biography Yearbook 2023

An outstanding and invaluable resource that remains the leader in reference options for biographies of living and recently deceased people.

The Chicago Guide for Freelance Editors: How To Take Care of Your Business, Your Clients, and Yourself from Start-Up to Sustainability

A definitive, comprehensive ready reference guide that addresses both personal assessment and practical steps to make a successful entry into the freelance gig industry.

Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook

Companies and their safety employees will appreciate this updated, well-written, authoritative summary of OSHA law and practice.

Copyright: Best Practices for Academic Libraries

An invaluable resource giving librarians the tools to assess copyright issues, risks, and approaches both domestically and internationally.

First Folios Compared | eReview

LJ Talks with Stephen A. Marshall, Author of ‘Hymenoptera: The Natural History and Diversity of Wasps, Bees and Ants’

Native American Tribal Histories: Series 1–4, 1813–1880 | eReview


Family, Friends and Neighbors: Stories of Murder and Betrayal

A good introductory exploration into the minds of killers who defy conventional stereotypes.

The Buddha: Life and Afterlife Between East and West

This fascinating book expertly weaves together a formidable mass of scholarship into an accessible, inviting summary that contextualizes an extensive history of religious encounters within a relatively brief work. It also sheds light on the long and global interconnections of religious ideas and highlights the often ridiculous ways that people have misunderstood and misrepresented one another throughout time.

Principles of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence

An accomplished introduction for all readers that provides a good foundation on the beginnings, development, and future trends of AI and robotics.

Power to the People: Counterculture, Social Movements, and the Alternative Press | eReview

Environmental History: Conservation and Public Policy in America, 1870–1980 | eReview

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Judges and the Judiciary: Exploring America’s Court System | eReview

USGS topoView | eReview


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘AsianWeek’ Database Project | eReview

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bloomsbury Food Library | eReview

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Smithsonian America: The Atlas

Visually rich, with thoughtful and approachable text suitable for teen and adult readers.

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.

The Dream Dictionary: Interpret the Secrets of Your Dreams

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

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.

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.

Gale Digital Scholar Lab | eReview

ProQuest One Psychology | eReview

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LJ Talks Reference with RUSA

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Star Charts | 2023 Starred Reference Reviews

LJ Talks with Holly La Due, Editorial Director at Princeton Architectural Press

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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.

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.

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.

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.

6-Language Visual Dictionary

A boon for visual learners looking to broaden and enhance their foreign-language skills. For all levels and ages.

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.

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


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