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Today in History: Oprah Launches Book Club 

How did obscure titles become popular bestsellers? Does it take a big media personality to encourage readers to pick up books? Apart from intellectual, are book clubs meant to be therapeutic and self-improving? What makes for good reading and what should we get out of it? On September 17th 1996 American talk show host Oprah …

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Exhibit: The 2018 Library Performance Revue 

You might connect to old school days, remembering science fairs, art and music expos, or other special events commemorating the best of student work.... perhaps it was the second grade watercolor with prized black and white Heffer munching on dandelions; fourth grade robot constructed of painted cardboard and Christmas lights; eighth grade tri-fold on the safety of drinking water; or eleventh …

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Today in History: First Newbery Medal 

So fondly I remember bedtime readings when even our Siamese kitten curled himself like a sausage among the stuffed animals and purred away contentedly. Yes, even Generation Z kids grow up holding hard copy books in their hands -- testament to the pure aesthetics of reading. Cluster around an award winner, turn the pages, and there's no doubt that a …

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Today in History: Obama Publishes Dreams from My Father 

Did you know that Barack Obama, son of a black African father, and white American mother -- and 44th president of the United States -- originally published Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance on July 18, 1995? A memoir that became a number one bestseller when it was reissued in 2004, …

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Today in History: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Is Published 

Why were magazines and newspapers so instrumental in the publication of detective stories? Does the book format elevate popular reading? What educational methods can we adapt from sleuthing? How does our work in libraries fit in? Ever consider the relevance of Sherlock Holmes on Halloween? Care to investigate the paranormal at Teachers College? On October 31, …

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The Library as Publisher? 

James LaRue, director of the Douglas County Libraries, recently wrote an essay for the American Libraries Magazine suggesting that libraries should expand their services to book publishing. His argument is that, in our shifting digital landscape, libraries are in the perfect position to serve as content creators in addition to being content collectors. The library …

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Reading E-Books: A Contemplative Guide 

Yesterday, I finished Nicole Krauss's beautiful novel Great House, a compactly written, deeply poignant book that follows the lives of a handful of characters influenced by a huge and majestic writing desk, which had been stolen from a Jewish family's vacant house during the holocaust. Whenever I read Krauss's writing, I am struck with the …

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Open Library of Humanities Launches 

The open access movement just got one tick stronger. The Open Library of Humanities (OLH), an initiative aiming provide support for openly accessible humanities scholarship, was launched just a little over a week ago. Founded by Dr. Martin Paul Eve and Dr. Caroline Edwards, both professors of contemporary English literature at the University of Lincoln (UK), …

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Just Saying No to For-Profit Academic Publishers 

The scholarly communication system is full of tension these days: libraries stretch budgets to meet the hugely increasing cost of journal subscriptions, academic publishers insist upon the added value of their product opposed to open-access models, and researchers feel pressure to publish in more prestigious, high-impact (and often more costly) journals to meet tenure and …

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Mashing Up: Monday Work Groups 

We don’t serve mashed potatoes at high noon, but freshly baked cookies, coffee, and tea aren’t too bad an alternative. They sweeten the taste for technology – on a day when we sift through piles of weekend e-mail, as we look hungrily to the week ahead. On the second Monday of each month, experts from …

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Book Expo America (BEA) 

What do Russia, Ice T, Roger Ebert and digital publishing in Italy have in common? You guessed it! They're all at this year's Book Expo America (BEA) conference at the Jacob Javitz Center in NYC. BEA is the book world's annual conference where industry professionals gather to network, learn about trends, hear from authors and …

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YAY-CRL! 

College & Research Libraries, the journal of the Association of College & Research Libraries has recently dropped its 6-month holding period for new articles and become completely open access. In a nod to the high costs of journal subscriptions in academic libraries and changing mores of scholarly publications …

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Who’s reviewing who?: Gender and book reviews in the popular press 

Sociological Images has long been one of my favorite blogs, and I thought that this recent post, "The Gender Gap in Book Reviewing," might be of interest to Learning at the Library readers. Charts provided in the post (which were taken from another blog, with additional similar graphs) show that book reviews written by …

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Holiday Data Snapshot 

I was browsing our site analytics today and I thought it'd be fun to share a little snippet of data. Here is a table with information on pageviews over the past month (12/14/2010 to 1/13/2011), by author: Analysis Now, our Pressible publishing project isn't a contest, but... it's kind of fun to see how different …

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Practitioner Research – The Workplace Scholar 

As you may recall, I spent last week working myself into a tizzy over my first public-speaking engagement. I desperately tried to hone my skills, mostly using public-speaking podcasts as my training mechanism. Friday night, I flew out to Milwaukee to present the following morning at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Information Studies Student …

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What’s new on the 2nd floor? 

This summer things have been a-changing on the second floor of the Gottesman Library. People have walked by and asked "What's that thing in the middle of the floor space?" To the existing Digital Depot, we have added the Publishing Bar. The title says it all - it is the opportunity and space for students, …

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Expert Advice on Publishing Online  ☆

Ms. Kay Cassell, Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information, offered invaluable advice on how to find a topic; develop it into a publishable paper; and get it published. Certainly a fine presentation well geared towards students in the social sciences who are over the hump of finals and eager to spend …

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