Submitted by effinglibrarian on April 10, 2013 - 11:36am
So I haven't been contributing to LISNews for a long time. Hooray for LISNews.
But the bad news is that I wrote a book. And it's free. Or about a buck, depending on your need to make Amazon richer... I almost wrote reicher, which probably isn't wrong.
Submitted by Walt on April 2, 2013 - 11:57am
The May 2013 issue of Cites & Insights (volume 13, number 5) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info
[If you want a shorter URL, http://cical.info will also work.]
The two-column PDF version is 28 pages long, The 6x9" single-column version, designed and optimized for e-reading, is 60 pages long.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 27, 2013 - 8:19am
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Submitted by Bearkat on February 14, 2013 - 3:56pm
At the risk of raising the ire of more adept catalogers, the last few years it has confounded me that cataloging manuals are so complex, e.g., LC - MARC, AACR2, DDC, etc. Why so much jargon? After all, I'm not defending a dissertation, I'm just wanting to add an item to our catalog in a timely matter. Please just provide me examples of what punctuation is appropriate, what information should go in each field, etc.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 14, 2013 - 9:42am
George Saunders, a former MacArthur Fellow, talks to Jeffrey Brown about his latest collection of stories, "Tenth of December," and his unique voice and approach to capturing contemporary American culture in a compressed, short form.
Books by Saunders:
Submitted by Walt on February 11, 2013 - 11:25am
Cites & Insights 13:3 (March 2013) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ13i3.pdf.
The issue is 32 pages long.
For those reading online or on a tablet or ebook reader, the single-column "online edition" is available at http://citesandinsights.info/civ13i3on.pdf. The single-column (6x9) version is 67 pages long.
Note: If you don't plan to print this issue out, the single-column version may be preferable: Graphs and tables take advantage of the wider single column.
This issue includes the following:
The Front (pp. 1-3)
On the Contrary: Notes on being a contrarian (or a skeptic)
Libraries: Academic Library Circulation: Surprise! (pp. 3-17)
We all know that circulation in (nearly all) academic libraries has been dropping for years, right? What does (nearly all) mean? Would you believe that a majority of U.S. academic libraries reporting circulation in both 2008 and 2010 (excluding clearly anomalous cases) actually had more circulation in 2010 than in 2008? This article looks at changes in circulation (overall and per capita) by type of library (as broken down in NCES reports--by region, sector, and Carnegie classifications), and also shows the difference between overall average, average of institutional averages, and median figures--frequently surprising differences.
Media: 50 Movie Box Office Gold, Part 2 (pp. 17-26)
Seven discs, 28 movies, all color, some I refused to finish watching.
Libraries: Academic Library Circulation, Part 2: 2006-2010 (pp. 26-32)
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In the ballad, told countless times over more than a century, the railroad worker John Henry wins a race against a new steam-powered drill, but the victory is Pyrrhic: he collapses, saying “Give me a cool drink of water before I die.” “Did he win? Did he lose?,” wonders novelist Colson Whitehead. “By the '60s,” remarks Scott Nelson, a professor of history who wrote Steel Drivin’ Man, “John Henry is looked down on, as being an Uncle Tom character. ... The black man who’s always willing to do what the white man wants. There’s a division between brain and brawn.”
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 1, 2013 - 8:38am
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 14, 2013 - 8:19pm
De Arbeiderspers/A W Bruna, the largest publisher in the Netherlands, has removed DRM from its e-books for the first time.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 14, 2013 - 2:51pm
Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight
January 14 selection for the Book Calendar: Digital Apollo
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 5, 2013 - 12:41pm
21st Century Dodos
Book that looks at technologies that have gone extinct.
Coke can ring pulls, telephone boxes, VHS, cassette tapes, village post offices, the test card, hand-written letters, classic TV ads of yesteryear -- all of these and many, many more are bid a fond farewell in this affectionate, but slightly irreverent tribute.