Collection Development


Free Korans Available, says USA Today

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 06/04/2005 - 14:00

Kelly writes "Get a free copy of one of the better translations of the Koran for your library (web url to order it online is explorethequran.orgUSAToday, which is where I saw this mentioned says, "Americans curious to crack the mysteries of Islam are about to delve by the thousands into the challenging text that inspires Arabic calls to prayer, worldwide pilgrimage and jihad: the book known to Muslims as The Holy Koran. Baraa Jaghlit packages up Korans for shipping in Beltsville, Md.

Amazon RSS Feeds of Books and Everything!

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 05/18/2005 - 00:01

Cliff Urr writes "Wow - this is SO cool! Custom make RRS feeds - to be read in your RSS reader - of new items in Amazon's catalog!! According to the wonderful "Lifehacker" web site, "Developer DeWitt Clinton has put together a search of Amazon’s product base with results available in an RSS feed, so you can keep up with item prices and availability right in your newsreader." Check it out here:"

earning pop culture DVDs for your library

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 04/27/2005 - 23:25

deborah writes " Whedonverse is running a raffle to raise money to donate Buffy and Angel DVDs to libraries. "The Whedonverse Multimedia Project is a fan-based organization whose mission is to bring Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel the Series, and Firefly to public libraries and charitable groups that have requested help in adding them to their collection." Hey, my home library is on the short list. Cool."

The Video Game Librarian

Submitted by Ben on Wed, 03/02/2005 - 20:14

John Scalzo worked hard to assemble a collection of video games for an unnamed library and wrote a fantastic article for Gaming Target about the experience. The ground rules were simple: no mature games like Grand Theft Auto and no Simpsons games (d'oh!). Anything else available from the library's approved vendor was, you should pardon the expression, fair game.

Lesbian and Gay Literature Newsletter

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 02/28/2005 - 18:13

There's a new website with information on book choices in the gay and lesbian genres, "Books To Watch Out For", a terrific resource for librarians in collection development. After twenty years of publishing a popular newsletter 'Feminist Bookstore News', author and bookseller Carol Seajay has renewed her efforts to spread the word to the public about interesting reads from smaller and independent publishers on gay's a profile of the project from Poets and Writers .

A Quick Guide To the Academy Awards For Librarians

Submitted by Daniel on Mon, 02/28/2005 - 07:21

William Lamb writes "Last night the 77th Annual Academy Awards gave out the film industry's most coveted prizes in 21 different feature film categories. These categories range from Special Effects to Acting and Writing. Each year librarians check to see which award winners they own, which are available that they do not own and when other award winners will be released on DVD.

A Quick Guide To the Grammy Awards For Librarians

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 02/14/2005 - 22:44

William Lamb writes "Last night the 47th Annual Grammy Awards gave out the music industry's most coveted prizes in 105 different categories. These categories range from Pop Vocals to Polka. Each year librarians comb the awards lists to check their own collection for award winners that library patrons will be seeking. To make that task easier, we've compiled an easy-to-use list of all 68 award winning albums in musical, non-classical categories.