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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

FYI: Ebooks' future, Architecture 2009, Best Books

Ann Arbor News Archive Donated to District Library

December 22, 2009


Ann Arbor News Archive Donated to District Library
The Herald Company, which owns the rights to the recently deceased Ann Arbor News, has donated the 174-year-old publication's archive to the Ann Arbor District Library. While the library will be able to digitize the newspaper's more than one million objects, the Herald Company retains the rights to digitize its full run. » » »

Summit Forecasts Ebooks' Future
At the MediaBistro/Publishers Weekly-hosted eBook Summit, a cadre of more than 35 speakers including authors, consultants, and librarians predicted the future of electronic text. The new generation of e-readers and the proliferation of platforms and smartphones have advanced ebooks greatly, but experts say it's still too early to tell if adoption will accelerate, although libraries should prepare. » » »

Josephine County Libraries Reopen
Oregon's Josephine County has reopened all its shuttered libraries at reduced hours. The system shut down in May of 2007 after federal monies dried up. The library has raised $277,000, which is a short-term fix, and is working on a strategy to keep the facilities running permanently. » » »

Editorial: A Time To Build
Library construction can be a tonic for the ailing economy and budget shortfalls. Projects would create jobs and help restock public coffers bled by declining payroll taxes. Canada has made libraries a priority in its stimulus plans and some major U.S. cities have followed that lead, but more need to join in. » » »


ShelfRenewal by Karen Kleckner
Dusty Book: Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins
The charming poetry of past U.S. poet... Read On »

E-Views by Cheryl LaGuardia
ProQuest Digital Microfilm: Try it here for free!
ProQuest Digital Microfilm™ is an online product designed to provide remote, ... Read On »

Bubble Room by Alison Circle
Hate Your Brand Book? Do You Have One
Wanted to share this opportunity with you. I love reading Katya's Non-Profit... Read On »

Wyatt's World

Kirkus Last Issue: Stars

  • Summertime by J. M. Coetzee (Viking)
  • Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde (Viking)
  • Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler (HarperCollins)
  • Valley of Death by Ted Morgan (Random)
  • Ruby's Spoon by Anna Lawrence Pietroni (Spiegel & Grau)
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Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women.

color. 84 min. Nancy Porter, Nancy Porter Prods. & Thirteen/WNET, dist. by Nancy Porter Prods., 781-652-8755; www.louisamayalcott.net. 2010. DVD home video $29.95; public libraries $69.95; acad. libs. $225. lit

Obie winner Elizabeth Marvel takes the role of Louisa May Alcott (1832–88) in this wonderful portrait, a PBS American Masters program scheduled for a December 28 broadcast. By combining interviews, dramatic vignettes, and animation, producer/director Porter and producer/writer Harriet Reisen, whose research was the basis for the film script as well as her recent Alcott biography (LJ 9/1/09), recount the story of this complex woman. The tremendously prolific Alcott grew up in an intellectually stimulating environment, wrote poetry and short stories, plus thrillers to "escape a genteel cage," and started her juvenile fiction career because it paid well. Viewers will be inspired to reread the Alcott works after seeing this engrossing program. An excellent choice for public, school, and academic libraries and fans of the classics. » » »

—Joan Greenberg, Warminster, PA


The Constant Library
Our annual architecture issue highlights 210 academic and public construction projects for 2009. There are separate sections for new buildings and renovations as well as listings for architects and a six-year cost summary, plus tons of gorgeous pix! » » »

Best Books 2009
LJ editors offer their cream of the 2009 publishing crop. The list covers 31 fiction and nonfiction titles plus a plethora of hot how-to's and genre giants of the year. » » »

Corner Office: Oxford's Casper Grathwohl
Reference Editor Mirela Roncevic chats with Casper Grathwohl, Oxford University Press's VP and publisher of reference, who dishes on coping with the economy, the "p" vs "e" struggle, the shrinking publishing horizon, and the forthcoming Oxford Bibliographies Online. » » »

We've saved the best for last, and the year-end edition of our book heads newsletter offers the Best Audiobooks and the Best DVDs of 2009, plus Prepub Exploded, Street Lit, Parenting Short Takes, Booze-Infused Graphic Novels, and much more. » » »

Best Sellers

1. The Lost Symbol. Dan Brown
2. Alex Cross's Trial. James Patterson & Richard DiLallo
3.The Time Traveler's Wife. Audrey Niffenegger
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1. True Compass. Edward M. Kennedy
2. Outliers: The Story of Success. Malcolm Gladwell
3. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. Steve Harvey
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Job of the Week

Library Director
The Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library seeks an enthusiastic, innovative Library Director to work with the Board of Trustees, community, and staff to continue to provide the County with outstanding library service. Library staff of 36 FTEs, FY 09-10 budget of $1.8 million, serving a population of 157,000. View More

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