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Dreamers and deceivers : true stories of the heroes and villains who made Americ

New At the Library - 45 min 27 sec ago

    ISBN: 9781476787152
    Author: Beck, Glenn


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Coffee grounds and potato peeling pancakes : the garbage we ate to live /

New At the Library - 45 min 27 sec ago

    ISBN: 9781481760492
    Author: Bigelow, Helen O.


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A Debut Novel for Lovers of (or Newbies to) the Greek Classics

Natalie Haynes’s debut novel is a fascinating mix of Haynes’s diverse interests and talents. A stand-up comedian, television panelist, journalist, and author of a nonfiction book on the Greek classics, Haynes brings all these sources to bear in creating a complex and satisfying narrative. As our reviewer notes, the novel is structured, as a traditional Greek play, into five acts, and offers both perspectives on the teaching of Greek classics: that of the teacher, and that of the student. I haven’t had a chance to read The Furies yet (published in Haynes’s native Britain as Amber Fury), but this review has definitely piqued my interest.

HAYNES, Natalie. The Furies. 304p. St. Martin’s Press. Aug. 2014. Tr $25.99. ISBN  9781250048004. LC 2014016596.

Drawing upon the subject matter from her first nonfiction book, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life (Overlook, 2011), Haynes creates a page-turning portrait of grief set in the modern day. After experiencing a personal trauma when her fiancé is murdered, Alex drastically alters her life by leaving her job as a play director in London and moving to Edinburgh to teach troubled teens drama therapy. Using the Greek classics as course material, the group discusses themes of violence, revenge, and retribution, all issues that parallel the teens’ real lives. An enigmatic element is added to the narrative when diary entries and letters from one of Alex’s students are interspersed with her account, and readers get a dual perspective of what is being taught and what is actually absorbed by the student. Organized into five acts, the flashback structure adds mystery and intrigue to the story, though the tragic ending comes as no surprise. While the five students in Alex’s class often make rash, unwise decisions, teens will relate to the social predicaments they must navigate. This will be especially popular with teens that have difficulty regulating their emotions. As a good introduction for students unfamiliar with the Greek classics, teachers will also appreciate the curriculum connection.—Carrie Shaurette, Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ

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Pines and Plains Libraries goes live on CLiC AspenCat LibLime Koha Union Catalog

Library Technology Reports - 3 hours 46 min ago
(November 20, 2014). The Pines and Plains Libraries, formerly known as the Elbert County Library District is now live on the AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. With the addition of Pines and Plains Libraries, CLiC AspenCat union catalog now has nearly 600,000 bibliographic records and over one million items.
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Arabic e-books from Al Manhal to be available for purchase via the EBSCO eBooks platform

Library Technology Reports - 3 hours 46 min ago
(November 20, 2014). EBSCO Information Services and Al Manhal have extended their partnership to add Al Manhal's diverse collection of e-books to EBSCO's collection. Al Manhal's extensive e-book collection will now be distributed worldwide via the EBSCO eBooks platform. A considerable expansion of Al Manhal's global reach, this new step will put its content onto the digital shelves of nearly all libraries worldwide. The announcement represents a major extension of the companies' partnership and will increase EBSCO's offering while greatly expanding global discovery of Al Manhal content.
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Backstage launches new Cataloging Preparation Service

Library Technology Reports - 6 hours 46 min ago
(November 20, 2014). Librarians seeking a cost-effective method of preparing materials for Backstage cataloging have a new service at their disposal. Backstage's metadata and on-site services groups have joined forces to develop a program that provides on-site preparation of items for cataloging and, if desired, physical processing. The new service allows Backstage to send support staff into the library to prepare materials for cataloging in the most expeditious, cost-effective manner possible. Items can also be packed for transport to Backstage for physical processing. Technicians follow the library's material handling policies as outlined in a project profile. With Backstage's new cataloging preparation service, library staff are freed from hands-on involvement, allowing them more time for library activities and meeting the needs of their patrons.
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ProQuest creates the first complete, digital trove of executive orders and presidential proclamations

Library Technology Reports - 6 hours 46 min ago
(November 20, 2014). ProQuest is enabling researchers to access a critical missing piece for understanding historic events with a first-ever complete, digital collection of Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations. When complete, the collection will encompass more than 79,000 executive orders, proclamations, directives and policy statements by American presidents from Washington to Obama, bringing together disparate content and making it easy to discover and work with. ProQuest Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations is part of and can be searched along with ProQuest's renowned and growing collection of U.S. government content, assembled within a technology architecture that improves research outcomes.
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Innovative News: 25 libraries go live on the Polaris ILS and the Sierra Library Services Platform in six-week period

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-11-20 17:37
(November 19, 2014). Innovative announced today that 25 libraries have gone live with the Polaris ILS or the Sierra Library Services Platform in a recent six-week period. This group of academic and public libraries span Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Scandinavia.
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The wolf in winter /

New At the Library - Thu, 2014-11-20 08:36

    ISBN: 9781476703206
    Author: Connolly, John, 1968-


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Auto-Graphics' SHAREit selected to provide the next interlibrary loan platform for Access PA

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2014-11-20 02:32
(November 14, 2014). Auto-Graphics' SHAREit has been selected to provide the next Interlibrary loan platform for Access PA, one of the largest ILL implementations in North America that serves over 2600 public, school, academic, and special libraries across Pennsylvania. After a comprehensive RFP process, Auto-Graphics' SHAREit was selected because it meets the needs indicated to HSLC by the Pennsylvania library community at trainings, forums, conference events, and through the many years of providing technical support. In upgrading to the SHAREit ILL platform, HSLC's objectives for Access PA will be met by providing a more modern and feature-rich interface for end users with greater search functionality, a flexible and efficient ILL system, and a more accurate and authoritative database that will enhance statewide ILL services.
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BLUEcloud Cataloging now available for SirsiDynix Customers

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-11-19 11:30
(November 17, 2014). SirsiDynix announced today that BLUEcloud Cataloging is now available. Designed to easily accommodate new media and technology, BLUEcloud Cataloging increases staff efficiency and expedites the process of enhancing bibliographic data.
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EBSCO/PEMSoft Presents National Award to Dr. Charles Macias

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-11-19 11:30
(November 17, 2014). Charles Macias MD, MPH, FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics of Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital, has won the first EBSCO/PEMSoft award for “Outstanding Technological Innovations in Pediatric Emergency Care.” Dr. Ron Dieckmann, PEMSoft Chief Medical Officer, presented Dr. Macias with the award during the proceedings of the American Academy of Pediatrics in San Diego.
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Prince Lestat /

New At the Library - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:30

    ISBN: 9780307962522
    Author: Rice, Anne, 1941-


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Pegasus : a novel /

New At the Library - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:30

    ISBN: 9780345530998
    Author: Steel, Danielle


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Cataloging Board Games

LITA Blog - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:00

Since September, I have been immersed in the world of games and learning.  I co-wrote a successful grant application to create a library-based Center for Games and Learning.

The project is being  funded through a Sparks Ignition! Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

One of our first challenges has been to decide how to catalog the games.  I located this presentation on SlideShare.  We have decided to catalog the games as Three Dimensional Objects (Artifact) and use the following MARC fields:

  • MARC 245  Title Statement
  • MARC 260  Publication, Distribution, Etc.
  • MARC 300  Physical Description
  • MARC 500  General Note
  • MARC 508  Creation/Production Credits
  • MARC 520  Summary, Etc.
  • MARC 521  Target Audience
  • MARC 650  Topical Term
  • MARC 655  Index Term—Genre/Form

There are many other fields that we could use, but we decided to keep it as simple as possible.  We decided not to interfile the games and instead, create a separate collection for the Center for Games and Learning.  Due to this, we will not be assigning a Library of Congress Classification to them, but will instead by shelving the games in alphabetical order.  We also created a material type of “board games.”

For the Center for Games and Learning we are also working on a website that will be live in the next few months.  The project is still in its infancy and I will be sharing more about this project in upcoming blog posts.

Do any LITA blog readers have board games in your libraries? If, so what MARC fields do you use to catalog the games?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Debut Novel by Indie Rock Darling John Darnielle

As a (and often the only) member of the indie rock band The Mountain Goats, John Darnielle is responsible for some of the most literate music of the 2000s and early 2010s. This year he turned to the in-no-way-guaranteed-to-succeed extension of that literate nature: a novel. But succeed it does, and I’m not the only one to think so: Wolf in White Van was long-listed for the National Book Award for Fiction. I can’t say I’ve read the rest of NBA’s longlist, but if Darnielle’s book is indicative of their quality, then I’ll have to get to them quickly.

This is a truly remarkable novel, which I’ve decided not to give a starred review to only because I think the teen audience will be fairly limited. Some teens (and some adults, for that matter) will be turned off by the elusive nature of the narrative, as Darnielle keeps pulling away from revealing key facts. And others by the slim plot. But those who stick with it will be greatly rewarded by a tremendous piece of prose, and a very thoughtful exploration of deep themes about violence, responsibility, and the nature of reality. Do yourself a favor and read this book. And while you’re at it, pick up some of Darnielle’s music.

DARNIELLE, John. Wolf in White Van. 207p. Farrar. Sept. 2014. Tr $24. ISBN  9781250048004. LC 2014015427.

Darnielle’s preposterously assured debut novel winds its plot around two tragic incidents. The first, copiously hinted at but not revealed till more than halfway through the novel, results directly in the permanent facial mutilation of the narrator, Sean, at age 17; and indirectly in Sean’s creation of a mail-order role playing game called Trace Italian, designed in part to help him escape from the real world. The second tragedy involves two teen players of Trace Italian taking the game too far into reality, leading to the death of one of the players. The ironic bookends of these two events might seem too programmatic if not for Darnielle’s deft handling of nonlinear storytelling. Sean’s narration is structured around free-associative flashbacks to before and after each tragedy, as well as meditations on Trace Italian, including snippets of gameplay—Sean’s game instructions and the moves of various players. The plot as such is fairly scanty, but the protagonist’s meditations on the events in his life vibrate with intensity and inner depth. And though Sean is an adult in the story’s present day, Darnielle’s psychologically complex portrayal of Sean’s childhood and adolescence, along with the intriguing glimpses at the game, should be more than enough to bring mature teens to this masterful novel.—Mark Flowers, John F. Kennedy Library, Vallejo, CA

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Ex Libris releases Version 9.1 of Voyager

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2014-11-19 05:30
(November 19, 2014). Ex Libris announced the release of version 9.1 of the Voyager® integrated library system (ILS). Deployed by over 1300 institutions around the world, Voyager now provides faster, more efficient processes for librarians that will enable them to dedicate more of their time to user needs.
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Cengage Learning names New Chief Financial Officer

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2014-11-18 17:29
(November 18, 2014). John Leahy has been appointed Chief Financial Officer for Cengage Learning, a leading global education company, to lead the Company's financial management team. Based in Boston, John will lead all financial activity for Cengage Learning and will report to the Chief Executive Officer Michael Hansen as part of the Executive Team, effective December 1st.
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AMPress, Diversion Publishing and Inkshares join Ingram Publisher Services

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2014-11-18 17:29
(November 17, 2014). Ingram Publisher Services, an Ingram Content Group company, announced the addition of publishers AMPress, Diversion Publishing and Inkshares to its growing list of clients.
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