Gardening Trends | Collection Development

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In a 2009 study, “Belt Tightening in Bad Times,” the Pew Research Center found that gardening had soared during the recession as Americans economized by growing food, firing groundskeepers, and staying home. Now, urgency over climate change, habitat loss, and struggling species (e.g., bees)—along with concerns over food security and obesity—are enticing newbies and prompting […]

Database Updates | Reference 2017

More than a dozen recent and forthcoming reference databases and online products, organized by category.

Listen & Yearn | Audio Spotlight

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Audiobooks continue their meteoric rise. The Audio Publishers Association’s (APA) annual survey reports that audiobook sales in 2015 totaled more than $1.77 billion, an increase of more than 20 percent over 2014. It was the second consecutive year that audiobook sales have expanded by 20 percent, growth the APA chalks up to increasing awareness of […]

Cases for Faith, Early Christianity, the Reformation, Self-Discovery | Spirituality & Religion Reviews, October 1, 2016

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A balanced and sensitive treatment of suffering; a scholarly look at the birth of Christianity; a source of common ground and common cause; a breath of fresh air on a sorely misappropriated concept; an Emblem of Faith that is first archbishop Thomas Cranmer

Imagined Multiverses | Genre Spotlight: SF/Fantasy

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Rather than base their work on the world as it is, speculative fiction authors are free to imagine any sort of society in our future.

Narrative Arc | Audio Spotlight

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Creating an audiobook is an art form that requires more collaboration and work than many people realize, and the professionals who produce audiobooks often hope you won’t notice their best work. Listening to an audiobook is a small-scale, intimate experience. But putting it all together, from text to publication, involves a lot of personnel, many […]

Serving Self-Publishing | Self-Publishing & Libraries

In my position as Acquisitions manager at the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL), I serve as the main point of contact for self-published authors hoping to be included in our collection. Oftentimes when I speak with them, the conversation turns from the consideration of their book to the challenges of the industry in general. They […]

Best Databases | Best Reference 2015

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Cheryl LaGuardia and Bonnie Swoger round up the best databases

Best Print Reference | Best Reference 2015

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The best print reference resources of 2015

New Database Releases | Reference 2016

Dozens of new and forthcoming databases to consider for your library’s electronic collections, with release dates indicated. Also listed are resources that were released in previous years that are still worth considering.