Best Databases 2013

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Database reviewer LaGuardia outlines her picks for the best resources of the year, including her favorite rerelease, a great option for the job seekers in your library. For a list of the databases lauded by our readers, see ow.ly/tjtzr.

Best Free Reference 2013

On April 18, 2013, PR Newswire announced that a survey commissioned by the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) found that “more than 90 percent of Americans polled said that free content was important to the value of the Internet, and more than 60 percent said it was extremely important.” This year’s “best sources” continue that “free Internet” tradition.

Best Reference 2013

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Louis Shores, writing in 1939 in the second edition of his Basic Reference Sources, defined a reference book as “any book which is used to refer to for specific information.” Today’s “Best Reference Sources” can be found in reference and circulating collections, online, accessed on your laptop or iPhone, or even carried in your backpack. Here are the best of the year’s output.

Writing What I Know | Behind the Book, March 1, 2014

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Author Chris Pavone discusses the dreaded second novel

Materials Shift | Materials Survey 2014

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As budgets fracture, both book and ebook circ statistics provide insights into what patrons are reading, as our 2014 materials survey illustrates. DVDs are still hot, too.

Oscar-Worthy? | DVD Reviews of 2014 Academy Award Nominees

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Two documentaries vying for Academy Award honors; which one of them be the winner?

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce March Favorites

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Here’s what librarians around the country are reading and loving this month. My pick: Alice LaPlante’s A Circle of Wives, which delves into a spouse’s worst nightmare: finding out that you are an unwitting polygamist. Interested in getting involved? LibraryReads welcomes recommendations from all public library staff members, not just readers’ advisory experts or credentialed […]

Finalists Announced for 19th Annual Audie Awards

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The Audio Publishers Association (APA) today announced the finalists for the 19th annual Audie Awards. The winners will be announced on May 29, 2014 at the Audies Gala in New York. The finalists include an eclectic mix such as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir My Beloved World, narrated by Rita Moreno (Random House Audio/Books […]

Perfect 289s | Books for Dudes

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At first glance, you’d think that the number 289 isn’t anything special. What can it signify? The area code for Southern Ontario? An engine block size? DDC for “Other denominations & sects” under “Christian denominations”? The square of 17? It’s all these things, but it’s so much more. But 289 is indeed a very special […]

Editors’ Spring Picks

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Fascinating histories, romances, crafty how-tos, memoirs, biographies, novels by old favorites and debut authors, and more are among the forthcoming Spring titles LJ editors don’t want you to miss.

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