The United States of Autism, A Remastered Pawnbroker, Hergé’s Tintin, Crime Spree Roundup, & More | Video Reviews

United States of Autism

Evert’s United States of Autism gives a sense of togetherness, a welcome step up for The Pawnbroker, Tintin‘s mass appeal, modern jewel thieves Smash & Grab

True Blood, True Detective, Australian Cinema, Doctor Who | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray

All That Heaven Allows

The comedy A Hard Day’s Night, sf Adventure in Space and Time, and dramatic All That Heaven Allows

Cyber-War, Humor from Novak, World War II Drama by Vanderbes, & More | Audiobook Reviews

Cyber-War

Disturbing but important, Cyber-War is recommended to all listeners, Novak’s collection is strong enough to appeal to discriminating fans, Vanderbes authentically renders character-driven stories, and a list of titles from the May 1 issue.

Audiobooks by Byrd, Haig, Manning, & O’Connell | Xpress Reviews

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Romance fans won’t want to miss Byrd, an enjoyable listen from Haig, listeners of historical fiction and those interested in women’s rights will enjoy Manning’s title, O’Connell’s Kate Mallory book is excellently narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

Big Spender

STRATEGIC SELECTORS (L.–r.) Erica Bartik, DVD and music buyer; Wendy Bartlett, adult fiction and ebook buyer; 
Bonnie Easton, adult nonfiction buyer; and Mary Schreiber, children’s book buyer. Not pictured, Melissa Barr, 
alternative formats buyer. Photo by Mike Bullock

Collection development starts with the budget. In Cuyahoga County, OH, that means the library’s executive team, led by Director Sari Feldman, and administrative team, led by Deputy Director Tracy Strobel, sit down and crunch the numbers. Once Wendy Bartlett, collection development manager, gets the resulting figure—some $8.5 million this year—she must divvy it up into all the various subjects, genres, and formats necessary to serve best the library system’s 28 branches and 884,035 cardholders—and maximize circulation of its materials, which reached 20,613,810 in 2012.

Getting Data Right

Among the hottest trends in collection development are tools that help libraries more efficiently crunch their numbers to make data-driven decisions. But while the tools are new, using data to make selections is not. Data-driven decisions have been on the rise in libraries for years. Anna Mickelsen, Springfield City Library, MA, explains why she uses data for collection development: “I use stats to get a look at the bigger picture of the whole library’s collection and how the different parts compare to one another. Collection decisions shouldn’t be made in a vacuum, and statistics are sometimes the only solid information I have to work with.”

Top Foreign & Indie Picks | Fast Scans

Nebraska

All Is Lost for viewers who like realism in their adventures, a visual feast, Mr. Nobody challenges but does not confound, Nebraska is worthy of its multiple Oscar nods, A Perfect Man breaks formulaic dramedies

Muscle Shoals, Hannah Arendt, Drama Therapy, & More | Video Reviews

Hannah Arendt

Muscle Shoals, a significant chapter in popular music history, Hannah Arendt through a limited lens, overcoming challenges with The Frog Princes is recommended for most viewers.

Inside the Autistic Mind, Fiction from Oates, Leadership Autobiog, & More | Audiobook Reviews

Carthage

Listener’s beware, Higashida’s Reason I Jump is emotionally affecting; a quintessential Oates tragedy with an empathetic narration; how Navy lieutenant Redman went from being a self-centered guy to a functioning leader

Audiobooks by Cussler & Frost & Hayder & Kenyon & Lu | Xpress Reviews

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A new Cussler for action fans, fiction fans should enjoy Ford’s latest, Hayder brings back Caffery and Flea, a solid story from Kenyon’s “Dark-Hunter” series, suspense, unexpected twists, and unrequited love from Lu

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