A Veterans Day Conversation on Hobbies: Modelling

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In connection with Veterans Day and this month’s “Collection Development” piece that Ed Burgess (EB) and I (MH) wrote on World War I, we thought we’d chat about our World War I-related hobbies. EB: I’m a modeler.  I admit it freely, without shame.  I don’t have the collector’s obsessive gene that you have, Margaret. MH: […]

Gateway to Enjoying Nature | Collection Development

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Feather your collections with these 37 books and websites to attract established and novice birders and watch circ soar.

Super Crips and Gay Dads: Avoiding Stereotypes in Video Collections | ALA 2013

An ALA program tackled issues of building a responsible film collection that portrays minority communities (native, black, queer, and disabled Americans) in responsible, respectful ways.

Collection Development 2020 | Library Journal’s Day of Dialog

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Ebooks. Self publishing. Platforms, platforms, platforms. It’s hard enough to keep up now; what will collection development librarians’ jobs look like in 2020? At LJ’s Day of Dialog, held May 29 at the McGraw-Hill auditorium in New York City, Christopher Platt, Director, Collections and Circulation Operations, New York Public Library, put that question to a panel of librarians and a publisher.

Conspiracies, Demon Purging, and Cincinnati Fire Kites! | Books for Dudes

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February’s Dude beckons spring with Backyard Ballistics, the return of Biosphere2, a Russian cold case, and new thrillers to read away the remaining days of winter.

200 Years of Pride and Prejudice | Wyatt’s World

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In 200 years, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has evolved as a novel and there’s no knowing how it started or where it will end.

RUSA’s 2013 Most Notable | Wyatt’s World

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Readers’ advisory and collection development librarians of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, list top fiction, nonfiction, reference, and audiobook titles. Winners of The Dartmouth Medal, The Sophie Brody Medal, Listen Lists and Reading Lists.

The Uninvited, The Bookseller, Brain on Fire, and a Few Colorful Lies | Books for Dudes

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It’s December with temps in the 30s; I guess autumn really is over. I had fun extending my triathlon season into October, but all good things must end, including the only book I really sat down with over the past few months, Color Stories by Benjamin Moore (covered below). I relied on my minions to […]

Professional Media Review, September 15, 2012

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Spratford, Becky Siegel. The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror. 2nd ed. ALA. 2012. 184p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780838911129. pap. $48. PRO MEDIA Here is an excellent readers’ advisory book for those unfamiliar with the horror genre as well as those who want to round out their collections. Spratford coauthored the first edition in 2004, and […]

Prior Misconduct: Historical True Crime | Collection Development

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While abhorrent to some, the appeal of historical true crime is not so difficult to imagine: vivid eras are brought to life in these accounts, many of which are assiduously researched, footnoted, and indexed. Furthermore, the story lines offer readers many compensations—the satisfaction of the compulsion to face the worst in human nature; the assurance that justice has been done; and, certainly not least, the chance to empathize with and offer witness to the victims in their hours of need.

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