Best Sellers: Reference, November 2014

From the Guinness World Records 2015 to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Reality Shock!

Q&A: Thomas Leitch | Reference 2015

Thomas Leitch’s Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority, and Liberal Education in the Digital Age (Johns Hopkins, 2014; see review, LJ 11/1/14, p. 91) examines ideas surrounding accuracy and authority in the academy today and challenges what readers think they know about Wikipedia, its contributors, and its users. Via email, Leitch recently answered some questions about his new title.

Short-Term Loan, Long-Term | Reference 2015

Not for the first time, librarians and publishers are confronting what can feel like an impasse. The system of short-term loan (STL) of e-monographs, which was conceived as a form of digital interlibrary loan (ILL), is seen by many libraries as the only way they can afford to provide such materials and by many publishers as the beginning of the end of their business.

Researchers’ Advisory | Reference 2015 How-To

Librarians and library users have a variety of ­resources to turn to for their information needs: Internet search engines such as Google, common or institutional knowledge, the physical collection, and electronic databases. For public libraries, the term database describes a searchable collection of electronic records to which a library subscribes. It may also be used more generally to describe other electronic or Internet-based resources the library pays for, such as language learning or résumé-building sites. Access to and successful use of these resources is rarely intuitive and often frustrating for library patrons, who may be unaware of their existence until the moment of need.

New Releases | Reference 2015

These new electronic resources will be released between September, 2014 and December, 2015.

Best Databases 2014

This year’s best database roundup, as nominated by LJ’s readers, includes an intriguing mix of the tried-and-true as well as upstarts on their way to finding a place in all librarians’ toolkits. The members of our profession have always welcomed fresh ways of finding information and helping patrons, and the resources listed below offer useful, absorbing, and in some cases attractive avenues to explore along with some new ways to assist.

American Consumer Culture: Market Research and American Business, 1935–1965; Global Plants | Reference eReviews

A database of documents that are intended to “collect, preserve, and interpret the unfolding history of American enterprise.” A digital library of plant specimens from around the world.

Bibles for Bonsai, Spice and Herbs; Moderate Islam, Plus Short Takes | Reference Reviews

A high-level overview of what one needs to know to choose and grow a bonsai with success, a beautiful volume that covers herbs and spices with a personal touch, a valuable resource on Native American history, a moderate view of Islam.

A Doctor’s Notebook: Exploring the Medical World | The Reader’s Shelf

The allure of stories about doctors—and medical professionals in general—is not limited to ER, House, and The Knick, as these six works of fiction and nonfiction prove.

Lives of Archaeologists, Cocktail Technique, Hurricane Sandy, Natural Beauty | Science & Technology Reviews

Johnson peels back the super­ficial glamour surrounding archaeology, straightforward directions on cocktail technique, the social side of human behavior, days before and during Superstorm Sandy, natural options for beauty products.