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E-book Platforms for Libraries
by Mirela Roncevic

E-book vendors continue to experiment: adjustments to business models, consolidation of  content, and mergers with competitors mean constant change. What’s good for innovation can equal confusion when it comes to choosing an e-book platform for your library. Making a sound purchasing decision requires research and close consideration of trade-offs, and Roncevic’s new issue of Library Technology Reports will get you started. Based on surveys of e-book vendors with an established presence in academic, public, and/or K–12  library markets, this report includes

  • Background and business model descriptions for 51 leading e-book vendors
  • Four tables comparing content, technical specifications, functionality, and business  models
  • An at-a-glance overview of platforms, including vendor website URLs
  • Bulleted  checklists of factors to consider, and questions to ask vendors
  • An  examination of the blurring channels of publisher, aggregator, and distributor platforms,  with advice to help you avoid content overlap

The Role of Trade Literature in Sci-tech Libraries
by Ellis Mount

Here is a unique volume on the relationship between sci-tech materials and trade literature, commonly called manufacturers’catalogs. Because very little has been published about the value and nature of trade literature in regard to sci-tech libraries, this volume will be important in informing librarians about a little-known segment of the larger picture of sci-tech information sources, thus adding to the value of their services to their clients.

The Role of Trade Literature in Sci-Tech Libraries addresses the problems of handling sci-tech trade literature in a corporate technical library, a large public library, and a government library devoted to American history. Experts offer practical advice on selecting and organizing trade literature and on managing the growth and extent of a collection of trade literature. They discuss modern literature and older publications, which often have great historical value. Libraries that collect both old and new materials are identified, as are publishers of trade literature. The book also focuses on how a publisher of classic trade literature views its role.

Of interest to any professional in the information science field, this practical volume will be particularly valuable to managers of corporate sci-tech libraries, managers of library collections in Americana, and beginning librarians who are learning about trade literature.

Library Science and Administration: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
by Management Association, Information Resources

Effective administration of libraries is a crucial part of delivering library services to the public. To develop and implement best practices, librarians must be aware and informed of the recent advances in library administration.

Library Science and Administration: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications is a comprehensive reference source for the latest scholarly material on trends, techniques, and management of libraries and examines the benefits and challenges of library administration. Highlighting a range of pertinent topics such as digital libraries, information sciences, and academic libraries, this multi-volume book is ideally designed for academicians, researchers, practitioners, and librarians seeking current research on library science and administration.


Cloud Computing and Virtualization Technologies in Libraries
by Dhamdhere, Sangeeta N.

The emergence of open access, web technology, and e-publishing has slowly transformed modern libraries into digital libraries. With this variety of technologies utilized, cloud computing and virtual technology has become an advantage for libraries to provide a single efficient system that saves money and time.

Cloud Computing and Virtualization Technologies in Libraries highlights the concerns and limitations that need addressed in order to optimize the benefits of cloud computing to the virtualization of libraries. Focusing on the latest innovations and technological advancements, this book is essential for professionals, students, and researchers interested in cloud library management and development in different types of information environments.


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
by David Shafer

David Shafer”s acclaimed Whiskey Tango Foxtrot– A brilliant, visionary and deeply human cyber-thriller
Deep in the forest near Burma”s border with China, a young woman sees something she wasn”t supposed to see.
In Portland, Oregon, a troubled young man crashes his bicycle on his way to work – and then gets fired.
In New York, a famous self-help author goes on daytime TV – and suddenly conceives ”a book that would take him beyond talk shows”.
What connects these three people – though they don”t know it yet – is that they have come to the attention of the Committee, a global cabal that seeks to privatize all information. And each of them will, in their different ways, come to take part in the secret resistance struggle spearheaded by a scarily clever hacktivist collective – a struggle built on radical politics, classic spycraft and eye-popping technology. Along the way, they are forced to confront their own demons, reconsider their values, and contemplate the meaning of love, family, friendship and community. Whiskey Tango Foxtrotis at once a page-turning thriller, a deeply absorbing psychological novel, and a visionary exploration of the possibilities and hazards of our online lives.
”A paranoid, sarcastic and clattering pop thriller that reads as if it were torn from the damp pages of Glenn Greenwald”s fever journal … Reading Shafer”s prose is like popping a variant of the red pill in The Matrix– everything gets a little crisper” New York Times
Genius techno–thriller la Neal Stephenson, powered by social-media info-conspiracy la Dave Eggers” Time
A stylish, absorbing, sharply modern hybrid of techno-thriller and psychodrama that bristles with wit and intellect” Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements”A fine example of what happens when big, brainy ideas are successfully mated with good old-fashioned plot thrust … The next time the Fiction is Dead brigade demand to know why novels deserve a place in popular culture, the constant reader might well cite this book as Exhibit A for the defence” Irish Times
”Exciting, funny, moving and thought-provoking” Irish Independent
%%%Deep in the forest near Burma”s border with China, a young woman sees something she wasn”t supposed to see.

In Portland, Oregon, a troubled young man crashes his bicycle on his way to work – and then gets fired.

In New York, a famous self-help author goes on daytime TV – and suddenly conceives ”a book that would take him beyond talk shows”.

What connects these three people – though they don”t know it yet – is that they have come to the attention of the Committee, a global cabal that seeks to privatize all information. And each of them will, in their different ways, come to take part in the secret resistance struggle spearheaded by a scarily clever hacktivist collective – a struggle built on radical politics, classic spycraft and eye-popping technology.

Along the way, they are forced to confront their own demons, reconsider their values, and contemplate the meaning of love, family, friendship and community. Whiskey Tango Foxtrotis at once a page-turning thriller, a deeply absorbing psychological novel, and a visionary exploration of the possibilities and hazards of our online lives.
%%%Deep in the forest near Burma”s border with China, a young woman sees something she wasn”t supposed to see.
In Portland, Oregon, a troubled young man crashes his bicycle on his way to work – and then gets fired.
In New York, a famous self-help author goes on daytime TV – and suddenly conceives ”a book that would take him beyond talk shows”.
What connects these three people – though they don”t know it yet – is that they have come to the attention of the Committee, a global cabal that seeks to privatize all information. And each of them will, in their diff


Libraries Beyond Their Institutions
by Rita Pellen, William Miller

Discover collaborative possibilities for your library beyond mere memberships in bibliographic utilities

Libraries Beyond Their Institutions: Partnerships That Work illustrates the remarkable range of cooperative activities in which libraries are engaged in order to provide the best possible service. Increasingly, librarians recognize the need to link their institutions to the world around them as part of their obligation to enhance the integration of digital information, not only for students in academic settings, but also throughout all levels of society. An excellent companion and complement to Libraries Within Their Institutions: Creative Collaborations (Haworth) from the same editors, this unique book examines the variety of ways librarians work with community organizations, government agencies, professional organizations, minority communities, and city governments in their efforts to serve not just students in academic settings, but all of society.

Libraries Beyond Their Institutions: Partnerships That Work reflects the growing understanding of the key role played by libraries in the development of civil society. This unique book examines the variety of possibilities for collaborations outside institutions, including the ways librarians function in a variety of other campus settings, such as writing centers, teaching excellence centers, and academic departments in support of teaching, learning, and research; partnerships with graduate school, and information resources management to preserve theses and dissertations electronically; promoting civic partnerships; initiating a campus-wide information literacy resource; and partnering with government agencies to form a data literacy program.

Libraries Beyond Their Institutions: Partnerships That Work provides practical information on:

  • collaborative training programs to develop baseline competencies in academic libraries to support data services
  • the Chicano/Latino Network and the Community Digital Initiative
  • developing an international presence through digital resource sharing
  • successful models of statewide library consortia
  • technology-based partnerships
  • promoting K-20 information literacy
  • collaborations between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and patent and trademark depository libraries (PTDL)
  • the development of AgEcon Search, an alternative method of delivering research results

Libraries Beyond Their Institutions: Partnerships That Work is an invaluable resource for librarians working in academic, school, special, and public settings, and for library science faculty and students.


The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014

Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love – and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph – a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.


The Japanese Lover
by Isabel Allende

From New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende, “a magical and sweeping” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) love story and multigenerational epic that stretches from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during World War II.

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family—like thousands of other Japanese Americans—are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world.

Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to come to terms with her own troubled past, meets the elderly woman and her grandson, Seth, at San Francisco’s charmingly eccentric Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, eventually learning about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years.

Sweeping through time and spanning generations and continents, The Japanese Lover is written with the same keen understanding of her characters that Isabel Allende has been known for since her landmark first novel The House of the Spirits. The Japanese Lover is a moving tribute to the constancy of the human heart in a world of unceasing change.



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