Boopsie, the developer of custom mobile apps for libraries, is planning to launch Boopsie Analytics in early 2014. Currently in alpha testing stage, the new web-based platform will help the company’s customers analyze data about a number of different patron behaviors, such as how many queries are sent to a database or catalog from the app each day or each week, what services are being accessed most often via the app, or how many titles are being downloaded from OverDrive or other vendor partners using the app, for example.
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From the SF Examiner: In response [to a number of recent incidents, mentioned in full article], last week library officials unveiled increases to both security and custodian staffing as an interim solution and asked the City Controller’s Office to audit both functions, which is expected to lead to more sweeping reform. The library has been [...]
Library Journal/School Library Journal staffers are enjoying YA/new adult titles, historical fiction and nonfiction, and some online comics.
From U. of Missouri: With the passing of Nelson Mandela [last] week, preserving and documenting the many facets of his life will be crucial as future generations learn about his impact and carry his legacy into the future. In the spirit of sharing Mandela’s achievements with future generations, the University of Missouri College of Education [...]
Officially, Library Journal lists five Best Poetry titles in its December issue, along with all the other Bests of the year. But my colleague Annalisa Pesek and I couldn’t stop there. After several rounds of reading and discussion, we found that the following 12 titles sifted out naturally as the works that grabbed our attention [...]
December biographies to enthrall readers
Boyden, Joseph. The Orenda. Knopf. May 2014. 448p. ISBN 9780385350730. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385350747. LITERARY/HISTORICAL FICTION Canadian Boyden has a shelf full of awards for his first two novels, and from what I’ve seen of this arrestingly written new work, soon he’ll have more. When his guides flee the rampaging Iroquois, Jesuit missionary Christophe finds [...]
Appelfeld, Aharon. Suddenly, Love. Schocken. May 2014. 240p. ISBN 9780805242959. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780805243154. LITERARY Gruff and moody Ernst, a 70-year-old Red Army veteran born in Ukraine, has lived in Israel since World War II; he lost his first wife and child to the Germans and his second wife to divorce. He’s tended to by [...]
Aczel, Amir. Why Science Does Not Disprove God. Morrow. Apr. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780062230591. $27.99. SCIENCE/RELIGION Aczel, the award-winning author of Fermat’s Last Theorem and recipient of a doctoral degree in mathematics from Berkeley, profoundly disagrees with the decree by the so-called New Atheists that modern breakthroughs in science prove that there is no God. [...]
The Coffee and Conversations sessions are taking place at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. From the Dallas Morning News: Coffee and Conversations, a one-hour session that caters to homeless people, is the brainchild of Jo Giudice, who became the director of the Dallas Public Library system last year. Giudice’s office is at [...]
From The Tennessean: The library is one of the first in the country to offer publishing services and launches Sunday with a book signing event for its first book – a children’s book written by library staff. “We’re very excited about this,” said Dolores Greenwald, library director. “Libraries are redefining themselves like publishing, like newspapers. [...]
Reviews of The Horses of McBride, David Starkey’s Music & Monarchy, and BAM150, plus a full list of Video reviews from the December 2013 issue.
Fielding reads a brilliant and inventive Baker, Bramhall is flawless with Belfoure’s first novel, Keteyian & Benedict peel back the shiny veneer of major college football, wrenching ethical dilemmas from Fink, Van Gieson’s series starter
I was honored to give one of the keynote addresses at the 2013 Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) conference. There, I met many New Zealand LIS professionals and got a glimpse of how they work. I also became intimately acquainted with the integration of Maori culture into New Zealander LIS professionals’ lives. The Maori are the original citizens of the two islands.
Dillies's first published graphic novel, Petersen's mice both doughty and wise, a conceptually unique Rookie Yearbook Two
A multifaceted view of the dandy, lovers of Anchorman may flock to this work, Chekhov's insights can be tiring, a veteran wine writer divulges more secrets, Correspondence between Sigmund Freud and Anna Freud, Fuchs rambles (sometimes escaping) from Mayan and Mixtec barrios, memoir from Gilden camping in the USSR, poets' Deep Gossip, Prager on how to negotiate a fare on auto rickshaws and taxis, Carter's Swann's Way is an unprecedented and laudable intellectual feat, why van Gogh was repetitious, essential Rebeck plays, Shapiro's perils and pleasures, New York gets a "Big City Food Biography," Auerbach reintroduced, Weegee for all collections
Madison, Wisconsin’s struggling public access TV station, WYOU, has a new lease on life, courtesy Madison Public Library. The station, which has been limping along since a 2010 state law cut its funding, has been welcomed into the new Madison Central Library branch. Library staff and station volunteers described the new partnership as a win-win situation that lets the station eliminate its rent costs and take advantage of the library’s media lab and equipment, while the library gets a batch of potential new volunteers and media teachers with years of experience, and the chance to experiment with serving as an incubator for community-produced media.
UPDATE: More Knowledge Unlatched News Today: Knowledge Unlatched Preserves with the CLOCKSS Archive From the WL: Wellcome Library has signed up to a new open access pilot project, Knowledge Unlatched (KU). KU aims to make a collection of books, covering a wide range of humanities and social science topics, available on open access licenses through [...]
Layered storytelling from Abrams and Dorst, de Giovanni builds on his gloomy but brilliant detectives, Delaney’s grim tale shouts Greek tragedy more than standard mystery fare, a somewhat entertaining debut from Devereaux-Nelson, Forrest's beloved detective Kate Delafield returns, give The Card a shot, savor Rodale's funny, heartfelt, and lovingly crafted romance