Saturday, March 31, 2012
Just a few short items that landed on my desk:
--After 133 years, the government of the United States is ceasing publication of Statistical Abstract of the United States. Long a mainstay of libraries' ready reference collections, the 1000 page annual fell victim to a cost-saving program. Bernan Press and Proquest have announced their intention to keep SA alive.
--To apply a library-centric filter to your voting preferences, see the ALA's Legislative Scorecard.
--It's looking like the Minuteman Library Network will not acquire bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey for Overdrive because of its erotic content. Individual libraries are free to use their own funds to buy the ebook version.
--Margaret Atwood on the strike at Toronto Public Library: "People support libraries, but sometimes don't understand that it takes people to make them run. Just as it takes writers to write new books..."
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
It's a great season for Massachusetts genealogists! First we hear that the 1940 Census will be available on April 2. (See the Mar. 12 post)
Then, in the March 20 Globe there was an article about Delene and Jay Holbrook, an Oxford couple that spent 30 years collecting vital records from the dusty basements of town clerks around the state. In all, they accumulated 17 million records dating from 1620 on up. Of course the information itself is public and free, but with the added value of actually collecting it, the Holbrooks were able to sell the whole treasure to Ancestry.com. To do a search, find your favorite founding father, or just have a look, come to the Library to access the Ancestry database. (At the Ancestry home page, look for the menu titled More Collections. Choose Recent, and them Massachusetts Town Vital Collections.) Ancestry will also have the 1940 Census.
Please note that as of March 21, not all data was loaded into the Ancestry database.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
| A Dance with Dragons |
By Martin, George R. R.
2011-07 - Bantam Books
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Dubbed "the American Tolkien" by "TIME" magazine, Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author delivers the fifth book in his landmark series--as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire. …More
| || Rule 34 |
By Stross, Charles
2011-07 - Ace Books
9780441020348 Check Our Catalog
Head of the Rule 34 Squad monitoring the Internet for illegal activities, Detective Inspector Liz Kavanaugh investigates the link between three ex-con spammers who have been murdered. …More
| || Unnatural Issue |
By Lackey, Mercedes
2011-06 - Daw Books
9780756405755 Check Our Catalog
Richard Whitestone is an Elemental Earth Master. Blaming himself for the death of his beloved wife in childbirth, he has sworn never to set eyes on his daughter. But when he finally sees her, a dark plan takes shape in his twisted mind. …More
| || Hammered (the Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Three) |
By Hearne, Kevin
2011-07 - Del Rey Books
9780345522481 Check Our Catalog
"Hammered" is the third title in an original series about Atticus O'Sullivan, the last of the Druids. In this final outing, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson asks Atticus to help take down Thor, the Norse god of thunder. Original. …More
| || The Moon Maze Game |
By Niven, Larry
Author Barnes, Steven
2011-08 - Tor Books
9780765326669 Check Our Catalog
Set in the year 2085, "The Moon Maze Game" tells the story of a deadly live-action role-playing game conducted on the Moon itself. …More
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012