Saturday, May 30, 2009

Even more summer reading lists

On The Hunt For Fabulous Fiction via NPR Topics: Authors on 5/26/09

Being NPR, they've found books that are beyond the "Beach Read" usuals.
Summer Books 2009: The Complete Printable List

Book roundup: Fiction via Books - Top Stories on 5/28/09

Book roundup: Mysteries/thrillers via Books - Top Stories on 5/22/09

Amazon’s Summer Reading’s Top 5 2009 Summer Reading Picks for Guys
Bill O’Reilly’s 2009 Summer Reading List
Charlie Gibson’s Summer Reading List
Cleveland Plain Dealer Summer Books Paperbacks for Sizzling, Mesmerizing Reading
Daily Beast’s 13 Hottest Summer Reads
Dallas Morning News Summer Reading Season
New York Magazine’s What to Read This Summer: Reality Rules
Newsday Ten Books for Summer Reading

Collection Alert! Books to Movies

Books on Screen
Dean Koontz - The Husband Sherlock Holmes, and here, starring Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams
George Orwell - Catalonia, starring Colin Firth and Kevin Spacey
Martin Booth - A Very Private Gentleman, starring George Clooney
Jody Picoult - My Sister’s Keeper
Film of Mordecai Richler’s Last Novel to Star Dustin Hoffman
Colette’s Cheri Stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Keira Knightley
Public Enemies Stars Johnny Depp - John Dillinger movie based on Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI 1933-34 by Bryan Burrough

Thanks to

RA Run Down via The Reader's Advisor Online Blog by Cindy Orr on 5/26/09

Awful Library Books!

We here at Libraryland Roundup understand the agony of weeding. The angst. Sturm und Drang, if you will.

As a reminder to get out there and weed, RA Run Down via The Reader's Advisor Online Blog by Cindy Orr on 5/26/09 has pointed us to Awful Library Books.
While aimed at the librarian, is also comprehensible to most laypeople. Michigan librarians Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner meticulously search out items on actual library shelves. Items that should have been "deaccessioned" long ago. As good librarians, Kelly and Hibner give us a partial citation and their reasons for suggesting an item be weeded from a library's collection.
We here at Libraryland Roundup implore you: DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!

Introducing Cellular Communications: The New Mobile Telephone System
Stan Prentiss

"You knew this was coming, didn’t you? Don’t you love the picture on the cover?
Anyone looking for a book about how to use their new iPhone or how to send text messages is going to be very, very disappointed in this. There is no mention of voice mail either."

Keywords and Graphs

Many of you are familiar with Lolcats. On the same site you will find Graph Jam!
Is it as good as excel or other products out there? No.

Is it easy to post graphs? Yes

Are there some pretty silly graphs on there? Yes, dey makes me LOL!
So here is a graph showing what keywords were used 5/1/09-5/29/09 to find articles here at Libraryland Roundup.
And since I brought it up, here is a bonus Lolcat:

Monday, May 18, 2009

Stephen King's Summer Reading List

(title unknown) via The Reader's Advisor Online Blog by Cindy Orr on 5/17/09:
Stephen King recommends seven great reads for summer

Memoirs continue to be popular

Even with the recent spate of faux memoirs plaguing the industry, memoirs continue to be popular with readers. Eat, Pray, Love and Three Cups of Tea are most popular at the moment.

Other titles:
Ammon Shea's Reading the OE
Jasper Rees' A Devil to Play
A.J. Jacobs' The Year of Living Biblically
Beth Lisick's Helping Me Help Myself
Cathy Alter's Give It Up!
Sam MacDonald's The Urban Hermit
Norah Vincent's Voluntary Madness

A Year in the Life: A Booming Memoir Subgenre
via Library Journal - Collection Development on 5/14/09

Reader's Advisory Resources

Published last October, we here at Librarland Roundup finally stumbled upon Mary K Chelton's most excellent list of reader's advisory resources. Like any good bibliography in the electronic age, some of the links are already out of date.

But c'mon peeps! It's Mary K. Chelton! What's not to love?

Reader's Advisory Tools for Adult Readers: A Five Year Retrospective
via WebJunction - Readers Advisory by Mary K. Chelton, Professor - Queen's College, Flushing, NY on 10/27/08

Managing Social Media

If you use email, facebook, online forums, twitter, or other electronic media to keep up with professional issues, you are using social media.

Social media can take up a lot of time. Whether you use it professionally or strictly on your own time, here are some tips from iLibrarian:

How To Simplify Your Social Media Routine
Leo Babauta, author of Top 25 blog Zen Habits and best-selling book, The Power of Less, blogs for Mashable with tips for How To Simplify Your Social Media Routine. The article provides a six-step guide to keeping up by doing less.

Step 1. Use simple tools to make the most of social media
Step 2. Focus on sending out high impact messages
Step 3. Let go of the need to read everything. Learn to scan
Step 4. Figure out which social media give you the most value, and simplify
Step 5. Form close relationships with people who give you the most value, not everyone
Step 6. Manage your time wisely

Monday, May 11, 2009

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Summer Reads

Libraryland Roundup still isn't quite sure of the definition of what a "Beach Read" is, but there are plenty of lists out there to select and recommend from:

Short Takes: 50 Summer Memoirs for the Beach, Backwoods, or Flu Bunker
via Library Journal - Collection Development on 4/30/09

Summer books: Readers can turn the pages and escape
via Books - Top Stories on 5/8/09

Old Tech Just Hangs On and On

Friday Fun via Stephen's Lighthouse by stephen on 5/8/09 "25 Computer Products That Refuse to Die "Old computer products, like old soldiers, never die. They stay on the market--even though they haven't been updated in eons. Or their names get slapped on new products that are available only outside the U.S. Or obsessive fans refuse to accept that they're obsolete--long after the rest of the world has moved Harry McCracken "

Stephen invites us to look around the library to see if we still have any of these. And we here at Libraryland Roundup suspect many of us do. Some examples:
Dot Matrix Printers

Hayes Modems: What they were: Dial-up modems from the company whose founder, Dennis Hayes, essentially invented the PC modem in the 1970s.

Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)

Floppy disks







Obama requests largest amount ever for IMLS via Stephen's Lighthouse by stephen on 5/8/09. Wow! Every little bit counts in this economy. Or any economy.

"The President requested $213,240,000 for the nation’s 123,000 libraries."

Library Humor or Not?

Up, Beaming yourself via A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette by J on 5/8/09
"It is never, under any circumstances, appropriate for a librarian to come to work dressed in a Star Trek uniform"

While we here at Libraryland Roundup tend to agree, we would like to make an exception for Halloween. What about your library? And what about "red shirts?"

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Libraries may be doing many of these things already as part of their mission. We're hyperlocal, we provide a type of eco-bounty. What else do we do? How can we enhance and promote these services?

Quoted from:
May 2009 INNOVATION JUBILATION via by on 5/3/09

“By now, virtually everyone has chimed in on how innovation is the only way out of the recession. So instead of adding more theory, let’s have a look at actual B2C innovations from recession-defying entrepreneurs and brands around the world...basically anything that will get consumers spending again, and preferably the kind of spending that involves sustainable goods, services and experiences"

Some of these are self-explanatory. Examples are included for the trickier concepts.

Free Love!
FedEx Office recently drew attention by extending a helping hand to job seekers, offering free printing (on March 10th) of up to 25 black-and-white copies of their resume at any of the company's 1,600+ stores across the US.

Create your own content, feeds, etc.

British Everyday Models invites consumers to rent out aspects of their daily life to advertisers: whether it's their clothes, car, house or online profile.

Status Stories
The Fairmont Royal York hotel has installed a three-hive apiary 14 stories above the streets of Toronto and the resulting honey is used in the hotel's restaurant kitchen.

Kids, Teens, and Moms

Generation G (for Generosity)
San Francisco-based Replyforall is a site that raises money for charities by adding a cause’s information to a user’s e-mail signature.

Brand Butlers
In the greater New York area, Central Parking System and other parking companies offer half-price parking for Smart fortwo owners. The service, which is a partnership with Smart USA, is based on the notion that drivers shouldn't have to pay full price if their car only takes up half a parking spot.

Hot croissants or cookies? Baker Tweet is a technology that alerts customers via Twitter any time a fresh batch of baked goods emerges from a participating bakery’s oven.


Led in part by Flickr cofounder Caterina Fake, Hunch is an online decision-making tool that gets to know a user through his or her answers to seemingly random questions. Based on those answers, Hunch aligns users with other people that are like them—their twinsumers—and can offer personalized answers to complex questions like: "Should I go to medical school?"

Internet Clout
CrowdSprout lets groups of parents interested in purchasing the same item (think high chairs or cradles or diaper bags) band together to get a better price by bidding, and committing to making the purchase only if enough other buyers join.



Global Brain
Netherlands-based c,mm,n is an initiative that aims to create a model for sustainable cars, starting with a community-designed prototype. The car's blueprints are publicly available under an open source license, so its design can be used and modified by others as long as any derived works are shared with the public

Less and Longing
Häagen-Dazs Five is an all-natural ice cream made from only five ingredients—skim milk, cream, sugar, egg yolks and one of a few natural flavors like mint, ginger and coffee. What makes the product stand out is its simplicity; in uncertain times, bringing back the classics can appeal to consumers’ nostalgia

Telling Tales in Libraryland

Library Book Recommendation via Stephen's Lighthouse by stephen on 4/28/09

Title: The Incident Report by Martha Baillie

"Martha Baillie is a librarian with the Toronto Public Library. She has collected incident reports from libraries (you know those incident reports that must be filled out by library staff when something strange or disruptive happens) and put them into novel form set in the fictional Allan Gardens library branch."

"...the book provides an inside look at the kind of bizarre incidents library workers sometimes encounter. The fascinating novel also delves into some wider themes, including "the nature of urban storytelling," Baillie says. "Whoever is sitting behind the reference desk is an ear. You play the role of a bartender a bit." The novel asks, "Why do we so often pick strangers to tell our stories to?""

Edgar and Agatha Awards Announced

See (title unknown) via The Reader's Advisor Online Blog by Cindy Orr on 5/3/09 for a more complete list


Best Novel - Blue Heaven by C.J. Box (St. Martin’s Minotaur)

Best Paperback Original - China Lake by Meg Gardiner (New American Library - Obsidian Mysteries)


Best First Novel - Death of a Cozy Writer by G.M. Malliet

Best Novel - The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny

Lifetime Achievement Award - Mary Higgins Clark