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LITA Board Meeting One – ALA Midwinter 2015

LITA Blog - Sat, 2015-01-31 14:50

If you would like to listen in to the LITA Board meeting at ALA Midwinter 2015, it is streaming (in audio) below:

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Thanks Ontario Library Association

Tame the Web - Sat, 2015-01-31 11:27

I am back from three great days in Toronto. Thanks to all at the Ontario Library Conference for such a wonderful conference experience. It was nice to see friends and colleagues and talk with the librarians from all over Ontario.

My slides are from the two presentations are here:

January 29: Hyperlinked Learning Experiences at Libraries: MOOCs & Beyondhttps://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensLearningOLA2015.pdf

January 30: MOOCs for Librarians: Key Takeaways from Two Large Scale Professional Development Courseshttps://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/MOOCsStephensOLA2015.pdf

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EBSCO introduces Explora, a new EBSCOhost interface for schools and public libraries

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2015-01-31 10:14
(January 30, 2015). EBSCO introduced Explora, an appealing new EBSCOhost interface for K12 schools and public libraries. EBSCO designed Explora following a series of user research studies with the goal of better assisting students in completing research and classroom assignments and providing a more intuitive search experience for public library patrons. Multiple versions of Explora will be released for schools and public libraries. Each version features a unique landing page designed to best support the needs of students, patrons, teachers and librarians in their respective settings.
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ByWater Solutions announces new Koha crowd funding site

Library Technology Reports - Sat, 2015-01-31 10:14
(January 29, 2015). ByWater Solutions announced the beta release of their new Koha crowdfunding website: http://devs.bywatersolutions.com.
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The ultimate Paleo cleanse : 4 weeks of fabulous Paleo recipes /

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-01-31 10:14

    ISBN: 9781629145525
    Author: Simons, Amelia.


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Mom knows best cookbook : 250+ easy recipes shared by modern moms plus tips for

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-01-31 10:14

    ISBN: 9781620931547
    Author:


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Pizza on the grill : 100+ feisty fire-roasted recipes for pizza and more /

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-01-31 10:14

    ISBN: 9781600858284
    Author: Karmel, Elizabeth


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The best green smoothies on the planet : the 150 most delicious most nutritious

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-01-31 10:14

    ISBN: 9781940363424
    Author: Russell, Tracy, 1981-


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Wild gourmet : naturally healthy game fish and fowl recipes for everyday chefs

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-01-31 10:14

    ISBN: 9780940864931
    Author:


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Yankee magazine's lost and vintage recipes /

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-01-31 10:14

    ISBN: 9781581572582
    Author:


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Kids' cakes : cake craft : 9 fabulous cakes to make /

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-01-31 10:14

    ISBN: 9781861087928
    Author: Pickard, Ann,


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Cake toppers : cake craft : 12 cute characters to make /

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-01-31 10:14

    ISBN: 9781861087874
    Author: Pickard, Ann,


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ASVAB success.

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-01-31 10:14

    ISBN: 9781611030006
    Author:


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Homesteading : a backyard guide to growing your own food canning keeping chick

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-01-31 10:14

    ISBN: 9781629143668
    Author:


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The self-sufficient home : how to provide for your family and prepare for the un

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-01-31 10:14

    ISBN: 9781440581298
    Author: Hoffman, Nancy, 1984-


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I work at a public library : a collection of crazy stories from the stacks /

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-01-31 10:14

    ISBN: 9781440576256
    Author: Sheridan, Gina.


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Middle school makeover : improving the way you and your child experience the mid

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-01-31 10:14

    ISBN: 9781937134990
    Author: Icard, Michelle.


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Best bike rides Detroit and Ann Arbor : great recreational rides in Southeast Mi

New At the Library - Sat, 2015-01-31 10:14

    ISBN: 9780762781812
    Author: Pulcipher, Rob.


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Two Takes on Environmental Destruction

Today, we review two books that examine the environmental destruction of small towns, and the ensuing fallout in the community at large. In Rene Steinke’s Friendswood, the eponymous town has been the victim of chemical leaks from a nearby oil refinery. Most of the town seems ready to move on once the EPA has cleared the town for redevelopment, but protagonist Lee (whose daughter may have died from exposure to the chemicals) continues to crusade against the refinery, a crusade which leads eventually to tragedy.  Meanwhile, in Christopher Scotton’s The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, a small Appalachian town is being strip-mined for coal, and the opposition (much more organized than Lee’s one-man stand) once again leads to tragic results.

Both novels ask the reader to consider the ways in which rural American towns are seen by urban America: not just as fodder to be used and abused by large corporations, but as essentially worth less than our large “modern” cities.  And both use their broad narrative of environmental disaster as a setting for the more mundane tragedies of daily life in these towns.

STEINKE, René. Friendswood. 368p. Riverhead. Aug. 2014. Tr $27.95. ISBN 9781594632518. LC  2014012106

Many years ago, Lee’s daughter Jess succumbed to a brain tumor that Lee believes resulted from the effects of chemicals left behind by a nearby refinery. Since then, she has been fighting City Hall to create awareness of those chemicals and the damage they have done to the residents of their town, Friendswood, Texas. The protagonist’s research and reports about multiple incidents of cancer, brain tumors, and unexplained rashes have fallen on deaf ears. When the EPA clears the way for new building upon that site, Lee is determined to fight even harder. But to most townspeople the refinery dump-site is not an issue. Hal, a realtor, looks forward to the possibility of selling many homes in the area, and teens Willa, Cully, and Dex are just trying to understand their lives. Told from these five character viewpoints, Friendswood takes readers into the lives of these people who live under the shadow of a resurfacing superfund site. Hal grapples with his faith and ambition; Willa has strange hallucinations; Cully rethinks his life in the aftermath of violent bad choices; and Dex struggles with understanding his family. Lee’s eco-terrorism sparks a climax that allows each character to discover that maybe life has something to offer them, while opening the eyes of this small town to the destruction in their backyard. Young adults can identify with the teen characters and for those who like environmental activism, this book will get them thinking.—Connie Williams, Petaluma High School, CA

SCOTTON, Christopher. The Secret Wisdom of the Earth. 468p. Grand Central. Jan. 2015. Tr $26. ISBN 9781455551927. LC 2014012917.

It’s been two months since Kevin and his mother witnessed the horrific death of his little brother. They have moved to Appalachian Kentucky to spend the summer with Pops, Kevin’s maternal grandfather, with the hope of healing.  This is a tall order as Kevin’s mother is so grief-stricken she can hardly function, and his absentee father, who blames him for the death, provides no support. Luckily, Pops is a wise and lovable man who is the best candidate to aid in the teen’s redemption. The protagonist meets Buzzy whose friendship is immediate and fast. However, there is a dark underbelly to this 1985 coal mining town, including a murder and an evil coal mine owner who is destroying the area. Pops, Kevin, and Buzzy set out for a trip into the remote areas of the hollows to experience the beauty of the region. They see a person watching their every move who soon begins firing at them. Buzzy is convinced the shooter is after him, so he takes off to confront him. Pops is shot and it is up to Kevin to save him. This is a treacherous, page-turning journey and one can only admire Kevin’s pluck and bravery. Overwritten, wordy, and full of caricatures, this debut is also highly readable and has some appealing, authentic characters. Teens might find 14-year-old Kevin overly sophisticated, but the action and setting are intriguing and credible.—Jane Ritter, Mill Valley School District, CA

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LibLime to Exhibit at ALA Midwinter

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2015-01-29 16:04
(January 29, 2015). ibLime, a division of PTFS, will be participating in the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) MidWinter Annual Conference. LibLime will unveil the first look at DLS 3.0, LibLime Academic Koha plus digital content management, geospatial discovery, and a new cataloging editor. DLS 3.0 includes manynew functional features.
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