August is American Artists Appreciation Month. I began to appreciate great art on accident as a child. I grew up like any other 5-7 year old girl who liked to do your normal art activities like coloring, painting, and creating things with play-doh. Once I started school and made friends, I noticed that some of my art creations were a little different than others. For example, when I made mud pies in our back yard, I got to decorate the top with the various flower petals that my mom had growing in her flower gardens. I had the best looking mud pies on the block! You could say that was just my “budding” moment into the art world. Continue reading
American Art was created in 1987, and it has been a key resource for museum- goers, collectors, and scholars who want to develop their understanding of the nation’s art and culture. American Art is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that contains all facets of the country’s visual heritage from colonial to contemporary times. Continue reading
(Today’s post was taken from an article in the Wall Street Journal. See the link at the bottom to go to the full article.) The digital revolution that bewildered the music, movie and publishing industries has given rise to a surprising winner: the audiobook. Continue reading
July is Park and Recreation Month. It is the perfect time to go out and enjoy one of the many beautiful parks in our country. Don’t know which one to visit? Maybe one of our resources can help you pick which one is the best one for you to visit. Continue reading
Here are some new fiction books.
They arrived just in time for you to enjoy this summer!
To stand out online, publishers push book designers for brighter, bolder covers. The hot color of the moment? Yellow.
Amazon’s sway in the publishing world now extends to even the design of books themselves. The company now accounts for about 45% of all books sold in the U.S., according to Peter Hildick-Smith, president of industry researcher Codex-Group, LLC. Continue reading
Preservation Week is here to help you “save your stuff and pass it on!” Did you know that in 2005 the first comprehensive national survey of the condition and preservation needs of the nation’s collections reported that U.S. institutions hold more than 4.8 billion items. Libraries alone hold 3 billion items (63% of the whole). A treasure trove of uncounted additional items is held by individuals, families, and communities. Continue reading
April is Celebrate Diversity Month! It was started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other. Continue reading
*This post was revised from OCLC’s Next Blog written by Christa Starck on February 17, 2016.
At least once a year, OCLC queries the WorldShare ILL database to see how the trends in interlibrary loan are developing. They count titles a little differently than other lists. Rather than splitting into fiction/nonfiction they look at loan requests vs. copy requests (loans of an entire book vs. a request to copy a single article or part of a larger work). The list of top copy requests is, as you might expect, heavily weighted toward the medical, psychological and scientific realms. It’s the loan requests that are more interesting.