Author Archives: Diane Osborne

Masterpiece, an Art Auction Game

American Artist ApprecAugust 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

Journal Review of “American Art”

American ArtAmerican 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

National Parks and Recreation Month

July isPark Rec Month 2 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

Summer Reads

Summer Reads

Here are some new fiction books.

They arrived just in time for you                                                            to enjoy this summer!

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It’s All About Yellow, According to Amazon

Amazon Book CoversTo 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

Save Your Stuff and Pass it On!

Preservation WeekPreservation 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

Celebrate Diversity!

Diversity MonthApril 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

ILL Trends to Watch in 2016

*This post was revised from OCLC’s Next Blog written by Christa Starck on February 17, 2016.

ILL Trends
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.

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