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Picking up the Torch…

21st Century Library Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 8:46am
It is with pleasure and with a great deal of trepidation that I take on Dr. Matthews’, my father’s, blog.  As I voiced to him, I fear that it will not continue to be the high level of scholarly work and … Continue reading →

Best Small Library in America Award

Library Grants - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 4:07pm
Deadline: September 10, 2014

Library Journal's annual award for the Best Small Library in America, cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was founded to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of these libraries. Now in its tenth year, the award honors the U.S. public library that most profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to populations of 25,000 or less.

The winning library will receive a $20,000 cash award, a feature story in Library Journal, membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the Public Library Association Conference in 2016, and a gala reception at the conference. Two finalist libraries will be awarded a $10,000 cash award as well as membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the PLA conference and the gala reception in 2016, and they will be given special mention in Library Journal.
Submission requirements and judging criteria are available on the website.

No More People Magazine Book Reviews

WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 1:13pm
I was sorry to read in the latest edition of Early Word that People Magazine will no longer have their Book Review section. I have always enjoyed reading their reviews and thought they had a pretty good handle on what people like to read and were reading. I chose many of the books I purchase for the library from their top picks.

Read the article below:
When opening the new issue of People magazine, you may wonder where the Books section is. Unfortunately, along with the other reviews sections, it is gone. Books, movies, TV and music will now be combined in an upfront section, “People Picks,” where they will also have new competition from apps, games, viral video and other entertainment.

The last issue with a Book section

In the inaugural “Picks” section, books appear towards the end (ahead of the DVD of the HBO series, True Detective and the streaming musical, side effects, with just three new hardcovers, all of them by well-known authors – Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes, Diana Gabaldon’s Written in My On Heart’s Blood, and Lisa See’s China Dolls – as well as three paperback reprints, also from big names.This is the first major change to the magazine under the new Editorial Director, Jess Cagle who took over in January. It seems his predecessor, Larry Hackett, had considered making changes to the sections, but kept them to support partial advertising pages.

The book business has had to suffer the diminishing, or closing, of many book review sections. Given People magazine’s extensive reach, this may be the worst blow of them all.

Passing the Torch

21st Century Library Blog - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 8:02am
I have been blogging about 21st Century Library since January 2010. Some say that’s a long time for a blog. It doesn’t seem like it’s been 4&1/2 years, but I do feel as though I have run my course and … Continue reading →

Y-Read 2014: Summer Reading Returns With Short Stories

Harold B. Lee Library News - Wed, 05/28/2014 - 12:00pm

Y-Read, the library’s summer reading program, returns this year with a new twist. We suggest you try one of the library’s many e-book systems. We know that reading online differs from traditional books and we’ve found that selecting short stories is a good way to make the experience enjoyable.

To kick things off we are recommending the works of H. H. Munro (who also used the nom de plume of Saki). Saki/Munro wrote short stories that always end with an unexpected twist. His works can be found through a number of our e-book systems. Munro also volunteered to serve in the army during World War I, so reading his works will give you some insight into the literature of the day as the library prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War with an exhibition starting in late August.

Saki/Munro’s short stories and hundreds of others are available though the library’s e-book page http://lib.byu.edu/books/. The various e-book providers each offer their own unique systems for content access. You can read some titles on your mobile device, such as a Kindle, iPhone, or Android. You can also access e-books through your computer or you can visit the library and read on one of the hundreds of computers in our building.

If you don’t already have a preferred e-book provider we suggest you start with Overdrive. (The library also provides access to ebrary, EBSCO, Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive, Springer, and more.) Overdrive offers many popular titles, but if you click on the box for “Additional eBooks Always Available” it will take you to the public domain titles where you can search for Saki/Munro’s work.

We hope you enjoy our great collection of e-books. Let us know what you think about Y-Read though our page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/byuhbll


To access our Overdrive system click on the e-books link on the home page.

You will need to log-in (Use your campus log-in).

The Overdrive page looks like this.


Scroll down to the Additional e-Books icon and click on it.

Search for “Saki” or  H. H. Munro (Saki works best).

Choose your title and download the book.


Margaret Edwards Teen Collection Development Grant

Library Grants - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 1:13pm
Deadline: December 1, 2014

This grant awards $5,000 for a library to use towards improving or expanding its teen collection. Funds may be used for print, non-print and/or digital materials. All personal YALSA members who represent a public library or school library are eligible to apply. Up to four grants will be awarded in 2014.

All applicants must be current personal members of ALA/YALSA at the time the application is submitted.

Each application will be judged on the basis of:
1. The degree of the library's need for collection development funding.
2. The effectiveness of the community assessment done to determine teen needs.
3. The strength of the plan to enhance the collection.
4. The impact this grant will bring to the teens in the library's community, especially disadvantaged youth.
5. The degree to which the plan supports the principles in The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action report.
A link to the application and more details can be found on the website.

Film on Friday: The Grimm’s Tale

Harold B. Lee Library News - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:27pm

Watch the story of Pete and Maxine Grimm who served America in the Pacific during World War II.

Friday, May 23

6:30 pm

Library auditorium

Admission is free

Reception to follow

See the video trailer at http://vimeo.com/57385082


New Exhibit Opens May 12

Harold B. Lee Library News - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 4:56pm

BYU’s Expeditions of Discovery: The World Is Our Campus

The Harold B. Lee Library has installed a new exhibition featuring journals, publications, and artifacts from expeditions connected to BYU. This exhibition is unusual because many of the other cultural institutions on campus have contributed to the project. The Museum of Peoples and Cultures has provided items from the university’s first expedition in 1900. The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum has loaned amazing insects from their collection that reflect fieldwork. And the BYU Museum of Paleontology has provided a fossil jawbone from an Allosaurus to display alongside works by “Dinosaur Jim” Jensen.

BYU’s story of discovery goes all the way back to Karl G. Maeser who asked that missionaries send the school interesting items from the lands they traveled through. Benjamin Cluff, the second president of BYU, set a good example when he presented Maeser with an album of ferns he had collected while serving his mission in the Sandwich Islands.

Exhibit highlights include expedition packing lists for students from 1900 and from 2013. It may surprise some to learn that students in 1900 traveled by wagons, horse, steamship and on foot while in 2013 students traveled by car, rail, plane, and by yak!

Located on level 3, the main floor of the Harold B. Lee Library, BYU’s Expeditions of Discovery opens Monday, May 12 and runs through September 30, 2014. Admission is free and the exhibition is open during all regular library hours.

Just look for the large Ceratosaurus skull at the entrance to the exhibition.

Learning 3.0

Utah Libraries - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:20pm
I am considering ways to make learning in libraries more meaningful. The Serious e-Learning Manifesto published in March 2014 sparks both thought and action. It is the brainchild of Michael Allen, Julie Dirksen, Clark Quinn, and Will Thalheimer, national e-learning gurus. One truth discussed … Continue reading →

Albert Einstein is one of my favorite people in the universe

Utah Libraries - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:26pm
Albert Einstein is one of my favorite people in the universe. No, I didn’t meet him personally; no matter my current age I was way beyond his time. When I first had an awareness of him I was in high school, or … Continue reading →

Questions upon questions

Utah Libraries - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 5:20pm
I am teaching an online course on Library Surveys for Success soon. Here are some questions to be considered when writing survey questions (echo alert). After designing your survey take a second look and think about the following: Survey design … Continue reading →

Training through Utah State Library: The programs, the results

Utah Libraries - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:31pm
Here is an update on training through the Utah State Library recently. First of all, the Utah State Library’s Needs assessment for 2014-16 is underway. Be sure to be a part of this and tell us what you’d like to learn, or … Continue reading →

ProQuest Flow for Research Collaboration

Utah Libraries - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 3:52pm
ProQuest has a new online version of Refworks known as Refworks Flow or simply as Flow™.  While Refworks itself (like EndNote, Papers, and Zotero) supports citations and referencing,  Flow (like Papers 3, Mendeley, EndNote Web, ResearchGate, and Zotero Groups) supports reading, annotating, … Continue reading →

So Long, Blog

Utah State Law Library - Thu, 03/14/2013 - 9:00am
Dear loyal blog readers: We are retiring the Utah State Law Library blog after more than four years and 800+ posts. The blog has been a great way for library staff to share library news, new forms, court resources and... Joanne Vandestreek

SLC Infobase

Utah State Law Library - Thu, 03/07/2013 - 9:08am
The Salt Lake City's website provides a wealth of resources for SLC residents, including information about the city justice court, city services like garbage pickup or snow removal, and city council news. If you're interested in some historic SLC... Joanne Vandestreek

National Consumer Protection Week

Utah State Law Library - Mon, 03/04/2013 - 9:14am
March 3-9, 2013 is National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW). Organizations from around the nation developed National Consumer Protection week to make people aware of their consumer rights and help them make better financial decisions. The NCPW website features a variety... Joanne Vandestreek

Why Judges Can't Speak Out

Utah State Law Library - Fri, 03/01/2013 - 10:22am
The Utah State Courts' YouTube Channel has a new video posted: Why Judges Can't Speak Out. In this short video, Third District Court Judge Robin Reese discusses the Code of Judicial Conduct and explains why judges can't comment on a... Joanne Vandestreek

Last Will and Embezzlement: Panel Discussion

Utah State Law Library - Wed, 02/27/2013 - 9:58am
Last month we blogged about the free film screening of Last Will and Embezzlement at the Salt Lake City Public Library. If you missed the screening, you can still see the panel discussion that followed the film, which is available... Joanne Vandestreek

Office of Property Rights Ombudsman's New Website

Utah State Law Library - Mon, 02/25/2013 - 5:15pm
The Utah Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman helps resolve property rights disputes and helps citizens understand land use and property rights laws. Their website has recently been redesigned. From the new home page you can find quick links... Joanne Vandestreek

Divorce Education Online Scams

Utah State Law Library - Thu, 02/21/2013 - 9:08am
If you are involved in a Utah divorce case and you need to take your divorce education classes, be aware that there may be companies that advertise online divorce education classes. They may also promise to print a certificate... Joanne Vandestreek
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