What better way to teach people – both young and old – about great literature than to intrigue them with a captivating Lego display? These Lego creations each depict scenes from well-known classic and modern works of literature.
Etsy is the perfect place to find hand-made, one-of-a-kind gifts for that someone special, or just for you! Etsy is overflowing with unique items geared specifically for book lovers and librarians. Here are 15 of my top picks!
In the spirit of Friday the 13th, here’s a quick guide to ten great but lesser-known horror flicks that were based on books. You’ll also find information about how you can watch them online and/or order them on DVD.
1) Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula
Directed by: Jesus Franco
Based on the book: Dracula by Bram Stoker
Where you can watch the movie: You can find the DVD on Amazon.
This version of the classic Bram Stoker tale is one of my personal favorites. It stars Christopher Lee as the mustached Count who grows younger as he drinks. Herbert Lom portrays Van Helsing, and Klaus Kinski steals the show as the mad Renfield. If you’re a horror fan, this is a must-watch.
Directed by: Peter Sasdy
Based on the book: The Blood Countess by Andrei Codrescu
Where you can watch the movie: You can find the DVD on Amazon.
Ingrid Pitt is brilliant as the wicked Elizabeth Bathory, Countess of Hungary. The film stays true to the legend of the aptly named “Countess Dracula”, who was said to have murdered 612 young women and bathed in their blood to restore her youthful beauty.
Directed by: Clive Barker
Based on the book: Cabal by Clive Barker
Where you can watch the movie: It’s available on Amazon Prime Instant Watch
Based on Clive Barker’s “Cabal”, Aaron Boone is plagued by nightmares and unexplainable blackouts when he seeks psychiatric help. His calculating psychiatrist, (horror director David Cronenberg), convinces him that he is responsible for the recent rash of serial killings in the area.
April was chock-full of great library-related blog posts, articles, and presentations. Check out this list to get caught up on everything from evaluating the eBook reader market to the EPCOT Center Library! Here are 35 library-related stories you may have missed last month:
Thomas J. Striepe and Mary Talley
Kyle K. Courtney
Cheryl Kelly Fischer and Vicki Steiner
Camille Broussard, Ralph Monaco, and Gitelle Seer
Michelle M. Wu
William R. Mills
Roger Vicarius Skalbeck
Marcia L. Dority Baker
Carol A. Watson
Sarah K. C. Mauldin
Kim Clarke and Nadine R. Hoffman
Edward T. Hart
Molly (Mary) E. Brownfield
Catherine M. Monte
Steven A. Lastres and Don MacLeod
Emily R. Florio and Michael J. Robak
Jennifer Alexander and M. T. Hennessey
Scott D. Bailey and Julie Graves Krishnaswami
Yvonne J. Chandler
Penny A. Hazelton
David A. Hollander
The award will be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries in San Antonio, TX. Here’s the announcement.
There have been a slew of fantastic young adult novels published of late, many of which are undergoing the transition into film adaptations. Here are six that I am looking forward to later this year.
Release Date: March 21st
This is by far one of my favorite books I’ve read in some time. It takes place in a dystopian Chicago where society is divided into “factions” based on specific personality traits such as; Candor,for honesty, Dauntless, for the brave; and Erudite, meant for the knowledgeable, etc. The story centers around Tris Prior as she makes her choice on her 16th birthday and discovers she has a secret that may change the fate of her entire world.
Release Date: August 15th
Based on the Lois Lowry novel, The Giver tells the tale of a futuristic society in which emotional pain and suffering have been overcome by adapting to a plan of “Sameness”. The book follows Jonas, who is named The Giver and is chosen to be the “Receiver of Memory” as he discovers the choices of a world beyond his own.
The Maze Runner
Release date: September 19
A boy named Thomas wakes up inside a giant maze called The Glade with a group of other teenagers and must figure out how to excape and why he’s there to begin with in this dystopian thriller. Based on the book by best-selling author James Dashner.
Last week I had the pleasure of presenting at the amazing Online Information 2013 conference in London, England. Here are my presentation slides, as well as the companion eBook that I created from my speaker notes and other research.
The book is made up of chapters contributed by a group of incredibly talented and forward-thinking librarians. Here’s the Table of Contents:
List of Figures
List of Tables
Foreword – Jean O’Grady
Preface – Ellyssa Kroski
Part I. Major Introductory Concepts
1 Law Librarianship 2.0 – Jennifer Wertkin
2. Embedded Librarianship – Thomas J. Striepe and Mary Talley
3. Copyright in the Digital Age – Kyle K. Courtney
4. Open Access to Legal Scholarship – Cheryl Kelly Fischer and Vicki Steiner
5. User Services Analysis for Decision Making – Kim Clarke
6. Law Library Management – Camille Broussard, Ralph Monaco, and Gitelle Seer
Part II. Technologies
7. Digitization – Michelle M. Wu
8. E-books in Law Libraries – Ellyssa Kroski
9. Tablets and Mobile Device Management – William R. Mills
Are you wondering how to break into the publishing world as a librarian? If so, here are over 20 resources to get you started on your journey to publication bliss!
LIS Publication Wiki: This website has listings of hundreds of LIS scholarly journals, professional and trade publications, online forums, civilian publication, book publishers, and more!
Emerald for Librarians: This website has a guide to “Writing for LIS Journals” which includes a call for papers index for the LIS field as well as a “Publish, don’t perish” guide from librarian author and editor Rachel Singer Gordon.
How to get ahead in academic publishing: Q&A best bits: The Guardian’s Higher Education Network published this article with a Q&A with Leonard Cassuto, professor of English, Fordham University, New York, Mila Steele, commissioning editor, SAGE, Alec Gregory, head of marketing, Pluto Press, Andrew Winnard, publisher, Cambridge University Press, Anthony Levings, managing editor and director, Gylphi Limited, and Dr Wanda Wyporska, media officer, TUC unionlearn.
Ellyssa Kroski is the Director of Information Technology and Marketing at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 75 books including Law Librarianship in the Age of AI for which she won the AALL’s 2020 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Drexel and San Jose State Universities, and an international conference speaker. She received the 2017 Library Hi Tech Award from the ALA/LITA for her long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application.