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7 Scenes from Great Literature in Legos

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.

 

1) Dante’s Inferno

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These legos traverse the seven circles of Hell.

 

2) Ovid’s Metamorphoses

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Glaucus and Circe chilling out.

 

3) Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

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The port city of Grey Havens comes alive in this intricate creation.

 

4) Melville’s Moby Dick

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Capt Ahab and crew take their best shot at the famous white whale.

 

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15 Perfect Etsy Gifts for Librarians

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!

  1. Keep Calm And Ask A Librarian T-Shirt

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  2. Alice in Wonderland Literary Laptop Sleeve

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  3. Library Due Date Card T-shirt

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  4. Vintage Library Card Notebook

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10 Lesser-Known Horror Films Based on Books

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

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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.

 

2) Black Sunday

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Directed by: Mario Bava
Based on the book: The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol  by Nikolai Gogol
Where you can watch the movie: It’s available on Netflix Instant-Watch.
Horror starlet Barbara Steele takes on a double role in this film, portraying a witch who was burned at the stake and her beautiful innocent double, Katia.  This Mario Bava’s masterpiece of horror cinema is based loosely on Gogol’s “The Vij”.

3) The Masque of the Red Death

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Directed by: Roger Corman
Based on the book: Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems
Where you can watch the movie: It’s available on Amazon Prime Instant Watch
In this Roger Corman classic, aristocrats dine and dance while the plague claims the common folk. Vincent Price is outstanding as the satanic prince, Prospero in this dazzlingly colorful Poe rendition.

4) Countess Dracula

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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.

5) Nightbreed

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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.

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34 Library Stories You May Have Missed in April

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:

  1. 10 Awesome Presentations from Computers in Libraries 2014
  2. License to loan: Academic Library Directors Reject Licensing Agreements
  3. Managing a Library of Congress worth of data
  4. 10 Great Literary Mugs for Librarians
  5. Beginner’s guide to the professional book review
  6. Becoming a solo librarian
  7. Keeping Up with MOOCs
  8. Why I don’t buy print reference books
  9. Learning to Read: Navigating the ebook reader market
  10. 15 books about libraries and librarians
  11. Rethinking the model for library book groups
  12. Acquiring books and people
  13. Harvard book bound in sheepskin, not human flesh
  14. Libraries are dying? Think again
  15. Which metrics really matter?
  16. Read the full post 34 Library Stories You May Have Missed in April on OEDB.org.

The Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award

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I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that the American Association of Law Libraries has honored me with the Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award.  The award recognizes a significant textual contribution to legal literature and is for my most recent book, Law Librarianship in the Digital Age, published by Scarecrow Press this past November.  The book was a collaboration with many of the field’s leading experts including:

Forward:
Jean O’Grady

Contributing Authors:
Jennifer Wertkin
Thomas J. Striepe and Mary Talley
Kyle K. Courtney
Cheryl Kelly Fischer and Vicki Steiner
Kim Clarke
Camille Broussard, Ralph Monaco, and Gitelle Seer
Michelle M. Wu
William R. Mills
Andrew Plumb-Larrick
Valeri Craigle
Roger Vicarius Skalbeck
Marcia L. Dority Baker
Carol A. Watson
Rhea Ballard-Thrower
Sarah K. C. Mauldin
Theodora Belniak
Emily Janoski-Haehlen
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
Carol Ottolenghi
Jennifer Alexander and M. T. Hennessey
Scott D. Bailey and Julie Graves Krishnaswami

Editorial Board:
Yvonne J. Chandler
Penny A. Hazelton
David A. Hollander
Ralph Monaco

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.

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6 YA Books You Need to Read Before their 2014 Movies Come Out

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.

Divergent

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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.

The Giver

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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

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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.

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Law Librarianship in the Digital Age Giveaway!

In the spirit of the holiday season, the folks at Scarecrow Press have given me a copy of Law Librarianship in the Digital Age to give away!!  Please enter to win on Goodreads!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Law Librarianship in the Digital Age by Ellyssa Kroski

Law Librarianship in the Digital Age

by Ellyssa Kroski

Giveaway ends January 01, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

 

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The Future of Libraries: Searching for the Deep Field

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.

 

 

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The Future of Libraries: Searching for the Deep Field [Kindle Edition]

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Law Librarianship in the Digital Age

I’ve got great news, my book Law Librarianship in the Digital Age has been published by Scarecrow Press! I came into the office today to see a copy waiting for me at my desk!!

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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
Acknowledgments

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

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23 Resources for Getting Published in the Library Field

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!

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Advice for Authors, Reviewers, Publishers, and Editors of Literary Scholarship
    The MLA (Modern Language Association) has some tips and advice for hopeful writers in this article which discusses books, articles, and digital publications.
  5. Tips on Getting Published
    The Geeky Artist Librarian shares her tips and recommendations for getting published in this post.

See the full post on iLibrarian for more.