ATG Hot Topics 4/18/14

by | Apr 18, 2014 | 0 comments

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by Erin Gallagher

Is everyone enjoying some lovely spring weather out there?  I hope those of you living in the zones of the polar vortices are starting to thaw. 

This week we said goodbye to Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, master of combining the magical and the marvelous with the grit of reality.  His best-known work, 100 Years of Solitude, has been on my long-term reading queue for years, but I will be moving it up to a spot in my 2014 short-term queue.  Open Culture has compiled a bevy of links to interviews, speeches, essays, and even the full text to some of his short stories.  I look forward to becoming better acquainted with his stellar body of work.

EBSCO announced this week that they have adopted a new open sharing policy this week.  In a nutshell, the announcement states that EBSCO will make metadata of over 120 full-text databases available to third-party discovery vendors (who are also ILS vendors) in exchange for a certain level of partnership.  The details on the partnership terms can be found here.  Our hearts should be warmed by this increased collaboration among content aggregators and discovery service providers.

I must mention a particularly provocative piece titled “So You’ve Decided to go to Library School”, posted in the Toast this week.  As someone who graduated from an entirely online MLIS program within the past five years, I do relate to many of these sentiments, but I imagine most of our experiences are unique.  It would be interested to hear what others think and if their experiences align with those of the author.    

This has been a banner week for book-related news.  If you are a literary prize groupie like me, you may have seen that the 2014 Pulitzer winners were announced.  I decided a few years ago that one of the items on my literary bucket list was to read all of the Pulitzer-winning fiction titles.  Of the winners over the past 64 years (not counting the years in which no one won), I’ve read around 20-ish titles.  Does anyone else consider award-winners when choosing potential reads?  I have a long way to go, but those 20-ish Pulitzer-winning novels have run the gamut from marvelous to dull.  I often wonder how the winners are chosen, and if you do as well, I recommend this letter in The New Yorker by Michael Cunningham, member of the 2012 Pulitzer jury.  

Happy reading and weekending, everyone.

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