The good folks at NPR talk about books a lot. And they know a lot of wise people who also like to talk about books. If you’re looking for something good to read, take a click over to their Books site and let them recommend a good read for you.

The Summer Books Critics Lists offer up recommendations of brand spankin’ new books and older ones too. Historical fiction, classics worth re-reading, romance, thrillers and non-fiction. Definitely something for everyone. Pick a few titles then come over to the library an check them out!

http://www.npr.org/series/178606119/critics-lists

Harvard University ‘s library materials are disintegrating. That’s true of materials in all the research libraries in the U.S.–and the world, for that matter. But Harvard’s librarians, as one example, have been diligently undertaking a preservation project to digitize these materials before they’re gone altogether. Additionally, they’re making some of these digital libraries accessible by the public for free in their Open Collections Program. One such collection to take note of is the READING Harvard Views Of Readers, Readership and Reading History.

Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History is an online exploration of the intellectual, cultural, and political history of reading as reflected in the historical holdings of the Harvard Libraries. For Internet users worldwide, Reading provides unparalleled digital access to a significant selection of unique source materials:

  • personally annotated books owned by John Keats, Herman Melville, Hester Lynch Piozzi, and others
  • William Wordsworth’s private library catalog
  • commonplace books used by Joseph Conrad, Washington Irving, Victor Hugo, and more
  • records of the Harvard College Library that reveal the reading activities of Emerson, Longfellow, and Thoreau
  • historical textbooks that document the principles, and some of the biases, in reading instruction from the 18th to the early 20th centuries
  • more than 250,000 pages from 1,200 individual items from the Harvard collections, including 800 books and 400 manuscript selections

For researchers, teachers, and students who may not have ready access to extensive historical collections, Reading provides an inspired opportunity to participate more fully in this rapidly expanding research area.

Since launching last April, American History in Video has grown to include more than 4,000 titles and 1,000 hours. It will continue to grow to include more than 5,000 complete titles and 2,000 hours of rare newsreels and important documentaries from leading producers such as PBS, The History Channel®, Bullfrog Films, Media Rich Learning, and California Newsreel.

In the past year, American History in Video was named a Booklist 2009 Editors’ Choice Best Reference and a Library Journal 2009 Best Reference, and the collection received rave reviews from both publications.

To celebrate its success, they’ve opened access to the entire collection through April 16th. No username or password is required.

http://alexanderstreet.com/UShistory.htm

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http://www.ctmirror.org/news

The Becker-Posner Blog

January 28, 2010

As John Cassidy recently wrote in a January 11, 2010 article in The New Yorker, “Judge Richard A. Posner has been a leading figure in the conservative Chicago School of economics for decades. In September, he came out as a Keynesian. As acts of betrayal go, this was roughly akin to Johnny Damon’s forsaking the Red Sox Nation and joining the Yankees.” Posner shares a blog with Nobel Prize winner Gary Becker where they discuss current issues in economics, law and policy.

http://uchicagolaw.typepad.com/beckerposner/

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How Not To Act Old In 2010

January 2, 2010

Happy New Year all! Pamela Redmond Satran  published a book in 2009 that you may have seen if you’re of a certain age. It’s called, How Not To Act Old and, as you can imagine, was a New York Times bestseller. Pamela keeps up her tips for us about not acting our ages on her blog–How Not To Act Old. You will enjoy it.

http://www.hownottoactold.com/