Canada’s aboriginals face a multitude of issues in 2012, as always. Some of these have been grabbing headlines for quite some time, others more recently. Will 2012 be the year that headway is made on chronic problems such as housing and education? Which land claims will be settled and launched? What will the aboriginal-federal-crown relationship look like this time next year?
OverDrive released its lists of the most-downloaded e-books from libraries in December 2011. These lists look pretty different from the current New York Times e-book bestseller lists. Here’s why, plus a few interesting tidbits.
David Carpenter reviews Facing the Hunter, by David Adams Richards.
"On its dust jacket, this book is classified as memoir/sports, but as David Adams Richards takes pains to point out, his way of hunting has very little to do with sports. The way he sees it, a sport hunter seeks pleasure in killing animals and will often favour trophy hunting over hunting to fill the pot for winter. But for Richards and his people, hunting is a way of life."
This year e-readers have really taken the world by storm. Many people interpret this as another nail in the coffin of libraries. We don't need books and libraries they proclaim, and yet every day teen services librarians - you - are making the difference in the lives of teens, and in your communities. So let's SHOW the world that libraries are still a vital part of teen lives. Your teens can help, too. Read on for what I am calling The 2012 Project.
How quickly 100 years pass. Seems like only yesterday the children's librarians of The New York Public Library (newly formed as of 1911) were putting together a list of the best children's books of the year. Fast forward a century and what do we find? Librarians that work with children producing that same list yet again. Amazing, no?
Une approche révolutionnaire pour cuisiner vite et...mal. Un groupe de médecins Américains a jugé le livre de cuisine de Jamie Oliver comme l'un des pires de l'année 2011. 30 minutes chrono (Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes) contiendrait des recettes particulièrement mauvaises pour la santé, notamment celle du sandwich aux boulettes de viande, plus gras et calorique qu'un Big Mac.
The Windsor Public Library's policy of no longer fining people for having overdue books is now in effect. Library chair Coun. Al Maghnieh said people should be rewarded, not punished, for using the library services.
This was the year the Kindle caught Fire, the Nook fought for its niche, Borders went belly up and ebooks overtook their dead tree cousins for good. But for us here at Cybils, it was another year of reading, blogging and more reading.
Best Books lists carry an air of assigned reading, but lists of favorites are about enjoyment. USA Today‘s book critics just listed the ten books they “loved reading in 2011.” Included are titles that haven’t appeared on the Best Books lists we tracked, like Jaycee Dugard’s memoir of being kidnapped and held captive for 18 years, A Stolen Life, which they describe as “a firsthand testament to the resilience of the human spirit” and P.D. James’ Austen-inspired Death Comes to Pemberley.
Nouveautés à la pelle, incursion dans des univers futuristes torturés, dans des histoires de vie troublées, dans le milieu de la danse, du vin, des tensions géopolitiques, déconstruction des codes narratifs classiques... L'année 2011 a une fois de plus démontré l'effervescence, la richesse et la diversité du 9e art, qui ici gagne toujours plus en noblesse. Et si, pour aller plus loin, il ne fallait retenir que 10 titres sortis cette année...
Et voici mon petit palmarès des albums que je retiens pour 2011, retenus parmi les quelques 140 que j'ai traités dans l'année, ce qui est bien sûr une goutte d'eau par rapport à la masse des nouveautés recensées par l'ACBD cette année qui avoisine les 3845 titres !
Les outils d’impression à la demande, comme l’Expresso Book Machine, ne fait que ce que son nom indique : vous lui donnez un fichier numérique et quelques minutes plus tard, vous avez un livre papier de bonne facture avec une couverture en couleur. Quant aux sociétés d’impressions à la demande comme Lulu ou Blurb, elles fournissent des couvertures cartonnées et des albums photo.
Actress-turned-director Sarah Polley is adapting Margaret Atwood's award-winning novel "Alias Grace" for the big screen. Atwood's Giller Prize-winning book is based on a true story about a notorious Canadian 19th-century murder.
Kelly Moore, the executive director of the Canadian Library Association, said the decision came as a surprise, but it was not entirely unexpected in an environment in which government departments are trying to make difficult cuts. “All government departments are looking for savings wherever they can get them,” she said. Moore said it was unlikely important materials would be lost in the transition, but that even if the information is still accessible online, the lack of specialized librarians to help people access the documents will be a significant loss. “There’s lots of information online, and not all of it’s good,” she said. “That’s why these librarians are essential. They help people filter through all the noise that’s out there. It’s as valid in the digital world as it was in the print world.”
As well, the decision to close the library may not save money in the long-term, said Carla Graebner, a government information librarian at Simon Fraser University. Without those specialized librarians to help staff research effectively, she said hours spent searching for documents could increase significantly. “I think in the long run it’s going to have an impact on their bottom line,” she said.
It doesn't matter if books are delivered in print or by smartphone, the main thing is to get lost in reading them. Psychologists from Washington University used brain scans to see what happens inside our heads when we read stories. They found that "readers mentally simulate each new situation encountered in a narrative". The brain weaves these situations together with experiences from its own life to create a new mental synthesis. Reading a book leaves us with new neural pathways.
Comprising a library, a café, meeting places and administrative areas and linking an existing community house and a learning center, the Vennesla Library in Vennesla, Norway is quite a fantastic looking building. Helen and Hard Agency were the ones behind this creative library concept turned into reality.
Nintendo prépare dans le plus grand secret la prochaine console de jeu, la Wii U. Celle-ci devrait être dotée de nombreux petits plus comme par exemple, donner la possibilité aux joueurs de lire des livres numériques. Pour le moment ce n’est qu’une rumeur, mais certains indices indiquent que la firme prévoit de proposer en version ebook tous les modes d’emploi de ses jeux. Mais ce n’est pas tout!
Just because a series is popular in prose does not mean you can slap together an adaptation into the graphic novel format with rushed art and lackluster attention to adapting dialog and have it succeed. I think many of those adaptations of popular series that have failed are simply poorly made graphic novels. Sometimes it’s the fault of a publisher pushing an adaptation too fast into production, and sometimes it just doesn’t gell in the graphic format.
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