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His Life. Billy Joel decides to cancel his memoir. (bummed. I was so looking forward to reading this!)

DFW Star-Telegram gives review of The Lincoln Lawyer audio. (the first audio book I ever loved.)

The Guardian asks the question we all need answered: Why must action heroines wear S&M stripper outfits to kick butt?

What have YOU found in a book?

Over at Kirkus, John DeNardo asks "What IS Science Fiction?"

I ♥ Patron Requests (pt. 1)

Ahhh, patron requests. Or, perhaps you call them "suggestion for purchase" or "purchase recommendations" or something else entirely. Whether you specifically solicit them or not, suggestions appear so there is something to be said for having a "process" for handling them.
However, once a library has a process for something, changing it seems to require three signatures, a vial of blood, an act of God, six meetings, two "meetings" after the meetings, and a 1989 quarter. And that is before you even get to the assumption that, once rules are in place, people will follow them: patrons OR staff.

I think most librarians agree (don't we?) that customer/patron input into the collection is essential.

But are there limits? Should there be?

In a misplaced sense of "service" do we overstep our boundaries?

Our patron request mechanism is online and form based. Please put in your library card number, please fill out this info, thank you very much. …


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