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New Mysteries January 2015

The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle by Laura DiSilverio
Thread and Gone by Lea Wait
Murder Under the Bridge by Kate Raphael
Scandalous Behavior by Stuart Woods
The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer
The Girls She Left Behind by Sarah Graves
The Herald of Hell by Paul Doherty
Presumed Puzzled by Parnell Hall
A Song for the Brokenhearted by William Shaw
Stillwater by Melissa Lenhardt
Kingdom Come by Jane Jensen
Guardian Stones by Eric Reed

Better Than Google

Professor of Library Science, Wayne Wiegand has just written a great new book entitled, Part of Our Lives: a people's history of the American public library.  While the appeal of this book is obvious to me, anyone with an interest in American social history, or in the state of public libraries would find this book fascinating.

Today, more than ever, we see prognosticators predicting the end of the public library.  By some measurements, this may have some credence. For example, reference transactions have declined markedly since 1999.  The days when a librarian armed with the World Almanac and a telephone book could answer any and all reference questions is certainly no longer true.  The Internet, and of course, Google, have pretty much obviated the need to call the library to settle a bet, or win a trivia contest.

New Mysteries December 2015

Death Takes Priority by Jean Flowers
Riot Most Uncouth by Daniel Friedman
Ornaments of Death by Jane K. Cleeland
Red Storm by Grant Bywaters
Harbour Street by Ann Cleeves
Murder on the Switzerland Trail by Mike Befeler
Splinter the Silence by Val McDermid
Death Comes to Kurland Hall by Catherine Lloyd
Out Comes the Evil by Stella Cameron
Blood, Salt, Water by Denise Mina
His Right Hand by Mettie Ivie Harrison
Desperate Measures by Jo Bannister
The Flood by David Hewson
Once Shadows Fall by Robert Daniels
Man on the Washing Machine by Susan Cox
Web of Deceit by Katherine Howell
Cinnamon Toasted by Gail Oust
Forty Thieves by Thomas Perry
Sleeper by J. Robert Janes
Traitor's Mark by D.K. Wilson
Verdict by Nick Stone
In the Dark by Deborah Moggach

Better Than Google

Fake! Fake! Fake!  What am I talking about? On-line reviews, of course, and they are more common than you might think.  Researchers estimate that 10% to 30% of reviews posted on line are absolutely fake.  Where do you find these fake reviews? You find them on Yelp and Trip Advisor, Chow Hound, Amazon, wherever people can post an anonymous review.  Who is doing it?  Business owners who want to counteract bad reviews, or who want to post a bad review about a rival.  People may be posting a review of a place they've never stayed at, or eaten at to be malicious, vengeful, or they just have too much time on their hands.  Whatever the reason is, they are very hard to catch. Companies such as Amazon do their best to weed out the most obvious fake reviews, but they still slip in.

New Mysteries November 2015

Chocolate Falcon Fraud by JoAnna Carl
Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrew
Away in a Manger by Rhys Bowen
All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark
Crossing by Michael Connelly
Bottom of Your Heart by Maurizio de Giovanni
Untimely Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan
Heirs and Assigns by Marjorie Eccles
Home by Night by Charles Finch
Golem of Paris by Jonathan Kellerman
Death on Demand by Jim Kelly
Tenacity by J.S. Law
Death Comes to Kurland Hall by Catherine Lloyd
Crucifixion Creek by Barry Maitland
Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything by Nancy Martin
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith
Lost Souls by Sean Patrick
Christmas Escape by Anne Perry
Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell
Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue by Victoria Thompson
Candy Cane Cupcake Killer by Livia J. Washburn

Better Than Google

Anyone who has read the title of this blog knows that I write about databases that are "better than Google".  Google is an amazing tool for finding information and there are times when it is the right choice to begin your information search. What is Google good at?
It is good at providing straightforward factual information.  Who was the vice-presidental candidate for the Republicans in 2012? What is the capital of South Dakota? These are questions that have unequivocal answers, answers that in past years you would have looked up in the World Almanac. Google is the main reason why librarians no longer get the kind of easy answer questions that made up what is known as "Ready Reference" questions.

New Mysteries October 2015

In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward
Mycroft by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Bark Before Christmas by Laurien Berenson
The Company She Kept by Archer Mayor
Pop Goes the Weasel by M.J. Arlidge
The Reckoning Stones by Laura DiSilverio
City of Echoes by Robert Ellis
Untouchable by Ava Marsh
You Are Dead by Peter James
Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan
A Shameful Murder by Cora Harrison
A Kind of Grief by A.D. Scott
Grave Soul by Ellen Hart
Thirteen Guests by J. Jefferson Farjeon
Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb
Parchment and Old Lace by Laura Childs
Dark Reservations by John Fortunato
Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block
Lower Quarter by Elise Blackwell
Haunted Season by G.M. Malliet
The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay

Better Than Google

Streaming video is content sent in compressed form over the Internet and displayed by the viewer in real time. With streaming video or streaming media, a Web user does not have to wait to download a file to play it. Instead, the media is sent in a continuous stream of data and is played as it arrives. This rather dry definition of streaming video does not begin to describe the wonders of Access Video on Demand.

New Mysteries September 2015

Constable's Tale by Donald Smith
Gone Cold by Douglas Corleone
Drowning by Camilla Lackberg
Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier
Plantation Shudders by Ellen Byron
Darkness The Color of Snow by Thomas Cobb
Monet Murders by Terry Mort
The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
Beam of Kight by Andrea Camilleri
Lord of the Wings by Donna Andrews
Mrs. Pargeter's Principle by Simon Brett
Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart
Hangman's Game by Bill Syken
Wrongful Conviction by Janet Heijens
Name of the Devil by Andrew Mayne
No Virgin Island by C. Michele Dorsey
Entry Island by Peter May
Tipping the Valet by K.K. Beck
The Man Who Fell From the Sky by Margaret Coel
Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
Dungeon House by Martin Edwards
Killing in Zion by Andrew Hunt

Better Than Google

Before you know it, school will be back in session.  As we suffer through the last days of an August heatwave, one can only look forward to the crisp fall days, (especially if you are no longer a student).  If we, at the library, can help ease the pain, and get you into an academic mind set, I suggest trying our fabulous database Bloom's Literature.  Some of you may remember that we added it to our database collection last year, but if you don't know about it, here are the facts.

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