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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Looking to beat the winter blues?
Spend time at the Jersey Shore with intrepid amateur sleuth Meg Daniels!
Strangers in the Avalon Dunes book cover
Strangers in the Avalon Dunes by Jane Kelly is a new standalone mystery that pulls Meg Daniels out of her cushy housesitting job and into a missing persons case. When a young woman asks Meg to find her long-lost grandfather, Ken Patterson, Meg just can't say no. In 1977, Ken, a wealthy attorney, decided he was born too soon. He missed the British Invasion, the Summer of Love, and Woodstock. He may have missed the Sixties, but he wasn't going to miss the Seventies. So, he simply disappeared, leaving behind his wife and daughter.
Meg soon becomes convinced she's investigating a murder. Had Ken really executed a carefully planned escape from the life he no longer wanted? Meg is not so sure. His abandoned wife claims she has never given up on him, but Meg concludes that not everyone—including his wife—was sad to see him go.
"Strangers in the Avalon Dunes is clever, well-paced, and delightfully twisty. An engrossing mystery populated with intriguing and fascinating characters—you won't want to miss this one!"
—Lisa Regan, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling crime fiction author

 January 2023 | 284 pp/ trade paperback | ISBN 978-1-940091-12-9 | Regular Price $15.95

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Don't miss the other titles in Jane Kelly's Meg Daniels mystery series:
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The Pitfalls of Publishing Personal Letters
by Anthony Aycock
Several news outlets reported in December 2022 that Donald Trump plans to release a book this year that reprints his private correspondence with celebrities—Elton John, Michael Jackson, Princess Diana, etc. Perhaps the book will be good; perhaps not. One thing I wonder is whether Trump will seek permission from these celebrities or their estates to publish letters written by them.

He should, because U.S. law is clear on this matter: The copyright for these letters rests with the writers, not Trump himself.

Weekly News Digests
Clarivate's Preprint Citation Index Joins the Web of Science
Clarivate added the Preprint Citation Index to the Web of Science, enabling researchers to discover and link to preprints alongside other content in the Web of Science.
Taylor & Francis Signs 3-Year OA Deal With Tokyo Tech
Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) entered into a 3-year transformative partnership with Taylor & Francis in order to increase the publication of OA articles by Tokyo Tech researchers.
The Library of Congress Updates the Federal Library Directory
The Library of Congress (LC) launched the free Federal Library Directory's updated second edition, which "profiles federal libraries and information centers in the United States and abroad."
OpenAthens Studies Access to Digital Content in Academic Libraries
OpenAthens released a report, "Library User Experience: Removing Barriers in the Search for Knowledge," which reviews "the common challenges that users and researchers face and how they could be resolved."
ZDNet Offers Tips for Limiting Your Phone Usage
Christina Darby, ZDNet's associate editor, writes the following in "5 Simple Ways to Ditch Doomscrolling and Beat Screen Fatigue": "Taking the day—or every day—off of doomscrolling doesn't require some elaborate scheme or deleting [an] app altogether. Rather, it's the implementation of a few small practices I've started to incorporate that make for big results."

NewsLink Spotlight
A Librarian Looks at Oscars 2023: Blockbusters, Big Names, and Underrated Gems
by Jessica Hilburn
For 2022, the Venn diagram of movies that made money and movies recognized during awards season is excitingly larger than usual. Of the 18 top-grossing movies, five are in the awards conversation, and three were nominated for Best Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It certainly didn't hurt that the release dates of these buzzy movies were spread out over the course of the year in a way we don't normally see among those with awards chatter. ...

The early release dates allowed each to grow in popularity, and most importantly, gave them a chance to get eyeballs on them for months. Getting these films into circulation at the library without a glut of competition was certainly an exciting change of pace. This spread also gives the casual movie viewer the ability to look at the nominations the morning they are announced and actually see titles they recognize. Revolutionary!

Celebrating Oscars 2023 at the Library
by Brandi Scardilli
Every year, NewsBreaks covers the Academy Awards (aka the Oscars, held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). You'd think this topic wouldn't have much to do with libraries, but a quick Google search will show that it's actually very common for them to acknowledge each year's Oscars in some way, whether by posting about the nominees on their blog or hosting movie nights or other programming. After all, booklovers tend to be movie lovers (not always, but often!). It makes sense that librarians like to call attention to the Oscar-nominated movies they have in their collections and to the books the Oscar-caliber movies are based on. As you'll see in this Spotlight, books about the Academy Awards themselves are also good options for creating programming.

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