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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Carousel Carver IPPY Bronze Medal Winner

Don't miss the new book from Information Today, Inc.'s sister company, Plexus Publishing, Inc., winner of the Mid-Atlantic - Best Regional Fiction Bronze medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
"Well-researched, beautifully told."
—Nelson Johnson, Boardwalk Empire

This evocative historical novel tells the story of Giacinto, who emigrates from Italy in 1912 and becomes a carousel carver during the golden age of the craft in America, and Rosa, the eight-year-old orphan girl thrust into his care.

In 1939, with war looming and few new carousels being built, Giacinto leaves Philadelphia for the New Jersey shore, where his wildly popular creations require skilled attention after every summer season. The arrival of Rosa from Italy turns a solitary and predictable middle-aged existence on its head. Discovery, adventure, and danger are all met; youthful imagination brings carved stallions to life; and love blossoms in unexpected places.

The Carousel Carver vividly recreates the world of the immigrant carvers—from the inspiration found in fiery horses, big cats, and children's laughter to the clatter, sawdust, and politics of Philadelphia's bustling multicultural workshops. This is an engaging and insightful tale of tolerance, second chances, and what it means for those once adrift to call America home.

"Buchan treats the past not as a series of events,
but as the blended experiences of real people whose spirits linger."
—Susan Vollenweider, Kansas City Star 
EBSCO Enters Into New Partnerships
by Dave Shumaker
Early this year, EBSCO Information Services announced two groundbreaking partnerships that extend the scope of its involvement in the scholarly information community. Its new partners, protocols.io and Code Ocean, both offer information-sharing services for scholarly researchers that complement EBSCO's traditional focus on scholarly articles and other published literature.

Weekly News Digests
SAGE's Lean Library Adds Academic Browser App
SAGE's browser extension, Lean Library (which delivers library services directly to patrons), introduced a new iOS app, Academic Browser. It "enables patrons conducting research using search engines, direct links, or their library's digital platform to access their library's resources, open access alternatives, and support via a popup."
Apple Helps Black College Students Thrive in STEM Settings
Apple is expanding its partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by adding 10 HBCU regional coding centers. They will serve as technology hubs for their campuses and broader communities, including K-12 schools and local governments.
DPLA Works on Black Women's Suffrage Collection
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) joined forces with five libraries and archives to help with its national Black women's suffrage collection, announced in November 2019.
ALA President Goes on Virtual Tour of U.S. Libraries
ALA's president, Julius C. Jefferson Jr., will embark on a 10-day, 12-stop virtual Holding Space tour of libraries across the U.S. "At each stop on the tour, Jefferson will meet with library leaders, state and local partners, elected officials and other community influencers to cover a vast terrain of issues facing a broad range of institutions, including libraries at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, other academic libraries, school libraries, Tribal libraries and public libraries," ALA notes.
ACS Rolls Out an Open Science Resource Center
The American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications Division is offering "a curated set of materials on its new open science resource center," helping to deepen "its commitment to open science and open access."

NewsLink Spotlight
Calls for Equity and Diversity at ALA Virtual
by Brandi Scardilli
The ALA Annual Conference is such a massive event that I was skeptical an online version could convey all of its aspects properly. Despite a few technical hiccups in the beginning, I think the organization succeeded admirably with ALA Virtual, held June 24-26.

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