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Seeking title of short story

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:50:28 +0000

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Looking for the title and author of a short story I read. I recall reading this story in a Science fiction magazine like Analog or Asimov's. The story detailed a fast food restaurant that had an elaborate defense system to protect against robbers or mass shooters. The story either directly said or hinted that these types of attacks were so common that this restaurant defense system was nothing unusual. The story details an attack on the restaurant and the defense systems countering the attack. The story ends with the employee running the defense system dropping a micro-particle screen to protect the restaurant from gunfire. The attacker is hit by the screen and is killed. I believe I read the story around 20 years ago. I think story was written prior to Columbine. I am interested to look at the short story again and read it now that I am in a future world that has many similarities to the story. Problem is I cannot not remember title or author. Would appreciate if anyone has hints of what the story might be.

As I have asked around about this short story some people have suggested the book "Altered Carbon". That book has a scene where an automatic defense system operates in a hotel. I have read that book and I know why people are making the connection to my question but the item I am looking for is definitely a short story and not a novel.



Best Books of the Year @ Amazon.com

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 21:43:31 +0000

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More About Amazon.com's Best Books of 2017 All year, Amazon.com's editorial team reads with an eye for the Best Books of the Month, plus the best books in popular categories like Cooking, Food & Wine, Literature & Fiction, Children's books, Mystery & Thrillers, Comics & Graphic Novels, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, the best books for teens, and more. We scour reviews and book news for tips on what the earliest readers have loved, share our own copies and tear through as many books as possible. Then we face off in a monthly Best Books meeting to champion the titles we think will resonate most with readers. In October, we collect all our favorites, look at upcoming 2017 titles, and cast our ballots for the Best Books of the Year. The titles that made our lists are the keepers, the ones we couldn't forget. Many of our editorial picks for the best books are also customer favorites and best sellers, but we love to spotlight the best books you might not otherwise have heard about, too. The books included in Amazon's Best Books program are entirely editorial selections. We are committed to helping customers find terrific gifts for booklovers and drawing more attention to exceptional authors. Our passion is for uniting readers of all ages and tastes with their next favorite reads.
From Best Books of the Year @ Amazon.com



'We're told to be grateful we even have readers': pirated ebooks threaten the future of book series

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:27:34 +0000

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Stiefvater revealed that she is now writing three more books set in the Raven Cycle world, but that the new trilogy “nearly didn’t exist because of piracy”. “And already I can see in the tags how Tumblr users are talking about how they intend to pirate book one of the new trilogy for any number of reasons, because I am terrible or because they would ‘rather die than pay for a book’,” she wrote. “As an author, I can’t stop that. But pirating book one means that publishing cancels book two. This ain’t 2004 anymore. A pirated copy isn’t ‘good advertising’ or ‘great word of mouth’ or ‘not really a lost sale’.”
From 'We're told to be grateful we even have readers': pirated ebooks threaten the future of book series | Books | The Guardian



In the Archives: Poison Pages

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 17:21:34 +0000

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Originally a byproduct of the European mining industry, arsenic offered mining companies a means of profiting from a waste product, and offered manufacturers a means of obtaining a cheap dye. Thousands of tons were annually imported to the United States. The substance produced lovely hues ranging from deep emerald to pale sea-green. Arsenic could also be mixed into other colors, giving them a soft, appealing pastel appearance. The first application of arsenic as a pigment was as a paint dye. The pale green shade caught on as a “refined” color. American manufacturers began using arsenic to color a range of consumer goods. Children’s toys were painted with arsenical paint. Arsenic-dyed paper was used in greeting cards, stationery, candy boxes, concert tickets, posters, food container labels, mailing labels, pamphlets, playing cards, book-bindings, and envelopes –envelopes the sender had to lick.
From The Ann Arbor Chronicle | In the Archives: Poison Pages



Card catalogs and the secret history of modernity

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:43:21 +0000

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Card catalogs feel very old but are shockingly new. Merchants stored letters and slips of paper on wire or thread in the Renaissance. (Our word “file” comes from filum, or wire.) But a whole technology, based on scientific principles, for storing, retrieving, and circulating an infinitely extensible batch of documents? That is some modern-ass shit. And it helped create the world we all live in.
From Card catalogs and the secret history of modernity



Are You a Public Librarian?

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:28:42 +0000

An award might be in your future.

Here’s information from ALA/PLA if you wish to make a nomination.




Biloxi Junior High will again teach 'To Kill A Mockingbird' in class, after national outcry

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:15:02 +0000

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Biloxi has sent a letter home to students. It plans to restore “To Kill A Mockingbird” to the eighth-grade classroom and begin teaching it again in class, starting Monday. Students do, however, have to ask to participate, by returning a permission slip signed by a parent to their school and their English Language Arts teacher by Friday.
From Biloxi Junior High will again teach 'To Kill A Mockingbird' in class, after national outcry | The Sun Herald



Alameda County Library Patron Records Possibly Hacked

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:09:20 +0000

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An email to library members says officials were contacted last month by someone claiming to have information from the library system’s entire database of users. That contact included the names and addresses of about three dozen library patrons.
From Alameda County Library Patron Records Possibly Hacked « CBS San Francisco



Seattle Mystery Bookshop: Why the Seattle Mystery Bookshop Must Close

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:19:58 +0000

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Why? There are so many reasons. Blame Amazon? Sure, that’s the easy thing to say but the massive changes in the world of bookselling are far larger than that. In fact, the changes in the over-all economy make it a much, much bigger story.
From Seattle Mystery Bookshop: Why the Seattle Mystery Bookshop Must Close



On the pleasures of stumbling upon books in the wrong places

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:08:43 +0000

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It’s funny to think I just stumbled on this book by chance. I must have been escaping from something much more heavy—I love the turgid pace of an academic book, if it’s a topic I really care about, about once a year. I think I probably escaped to Jean Stafford from something like that, and I didn’t expect much of her. I thought, Oh, this is just good old-fashioned fiction, I’ll try that for a change. So often you’re just reacting to the last book you read, and you want something that’s a little bit of an antidote to that. I’ve found that if I live a more programmatic life where I’m reading the books that I’m supposed to read—if I’m accomplishing all my little chores of reading what everybody else is reading—I stop having time to read in a way that’s rich and multiple.
From Happy Accidents



BBC - Future - Why printers add secret tracking dots

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:42:17 +0000

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“Zooming in on the document, they were pretty obvious,” says Ted Han at cataloguing platform Document Cloud, who was one of the first to notice them. “It is interesting and notable that this stuff is out there.”
From BBC - Future - Why printers add secret tracking dots



From Hamilton To Grant: Ron Chernow Paints A 'Farsighted' President in New Biography

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:12:11 +0000

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From Hamilton To Grant: Ron Chernow Paints A 'Farsighted' President in New Biography

Chernow, author of Hamilton, has a new book, just out this week, which also aims to revise our understanding of a figure he sees as overlooked and misunderstood: The 18th president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant. In it, Chernow aims to rehabilitate the way Americans think about the man who not only led the Union Army into victory during the Civil War but also led the country during the tumultuous era that followed.

Full piece at NPR



The woman who went to the library and read every book on the shelf

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:06:49 +0000

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Phyllis Rose's book about her extreme reading experiment, in which she tackled the entire contents of a shelf in a New York library, has won high praise, but are such 'bibliomemoirs' a sign of an increasingly superficial literary culture or vital guides for a public swamped by choice?
From The woman who went to the library and read every book on the shelf | Books | The Guardian



If Any Profession is Known For Its Sense of Humor, Its Librarians.

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:11:36 +0000

Check out this group of New Zealand librarians as reported in the Daily Mail UK . They are posing in imitation of the famous portrait of the Kardashians.

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To Kill A Mockingbird Pulled From Reading List

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 21:17:47 +0000

CBS NEWS reports that a school district in Missippi has pulled Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird from a junior high reading list as the discussion of race “makes people uncomfortable.”. The book remains in libraries (fortunately).




How Living in a Library Gave One Man the Thirst of Learning

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 22:05:36 +0000

Via NPR’s Story Corps a reminiscence of a youth spent in the library when his father was employed there as a custodian. The boy’s name was Ronald Clark, and he became the first in his family to attend college, and later became a college professor.




How one local librarian made all the difference to a 6-year-old recovering from a concussion

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:27:03 +0000

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Lisa Cipolla has a saying: “Better living through story time.”

Which makes sense, since Cipolla is a youth-services librarian at the South Hill Library. A big part of her job is wrangling and entertaining young ones during the Pierce County library’s regularly scheduled drop-in story times for toddlers and preschoolers.

For Jackie Blackshaw, and her 6-year-old son, Tony, Cipolla’s saying has certainly proven true.

Full article



How UNH Turned A Quiet Benefactor Into A Football-Marketing Prop

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:14:16 +0000

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That’s where most people left Robert Morin. A second, smaller wave of coverage focused on UNH’s troubling decision to funnel only $100,000 of his money to the library, even as it committed $1 million of it to a video scoreboard for its football stadium. But the full story is more troubling still. Through a series of interviews and public records requests, Deadspin has uncovered the 17-month backstory to Morin’s bequest. Like so many schools, big and small, UNH spent wildly on its athletic department. The university went a step further in trying to engineer a public relations victory, deceptively connecting a fragment of Morin’s life to its football splurge. The media eagerly repackaged the story as an inspirational fable.
From How UNH Turned A Quiet Benefactor Into A Football-Marketing Prop



Napoleon's Kindle: See the Miniaturized Traveling Library He Took on Military Campaigns

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:07:51 +0000

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"Many of Napoleon’s biographers have incidentally mentioned that he […] used to carry about a certain number of favorite books wherever he went, whether traveling or camping," says an 1885 Sacramento Daily Union article posted by Austin Kleon, "but it is not generally known that he made several plans for the construction of portable libraries which were to form part of his baggage." The piece's main source, a Louvre librarian who grew up as the son of one of Napoleon's librarians, recalls from his father's stories that "for a long time Napoleon used to carry about the books he required in several boxes holding about sixty volumes each," each box first made of mahogany and later of more solid leather-covered oak. "The inside was lined with green leather or velvet, and the books were bound in morocco," an even softer leather most often used for bookbinding.
From Napoleon's Kindle: See the Miniaturized Traveling Library He Took on Military Campaigns | Open Culture



Let's Talk about Books

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:37:07 +0000

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Penn Jillette on books

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 21:48:52 +0000

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People forget how useful books are.

--Penn Jillette



Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 04:34:45 +0000

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In Dear Fahrenheit 451, librarian Annie Spence has crafted love letters and breakup notes to the iconic and eclectic books she has encountered over the years. From breaking up with The Giving Tree (a dysfunctional relationship book if ever there was one), to her love letter to The Time Traveler’s Wife (a novel less about time travel and more about the life of a marriage, with all of its ups and downs), Spence will make you think of old favorites in a new way. Filled with suggested reading lists, Spence’s take on classic and contemporary books is very much like the best of literature―sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes surprisingly poignant, and filled with universal truths.

Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks



AT UCLA, They're Building Maps for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 19:48:40 +0000

A program has sprung up at UCLA to build maps for hurricane relief.

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The mapathon activities were scheduled for today, October 5 at the Young Research Library. Volunteers will help add building locations to maps of the island. These maps will be used by the Red Cross and other relief agencies.

No experience, knowledge of Puerto Rico’s geography or software installation was required. Participants were asked to just bring a laptop and library staff and UCLA’s Institute for Digital Research and Education geographic information systems experts will teach them how to help with these efforts through some easy-to-learn mapping tasks in a web-based application.




Librarian explains why she rejected books donated by Melania Trump

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 21:47:51 +0000

Via CBS News.

The Dr. Suess books were rejected by a librarian at the Cambridgeport Elementray School Library in response to President Trump's selection of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education among other factors. What's your opinion on the rejection of the gift?

UPDATE: FLOTUS office fires back a reply to the rejection of the Dr. Suess books: via FoxNews (what else?)

'To turn the gesture of sending young students some books into something divisive is unfortunate.' - FLOTUS




The Librarian of Auschwitz

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:28:56 +0000

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Publisher's Weekly Starred Review -- The Librarian of Auschwitz



Activists: ‘Soul of city’ at stake in Obama library agreement flap

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:18:31 +0000

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About 300 residents packed a South Side auditorium Wednesday night to demand that the promise of jobs, economic development and other benefits of the Obama presidential library center be put in writing.

The activists and residents want a community benefits agreement, something many say will protect the neighborhoods and people the center may displace.

Full article



Ex Libris: New York Public Library

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:42:49 +0000

Now playing at NYC's Film Forum: Ex Libris NYPL.

Frederick Wiseman cracks open institutions: the military, the insane asylum, the high school, the police, the welfare system, the Paris Opera Ballet, the National Gallery of London, and now – in his 43rd film in 50 years - the New York Public Library, an institution eminently worthy of his immersive style. If you thought libraries are just repositories for books, you’re in for a big, wonderful surprise. The NYPL owns (and makes accessible) millions of images; sponsors lectures by people like Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, and Ta-Nehisi Coates; circulates a growing collection of e-books; maintains a vast archive of materials not available online; and gives classes in digital technology. The magnificent Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (and 5th Avenue at 42nd Street) is the spine of the film, but equally vital is the role of branch libraries that act as community centers for civic life.




18 Great Books You Probably Haven't Read

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 03:01:48 +0000

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What to Do With a Soaking Wet Book

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:42:15 +0000

from Syracuse University Library. A lot of paper towels are involved.



FTC's Listening Session for Public Librarians

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:53:53 +0000

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The Federal Trade Commission wants to hear from you – we’ve worked with libraries for many years to distribute free materials and tips for consumers to help them avoid scams, recover from identity theft, and make wise buys. We’re creating new materials especially for public librarians to use for patron advice and programming.

Please share this invitation with your staff and colleagues. You or they can get on the phone and tell us what you think during our 15-minute listening session.
What consumer topics are the most needed for patrons? (for instance, budgeting/money management, credit and debt; avoiding scams; recovering from identity theft; others?)
What formats work best for your patrons (for instance, bookmarks, brochures, short videos, webinars, podcasts, FB Live, Twitter chats, other social media content, other?)
What formats work best for the librarian as they research the topic for a patron or put together programming (perhaps an online list of links for a deeper dive on certain topics, a brochure, slide presentations, podcasts, other?)

Sept 19 11:00 am PT|2:00 pm ET

To RSVP and get the call-in number, email Carol at ckando@ftc.gov.
Can’t make a session? We would greatly appreciate any thoughts, however brief, you have on this – you can email me at ckando@ftc.gov.