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Oculus VR has Providing 100 Oculus Rift Headsets & Compatible PCs in 90 Libraries Throughout California.


Oculus VR has announced a plan to introduce 100 Oculus Rift headsets and compatible PCs in 90 libraries throughout California. Introducing Rifts to libraries will not only allow people to try out virtual reality for the first time but give them access to virtual reality educational experiences that can impart wisdom and knowledge in entirely new ways. To that end, Oculus is also conducting a number of research projects to augment learning through virtual reality.  Libraries, are hoping it will draw people in to some of the other services available there.

The United States Of America: Technology & Innovation

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The United States is a global leader in science and technology innovation and discovery. Americans invented the electric light bulb, photographic film, the machine gun, Third rail, Street light, skyscrapers, the airplane, mousetraps, the nuclear submarine, the laser printer, personal computers, the mobile phone and much more.

Over 19,000 American professionals, researchers, librarians, students etc. have contributed to an IGI Global publication, approximately 5,000 of them are associated with journals, while about 14,000 were involved in a book project. Of these esteemed contributors, over 250 will have their research featured in the upcoming Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition. Not only have American scholars provided significant contributions, but they also come from some of the most highly acclaimed institutions, including Harvard University, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Princeton University, Yale University, Dartmouth University, Stanford University and over 5,000 total institutions across the United States.

IGI Global partners with all major US distributors, including Baker & Taylor, Ingram Content Group and EBSCO. IGI Global ebooks are available for purchase though GOBI Library Solutions, OASIS and hosted on popular platforms, such as ProQuest’s E-Book Central and Ebrary, as well as EBSCOHost.

Additionally, IGI Global’s InfoSci platform, favored by librarians and researchers, includes more than 3,900 books, 169 journals and 100 streaming videos. The award-winning platform also includes no DRM, unlimited simultaneous users, no platform or maintenance fees and full-text PDF and XML.

As a leader in innovation, IGI Global works closely with many US consortia. Following are select consortia that are also diverse regionally: NERL, PALCI, SCELC and Amigos.

View IGI Global research pertaining to the United States here, and check out select US titles below.

For Librarians In Philly, Drug Overdose Drills Is Part Of The Job

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Chera Kowalski, 33, who works with teens and adults at McPherson Square library, holds naloxone. While other libraries practice fire drills, McPherson Branch has overdose drills.

The librarians at the Needle Park location in Kensington have had to learn how to administer Narcan to some people. This location is known for being surrounded by a neighborhood rampant with drugs and addicts. Many patrons to come to the library for refuge and to have a safe haven. This library has been such a thing for many patrons in the neighborhood. In the past, the library has not had to take care of such things, but then the heroin epidemic hit.

The library started doing overdose drills for the last thirty years, and until recently, having to rely on those skills did not happen very often. There have been four overdoses in the library since the epidemic spread, and thankfully, none of them have been fatal. Some people come to this location to do their drugs for the sake of having a safe, quiet place to do what they will. In one case, a man shot up while he was in the adult reading room, and when he slid to the floor, help was there to take care of him. Much of the same can be said about the man who passed out in the bathroom while gasping for air.

There is now a monitor system in the bathroom. Adults are required to leave a library card or some other form of ID at the front desk. People are limited to bathroom time for between three and five minutes. After that time frame, a guard will knock before coming in to check on anyone that might have disappeared into the room.



Rare Children’s Book Discovered

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California bookseller David Brass has uncovered a rare first edition of Edward Lear’s famous children’s book, A Book of Nonsense. First published in two volumes in 1846, the book includes seventy-two humorous verses, accompanied by Lear’s absurd illustrations. The two volumes are bound here in one small quarto in contemporary half red hard-grain morocco over marbled boards. Brass plans to exhibit this beauty at the ABA London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia, June 1-3

About five hundred copies of “Nonsense” were initially published, but, as is often the case with children’s books, they were read to tatters. A census taken in 1988 located only eleven complete copies and twelve incomplete, most of which are in libraries. In a press release, the ABA commented, “The appearance on the market of a previously unknown, complete first edition is therefore an extremely unusual and exciting event for book lovers.” This one had been in a private collection for the past twenty-five years, according to Brass.

The price tag ? £59,000 ($75,000).


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The Most Influential Books That Shaped America


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 1884
Alcoholics Anonymous anonymous 1939
American Cookery Amelia Simmons 1796
The American Woman’s Home Catharine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe 1869
And the Band Played On Randy Shilts 1987
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand 1957
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X and Alex Haley 1965
Beloved Toni Morrison 1987
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Dee Brown 1970
The Call of the Wild Jack London 1903
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss 1957
Catch-22 Joseph Heller 1961
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger 1951
Charlotte’s Web E.B. White 1952
Common Sense Thomas Paine 1776
The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care Benjamin Spock 1946
Cosmos Carl Sagan 1980
A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible anonymous 1788
The Double Helix James D. Watson 1968
The Education of Henry Adams Henry Adams 1907
Experiments and Observations on Electricity Benjamin Franklin 1751
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury 1953
Family Limitation Margaret Sanger 1914
The Federalist anonymous 1787
The Feminine Mystique Betty Friedan 1963
The Fire Next Time James Baldwin 1963
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway 1940
Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell 1936
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown 1947
A Grammatical Institute of the English Language Noah Webster 1783
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck 1939
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 1925
Harriet, the Moses of Her People Sarah H. Bradford 1901
The History of Standard Oil Ida Tarbell 1904
History of the Expedition Under the Command of the Captains Lewis and Clark Meriwether Lewis 1814
How the Other Half Lives Jacob Riis 1890
How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie 1936
Howl Allen Ginsberg 1956
The Iceman Cometh Eugene O’Neill 1946
Idaho: A Guide in Word and Pictures Federal Writers’ Project 1937
In Cold Blood Truman Capote 1966
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison 1952
Joy of Cooking Irma Rombauer 1931
The Jungle Upton Sinclair 1906
Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman 1855
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving 1820
Little Women, or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy Louisa May Alcott 1868
Mark, the Match Boy Horatio Alger Jr. 1869
McGuffey’s Newly Revised Eclectic Primer William Holmes McGuffey 1836
Moby-Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville 1851
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass 1845
Native Son Richard Wright 1940
New England Primer anonymous 1803
New Hampshire Robert Frost 1923
On the Road Jack Kerouac 1957
Our Bodies, Ourselves Boston Women’s Health Book Collective 1971
Our Town: A Play Thornton Wilder 1938
Peter Parley’s Universal History Samuel Goodrich 1837
Poems Emily Dickinson 1890
Poor Richard Improved and The Way to Wealth Benjamin Franklin 1758
Pragmatism William James 1907
The Private Life of the Late Benjamin Franklin, LL.D. Benjamin Franklin 1793
The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane 1895
Red Harvest Dashiell Hammett 1929
Riders of the Purple Sage Zane Grey 1912
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne 1850
Sexual Behavior in the Human Male Alfred C. Kinsey 1948
Silent Spring Rachel Carson 1962
The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats 1962
The Souls of Black Folk W.E.B. Du Bois 1903
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner 1929
Spring and All William Carlos Williams 1923
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein 1961
A Street in Bronzeville Gwendolyn Brooks 1945
A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams 1947
A Survey of the Roads of the United States of America Christopher Colles 1789
Tarzan of the Apes Edgar Rice Burroughs 1914
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston 1937
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 1960
A Treasury of American Folklore Benjamin A. Botkin 1944
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith 1943
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe 1852
Unsafe at Any Speed Ralph Nader 1965
Walden; or Life in the Woods Henry David Thoreau 1854
The Weary Blues Langston Hughes 1925
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak 1963
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum 1900
The Words of Cesar Chavez Cesar Chavez 2002

More Sweet Reads April 1, 2017 @ University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign​​


April 1st, 2017, bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers around the world gather to celebrate the book arts where participants create an “edible book,” which can be inspired by a favorite tale, involve a pun on a famous title, or simply be in the shape of a book (or scroll, or tablet, etc).  All entries will be exhibited, documented, then EATEN!  Photographs of all edible books will appear in the Edible Book Festival gallery.

The Champaign-Urbana Edible Book Festival is sponsored by the University Library and Common Ground Coop, and supported by the generous help of campus and community volunteers and prize donors.

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Best Collaborative Creation,

Catcher in the Rye, by Cathy Blake and Craig Evans


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Alice in Wonderland
Created by Shilpi Saxena

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Flower Ball
Created by Jen-chien Yu and Adelaide Kota



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