What are people reading in the Meredith Library this summer?

Staff members from Meredith’s Carlyle Campbell Library are sharing some of their summer reading.

Shanna Alley, Assistant Circulation Supervisor, has been focusing on memoirs this summer:

She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Boylan is a memoir that I highly recommend as the reader has a chance to understand someone who is transgender, the transition one makes to another gender, and the impact the decision to transition can have on relationships. You go with Jenny on her journey as James to her transition to Jenny. Her writing style makes you feel like you are there on the journey with her. You can see Jenny make occasional appearances on I Am Cait on E!

I'm Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted by Jennifer Boylan is a memoir that tells the story of an allegedly haunted house that Jenny grew up in as a child. This memoir feels like a continuation from She's Not There where you can learn more about her life from her childhood as James to her adult life as Jenny.

Laura Davidson, Dean of the Library has been catching up on some fiction:

My most recent summer reading has been one of Louise Penny's mysteries, A Rule Against Murder, and a revisit of Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett. I was introduced to Louise Penny through the Friends of the Library author series with Quail Ridge Books. She talked about creating characters that she wanted to get to know and spend time with and a place that she wanted to visit. After hearing her talk about them, I wanted to get better acquainted, too. Her southern Quebec setting is lovingly described and the characters with which she populates her village are delightful to get to know. Good Omens is a very different book--a humorous take on the Apocalypse. Gaiman and Pratchett write wonderful, but very different styles of books in the science fiction/fantasy genre. This collaborative novel is really special--drawing on the New Testament book of Revelation, it presents an alternative, very funny take on how St. John's apocalypse might occur. 

Jean Rick, a Reference and Instruction Librarian, has concentrated on work related articles:

The following was from an article our colleague Jake Vaccaro found called “Predatory Journals in Databases” by Nerissa Nelson and Jennifer Huffman.  The premise is that even library's databases include some substandard materials. The author's used Beall's list to determine what was predatory. "These types of publishers and journals have been identified by Beall to be of low-quality, driven by making a profit, and do not practice a real peer review process." (p.170). While there is some question about whether this list is the best it certainly seems to have become a standard in the library world.  EBSCO's Academic Search is reported to have fewer predatory publishers (.05%) than Proquest Research Central (.72%).  The point of the article is that even in the library's materials students need to think critically about what they retrieve. 

I also read “Adapting the Embedded Model of Librarianship, College by College” by Lisa Blake et al.  The examples used were from the University of Georgia and referred mostly to medical models.  Even here they were a wide variety of adaptations.  Most involved some office hours in another building and attendance at departmental meetings.  Other things included attending rounds and sitting in on student research classes when students were planning their research projects.  The first seems a little difficult but might be modified for nutrition students. The second thing really involves being involved and knowing as a paper progresses what the student plans to do her paper on.  This involves attending class on a regular basis even if no instruction is planned for.  The article emphasized that these things meant separation of the librarian from regular staffing in the main library building and a significant time commitment in the embedded department for some non-library functions. 

Amanda Sullivan, another Reference and Instruction Librarian, has been balancing her work reading with fiction as well:

For some teaching inspiration I’ve been reading Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts. I’ve picked up some great ways to phrase ideas to students and hopefully a new in-class activity too. As far as fiction, no light summer reading has happened quite yet as most of my summer reads have been on the darker side. For my book club we read The Incarnations and were all completely transported. You travel back and forth from modern to ancient China with unusual, distinct, and at times, very disturbing characters. Ways to Disappear also introduces you to intriguing characters and this time the sitting is Brazil after a translator leaves Pittsburgh to find her missing author. A book I picked up from our library is Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. Simply put, this is one of the best books I’ve read to date about our country, contemporary culture, and the Iraq war. If you need some eye candy this summer, or are in the mood to do some interior decorating, some fun and helpful reads are Styled by Emily Henderson of HGTV fame, Modern Mix by Eddie Ross, and Absolutely Beautiful Things by Anna Spiro. You can enjoy the gorgeous layered interiors from page to page, and remember, looking is always free!

If you would like more summer reading suggestions please stop by the library or browse our new fiction and nonfiction books online. 

Melyssa Allen

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