HHT Global Awareness Day

by krm | Friday, June 23, 2017 - 6:00 AM

Today is June 23, 2017 and it’s HHT Global Awareness Day ! As a person who has HHT disease and the author of a new book called Living with HHT , I’m excited to be part of this special day devoted to HHT awareness—and I hope my book will contribute to HHT awareness every day. If you’re like most people, you’re probably asking, what in the world is HHT? That’s because most people, including most doctors, have never heard of HHT. In fact, most people who have HHT don’t know that they have it! Which is precisely why awareness is critical to identifying and treating people who have this uncommon, but not-so-rare disease.

So what is it? HHT (Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia) is a genetic blood vessel disorder, affecting approximately 1 in 5000 people, or 1.4 million people worldwide. HHT occurs in all ethnic and racial groups, and affects both men and women. If someone has HHT, each of their children has a 50% chance of inheriting the disease, which is caused by a mutation in one of several genes involved in blood vessel development. HHT results in some...Read More

Agricultural Partnerships Paying Off for Libraries

by bjs | Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 1:00 PM

In 1990, Library Trends dedicated a special issue to the topic of libraries and agricultural information. After almost three decades, the journal revisited the topic in the third issue of the current volume .

Guest editors Sarah C. Williams and Christine D’Arpa, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, pulled together a collection of 11 essays which highlight the changes in agricultural information work, especially in regards to the cooperative or collaborative nature of the field.

Williams and D’Arpa joined us for a Q&A about the issue.

The last time Library Trends focused on agricultural libraries and information was 1990. What spurred you to take a new look at the topic?

Sarah: Chris approached me with the idea of revisiting agricultural information work in a new issue of Library Trends . Knowing there had been so many developments in this field since 1990, I was immediately excited by the idea of highlighting some of these developments in a special issue. The broad readership of Library Trends was especially appealing to me, because other information professionals might be introduced to important efforts related to agricultural...Read More

Behind the Book: Dr. Thomas J. Balkany On 'The Ear Book'

by krm | Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 6:00 AM

Despite increased awareness, the human ear continues to be assaulted with ever higher levels of noise. The inevitable consequence of this is hearing loss. The consequences of hearing loss to an individual and society are substantial. The treatment of hearing loss is therefore of paramount importance in modern society. As our population continues to shift towards higher ages, this becomes even more important.

One of the more surprising findings was that a link between hearing loss and dementia appears to exist. Whether this link is causal or merely an association is an intense area of study. Regardless, it now becomes of increased importance to maximize an individual's communication capabilities as they age.

We wrote The Ear Book: A Complete Guide to Ear Disorders as a means to introduce the complexities of ear function and disease to patients and parents struggling to understand what is affecting them or their children. In the busy clinical practice of today's ear doctors, incomplete understanding of a patient's condition may occur as both patient and practitioner feel the pressure of time. We hope this book can supplement a patient's understanding.

Five...Read More

Buy Buttons Revisited

by krm | Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 6:00 AM

In March , I wrote about Amazon Buy Buttons and how we had started noticing used copies pushed as the first buying option. This has also been noticed by other publishers in the book industry, with Publishers Weekly , Shelf Awareness , The Huffington Post , The New Republic , Publishing Perspective , Vox , Cnet , and others covering the story.

Amazon has always offered used copies for sale, so what is different?

Buy Button Changes

Until March, buy buttons for in-print and available titles defaulted to buying options where the books were sourced from the publisher – directly or indirectly (meaning new copies sourced from a distributor or a wholesaler). Publishers provided Amazon with a discount, with Amazon and publishers hopefully each making a profit, from which the publisher paid the author(s) royalties.

Note in the example above that the new copy “ships from and [is] sold by Amazon.com.” Used copies (of this very new book) are available, but you have to go to the used copy options to see them.

Now when you search...Read More

Hurricane Season Playlist

by krm | Monday, June 19, 2017 - 3:00 PM

It’s June, and hurricane season has begun in the Atlantic region. Drawing on the discography of my recent book, Cultivation and Catastrophe: The Lyric Ecology of Modern Black Poetry , this blog post offers a disaster playlist to get you through these stormy months. (You can also listen to the entire Hurricane Season Playlist here: Hurricane Music )

Hurricane Katrina revealed the powerful connection between racial and environmental injustice and revealed, too, the potential for art to respond to that destructive intersection. This potential has a long history in black literature. From Zora Neale Hurston’s fictional narrative of the 1928 Florida hurricane to Shelton “Shakespear” Alexander’s poetry recitation before the gates of St. Vincent De Pau Cemetery in Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke (2006) , black writers have responded to environmental experience and ecological change, and to the experiences of historical rupture (catastrophe) and cultural continuity (cultivation) that are part of living in the natural world.

While researching the book I uncovered a parallel archive of black diasporic music that responds to environmental disaster, the recordings and transcriptions of which constitute both a history of environmental catastrophe in the U.S. and...Read More