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Book Review: Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery

Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of SlaveryBeen in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery by Leon F. Litwack
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had to read this book for a US History course at Cal Berkeley. The only thing more magical than reading this book is having Dr. Litwack read the primary documents contained in it. I have never been more mesmerized in a large lecture with only a podium and a man speaking.

His mastery of mixing text with primary sources is amazing and even more amazing when you realize this title was published before the days of the internet.

Great book- an awesome textbook for history courses and a must read for anyone that wants to get an accurate portrayal of slave life and the reconstruction.

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Book Review: Open All Night by Ken Miller

Open All NightOpen All Night by William T. Vollmann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is awesome. It is very Diane Arbus-esque examining the underbelly of the Haight Ashbury District of the 1980s. I personally love this book for its documentation of Skinheads in the early 80s (SF Skinz) which was rarely done pre-Geraldo/Oprah.. If you are a collector of subculture you should definitely check out this book and William T. Vollmann’s book Rainbow Stories based upon the same groups of people.

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Book Review: A Practical Guide to Information Literacy Assessment for Academic Librarians

A Practical Guide to Information Literacy Assessment for Academic LibrariansA Practical Guide to Information Literacy Assessment for Academic Librarians by Carolyn J. Radcliff

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked this book.. so much so that I ordered a copy for my collection as well as a personal copy so the library copy wont just hide in my office.

Very practical and easy to read- the perfect manual to get acquainted with basic assessment techniques. What I found most useful is the section on interpreting data and writing the final assessment report. While I have done both of these before, its a nice refresher for those that have experience and an excellent blue print for newbies.

I highly suggest purchasing this book if you are directly involved with assessment efforts at your library.

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