May 2013: Summary of Features

Andrew G. Library, Anne Arundel Community College

About the Cover: Andrew G. Truxal Library, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD. Cynthia Steinhoff, director of the library. Photo courtesy of Barry Halkin Photography.

Editorial: First, Take a Deep Breath: Or, what to do when grace under pressure does not come naturally.

Forum 2013: “A Future in These Interesting Times.” As in years past, this feature comprises two parts: a "forum" of university press directors, and a press-by-press listing of significant current titles of interest to undergraduates.

Bibliographic Essay: Folklore and Folklife Studies: The Discipline of Analyzing Traditions. Folklore and folklife studies covers an array of material that relates to cultural tradition. It is evident in popular discourse as well as throughout the humanities and social sciences and in government programs, museums, historical societies, and cultural centers. This essay explores recent literature (since 1993) on the history, theory, philosophy, and the various genres of folklore and folklife (proverbs, folktales, legends, myths, jokes, folk music, customs, architecture, art, food, medicine, and symbols). The essay concludes by surveying recent notable works addressing occupations, gender, sexuality, age and family, artists, storytellers, singers, and technology and digital culture.

Forthcoming Science & Technology Titles, 2013: Regularly appearing each year in the May issue, this selected list provides information on new titles of potential relevance for academic libraries.