May 2014: Summary of Features

Photograph of Goucher College Library, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD

May 2014

About the Cover: Goucher College Library, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD. Nancy Magnuson, college librarian. Jeff Tryon, photographer.

Editorial: Clever Mathematicians. Editor and Publisher Mark Cummings discusses the pitfalls inherent in the geometric progression of big data.

Forum 2014: “The Best We Can Find in Our Travels Is an Honest Friend.” 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.

Understanding Homelessness: From Memoir to Pathways Home, by Irene Glasser and Eric Hirsch. In recent decades, homelessness has become a subject of growing concern throughout the world. Scholarly literature on homelessness has burgeoned along with the homeless population, as scholars in disciplines across the social and health sciences--public health, social work, anthropology, sociology, urban affairs, psychology--have struggled to understand this troubling problem from myriad viewpoints, and develop strategies to deal with it. This literature includes histories of homelessness; ethnographies; critical works on the causes and possible remedies for homelessness; and memoirs. This essay identifies some of the best of those resources.

Forthcoming Science & Technology Publications, 2014. Regularly appearing each year in the May issue, this selected list provides information on new titles of potential relevance for academic libraries.