Posts on October 2018

The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry

Cover of The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry

In this action-packed thriller, former Justice Department agent turned rare book dealer Cotton Malone searches for a cure for HIV and the lost tomb of Alexander the Great and seeks to outwit a power-mad Central Asian dictator along the way. As is usual in the series, this novel is full of exciting plot twists and turns.

Books on Communication

Horror comics

We have two book displays for October, both located in the second floor lobby area of the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library. The first display highlights several books and other materials on communication, and the second display highlights horror comics.

The Prisoner in the Castle by Susan Elia MacNeal

Cover of The Prisoner in the Castle by Susan Elia MacNeal

This World War II mystery is the latest in a series featuring spy and cryptographer Maggie Hope. Maggie is imprisoned in a castle on a remote island off the coast of Scotland because she knows too much about the plans for the Allied invasion of Normandy and her bosses are afraid she'll reveal them if she's ever captured. Her fellow prisoners, also agents who know too much, are being killed off, one by one. Will Maggie be able to catch the killer before she becomes the next victim?

Personas: A Classic User Experience Design Technique

Composite image of photos of individuals.

Personas are employed in user experience design work to help design teams create or improve systems, spaces, and services with targeted populations in mind. Libraries use personas as archetypes to maximize effective library user experiences. This is the first of two posts about the creation and use of personas in the U-M Library.

The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik

The Big Year book cover image

The Big Year was an intentional find in the stacks for me. When reading for pleasure I often browse and hope to simply alight upon a good title; sometimes something else leads me to a particular volume. It all started this summer when I decided to feed the birds... It didn’t matter that I can just barely describe bird watching as a newfound hobby and can probably identify only a dozen bird species—you don’t need to be a birder yourself to be swept into the drama of the Big Year adventure...

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