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Sélection de titres nouveaux, septembre 2019 (PDF)

Les choix des bibliothécaires pour septembre 2019 :

Mapping the nation : solving challenges from local to global.

Redlands : Esri Press, 2018. 90 pages.

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From the publisher:

Mapping the Nation is a collection of maps that illustrate how geographic understanding forms a solid foundation for good governance in the United States and around the world. Geographic information system (GIS) technology enables decision makers to quickly discern and resolve constituent needs by collaborating across all levels of government. Examples in this book explain how agencies and legislators use GIS to solve problems and inspire and coordinate action.


Deep work : rules for focused success in a distracted world

/ Cal Newport.
First Edition. New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016. 295 pages.

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Review from Publishers Weekly Reviews:

In this strong self-help book, Newport (So Good They Can't Ignore You) declares that the habits of modern professionals—checking email at all hours, rushing from meeting to meeting, and valuing multitasking above all else—only stand in the way of truly valuable work. According to him, everyone should practice deep work: "professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit." Newport calls on psychology and neuroscience, as well as common sense, to back up his recommendations. As to why people don't already work this way, he implicates a cultural narrative that stresses activity over concentration and that encourages workers to follow the path of least resistance. Newport encourages readers to take breaks from technology, recharge with downtime, leave social media, and reply to emails more purposefully. It's tempting to blow off the message as the complaints of an admitted non-technophile, but Newport's disarming self-awareness—"Deep work is not some nostalgic affectation of writers and early-20th-century philosophers"—and emphasis on a meaningful work practice that's "rich with productivity and meaning" makes for an excellent lesson in focusing on quality rather than quantity at work.

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Selfie : how we became so self-obsessed and what it's doing to us

/ Will Storr.
New York : Abrams Press, an imprint of Abrams, 2019. 403 pages.

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Review from Booklist Reviews:

British journalist and novelist Storr takes on the ambitious subject of how people think of themselves. He starts with the ancient Greeks, who thought physical beauty and good morals were inseparable, and who venerated the striving individual, in contrast to group-focused Confucianism. In the book's strongest chapter, "Good Self," Storr highlights the New Age movement and its roots in 1960s California. By the early 1980s, this same find-the-real-you movement blended with two other forces: neoliberalism's rising attack on Big Government, and the fitness craze, including Jane Fonda's wildly popular 1982 workout video. This mixture gave birth to all-out pursuit of high self-esteem and a generation of kids being told constantly that they were amazing and could achieve anything. Recent research shows, alas, that such hyperpraise mainly just spiked the percentage of narcissistic adults who lash out at anyone who challenges their beliefs. And then there's the Digital Self. Storr is nothing if not open-minded, but he does little to defend this latest form of self-focus from the dogged assertions that life online, especially on social media, is hollow and often malignant. Just the same, the latest from the adroit, widely respected Storr will generate demand.

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Why good people do bad environmental things

/ Elizabeth R. DeSombre.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2018. x, 252 pages.

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Review from Choice Reviews:

This volume combines psychological, economic, and environmental approaches to offer a unique perspective on environmental policy. Addressing the widespread polarization over global climate change, DeSombre argues that nobody intends bad environmental effects. They occur when actions produce "externalities," or unintended consequences. Focus on confronting or educating individuals about environmental concerns, DeSombre contends, delivers poor or counterproductive results. These and other themes are explored in a tightly organized book featuring factors such as social structures, extrinsic versus intrinsic factors, positive incentivization (e.g., subsidy), negative incentivization (e.g., regulation), attitudes, and scientific knowledge. Despite DeSombre's stance on the limited benefits of environmental education as a tool for change, she does not advocate for avoiding new scientific knowledge; she believes problems arise when the focus is on changing people's minds on an individual basis. Documented with 30 pages of notes and 26 pages of references, the book is an excellent resource for readers concerned about environmental policy. The only major omission noted is that member nations of the European Union avoided US-style polarization by recognizing the same key practical issues covered in the book when they adopted more cooperative environmental policies in the 1990s. Summing Up: Highly recommended.

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The return of the moguls : how Jeff Bezos and John Henry are remaking newspapers for the twenty-first century

/ Dan Kennedy.
Lebanon, NH : ForeEdge, an imprint of University Press of New England, 2018. 281 pages.

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From Library Journal Reviews:

Kennedy ably documents financial stresses on newspapers and offers an insider's perspective of the industry's past and future. With the advent of the Internet, newspapers faced financial and journalistic challenges that remain unresolved. Early on, papers posted content online for free—a decision that continues to decimate the bottom line, as customers resist subscribing to publications without user-friendly, digital platforms. Kennedy maintains that the newspaper mogul, a modern-day William Randolph Hearst, may be the salvation of the industry, but often is not. With deep pockets to offset the decline in ad revenue, the moguls wrestle with strategies to maintain journalism's "custodial" role in a world of fake news. Aligning with nonprofits is an ongoing experiment of papers in Philadelphia and Burlington, VT. The author maintains that Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos offers the best hope for survival of investigative, quality journalism in a digital world. VERDICT This analytical and predictive book will be of equal interest to lifetime consumers of printed news as well those more familiar with digital platforms.

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