Updates — Sonoma County Authors and Guide to the Archives

Small updates to a couple of resources…

Sonoma County Authors (Community)

A number of links and features of our SC Authors site were no longer working due to changes in the Library’s catalog query structure. Author and significant title queries now search correctly. In addition, the Open Library table of ebooks hasn’t worked correctly for some time and has for now been replaced by a working query under the ebook listings. Finally, authors can now be searched in WorldCat Identities.

We are also in the process of adding links to the Local Author site in the Library’s catalog to records for books by some of our more prolific authors who tended to have the links on a handful of records.

Finally, the events link now goes to the Literary Update calendar page. The link used to go to a page displaying a Google Calendar, but since no one was actively maintaining it, the page simply showed a blank calendar.

Guide to the Archives

A small — but significant change — and one long overdue on the Archives site: The guide subtitles now reads “Sonoma County Library Archives & Archival Collections” to reflect the change in name from “Sonoma County Archives” to “Sonoma County Library Archives.”

This change is now also reflected on the Library’s website in various pages and menus.



Breaking the 1000 Author Mark


Johnny Otis (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Our Sonoma County Local Authors project continues to grow. With the discovery of a list of authors compiled back in 1994, Collections Development Librarian David Dodd was able to fill in a few blanks in the Sonoma County literary landscape and bring Community up to 1020 entries. Notable additions from the list and from books new to the Library include:

  • Johnny Otis (1921-2012), American singer, musician, composer, arranger, bandleader, talent scout, disc jockey, record producer, television show host, artist, author, journalist, minister, and impresario (and briefly, owner of a deli-style grocery store/cabaret in Sebastopol where he played sold-out shows). Otis is known as the original “King of Rock & Roll” and he is commonly referred to as the “Godfather of Rhythm and Blues.
  • Laura Chenel, California’s first producer of fromage de chèvre—the soft and creamy king of goat cheese
  • Terrence McKenna (1946-2000), known as the “Timothy Leary of the 90s” — ethnobotanist, mystic, psychonaut, lecturer, author, and an advocate for the responsible use of naturally occurring psychedelic plants
  • Bart King, Disney-Hyperion and best-selling Amazon kids author, who “writes for kids and immature adults”