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Archives for April 2012

Pulitzer Says No to Fiction | Editorial

Just about the time the Pulitzer board announced on April 16 that it wasn’t anointing a fiction prize winner this year, the National Book Foundation came out with its guidelines and list of judges for the 2012 National Book Awards (NBAs). You might think publishers would be wary of forking over another entry fee (the Pulitzer processing fee is $50; the NBAs, $125), especially with all the grousing that goes on among the major trade houses when their titles are shut out by small presses, who in turn grouse that the big houses get more than their share of the nominees. But the NBAs have one major advantage over the Pulitzers: they are selected by writers, not journalists. As for the National Book Critics Circle awards, they are chosen by book critics and review editors—and there is no entry fee for submissions. (LJ‘s Barbara Hoffert is VP in charge of the awards, and LJ‘s review editors are members.)

Hathi Trust, Library Associations Dispute Author’s Guild Motion

On April 20 the Hathi Trust filed a motion opposing the Author’s Guild’s latest move in the ongoing lawsuit between the two, in which the Guild filed for partial judgment on the pleadings on February 28. The Trust said the Guild’s argument defied common sense as well as Congressional intent in denying that libraries, like […]

Coping with the Terrible Twins | Periodicals Price Survey 2012

Stuck between the rock (stagnant budgets)and the hard place (steady serials price increases), every year libraries are forced to come up with creative ways to meet the ever-growing needs of their users. But inventiveness has limits, and many libraries are nearing the end of their ability to leverage shrinking buying power.

Canadian Universities Make Copyright Compromise

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada reached an agreement with copyright collective Access Copyright on April 16 after protracted negotiations, according to University Affairs. Access Copyright is a not-for-profit organization that represents the rights of, and distributes royalties to, many Canadian writers, artists and publishers. However it remains to be seen how many […]

Defining “Authentic Librarianship” | Peer to Peer Review

In my first column, I touched briefly on an idea that I would like to expand upon here, and then use as a foundational concept for my future columns. It’s the idea of “authentic librarianship.” First of all, though, I have to confess to a mild knee-jerk reaction against the use of the word “authenticity” […]

Learning to be a Better Decision Maker | Leading From the Library

Much of what leaders do is make decisions – some of them tough ones.  Humans are inherently bad at this. If you’re a leader who makes decisions, how do you get better at it? A successful business leader visited an MBA class to enlighten the students. At the end of the talk a student asked […]

Purpose Before Task

This simple phrase sums up my entire marketing approach. I came across it last Sunday, reading the New York Times and a feature on the Disney Institute’s customer service training.  Purpose Before Task. What does that have to do with marketing? Everything. 1. Why is this the message we are delivering? Many libraries have Homework Help […]

Busy as a BEA: Visit BookExpo America 2012, June 4–7

Want to leave your library for an island break as spring heats into summer after Memorial Day? Come to Manhattan at the beginning of June and let BookExpo America (BEA) reinvigorate you with its mix of author buzz, new discoveries, and contact with bookies from near and far.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, May 1 2012

Chaos: just one voice I read Michael Stephens’s Office Hours every month and am a big fan. Per his columnin LJ (“Embracing Chaos,” Office Hours, LJ 3/15/12, p. 78), from my experience the “negotiated transaction” works the best if there is accountability, teamwork, and openness. The question is not whether “everybody’s coming” but whether everybody […]

Learning Everywhere | Office Hours

The annual Horizon Report is a valuable guide for LIS professors and librarians to emerging technologies and trends. The 2012 report is no exception. It identifies “key drivers of educational technology adoptions for the period 2012 through 2017.” These can enhance both LIS pedagogy and library service.