July 30, 2015

Fall Mystery Announcements


Thursday, August 20th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Let us take the detective work out of your mystery collection this fall. Join Library Journal for this free one-hour webcast and get a preview of the latest titles in the *highest circulating fiction genre in the U.S. You’ll hear from Books on Tape, Midnight Ink, Oceanview, and Soho Crime, all sure to quicken your patrons’ pulses! Learn which books and audiobooks to match up with your mystery lovers.
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Go Set a Watchman By the Numbers


On February 3 HarperCollins announced that it would be publishing a sequel to Nelle Harper Lee’s beloved 1960 classic To Kill a Mockingbird. In the wake of the news, speculation about Go Set a Watchman’s provenance abounded: Is it a sequel to Mockingbird, or a first draft? Did Lee’s lawyer actually discover the manuscript in a safe-deposit box after it was believed lost for decades? Was the timing of its discovery only two and a half months after the death of Lee’s sister Alice, often considered to be her protector, a coincidence?

Collection Development Tips & Tools


Thursday, August 6th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join Library Journal, Ingram Content Group, and special guests for a lively discussion about Collection Development. We’ll have a dynamic discussion about the challenges Selectors face – from predicting popular titles in advance, to dealing with patron demands, to staying on top of titles in the media and much more. Our expert panelists will have some solutions for many of these challenges, and we hope you’ll join the discussion!
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CA College Student Challenges Graphic Novel Syllabus


The administration at Crafton Hills College, a community college in Yucaipa, CA, recently denied a student’s request to remove what she considered objectionable material from a college course on graphic novels. After enrolling in the course and purchasing her books, Tara Schultz was surprised to learn that some of the titles included mature material. “I expected Batman and Robin, not pornography,” she told the Redland Daily Facts (RDF). The four books on the syllabus she found objectionable included: Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin, 2006); Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1, by Brian Vaughan (Vertigo, 2003); The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll’s House, by Neil Gaiman (1990, DC Comics); and Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon, 2004).

Christian Fiction Book Roundup


Tuesday, August 11th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Don’t miss these exciting offerings presented by Baker Books Publishing, Tyndale House Publishers, and Waterbrook Mulnomah Publishing Group. There will even be a sneak peek of works releasing in 2016!
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Letters to LJ, July 2015 Issue

Library invisibility, an author festival, and opposition to engagement, and more letters to the editor from the July 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Omaha Mayor’s Budget Proposal Could Slash Library Service

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The Omaha, Nebraska, Public Library (OPL) might have to scale back hours or even close one of its 12 branches if Mayor Jean Stothert’s proposed $14.3 million budget—about $900,000 less than trustees say they need—is approved by the City Council next month, library officials said.

News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Leslie Burger announced her retirement as Executive Director, Princeton Public Library; Farzaneh Razzaghi was named Dean of Library Services at Western Carolina University; John Faherty was named Executive Director, Mercantile Library, Cincinnati, and more new hire, promotion, retirement, and obituary People news from the July 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Next Stop, Chicago | BookExpo America 2015

BOOK LOVERS ALL (top row, l.-r.) Action around the Javits Center; autograph sessions call for patience as well as enthusiasm; (bottom row, l.-r.) Harper Lee’s upcoming Watchman was promoted big-time; picture-book illustrator Shane Evans poses with fans; Ed Koren and Delia Ephron meet and greet. Photos by Kevin Henegan

This year’s BookExpo America (BEA) took place in New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Wednesday, May 27, through Friday, May 29, 2015. As usual, attendees enjoyed a feast of books and authors over the few days, this time with a little twist: the first day also featured LJ’s Day of Dialog (DoD), a sold-out event held off-site at which librarians were treated to author panels and town hall discussions and, best of all, the chance to catch up before the chaos began. Below find highlights from DoD and BEA, including the show’s consumer arm, BookCon.

AZ Library Lockout Drives Deal, for Now


A city-ordered six-day closure of four libraries in southern Arizona surprised and irked library patrons but quickly had the desired effect, helping coax Santa Cruz County officials into signing a new one-year agreement extending a 50-50 split of the system’s $497,789 operating library budget.