February 20, 2017

Everything in Its Place | Self-Publishing & Libraries

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Sometimes you don’t realize how things are interconnected because you aren’t seeing all parts of the process. That recently happened to me when I started asking catalogers about working with indie titles. The answers I got were surprising.

No Cold Shoulder in Kentucky | Self-Publishing & Libraries

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A Computers in Libraries conference got Jim Blanton thinking: ebooks were on the rise. Self-publishing was taking off. How could libraries turn the challenge into an opportunity?

BCALA, BiblioBoard Launch Self-Publishing Award

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Librarians have long sought more guidance on self-published books as well as books by authors of color. Aiming to answer both needs is a new award offered by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and BiblioBoard (the company that partners with LJ on SELF-e), called the SELF-e Literary Award.

Three Books on Self-Publishing | Self-Publishing & Libraries

While your lIbrary probably already collects some of the many guides on how to write a book, this month I’d like to recommend three essential titles for your collection that can help aspiring authors take the next step to turning their finished manuscript into a clean ebook.

Mitchell Davis on Community Engagement from Saying Yes to Self-Pub to Comic Cons

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The first SELF-e collection of self-published titles chosen by LJ and hosted by BiblioLab’s BiblioBoard releases this month, in time for the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference. On the occasion, LJ caught up with ­Mitchell Davis, chief business officer of BiblioLabs, to hear how this collaboration originated and where both SELF-e and BiblioBoard are headed.

ONEBOOKAZ | Self-Publishing & Libraries

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One of the more exciting library projects—­ONEBOOKAZ—is occurring under the leadership of the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State’s office. Many communities have sponsored a “one book” program, in which a whole city or county is invited to read a title at the same time. But ONEBOOKAZ has three twists that make it different.

LAPL, SELF-e, Surprising Stats | Self-Publishing & Libraries

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For at least a generation, libraries have focused their collection development efforts on the Big Six (now Big Five) publishers. But that domination of library purchases and circulation may be about to change.

BlueInk Review—Patti and Patty | Self-Publishing and Libraries

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This month, I visit with one of the first organizations to tackle one of the fundamental librarian concerns about self-publishing: quality.

SELF-e Comes to Cuyahoga | Self-Publishing and Libraries

Mitchell Davis of BiblioLabs speaks at the Cuyahoga Public Library SELF-E launch event

SELF-e is the partnership between Library Journal and Charleston, SC’s BiblioLabs. BiblioLab’s product, Biblioboard, is a platform that seeks to bring (among other things), self-published works into the library ecosystem. I spoke recently with Hallie Rich, Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Communications and External Relations Director, about the library’s pilot project with the platform.

Jukepop: Back to the Future | Self Publishing and Libraries

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Serialized writing has a long history, and can be hugely popular. It is said that American fans of Charles Dickens, eager to get the latest chapter of “The Old Curiosity Shop,” lined up at the docks of New York, shouting out to the crew of a ship that had not yet come to port, “Is little Nell dead?”