December 16, 2017

Q&A with Kevin Moore, EveryLibrary’s 2017 Artist in Residence

The 2017 EveryLibrary Artist In Residence, Kevin Moore, is an editorial cartoonist and has been a reference librarian at Portland Community College, OR, since 2007. Moore was invited to create a series of weekly editorial cartoons focusing on library-related issues from September 4 through November 7; the cartoons are available for library supporters to use, copyright-free, in their advocacy work.

New Bestsellers & the Best Comics of 2017 | Book Pulse

The new bestsellers are listed and Entertainment Weekly picks the Best Comics of the Year.

FCC Kills Net Neutrality, Fight Likely to Move to Courts

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today passed the “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” (RIFO), overturning the 2015 Open Internet Order, a regulatory framework established during the Obama administration that gave the FCC the power to enforce “net neutrality,” defining broadband Internet as a utility similar to electricity or water, and requiring Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T, to treat all data traffic on the Internet equally.

Changes at the NYT | Book Pulse

The New York Timeshires its new nonfiction book editor, and several new nonfiction titles are reviewed.

More Best of the Year | Book Pulse

More best of the year picks arrive and Hannah Kent’s debut novel is set to become a movie.

2017 ACRL/NY Symposium: The Mission

The 2017 ACRL/NY (Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of Association of College and Research Libraries) Symposium, held on December 1 at Baruch College in Manhattan, led off with an interesting proposition: that thinking creatively about access—and how libraries can provide the widest range of access now and into the future—can offer a new kind of framework for shaping collections.

Book the Golden Globes | Book Pulse

The Golden Globes celebrate books as well as film and TV and a breakout short story published in The New Yorker has a lot of people talking.

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Take On “the Burden”: To Calm the Angry or Argumentative | Blatant Berry

“When the sane are dealing with the insane, the burden is on the sane.” That was one of my father’s favorite axioms, especially after some family argument (or a few drinks). The rest of the family used the idea frequently to calm our angry discussions with one another or with our friends and adversaries.

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News | Book Pulse

The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir by Maude Julien and Signal Loss by Garry Disher lead holds this week, People picks their best books of the year, and four new book-based film trailers arrive.

New Bestsellers Arrive | Book Pulse

E.L. James’s latest lands a #1 spot, the NYT critics pick their faves of 2017, and Tiffany Haddish is set to talk with Trevor Noah about The Last Black Unicorn.

Making a Name | Office Hours

For those with a newly minted LIS degree or soon to graduate, it’s never too early to start putting yourself out there. And for those already on course in your professional life, please look for ways to help our next generation of library professionals along.

A Movable Literary Feast | Albertine Prize Short List Announced

Book lovers and Francophiles gathered at the historic Payne Whitney mansion in New York City to celebrate the announcement of the shortlist for the 2018 Albertine Prize, a reader’s choice award for the best Francophone fiction translated into English and published in the United States over the past year.

Textbook Affordability: What’s Happening in Your State | From the Bell Tower

The good news is that more academic librarians are leading textbook affordability and open educational resources initiatives at their institutions. What if we could do even more good work with statewide efforts? Fortunately, there are some good models to lead the way.

Celebrity Deals, Even More Best Lists, & Bookish News | Book Pulse

Sally Field writes a memoir, Kal Penn pens an essay collection, and California gets sued for failing to teach kids to read.