February 13, 2018

Authors on Air and in Conversation | Book Pulse

Authors Richard Morgan, Steven Pinker, Akwaeke Emezi, and Jill Santopolo get interviewed while a number of stories break about upcoming adaptations.

Life in the Green Lane | Collection Development: Sustainable Living

Time will tell if, after devastating hurricanes and wildfires in recent years, people will make the connection between increasingly violent, more frequent weather events and global warming. These 32 resources will help librarians make sense of the issue.

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How To Make The Library More Inclusive

Dedicated to making the library inviting for librarians and students of all backgrounds, LJ Mover & Shaker Cynthia Mari Orozco works to raise awareness of micro-aggressions in librarianship and library anxiety among students. In this interview, she shares her efforts to make the library a space of refuge and community.

Carnegie Medals, Notable Books List Announced

On Sunday, February 11, at the Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach (Scribner) and Sherman Alexie’s You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me: A Memoir (Little, Brown) won the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, respectively. The announcement was […]

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

Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman leads holds this week. The RUSA/CODES awards are announced and Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday is getting strong literary buzz.

A Librarian Must Lead ALA: Be Sure You Vote in March | Blatant Berry

If this headline seems familiar, there’s a good reason: one year ago I said something very similar in “The Devalued MLIS.” At the time, I was addressing the upcoming vote of the American Library Association (ALA) Council on whether ALA should require candidates for its open executive director spot to hold a master’s degree in library science.

New Bestsellers | Book Pulse

New bestsellers hit the lists and a number of authors get profiles, features, and interviews.

The Horror, the Horror | 2017 Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization for writers of horror and dark fantasy, has announced the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot. Named in honor of the author of Dracula, the prizes are presented annually in 11 categories, including fiction, poetry, screenplays, and nonfiction.

Jesmyn Ward Is Writing a Middle Grade Novel | Book Pulse

Jesmyn Ward has two new books in the works, one is her first novel for younger readers. YA author Sara Shepard’s first adult novel is forthcoming.

Guiding LibGuides | The User Experience

When LibGuides 2 was released in 2015, Texas A&M University Libraries seized the opportunity to rethink radically our LibGuides program. Instead of transferring existing content to the new platform, we chose to start from scratch with a renewed focus on the user experience within Guides. A pivotal part of this reconstruction involved training more than 60 librarians and staff members who serve as LibGuides creators.

LIRN Consortium Implements New Proxy Platform

Following more than a year of preparation and testing, the Library and Information Resources Network (LIRN) has implemented Muse Proxy for its member libraries. This new customizable multi-platform proxy server will simplify the work LIRN does to help its member libraries offer students and faculty seamless access to licensed databases and other resources while off campus.

Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Selection | Book Pulse

Reese Witherspoon picks The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo as her book club pick for the month. Meanwhile attention to the Oprah pick continues. In award news, the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) selects Rachel Kadish’s The Weight of Ink as the inaugural winner of their Jewish Fiction Award.

KY Governor’s Budget Would Eliminate Library Funds

Library Legislative Day in Kentucky on February 15 will give directors and advocates their first real chance to push back against Gov. Matt Bevin’s recent FY18–20 budget proposal, which seeks to eliminate every penny of the $2.5 million currently earmarked for direct state aid to libraries.

Cannabis Literacy | BackTalk

Many states are legalizing the possession, use, and sale of cannabis for medical and/or recreational purposes, even as it remains illegal at the federal level. Whether or not your library is located in one of those states, the frequent presence of the substance in the news may be raising questions for your patrons.

Aspen Institute Releases Model State-Level Dialogue Report for Colorado

On January 31 the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries (DPL) released “Libraries: Building Community Resilience in Colorado.” The report presents the findings of The Aspen Institute Colorado Dialogue on Public Libraries, a meeting of community stakeholders and library leaders held on May 25, 2017, and builds on DPL’s work examining the evolving roles of public libraries and developing models to drive discussions between libraries and their communities.