January 17, 2018

The Frankenstein Bicentennial | Book Pulse

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein while more modern classics head to the screen.

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

City of Endless Nightby Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child leads holds this week while The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Storiesby Denis Johnson gets review attention. New trailers are out for two book adaptations.

Mile High | ALA Midwinter Preview 2018

The American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting returns to Denver, February 9–12, at the Colorado Convention Center. While the later-than-usual timing pushes the conference closer to March’s Public Library Association (PLA) biennial gathering, a potential bottleneck for some, Midwinter offers plenty of compelling content to pull librarians to the Mile High City.

Branching Out, December 2017

Openings abound: new Archives and Research Center (ARC) addition Texas State University, San Marcos’s STAR Park; revamped Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in NY; renovated Shippensburg Public Library, PA; and more new construction and renovation news from the December 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, January 2018

Lots of thrillers making their way onto the list; Chernow moves on to Grant

New Bestsellers | Book Pulse

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn and Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff take over the bestseller lists.

ALA Full Membership to Vote on Executive Director Qualifications

When Keith Michael Fiels, the former executive director (ED) of the American Library Association (ALA), announced in September 2016 that he would retire the following July, ALA leadership began considering its requirements for the role. As ALA convened a search committee and engaged a search firm to find the next ED, the question arose as to whether potential candidates should be required to hold an MLIS—or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)/school librarian equivalent—or whether the degree should be merely preferred.

Reese Witherspoon’s New Book Club Pick | Book Pulse

Reese Witherspoon picks Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown as her newest book club pick. Fire and Fury tops bestseller lists but finds itself in a more crowded field.

Irvin Mayfield, Ronald Markham Charged in NOPL Fund Mismanagement

Irvin Mayfield, a jazz trumpet virtuoso and at one time a leading figure in the city’s library community before being dogged by scandal, pleaded not guilty in federal court on January 4 to charges listed in a 19-count indictment that alleged he used $1.4 million of New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) money for personal gain. Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced the indictments in December 2017, and also appeared in court to represent the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Museum and Library Services Act of 2017 Introduced in Senate

The Museum and Library Services Act of 2017 was introduced in the Senate on December 21 by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), along with Susan Collins (R-ME), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). The bipartisan bill, S. 2271, reauthorizes the core programs administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS): the Museum Services Act and the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA), which provides more than $183 million in funding through the Grants to States program; National Leadership Grants for Libraries; the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program; and Native American Library Services. The agency has been a source of support for public, academic, research, special, and tribal libraries, as well as some 35,000 museums.

Highly Anticipated 2018 Books & LJ’s Best Media of 2017 | Book Pulse

There’s plenty of news related to comics adaptations, plus LJ announced its picks for 2017’s best DVDs, music, games, and audiobooks.

Highly Anticipated 2018 Books & LJ’s Best Media of 2017 | Book Pulse

There’s plenty of news related to comics adaptations, plus LJ announced its picks for 2017’s best DVDs, music, games, and audiobooks.

Highly Anticipated 2018 Books & LJ’s Best Media of 2017 | Book Pulse

There’s plenty of news related to comics adaptations, plus LJ announced its picks for 2017’s best DVDs, music, games, and audiobooks.

A Glowing Review Leads the Day | Book Pulse

The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith gets a rave review. The First Amendment gets coverage.

Bard and Brooklyn Public Library Partner for Microcollege

Bard College, a private liberal arts college in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, and Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) have partnered to launch a “microcollege”—an innovative undergraduate program for nontraditional students—at BPL’s Central Library in Prospect Heights. Bard at Brooklyn Public Library is designed to give the experience of attending a small, high-quality liberal arts college to students who have confronted barriers to continuing their education. The two-year program will culminate in an associate’s degree.