January 23, 2017

Carnegie Medals, Notable Books List Announced | ALA Midwinter 2017

Winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction were announced on Sunday, January 22, at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the America Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits conference in Atlanta. The fiction medal winner is Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad (Doubleday), a […]

Winners of the Library Awards for Innovation Announced

On January 20, at the Penguin Random House Librarian Reception at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, the Penguin Random House (PRH) Foundation will be announcing the recipients of its inaugural Library Awards for Innovation. The awards honor library programming that strengthens the community while fostering reading, with both the library and the librarian behind the […]

Navajo Nation Library To Digitize 1960s Oral History Archive

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The Navajo Nation Library (NNL) is working to secure the funding necessary to digitize and catalog thousands of hours of stories, songs, and oral histories of the Navajo people, originally recorded in the 1960s by the Navajo Culture Center of the Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity (ONEO).

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Rethinking the What and How of the ILS

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by Tania Fersenheim, Content & Applications Manager at Fenway Libraries Online Are we spending money wisely? Librarians and administrators ask themselves this question in many ways, both big and small, every day. Sometimes it keeps us up at night. It’s inherent in the choices we make between different brands of dry erase marker, different resources […]

Lisa Lucas: The National Book Foundation and Libraries

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In March, Lisa Lucas will complete her first year as executive director of the National Book Foundation (NBF). Lucas took the reins of the nonprofit, which oversees the 67-year-old National Book Awards (NBA), when Harold Augenbraum stepped down. She has her sights set on further enlarging NBF’s reach; LJ caught up with Lucas to find out more about what she has planned and how libraries fit into the NBF’s vision.

NYPL, Macmillan Launch Publishing Partnership

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New York Public Library (NYPL) and big-five publisher Macmillan have reached an agreement that will see Macmillan release children’s and adult books inspired by and sourced at the library, making NYPL’s famed collection available to a broader audience.

National Book Critics Circle Announces 2016 Finalists

On January 17, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced its 30 finalists in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—for the outstanding books of 2016. In addition, Margaret Atwood was named recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, Michelle Dean won the 2016 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, and Yaa […]

Body, Mind and Spirit Spring 2017

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Event Date & Time: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
As the New Year begins we continually find readers seeking their pathways for the year ahead. Join us for a truly inspiring webcast and learn about a few evergreen library favorites along with plenty of upcoming releases covering everything from aromatherapy and stress management, to the psychology of dreaming, to understanding consciousness, life, and death through quantum physics.
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Feedback: Letters to LJ, January 2017 Issue

Numbers point toward an amazingly inclusive society, in praise of Millennial computer knowledge, considering the individuals, and more letters to editor from the January 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Beyond Open Access

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The trend to make scientific journal articles freely (and easily) accessible also extends to the underlying research data and methodology. Academic libraries are the key to making Open Science practical.

Library Experts Weigh in On Next Register of Copyrights

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In the wake of the October 29 resignation of Maria Pallante, the former Register of Copyrights, the Library of Congress (LC) has put out a call to the public for input on the expertise needed by the next Register of Copyrights. (On January 17, Pallante will join the Association of American Publishers as president and CEO). The survey, posted on the LC website on December 16, invites the public to answer a series of questions about the knowledge, skills, abilities, and priorities that the incoming Register should possess.

Branching Out, January 2017

Clark Art Institute: Manton Research Center
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Albany Public Library, NY, Board of Trustees refinanced $29.1 million in bonds to improve five branches; the Ashtabula County District Library, OH, reopened; Clark Art Institute’s Manton Research Center, Williamstown, MA, was completed; and more new construction and renovation news from the January 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Just One Student but He Sent a Message | From the Bell Tower

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Higher education workers strongly believe in its value. So when people denigrate it, that creates some consternation. What does one student’s inappropriate gesture say about the state of higher education?

The Importance of Globally Curated Music Literature for Music Programs

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Thursday, January 26th, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
With the preponderance of music literature available, it’s increasingly important for institutions with music programs to have a strategy for evaluating sources. In this webcast event, we’re proud to bring you experts who are very active in the field of musicology who will share their views on the relevance and importance of curated music literature that is thoughtful, current, comprehensive, and global in scope.
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Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, January 2017

Grisham, Connelly, & Picoult jump in; Hillbilly outpaces Tattoo