January 21, 2018

Feedback: Letters to LJ, January 2018 Issue

Commentary on climate change, the pros and cons of PBS’s The Vietnam War, and more letters to the editor from the January 1, 2018 issue of Library Journal.

New Bestsellers | Book Pulse

The Wife Between Usby Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen and When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timingby Daniel Pink hit the bestseller lists. Elena Ferrante becomes a columnist for The Guardian. Author Peter Mayle has died.

The Gaining Popularity and Use of Digital Magazines in Academic Libraries

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, 3PM-4PM ET / 12PM-1PM PT
This session will focus on how digital magazines are gaining popularity with students and educators for use inside and outside the library. There will be case studies, approaches to implementation, strategies for selection of digital magazine titles, and recommendations for vendors.
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Higher Ed’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good Year: Let’s Help Make 2018 Better | From the Bell Tower

American higher education came under attack in 2017 as the political, cultural, and social divisions in our society widened. It stood accused of forcing liberal politics on students, hampering free speech on campus, and fostering an environment of incivility in and beyond the classroom. Academic librarians could help lead our institutions to regain their status as our society’s bastion of free speech.

The Great American Read; Fire and Fury on the Small Screen | Book Pulse

PBS announces The Great American Read and Fire and Fury heads to TV.

I’ll Be There for You | Office Hours

Budgets are tight. For many, webinars and online conferences have been a primary professional development tool of late. Attending a keynote is as easy as sitting down at your desk and plugging in headphones. But when there is money for conference travel, how do we maximize the potential for learning and growth face to face (F2F)? What’s the value of F2F in a virtual, networked world?

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.