November 21, 2017

New Bestsellers Arrive | Book Pulse

New titles on the week’s bestsellers lists, a glowing review of Alias Grace, & Comey’s title revealed

November Reading Lists Arrive | Book Pulse

November book lists arrive, data lit has a moment, and Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a Civil War reading list.

Designing High-Participation Summer and Winter Reading Programs

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, 2PM-3PM ET / 11AM-12PM PT
Aggregating the results of over 2,000 summer reading programs, our data shows that seemingly small decisions can have a measurable impact. This webcast provides an overview of key insights and recommends some “best practices” that are enabling libraries to get the most out of their reading programs.
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Three Titles Taking Off | Book Pulse

Hank and Jim by Scott Eyman breaks through, a busy PR push pays off for Chris Matthews, and Seattle is honored by UNESCO as a City of Literature.

Twice-Told Tales | Collection Development: Retelling the Classics

Everything old is new again when it comes to fresh retellings of classic literature. From the Hogarth Shakespeare series to the movie Clueless and the musical Wicked, classic stories never go out of style.

Closure Plans for Cincinnati Library’s North Building Spark Concerns

As the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCHC) considers the future of its Main Library’s North Building, community members continue to object to the library’s lack of transparency regarding its plans, the elimination of public space, and possible conflicts of interest.

Alias Grace Premieres | Book Pulse

Alias Grace, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, begins streaming on Netfix this Friday while Smile by Roddy Doyle gets a riveting review in the NYT

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Inner Traditions Grows the Niche, Slow but Steady

The digital revolution has not discriminated. In its re-ordering of the publishing universe, changing the way readers find and buy books, it has unnerved, disrupted, flummoxed, and frustrated independent and major publishers alike. Yet Inner Traditions, a Vermont-based publisher of new age and alternative science books since the 1970s, has grown over the last decade.

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

Michael Connelly’s Two Kinds of Truth leads in holds this week; In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende gets notable attention; and The Shadow District by Arnaldur Indridason gets an early rave.

Embracing eBooks Like a Boss

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, 2PM-3PM ET / 11AM-12PM PT
When over half of your users come to the library seeking information, it is often your responsibility to ensure they find what they’re looking for. But when you’re taking on varying other tasks, how do you embrace non-fiction eBooks? Join us as we hear from public library thought-leaders as they speak to how their libraries address non-fiction collection challenges.
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Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

George Andreou is Director of Harvard University Press; Elaine L. Westbrooks is University Librarian and Vice Provost for University Libraries, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Michelle L. Young will become President of the New York Library Association for 2018–19; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the September 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

New Bestsellers Arrive | Book Pulse

The week ends with 12 books new to the best seller lists and a final chance at Halloween reading.

Adam Matthew Enables Full-Text Search of Handwritten Manuscripts

Adam Matthew Digital last month announced the launch of Handwritten Text Recognition, an artificial intelligence technology that enables full-text searching of digitized, handwritten manuscript collections.

Arizona State to Partner with Public Libraries on Citizen Science

Arizona State University is partnering with Phoenix-area libraries to develop field-tested, replicable, low-cost toolkits of citizen science resources for public libraries. Funded by a 2017 National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, researchers from ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society and librarians from ASU’s Hayden Library have joined forces with Arizona State Library, the citizen science hub SciStarter, and the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net).

Driving Digital Content Engagement

Join Library Journal and RBdigital as we uncover the latest in library patron digital service engagement and how the RBdigital app and online experience provide the tools that deepen discovery and enjoyment of digital content. This webcast showcases user trends along with how RBdigital uses discovery habits and the ways they interact with digital content.
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