July 30, 2015

Libraries and Book Collections as Essential Cultural Institutions | ALA Annual 2015

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While it has always fallen to libraries to preserve the historical record of the communities they serve, libraries also need to consider their own history—especially in light of the changing landscape they face. At the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, a panel of three authors whose recent books focus on private, public, and academic libraries spoke with moderator Barbara Hoffert, editor of LJ’s Prepub Alert, on Libraries and Book Collections as Essential Cultural Institutions: A Historical and Forward-Looking Perspective. The panelists discussed their own studies, and charged libraries to examine the cultural legacies of their own collections.

Smaller Press Books from the Show | ALA 2015

Wandering the booths at ALA revealed some intriguing books from publishers outside of the big five. Here’s a sample of what I saw.

Top Suspense Novels Defy Boundaries | Day of Dialog 2015

“Exciting,” “addictive, and “believable” are but a few of the adjectives presenters at the “Top Thrills” panel at LJ’s 18th annual Day of Dialog used to describe their latest books, among the season’s best suspense and mystery novels.

Mr. Mercedes Snags Best Novel | Edgar Awards 2015

Mr. Mercedes Snags Best Novel | Edgar Awards 2015

Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King’s foray into hard-boiled crime fiction, was named the Best Novel at the Mystery Writers of America’s 69th Annual Edgar Awards banquet.

Writing To Remember: A 20th-Century Tragedy Inspires a Debut Novel

“Seeking answers, trying to impose meaning, to understand what happened and why are all things I do when I’m writing. So when people ask me if my novel is an act of political activism, I remember what Toni Morrison said…”

Welcome Artificial Overlords: Androids in Fact & Fiction | Collection Development, April 1, 2015

Welcome Artificial Overlords. Humans have historically been obsessed with creating artificially intelligent life (AI). These 26 works of fiction and nonfiction, plus periodicals and DVDs, bring this future into sharper focus.

Set Your Phasers to Stunned: 2015 Hugo Nominations Stir Controversy

Set Your Phasers to Stunned: 2015 Hugo Nominations Stir Controversy

The April 4 announcement of this year’s Hugo Awards shortlist generated a firestorm of controversy on Twitter and sf websites; at issue is the politicization of what should have been a selection process based on literary merit.

ALA Reference Announcements | Reference News, March 1, 2015

ALA Reference Announcements | Reference News, March 1, 2015

Several database vendors were showing or announcing new products at this year’s American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter meeting in Chicago, held January 30–February 3.

Materials Breakout | Materials Survey 2015

Materials Breakout | Materials Survey 2015

Here’s the good news: respondents to LJ’s annual materials survey of U.S. public libraries nationwide report that their materials budgets are up 3%, averaging $807,000 overall and ranging from $30,000 on average for libraries serving populations under 10,000 to $4,437,000 for libraries serving populations over 500,000. That’s the best budget showing since the $862,000 average in 2008 and a sign that libraries are catching up after the major economic downturn of 2007–08, though with prices now higher, budgets are still playing catch-up.

Editors’ Spring Picks

Editors’ Spring Picks

LJ’s reviews editors discuss exciting spring releases