May 3, 2016

Pushing for Potus | Collection Development: Political Campaigns, April 1, 2016

This year’s race for president is hot and heavy, but it may not be all that unusual as campaigns go. These 29 resources offer an abundance of information on the roots of elections, how to become a more effective voter, and the evolving role of women in politics.

Unpacking Brazil: Collection Development, March 1, 2016

Going to the Olympics in Rio or planning a trip via armchair, these sources will help travelers make the most of their time.

Learning the Craft | Collection Development: The Business of Writing

Books on the craft of writing often fall into three categories: the practical, meant to teach readers to construct entertaining works; the academic, meant to mold the aspiring writer into an artist; and titles that are a mix of the two. Whatever an aspiring writer’s needs, these 30 resources should help wannabes become wordsmiths.

A Life Under Fire | Collection Development: Military Memoirs

Authors ranging from veterans of famous conflicts past to modern combatants, reminiscences of battlefield experiences express boredom and loneliness, brutality and compassion, violence and love. These 31 titles will enhance any collection.

You’re the Boss. Now What? | Collection Development: Building a Small Business, December 1, 2015

Between new technological options and the desire to return to handmade and local goods, there are plenty of opportunities for new and small businesses—and plenty to learn. These 25 resources combine the latest and lasting advice for new entrepreneurs.

iTeach, iLearn, and iConfused | Collection Development: Technology Education, November 1, 2015

With the ever-increasing pace of computer processing, devices are quickly becoming outdated. Librarians must find relevant, long-lasting titles in a field that shows no signs of slowing down and supplement with continuously updated digital resources to keep current on changing specifics. These 31 resources will add to tech collections.

Espionage: In From the Cold | Collection Development: Spy Fiction & More, October 1, 2015

Spy fiction is alive and well, despite the loss of its favorite setting—the Berlin Wall—and the demise of its chief nemesis—the Soviet Union. Warm up your collection with these 18 titles.

Format Follows Function

When it comes to collection development, libraries are making more complex choices based on what patrons want and in what format they want it. Print books come in hardcover and paperback, with an ever-growing selection of large print; library binding, while less popular than it once was, is still an option. Ebook models are more varied than ever, but libraries must pay attention to licensing restrictions, term and use limits, and subscription models. Audiobooks, which are experiencing steady gains in appeal, present some of the widest range of format choices: CDs, downloadable audio, and preloaded players.

Betwixt and Between: New Adult Fiction | Collection Development, September 1, 2015

New adult (NA) is one of the most loved and fiercely hated trends to emerge this decade. Many decry NA as a mere marketing ploy, while others are excited that an overlooked demographic is finally getting its share of the spotlight. These 33 sources will give patrons plenty to ponder.

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.