October 25, 2016

Obituary: Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today Book Critic

It’s not every nationally known book critic that serves on the board of his local public library, but then Bob Minzesheimer, who died on October 15 after a battle with brain cancer, wasn’t just any book critic. USA Today‘s longtime book reviewer and writer, who was only 66 when he died, Bob earned a master’s […]

Picturing History, Comics Creators in Conversation | Comic Con 2016

Drawing an exuberant crowd, the panel “Race & Sexuality: A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tee “Vixen” Franklin & Steve Orlando,” moderated by comics scholar Jonathan W. Gray featured veteran comics writers and newcomers alike.

Hard Case Crime Teams Up with Titan Comics

Starting this month, Titan Comics joins forces with the iconic crime fiction imprint Hard Case Crime to launch Hard Case Crime Comics. Releasing both original and adapted works by celebrated authors of the crime genre as well as emerging voices in comics, the new line will boast the same gritty, sexy violence for which the mystery publisher is well known.

All’s Fair in Love | Genre Spotlight: Romance

Romance, like many genres, is continually evolving and broadening its definition with new subgenres, trends, and crossovers.

Urban Libraries Council (ULC) Announces Recipients of 2016 Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions Awards at Annual Forum

From ULC: The 2016 Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions were presented during a special Innovations Celebration on October 6. The event was part of ULC’s 2016 Annual Forum. Award winners were chosen by a panel of expert judges who considered nearly 270 submissions in 10 categories that supported U.S. and Canadian public library programs focused […]

IMLS and COSLA Working Together to Study Public Library Data Collection in U.S.

The following announcement was made on October 7, 2016. From the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) have begun a project to examine, evaluate, and map the landscape of public library data […]

Finalists Announced for National Book Awards 2016

The 20 finalists for the 2016 National Book Awards for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature were recently announced by David Haglund, the literary editor of newyorker.com, and Lisa Lucas, the executive director of the National Book Foundation. The announcement was made by The New Yorker via Facebook Live on October 6. The fiction […]

ALA Launches “45-115 Federal Initiative” to Promote Libraries’ National Agenda

From the American Library Association: Today the American Library Association announced the 45-115 ALA Federal Initiative to promote the capacity of libraries to advance our nation’s goals to leading federal policymakers. The campaign – named after the next President (our 45th) and the next Congress (our 115th) – will position U.S. libraries and library professionals […]


Proactive Librarianship | Designing the Future

R. David Lankes, author of The Atlas of New Librarianship and The New Librarianship Field Guide, talks about his vision of the future of librarianship


Human Connections | Designing the Future

“At the intersection of dystopian fiction and magical realism,” Fagan’s standout second novel, The Sunlight Pilgrims, after her acclaimed debut, The Panopticon, projects a future extrapolated from pressures on the present. “Despite its forbidding setting, [this] remains a hopeful tale about human connections.”