March 22, 2017

National Book Critics Circle Awards | Publishing Year 2016

On Thursday, March 16, at the New School in New York City, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced the recipients of its book awards for publishing year 2016. As with last November’s National Book Awards, a sense of political urgency hung over the proceedings. Michelle Dean, awarded the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in […]

“Bridging Worlds” with Librarians Pun, Collard, and Parrott

Raymond Pun, Scott Collard, and Justin Parrott, editors of Bridging Worlds: Emerging Models and Practices of U.S. Academic Libraries Around the Globe discuss the inspiration for their new book, the role of academic libraries in global initiatives, and getting started in an international career.

Trump’s Budget Proposal Eliminates Funding For IMLS, NEA, NEH, CPB, and More

Note: We plan to update this post with additional reports, comments/reactions. and other materials as they become available. From The Washington Post: Trump’s first budget proposal, which he named “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” would increase defense spending by $54 billion and then offset that by stripping money from more than […]

The Life & Legacy of Dwayne McDuffie, Diversity in Comics Pioneer

The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity, now in its third year, is named for the man whose influence on the comics industry is still being felt.

Best Free Reference Websites & Apps

INFOdocket editor Gary Price highlights the top free online resources and apps that should be at the fingertips of every reference librarian.

Best Databases of 2016

The most highly acclaimed databases and digital reference products reviewed by LJ in 2016.

Best Reference Titles of 2016

The top reference titles published in 2016, selected by a committee of LJ reviewers and editors.

Penguin Random House To Publish Books by the Obamas

Penguin Random House (PRH) announced that it will publish two forthcoming books by former United States President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, respectively. PRH acquiredworld publication rights for the two books. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Publication dates have not yet been set, and the focus of each book will […]

Under the Surface | Materials Survey 2017

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The findings of LJ’s latest materials survey, which tracks budgets and circulation at public libraries equitably distributed throughout the nation by size, type, and region

Big Read in the Big Apple: NYC Launches Reading Initative

Can New Yorkers agree to read the same book as the city launches One Book One New York reading campaign?