April 22, 2017

Making Libraries Sing | Music Matters

Instead of focusing on a genre of music, or items to add to your collections, this column offers a shout-out to a librarian with a double life, and the work she and others do to bring music to patrons in a variety of ways.

Genre Spotlight: Mystery

As readers continue to clamor for more crime fiction, suspense, and thrillers, publishers are responding with a great lineup of titles for the summer/fall 2017 season.

The Ten Best Magazines Launched in 2016

Print mags hold an important place in the overall media landscape and are not about to lose their value.

Save the IMLS! Gale, ALA Launch New Advocacy Website

From the Website: The White House budget proposes to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and cut $186.6 million in federal funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the only direct federal library funding. Gale, a Cengage company, in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) and other publishers, has […]

The Voices of Islam | Collection Development

Libraries have a unique opportunity to inform users of the rich and varied experiences of the Islamic world. These 35 sources should be available in most libraries.

2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards | Reading Responsibly

On March 23, the Cleveland Foundation (CF) announced the winners of the 82nd annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, established in 1935 by Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf to honor literary works that confront racism and celebrate diversity. This year’s winners include Isabel Allende, Lifetime Achievement; Peter Ho Davies, The Fortunes (Houghton Harcourt), Fiction; Tyehimba […]

Intellectual Property: “New Bill Would Let Trump Pick the Next Register of Copyrights”

UPDATE: The legislation reported on below has been assigned the number H.R. 1695. UPDATE: Read the Full Text of the Legislation (PDF) UPDATE: We’ve added the full text of a statement from the Library Copyright Alliance at the bottom of this post.  —- From Andrew Albanese at Publisher’s Weekly: With a search for the next Register of […]

Gates Foundation Plans to Launch Open Access Publishing Platform Gates Open Research, This Fall

From Nature.com: One of the world’s wealthiest charities, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, is set to launch its own open-access publishing venture later this year. The initiative,Gates Open Research, was announced on 23 March and will be modelled on a service begun last year by the London-based biomedical charity, the Wellcome Trust. […]

Kansas: Bill Would Put State Library Under Legislature’s Control

From the Lawrence Journal-World: A bill pending in the Senate would make a big change to an agency that is one of the smallest in state government, yet one that has a big impact on other agencies and communities throughout the state, the Kansas State Library. [Clip] While the State Library is currently under the […]

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 […]