February 17, 2018

Week in Review: Library and Book News Roundup

By LJ Staff

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Nashville Mayor Proposes Public Library Run School Libraries
Karl Dean, mayor of Nashville, has requested the school Nashville Public Librarylibraries be consolidated under the Nashville Public Library (NPL)—an apparent first-ever move in which a major city’s school libraries would be run by a public library, offering potential synergies but also posing significant implementation challenges.

Google Book Deal Gets “Preliminary” Court Approval; More Boosters Emerge
For such a broad, complex settlement deal, the Google Book Search settlement deal seems to be on a fast-track.
See Also:ALA/ARL Issues Guide to Google Settlement

Indiana Governor Seeks Library Consolidation; Most Libraries Resist
Many librarians suggest that giving up local control for a “one size fits all” strategy is wrong, with some of the most vociferous blogging at Save Our Small Public Libraries.

San Diego Mayor Wants To Proceed with Library Closings; Budget Analyst Urges Review
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and the City Council have yet to agree on whether to close seven of 35 branch libraries, among other cuts he’s proposed.

Pimp My Bookcart Contest Winners Announced
The comic strip Unshelved’s 2008 Pimp my Bookcart contest, sponsored by Smith System, drew nearly 100 entries, including bookcarts turned into food carts, a fire truck, and a bookmobile.

Galveston Library Asks Residents for Memories of Hurricane Ike
The Rosenberg Library in Galveston, TX, which survived Hurricane Ike in mid-September with significant damage to its first floor is beginning the long road back to recovery, and it’s trying something new.

Hildreth, Light, Sass Finalists for Seattle City Librarian
Three finalists, all women, have been named to the short list for City Librarian/CEO of the Seattle Public Seattle Public LibraryLibrary (SPL) and are meeting with stakeholders this week.

UIUC Library Denies Police Report Sex Offender Lived There
Was a convicted sex offender living in the Undergraduate Library of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, which is open 24 hours most of the week?

InfoTech: One Quarter of OverDrive e-Audiobooks Now Mac-Friendly
OverDrive today announced the launch of its Media Console for the Mac, a beta version of which the digital media distributor debuted in August as part of its Digital Bookmobile outreach tour.

Tech Recipes for Success from MaintainIT
It’s no secret that a number of librarians end up serving as their own tech support out of necessity. To help this self- reliant lot, the MaintainIT Project—founded three years ago with Gates Foundation funding—has been providing a central place for librarians to share expertise.

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Book News: Matthiessen, Gordon-Reed Take National Book Awards
The Fiction judges, headed by Gail Godwin, looked for “purity of intent” in selecting the winner of the 59th National Book Awards National Book Award for Fiction from the 270 entries.

Book News: Amazon.com, Penguin, PW Collaborate on Second Breakthrough Novel Award
Amazon.com and the Penguin Group again will host the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, described as an “international competition seeking the next popular novel.

Book News: Celebrity Advances Balloon
She lost the election, but Sarah Palin may have struck a mother lode larger than anything she’d mine in her native Alaska.

Behind the Mike: Simon Vance
Kick-starting LJ‘s inaugural “Behind the Mike” column, in which audiobook-loving library professionals interview audiobook narrators and producers, is Ophelia Lo’s (Canton PL, MI) Q&A with Audie® Award winner Simon Vance, who in 25 years has recorded more than 400 titles.

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Reference 2009: Introducing E-Reference Ratings
Reference publishing “simply is blossoming,” declares LJ Reference editor Mirela Roncevic in LJ’s Reference 2009 supplement. Roncevic believes that reference publishers “must think of themselves as beacons of the profession…shedding light on important topics,” and she along with her “great eight” dream team of public and academic librarians shine their own light on reference and its many components.

Nurturing Your Media: Popular options for managing physical media, from security to repair
No other category of library materials has grown more quickly in the last several decades than audiovisual (AV), nor has any other category undergone so many changes in format.

Big Read, Big ROI: How the one-book program extends the library’s most trusted brand
Zora Neale Hurston, Dashiell Hammett, Ernest Hemingway, Leo Tolstoy: they aren’t just classic authors you should have read. In the hands of libraries and their partners, deployed communitywide with the support of the Big Read, they and many other great writers are becoming agents of change.