February 17, 2018

Archives for December 2012

Pew: Community Reading Habits Mirror Demographic Trends

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project’s Reading Habits in Different Communities report can help libraries in different kinds of communities better target their services.

Best Books 2012: Top Ten

When LJ’s book review editors gathered to choose best books recently, a controversy emerged. Some of us were stumping for titles—Eloisa James’s Paris in Love, Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, and Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things—that were, at least in part, previously published on the web. But should they qualify for our august […]

Maria Konnikova, Sherlock Holmes, and Savoring the World Around Us | Not Dead Yet

If you haven’t yet encountered the work of Maria Konnikova, let me introduce you right away: here’s the About page on her website; here’s some information about her forthcoming (in January 2013) book from Viking, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes; here’s a link to her personal blog; here’s a link to her blog for Scientific American, Literally Psyched (“Conceived in literature, tested in psychology”); and here’s a link to “The Power of Concentration,” an opinion piece she recently did for the New York Times’ Sunday Review. And yes, I do realize you could have gotten to most of those just from her website, but I wanted you to see a sampling of her projects, to point out her bona fides and my interest in her work.

Five Questions with Roberto Delgadillo

Roberto Delgadillo, Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Services Resources Manager at University Library, UC Davis, is one of the winners of this week’s I Love My Librarian Award. Library Journal caught up with him on the flight home.

How to Talk to Lawmakers | Peer to Peer Review

A quick search of the Libraries’ catalog at my university shows that we have lots of books about how to talk with different groups. The target audiences for these improved conversations include children, liberals, teens, Christians, senior parents, and physicians. We even have a book (which I haven’t read) about how to talk about books […]

A Public Academic Library

Not many college libraries have a children’s room, but the Culver-Stockton college library installed one as part of a recent renovation. It’s not for undergraduates regressing under stress; the room is designed to “support local readers and literacy,” library director Sharon Upchurch told LJ. The college already owned a collection of 3,500 books for children […]

Feedback: Letters to LJ, December 1, 2012 Issue

For the Harper model I agree with Michael Kelley (“A Modest Ebook Proposal,” Editorial, LJ 11/1/12, p. 8). If there must be limits on ebooks for libraries, I would much rather have the HarperCollins model with its reasonable (for library ebooks) prices and their immediate availability. We are using the 3M platform, and we just gained access […]

‘I Love My Librarian’ Awards Honor Ten Librarians

Four academic librarians create a spirit of community in their libraries were among 10 recipients of the 2012 I Love My Librarian awards.

Macmillan CEO John Sargent Says eBook Lending Program For Libraries Coming in Early 2013

In a holiday letter to authors, illustrators and agents, Macmillan CEO John Sargent says that a pilot ebook program for libraries (the programs existence was confirmed in October) will launch in “early 2013.” We also learn that the program will be for a “limited part” of the Macmillan list of books. Want specifics? Sorry, not […]

OverDrive’s Next Generation Websites Now Live at 22 Libraries

Earlier today we learned that 3M Cloud Library and Polaris were announcing the release of an integrated ebook catalog (3M Cloud into a Polaris OPAC installation) at the Baltimore County Public Library. You can take a look here. This afternoon we’ve heard from OverDrive who blogged that their next generation websites were now live in […]