February 17, 2018

Archives for 2017

High-Tech Hands-On Learning with a Marble-Powered Computer

Computers are full of ingenious logic and astonishing creativity. They’re everywhere, but most of us don’t understand how they work. Turing Tumble provides a way to peek under the hood of computers: the logic isn’t hidden inside a computer chip, it’s right there in front of you.
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Reviewers of the Year 2017

In honor of all our reviewers, and especially those whose work made an indelible impression this year, LJ editors thank you for your dedication, expertise, and trusted insights. Here’s to many more years of working and learning together.

New Bestsellers and Reviews of Strong Opinions | Book Pulse

Only one new bestselling title this week, continuing children’s author Dav Pilkey’s great success. Roomies by Christina Lauren gets high praise while Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker by A.N. Wilson gets slammed.

Top Picks for 2018 and a Final Look at 2017 | Book Pulse

HuffPo on the Best Feminist Books of 2017, the Hollywood Reporter weighs in on the Best Comics of the year, and the “old gray lady” takes a look at intriguing new nonfiction.

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News | Book Pulse

A handful of in-demand new titles hit shelves. Reviewers opinions get sharp. The publishing world looks forward to 2018 even as a few final best of the year lists take stock of 2017.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, December 2017 Issue

In search of better policies for parents, working toward a democratic climate, welcoming Book Pulse, and more letters to the editor from the December 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

No New Bestsellers But Plenty of Books | Book Pulse

As the year winds down, no new bestsellers appear this week but plenty of book news still breaks.

Q&A with Trevor Owens, LC Head of Digital Content Management

In August, Trevor Owens became the first head of digital content management in library services at the Library of Congress (LC). The role at LC represents something of a full circle for Owens; before serving in various roles at the Institute of Museum and Library Services from 2015–17, most recently as acting associate deputy director for libraries, Owens was a digital archivist at LC’s Office of Strategic Initiatives since 2010. The position, on the other hand, is brand new—both to Owens and to LC.

Closure Plans for Cincinnati Library’s North Building Spark Concerns

Update: At an emergency meeting on Wednesday, December 20, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCHC) board voted 5–0 (two members were not in attendance) not to sell the North Building. Instead, the library will seek a 1 mill tax levy in May, 2018 to help supplement its $54 million facilities plan. The library will host a community conversation on December 27.

Going Viral Nets a Two-Book Deal | Book Pulse

After writing a short story for The New Yorker that set the literary world alight, Kristen Roupenian lands a seven-figure, two-book deal.