February 17, 2018

Archives for 2018

A Sadly Growing Genre | School Shooting Fiction

As our country once again mourns the victims of yet another mass shooting, some readers may want to turn to literature to try to make sense of an action so violent and inexplicable. Fiction about school shootings is, sadly, a expanding genre, and four novels being published early this year will stir serious discussion.

Holding Pattern | Budgets & Funding

LJ’s 2018 Budget Survey shows overall budgets continuing to increase slightly, but federal funding disputes and new tax laws raise concern.

Federal Budget Request Seeks to Defund IMLS, Cultural Agencies—Again

The FY19 budget request released on February 12 by the Trump administration calls for the defunding of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), as well as a number of other programs relevant to libraries, just as it did last year.

News from the Show Floor | ALA Midwinter 2018

Library vendors had lots of news to share at this year’s American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Denver. Here are a few of the announcements LJ had the opportunity to learn about in person.

Noteworthy or Not: Are Keynotes Worth Keeping | From the Bell Tower

Keynote talks are still fairly standard fare at library conferences. Librarians tend to have a love-hate relationship with keynotes. Do they still add value to our conferences or is there a better alternative?

Authors Daniel Kraus, Margot Singer, Marie Kondo, and Ibi Zoboi Make News | Book Pulse

Daniel Kraus will finish George A. Romero’s incomplete zombie novel while Margot Singer wins the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. Pride and Prejudice gets re-mixed and Netflix brings cleaning joy.

ILL On Hold In Northern NJ

In northern New Jersey, library directors and staff are digging out from under a mountainous backlog of interlibrary loan items that piled up in enormous numbers through the early weeks of 2018. This meltdown emerged after the newly hired statewide delivery service, Los Angeles–based Expak Logistics, fell far behind in its work, and can do little now except chip away at a warehouse stuffed with boxes of books, DVDs, and other materials caught in transit limbo.

Getting Ready for Black Panther | Book Pulse

Black Panther will break big. Meanwhile, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society gets a trailer, Mrs. by Caitlin Macy and All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire® by Jonathan Abrams break out and Karl Ove Knausgård leads a literary road trip into Russia.

Redefining Libraries, Librarianship, and ALA | ALA Midwinter 2018

The 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter meeting returned to Denver for the fourth time since 1982, offering attendees a range of programming from high-name-recognition speakers to a controversial President’s Program to a lively assortment of forward-looking symposia sponsored by the Center for the Future of Libraries.

Authors on Air and in Conversation | Book Pulse

Authors Richard Morgan, Steven Pinker, Akwaeke Emezi, and Jill Santopolo get interviewed while a number of stories break about upcoming adaptations.