June 18, 2018

About Stephanie Sendaula

Stephanie Sendaula (ssendaula@mediasourceinc.com) is an Associate Editor at Library Journal.

We Need Diverse Books Presents: Life Cycle of a Diverse Book | BookExpo 2018

We Need Diverse Books is a staple at BookExpo, and this year’s well-attended session on Friday, June 1 answered an important question—How do books get made?

Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives | BookCon 2018

          On Saturday, June 2, an attentive crowd at BookCon joined moderator Ingrid Rojas Contreras to attend the panel Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives and hear more about the recently published collection, The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives (Abrams). Contreras, author of the forthcoming The Fruit of the Drunken Tree (Doubleday), is among several contributors to […]

Defying Borders | BookCon 2018

          What does it mean to live in a world where borders exist, whether real or imaginary? How do themes of family, resilience, and identity impact your work? These were the first questions asked by moderator Sara Farizan, author of Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, at the panel, Defying Borders, on […]

PEN America Presents: Can Free Speech Be Saved? | BookExpo 2018

PEN America assembled a trio of author-advocates to talk about the past and present state of free speech in the United States at BookExpo on Thursday, May 31. Moderated by Katy Glenn Bass, Director of Free Expression Policy and Research for PEN America, the panel, Can Free Speech Be Saved? included former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, author and activist […]

Growing Readership Through Diversity | ALA Annual 2017

In a conversation that touched upon the inner workings of publishing, the implications of censorship, and the marketability of diverse books, an attentive audience heard varied perspectives from a publisher, a librarian, and an American Library Association (ALA) executive on Saturday, June 24, at ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago.

Libraries Are Not Neutral Spaces: Social Justice Advocacy in Librarianship | ALA Annual 2017

For Cory Eckert, doing social justice work in libraries is not radical. “It’s what we’ve always been doing, but now we’re thinking about it through a different lens.” Eckert, a 2014 LJ Mover & Shaker, reminded attentive listeners on Sunday, June 25 that libraries are not neutral and have never been so. Before embarking on […]

Asking for a Friend: Tough Questions (and Honest Answers) about Organizational Culture | ALA Annual 2017

Do you have questions about your library’s organizational culture? You’re not alone. On Monday, June 26, more than a hundred people attended a standing-room only session on how to work toward change within library management structures, whether academic, public, school, or special. Audience members were able to submit questions beforehand and via Twitter, creating an […]

Hillary Clinton Gives Closing Speech | ALA Annual 2017

An attentive crowd of more than 3,200 listened to Hillary Clinton give the closing keynote for The American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference on June 27. The politician reflected on her time as a presidential candidate and U.S. Senator from New York, but not before expressing how grateful she was to be among librarians in her native Chicago. […]

“Bridging Worlds” with Librarians Pun, Collard, and Parrott

Raymond Pun, Scott Collard, and Justin Parrott, editors of Bridging Worlds: Emerging Models and Practices of U.S. Academic Libraries Around the Globe discuss the inspiration for their new book, the role of academic libraries in global initiatives, and getting started in an international career.

Improving Federal and State Policy & Family Engagement in Libraries | ALA Midwinter 2017

Update as of February 2017: Since this post was published, the Department of Education has removed the website for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). LJ is keeping  the original post as is, in case IDEA is reinstated. A rainy day didn’t prevent attendees from joining a session on Improving Federal and State Policy […]