June 18, 2018

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 […]

Hackfests, UX, Personal Data, and Media Among Trends at ER&L 2018

The comprehensive program at the 13th annual Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) conference featured presentations from danah boyd and Robyn Caplan of the Data & Society Research Institute.

AI, Personalization, and Privacy: Top Tech Trends | ALA Midwinter 2018

The Library Information Technology Association’s (LITA) Top Tech Trends Panel, held during the American Library Association’s 2018 Midwinter conference in Denver, CO, included discussions of AI, drones, personalization and privacy, the embedding of libraries in academic learning processes, and more.

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.

Civic Engagement at LJ’s Directors’ Summit 2017

It may not always be sunny in Philadelphia, but Library Journal’s 2017 Directors’ Summit, held November 2–3 at the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP), saw blue skies and warm days—all the better to tour FLP’s revamped spaces, network on the Parkway Central Library’s rooftop terrace, and learn from a dynamic collection of directors, librarians, and library partners who offered up their knowledge and experience.

Libraries Across America To Celebrate Solar Eclipse on August 21

On Monday, August 21, all eyes—or at least, all those with adequate protection—will be on the first total solar eclipse to cross the country from ocean to ocean since 1918. The path of totality will cross the entire United States from west to east starting at 10:15 a.m. PDT in Pacific Palisades, OR (west of Salem) and ending at 2:48 p.m. EDT in Bulls Bay, SC (north of Charleston). More than 1,000 libraries will hold viewing parties with safe viewing glasses during the event, and imaginative eclipse-themed programs have been happening all summer from Alaska to Maine.

OverDrive’s Libby App to Include Remote Library Card Signup

OverDrive will soon launch a feature for its new Libby ebook and audiobook app that will enable new patrons to sign up for a library card using their smartphone or tablet, confirming residency requirements without requiring a visit to a library branch.