April 19, 2018

First Year Experience Conference at CWRU Focuses on Service, Student Retention

The third Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Library Conference, held at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University on March 21 and 22, focuses on all aspects of the first-year student experience and the personalization of outreach and services for incoming students.

New to the Best Seller Lists | Book Pulse

Circe by Madeline Miller tops the fiction NYT bestsellers list while The Thief: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward does the same on the USA Today list. The Jurassic World trailer is trending and James Comey continues his book blitz.

Genre News | Book Pulse

James Cameron is hosting a documentary series on sf. Jacqueline Carey is retelling Kushiel’s Dart through the eyes of the character Joscelin Verreuil. LitHub interviews book critic Ron Charles (who sounds like a librarian) while librarian Nancy Pearl interviews Luis Alberto Urrea, The House of Broken Angels

Remembering Bernie Margolis, NY State Librarian

New York State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis, known to all as Bernie, died on Saturday, April 14 at age 69 after an eight-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

On Monday, April 16, the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced before a hushed crowd in the recently renovated Joseph Pulitzer World Room at Columbia University’s Pulitzer Hall. The announcement was made by Dana Canedy, administrator of the awards and herself someone to be celebrated. Formerly a senior editor at the New York Times, where […]

Personal, Actionable, Accessible | Office Hours

In a recent survey, I asked public library staff from all types of libraries across the United States to imagine what their perfect professional development (PD) learning experience would look like if neither money nor time were an issue.

The Pulitzer Prizes | Book Pulse

The Pulitzer Prizes are announced and the reviews for James Comey continue to roll in. Susan Orlean’s next book will be about the 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire and W.W. Norton begins a new imprint for young readers.

This Library World: Inspired by Greater Global Perspective | Editorial

The global network of libraries can be difficult to imagine or describe, but now, thanks to a massive project undertaken by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), it is coming into better focus than ever before.

Finding the Sweet Spot | Best Magazines 2017

The transformation of magazines continued apace in 2017, showing signs that some publishers have found the sweet spot within the print-digital mix. The ten best publications of the year illustrate that trend.

Comey Has Landed | Book Pulse

James Comey’s book breaks big–and early. The shortlist for the Man Booker International Prize has been announced and the May LibraryReads list is out, with Furyborn by Claire Legrand leading the way. Crime fiction is now the UK’s bestselling genre.

What’s Next for Design Thinking in Librarianship | From the Bell Tower

Librarians having been talking about design thinking for at least ten years. With growing interest surfacing in higher education and libraries, will we see broader adoption in academic libraries?

MIT Libraries Tackles Grand Challenges | Peer to Peer Review

During the week of March 19–23 MIT Libraries convened experts from across disciplines and domains to identify and address grand challenges in the scholarly communication and information science landscape.

New to the Best Seller Lists | Book Pulse

I’ve Got My Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark swamps the bestseller lists. Jesmyn Ward considers The Great Gatsby. James Comey week (month) is about to begin, and Michael Wolff has more to say.

Wanda Brown Wins ALA Presidency

After votes for the American Library Association (ALA) election were tallied on April 11, the organization announced that Wanda Kay Brown would be ALA’s 2019–20 president-elect.

Notable Returns, from Harry Potter to J.R.R. Tolkien | Book Pulse

Harry Potter gets a new set of covers for its 20th anniversary and a new story from Middle Earth is released. Mohsin Hamid wins the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize for Exit West. Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 is headed to TV and Steve Alten’s Meg is heading to the movies.