February 23, 2018

New Best Sellers | Book Pulse

The new bestsellers land and On Chesil Beach get its trailer.

How to Win at the Ballot Box | Budgets & Funding

The past two years have seen more than 100 U.S. libraries place budget referenda on their local ballots; LJ tracked 54 wins out of 79 measures in 2016 and 31 wins out of 36 in 2017. LJ reached out to several libraries that succeeded with their initiatives in the past decade to find out how they did it.


Partnering with Community Organizations to Support Digital Collections and Scholarship

A Digital Scholarship Outreach Librarian and Head of Digitization Services at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Jennifer Johnson is an expert in community engagement—and has collaborated with more than 40 cultural heritage institutions to create 80 digital collections. In this interview, Johnson discusses her work in supporting digital scholarship.

Sarah Jessica Parker Sends a Book Soaring & Nebula Finalists | Book Pulse

Sarah Jessica Parker features Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney and the finalist lists for both the Nebula Awards and the L.A. Times Book Prize are announced.

Flash Briefing | Office Hours

How high is Mount Rainier? That question was one I remember from my reference class “scavenger hunt” assignments way back in my master’s program at Indiana University. It was also one of the first questions I asked our new Amazon Echo during the holidays as I experimented with Alexa as a virtual assistant.

PEN Award Winners and a Recommendation from Stephen King | Book Pulse

Layli Long Soldier takes home the biggest PEN Award for her debut collection of poetry, Whereas. Stephen King recommends The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor.

City of Library Love | PLA Preview 2018

Philadelphia welcomes public librarians from across America to the biennial Public Library Association conference.

Digital Humanities Find New Home at VA Tech Library

There’s a new place to learn inside Virginia Tech’s Newman Library in Blacksburg, VA: a three-room suite and office known as the Athenaeum, which first started hosting digital humanities programs in November 2017.


The Unique Value of MathSciNet

While most databases provide abstracting and indexing, MathSciNet® also provides users with 3rd party reviews of the published literature created by over 21,000 PhD reviewers. This approach dates back 75-years to the database’s origin as the publication Mathematical Reviews launched in 1940 by Otto Neugebauer.

Found Money | Budgets & Funding

When bequests are managed from donors who have been identified for years, foundations and libraries know that certain funds are coming and why. But occasionally a quiet patron, someone who perhaps hasn’t drawn attention to themselves, can be one of the most generous of benefactors.

Joe Hill on Vinyl | Book Pulse

Audio-only on vinyl, book worlds moving to VR, and role-playing games point to the new ways stories are being told. In the NYT Mario Vargas Llosa gets much attention.

Breaking Records at the Polls | Budgets & Funding

Libraries saw unprecedented success in the voting booth in 2017. Can we keep the momentum going?


The Value of Subject Indexes Developed by Experts

Kathy Wolcott, Acquisitions Librarian at Mathematical Reviews, a division of the American Mathematical Society, stresses that knowing your community is key to ensuring that your database is tailored to them.

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

James Patterson and Candice Fox leads holds this week with Fifty Fifty and ABC lands the first James Comey book interview. Mozart in the Jungle,Black Panther, and and White Houses by Amy Bloom get media buzz.

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.