June 24, 2018

Library Freedom Institute Kicks Off Train-the-Trainers Privacy Course

Last week, the Library Freedom Institute launched a program designed to help librarians become advocates for online privacy, created by the Library Freedom Project in partnership with New York University.

Higher Ed Must Innovate Its Way Out of the Student Debt Crisis | From the Bell Tower

To solve the student debt crisis, higher education will need some serious change. So far there is limited effort in that direction, and those who can least afford high tuition will continue to bear the brunt of student debt, too often with little to show for it.

New Best Sellers Arrive | Book Pulse

New best sellers arrive and The President Is Missing is doing very well. Marlon James reveals some details about his highly anticipated new fantasy series, “Dark Star.” Ewan McGregor will star in Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep and there are several more notable announcements on the adaptation front.

Sophisticated Reads | Day of Dialog 2018

With a title aptly echoing Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady,” as noted by moderator and LJ Prepub Alert Editor Barbara Hoffert, the “Sophisticated Reads” panel led off with Gary Shteyngart declaring “Librarians, I love you” before launching into a discussion of his multifaceted Lake Success (Random, Sept.), a road-trip novel about an ultrarich but clueless hedge-fund manager abandoning his wife and autistic son to hop a Greyhound in search of his college girlfriend and the real America.

Giving You Chills | Day of Dialog 2018

Moderated by Kristi C. Chadwick (Massachusetts Library System), LJ SF/Fantasy columnist and a longtime reviewer of mysteries and thrillers, the lively “Giving You Chills” opened with M.C. Beaton, whose cranky, clever small-town amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin returns in her 29th adventure, The Dead Ringer (Minotaur: St. Martin’s, Oct.). Beaton credited her series’s success to her […]

The Art of the Memoir | Day of Dialog 2018

Memoirs may be ubiquitous in the publishing lineup this year, but as Day of Dialog’s The Art of the Memoir panel demonstrated, the range of experience encompassed by that label means there is something to resonate with every reader.

New Readers’ Advisory Tools | Book Pulse

The Jetsons meets RA in an new book suggesting app focused on Stephen King. In a boon to RA librarians, NPR is launching its newest summer reading poll, on the Horror genre. Entertainment Weeklyprovides a visual reading guide to Nalini Singh’s Paranormal Romance series, including two works to suggest as starting titles.

Read To Lead | Leadership

Seventeen titles to give new library leaders context and help experienced ones keep things fresh

Editors’ Mystery Picks: Top Titles from Top Publishers | Day of Dialog 2018

From big publishers to new upstarts, the inaugural Mystery Editors’ Picks panel, moderated by LJ Fiction Editor Wilda Williams, opened with industry veteran Tom Colgan, VP and editorial director of Berkley’s lauded Prime Crime imprint, presenting the irresistible combination of cute, crime-solving cats and clever librarian sleuths, as featured in Jenn McKinlay’s Hitting the Books and Sofie Kelly’s The Cats Came Back.

Editors’ Mystery Picks List: Top Titles from Top Publishers | Day of Dialog 2018

Tom Colgan, Vice President and Editorial Director, Berkley Prime Crime, Penguin Random House Bowen, Rhys. Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding: A Royal Spyness Mystery. Berkley Prime Crime. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780425283523. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698410268. MYS Kelly, Sofie. The Cats Came Back: A Magical Cats Mystery. Berkley Prime Crime. Sept. 2018. 304p. ISBN […]

Modern Love On Screen | Book Pulse

The NYT‘s column “Modern Love” is becoming a TV show. It is considered a launching pad for authors and something of bucket list item in the literary world. Brandon Sanderson gets a “multi-media” deal. Time picks the best books of the year, so far.

Bench Building | Leadership

Success for your library means offering staff room to move up and having a plan for who can grow into their spots—even yours.

Leading Inside & Out | Leadership

Library leaders often also head citywide initiatives and national associations. How do they balance the demands of both?

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

A Place for Usby Fatima Farheen Mirza leads holds this week. There Thereby Tommy Orange continues to get focused attention. More coverage of Anthony Bourdain, as a writer of note. Michael Wolff is writing a sequel to Fire and Fury.

Literacy-Rich: Keeping an Eye On the Why, Together | Editorial

Collaboration. It’s common to consider, attempt, and refine, but it’s rarely on display as it was in Omaha last month. At a three-day event we focused on deep partnerships between public libraries and schools to increase access to materials for kids.