February 24, 2018

The Horror, the Horror | 2017 Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization for writers of horror and dark fantasy, has announced the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot. Named in honor of the author of Dracula, the prizes are presented annually in 11 categories, including fiction, poetry, screenplays, and nonfiction.

Jesmyn Ward Is Writing a Middle Grade Novel | Book Pulse

Jesmyn Ward has two new books in the works, one is her first novel for younger readers. YA author Sara Shepard’s first adult novel is forthcoming.

Guiding LibGuides | The User Experience

When LibGuides 2 was released in 2015, Texas A&M University Libraries seized the opportunity to rethink radically our LibGuides program. Instead of transferring existing content to the new platform, we chose to start from scratch with a renewed focus on the user experience within Guides. A pivotal part of this reconstruction involved training more than 60 librarians and staff members who serve as LibGuides creators.

LIRN Consortium Implements New Proxy Platform

Following more than a year of preparation and testing, the Library and Information Resources Network (LIRN) has implemented Muse Proxy for its member libraries. This new customizable multi-platform proxy server will simplify the work LIRN does to help its member libraries offer students and faculty seamless access to licensed databases and other resources while off campus.

Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Selection | Book Pulse

Reese Witherspoon picks The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo as her book club pick for the month. Meanwhile attention to the Oprah pick continues. In award news, the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) selects Rachel Kadish’s The Weight of Ink as the inaugural winner of their Jewish Fiction Award.

KY Governor’s Budget Would Eliminate Library Funds

Library Legislative Day in Kentucky on February 15 will give directors and advocates their first real chance to push back against Gov. Matt Bevin’s recent FY18–20 budget proposal, which seeks to eliminate every penny of the $2.5 million currently earmarked for direct state aid to libraries.

Cannabis Literacy | BackTalk

Many states are legalizing the possession, use, and sale of cannabis for medical and/or recreational purposes, even as it remains illegal at the federal level. Whether or not your library is located in one of those states, the frequent presence of the substance in the news may be raising questions for your patrons.

Aspen Institute Releases Model State-Level Dialogue Report for Colorado

On January 31 the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries (DPL) released “Libraries: Building Community Resilience in Colorado.” The report presents the findings of The Aspen Institute Colorado Dialogue on Public Libraries, a meeting of community stakeholders and library leaders held on May 25, 2017, and builds on DPL’s work examining the evolving roles of public libraries and developing models to drive discussions between libraries and their communities.

Oprah Picks An American Marriage | Book Pulse

Oprah picks An American Marriage as her newest Book Club pick and The Friend by Sigrid Nunez gets attention from the NYT and Vanity Fair.

What’s Hot Now? | Materials Survey 2018

What’s hot, what’s not, and how much does it cost? That’s what LJ first asked two decades ago when it launched its annual book-buying survey of U.S. public libraries. With today’s media mostly on the horizon, the survey initially dwelled on print, and library purchasing power was the main thrust. Now the survey takes in ever-shifting funding and borrowing data for an ever-growing range of materials, with a greater focus on what circulates.

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

#1 LibraryReads pick The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah leads holds this week. Also publishing this week is the #1 Indie Next pick, The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border by Francisco Cantú.

Guns in the Library | Safety & Security

Gun violence has recently impacted public spaces such as concerts, schools, churches—and libraries. In this environment, many library leaders are taking new steps to keep their staff and patrons safe.

New Bestsellers | Book Pulse

New bestsellers arrive, but The Woman in the Window and Fire and Fury hold on to their top spots on the NYT lists. The small screen adaptation of Altered Carbon gets a glowing review and a new illustration of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland closes the week.

Lucky 13 | ER&L Preview 2018

The 13th annual Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) conference returns to the AT&T Conference Center at the University of Texas at Austin on March 4–7, offering attendees a range of presentations on electronic resources management in seven tracks: licensing, collection development, organizational strategies, external relationships, user experience (UX), scholarly communications and library publishing, and emerging technologies and trends.

Library Leaders Need to Get a Clue about Self-Awareness | Leading from the Library

We learn that good leaders have the quality of self-awareness. What exactly does that mean and how do you know if that describes you? Not sure? Here are some things library leaders can do to boost their self-awareness.