April 19, 2018

Best Acknowledgments of 2012

Over a year ago, with LJ posting its various “Best of…” lists of 2011, I added one of my own, “Best Acknowledgments of 2011,” for which I looked in lots of that year’s history and biography books (the genres that most often entail library and archives research) to find authors who fully thanked—by name—the library […]

Best Books 2012: Top Ten

When LJ’s book review editors gathered to choose best books recently, a controversy emerged. Some of us were stumping for titles—Eloisa James’s Paris in Love, Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, and Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things—that were, at least in part, previously published on the web. But should they qualify for our august […]

LJ’s Best Books and Media of 2012

The LJ Reviews staff has been busily considering and compiling their selections for the top titles of 2012 (the cover of our December 2012 issue in this post lists the first line of each of our top ten picks—do you recognize them?).

Best Books 2012: Staff Favorites

Our editors’ Top Ten appears in the December issue of LJ and will be in your email inbox on December 20th. But it takes a small army to produce LJ and our sister magazine, School Library Journal, and the troops are all opinionated! Here’s what some of the rest of our staff devoured in 2012 […]

Best Databases 2012

It’s said that in a recession, people opt for old-world comforts. While in the electronic world there isn’t much that’s old world, the librarians who responded to this year’s call for best-database nominations name some mainstays that are likely to inspire some e-nostalgia. Consumer Reports, CultureGrams, and Guide to Reference are resources we’ve relied upon […]