From Harry Potter to The Hunger Games, today’s YA literature is much loved and much read. But readers sometimes forget that the path to these books was laid by a previous generation of writers offering quality work to a huge fan base. Writers like Lois Duncan, Ellen Conford, and Sandra Scoppettone may not be as [...]
Tantorious is a semi-monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio. Stacy Keach is a renowned actor on stage and screen. He has won a Golden Globe Award, multiple Obie and Drama Desk Awards, and many other honors. His many films include Fat City, The Bourne Legacy, [...]
Thursday, December 5th, 2013, 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET It’s no secret that e-books are transforming libraries daily. Polaris and 3M joined forces to build the industry’s first completely integrated solution, considered to be the “gold standard” by many. Make sure to join us as we discuss the impact this technology will have on your library and patrons. We’ll share statistics on e-book usage and impact on libraries, expose common misconceptions and our customers will speak about their experiences implementing this technology. If you’re reviewing your options you can’t miss this opportunity to learn how to provide convenience and instant availability of the latest titles, increasing circulation and patron satisfaction. Register Now!
Kensington Publishing added two subgenres to its mystery line this fall, expanding both its cozies and historical mysteries. “Cozies are like comfort food,” said Karen Auerbach, director of publicity, explaining the company’s reasons. “Going back to cozies is going back to something you know.”
Presented with a non-stop flow of content, choosing which links to click can be a tough decision. There’s no time to waste, but what if you miss something that could make all the difference? Can librarians help others make better clicking decisions?
We will be updating this post throughout the day. Connecticut Tolland Library Bond Question Passes (via Tolland Patch) $2.6 million appropriation approved for library expansion. Final Vote • Yes – 1,707 • No – 1,284 Iowa Voters Reject Hiawatha Library Levy (via The Gazette) On Tuesday, voters rejected a measure for a special tax to [...]
Reviews of Koch, Lost Angels: Skid Row Is My Home, and Girls: The Complete Second Season, plus a full list of Video reviews from the November 1, 2013 issue.
Reviews of The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, Strategic Inquiry: Starting Small for Big Results in Education, The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio To Win the Presidency, plus a full list of Social Sciences reviews from the November 1, 2013 issue.
SF/Fantasy Best Sellers.
Mystery series titles from the November 1, 2013 issue.
Reviews of Deadly Pleasures: A Crime Writers’ Association Anthology, Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By: A Penny Brannigan Mystery, Cries of the Lost, and Deadly Catch: A Mac McClellan Mystery, plus a full list of Mystery reviews from the November 1, 2013 issue, along with the latest news.
Note: The Village of Orland Park, IL is a Chicago suburb located about 20 miles southwest of the city. Here’s a roundup of coverage from multiple sources. From the Chicago Sun-Times/Southtown Star: Is south suburban mom Megan Fox on a campaign to make the Orland Park Public Library safer for patrons, as she insists? Or is she [...]
Near the end stretch of picking best books of 2013, LJ staffers take some "me" reading time.
Crafts & DIY Reviews from the November 1, 2013 issue.
Patrons have long been able to borrow a cookbook from the library. In some places, they can even borrow a cake pan to go with it. But what if that cookbook calls for a pasta maker, food dehydrator, yogurt maker, or other specialized kitchen equipment they don’t already possess? Now, if they’re in in Toronto, they’re in luck, since the city is home to The Kitchen Library, a new non-profit kitchen tool lending library. For a $50 (Canadian) annual fee, members can borrow space-taking and often expensive kitchen appliances for three to five days. The Library, which opened October 15, is currently open 20 hours four days a week, including weekends. At present, the collection includes about 40 items.
Reviews of Gravity’s Rainbow, Domination, and Freedom, Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture, and Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS, plus a full list of Arts & Humanities reviews from the November 1, 2013 issue.
From The Globe and Mail: Visitors to Canadian libraries will no longer have access to free digital magazines from Canada’s largest publisher. Magazines Canada, an industry trade group, advised Canadian publishers to walk away from an agreement with the company whose software makes the publications available because of delivery problems. Rogers Media complied, and its [...]
Earning the trust of your library members is crucial to delivering a great user experience. Without trust, it is impossible to connect to library members in a meaningful way. Libraries benefit in all sorts of ways when they’re trusted institutions. Trust breeds loyalty, and loyal library users are more likely to take advantage of the library. What’s more, loyal patrons will also be more apt to sing the praises of the library to neighbors and colleagues. For libraries, thinking about trust highlights the importance of recognizing members as individuals. Thinking of users not as a homogenous group but rather as persons will allow your library staff to develop more empathy and build stronger relationships. There are many ways to earn—and lose—people’s trust in a library.
In partnership with Minnesota's Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) consortium, 3M has developed CloudLink, a new feature for its ebook lending system for consortia. Many consortial arrangements involve member libraries contributing ebooks to a common pool that patrons from all libraries can use. In addition to this functionality, CloudLink also enables any patron from any MELSA library to check out ebooks from the private collections of any other MELSA library, provided there is no holds list for the title.
When Purdue University Press was brought under the wing of the university’s library in 2009, it was a marriage of necessity, brought on by the flagging financial fortunes of the press. Since being absorbed into the library in 2009, the press has moved from reporting to library administrators to participating in planning with them, said Dean of Libraries James Mullins at a recent conference sponsored by education non-profit Ithaka. Purdue is one of a growing number of universities and colleges across the country where the in-house press and library are working more closely together, offering a glimpse into the possible future of academic publishing.