Tuesday, November 19th, 2013, 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET As libraries around the world embrace rapid technological changes, they’re offering services and resources—like maker-spaces and collaborative computing—that would have been flights of fancy just a decade ago. From community forums to hacker-spaces, the way patrons interact with their library and each other is driving new visions of what libraries need to be. Our panel of expert architects will explore how new design philosophies can help patrons and librarians get the most out of their spaces while blowing the lid off traditional ideas of what a library is for. We’ll look at model projects that are flexible; respond to advances in technology; offer community space; make smart use of indoor and outdoor space; and have successfully incorporated maker-spaces. Register Now!
Last week’s "The Digital Shift" virtual event, "Reinventing Libraries," produced by Library Journal and School Library Journal, looked at the broad spectrum of ways in which libraries are remaking themselves and rethinking their missions—and how to accomplish them—in the digital age. Throughout the day, panelists gave presentations, took questions from honing new skills, developing new ones, and thinking ahead about what assets will make a successful library—and a successful librarian—in the future.
British Columbia Okanagan Regional Library System: Library budget will increase taxes (via Kewlona Capital News) Colorado Lyons County: Voting Options Offered For Library District Issues (via Lyons Recorder) Illinois Naperville library creating digital media lab at 95th Street (via Daily Herald) Kansas Topeka Library Talks RFID Update (via Topeka Capital Journal) Massachusetts Worcester: New library logo reflects [...]
Best Sellers, October 15, 2013.
This week, the Library Journal staffers are shoplifting harmonicas with a Beatle, scrutinizing the Bennet family from belowstairs, making new friends in Iowa, reading a friend’s novel on a smartphone, and pondering interpersonal dynamics. It’s what we do!
The Internet offers today’s youth unprecedented opportunities to connect with peers and seek knowledge in almost any area of interest—and libraries are uniquely positioned to play a central role in this learning, according to Mimi Ito, professor and cultural anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine, and principal investigator for the new education model Connected Learning.
How would you like to hear Crown/Hogarth Senior Editor Zachary Wagman discuss the latest from Chris Pavone, who made such a big splash with The Expats? Or hear Morrow/Avon Senior Vice President & Executive Editor consider Laura Lippman’s new standalone After I’m Gone in light of two new breakout novels she’s publishing? Now’s your chance. [...]
Bauman, Jeff with Bret Witter. Stronger: Fighting Back After the Boston Marathon Bombing. Grand Central. Apr. 2014. 250p. ISBN 9781455584376. $26. MEMOIR Bauman’s life changed dramatically when a bomb exploded at last spring’s Boston Marathon, severing both of his legs. A photograph of his initial agony came to embody the tragedy of the event, and [...]
Binchy, Maeve. Chestnut Street. Knopf. Apr. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9780385351850. $26.95. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. POP FICTION Following Binchy’s untimely death in July 2012, this set of previously unpublished linked short stories will warm the hearts of fans everywhere. Binchy wrote these pieces intermittently while producing her big novels and Irish Times columns, hoping someday to [...]
Alpert, Mark. The Furies. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781250021359. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250022776. THRILLER A thriller with a fantasy twist from Scientific American contributing editor Alpert. Witches really do dwell among us, owing to a rare genetic flip-flop, something John Rogers learns too well when he’s yanked into the midst of war between [...]
Brown, Laura. How To Write Anything: A Complete Guide. Norton. Apr. 2014. 560p. ISBN 9780393240146. $35. REF/WRITING SKILLS How do you say it best, whether in business, academics, or your personal life? Writing coach Brown offers more than 200 hands-on entries with examples. Since Brown has a doctorate in English and comparative literature from Columbia, [...]
Simple pleasures in simple meals, schooled by America's Test Kitchen, notes from NY's Gramercy Tavern kitchen, Patterson's story to recipe, René Redzep's new book is A Work in Progress
From the DC Public Library: Today, ten firms were selected to move to the next round in the search for an architect team to help design the next generation Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Three firms will be selected in mid-December to move to the third and final round and [...]
This week’s column focuses on women making their way in the world, using any tools at hand: their blondeness, their intelligence, their sexual savvy, or a 1939 Ford. Jong, Erica. Fear of Flying. Holt. Oct. 2013. 368p. ISBN 9780805098587. $35. F It’s been 40 years since this novel of awakening and yes, liberation, unzipped itself [...]
From WREG (Memphis): Tennessee’s Supreme Court ruled against the City of Memphis and has upheld the state’s Voter ID law. The court upheld the 2011 law which requires photo identification for those who are registered to cast a vote. Two voters and the City of Memphis sued arguing the ID requirement was an unfair burden [...]
From the Honolulu Star-Advertiser: The University of Hawaii has drastically cut its funding request for the planned Daniel K. Inouye library, including slashing a request for state bond financing by two thirds, to $5 million. Interim UH President David Lassner proposed the funding change at today’s Board of Regents meeting after hearing public testimony from [...]
From the Worldreader Blog: With the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant, we will provide eight libraries in Kenya with 250 e-readers with protective cases. Library customers will have instantaneous access to 50,000 fiction and non-fiction books, reference materials and storybooks, plus a complete set of digital textbooks used in Kenyan schools and suitable for [...]
Wine, from grape to glass; ultimate adventures via Lonely Planet; Paleo Sweets and Treats; more on Whitey Bulger; The Modern Art Invasion; loving medical fiction; as told by Roger Rosenblatt; the evolution of slavery in America; Why Photography Matters
Briggs is a hot commodity in urban fantasy, and Frost Burned will satisfy fans for another year; The Marseille Caper from Mayle sports a delightful reading from the late Robin Sachs
Thursday, November 14th, 2013, 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET Now that you’ve bought your big fall titles, it’s time to preview what will be in demand next spring. Library Journal’s Barbara Hoffert will lead a discussion with editors as they highlight their top spring books that will be flying off of your shelves in LJ’s second Editors’ Picks webcast. Ellen Edwards will debut CBA top-selling Susan Meissner’s A Fall of Marigolds (NAL/Penguin Random); Amy Einhorn will discuss Carol Wall’s affecting memoir of black-white friendship in Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening (Amy Einhorn Bks/Penguin Random); Carrie Feron will unveil Laura Lippman’s next blockbuster standalone, After I’m Gone (Morrow/Avon); David Highfill, will discuss Wiley Cash’s This Dark Road to Mercy (Morrow/HarperCollins), Cash’s follow-up breakout debut; and Zachary Wagman will reintroduce Chris Pavone, author of The Expats with his upcoming The Accident (Hogarth/Crown). And that’s just a taste of the titles to be discussed. Register Now!