A librarian selects her favorite ebook romances of 2013
For years, Ohio State University (OSU) has had a collection of graphic novels, editorial cartoons, and comic strips that could go toe to toe with archives the world over. What it didn’t have was a space that did that collection justice. For decades, OSU’s cartoon collection, which includes more than 2.5 million comic strips spanning decades of American newspapers, was housed in a pair of disused rooms in the school’s journalism building. A recent move to renovated space, though, means that the decades of pop culture history housed at OSU’s newly-minted Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (BICLM) finally has a happy home, and one that staff are eager to introduce to the public.
In his previous job as a writing instructor, Adam Blackwell, Senior Market Development Manager at ProQuest, realized that students faced many hurdles when it came to doing research and that they held many misconceptions. No matter what approach he and his colleagues took, Blackwell explained to LJ, many students named Google as a source of [...]
Accepting the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction for The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead), the darkly uproarious tale of a young slave who joins forces with John Brown, James McBride expressed gratitude that at a particularly difficult time in his life he could fall into the world of his protagonist, Little Onion Shackleford, and simply [...]
The best women's fiction of 2013.
The best thrillers of 2013.
The best sf/fantasy of 2013.
The best mysteries of 2013.
The best historical fiction of 2013.
The best Christian fiction of 2013.
The best African American fiction of 2013.
Why deal with complicated revenge schemes when cut-quick-to-the-bone insults produce the same result in way less time? Listed here are a few verbal gems from this month’s selections that will probably lead to more frenemies than friends. That definitely wasn’t an Altar Call. That was a bonafide parade of fools. Does your mother know that [...]
Tantorious is a semi-monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio. Matthew Lysiak is a staff writer for the New York Daily News who has received national recognition for his exclusive reporting on the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, as well as other fatal shootings across the [...]
See, I need more science book reviewers—and I include natural history and technology reviewers in that group as well. Let me tell you, you’ll be light years ahead of your colleagues once you become a book reviewer for Library Journal! And it doesn’t mean you have to reinvent the wheel. On the other hand [...]
Jamie LaRue, an erstwhile public librarian (recently turned consultant) in Colorado who has done some cool things (such as negotiating directly with publishers for ebooks while refusing to pay crazy amounts for popular titles), has thought-provoking things to say about the dynamics of change in libraries. Reflecting on a discussion at the Arizona Library Association where something he said apparently raised eyebrows, he expanded on his remarks in a blog post, taking particular aim at a pattern he sees (and many of us will recognize) in library organizations. A decision is made, a direction taken, and then the sabotage begins, conducted by people who contributed little to the discussion as the decision was being made.
Letters to the editor from Library Journal's, November 15, 2013 Issue
With all the excitement over social media and reports of newspapers closing or shifting focus to keep ad revenues rolling in, libraries have taken a hit with ever decreasing coverage. You might even be thinking whether it’s worth the effort to create media releases. The quick answer is yes. If well written and interesting they can amplify your message reaching reporters, bloggers and the general public through your web and social media channels. But if you want to have larger value-driven articles published, you’ll need to step up your game and pitch those story ideas to reporters.
I unpacked (slowly, slowly) my new iPhone 5S in a major moment of personal technolust. Upgrading from a quickly aging iPhone 4, the larger screen size, fingerprint identification, and enhanced camera pulled me in. It also caused me to reflect on the mobile device and its touchstone role with people in general and librarians in particular. What a history we’ve had together!
The new Twiggs County Library facility opened about two weeks ago. County commissioners will meet again on Friday. Approx. $45,000 is needed to reopen the library. From The Telegraph (Macon, GA): The Twiggs County public library closed Tuesday without employees knowing when it would reopen. Closing for lack of funding, doors were locked at the [...]
Note: Links to background reports about this story are found at the bottom of this post. From The Washington Post: The trustees of the Fairfax County Public Library want to eliminate the process that led to the trashing of hundreds of thousands of books and also throw out a controversial plan to reduce the number [...]