The arrival of fall marks the start of the literary awards season. Already Japanese novelist Haruki Marukami is being touted as an odds-on favorite to win the Nobel Prize for Literature next month. But the cynic in me guesses that the always inscrutable Swedish committee of judges will bypass the best-selling author of 1Q84, Kafka [...]
Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes region, facts behind American mealtime, perfecting the French macaron, the world of group sex, lessons from the new world of contemporary art, a futurist forecasts from the Shift Age
Earlier this week we mentioned a new Spotify/Netflix-like service for ebooks launching named eReatah. The mention is located in a post about Amazon’s Kindle Online Lending Library (KOLL) now offering access to more than 400,000 titles (a number of them self-published, type of material that Douglas County, CO Libraries are offering users access to). Allow [...]
Sweet success for Bodden's self-published debut; Hussey's page-turning hallelujah; food writer Leith serves a delectable scandal; Manning's midwife survives in 19th-century New York City; and Tallis is in fine form in his latest chiller.
“The library in 2020 will offer a culture of generosity supported by fiscal oversight that reflects rigorous controls and realistic projections,” writes Josie Barnes Parker, director of the Ann Arbor District Library, in Library 2020: Today’s Leading Describe Tomorrow’s Library (Scarecrow). In comparison to many of the predictions in the book of essays, this statement seems very conservative in its pragmatic approach. Nonetheless, it has resonated with me as I think about what drives effective decision making in a time of change.
A flawed, willful, and tantalizing heroine for steampunk fans; a romantic, but dangerous reunion; modern-day cowboys steam up a series; romance awakens an estate where murder lurked ; a really sad love story with a happy-for-now ending; 18th-century spirits reach out to modern times in a new thriller.
November 2012 to date as identified by YBP Library Services
In 2020, the public library will be a concept more than a place. The library will be more about what it does for people rather than what it has for people. As society evolves and more content becomes digital, people will access information in different ways. Physical items will be less important than they have been up to now. Library buildings and spaces will be used in different ways, and services will be provided beyond the building and virtually. The library as a catalyst for civic engagement will facilitate learning and growth for people of all ages.
We’ve shared a lot of material on infoDOCKET since word about the possibility of major cuts in service and personnel at the Miami-Dade Public Libraries. Some of those items are linked below. A decision about what will happen is scheduled to take place next week (September 10, 2013) during a Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners [...]
hree years ago, I wrote in LJ that “libraries are so valuable that they attract voracious new competition with every technological advance.” At the time, I was thinking about Google, Apple, Amazon, and Wikipedia as the gluttonous innovators aiming to be hired for the jobs that libraries had been doing. I imagined Facebook and Twitter to be the sort of competitors most likely to be attracted by the flame of library value. But it’s the new guys that surprise you. To review the last three years of change in the library world, I’d like to focus on some of the start-ups that have newly occupied digital niches in the reading ecosystem. It’s these competitors that libraries will need to understand and integrate with to remain relevant.
The need for greater accountability in higher education is back in the spotlight, and this time the major advocate calling for it is President Obama. A new plan for rating colleges and connecting it to financial aid allotments is sure to put higher ed administrators on edge.
An interview with Philippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon, authors of All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release.
As summer unofficially comes to a close, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are parsing pop culture, reading about sex-ed teachers, finding reasons to live and to die, and sleuthing the mysteries within and without. Happy post–Labor Day reading, and here’s to nearly three more weeks of official summer! Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, LJ I’m currently reading Tom Perrotta’s [...]
With the completion of the Penguin Random House merger on July 1, the company is now the world’s largest consumer book publisher. The newly formed company will have $3.9 billion in revenue, 10,000 employees, nearly 250 imprints, and a global reach, combining Random House’s strength in Latin America with Penguin’s hold in India and China. Penguin Random House will publish 15,000 new titles a year, about one-quarter of the world’s English-language books. What will this mean for the publishing landscape?
My favorite comment on the merger of Penguin and Random House was in an Op Ed in the New York Times. “[M]aybe Random Penguin, as a few wags have suggested, would have been a more apt name.” (The name was widely tweeted and depicted as well.) I can see the image in my own mind, an even more eccentric-looking penguin than Penguin’s own, looking around with a slightly drunken gaze. It is so much more satisfying than the temporary logo.
It’s that time of year again: school is starting in a few days. I’m booking orientations and classes for my areas of liaison (which include Freshman Seminars, the Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations), so I’m looking forward to meeting a whole [...]
The Wilmington Memorial Library in Massachusetts created a community supported agriculture pick-up point in June for Wilmington residents who have CSA shares with Farmer Dave's of Dracut.
Just announced by Amazon.com. Kindle Matchbook will launch in October. From the Announcement: Amazon today introduced Kindle MatchBook, a new benefit that gives customers the option to buy–for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free–the Kindle edition of print books they have purchased new from Amazon. [Our emphasis] Print purchases all the way back to 1995–when Amazon [...]
The new library is a partnership between the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFab) and the New Orleans Public Library. From NOLA.com: New Orleans’ newest resource for chefs, cooks and culinary historians will open Oct. 30. At 2 p.m., there will be an opening ceremony for the new SoFab Culinary Library at 1609 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. The joint project [...]
15 titles for October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.