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This Dog Sits on Seven Editorial Boards

Topic: Libraries Ollie’s owner, Mike Daube, is a professor of health policy at Australia’s Curtin University. He initially signed his dog up for the positions as a joke, with credentials such as an affiliation at the Subiaco College of Veterinary Science. Show More Summary

Twenty-six words we don’t want to lose

Topic: Libraries In September, academics in Britain uncovered 30 words ‘lost’ from the English language: researchers spent three months looking through old dictionaries to find them, in the hope they could bring the words back into modern conversations. Show More Summary

When Making Books Was As Much Of An Art As Writing Them

Topic: Books When was the last time you picked up a book and really looked at how it was made: the typeface, the feel of the paper, the way the words look on the page? Today, when people can read on their phones, some books never even make it to paper. Once, bookmaking was an art as refined and distinct as the writing it presents. Show More Summary

Diversifying Librarianship

The library workforce fails to reflect the increasing diversity of our communities. It’s time for effective change.

NYPL Unveils Plans for Schwarzman Building

At a November 15 board of trustees meeting, New York Public Library (NYPL) administration unveiled the master plan for renovations to its main branch, the Steven A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan. The...Show More Summary

The populism of Amazon’s real-world bookstores

Topic: Amazon.com Book Stores Walking around, I half-expected to see SQL queries accompanying some of the displays — “SELECT FROM books WHERE rating > 4.8 AND pub_year = 2017 ORDER BY number_sold”. Amazon definitely needs to figure out how to get a little weird into their stores, a little of the human touch. Show More Summary

New Award Honors Innovative LIS Students

Gwinnett County Public Library in Snellville, GA, and the San José State University School of Information are cosponsoring the Innovative Librarians Award, which will shine a light on Library Science graduate students who are pushing the envelope to advance library services and going above and beyond to improve libraries.

LJ’s Top Ten Picks and Genre Bests | Book Pulse

Library Journal names its picks for the Top Ten Books of 2017 and its selections for Best Genre Fiction. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is announced.

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News | Book Pulse

The People vs. Alex Crossby James Patterson leads the holds count and Wrinkle in Time gets a new trailer.

Welcome to your local library, which also happens to be a newsroom

Topic: Libraries Her venue: San Antonio’s majestic Central Library. While several journalism outlets have partnered with local libraries on book fairs, educational programs or occasional talks, NOWCastSA’s studio and staff has been housed in two offices in the library since 2010. Show More Summary

Navigating ACA Open Enrollment at Your Library

Federal legislation and executive leadership have added confusion to this year’s open enrollment period for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Here are a few suggestions to make a potentially stressful task easier for both library workers and patrons.

A New Perspective

During a recent Lyft ride to the airport, I was greeted by a driver who turned to me with a huge smile asking about my travel plans. It was quite early for an intense discussion, but with my mind full of thoughts on my upcoming work,...Show More Summary

New Podcast! FYI 024- Nicholas Higgins on Library Service to Jails and Prisons

We talk with Nicholas Higgins, director of Outreach Services at the Brooklyn (NY) Public Library. Higgins, author of the latest book in the PLA Quick Reads series, shares wisdom gleaned from his years of experience providing libraryShow More Summary

A.J. Baime on Truman’s “Completely Different Avenue of the American Dream”

A.J. Baime's "The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months that Changed the World" dives deep into the tumultuous first four months of Truman's presidency. Tracing Truman's rise from failed farmer to leader of the free world, Baime constructs a compelling argument that no other President has ever faced such a fraught entrance into the office.

Meet the “Buzz Whisperer”: Book Pulse Keeps You Up On What’s Trending | Editorial

The book world is always buzzing. But the buzz can be hard to harness for daily, timely application in our libraries. I’m pleased to share that librarians now have a new tool to put to work. Meet LJ’s Book Pulse, launched in October and powered by the deeply experienced and highly creative readers’ advisory (RA) expert Neal Wyatt.

Holiday Store & New Tote Bags!

LibraryThing is bringing a little more excitement your way for the holidays! In addition to SantaThing (signups close December 4th, 12pm EST) and our annual Holiday Card Exchange (more coming soon), we’ve added gorgeous new TinyCat totes to our Store and a bigger, extended sale on all LibraryThing merchandise! First up is our shiny new […]

Winners of the 2017 National Book Awards Announced

“Books matter because they give us information and hope and connect us to other people,” said Lisa Lucas, the National Book Foundation’s executive director, in a recorded message at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 15, at Cipriani’s in New York. Show More Summary

The Culture War Being Fought Over Tomorrow’s Libraries

Topic: Libraries Today libraries are simultaneously tourist destinations, places to read, places to gather and socialize, places to study, and places to learn. They also remain a mirror of our culture. They reflect not just the way we consume information (and architecture) through our phones today, but also the forces of that inequality. Show More Summary

Finding and Partnering with Trainers for Tech Programs

Community access and technology training are crucial components of public library services. The American Library Association’s (ALA) 2015 Digital Inclusion Survey found that “those who receive formal digital literacy training were significantly...Show More Summary

EasyJet Brings Children’s Books to the Sky

Over the last summer EasyJet unveiled their “flybraries” or flying libraries, hoping to encourage young passengers to read more.

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