With Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, scheduled to begin Wednesday evening, how appropriate then that on Monday, September 22, Fig Tree Books LLC, a new publisher of literary fiction that chronicles the American Jewish experience, announced its inaugural list for the spring 2015 season. Its first four books include Prayers for the Living (March) by National Public Radio commentator Alan Cheuse, a reissue of Meyer Levin’s classic 1956 novel Compulsion (April), Jonathan Papernick’s thriller The Book of Stone (May), and a debut novel, Safekeeping (June), by Jessamyn Hope.
Hey Tumblarians, here’s a new publisher to keep your eye on for collection development and readers’ advisory purposes.
Round up the usual suspects! Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain was one of seven books suspended from the curriculum of the Highland Park, Texas public school district. You don’t have to guess pretty hard on the titles of the other six books.
Ken Burns has been busy. The award-winning filmmaker’s seven-part television series, ‘The Roosevelts,’ premiered on PBS this week, and ‘Ken Burns’ the app, featuring hours of curated clips from his documentaries was just released.
A “yarn bombing” took place this weekend at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library, but the masked “ninja knitters” came with good intentions — to draw attention to the branch’s 45th anniversary celebration. In advance, the knitting group wrapped tree branches and poles on the library property with coats of colorful to reflect the festive spirit.
Have you yarn bombed your local library branch today?
Brooklyn Book Festival Reception for Librarians Brooklyn Book Festival - September 21st 2014
The Brooklyn Book Festival welcomes librarians to a special morning event featuring Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn, Fortress of Solitude and Dissident Gardens, and New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña for a conversation about the writing life, education and inspiration. Trivia Fact: Lethem dedicated his first novel Gun, with Occasional Music to Ms. Fariña, who was his fourth grade teacher at PS29.
How cool is this? Jonathan Lethem in conversation with his fourth-grade teacher, now the New York City Schools Chancellor.
After a year of dormancy at the hands of bed bugs, the book sales from the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library are finally back.
The Friends, a nonprofit that raises funds for the library, was forced to cancel its last two book sales, in the spring and fall, after a donation of books infested with bed bugs threw all or most of the several thousand books being prepared for sale under suspicion (they were never mixed with the library’s collection).
The book-living bugs spent the past year in a semi-trailer, cast off to starve to death under quarantine. Now, the books are fit for sale.
Irish Archives Resource, a portal that links together hundreds of unique archival collections and 34 archive services in Ireland north and south, has gone live.
Contributions are included from TCD’s Manuscripts and Archives Department, RTE’s Stills Library, archives from the National Museum and many many many.
“This portal now provides a user-friendly pathway for individuals interested in accessing Ireland’s archival heritage. The portal is unique in Ireland by facilitating web users in viewing a rich and diverse range of archival collections on a single website.” Beginning as a pilot project in 2008, as a result of a joint initiative of the Heritage Council and Archives and Records Association, Ireland, the IAR is an all-Ireland portal containing collections from Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and National Archives of Ireland. The IAR is currently funded by the Heritage Council, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Northern Ireland. The portal is hosted by University College Dublin’s School of History and Archives. With adequate funding, it aims to expand the current number of contributing archive services from 34 to up to 70. source : Silicon Republic
A new resource for your genealogy and Irish history patrons.
“I was informed that the library does not provide the use of a stapler for the general public. I would like to express my displeasure with such a policy. If there is any way I can be of assistance in helping provide MINIMAL stationary needs, please do not hesitate to inform me.”—
Complaint letter to the library, found in an old box of files.
Libraries have always been second homes to many writers. Two programs are hoping to further encourage that relationship starting this fall and into the future. The Public Library of Cincinnati’s Writer-In-Residence program and the CHP in the Stacks residency program from publishing company Coffee House Press (CHP) will give select writers stipends to do their work in a library while helping publicize that library’s resources to the community.
What does this mean for librarians? There is still difficulty in finding and purchasing the books for a collection, a challenge that will ease as the category becomes more mainstream. Also, the debate of where to place the books once they’re purchased is just a variation on an old theme: we’ve discussed for years whether it’s better to break out the genre fiction or keep it all in the fiction section so that authors who write in several different genres can have all of their works found. There are arguments to be made on both sides, and no one has ever come up with a definitive solution. The same may happen with NA. Some libraries may choose to give the books their own section, others to interfile. In ebooks, at least, librarians won’t have to choose but can place the same titles in multiple categories.
What’s key is helping readers to find the books. As librarians are starting to become more aware of NA publishing, readers are, too. If we want those readers coming to us, then we must be prepared in the old-fashioned, readers’ advisory (RA) way. While we struggle with how to label and categorize the books, readers will be asking for suggestions. Though there is a homogeneity to a lot of NA, with its contemporary settings and strong romantic elements, there is still enough variety that RA librarians will want to brush up on a few of the core authors better to direct readers.
An excellent overview of the burgeoning New Adult genre with a reading list of some fan favorites and upcoming releases.
The LJ/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by ProQuest, recognizes excellence in educating the next generation of library and information professionals. This annual award merges the two teaching awards previously presented by ALISE and LJ, and honors the winning LIS educator with a complimentary annual ALISE membership and registration to the ALISE annual conference, a celebration at the ALISE annual conference, an article in LJ in the November 15 issue, and a $5,000 prize.
The entry deadline has been extended to September 22, so get your nominations in today!
One of Lawrence’s most endearing collector’s items will be back on the market next week when the Lawrence Public Library celebrates the freedom to read by handing out trading cards of banned books designed by local artists.
The designs of this year’s deck of seven cards, and the artists behind them, will be announced Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the library’s auditorium at 707 Vermont St. The following week, from Sept. 21-27, during the nationwide Banned Books Week, the library will hand out one card per day for free.
What a brilliant library marketing idea! How are our tumblarian friends commemorating Banned Books Week?
Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications — and what new privacy-protecting services they can offer patrons to shield them from unwanted spying of their library activity.