“Librarians’ values are as sound as Girl Scouts’: truth, free speech, and universal literacy. And, like Scouts, they possess a quality that I think makes librarians invaluable and indispensable: they want to help. They want to help us. They want to be of service. And they’re not trying to sell us anything.”—Marilyn Johnson- This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All (via marissathelibrarian)
The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) seeks a dynamic and innovative Deputy Director to provide strategic leadership in planning, organizing, managing and directing the operation, services and activities of the WCLS branch libraries, outreach and mobile services to meet the WCLS mission, goals and objectives. Requires MLS, seven or more years’ relevant library experience, and must have, or be eligible for a Washington State Librarian Certificate. Full-time, FLSA exempt position with competitive salary and excellent benefits. Apply by Friday, September 19th. Click on the “read more” link for full posting and application instructions.
One of my reviewers is looking for a dynamic candidate to fill this position. I promised I would spread the word Sounds like a great job in a beautiful part of the country. Tumblarians, you have until September 19 to apply.
Act now! This kind of position does not open often! It’s an opportunity to live in a place surrounded by natural beauty, with recreation opportunities at Mt. Baker, on our many lakes and rivers and in Bellingham Bay and beyond.
This is the perfect-sized library system for someone who likes to jump right in and get things done; there are lots of opportunities for creativity!
We’re hoping to hear ideas for leveraging the assets that libraries have built: physical spaces open to anyone; professional staff trained in how to seek, retrieve and share information; and a legacy of aiding new readers, new entrepreneurs and new Americans. In recent years we’ve seen libraries leverage the Internet and digital approaches for education, entrepreneurship, the arts and “making.” In a digital age we see libraries—public, university, archival, virtual—as key for improving Americans’ ability to know about and to be involved with what takes place around them….
The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has created a custom-wrapped “Audiobookmobile” that will travel to book festivals and libraries in five cities from August 30 to September 27, 2014, giving away prizes and downloads with the aim of introducing the audio format to new listeners.
My students need a reading rug and bean bag chairs will be used for independent reading. I want my library to be a place where all of my K-6 students can come read and listen to wonderful stories. I’m trying to create an inviting space where they can come and get lost in a good book….
Help make a school library in Ferguson a little more welcoming for young readers!
Florida’s newest public university—Florida Polytechnic University (FPU)—is so new it doesn’t even have accreditation yet. Its mission is to educate students in the STEM fields, and Chief Information Officer Tom Hull describes it as part of a future “Silicon Valley East” between Orlando and Tampa. FPU features a lot of innovative, not to say controversial, departures from tradition, including a no-tenure model for its 26 newly hired professors and a library without physical books.
Laura Ingalls Wilder based her beloved “Little House on the Prairie” books on her actual experiences growing up on the American plains. But they were books for children, and, sometime in the 1920s, she wrote a memoir that would have been rated R for violence and adult content.
Coeds and cliffhangers and coming of age—that’s what new adult (NA) fiction is made of. Aimed at the 18- to 25-year-old audience and focusing on firsts—first love, first job, first sex—these titles tackle tough issues such as self-harm, suicide, rape, and addiction with more drama, heat, and sexual explicitness than even the most audacious YA novel. The moniker “new adult” was coined during a 2009 contest by St. Martin’s Press, established a foothold in the self-published market, and has gone on to attract a dedicated, loyal legion of fans every bit as obsessed as the most rapacious romance reader. Not surprising since these reads are addictive, often part of a series, and readily available as ebooks—the literary equivalent of a Netflix binge-watch. So grab the Kindle, curl up on the couch, and get ready for a long, long night with these backlist and recently published titles
This growing genre will be explored in further detail in a September 15 feature article in LJ.