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.
“As a group, Millennials are as likely as older adults to have used a library in the past 12 months, and more likely to have used a library website. Among those ages 16-29, 50% reported having used a library or bookmobile in the course of the past year in a September 2013 survey. Some 47% of those 30 and older had done so. Some 36% of younger Americans used a library website in that time frame, compared with 28% of those 30 and older. Despite their relatively high use of libraries, younger Americans are among the least likely to say that libraries are important.”—Major new Pew study looks at millennials’ reading habits. This particular finding is striking — all the more reason to partake in the Knight Foundation’s 2014 NewsChallenge, which seeks breakthrough ideas to “leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities.” Because, lest we forget, “when a library is open, no matter its size or shape, democracy is open, too.” (via explore-blog)
Organizations in every state in America, plus the District of Columbia, have hosted a communitywide reading program at one point or another, according to the Library of Congress. So-called One Book programs are everywhere. However, to engage the entire community, whether municipality, county, region, or state, successfully in a communitywide reading event takes planning as well as skill and enthusiasm. LJ spoke with reads veterans from around the country to learn what worked for them—and what could work for your library.
If the Internet seems a little slower than usual today, it’s probably not. But it may look that way due to a protest from Net Neutrality advocates around the web. Sites like Netflix, WordPress, and Reddit will be displaying loading symbols on their front pages to show their support for equal treatment of all the data flowing through the Internet.
Sophie Hannah on her new novel The Monogram Murders, starring Agatha Christie’s famous detective Hercule Poirot.
It’s publication day for the new Hercule Poirot mystery, which is getting rave reviews, including a star from LJ. Sophie Hannah writes a terrific essay on why she accepted the challenge of resurrecting Agatha Christie’s Belgian sleuth.
A pair of restaurant entrepreneurs plans to bring some southwestern flavor to the city with the help of the New York Public Library.
You can begin your entrepreneurial dreams too! The 2015 competition begins next month. Attend one of the orientation sessions held at branches in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island and you’ll be well on your way to being NYC’s next class of entrepreneurs.
A survey by John Burke at Miami University found that 109 libraries in the US had a makerspace or were close to opening one. Others are hosting events like Wikipedia edit-a-thons, where residents plumb the library’s resources to create articles about local history.
A nice write up. Bonus, I learned “fusty” is a word.
It’s like I always say: reading is writing. Good on Catton.
The grant has yet to be given a name, “in case a nice philanthropist hears about this and would like to lend their name and support to the project”, but Catton said that the word which keeps coming to her as a possibility “is the horoeka, or lancewood, a native tree that begins its life defensively, with sharp rigid leaves and a narrow bearing, and at a certain point transforms into a shape that is confident, open and entirely new – so different, in fact, that the young and old versions of the tree look absolutely unalike. That is what I believe that reading can do.”