1. Collection development tumblarians, you can watch Melville House’s 2014 Librarians’ Spring Preview here. Now!  Live!

  2. Erin Shea: “I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sick of BEA. I got in line to see Julianne Moore and it was a pretty long line but, you know, I’m pretty determined and I have my laser fingers to keep me company, but I’ve been back and forth to Staten Island fifty-seven times now and all I ate today was fifteen bags of roasted nuts and I’m beginning to think maybe it’s not worth it? Where’s the line for the cat?

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    Won’t someone think of the BEA orphans? | MobyLives

    "I have my laser fingers to keep me company.”

  3. … is to not act furtive about it. One barbecue sauce stain looks much like another on these manuscripts, I assure you. I’ve lost track of my own at this point. You’ll want to let it dry out before you rearchive the page, of course. If you’re lucky, you’ll have dripped onto the someone who deserves it like, say, the Celine. [Scribbled in the margins: The I.B. Singer socks serve as a fine napkin in a pinch. Be careful though, (illegible) dissert. (illegible) pork drippings, might be asking questions.]

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    A rare look at the handbook to the Harry Ransom archives. » MobyLives

    Over at Melville House, Dustin Kurtz imagines what the Harry Ransom Center director’s handbook looks like.

  4. goodinthestacks:

It would have been nice for Library Journal to give some credit to @heyjenray for coming up with #librariansasteenagers, especially since I was the first librarian posted! Look at those guns!!

Just trying to keep up with the flow of pictures at this point! I think we’ll try and do a bigger recap in the next day or so. For anyone seeking the germ of #librariansasteenagers (which LJ has merely documented), check out this Flavorwire post of authors as teenagers, which prompted Melville House to call for pictures of booksellers and librarians as teenagers, which was shortly followed by our very very first #librariansasteenagers photo (along with the hashtag) from @heyjenray.

    goodinthestacks:

    It would have been nice for Library Journal to give some credit to @heyjenray for coming up with #librariansasteenagers, especially since I was the first librarian posted! Look at those guns!!

    Just trying to keep up with the flow of pictures at this point! I think we’ll try and do a bigger recap in the next day or so. For anyone seeking the germ of #librariansasteenagers (which LJ has merely documented), check out this Flavorwire post of authors as teenagers, which prompted Melville House to call for pictures of booksellers and librarians as teenagers, which was shortly followed by our very very first #librariansasteenagers photo (along with the hashtag) from @heyjenray.

  5. Now, stories have begun to emerge that nearly all the manuscripts from the Ahmed Baba institute and the city’s many private collections may be safe. First Lila Adam Zanganeh wrote about the crisis for the New Yorker, noting reassurances that the many private collections were in fact safe, though the state of those manuscripts that had been housed in the Centre was still uncertain. Then, Monday, both Harper’s and the Global Post have followed up with the incredible news that in fact almost all of the manuscripts were secreted away even before the city had fallen to rebel groups.

    — UPDATE: Timbuktu’s manuscripts may have been safely entombed after all » MobyLives

  6. melvillehouse:




Hey, who wants books?




Ahhhh! (This happens to me in the book room a lot and so this gif is mildly traumatic.)

    melvillehouse:

    Ahhhh! (This happens to me in the book room a lot and so this gif is mildly traumatic.)

  7. cloudunbound:

    MEET DENNIS JOHNSON, PUBLISHER OF CLOUD PARTNER MELVILLE HOUSE: When I was Book Review Editor of Library Journal, I launched a series called “Librarian-Publisher Dialog” to foster constructive dialog between two natural-born collaborators in the publishing ecosystem. Librarian Jim Carmin’s meaty conversation with Johnson stands out for revealing what makes an indie publisher tick.

    Johnson’s respect for the library market is true:

    One reason behind the development of the HybridBook project was that we saw it as an opportunity for a deeper partnership with libraries, starting with seeing it as a whole new way to revive and champion some of the fundamental works of any collection—works by giants such as Tolstoy, Chekhov, Flaubert, Joyce, and so on. And the very stuff of the Illuminations is a reenactment of a wonderful hunt through the stacks of a library. Isn’t that where we all got our start as book lovers?

    Read on to deepen your continuing education in publishing. And look for original publisher interviews coming in 2013. Volunteer librarian journalists needed!

  8. melvillehouse:

greenapplebooks:

There might be six people who find this as funny as we do.

I think it’s safe to say our office accounts for at least five of those six.

Ermagherd, Melville House is on tumblr!

    melvillehouse:

    greenapplebooks:

    There might be six people who find this as funny as we do.

    I think it’s safe to say our office accounts for at least five of those six.

    Ermagherd, Melville House is on tumblr!

  9. Our Ebook Future | The Digital Shift:

    The reading ecosystem is evolving fast, even as you read this. Facing the rapid transition to ebooks together, rather than in isolated camps, librarians, publishers, authors, and readers can ensure that we meet our missions on all fronts. This series of conversations is a start, aspiring to illuminate the issues and opportunities by placing librarians and publishers at the same table. The personalities here range from Random House’s Madeline McIntosh, who stresses a commonality between publishers and librarians, to HarperCollins’s Josh Marwell, who strives to emphasize openness, to Melville House’s Dennis Johnson, who illuminates the indie perspective.

  10. "We ought to make a book about it."

    In last week’s BookSmack, Jim Carmin of the Multnomah County Library interviews Melville House’s Dennis Johnson on the publishers’ founding.

    The company was founded, impulsively, as a kind of moral or at least political act, and I guess that imbues everything we do. I had this blog called MobyLives, one of the first book blogs, and on September 10, 2001, it was named by Yahoo! (the Google of that era) as the website of the week, so on the morning of September 11, I suddenly had tens of thousands of readers. After we heard the attacks and ran down to the water, the police forced us back into our apartments. We thought it was war, so we went online to look for news, and I found people were already writing to me about the attacks—lots of local poets and novelists and literary journalists, friends and fans.

    To make a long story short, I began posting things, starting late on the day itself with an email I got from a poet named George Murray who had a day job at 7 World Trade Center. He wrote of his horrifying escape, and it got a lot of attention. Then we posted poetry by some pretty well-known people such as Alicia Ostriker and Stephen Dunn, and it started getting press attention.

    By the time George Bush climbed up on the rubble of the towers a couple of days later and started calling for vengeance, with the media chiming in, MobyLives had this amazing other take on events. At some point soon after, Valerie looked over my shoulder and said, “That stuff really tells the story of New York right now so much better than what’s in the newspaper. We ought to make a book about it.” And we were off, racing along toward the creation of our first book, Poetry After 9/11, although we had absolutely no idea how to do such a thing.

    It’s a great conversation, worth reading in total!