Book Selection: General

  • What Does My Library Need to Know about Ebook Laws?
    by Sallyann Price on May 17, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    Our online column Letters of the Law explores a wide range of legal issues that arise in libraries, with the help of a pair of leading authorities: Mary Minow, a librarian who became a lawyer; and Tomas A. Lipinski, a lawyer who became a librarian. Together they have authored four books on the subject, including … Continue reading What Does My Library Need to Know about Ebook Laws? → The post What Does My Library Need to Know about Ebook Laws? appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.

  • Book Battle in Tennessee
    by Diana Panuncial on May 11, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    Country music star John Rich, who tweeted in January, prior to the bill’s introduction, that he’d met with Gov. Bill Lee and Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn about obscene books in school libraries, addressed the House subcommittee on K–12 education on February 23, comparing teachers, educators, and librarians to “the guy in the white van … Continue reading Book Battle in Tennessee → The post Book Battle in Tennessee appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.

  • 2022 Library Systems Report
    by Becky Lomax on May 2, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    The emergence of such a large business at the top of the industry has accelerated consolidation among mid-level players that aim to increase scale and efficiency to remain competitive. This was a banner year for consolidation of midsize competitors, with more acquisitions than any prior year. These deals raise concerns about weakened competition, but they … Continue reading 2022 Library Systems Report → The post 2022 Library Systems Report appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.

  • A Career Path for Youth
    by Sallyann Price on May 2, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    An October 2021 webinar convened by the Public Library Association (PLA) and members of LibsWork, a national networking group focused on workforce and small business development, explored the ways in which libraries can support young people as they enter the workforce amid these ongoing challenges. Librarians and workforce development professionals shared how such programs are … Continue reading A Career Path for Youth → The post A Career Path for Youth appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.

  • Rightsizing Your Collection
    by Sallyann Price on May 2, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    From a national perspective, we now understand that collections are hugely redundant and large portions go unused. Collections were built on a just-in-case basis over the course of centuries; when items needed to be close at hand and out-of-print titles were difficult and expensive to acquire, this was the best strategy to ensure access. This … Continue reading Rightsizing Your Collection → The post Rightsizing Your Collection appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.

  • Newsmaker: Mariko Tamaki
    by Carrie Smith on May 2, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Your new book, Cold, is about two teenagers: the ghost of a boy and a girl who wants to solve his murder. What drew you to writing your first murder mystery? I’ve always loved reading mysteries, but the element of suspense wasn’t something I had ever focused on in prose. After a few years of … Continue reading Newsmaker: Mariko Tamaki → The post Newsmaker: Mariko Tamaki appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.

  • A Sense of Support
    by Becky Lomax on May 2, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    That experience more than 13 years ago inspired her to start BTPL’s Youth Accessibility Support Collection, a set of items designed to meet the needs of children with various types of disabilities and learning needs. Since 2009, families have been borrowing from the collection, which includes adaptive toys, sensory storytime boxes, speech therapy cards, and skills … Continue reading A Sense of Support → The post A Sense of Support appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.

  • Period. End of Story.
    by Becky Lomax on May 2, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    “The products are important, and normalizing the conversation is important,” says Eiko La Boria, founder and CEO of The Flow Initiative, a New Jersey–based organization devoted to stamping out social, cultural, and economic inequities associated with “period poverty.” She says libraries are a natural partner for her organization’s outreach: “I wanted to implement greater access, … Continue reading Period. End of Story. → The post Period. End of Story. appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.

  • Antiracist Storytimes
    by Becky Lomax on May 2, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    “It was just joyful,” says Jessica Ralli, coordinator of early literacy programs at BPL. “It was a very diverse crowd and majority nonwhite.” About 75 families attended the event, which was minimally marketed because of concerns about gatherings amid the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. “The content was timely,” says Ralli, “and … Continue reading Antiracist Storytimes → The post Antiracist Storytimes appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.

  • An Uphill Battle
    by Becky Lomax on May 2, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    At the core of library work are stories. We listen to our patrons’ stories when we perform a reference interview, readers’ advisory, or a community needs assessment. We interpret these stories to supply our users with the best information and resources to fit their situation. Often, this is simple, but other times this requires close … Continue reading An Uphill Battle → The post An Uphill Battle appeared first on American Libraries Magazine.