Best Books 2021

Best Books 2021

LJ’s Best Books of 2021 celebrate titles to treasure, indelible works that build and shape collections. They offer reads of solace and community, insight and joy. These 144 titles across 15 categories highlight the essential books of the year

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Amandeep Kochar on Buying Baker & Taylor

Meredith Schwartz, Nov 23, 2021
LJ interviewed Baker & Taylor President and CEO Amandeep Kochar about his leading a private investment group’s recent acquisition of the company from its previous owner, Follett, on November 4.

ALA Opposes Widespread Efforts to Censor Books in U.S. Schools and Libraries

Gary Price, Nov 30, 2021
From the American Library Association: Due to a dramatic uptick in book challenges and outright removal of books from libraries, ALA’s Executive Board and the Boards of Directors for all of ALA’s eight divisions have released the following joint statement regarding attempts to remove materials that focus on LGBTQIA+ issues and books by Black authors or that document the Black experience or the experiences of other BIPOC individuals.

IMLS Report Offers Data on Libraries’, Museums’ Contributions to Community Well-Being

Lisa Peet, Nov 18, 2021
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in partnership with Reinvestment Fund, recently released “Understanding the Social Wellbeing Impacts of the Nation’s Libraries and Museums,” a report on the ways that libraries and museums promote social inclusion and well-being. The study, conducted between 2018 and 2020, looked at measures that included community health, school effectiveness, institutional connection, and cultural opportunity.

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New Temporary Changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Could Impact Librarians with Student Loans

Elisa Shoenberger, Nov 15, 2021
In the beginning of October, the Department of Education announced temporary changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) that are projected to help 22,000 borrowers with consolidated loans without further action, and another 27,000 may be able to qualify with additional certification. The DOE expects the changes will help over 555,000 borrowers who previously consolidated their loans and may get an additional two years of qualifying payments. The new program stands to help out librarians in particular.

Barbara Hoffert, Feb 04, 2021
COVID shifts drove falling print circ and rising ebooks. But will it last? LJ's 2021 Materials Survey looks at some of the last year's trends.

Keith Curry Lance, Dec 21, 2020
This is the 13th year of the LJ Index of Public Library Service and Star Library ratings. The 2020 scores and ratings are based on FY18 data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Public Library Survey (PLS). Because of that delay, they don’t reflect the impact of the coronavirus; that won’t be reflected in the data until 2022. The big news in this year’s edition is that successful retrievals of electronic information (e-retrievals)—measuring usage of online content, such as databases, other than by title checkout—joins the six other measures that determine the LJ Index.

Mahnaz Dar, Nov 10, 2020
Whether librarians are providing services in-person or virtually, reference has changed with the pandemic.

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Suzie Allard, Oct 15, 2020
Library Journal’s annual Placements & Salaries survey reports on the experiences of LIS students who graduated and sought their first librarian jobs in the previous year: in this case, 2019. Salaries and full-time employment are up, but so are unemployment and the gender gap; 2019 graduates faced a mixed job market even before the pandemic.

Gary Price, Dec 06, 2021
The article linked below was published today by Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Practice. Title Academic Library Video Services: Charting a Post-COVID Course Author Tara Murray Grove Penn. State University Source Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Practice Vol 9, No 2 (2021) DOI: 10.5195/palrap.2021.262 Abstract The vast majority of academic libraries offer streaming video services to support […]
Gary Price, Dec 06, 2021
From the Research on Research Institute (RORI): Getting the right incentives and policies for open or free access publishing aligned across the many players of the scholarly communication ecosystem is difficult. To avoid too much of the burden or cost falling on one player in particular – publishers, service providers, funders or researchers – conversations […]
Gary Price, Dec 06, 2021
From the Yale Daily News: Michelle Light has returned to Yale to take on a combination of roles as associate university librarian for special collections and director of the Beinecke Library. Light made her return to Yale on Oct. 1 after previously working as a project archivist in Manuscripts and Archives 20 years ago. She […]
Gary Price, Dec 06, 2021
From AAP: The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its StatShot report for October 2021 reflecting reported revenue for all tracked categories, including Trade (Consumer Books), K-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, and Professional Publishing. Total revenues across all categories for October 2021 were up 23.1% as compared to October 2020, coming in […]
Lisa Peet, Feb 09, 2021
When the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccines began to roll out in mid-December 2020, their distribution was immediately complicated by a shortage of doses and widespread uncertainty about who would be given priority. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued suggested guidelines for phased allocation. When it was not yet clear who would be next, many library workers, leaders, and associations began advocating for public facing library workers to be vaccinated as soon as feasible.

Erica Freudenberger, Feb 02, 2021
In the messy middle of the pandemic, library leaders share how things have changed since March 2020, their takeways, and continuing challenges.

Mahnaz Dar, Nov 10, 2020
Whether librarians are providing services in-person or virtually, reference has changed with the pandemic.

LJ Reviews, Oct 14, 2020
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of books on the subject has been increasing exponentially. This introductory list, which will be updated regularly, is meant to help collection development librarians get started on determining which books work best for their collections.

Stephanie Sendaula,  Dec 06, 2021
Dark matter, seashells, and CRISPR feature in the best science and technology books of 2021.

Anja Webb,  Dec 06, 2021
An imprisoned princess, the multiverse, and customized dragons. The best science fiction and fantasy novels of 2021.

Barbara Hoffert,  Dec 06, 2021
Characters seeking connection, some weathering loss, and many uneasy in the relationships they do have wander the pages of the best short stories of 2021.

Barbara Hoffert,  Dec 06, 2021
Translated novels first written in Serbo-Croatian, Arabic, and Finnish highlight the best world literature of 2021.

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