Not Neutral | ALA Annual 2022

Not Neutral | ALA Annual 2022

The 2022 American Library Association Annual Conference returned as an in-person gathering at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, June 23–28. While participants and exhibitors were largely enthusiastic about seeing each other face to face, often for the first time since the Annual conference in June 2019, COVID, the erosion of abortion rights, and a range of intellectual freedom challenges and privacy issues were front and center in many conversations—both in person and online.
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Jennifer A. Dixon, Jun 13, 2022
For librarians looking to change career course, post-MLIS certificates can help them learn a new specialization or catch up on technologies.

DEI Audits: The Whole Picture | Equity

Christina Fuller-Gregory, Jun 06, 2022
How diversity, equity, and inclusion auditing tools help build stronger collections.

86 Historical Fiction Titles To Share with Readers | Collection Development

Melissa DeWild, Jun 08, 2022
LJs first preview of historical fiction shows the genre is flourishing with a myriad of forthcoming titles. Surveying the next seven months, World War II stories still dominate the offerings. But more titles set during World War I are entering the fray, as are Cold War–set novels and stories starring librarians as spies. Beyond these time frames, titles set in ancient periods through the 1960s also appear, often containing strong elements of mystery or romance. Other findings to note: a wide range of viewpoints offer new takes on history; iconic literary characters and historical figures appear in many books; and the use of dual time lines connecting past and present is prevalent. 

Tour de France: A Watching, Reading, and Listening Guide | Your Home Librarian

LJ Reviews, Jun 21, 2022
The 2022 Tour de France begins on July 1 and runs through July 24, as it winds its way across France. Cycling fans will be watching daily to see who makes the best time, who wins in the mountains, and who has the fastest sprint finish. Some fans will also be tuned in to see the glories of the French countryside and aerial views of the many French châteaux. Help patrons who enjoy “Le Tour” make the most of it with these supporting resources.

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, Jul 06, 2022
Alex Robinson appointed Chief Commercial Officer for Taylor & Francis Europeana Highlights – April to June 2022 SPARC Names New Visiting Program Officer for Open Models University of Georgia Libraries Open Access Agreements Benefit UGA Researchers Wiley Rolls Out Open Access Solution Oable to First 34 Customers
Gary Price, Jul 06, 2022
From The Daily Record: Circle of Excellence winner – opens in new tab” data-uw-rm-ext-link=””>Circle of Excellence winner Carla Hayden reveals lessons learned from her 23 years as CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore and from the past six years as the librarian of Congress. Plus, she offers valuable advice to other women […]
Gary Price, Jul 06, 2022
From the US Census: Today the U.S. Census Bureau announced the release of major updates to the data explorer tool, My Community Explorer (MCE). MCE is an interactive, map-based tool that highlights demographic and socioeconomic data. These data measure inequality and help inform data-based solutions. This tool is designed to help users identify underserved communities […]
Gary Price, Jul 06, 2022
From The NY Times: As highly visible and politicized book bans have exploded across the country, librarians — accustomed to being seen as dedicated public servants in their communities — have found themselves on the front lines of an acrimonious culture war, with their careers and their personal reputations at risk. They have been labeled […]
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.

LJ Reviews,  Jul 06, 2022
Persuasion, the newest Jane Austen adaptation, arrives on July 15, from Netflix. Assist viewers, readers, and listeners who want more Austen with these suggestions.

LJ Reviews,  Jul 06, 2022
Starred titles reviewed in our July 2022 print issue, spanning mystery and suspense, SF/fantasy, horror, Christian fiction, and more.

Becky Spratford,  Jul 06, 2022
New key authors are taking possession of the genre by claiming old tropes and making them new; small presses are making huge waves; and the voices of marginalized authors are creating change and energy.

Becky Spratford,  Jul 06, 2022
Stephen Graham Jones is the best-selling author of nearly 30 novels and collections, as well as novellas and comic books. The most recent is My Heart is a Chainsaw. Up next are Earthdivers and Don’t Fear the Reaper. Jones lives and teaches in Boulder, CO. He talks with LJ about his newest book, the genre as a whole, and his influences.

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