Takeaways & Trends | Books & Publishing

Takeaways & Trends | Books & Publishing

Where the publishing industry led the way in 2018 and where it's headed in 2019 as seen by the author of LJ's Book Pulse daily news report.


Robin DiAngelo on Confronting White Fragility | ALA Midwinter

Mahnaz Dar, Feb 01, 2019
Author and activist Robin DiAngelo explained that grappling with racism can be uncomfortable for white people—but it's crucial to dismantling systemic oppression.

Inspired and Tenacious | Editorial

Rebecca T. Miller, Feb 01, 2019
As the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Initiative came to a close at the end of 2018, I joined many in reflecting on the massive contribution of that decades-long investment in libraries and what it now makes possible through its legacy partners.


Working To Give Libraries More Actionable Information | Peer to Peer Review

Jill Hurst-Wahl, Feb 07, 2019
America’s approximately 17,000 public library outlets’ staff are focused on meeting the needs of their communities, providing innovative programs, and connecting community members to resources that make a difference in their lives. But all too often they are reinventing these things from scratch.

Spring Awakenings: Editors' Spring Picks | Books & Publishing

LJ Reviews, Jan 29, 2019
Activism, escapism, intersectionality, romance are key to these 43 titles our editors want librarians to know and buy.

Alexandra Chassanoff, Apr 12, 2018
During the week of March 19–23 MIT Libraries convened experts from across disciplines and domains to identify and address grand challenges in the scholarly communication and information science landscape.
Mirco Tonin, Jan 03, 2018
Suppose a librarian receives an email from a man named Greg Walsh, wanting to become a cardholder or simply inquiring about the open hours. Would the librarian reply? And, if so, would the reply be polite, including for instance some form of salutation, such as “Hello” or “Good morning”? Does your answer change if the guy is called Tyrone Washington? Is a librarian treating Jake Mueller differently from DeShawn Jackson?
LJ Reviews, Apr 11, 2018
A detailed look at pain management implementing the use of medical cannabis rather than opioids; A complex look at the issue of opioid abuse backed up with research and first hand stories; A valuable addition to the conversation about addiction filled with case studies illustrating the complexities of the disease
Mahnaz Dar, Jan 20, 2018
Editor Sarah Janssen discusses editing The World Almanac in an age where being attuned to "fake news" is especially vital.
Mar 16, 2018
A photo spurred Marian Fragola to create the Making Space series at North Carolina State University (NCSU). As part of a study on the library’s gaming spaces, a student snapped a picture of herself looking into one of the rooms, her body reflected in the glass. “[It] captured her feelings of not being welcomed,” says Fragola, director of program planning and outreach. The photo brought home to Fragola and her colleagues the issue of women’s underrepresentation in the Maker movement and tech.
Mar 16, 2018
As director of archives and special collections at Columbia University’s Barnard Library, Shannon O’Neill practices “radical empathy,” both in the materials she selects and in the way she interacts with colleagues. The concept of radical empathy in archival practice comes from Michelle Caswell and Marika Cifor’s “From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics: Radical Empathy in the Archives,” explains O’Neill. In practice, she says, “we allow ourselves to be open to and affected by one another, and we acknowledge and actively confront oppressive structures—ones that are colonial, carceral, and racist—in archives.”
Mar 16, 2018
When a prospective date asked Kiara Garrett to recommend a book, she suggested Junot Díaz’s This Is How You Lose Her. He mistakenly thought the collection offered relationship advice. Garrett told him, “If you liked Jay-Z’s album 4:44, then you would like this book.”
Mar 16, 2018
In November 2017, a few months after she became Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library’s (EVPL) civic data scientist—one of the few in the country at a public library—Jerica Copeny volunteered at the inaugural conference of Data for Black Lives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab.
Erica Freudenberger,  Feb 15, 2019
How can a community have brave, challenging conversations? That was the question St. Paul, MN Mayor Melvin Carter III posed to Catherine Penkert, director of the St. Paul Public Library. Her response was to launch the citywide reading initiative, Read Brave St. Paul, in January and February.

Neal Wyatt,  Feb 15, 2019
Four new adaptations come to screens big and small today. The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump by Andrew G. McCabe is the newest Trump book to break big and make news. There is more on literary (and maybe musical) fakers.

LJ Reviews,  Feb 14, 2019
February 2018 to date as identified by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO

LJ Reviews,  Feb 14, 2019
Debuter Ehirim elucidates painful truths; an immersive and insightful story; for fans who like their romantic suspense with a delicious side of supernatural; an important story, inventively structured; Martin crafts simultaneous romances without shorting either; this fast-paced story encourages readers to reflect on the notion of friendship and family; a slow-burning contemporary romance; this story couldn’t be timelier

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