Book Clubs in the Cloud

Book Clubs in the Cloud

While many libraries built their own online book clubs, especially during COVID shutdowns, a growing array of larger options from library vendors and consumer-facing brands alike give libraries plenty of choices for connection.
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Sharing the World: The Postcard Collection at the Newberry Library | Archives Deep Dive

Elisa Shoenberger, Sep 08, 2022
While most people think of postcards as inexpensive media showing iconic places, they may not realize the opportunities that postcards can hold for understanding the past. The Chicago-based Newberry Library houses one of the largest collections of postcards in the United States.

Disability in Publishing Launches with Virtual Town Hall

Sossity Chiricuzio, Sep 06, 2022
Disability in Publishing, a United States–based organization of disabled individuals who work in traditional publishing, launched in late July via a virtual town hall. The group’s mission to “create community, provide resources, and increase accessibility across the industry in order to increase disability visibility and retain the talent of disabled publishing professionals” was well represented in the highly accessible event, which was simulcast on YouTube and Twitter and attended by people who are personally disabled and others looking to make their organizations more inclusive. 

Proposed Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster Megamerger Could Squeeze Libraries

Todd Leopold, Aug 24, 2022
The proposed merger between Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster has attracted the attention of the Justice Department, which is concerned that the $2.2 billion deal will shrink opportunities for writers, and hurt consumers, by turning the Big Five publishers (once the Big Six, until Penguin and Random House completed their merger in 2013) into the Big Four. Its antitrust trial against the merger began in early August and ended Friday. A decision is expected in the fall.

Top Fall Debut Novels | 20 Titles To Know

Barbara Hoffert, Aug 10, 2022
LJ focuses on the most promising debut novels for fall, with titles ranging widely in theme and genre. 

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.

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, Sep 28, 2022
From an ALA Statement: During the Summer and Fall of 2022, threats directed to public and school libraries and library workers escalated, including the forced temporary closure of five public library systems due to bomb and shooting threats. On September 27, the executive board of the American Library Association (ALA) transmitted a letter to FBI […]
Gary Price, Sep 28, 2022
From a Plan S / cOAlition S Announcement: cOAlition S releases today the end-user portal of the Journal Comparison Service (JCS). This secure, free, online service aims to shed light on publishing fees and services and enable those who procure publishing services to better understand how journals and publishers compare on a range of key indicators. As […]
Gary Price, Sep 28, 2022
From the University of Victoria, Canada: Canada’s genocide is getting harder to deny.  So too is the growing recognition that human rights and the perspectives of Indigenous Peoples offer solutions to ending the endemic violence in Canada.  From the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and […]
Gary Price, Sep 28, 2022
EDGI Releases Report: How Data Gaps and Disparities in EPA Data Undermine Climate and Environmental Justice Screening Tools Johns Hopkins Joins Center For Research Libraries (CRL) ORCID Announces 2023 Board Slate PLOS (Public Library of Science) Announces  Four New Appointments to Board of Directors Stanford Libraries Creates New Division to Support Scholars’ Data Needs
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,  Sep 28, 2022
Celebrate spooky season with these new titles featuring witches.

Jeff T. Dick,  Sep 28, 2022
Ten new and classic films and TV shows now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Joshua Blevins Peck,  Sep 28, 2022
LJ’s documentary film reviewer picks four intriguing works, now available on DVD/Blu-ray.

Jeff T. Dick,  Sep 28, 2022
LJ's film columnist picks the month's top indie and foreign films, now available on DVD and Blu-ray.


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