Remarkable Resources | Best Reference Books 2022

Remarkable Resources | Best Reference Books 2022

From a quirky book on geology to a collection of maps, these reference works expand the possibilities of research for students, general readers, and scholars.  
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Trends in Crime Fiction | 70+ Titles To Add to the Collection

In our annual crime fiction preview, LJ explores trends and presents 74 forthcoming titles to add to the collection.

Satisfaction (Not Always) Guaranteed | Job Satisfaction Survey 2022

Andrew Gerber, Mar 06, 2023
LJ and SLJ’s 2022 Job Satisfaction Survey shows that most librarians are glad they chose their career, but significantly fewer than in 2012.

Political Song-a-Palooza | Peer-to-Peer Review

Our initial goals were to create a unique outreach event for our communities; give students, faculty, and staff an outlet for creativity and civic engagement; and provide student internship opportunities grounded in experiential learning. We felt that a live concert would be a great format, as music is an accessible art form and allows diverse voices to be heard.

ASU’s Firekeepers Initiative Receives Major Funding from Mellon Foundation

Amy Rea, Mar 02, 2023
In January, Arizona State University (ASU) announced that its Labriola National American Indian Data Center received a $1 million grant from the Mellon Foundation to enable the center to better help Tribal nations that want to establish archival collections. The project is called “Firekeepers: Building Archival Data Sovereignty through Indigenous Memory Keeping.”

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, Mar 22, 2023
From the U.S. National Academy of Science: Registration is now open for the Nobel Prize Summit Truth, Trust and Hope — which will convene Nobel Prize laureates and other world-renowned experts and leaders for a global conversation on how to stop misinformation from eroding public trust in science, scientists, and the institutions they serve. Hosted by the […]
Gary Price, Mar 22, 2023
From the Associated Press (AP):  A powerful Missouri state lawmaker on Tuesday moved to strip state funding for public libraries over a fight about books. Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith’s budget proposal, unveiled Tuesday, would cut all $4.5 million in state funding that libraries were slated to get next fiscal year. Smith said […]
Gary Price, Mar 22, 2023
From the ERC: A new study identifies repositories for data and publications that could help ERC grantees, as well as beneficiaries of other Horizon Europe grants, comply with EU open science requirements when they share the results of their EU funded projects. The authors of the study analysed 220 repositories and assessed their features. Experts […]
Gary Price, Mar 22, 2023
Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) and Lyrasis Announce Succession Planning Initiative for Collections Stewardship Nearly 20 Hindawi Journals Delisted From Leading Index Amid Concerns of Papermill Activity (via Retraction Watch) Pennsylvania: Bryn Mawr College to Remove Former President’s Name From Library After Legacy of Antisemitism and White Supremacy (via Philadelphia Inquirer) Springer […]
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.

Amy Rea,  Mar 22, 2023
When Stacy Collins was named a 2021 LJ Mover & Shaker, she was the research and instruction librarian for Boston’s Simmons University Library, where she developed the highly regarded Anti-Oppression Guide. LJ reached out to her to learn more about what she’s been doing since 2021, which includes a new position at a boarding school.

Kate Merlene,  Mar 22, 2023
Colson Whitehead, Amy Tan, Ann Patchett, Bryan Stevenson, and others receive National Humanities Medals. Linda Villarosa, Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation, and Deborah Cohen, Last Call at the Hotel Imperial: The Reporters Who Took on a World at War, win 2023 J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards. Questlove launches a new publishing imprint. There is adaptation news for Douglas Stuart’s Young Mungo, Cesca Major’s Maybe Next Time, two titles by J. Newman, and Claire Keegan’s novel Small Things Like These. Plus, James Patterson signs an exclusive deal with Skydance Television.

The White Lady by Jacqueline Winspear is the top holds title of the week. LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for patrons waiting to read this buzziest book.

Melissa DeWild,  Mar 21, 2023
Looking to celebrate World Poetry Day, National Poetry Month in April, or hoping to update your poetry collection? Take a look at this display shelf.


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