Not for the first time, librarians and publishers are confronting what can feel like an impasse. The system of short-term loan (STL) of e-monographs, which was conceived as a form of digital interlibrary loan (ILL), is seen by many libraries as the only way they can afford to provide such materials and by many publishers as the beginning of the end of their business.
ARTstor and JSTOR. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Credo Reference. What do all these resources have in common? They’ve been named Best Database by LJ readers over the past three years. It’s time to pick the 2014 winner, and we want to hear from you! The winner will top the list of our popular “Best Databases” […]
Thorny Reference Questions Tackled Dear Reddy: While at the reference desk this morning, I had a gentleman come in asking if we had anything on package labels, matchbook covers, old railroad timetables, and a bunch of other stuff that sounds like total junk. He said he collects these things, and called them ephemera, a word […]
Sally Reed, executive director of United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association (ALA) that represents the interests of advocates such as friends groups and trustees, encouraged librarians at the “Quirky Books for Quirky Librarians” panel to join her organization before introducing six authors with new or upcoming books. The authors, a few […]
The 6th Annual Librarian Shout ‘n Share @ BEA, cosponsored by the AAP and LJ, was was moderated by LJ‘s Barbara Genco. The panelists were Douglas Lord, LJ book reviewer and Books for Dudes columnist; Alene Moroni, King County Library, WA; Jamie Watson, Baltimore County Public Library; Charlene Rue, New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries’ […]
No Day of Dialog would be complete without a star-studded author panel, and last week’s annual gathering at New York’s McGraw-Hill building didn’t disappoint. The afternoon’s “Drop-Dead Gorgeous Fiction” panel was moderated by LJ Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert and featured authors Lev Grossman, Emma Straub, Jane Smiley, Jules Feiffer, Lily King, and Marlon James. […]
Attendees, prompted by questions from a panel of their fellow librarians, discussed several hot-button issues at LJ’s Day of Dialog last week. The Town Hall meeting—planned to encourage the “dialog” promised on the day—was chaired by LJ’s Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert, who introduced Stephanie Anderson, Head of Reader Services at Darien Library, CT; Melissa […]
Emma Healey’s Elizabeth is Missing, a psychological puzzle in the vein of Alice LaPlante’s Turn of Mind, tops the list of June publications that librarians are reading. In a surprising tenth place is George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois’s anthology Rogues. Also surprising: there’s no nonfiction on the list. Perhaps beach reading is starting to […]