Nominate Your Favorite Database of 2013


Fall is in the air, in New York at least, and here at LJ that means we’re gearing up for our reference bonanza: the annual reference supplement. Our popular “Best Databases” feature will appear in the supplement, and I’d love to hear from you with your nominations. Which database knocked your socks off this year? […]

Should “Tweeps” Be in the Dictionary?


“NO” and even, “NOOOOOO!” were some of the more emphatic reactions of many of Library Journal’s and Oxford University Press’s (OUP) Twitter followers who were recently posed with the question, “Should ‘tweeps’ be in the dictionary?” OUP asked the question ahead of the publisher’s June 18 webcast, hosted by Library Journal, which explored how social […]

YA Crossover Tops Inaugural LibraryReads List


The inaugural LibraryReads lists ten titles (published this month and forthcoming) nominated as “favorites” by librarians from around the country.

No Fooling Terry! LJ Mystery Columnist Picked a Winner


J.K. Rowling is a dark horse. While we thought she was enjoying a post-Harry-and-Casual-Vacancy tea break, she was writing a mystery, The Cuckoo’s Calling, under the name Robert Galbraith. Although Galbraith was a ruse, there was no fooling our mystery reviewer, Teresa L. Jacobsen, about the book’s quality: she named it a debut of the […]

Fleeing the Reference Desk | ALA 2013

New reference program

Librarians gathered for what was billed “a refdesk-shattering event.”

“We Will Not Be Shushed”

Read In

Budgets for New York’s public libraries are facing a proposed $106 million cut. Urban Librarians Unite, an advocacy group of librarians from throughout the city, explains that, “Should these cuts go through, more than 60 neighborhood libraries across the city will be forced to close, and services and hours at the remaining libraries will be […]

Collection Development 2020 | Library Journal’s Day of Dialog


Ebooks. Self publishing. Platforms, platforms, platforms. It’s hard enough to keep up now; what will collection development librarians’ jobs look like in 2020? At LJ’s Day of Dialog, held May 29 at the McGraw-Hill auditorium in New York City, Christopher Platt, Director, Collections and Circulation Operations, New York Public Library, put that question to a panel of librarians and a publisher.

Reference: Short Takes | May 1, 2013


Reference reviews from the May 1 issue.

BackTalk: 20 Years, One Assistant, 70,000 Words | May 1, 2013

An analysis of the various incarnations of the Merriam-Webster dictionaries.

Reference Reviews | April 15, 2013


Reviews of First Amendment Rights: An Encyclopedia,Operas in English: A Dictionary, and The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing, plus a full list of reference reviews in the April 15 issue.