Molly McArdle

About Molly McArdle

Molly McArdle (, @mollitudo on Twitter) is Assistant Editor, Library Journal Book Review. She also manages the Library Journal tumblr.

African American Experiences: 50 Titles for February 2014, Black History Month


Some books to consider for Black History Month 2014 and beyond.

Magic, Mystery, and Ghosts | What We’re Reading

The Voice Is All

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are reading some standard summer fare: indulgent YA fantasy, author biographies, pulpy mystery, far-away ghost stories. Take a break from the quotidian with us.

Macho Classics, Mean Wit, and Maria Semple | What We’re Reading

All the Pretty Horses

This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are reading some devasting children’s literature, particularly savory romance, smart and serious discussions of education reform, a popular page-turner, and classics that disappoint or challenge in various ways. Dig in! It’s a hearty offering.

Logos, Lost Films, and the Life of Montaigne | What We’re Reading


This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are reading practical books, spooky books, and books to savor.

Heaven, Hell, and Growing Up | What We’re Reading


This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are reading books that harken back to childhood, whether picking up a much loved favorite or a new book about growing up. Stephanie has reported a lot of laughing on the subway with her villainous book, and I’m reading about about future heavens and hells. Meredith, meanwhile, is still reading The Atlas of New Librarianship.

Murderous Inspiration and Not So Guilty Pleasures | What We’re Reading


This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are reading lots of smart, fun books. We’ve got political zombie YA, especially smart sci fi, and the nonfiction inspiration for Hannibal Lecter. In this edition of What We’re Reading, Meredith also makes a particularly brave admission vis-à-vis her progress on a scholarly book about librarianship. What books are you—very slowly—reading?

Super Crips and Gay Dads: Avoiding Stereotypes in Video Collections | ALA 2013

An ALA program tackled issues of building a responsible film collection that portrays minority communities (native, black, queer, and disabled Americans) in responsible, respectful ways.

Alice Walker Wore Purple | ALA 2013

The World Will Follow Joy

Alice Walker wore purple.
It was not the last official day of the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Chicago, but the McCormick Center’s auditorium had a kind of concluding air about it. (Perhaps it was the number of librarians carting luggage up and down the halls.) Eva Poole, President of the Public Library Association (PLA), introduced Monday’s midmorning speaker. The audience settled into its seats.
When she arrived at the podium, she sighed. “I’m so glad to see you.”

Illusion and Empathy in Science Fiction | ALA 2013

“The mixing of factual and counterfactual is not singular to sci fi and fantasy,” Timothy Zahn (“Thrawn Trilogy”) began. Zahn and Brandon Sanderson (“Mistborn”), Cory Doctorow (Homeland), David Brin (“Uplift”), Elizabeth Bear (Shattered Pillars), and John Scalzi (“Old Man’s War”) were charged with talking about the probable and improbable in science fiction (and, to a certain extent, in fantasy too). Organized by the Library and Information Technology Association and with help from Tor, the Saturday, June 28 panel was packed.

“Whose Table?”: On Libraries and Race | ALA 2013

Todd Honma

Sunday morning’s “In Visibility: Race and Libraries” was a crash course in sociology and libraries, taught by Todd Homna, assistant professor of Asian American Studies at Pitzer College and a former ALA Spectrum Scholar. Sponsored by ALA’s Office for Diversity and the Spectrum Scholars Program, asked the question: “Where do we locate race in relation to librarianship?”