2015 Hugo Awards: Diversity Wins, Sad Puppies Lose

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In an interesting twist to this year’s Hugo Awards controversy, a best-selling Chinese work of hard sf that was added to the final ballot after another nominee withdrew his book from consideration took the top prize at the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, held in Spokane, WA.Translated for the first time into English by Hugo […]

LAPL Launches Indie California, powered by SELF-e

“I’m just as excited about people submitting their life stories, and the library having a role as a memory-keeper for L.A’s history, diversity and communities.” John Szabo, City Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library

From Page to Screen: Graphic Novels in Movies and Television

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What’s a librarian to do when new comic converts ask for a book about their latest favorite character, or a comic that is similar to their favorite show? Start with this handy list of graphic novels that have either inspired or been inspired by their broadcast and cinematic counterparts.

The Eisners: Winning Cartoonists, Winning Libraries | Eisner Awards 2015

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Congratulations to the winners of the 27th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and the Will Eisner Graphic Novels Grants for Libraries

Book Shelving: Check It Out | Behind the Book, July 2015

From bookshelves to book carts: (l.) volunteer Viets returns items to their proper place at the Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL; (r.) the author (in red) joins Windsor Branch P.L. staff in Barnhart, MO, with the library cart pimped out like the cover of Checked Out

“Volunteering at a library is rewarding. It was a thrill to see my mysteries on the library shelves…. It was fun to recommend my favorite writers, if a patron asked for help. If they liked my suggestions, I felt like a successful matchmaker.”

2014 Nebula Awards/ Take Our Sf Survey

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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) announced the winners of the 2014 Nebula Awards, and an inquiring LJ wants to know about your sf/fantasy collections.

Literary SF Hits Award Shortlist, Hugo Drama Escalates

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Six acclaimed sf novels were shortlisted for the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, while the Hugo Awards controversy continued with the withdrawal of two finalists and author Connie Willis’s refusal to be a presenter.

Cherokee Language Comes to a Library Near You

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Mango Languages recently unveiled its new Cherokee language course, the first Native American language lessons offered by the company.

Conference Chronicles | Music Matters, April 1, 2015

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For three days there were dozens of erudite and entertaining sessions at the Music Library Association’s (MLA) 84th annual conference in Denver.

Set Your Phasers to Stunned: 2015 Hugo Nominations Stir Controversy

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The April 4 announcement of this year’s Hugo Awards shortlist generated a firestorm of controversy on Twitter and sf websites; at issue is the politicization of what should have been a selection process based on literary merit.