Mecca, Mosques, & Muhammad: Islam & the West | Collection Development


In many American libraries, a significant portion of the service population may know little about Islam. These 39 resources will help close the gap.

Coming of Age | Collection Development


Coming of Age. Rites of passage such as quinceañera, bar/bat mitzvah, and prom are honored in cultures worldwide. These 23 resources share advice on how to celebrate; from the April 1 issue.

Developing Definitions | GLBTQ Family Memoirs


The changing American family is now more diverse than ever. These GLTBQ memoirs will offer many perspectives on what is no longer a one-size-fits-all concept. These 23 titles and online resources and apps will be helpful to a variety of library users.

Count Your Chickens | Urban Farming & Homesteading


With the spread of farming and homesteading from rural and suburban areas to urban lots and rooftops, these 35 titles will help patrons sow the cream of their own crops.

A Veterans Day Conversation on Hobbies: Modelling


In connection with Veterans Day and this month’s “Collection Development” piece that Ed Burgess (EB) and I (MH) wrote on World War I, we thought we’d chat about our World War I-related hobbies. EB: I’m a modeler.  I admit it freely, without shame.  I don’t have the collector’s obsessive gene that you have, Margaret. MH: […]

Gateway to Enjoying Nature | Collection Development

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Feather your collections with these 37 books and websites to attract established and novice birders and watch circ soar.

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.

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.

Conspiracies, Demon Purging, and Cincinnati Fire Kites! | Books for Dudes


February’s Dude beckons spring with Backyard Ballistics, the return of Biosphere2, a Russian cold case, and new thrillers to read away the remaining days of winter.

200 Years of Pride and Prejudice | Wyatt’s World


In 200 years, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has evolved as a novel and there’s no knowing how it started or where it will end.