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Library Journal Library Journal is the most trusted and respected publication for the library community. Born 140 years ago from the mind of Melvil Dewey, Library Journal remains the oldest publication in the library field.

LJ is read today by more than 100,000 library directors, administrators, librarians and staffers, hipsters and traditionalists alike. Between the print magazine and libraryjournal.com, LJ's comprehensive coverage includes analytical news and features ranging from gadget-geek technology to the nitty-gritty of boardroom policy. LJ's Book Review weighs in on nearly 7000 books annually, from the seemingly obscure to the biggest best sellers, along with hundreds of audiobooks, videos, databases, graphic novels, zines, magazines and just about anything else your library collects to serve the community.

LJ is read today by more than 100,000 library directors, administrators, librarians and staffers, hipsters and traditionalists alike. Between the print magazine and libraryjournal.com, LJ's comprehensive coverage includes analytical news and features ranging from gadget-geek technology to the nitty-gritty of boardroom policy. LJ's Book Review weighs in on nearly 7000 books annually, from the seemingly obscure to the biggest best sellers, along with hundreds of audiobooks, videos, databases, graphic novels, zines, magazines and just about anything else your library collects to serve the community.

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NY Times Report: “News That Can Last a Million Years”
01/03/2021
NY Times Report: “News That Can Last a Million Years”

NY Times Report: “News That Can Last a Million Years”

From The New York Times: Inside an ancient salt mine, on the edge of a small Alpine lake in Austria, Martin Kunze is preparing for the end times. He is not a doomsayer or a conspiracy theorist. A ceramist, Mr.

America's Star Libraries: What's Next
01/03/2021
America's Star Libraries: What's Next

America's Star Libraries: What's Next

The newest output measure in the PLS is library website visits. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic closed many library buildings to the public, websites were a major access point for many library users.

Report: “2020, the Year You Want to Forget? Archivists Say Not So Fast”
01/03/2021
Report: “2020, the Year You Want to Forget? Archivists Say Not So Fast”

Report: “2020, the Year You Want to Forget? Archivists Say Not So Fast”

From the National Post: “I think it’ll be really interesting for students and researchers to come to this material and see what people were creating, what people were thinking, and how this moment will be remembered,” said Olivia Wong, a curatorial special at Ryerson University’s Archives an...

Dr. Jill Biden to Bring ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits Virtual to a Close http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/202...
01/02/2021
Jill Biden to bring ALA Midwinter Virtual to a close

Dr. Jill Biden to Bring ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits Virtual to a Close http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2020/12/jill-biden-bring-ala-midwinter-virtual-close

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that the next First Lady, Jill Biden, Ed.D, will participate in ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits virtual meeting on Monday, Jan. 25, from 11:15 a.m. – noon CT. Dr. Biden will join a conversation with ALA President Julius C. Jeffers...

America’s Star Libraries 2020: The LJ Index of Public Library Service
01/02/2021
America’s Star Libraries 2020

America’s Star Libraries 2020: The LJ Index of Public Library Service

Every public library is a star to the community it serves. LJ’s Star Library Ratings and the LJ Indexof Public Library Service spotlight the best of the best across America. The 2020edition is the 13th. This year, 5,608 U.S. public libraries are scored on the LJ Index,and there are 262Star Librari...

An open house on New Year's Eve: what could go wrong? Check out our starred review of Fredrik Backman's Anxious People h...
01/01/2021
Anxious People

An open house on New Year's Eve: what could go wrong? Check out our starred review of Fredrik Backman's Anxious People here:

Looking for a New Year's read? Check out LJ's starred review of Oona Out of Order.
01/01/2021
Oona Out of Order

Looking for a New Year's read? Check out LJ's starred review of Oona Out of Order.

A Look at Some of the Works From 1925 Entering the Public Domain on January 1, 2021
01/01/2021
A Look at Some of the Works From 1925 Entering the Public Domain on January 1, 2021

A Look at Some of the Works From 1925 Entering the Public Domain on January 1, 2021

From the Center for the Study of the Public Domain (Duke University School of Law): On January 1, 2021, copyrighted works from 1925 will enter the US public domain,1 where they will be free for all to use and build upon. These works include books such as F.

Goodbye, 2020! These 144 titles across 15 categories in our 2020 Best Books will help get libraries and readers through ...
12/31/2020
Best Books 2020

Goodbye, 2020! These 144 titles across 15 categories in our 2020 Best Books will help get libraries and readers through to better days https://www.libraryjournal.com/?page=best-books-2020&utm_source=editorial&utm_medium=LJFB&utm_campaign=articles

In a year that many would call one of the worst in recent memory, we were still rewarded with great books. TheLJBest Books of 2020 gathers 144 titles across 15 categories to help get libraries and readers through to better days. Comfort reads mix with fresh new perspectives in this selection of outs...

Join innovative librarians and educators as they showcase lessons learned from teaching in the ever-shifting landscape o...
12/31/2020

Join innovative librarians and educators as they showcase lessons learned from teaching in the ever-shifting landscape of in-person, hybrid, and all-remote learning. Register here: https://bit.ly/3gXvQe5

Barnes & Noble Previews Buzziest Books Coming in 2021 | Book Pulse
12/30/2020
Barnes & Noble Previews Buzziest Books Coming in 2021 | Book Pulse

Barnes & Noble Previews Buzziest Books Coming in 2021 | Book Pulse

Barnes & Noble lists forthcoming books already getting a lot of buzz, which include The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins, The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr., and Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia. Adaptations out this week include Elizabeth Is Missing, based on the book by Emma Healey, and The Watc...

America's Star Libraries: The LJ Index of Public Library Service 2020
12/30/2020
America's Star Libraries: The LJ Index of Public Library Service 2020

America's Star Libraries: The LJ Index of Public Library Service 2020

This is the 13th year of the LJ Index of Public Library Service and Star Library ratings. The 2020 scores and ratings are based on FY18 data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Public Library Survey (PLS). Because of that delay, they don’t reflect the impact of the coronavirus...

What DC Public Library Customers Read, Listened To, and Watched in 2020
12/29/2020
What DC Public Library Customers Read, Listened To, and Watched in 2020

What DC Public Library Customers Read, Listened To, and Watched in 2020

From DCPL: Reading has long been shown to help people cope with anxiety, learn new skills, make sense of troubling times and practice self-care. The top reads at the DC Public Library in 2020 show customers exploring and adjusting to this year’s events.

The Buzz of Shonda Rhimes's 'Bridgerton' | Book Pulse
12/29/2020
The Buzz of Shonda Rhimes's 'Bridgerton' | Book Pulse

The Buzz of Shonda Rhimes's 'Bridgerton' | Book Pulse

Will the popularity of the new Shonda Rhimes's Bridgerton series eliminate some of the obstacles that have kept more mass-market romance books from being adapted into TV shows and movies? Lit Hub highlights some of the best but lesser-hyped books of 2020, while AARP and Bustle preview books that wil...

Join innovative librarians and educators as they showcase lessons learned from teaching in the ever-shifting landscape o...
12/29/2020

Join innovative librarians and educators as they showcase lessons learned from teaching in the ever-shifting landscape of in-person, hybrid, and all-remote learning. Register here: https://bit.ly/3gXvQe5

Gina Millsap, CEO and director of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL) for the past 15 years, retired on...
12/29/2020
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s Gina Millsap on Retiring, Finding the Money, and Why Meetings Are Good

Gina Millsap, CEO and director of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL) for the past 15 years, retired on December 1. After a 45-year career in libraries—Millsap served as director of the Ames Public Library, IA, and at the Daniel Boone Regional Library, MO, prior to making Kansas her home—she plans to keep advising and advocating.

Gina Millsap, CEO and director of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL) for the past 15 years, retired on December 1. LJ caught up with her on her next-to-last day at TSCPL to find out more about her achievements, her challenges, and what’s next on her agenda.

'Hush-Hush' by Stuart Woods Leads Holds This Week | Book Pulse
12/28/2020
'Hush-Hush' by Stuart Woods Leads Holds This Week | Book Pulse

'Hush-Hush' by Stuart Woods Leads Holds This Week | Book Pulse

Hush-Hush by Stuart Woods tops library holds lists this week. More best-of 2020 books lists are out from The Atlantic, HuffPost, and Vogue. Time offers a look at what happens when copyright on The Great Gatsby expires Jan. 1. The Night Agent by Matthew Quirk will be adapted by the creator of The Shi...

Updated: Nashville Public Library and Louisville Free Library Experience Outages Due to Christmas Day Explosion
12/28/2020
Updated: Nashville Public Library and Louisville Free Library Libraries Experience Outages Due to Christmas Day Explosion

Updated: Nashville Public Library and Louisville Free Library Experience Outages Due to Christmas Day Explosion

Last Updated: December 28, 2020, 2pm Eastern Time Nashville Public Library Curbside service and computer reservation at library locations remain unavailable today due to ongoing communication systems outages following Friday's explosion in downtown Nashville.

The bill includes a $5 million increase from FY20 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including nea...
12/28/2020
Congress’s Omnibus Federal Spending Package Funds IMLS for FY21, No COVID Relief for Libraries

The bill includes a $5 million increase from FY20 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including nearly $2 million for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

On the afternoon of December 21, Congress released and passed a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package. The FY21 budget, along with a $900 billion Emergency COVID Relief spending package, includes a $5 million increase from FY20 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including near...

Teacher, raconteur, debater, mentor, advocate, editor, and above all, librarian: colleagues and friends from the field r...
12/28/2020
Remembering John N. Berry III

Teacher, raconteur, debater, mentor, advocate, editor, and above all, librarian: colleagues and friends from the field recall Berry’s vital voice

Teacher, raconteur, debater, mentor, advocate, editor, and above all, librarian: colleagues and friends from the field recall John N. Berry III’s vital voice.

Check out this year's Stars, as well as some important upcoming changes to LJ's output measures.
12/27/2020
America’s Star Libraries 2020

Check out this year's Stars, as well as some important upcoming changes to LJ's output measures.

Every public library is a star to the community it serves. LJ’s Star Library Ratings and the LJ Indexof Public Library Service spotlight the best of the best across America. The 2020edition is the 13th. This year, 5,608 U.S. public libraries are scored on the LJ Index,and there are 262Star Librari...

Still waiting for this bill to get signed, leaving many of us in limbo. Hang tight, everyone.
12/27/2020
Congress’s Omnibus Federal Spending Package Funds IMLS for FY21, No COVID Relief for Libraries

Still waiting for this bill to get signed, leaving many of us in limbo. Hang tight, everyone.

On the afternoon of December 21, Congress released and passed a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package. The FY21 budget, along with a $900 billion Emergency COVID Relief spending package, includes a $5 million increase from FY20 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including near...

Memories of our late colleague, John N. Berry III, from a great variety of voices across library land.
12/27/2020
Remembering John N. Berry III

Memories of our late colleague, John N. Berry III, from a great variety of voices across library land.

Teacher, raconteur, debater, mentor, advocate, editor, and above all, librarian: colleagues and friends from the field recall John N. Berry III’s vital voice.

It became clear that the story we needed to tell was about ourselves. Why was our archive missing so many voices?
12/26/2020
Carnegie Mellon University Archives Launches

It became clear that the story we needed to tell was about ourselves. Why was our archive missing so many voices?

As we continue to develop internal strategies to augment and mend the holes in our collections, we still need to reach out to our communities and be transparent about the absence of diversity in the University Archives. This exhibit publicly acknowledges that archives are not neutral.

Have you changed your NetGalley password? Take a minute to do it now.
12/26/2020
NetGalley Has Been Hacked | The Digital Reader

Have you changed your NetGalley password? Take a minute to do it now.

NetGalley sent out an email today (and put a notice on their home page) informing users that the e-galley service has been hacked on Monday. The hackers defaced the NetGalleyContinue reading

Are those gift cards literally burning a hole in your pocket? Or are you bursting your buttons with holiday abundance?
12/26/2020
Pikes Pick: Get help mending clothes by video, Pikes Peak Library District

Are those gift cards literally burning a hole in your pocket? Or are you bursting your buttons with holiday abundance?

Learn the tricks to mending your clothes with a free video series from Pikes Peak Library District, from hemming to fixing to updating. Through Thursday. ppld.org/mending-clothes-clinic. — Linda Navarro

As the end is in sight, it is all the more important for us to slow the spread and again “flatten the curve.”
12/26/2020
One Step Forward | Editorial

As the end is in sight, it is all the more important for us to slow the spread and again “flatten the curve.”

On November 7, Pfizer announced interim findings of a 90 percent effectiveness rate for its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. On November 16, Moderna announced a similar interim finding of 94.5 percent effectiveness. While there are cautionary notes—these are the companies’ numbers, not the FDA’s, and at pr...

Christmas Around the World: a look at the array of Christmas books with an international flavor that we’ve contributed t...
12/25/2020
Christmas around the World

Christmas Around the World: a look at the array of Christmas books with an international flavor that we’ve contributed to Project Gutenberg.

With this challenging year finally coming to a close, we definitely “need a little Christmas.” Distributed Proofreaders volunteers enjoy their Special Day projects, and Christmas projec…

However you celebrate the day, Happy Holidays from LJ to you and yours!
12/25/2020

However you celebrate the day, Happy Holidays from LJ to you and yours!

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