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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.

Built on more than a century of quality journalism and reviews, LJ provides groundbreaking features and analytical news reports covering technology, management, policy and other professional concerns to public, academic and institutional libraries. Our hefty reviews sections evaluate 8000+ reviews annually of books, ebooks, audiobooks, videos/DVDs, databases, systems and websites. Our team of library and literary experts communicate with our audience through print, digital and live content and continuously strive to stay on the cutting edge of the ever-evolving world of libraries.

Mission: Inspiring and enabling lifelong reading and learning.

The Gift, based on the Turkish novel Dünyanın Uyanışı by Şengül Boybaş; Dare Me, based on the novel by Megan Abbott; and...
12/27/2019
Page to Screen, Dec. 27, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Gift, based on the Turkish novel Dünyanın Uyanışı by Şengül Boybaş; Dare Me, based on the novel by Megan Abbott; and The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened, based on the Japanese manga series by Shūichi Asō, are all coming to the small screen.

In adaptation news, international books hit screens and Doctor Who returns. There are more best-of-the-year lists and more surveys of next year's big books. The Hollywood Reporter looks at the most anticipated shows of 2020; a handful are based on books and comics.

Libraries are an amazing resource, and these paradigm-shifting public libraries have gone the extra mile to adapt to the...
12/27/2019

Libraries are an amazing resource, and these paradigm-shifting public libraries have gone the extra mile to adapt to the evolving needs of their communities. Read more here: https://bit.ly/34E50jn

If you're planning to catch a movie during your holiday break, check out these popular and anticipated on-screen book ad...
12/27/2019

If you're planning to catch a movie during your holiday break, check out these popular and anticipated on-screen book adaptations! Read more here: https://bit.ly/2S4ho9B

6 Design Challenges from Austin
12/26/2019
6 Design Challenges from Austin | Design Institute Austin

6 Design Challenges from Austin

At LJ’s 2019 Design Institute in Austin, TX, held at the Austin Public Library (APL) on October 14, six public libraries in Michigan, Texas, Nebraska, and Florida enlisted architects and attendees to brainstorm on upcoming library design challenges.

4 Design Challenges from Pikes Peak
12/26/2019
4 Design Challenges from Pikes Peak | Design Institute Colorado Springs

4 Design Challenges from Pikes Peak

At LJ’s 2019 Design Institutes in Colorado Springs, CO, held at the Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) on September 13, four public libraries in California, Idaho, Texas, and Arizona enlisted architects and attendees to brainstorm on upcoming library design challenges.

Each year, Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year award celebrates an individual who has significantly advanced the pro...
12/23/2019
Christian Zabriskie and Lauren Comito Named Librarian(s) of the Year 2020

Each year, Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year award celebrates an individual who has significantly advanced the profession and its mission. Sometimes, however, the synergy between two collaborators is striking enough that the recognition needs to include them both. Urban Librarians Unite (ULU) founders Lauren Comito and Christian Zabriskie have been colleagues, business partners, and each other’s inspiration for going on a decade. Their energetic grassroots activism has encompassed causes ranging from annual funding advocacy for the three New York City library systems to services and resources for unaccompanied minors and immigrants across the country to an inclusive, innovative conference aimed at front-line library workers.

Christian Zabriskie and Lauren Comito have partnered to make Urban Librarians Unite a powerful grassroots organization, while serving as a model for how teamwork can get things done—earning them the shared title of LJ's 2020 Librarian of the Year.

Libraries are an amazing resource, and these paradigm-shifting public libraries have gone the extra mile to adapt to the...
12/23/2019

Libraries are an amazing resource, and these paradigm-shifting public libraries have gone the extra mile to adapt to the evolving needs of their communities. Read more here: https://bit.ly/34E50jn

If you're planning to catch a movie during your holiday break, check out these popular and anticipated on-screen book ad...
12/23/2019

If you're planning to catch a movie during your holiday break, check out these popular and anticipated on-screen book adaptations! Read more here: https://bit.ly/2S4ho9B

If you're planning to catch a movie during your holiday break, check out these popular and anticipated on-screen book ad...
12/21/2019

If you're planning to catch a movie during your holiday break, check out these popular and anticipated on-screen book adaptations! Read more here: https://bit.ly/2S4ho9B

Libraries are an amazing resource, and these paradigm-shifting public libraries have gone the extra mile to adapt to the...
12/21/2019

Libraries are an amazing resource, and these paradigm-shifting public libraries have gone the extra mile to adapt to the evolving needs of their communities. Read more here: https://bit.ly/34E50jn

Dog Man: Fetch-22: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #8) by Dav Pilkey tops the USA Today bestsellers list...
12/19/2019

Dog Man: Fetch-22: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #8) by Dav Pilkey tops the USA Today bestsellers list. Vulture writes about how women writers dominated the literary decade. Ann Patchett offers a few book recommendations, many looking toward 2020. There is much adaptation news as well. #LJBookPulse http://bit.ly/BookPulse121919

If you're planning to catch a movie during your holiday break, check out these popular and anticipated on-screen book ad...
12/19/2019

If you're planning to catch a movie during your holiday break, check out these popular and anticipated on-screen book adaptations! Read more here: https://bit.ly/2S4ho9B

Libraries are an amazing resource, and these paradigm-shifting public libraries have gone the extra mile to adapt to the...
12/19/2019

Libraries are an amazing resource, and these paradigm-shifting public libraries have gone the extra mile to adapt to the evolving needs of their communities. Read more here: https://bit.ly/34E50jn

In this inaugural #LibrarianRecs column, we compile crowd-sourced book recommendations for readers who can't get enough ...
12/18/2019

In this inaugural #LibrarianRecs column, we compile crowd-sourced book recommendations for readers who can't get enough of John Carpenter's The Thing, Ridley Scott's "Alien" franchise, and Netflix's Black Mirror and Stranger Things series. Dive deep, fans of body horror, technothrillers, space monsters, and dark fantasy! http://bit.ly/LibrarianRecs121619

NYLA's awards honored Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, Lauren Comito & Christian Zabriskie of Urban Librarians Unite, and C...
12/13/2019
Three Libraries Complete NYLA Sustainability Certification Program

NYLA's awards honored Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, Lauren Comito & Christian Zabriskie of Urban Librarians Unite, and Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, among others. https://www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=Three-Libraries-Complete-NYLA-Sustainability-Certification-Program

Hendrick Hudson Free Library in Montrose, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, and Saratoga Springs Public Library this year became the first libraries to complete the New York Library Association's Sustainable Libraries Certification Program, demonstrating their commitment to environmental stewardship, ec...

Bill Gates suggests 2019 books. The readers at PBS NewsHour do, too. And so does Nancy Pearl,  and many more. LitHub cal...
12/11/2019
Bill Gates and PBS NewsHour Offer Reading Lists

Bill Gates suggests 2019 books. The readers at PBS NewsHour do, too. And so does Nancy Pearl, and many more. LitHub calculates that On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong is the most popular “Best of Year” title. Michael Chabon's Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is headed to Showtime. #LJBookPulse

Bill Gates suggests 2019 books. The readers at PBS NewsHour do, too. And so does Nancy Pearl, and many more. LitHub calculates that On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong is the most popular “Best of Year” title. Michael Chabon's Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is headed to Showtime.

Congratulations to the Sacramento Public Library, winner of the inaugural Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize. It's an in...
12/11/2019
Driven by Civic Goals, Sacramento Public Library Wins Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize

Congratulations to the Sacramento Public Library, winner of the inaugural Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize. It's an institution that has taken strides to be active in the community in real and important ways, and to provide the resources its patrons need most. https://bit.ly/36lYhvp

Sacramento Public Library enriches its community in a way that’s vital locally and imperative in today’s divided times. The winner of the inaugural Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize, developed in partnership with the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation,exemplifies the singular power of the public...

Educators have the deepest knowledge of the textbooks they use every day, and we're bringing their insights to you! Get ...
12/10/2019

Educators have the deepest knowledge of the textbooks they use every day, and we're bringing their insights to you! Get the faculty point of view on the affordability and effectiveness of textbooks and digital resources. Download your free copy of our 53-page report on the survey results, courtesy of Taylor & Francis here: https://bit.ly/2RCYoib.

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Dog Man: Fetch-22: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #8) by Dav Pilkey  leads holds this week. #libfaves19...
12/09/2019
Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Dec. 9, 2019 | Book Pulse

Dog Man: Fetch-22: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #8) by Dav Pilkey leads holds this week. #libfaves19 begins today. The January 2020 Indie Next booklist is out. The John Leonard Prize for Best First Book announces its finalists. The Pulitzer Prize will create a new category for audio journalists (including podcasts). The Golden Globes nominations are out. #LJBookPulse

Dog Man: Fetch-22: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #8) by Dav Pilkey leads holds this week. #libfaves19 begins today. The January 2020 Indie Next booklist is out. The John Leonard Prize for Best First Book announces its finalists. The Pulitzer Prize will create a new category for aud...

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12/06/2019
Skip Dye, Allison Hill, Karen Estlund, and More Library People News

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Skip Dye has been promoted to Senior VP, Library Sales and Digital Strategy at Penguin Random House; Allison Hill will succeed Oren Teicher as CEO of the American Booksellers Association; Karen Estlund has been named the new Dean of Colorado State University Libraries, Fort Collins; and more new hir...

"We now are not just talking the talk, we're walking the walk. Having those examples to point to, to inspire even more l...
12/06/2019
Three Libraries Complete NYLA Sustainability Certification Program

"We now are not just talking the talk, we're walking the walk. Having those examples to point to, to inspire even more libraries to do the work, that's been the goal all along.”

Henrick Hudson Free Library in Montrose, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, and Saratoga Springs Public Library this year became the first libraries to complete the New York Library Association's Sustainable Libraries Certification Program, demonstrating their commitment to environmental stewardship, eco...

Page to Screen, Dec. 6, 2019 | Book Pulse
12/06/2019
Page to Screen, Dec. 6, 2019 | Book Pulse

Page to Screen, Dec. 6, 2019 | Book Pulse

A new Apple TV adaptation arrives this week, as does a blast from the book-controversy past. Barnes & Noble names The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy (HarperOne) as its Book of the Year. Bernardine Evaristo recommends her

"When I listened and spoke with the women in the jail, I was reminded that each day my clients spend there is another da...
12/06/2019
Why I Started a Book Club in the Harris County Jail

"When I listened and spoke with the women in the jail, I was reminded that each day my clients spend there is another day away from their families, pets, jobs, and homes, and of the many ways that the jail and the criminal justice system strip them of their dignity, autonomy, and freedom. I always left feeling ready and eager to get back in the fight the next day."

Education programs make jails safer and reduce rates of recidivism when people reenter society.

“We see this as a really great move for our customers,” Dvir Hoffman, Corporate VP, Resource Management Solutions, told ...
12/05/2019
Ex Libris Acquires Innovative Interfaces

“We see this as a really great move for our customers,” Dvir Hoffman, Corporate VP, Resource Management Solutions, told LJ.

In a move that further consolidates the market for commercial integrated library systems, library services platforms, and other library software solutions, Ex Libris on December 5 announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Innovative Interfaces.

The Rise of Magicks: Chronicles of The One, Book 3; Criss Cross; Jay-Z: Made in America; and more New Bestsellers in the...
12/05/2019
New Bestsellers, Dec. 5, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Rise of Magicks: Chronicles of The One, Book 3; Criss Cross; Jay-Z: Made in America; and more New Bestsellers in the Dec. 5, 2019 Book Pulse

The Rise of Magicks:Chronicles of The One, Book 3 by Nora Roberts leads the count of new bestsellers. The NYT book critics pick their top books of the year. Marilyn Stasio names the best crime books. LibraryReads releases its “Voter Favorites” for 2019 and LitHub offers “Our 50 Favorite Books ...

Meghan Murphy's booking in a Toronto Public Library meeting room on October 29 sparked protests against the library’s de...
12/05/2019
Meeting Room Policy Protests in Toronto, Vancouver

Meghan Murphy's booking in a Toronto Public Library meeting room on October 29 sparked protests against the library’s decision to rent the space to her, particularly from the transgender and broader LGBTQ communities, as well as a barrage of criticism on social media.

On October 29, writer Meghan Murphy spoke at a rented theater space in Canada’s Toronto Public Library (TPL) Palmerston branch. The discussion—“Gender Identity: What Does It Mean for Society, the Law and Women?

Chia-Chia Lin, Julia Phillips, Ocean Vuong, and more Center for Fiction First Novel Prize finalists talk about their fir...
12/05/2019
What Was the First Book You Fell in Love With?

Chia-Chia Lin, Julia Phillips, Ocean Vuong, and more Center for Fiction First Novel Prize finalists talk about their first love affairs with books.

We asked this year’s Center for Fiction First Novel Prize finalists about their earliest love affairs with reading. Meet them all at the Finalist Reading and Fête on December 9 at The Center for Fi…

LJ Associate Editor Mahnaz Dar talks to Merriam-Webster editor Peter Sokolowski
12/05/2019
Peter Sokolowski: Well Defined | Q&A

LJ Associate Editor Mahnaz Dar talks to Merriam-Webster editor Peter Sokolowski

Editor Peter Sokolowski on the challenges and rewards of editing the dictionary.

Ann Napolitano, author of DEAR EDWARD, discusses the ways in which loss can shape our lives, and the importance of relat...
12/05/2019
A Conversation with Ann Napolitano, Author of Dear Edward

Ann Napolitano, author of DEAR EDWARD, discusses the ways in which loss can shape our lives, and the importance of relationships, family, and enduring love.
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A twelve-year-old boy struggles with the worst kind of fame—as the sole survivor of a notorious plane crash—in Ann Napolitano’s Dear Edward. Jen Dayton, Reference Librarian at Fairfield Public Library, spoke with the author about her inspiration for the novel, the fascinating characters we mee...

Read LJ managing editor Diane Mehta's Q&A with multipublished bestselling author #JamesPatterson after the White House  ...
12/04/2019
James Patterson Responds to National Humanities Medal Win

Read LJ managing editor Diane Mehta's Q&A with multipublished bestselling author #JamesPatterson after the White House honored him for his extensive philanthropic support to literacy, public libraries, teachers, and bookstores.

The White House recently honored the bestselling author for his work supporting citizens’ engagement with literature. Patterson has committed extensive philanthropic support to literacy, public libraries, teachers, and bookstores. He has also developed programming nationwide to improve literacy an...

Today in LJ's Book Pulse, more (and more) best books of 2019 lists, the return of NPR's Book Concierge, and goodies abou...
12/04/2019
NPR’s Book Concierge Returns, Dec. 4, 2019 | Book Pulse

Today in LJ's Book Pulse, more (and more) best books of 2019 lists, the return of NPR's Book Concierge, and goodies about movies and authors' TV and radio appearances.

NPR’s Book Concierge returns for 2019 with more than 2,000 titles broken into 34 categories. LitHub suggests “26 Books From the Last Decade that More People Should Read.” Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl is the December

Clem Guthro has been named the University Librarian for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Joanneke Elliott is the new ...
12/03/2019
Clem Guthro, Joanneke Elliott, Christian Zabriskie, and More Library People News

Clem Guthro has been named the University Librarian for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Joanneke Elliott is the new African Studies and West European Studies Librarian at UNC–Chapel Hill Libraries; Christian Zabriskie will be the new Director of Onondaga County Public Libraries, NY; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries.

Clem Guthro has been named the University Librarian for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Joanneke Elliott is the new African Studies and West European Studies Librarian at UNC–Chapel Hill Libraries; Christian Zabriskie will be the new Director of Onondaga County Public Libraries, NY; and more...

In October, we got news of an infusion of £125 million ($160,466,000) for libraries and museums as part of the Culture I...
12/03/2019
UK Libraries Looking Up | Editorial

In October, we got news of an infusion of £125 million ($160,466,000) for libraries and museums as part of the Culture Investment Fund, which signals a critical recognition of the need to support infrastructure.

I am very excited to see the recent positive activity around libraries in the United Kingdom. The community there seems to be rallying in a new way to increase understanding of the urgency for library investment—an effort lifted by a renewed effort to articulate how much libraries contribute to th...

For decades, authors, historians, and filmmakers have dissected the Vietnam War in search of answers and understanding, ...
12/03/2019
Vignettes of the Vietnam War | Collection Development

For decades, authors, historians, and filmmakers have dissected the Vietnam War in search of answers and understanding, producing a wide array of resources. The following list of print and multimedia resources target casual historians and budding researchers.

These 29 titles in fiction, nonfiction,and memoir immerse readers in the events that changed two nations.

The Internet Archive on November 6 announced that its longtime not-for-profit partner, Better World Libraries, had acqui...
12/03/2019
Better World Libraries, Internet Archive Partner, Acquires Better World Books

The Internet Archive on November 6 announced that its longtime not-for-profit partner, Better World Libraries, had acquired Better World Books. When libraries and other organizations weed or deaccession titles and donate to Better World Books, selected titles will now be directed into IA’s massive book digitization program.

The Internet Archive (IA) on November 6 announced that its longtime not-for-profit partner, Better World Libraries, had acquired Better World Books. When libraries and other organizations weed or deaccession titles and donate to Better World Books, selected titles will now be directed into IA’s ma...

Without a word, someone left a handful of handmade scarves in the library’s lobby. The only words left on tags, read, “I...
12/02/2019
Anonymous donor leaves gift of scarves for those in need

Without a word, someone left a handful of handmade scarves in the library’s lobby. The only words left on tags, read, “I am not lost. I was handmade for you. If you’re cold and need me, please take me.”

Without a word, someone left a handful of handmade scarves in the library’s lobby.

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