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Introducing RA Unconference!

darienlibrary:

raunconference:

Librarians with a particular interest in readers’ advisory are cordially invited to join a group of like-minded folk at Darien Library on Friday, May 16, 2014, for the Library’s first annual RA Unconference. Or, as we’ve been calling it, RAUNCON. (Pronounced RON-CON.) Darien Library is sponsoring is sponsoring this unconference, so registration is free, as is lunch that day. There are 80 spots for interested librarians. The schedule can be found here.

So happy to finally be announcing our first-ever RA unconference!

RAUNCON RAUNCON RAUNCON! Please note that this may be the first conference you’ve attended with scheduled sustained silent reading time.

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I came across this image in the Twitter feed of my friend Matt Finch, currently conducting amazing library programming in rural New South Wales. Kudos to The Bookseller (the leading publishing news publication in the UK) for getting behind public libraries, which are nearing extinction across the Pond.
It’s truly an emergency situation that won’t be solved by tweeting or tumbling alone, but it can’t be a bad thing for the UK publishing industry (including the shrinking number of indie bookstores) to pressure the government collectively to see its mistake. Whether that is actually happening is unclear from this cover; I’ll be making inquiries.
I have long thought launching ebook lending there in earnest could be a way to revitalize the dowdy image of UK public libraries. How they are perceived by English people is so different from how most Americans see theirs, I can’t begin to tell you.
Some good news: UK publishers are starting ebook lending pilots imminently. That is step one to what I hope will be a new day.
More later.

cloudunbound:

I came across this image in the Twitter feed of my friend Matt Finch, currently conducting amazing library programming in rural New South Wales. Kudos to The Bookseller (the leading publishing news publication in the UK) for getting behind public libraries, which are nearing extinction across the Pond.

It’s truly an emergency situation that won’t be solved by tweeting or tumbling alone, but it can’t be a bad thing for the UK publishing industry (including the shrinking number of indie bookstores) to pressure the government collectively to see its mistake. Whether that is actually happening is unclear from this cover; I’ll be making inquiries.

I have long thought launching ebook lending there in earnest could be a way to revitalize the dowdy image of UK public libraries. How they are perceived by English people is so different from how most Americans see theirs, I can’t begin to tell you.

Some good news: UK publishers are starting ebook lending pilots imminently. That is step one to what I hope will be a new day.

More later.

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Ironically, now that publishers have stopped pinning “for readers who loved Gone Girl!” to any thriller with a complex female protagonist that stays put long enough, a book that is actually for readers who loved Gone Girl has popped up its head. That book is Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty. Chockablock with moral ambivalence and thoughtful examination of the relationships between men and (strong) women, this book will string you along slowly and then go for a punch that you know is coming, and which will surprise you anyway. One scene actively repulsed me (like, I was making weird lizardy motions with my neck trying to get away from it), which I always love in a book. Great smart thriller.

Ironically, now that publishers have stopped pinning “for readers who loved Gone Girl!” to any thriller with a complex female protagonist that stays put long enough, a book that is actually for readers who loved Gone Girl has popped up its head. That book is Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty. Chockablock with moral ambivalence and thoughtful examination of the relationships between men and (strong) women, this book will string you along slowly and then go for a punch that you know is coming, and which will surprise you anyway. One scene actively repulsed me (like, I was making weird lizardy motions with my neck trying to get away from it), which I always love in a book. Great smart thriller.

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I believe that great librarianship, the kind you should expect, crosses boundaries. Great librarianship is great whether it is in academia, or the public sphere, or K–12 schools. For that reason, this book is not about expecting more from public libraries or from school libraries, but from all libraries. School libraries have a lot to teach all good libraries about issues of assessment and learning. Public libraries have a lot to share about working with a wide range of demographics. Academic libraries understand the power of knowledge creation. Corporate libraries, and the ever-present bottom line, can teach us all about measuring impact…My goal in this book is to show you the potential of libraries. That potential will never be realized if libraries or their communities build up rigid boundaries.
From the intro of the complete text of R. David Lankes’s Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex Worldnow up on Medium. I have a printed copy of this book that is heavily highlighted, so obviously, I recommend it. (Tho you will undoubtedly, no matter who you are, disagree with some of it.) Now that it’s so easy to access, maybe we should start a tumblarian book group?

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http://sarazarr.tumblr.com/post/77192646612/i-love-independent-book-stores-i-want-them-to

sarazarr:

I love independent book stores. I want them to succeed, and I hear and understand their frustrations about the Amazon situation. Over the years as an author, I’ve worked with some great, great indies and indie people who are on point with their management, strategy, customer relations, marketing, event planning. I have also worked with indies who are angry and distraught about Amazon but still running their businesses like there is no Amazon. Stores that make silly mistakes when it comes to using social media or don’t use it at all, stores that don’t communicate consistently or clearly with existing customers, or don’t try to figure out how to reach out to new ones, stores whose web sites don’t display their location and hours on the front page, stores that sell Kobos without explaining to customers how to set up an account so it actually benefits their store, stores that don’t hire smart, stores that have gone out of business two months after opening because they’re not creatively problem-solving how they can offer customers something Amazon can’t—because they have an attitude that says it’s the customer’s job to support and patronize them in solidarity against The Man (yeah, there was this one store that basically blamed local authors and its potential customers for its failure). I want indies to succeed and I do what I can to see that happen. But dude, in this climate, you gotta bring your A game. 

Observe: Sara gets into one paragraph more compassion and pragmatism about the current state of indie bookselling than most people can manage in a full article.

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I finished Red or Dead by David Peace weeks ago and I still don’t know what to say about it, which was really bugging me, because I enjoyed it beyond all reason and wanted to write something that would convince all of you to give it a try. Luckily for me, Toby went ahead and wrote a highly literate and thoughtful review of the book, so I no longer feel I need to write about it.
So let me just say this, then. This book is a fucking masterpiece, okay? It’s worn me down and that is all I can say, because I’d rather think about it than talk about it. I have nothing thoughtful to offer you, nothing insightful, no new connections, no nothing, because this book is smarter and better than me, and I loved every second of it. I do hope it is the same for you.

I finished Red or Dead by David Peace weeks ago and I still don’t know what to say about it, which was really bugging me, because I enjoyed it beyond all reason and wanted to write something that would convince all of you to give it a try. Luckily for me, Toby went ahead and wrote a highly literate and thoughtful review of the book, so I no longer feel I need to write about it.

So let me just say this, then. This book is a fucking masterpiece, okay? It’s worn me down and that is all I can say, because I’d rather think about it than talk about it. I have nothing thoughtful to offer you, nothing insightful, no new connections, no nothing, because this book is smarter and better than me, and I loved every second of it. I do hope it is the same for you.

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Yesterday I read Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith and was pretty blown away. There are a couple reasons, but primarily, it’s a fabulous book because it’s clear that Smith wrote this book for nobody. Or maybe, just for himself. This is a nice surprise in YA, where the target market of a book is often clear from the jacket copy. (Side note: is this book YA? I actually am not sure that it is. But let’s table that for now. It’s been published as YA, so I’ll judge it against other YA books.) Because the book feels like it’s for nobody, when it ended up feeling like it was just for me, only for me, it was a lovely surprise. 
There are two other things I love about this book. The first is that it’s the first book I’ve read in a long time featuring a really confused and probably bi teen. As a former really confused and probably bi teen, I was overjoyed to see myself in a book for once. I wish there had been books like this when I was a teen. A selfish reason to love a book, I guess, but aren’t all reasons to love a book ultimately selfish? Smith does an incredible job of portraying how thin the line can be between loving a friend and having a crush, and how unsettling and mutable that can be for both (or, in this case, all three) people involved.
The second is that it’s successful on multiple levels. A lot of YA right now has a great hook but puts all its weight on that hook (alternately, a lot of YA has a great character but puts all its weight on that character, a burden that no teen, no matter how fictional, can hold), and when that fails, the book fails with it. This book is a good LGBTQ novel, a good dystopia, a good contemporary realistic up until the point it becomes a dystopia, a good small-town novel, a good love story. It’s a much more complete reading experience. Each piece holds the other pieces together accordingly. It’s a great book for fans of Frank Portman, John Barnes, and E. Lockhart—and it’s also a great book for thinking about what YA is, and what it could be.

Yesterday I read Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith and was pretty blown away. There are a couple reasons, but primarily, it’s a fabulous book because it’s clear that Smith wrote this book for nobody. Or maybe, just for himself. This is a nice surprise in YA, where the target market of a book is often clear from the jacket copy. (Side note: is this book YA? I actually am not sure that it is. But let’s table that for now. It’s been published as YA, so I’ll judge it against other YA books.) Because the book feels like it’s for nobody, when it ended up feeling like it was just for me, only for me, it was a lovely surprise. 

There are two other things I love about this book. The first is that it’s the first book I’ve read in a long time featuring a really confused and probably bi teen. As a former really confused and probably bi teen, I was overjoyed to see myself in a book for once. I wish there had been books like this when I was a teen. A selfish reason to love a book, I guess, but aren’t all reasons to love a book ultimately selfish? Smith does an incredible job of portraying how thin the line can be between loving a friend and having a crush, and how unsettling and mutable that can be for both (or, in this case, all three) people involved.

The second is that it’s successful on multiple levels. A lot of YA right now has a great hook but puts all its weight on that hook (alternately, a lot of YA has a great character but puts all its weight on that character, a burden that no teen, no matter how fictional, can hold), and when that fails, the book fails with it. This book is a good LGBTQ novel, a good dystopia, a good contemporary realistic up until the point it becomes a dystopia, a good small-town novel, a good love story. It’s a much more complete reading experience. Each piece holds the other pieces together accordingly. It’s a great book for fans of Frank Portman, John Barnes, and E. Lockhart—and it’s also a great book for thinking about what YA is, and what it could be.

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