by Jill Andreasen, MLIS, Collection Development Last month I had the very good fortune to be able to attend SLJ’s first one-day Diversity Workshop – it was held in the extremely well-appointed conference
room facilities in Nashville Public’s main downtown branch.
Established in 1907, Fordham University Press (FUP) is the seventh-oldest university press
in the country, as well as the nation’s oldest Catholic university press. Today, Fordham University Press publishes ninety books a year and continues
to uphold its prestigious reputation. They are known for producing award-winning studies in the fields of anthropology, classics, communications, cultural
studies, gender studies, history, literary studies, philosophy, political theory, race and ethnicity, religion, sociology, theology, and urban studies
with a particular emphasis on creatively interdisciplinary work. Not only does FUP publish two books of poetry through the Poets Out Loud prize a year,
but they also have a long history of publishing books focusing on the New York region.
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What do hurricanes, hungry kids, dancing, civil unrest, learning and entertainment have in common? These things, and so much more, are examples of ways that libraries support those who live in their communities.
There is always a place for traditional bookstores in our neighborhoods for the community to gather, share our comradery of reading, and spend a few hours getting lost in
the bound pages of a classic novel or the latest sci-fi thriller. However, the digital age has changed the traditional habit of reading, and we have
seen more people buying their books without leaving their homes. With readers online, this can actually help your store's awareness by building your
online marketing. With just a little bit of technical savvy and a few digital online marketing tactics, you can get readers into your business!
Computer software skills, book discussion groups, career development, writer’s workshops and more. A recent Pew research report found that only 34% of
library programming is for adults, and yet most of the US population is age 45+, and the fastest growing demographic is over 85! How well is your library
serving the adults in your community?
Who wouldn’t want to wave a magic wand and fix life’s problems? For many, escapist fiction is a way to put aside daily stresses and take a break from reality.
Literature can help you explore the broader world, refresh your mind and provide time to regroup. Help your patrons escape with a good book and put
a little distance between themselves and what’s causing them stress.