Ann Cox, MLS, Collection Development Librarian
Are you caught up in The Great American Read fever yet? It seems that no matter where I look, everyone has an opinion on the 100 books that made the list, let alone what book should be the top pick for America’s favorite fiction title. (Sorry, nonfiction fans: they weren’t considered for this list.) Kicking off on May 22, the eight-part PBS series will include interviews with authors, celebrities, notable Americans, and regular book lovers across the country, all advocating for their favorite book. Themed episodes explore the concepts behind the books, how readers are affected by these stories, and what their status in the American psyche says about us as a diverse nation with a shared human experience. Voting will take place throughout the summer and fall, leading up to the final episode to reveal the results of nationwide voting and crown America’s best-loved novel.
Season 4 is here with a unique look at lessons from #TheLibraryLife ! Two Librarians and a Microphone: What I Didn’t Learn in Library School.
Becky Walton, Collection Development Librarian
BABY TEETH Zoje Stage’s first adult novel, is about a wicked seven-year-old girl named Hanna who really has it in for her mother, Suzette. You see, if Suzette were out of the picture, Hanna would have her dad, Alex, all to herself. As early as page one, the reader gets a sense of how Hanna feels about her mom and dad, and soon it’s revealed that Hanna wants to kill her mother!
by Jill Andreasen and Wendy Rancier, Collection Development Librarians
It’s clear that authors, artists, and creators in the children’s publishing world feel a responsibility, an urgency, to raise a level of empathy and awareness in the newest generation around many issues our country is facing. In 2018, many are highlighting the plight of refugees and immigrants including those fleeing war, persecution, or poverty.
We caught up with the Seattle Public Library during PLA to chat about one of our favorite stories from #TheLibraryLife—their superbly successful Somali children’s board book project.
Donna George, MLS, Director of Product Management
When I started my work in public libraries over 30 years ago, would I have guessed that I would be managing a branch library right about now? Not so much. Like many folks in many different professions, a few interests and decisions along the way have led me to a much different place. As Director of Product Management at Ingram Library Services, I’m thrilled to be working with hundreds of libraries and thousands of librarians across the country.
So much of what we think we know is perceived through a political lens—education, women’s rights, even public library funding. How can libraries respond to this social shift without losing the integrity of their missions?
The 2016 election turned up the heat on an already simmering political climate. What can libraries do to promote civil discourse—in the home, at schools, and in the workplace—when at high levels those lessons are lacking?
Joyce Skokut, Director Collection Development
If your library hasn’t tapped into the quilters in your community in some way, you’re missing the boat. There is so much passion for quilting that a discussion group session held in the library is an easy way to attract and engage patrons who visit your library, and there is a wealth of titles to be checked out! A quick Google search shows that many public libraries do just this, but so many have yet to tap into the rich quilting culture.
Jill Andreasen, MLIS, Collection Development Librarian
Ah, debuts. I absolutely LOVE them. Lots of people are a bit apprehensive in taking a gamble on an unknown talent, especially if budgets are tight (and really, when are they not?), because Sarah Dessen, John Green, and Maggie Stiefvater are just flat-out going to circulate, and you know you’ll get your bang for your buck.
When news comes with two sides it can be a slippery slope. Add in community-built “reference materials” like Wikipedia, and the need for trustworthy and critical resource evaluators is vital to ensuring infoliteracy.
Did you know that Ingram Library Services has a library podcast?!
Join our team of librarians as we explore trending topics, discuss library industry news, and share expertise on how to build the perfect collections for your community. Life in the information age- preceded by the 24-hour news cycle and the internet- has made the job, gatekeeper of information, more difficult than ever. While improved access has its merits, it has also fragmented our communities.
Written by Tricia Bengel, Library Sales and Services Manager
As I sat down to write an article about holds to copy ratios, I felt compelled to note early on that this blog post has more questions than answers. I have always worked with libraries that had limited budgets and really intelligent people who are very conscientious and want to spend those limited dollars in the smartest ways possible. Therefore, the holds to copy ratio on books was always an issue that I never felt I had a good solution for, or even that I was thinking about it correctly. For all of my friends with great library budgets who have 2:1 holds to copy ratios, you can stop reading and count yourself lucky! For the rest of you in my situation, I would welcome your feedback.
Jim Heuer, Director of Sales
In my 19 years at Ingram, I am fond of telling customers that everything we do starts with a story that took place in a meeting when someone said to us, in one way or another, “Hey can you do _________ (fill in the blank)?” Here’s my story.
New York Times-bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is reintroducing her critically acclaimed novel SPEAK as a graphic novel. Her works, including SPEAK, have earned numerous honors including national, international, and state awards. She recently discussed storyline updates, #metoo, and the continued impact of her work SPEAK.
Author of ROOM and THE GIRLS, Rhiannon Navin is back with her new book, Only Child, debuting February 6, 2018. This tenderhearted novel follows Zach, a seven-year-old boy, through a life-altering event.
By: Tricia Racke Bengel
In my news feed every morning is the latest entry from the website Awful Library Books: Hoarding is not Collection Development.I usually chuckle to myself, metaphorically shrug my shoulders and then go on with my day. But, this morning, I spent a little more time and actually clicked through to the site. After spending a few more minutes on the site, I was happy to see that beyond the humor, the site was full of great information on how and why we should weed. There was also a link to a 2016 book published by PLA for the Quick Reads for Busy Librarians series, straightforwardly called,Weeding Manual.
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.
Welcome to Two Librarians and A Microphone, a library podcast by Ingram Library Services. Join Ingram's Collection Development Team as they explore trending topics, discuss industry news, and share their expertise on how to build the perfect collection for your community.
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.
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!
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.
Gigs are no longer reserved solely for comedians and musicians. Bloggers, vloggers, ridesharing drivers and a host of other nontraditional career opportunities now occupy the space of independent and temporary work. Listen in as we explore the on demand career path and how you can provide resources to your patrons who are already involved or interested in picking up a gig.
By Tricia Racke Bengel, Library Sales & Services Manager, Ingram Library Services
I’m sure, like many of you, I watch a lot of education webinars. They are a great way to learn things in a cheap, convenient way. You always think: I can duck out of the topic if it doesn’t end up being interesting or pertinent to me, or listen with half an ear while multi-tasking three different things. Occasionally, I put everything else away and listen with both ears. A few weeks ago, I did the latter. I closed my email, laid my pen down, and listened for an hour and 15 minutes to a really great library webinar.
by Becky Walton, MLIS, Collection Development
Every year when September rolls around, people start thinking of cooler weather, snuggly sweaters, and leaf peeping, but my thoughts turn to Halloween, my favorite holiday! Since I’m a fan of horror literature and film, I was asked to write a blog post about horror fiction. Let’s look behind that creaking door together, shall we?
By Jenny McCluskey, Collection Development Librarian II
Last month, I participated in the second SDCC-hosted Conference for Educators and Librarians (#SDCCEL) at the San Diego Public Library. Highlights of this year’s programming at SDCCEL, which focuses on K-12, public libraries, publishers, and higher ed, included panels on ethnic/cultural diversity, promoting mental health, using comics for different learning styles, and how to handle challenges to titles.
Welcome to Two Librarians and A Microphone , a library podcast by Ingram Library Services. Join Ingram's Collection Development Team as they explore trending topics, discuss industry news, and share their expertise on how to build the perfect collection for your community.
Kyle Cassidy has been sharing stories about life and its experiences since the 1990’s. Insightful and interesting, his work has spotlighted people from across the world. A few years ago, he was dared by a librarian to attend a conference of the American Library Association and photograph some librarians. An unplanned library convention visit, viral magazine post, 300 librarians and 2 years later, he has released his latest work- This is What a Librarian Looks Like. The book not only features insight from librarians, but also interviews from authors who appreciate and value their work.
by Tracy Gallagher, Becky Walton, Jenny McCluskey, Jeanne Martin and Jill M. Barton Collection Development, Youth Materials
Does the topic of diversity make you squirm in your chair a little uncomfortably? Do you truly understand the reasons behind all the discussions about diversity and exactly why it’s so important? Do you know who the underserved young people in your community are? Or why? Or what their needs are?
Become a library workflow pro with these webinars. We’ve added two new topics to help you master orders with special attention paid to new title notifications and opening day collections. Sign-up today!
Children’s and educational programming is often a key component of library programming. Read the detailed interview by Library Director Zakariya Sherman of North Palm Beach Public Library and learn how this library is partnering with a neighborhood school to ensure students feel connected to their local library.
By: Ann Lehue, MSIS, Manager, Collection Development Programs
National Poetry Month offers time for us to turn our attention to this oft-maligned section in libraries. Poetry does not have to be inaccessible and boring or difficult to read. In fact, poems sprang up as a simple way to pass along stories from generation to generation. The rhythm, the rhyme (in some cases), the alliteration, and other literary devices, along with the conciseness and repetition of poetry, made it enjoyable, memorable, and understandable for community members of all ages and abilities.
Jenny McCluskey may not be a comic artist, but she truly understands, and appreciates, the creativity and complexity of graphic novels. Here at Ingram, we like to refer to Jenny as our graphic novel guru. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable in graphic novels, but she has front line experience as an avid Comic-Con attendee.
Ingram Content Group has been dedicated to helping libraries curate the best collections to have the titles that their patrons want. We’re always looking to help our customers have the best service and latest insights to engage their communities.
These summer sessions will feature useful ipage® tutorials, with special attention given to how new title notifications and hard-to-find titles, built directly into ipage, can help you streamline collections and easily ensure that you always have the titles your patrons want.
By: Jeanne Martin, Collection Development K-12
Educators have a lot on their plate. I know because I worked as a middle school teacher for 12 years and within the children’s department of a local library for two. Yes, I worked with adolescents whose minds, bodies, and attitudes transformed more times than The Magic School Bus. But, I loved every minute of it. That growth, the growth of those young minds, created room for new experiences every day.
Vonn is an Olympic gold medal-winning alpine ski racer and a member of the U.S. Ski Team. The most successful American skier in history, she holds four overall World Cup titles and is one of only six women to have won World Cup races in all five disciplines of alpine skiing. She is also the founder of the Lindsey Vonn Foundation. Toland is a longtime health and nutrition journalist and former professional track-and-field athlete. She is currently the food and nutrition director of Prevention magazine and has appeared regularly as a weight-loss expert for Fox News Channel.
By Becky Walton, MLIS, Collection Development
Here we are in a new year with new titles for youth about our presidents and first ladies. This article is a mix of #CollectionAffection and Weed & Feed! There are some brand new titles on here, but there are also a lot of revisions to existing works. To make sure that you have the most up-to-date materials in your collection, we’ve linked to both the new and superseded editions when appropriate.
The Librarian spotlight for December features Dawn Jackson of Santa Maria Public Library. She is an 18 year library veteran who finds community outreach efforts an important part of her role as a librarian. Continue reading to see what makes this library program so unique and successful.
As 2016 is coming to an end, we felt it only right to share with you our favorite books of the year. We reached across the entirety of Ingram to find the best. See what we had to say about the books we love – 2016 edition.
Dr. Chapman’s own life experiences, plus more than 35 years of pastoring and marriage counseling, led him to publish The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts. Many of the millions of readers credit this continual New York Times bestseller with saving their marriages by showing them simple and practical ways to communicate love. Dr. Chapman has expanded his 5 Love Languages series with special editions that reach out specifically to singles, men, and parents of teens and young children. He is the author of numerous other books including Anger, The Family You’ve Always Wanted, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted,and Desperate Marriages. Chapman also speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences.
By Becky Walton, MLIS, Collection Development
Our Collection Development youth team noticed that Spring 2017 will deliver a lot of great juvenile and young adult books about women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. This #CollectionAffection focuses on some of the forthcoming titles we’re excited about, as well as some of our favorite backlist titles. At the end of the title list, we’ve provided some related nonfiction series too!
The late Zig Ziglar was a motivational speaker, teacher, and trainer who wrote more than 30 celebrated books on personal growth, leadership, sales, faith, family, and success. Recognized by his peers as the quintessential motivational genius of our times, he is still considered one of the most versatile authorities on the science of human potential. Tom Ziglar, CEO of Ziglar, Inc., also carries his father’s philosophy: “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” He joined the Zig Ziglar Corporation in 1987, and is boldly taking Ziglar, Inc., into the world of social media.
This month we welcome Victoria Thompson, author of the acclaimed Gaslight Mystery Series. Her latest Sarah Brant adventure is Murder in Morningside Heights (Gaslight Mysteries #19). Her twentieth novel in this series, Murder in the Bowery is due out in May 2017.
By Shannan Rosa, Collection Development Librarian and Joyce Skokut, Director, Collection Development
A Community Reads project can be a great way to draw a community together by reading the same book at the same time. In many regards, a Community Reads project is similar to most book clubs. A quick Google search about book clubs brings back a plethora of articles about do’s and don’ts and common reasons they fail. This made us wonder if the best practices that book clubs have developed and their lessons learned can be useful to libraries with Community Reads projects, and vice versa.
Fall may be upon us and the leaves are turning to shades of red, yellow, and orange from green. But the best reason we love the change in season is Halloween! In need of a few new titles for the season? Check out the top 10 lists below.
By Lory Koch, Manager ILS Systems, Ingram Library Services
Librarians wear a hundred hats, and Ingram Library Services is here to help lighten the load. Ordering items for a collection is a vital part of a library’s workflow, and Ingram offers a large range of ordering options and EDI interfaces with 3rd party ILS System Vendors. Ingram can take orders via traditional methods, but more and more, libraries are moving to EDI ordering.
The Magnolia Story is the first book from HGTV's Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.
Former NFL player, Tim Tebow’s Shaken tells the story of what life looks like when your dreams don’t go as planned. In this exclusive excerpt, he illustrates the highs and lows of what it feels like to make the cut. It’s exciting, personal, and soul-shattering.
When it comes to explaining physical, cultural and religious differences to children, it can be difficult to know where to begin. What Makes Us Unique? provides an accessible introduction to the concept of diversity, teaching children how to respect and celebrate people’s differences and that ultimately, we are all much more alike than we are different. Additional questions at the back of the book allow for further discussion.
Joyce Skokut, Director, Collection Development, Ingram Library Services
Life sure can take some interesting turns. A casual mention by a proud mom spurred a whole series of events, including the writing of this article. I am responsible for Collection Development, aka Content Curation, at Ingram Library Services. Last week one of my team members (and proud mom), Rita Allison, happened to mention to me that her son, Brian Allison, has his second book coming out this fall, Murder & Mayhem in Nashville. That casual mention came on the heels of a few related events.
By: Gregory Pace, Manager Client Integration, Ingram Library Services
At Ingram, we understand that planning for a new branch location or branch remodel can be an overwhelming task. While we can’t help you secure a new building, or ensure that the building is ready on time, we certainly can make sure the books for your new collection show up when you need them and are ready to be shelved. Ingram has experts that will partner with you to help navigate this seemingly daunting undertaking every step of the way. We know that communication is the key to any project’s success, and we engage in ongoing correspondence from the time the project is awarded through the delivery and successful opening.
We work closely with publishers, retailers, libraries, and schools around the world to provide them with the right products and services to help them succeed in the dynamic and increasingly complex world of content publishing.
Drugs in sports are old. It’s banning drugs in sports that is new. InSpitting in the Soup, sports journalist Mark Johnson offers a bitingly honest, clear-eyed look at why that’s so, and what it will take to kick pills out of the locker room once and for all.
Often disregarded as producing content exclusively reserved for those dwelling in the ivory towers of academia, university presses have plenty to offer to public and urban libraries. In our most recent #BuildUP Twitter chat, Ingram Director of Library Sales, Jim Heuer, provided some excellent tips on how university publishers can connect with libraries beyond that of their respective institutions to gain wider regard when it comes to collection development.
By Joyce Skokut, Director, Collection Development
Did you know that whether you’re opening a new branch, moving to a new building, or overhauling your space, Ingram can create custom lists tailored specifically to meet the demands of your patrons? We provide complimentary ODC management services, walking you through every step of the process and providing recommended timelines and checklists to ensure that everything stays on track and nothing gets missed.
By Shannan Starnes Rosa, MSLS, Collection Development Librarian for Adult Materials
A Community Reads project can be a great way to draw a community together by reading the same book at the same time. The local public library can take a leadership role in selecting a title that people will want to read, and in making sure copies of the book are available for participants. Ingram is happy to help make your Community Reads project as easy as possible.
Email is a proven marketing platform that’s accessible to virtually anyone. In fact, it’s an incredible way to attract new clients without expensive marketing—especially if you want to captivate a local audience. Libraries, for instance, can target dedicated readers, researchers, and team members with compelling content that generates buzz about their events or daily communications. Of course, it all depends on how effectively this information is put together and delivered.
By Philip Wallace, Marketing Systems & Content Analyst
Allow me to talk about cars for a bit. I know this blog and site are about books, but I promise you that I am going to tie it all together in relation to library analytics.
I had the extraordinary opportunity to speak with historian and filmmaker Ken Burns, whose children’s book Grover Cleveland, Again!: A Treasury of American Presidents publishes this July and is available in hardcoverand library binding. It’s little wonder that his works are treasured by so many people, especially librarians and teachers, since reading and learning were common motifs of the conversation.
By Becky Walton, MLIS, Collection Development Librarian
Maybe you’ve used some of the lists we’ve placed on ipage® or ordered from a selection list that one of us created just for your library. But what else goes on behind the scenes in Ingram’s youth collection development department? Here’s the inside scoop.
Check out the new lineup for Wednesdays with Ingram, which will include sneak peeks of some awesome ipage® enhancements dropping this month, an exciting special guest, and four brand new sessions you won't want to miss.
In 2009, Nashville Public Library started the Limitless Library (LL), a partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools that provides students with books and digital items delivered directly to their schools. Since then, Limitless Library has provided a model for similar programs in libraries across the country.
I saw my 7-year-old grandson, Grant, flipping through the 2004 edition. He asked me when I wrote it. I explained that I had finished writing it three years before he was born. He wanted to know what has happened since.The fact is things have gotten much worse.
THESE ARE THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW:
When you first wake up in a dark wooden box, you’ll tell yourself this isn’t happening. You’ll push against the lid, of course. No surprise there. You’ll beat at the sides with your fists, pummel your heels against the bottom. You’ll bang your head, again and again, even though it hurts. And you’ll scream. You’ll scream and scream and scream.
As Steven Meyers writes, an odyssey need not involve a long journey, simply a profound one. First drawn to Lime Creek for its fly fishing, this stream serves as Meyers's muse in seven transcendent essays that explore journeys in the discovery of self, of home, and what it means to be human. The essays also explore loss and grief, of finding healing in the powerful presence of nature and in the awareness and experience of natural cycles. The tender eloquence of his writing and his compassion for all living things make for a contemplation of place in the tradition of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and Desert Solitaire.
By Beth Reinker, Collection Development Librarian, MSLS
While collection development is both an art and a science, analyzing collection data has become a vital part of collection development in modern libraries. With so much data available in your ILS, the real struggle is finding the time and methods to analyze that data and make it meaningful. Collection analysis tools can help libraries use data to build stronger collections, spend their materials budgets more effectively, and make decisions for the future. Here are some reasons that a collection analysis tool might be a wise investment for your library.
So, first things first—what are some common misconceptions about James Brown that really need to be cleared up?
He was much more than “The Godfather of Soul.” He was a son of the south. Very sensitive guy. Very misunderstood. A living symbol of what’s wrong and right about American history.
Borrowing digital content from a library is not a new concept. Libraries have been lending DVDs, audio books, computer programs, and other digital media for many years. So when e-books became the new way to read sometime around 2010, it was only natural that librarians assumed they would be able to download e-books for their collections. That was not the case.
They arrived three years ago in Hong Kong, Clarke and Margaret Reade, with their three children. He is with a U.S. multinational, she says if anyone asks, which they always do. The sound of that term always gives her a frisson: anonymous, vaguely threatening, and nationalistically contradictory in terms. It reminds her of when she reads in the paper about companies with names like Archer Daniels and Monsanto, names she has only vaguely heard of but that own everything that touches people’s daily lives, like toothpaste and children’s aspirin and milk.
A tightened economy and higher demand for bestsellers has left many libraries with near-empty shelves. Social media and the internet have allowed consumers to share information more than ever, and discovering a new book is done with just a few clicks. As such, the demand readers place on retailers and library management systems has increased exponentially.
Ideal for anyone who wants a home—and a life—that sparks joy, this illustrated manual guides readers through the process of decluttering and organizing their homes. Kondo is a professional cleaning consultant with a three-month waiting list. Inspired by the Japanese book Throw-Out Skills and a lifelong love of all things house and home, she began her study of the art of cleaning, established her consulting business, and founded the KonMari Method. She is also the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
In the spirit of Goodnight Moon and The Curious Garden, comes a stunning debut picture book filled with whimsy and creativity from brothers Terry and Eric Fan. With breathtaking illustrations and spare, sweet text, this masterpiece about enjoying the beauty of nature is sure to become an instant classic.
The dynamic duo of Newbery Medal Winner Alexander (The Crossover) and talented illustrator Miyares (Pardon Me!) have joined forces to give little readers a wild ride. Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to spend the day at the beach. But as Bro continues to gasp and cheer as he reads his book (Moby Dick), Dude can't help but get curious. Before you can shout “Surf's up!” both frogs are sharing the same adventure, that is, until they get to the beach.