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All About the Eisners

Debbie Davenport, MLS, Collection Development Librarian 


Seasonal Collection Disorder

Rachel Montgomery, MLS, Collection Development Librarian 


Staff Spotlight #12 – Laura Barkema

Can you talk a little about what led to your career and how you joined Collection Development at Ingram? When did you first know you wanted to become a librarian, and why? 


July Buzz Pick: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

We’re beyond excited to announce our July Buzz Pick: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid! Stick with @IndieBookBuzz and Bookfinity all month long as we bring you an inside look at this unforgettable novel that follows four celebrity siblings confronting their pasts at an epic end-of-summer party. 


Staff Spotlight – Rachel Montgomery

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Our Favorite YA Covers of the Year (So Far)

By Alex Arthun, MLS  


Back To School

By Gina Molter  


The Future of Political Books

By Laura Barkema, MLIS  


June Buzz Pick: Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

We’re thrilled to announce our June Buzz Pick: Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand! Stay with @IndieBookBuzz and Bookfinity all month long as we bring you an inside look at this satisfying page-turner, the 27th novel from “the queen of beach reads” (New York Magazine)  


Staff Spotlight: Debbie Davenport

Like many librarians, Debbie is a little bit of a late bloomer. She came to librarianship after two previous careers in the medical, educational, and social services fields. After obtaining her Master’s in Library Science in North Carolina, her home state, Debbie began her career as a librarian at a middle school. 


Spring Cleaning and the Stacks: A Weeding Refresher

By Kathryn Shaw, Manager, Collection Development Programs 


‘70s and ‘80s Nostalgia

By Ann Cox MLS 


Diversity Audits Made Easy: iCurate inClusive Beta Testers Tell All

Beth Reinker, MSLS, Manager, Collection Development Curation 


Staff Spotlight: Mia Poole

Mia has always had a wide range of interests, and it was a winding road that brought her to Collection Development at Ingram. She studied dance from elementary school through her early twenties and participated one summer in an engineering technology program. She also had a civics teacher in high school whose lessons taught Mia the need for diversity of thought – and for an active commitment to that diversity -- in an examination of any subject. “What I learned then has stuck with me all these years, and I apply it to many scenarios,” she says. “Actions often say more than words.” 


Merfolk Musings

Debbie Davenport, MLS, Collection Development Librarian  


End-of-Year Spending Toward the End of the Tunnel

By Ann Lehue, MSIS, Senior Manager, Collection Development 


Finally! Body Positive YA Fiction

By Wendy Rancier, MLS 


Staff Spotlight: Wendy Rancier

“I could not work as effectively as part of the Collection Development team if it weren’t for the many years I worked as a public librarian,” says Wendy, simply. With her extensive experience, Wendy knows what librarians and patrons need, like potty-training books and titles from 100 Books to Read lists parents look for, or books on leaves, pumpkins and apples that teachers want every fall. 


Whether or Not You like the Weather

Gina Molter, MLS, Collection Development Librarian 


Shining a Light on Rural Noir Fiction

By Ann Cox, MLS, Collection Development Librarian 


New Fashion Marches On

By Kathryn Shaw, Manager, Collection Development Programs 


Staff Spotlight – Beth Reinker

Beth first worked in a library on a part-time basis while an undergraduate, and she says that it “just kind of stuck.” After earning her MSLS, she worked at a small library system in North Carolina where she had the opportunity to do everything from reference service to troubleshooting the public computers to writing newsletter content and press releases. Beth then moved to a large library system in Maryland, where she was a selector for 10 years. Beth loved that job because it allowed her to learn and try new things. In addition to ordering for the library’s branches, Beth selected for several Opening Day Collections (ODCs) of various sizes, and learned a lot about collection analysis and how to use data to make positive impacts on a collection. 


Ready for Romance

By Kathryn Shaw, Manager of Collection Development Programs  


Staff Spotlight: Kim Collins

Kim and her older son have a reading pact. Whenever his English teacher assigns a book to read, Kim will read the same title at roughly the same time. They both enjoy this arrangement, formed when her son was in middle school, because it has evolved into their own small, unofficial book club. Kim’s son seems to now delve into the books more deeply, exploring their central ideas, themes, and literary elements. The shared reading also helps create discussion between them and the rest of the family and provides a wonderful way to connect. 


iCurate inClusive: Diversity Audits Made Easy NEW and COMING SOON!

by Ann Lehue, MSIS, Senior Manager, Collection Development 


Travel in the Time of Corona

By Laura Barkema, MLIS  


Staff Spotlight: Ann Lehue

With her bachelor’s degree in hand, the business of books had already proved to be a field Ann thoroughly enjoyed and one for which she possessed a natural talent. Throughout childhood, she’d escaped through books, and as a college undergraduate, she’d begun working at a well-known local bookstore. By graduation, she’d worked her way up to become a manager. 


Embracing the Librarian Stereotype – We’re Celebrating National Hot Tea Month

By Alex Arthun, MLS
If you came here for juicy gossip, I’m letting you know now this is not that kind of post. 


Power or Storytelling Part 3: Libraries’ Stories

Kathryn Shaw, Manager of Collection Development Programs  


Let Your Heart Be Light: Surviving the Holidays After Things (and We) Fall Apart

By Ann Lehue, MSIS, Senior Manager, Collection Development


Last December, I dutifully signed up to write my annual article about having a snarky holiday—I’m so snarky naturally that my writing professor in college forbade me from writing my essays in that voice, and my parents’ mantra was, “No one loves a smart aleck.” Harsh. It’s easier to do a snarky holiday article during a good year when everything sounds like horrible exaggeration instead of prophecy. It’s easier to get the right tone when we’re all in a state of manic frazzle rather than exhausted hypervigilance. To our library friends and family who’ve lost loved ones, jobs, library funding, homes, relationships, and even hope, I’m so sorry. I grieve with you for all the plans you looked forward to but that did not happen, that budget cuts will hurt the people in the community who have already suffered the most in our communities, that this virus took away some of our coworkers and loved ones, that things will never be the same. 


The Power of Storytelling; PART 2/3: COVID 19 Stories

Kathryn Shaw, Manager of Collection Development Programs 


Top Adult Fiction Debut Titles of 2020

Rachel Montgomery, MLS, Collection Development Librarian  


Staff Spotlight: Get to Know Dana Lynch

Like many teenagers, Dana had no idea of what she wanted to do when she grew up. But she read widely and filled her room with books, partly because she’d joined several mail-in book clubs. “Not only that,” she adds, “I could go to a library, happily stay all day long, and then come home with a couple of bags of books I’d checked out.” 


Hidden No More: Women’s Stories Revealed

Laura Barkema, MLIS, Collection Development Librarian 


Get to Know (Y)our Collection Development Team: April Berry

For as long as she can remember, April has been interested in psychology. This probably explains why she’s a huge Stephen King fan and a true crime junkie. There’s a sweeter side to her tastes, though: April’s hobby is baking and decorating cakes, and for years she has accepted requests from friends and coworkers for one of her impressive creations. She also adores anything – anything! – pumpkin spice. Not surprisingly, she’s delighted the Northern Hemisphere is now in autumn, her favorite season. 


Happy Retirement, Joyce!

After 18 years of dedicated service with Ingram Content Group, Joyce Skokut, Ingram Library Services (ILS) Director of Sales, will retire at the end of 2020. 


On Your Mark, Get Set, Bake

Beth Reinker, MSLS, Manager, Collection Development Curation 


Get to Know (Y)our Collection Development Team: Wils Smithwick

Throughout his childhood, Wils was an avid reader, a practice he inherited from his dad. He counts Tom Swift and series such as The Hardy Boys among books he cherished as a boy. But biographies and history were his favorites, and, to this day, still are. Wils also loves audio fiction because, he says, hearing the story helps listeners draw pictures of the story. 


Get to Know (Y)our Collection Development Team: Becky Walton

Becky read her first Stephen King novel as a middle-schooler. And, just like that, she became a lifelong, devoted reader. A self-described book nerd. 


Diverse Retellings of the Literary Canon

Ann Cox, MLS, Collection Development Librarian, Ingram Library Services  


Starting Difficult Conversations About Race with Youth Fiction

Alex Arthun, MLS, Collection Development Librarian, Ingram Library Services 


Talk Like a Pirate

Gina Molter, MLIS, Collection Development Librarian, Ingram Library Services
 


Falling for Fall: Some Seasonal Fun Facts

Debbie Davenport, MLS, Collection Development Librarian, Ingram Library Services 


Homeschooling Help in Desperate Times: An Essential Service

By Ann Lehue, MSIS, Senior Manager, Collection Development, Ingram Library Services 


19th Amendment Stories: Books Highlighting Equal Rights for All

Ann Cox, MLS, Collection Development Librarian, Ingram Library Services 


Addressing Income Inequality in Children’s Literature

Wendy Rancier, MLS, Collection Development Librarian 


The Author (Adult) Standing Order Program FAQs

Rachel Montgomery, MLS, Collection Development Librarian, Ingram Library Services 


Let's Talk Gender and Language

Becky Walton, MLS, Collection Development Librarian, Ingram Library Services 


The Author (Adult) Standing Order Program: What is it? Who’s in it? How can it save you time?

Rachel Montgomery, MLS, Collection Development Librarian and Kim Collins, Collection Development Administrator 


What a Ride, that Summer Slide

By Gina Molter , MLS, Collection Development Librarian 


3 Ways to Save Money on Library Cataloging and Processing

Tricia Racke Bengel, MLS, Sales & Services Manager, Ingram Library Services
Between collection development and checking a book out, a lot happens.  And, just like everything else, someone has to decide how those things happen in your library.  Perhaps the decision was made over 20 years ago, and no one remembers why. 


Gender Nonconformity in Picture Books

By Wendy Rancier, MLS, Children's Collection Development Librarian, Ingram Library Services 


What Books Are Buzzing for Summer/Fall 2020: Coming Soon Webcasts

Beth Reinker, MSLS, Manager, Collection Development Adult & Youth Materials 


Together We Thrive

Pamela Smith, VP & General Manager, Ingram Library Services 


The Power of Storytelling

Kathryn Shaw, Manager of Collection Development Programs 


All About Manga: Genres and Terms Every Librarian Needs to Know

Debbie Davenport, MLS, Collection Development Librarian 


Closed to the Public? Here are Some Ideas for Library Staff Both in Buildings and at Home

By Alex Arthun, MLIS, Collection Development Librarian, Ingram Library Services 


All About Repair Cafés

 


Crime Junkie: Citizen Sleuth Reads

By Becky Walton, MLIS, Collection Development Librarian, Ingram Library Services 
After reading (and loving!) Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen, I became interested in citizen detectives and “crowdsolving.” 


Let's Get Crafty

Beth Reinker, MSLS, Manager, Collection Development Adult Materials

Over the last year, I’ve watched my husband go from a woodworking novice to a skilled artisan. Even though he’s still learning, he quickly progressed to making beautiful things including the new mid-century modern bar cart that now resides in our dining room. (It’s easy to support his new hobby when it has such obvious benefits for me!) He loves the sense of accomplishment he has from making something new. 


Discover Monthly Forthcoming Titles That Mind Gaps & Manage Duplicates

 

Replace, Refresh, and Restore Your Collection—iCurate Core

By Ann Lehue, MSIS, Senior Manager, Collection Development
Collection out of whack? Need some balance?
We’ve all been there. Sometimes budgets get slashed for a while, or we lose a selector and can’t catch up, or a librarian leaves and we discover that they have only been buying their favorite authors or section, or books with a certain flower on the cover. Occasionally patrons do secret five-finger censoring of certain titles or subjects, or never return the book that everyone needs for that seventh-grade English class. Sometimes we take over a collection and simply want to know where to start. However we get there, from time-to-time, our collections get out of balance or are missing key titles or even sections. 


Radically Rethinking Technical Services

by: Tricia Bengel, Technical Services MLS Degreed Librarian  


Just Launched! Forthcoming Title List Subscription, iCurate Coming Soon

 

Have Yourself a Snarky Holiday

 

The Immigrant Experience

by Gina Molter,  MLIS, Collection Development Librarian 


Teen Short Story Collections: Short on Length, Big on Impact

Sandra Farag, MLS, Manager, Collection Development Youth Materials  


12 Days of Giving: Strengthening our Bookselling Communities:

Tis' the season for giving! 
As the snow begins to fall, many are preparing for end-of-the-year festivities. Not only is this a time to prepare for future 2020 endeavors, but it is a season when people reach out to friends, family, and their community to give back. 


Talking to Strangers

August 2019 Advance 


Resurgence of the Romantic Comedy

By Rachel Montgomery, MLS, Collection Development Librarian 


Self-Care for the Holidays

by Ann Lehue, MSIS, Senior Manager, Collection Development 


When the Wall Came Tumbling Down: 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

By Laura Barkema, MLIS, Collection Development Librarian
On November 9, 1989, in Germany, a monumental shift in world politics occurred by the bringing down of not only a physical barrier, but a division among families, friends, and humanity. Thirty years ago, citizens from both East and West Germany worked together to tear down that physical barrier, the Berlin Wall. This act came to signify the beginning of the end of communism’s hold over the eastern half of Europe. As we celebrate the anniversary of this pivotal day, we’ll walk through the history of the Iron Curtain and the division between East and West Germany during the latter half of the 20thcentury. 


Surviving Disasters

by Gina Molter, MLIS, Collection Development Librarian
According to the book Under Pressure: The Science of Stress by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, adolescents are faced with a wide variety of stressors in their lives, but knowledge is power—specifically the power to reduce stress to a more manageable level. With that in mind, the following series are recommended to help children and teens reduce their stress levels through knowledge—not the knowledge of how to achieve inner peace through deep breathing or guided meditation—but the knowledge that even in the worst of disasters, people can and do survive. 


What I Wish I Learned in Library School

By: Briá Woods
August and September are the two months across-the-country during which we prepare for Back-to-School. What does Back-to-School mean for librarians? Specifically, our librarians in training headed back to graduate school. One of the messages we pride ourselves with here at Ingram Library Services is that we understand, “The Library Life Changes, Our Commitment Does Not.”  We chatted with Wendy, Becky, and Debbie, some of (Y)Our MLS- Degreed Librarians, to dive deep into the mind of librarians. Grab your index cards, red pens, and highlighters to take some notes on what they wished they had learned in library school. 


Classics to Graphics

By Ann Cox, MLS, Collection Development Librarian, and Debbie Davenport, MLS, Collection Development Librarian 


I Love My Hair! (Hair Diversity in Picture Books)

By Wendy Rancier, MLS, Collection Development Librarian
Creating diverse and inclusive collections is a goal of every public librarian. Recently, many library professionals have viewed or attended informational sessions or seminars to help make our content more representative of the communities we serve. A recent study by The Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Education exposes a thought-provoking and discouraging statistic in the publishing world: Even after years of work in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness, just 10% of Children’s titles published in 2018 featured characters who were African or African American, 7% Asian Pacific, 5% Latinx, and only 1% Native American. Most characters in children’s literature are white/Caucasian (50%) and nonhuman/animals (27%).  Although there is still much work to do, demand for titles with diverse casts is on the rise. 


Don’t let Life Sidetrack Literacy

By: Briá Woods 
School supplies are at the cash wraps, vacationing is winding down, and weekday routines are slowly repositioning. While summer is still here, schools will be back in session soon and summer Fridays at work are ending. After their regular life of extracurricular activities, late-night meetings, and binge-watching of Netflix, how do we keep literacy at the forefront?   


For the Love of Country Music

By Beth Reinker, MSLS, Manager, Collection Development Adult Materials
This September, filmmaker Ken Burns will bring audiences Country Music, a new eight-part documentary series airing on PBS. Here at Ingram, country music is especially near and dear to our hearts because our headquarters offices are in La Vergne, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. 


What happened at #ALAAC19...doesn't have to stay in D.C.!

By: Briá Woods 

Animals Helping People

by Becky Walton, MLIS, Collection Development Librarian
Have you seen the “Who Rescued Who” car magnet? Grammar error aside, that decal makes me smile because I often reflect on the relationship between animals and humans. It never ceases to amaze me when I hear stories on the news of a cat waking up his owner in the night when a fire breaks out, or a dog standing guard over his owner who’s in the middle of a seizure, or rats sniffing out landmines. 


It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and Not Everyone Feels Fine)

by Jill M. Andreasen, MLIS, Collection Development Librarian
A recent trend I’ve noticed in both juvenile and YA fiction is stories dealing with the apocalypse. But rather than focusing on dystopias, this new crop of narratives is themed around the actual End of the World: some humorous, some figurative, some literal. It’s important to have narratives to allow kids to explore their anxieties about the future—including climate change, political and social upheaval, imploding personal lives, and ya know, extinction. 


New iPage Feature: Curated Lists Tab

Ann Lehue, MSIS, Manager, Collection Development Programs
What do you get when you put a group of Ingram Library Services team members (including librarians) into a room with unlimited coffee twice a month? A whole lot of ideas, passion, and spirited negotiations about ipage enhancements, and completely full whiteboards with lots of edits. The past six months, the Collection Development team has been creating and standardizing great content, including genre lists, but the content was largely hidden, known only to ipage experts, serendipitous wanderers, or the most conscientious webinar attendees. 


Seniors Are Living Their Best Lives

Ann Cox, MLS, Collection Development Librarian
Senior citizen protagonists have been one of the most enduring trends in fiction of the last decade. It’s no wonder they’re so popular: as the entirety of the baby boomer generation reaches 65 in 2030, rapid demographic changes will have a drastic impact on American society. For the first time in U.S. history, older people are projected to outnumber children by 2035. Additionally, the number of Americans 65 and older will more than double by 2060 and will comprise almost a quarter of the total population. With these projections, it’s expected that graceful aging is a topic at the forefront of many readers’ minds. Whether embarking on new adventures, finding love, or reflecting on the relationships that make life meaningful, the seniors in these novels prove that you don’t stop living once you reach retirement. 


To the Moon: Lunar Reading List

Debbie Davenport, MLS, Collection Development Librarian  

Everything You Wanted to Know About Genre Fiction (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Ann Cox, MLS, Collection Development Librarian 

The New Voices of Standing Order Programs

By Ann Lehue, MSIS, Manager, Collection Development Programs 


Turning the Tides of War: Remembering D-Day 75 Years Later

By Laura Barkema, MLIS, Collection Development Librarian 


Where Would We Be without Music (and Musicians)?

Debbie Davenport, MLS, Collection Development Librarian
Imagine with me, just for a moment, that you are sitting in your favorite movie theater. You have just chosen the perfect seat and have gotten comfortable with your snack and beverage, anxious for the film of your choice to begin. The lights dim, and the people around you get quiet. The previews are just beginning. Now close your eyes and listen. What do you hear? Voices of the characters. Movement. The breathing of the person next to you. Go deeper and listen to the background of the film itself. Aha and eureka! You’ve detected the siren’s song! Music is underlying the emotion, the action, the drama. It’s driving the impact of the film and is the vehicle to your very soul. Guess what—it happens in your reality as well.  


#OnTheRoadULC: Interview with ULC President & CEO Susan Benton // Two Librarians & A Microphone Podcast

Tune in as we interview the President and CEO of the Urban Libraries Council, Susan Benton, on the powerful library innovations that are raising up communities and impacting lives. 


#OnTheRoadULC: Featuring Montgomery County Public Libraries // Two Librarians & A Microphone Podcast

Working towards a common goal, Montgomery County Public Libraries capitalized on collaboration and brought the REAL program to life.  

#OnTheRoadULC: Featuring Howard County Library System // Two Librarians & A Microphone Podcast

 

Transform Your Library With These Tips

Written by Tricia Bengel
I, like many of you I am sure, started my library working career as a Page.  I was a Page in my hometown Carnegie library for several years during high school and college.  During that time, in addition to being able to look at any book and guess the Dewey Number, I had really strong calf muscles from hustling up and down steep steps on marble floors. What we did have was very tall shelves, very uncomfortable wooden chairs and absolutely no books written just for teenagers beyond a few Judy Blume and some horrid Sweet Valley High.  I still found the library magical and was constantly awe inspired by the stories it held.  


#OnTheRoadULC: Featuring Broward County Library // Two Librarians & A Microphone Podcast

Broward County Library launched BCLFit Wellness Center to nurture a healthy lifestyle for families living near library branches located in food deserts. 

#OnTheRoadULC: Featuring Providence Public Library // Two Librarians & A Microphone Podcast

Tune in to hear how Providence Public Library exhibits the idyllic library mission of providing for the community when there's a need not being fulfilled.  

Social Emotional Learning Through Picture Books

Wendy Rancier, MLS, Collection Development Librarian
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a hot topic in childhood development. Although its research dates back to 1994, it has become more relevant in recent years. Originally developed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), research and implementation into school curriculums in conjunction with educators of all stripes has become a key part of their current and future work. 


Women March Toward Equality

Rachel Montgomery, MLS, Collection Development Librarian
March is a time to acknowledge women’s endeavors and achievements–from the women’s suffrage movement to the third annual Women’s March that took place in January–with two major celebrations: International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. 


#OnTheRoadULC: Featuring Kansas City Public Library // Two Librarians & A Microphone Podcast

Responding to several accidental shooting incidents involving children, Kansas City Public Library partnered with local organizations to provide firearms safety education for the community.  

#OnTheRoadULC: Featuring Edmonton Public Library // Two Librarians & A Microphone Podcast

We sit down with the CEO of Edmonton Public Library, Pilar Martinez, to chat about their Voices of Amiskwaciy program. This unique space celebrates indigenous communities and has been recognized by the ULC as a 2018 Top Innovator.  


You Asked, We Delivered: Curated ipage Lists to Make Your Work Easier

Sandra Farag, MLS, Manager, Collection Development Youth Materials and Beth Reinker, MSLS, Manager, Collection Development Adult Materials
Did you know that Ingram has a team of MLS-degreed librarians and paraprofessionals who have more than 350 years of experience in the industry? Like most of our department’s librarians, we both worked in public libraries before we came to Ingram, and we know firsthand how busy public librarians are. Now that we work for a vendor, our job is to help make your job easier. From hard-to-find topics to new publishing trends, we create the resources that we would have wanted when we were working in libraries.