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.
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.
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.
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.
Ann Lehue, MSIS, Manager, Collection Development Programs Have you ever had a standing order question, dialed the number, and found yourself speaking to a remarkably cheerful person with a British accent? Rita Allison and Janet Hill have served as the voices of our Standing Order Programs for over a decade, and they have worked at Ingram for a combined total of more than 58 years. Sadly for us, and happily for them, both Rita and Janet have announced their retirements for March 1. Our team has nicknamed this dark period in our history the Ingram Brexit.
Laura Barkema, MLIS, Collection Development Librarian and Jenny McCluskey, MSLS, Collection Development Librarian On June 28, 1969, at a bar called the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, a movement began. Hundreds of gay men, lesbians, drag queens, and trans people who were tired of being arrested and harassed for their sexual orientations or proclivities via police raids at their chosen establishments, such as the Stonewall Inn, stood up for themselves. They refused to be taken by the police and humiliated, so they started riots and protests that lasted all night into morning. The riots continued the following night. This escalation of anger and frustration by members of the gay community came to be known as the Stonewall Riots (or Uprising), and this year in June 2019 is the 50th Anniversary of this pivotal moment in the rights of LGBTQIA+ people today.
Debbie Davenport, MLS, Collection Development Librarian and Wendy Rancier, MLS, Collection Development Librarian School vacations, winter weather, and holidays can be both a joyous and a tense time. As a parent, you consider and discard multiple ideas on how to occupy your child/ren during those free hours that are normally filled with reading, writing, and arithmetic in a school setting. You ask yourself, what is fun but can also be used for learning something new? The same can be said for public librarians and staff, who are inundated with more traffic from kids, parents, and visiting relatives with no discernable pattern to peak times.
Ann Lehue, MLS, Manager, Collection Development Programs
Sure it’s the most wonderful time of the year and all, but some of us are ready to move on to the long, joyless winter, whether it’s because our dog’s poop is suddenly runny and flocked, we can’t remember where we put that creepy elf, or we have relatives who show up parked in a camper in our front yard, putting down a long-term sewer line.
Live from the Urban Libraries Council Annual Forum, we’re interviewing Jacquelyn Zebos and Chely Cantrell from the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library about their Honorable Mention in the Organizational Change and Strategic Management category.
Live from the Urban Libraries Council Annual Forum, we’re interviewing Amber Mathewson and Karyn Prechtel-Altman from the Pima County Public Library about their Library Restorative Practices for Youth.
Jenny McCluskey, MSIS, Collection Development Librarian What do you think of when you hear the term “graphic novel?” Superheroes, check. Manga, check. Fun stuff, right? And what about the term “nonfiction graphic novel?” Does that suggest popular classics of the medium, such as Persepolis or Maus? Or maybe newer standards come to mind, such as Congressman John Lewis’ New York Times-bestselling MARCH trilogy? Suddenly we see a great divide that is unfortunately still a very real misperception; that reading books that are fun cannot also be educational, and vice versa.
I recently had the chance to sit in on a webinar that my colleague Donna George, Director of Sales Operations and Product Development, hosted. The webinar was all about using Analytics tools to aid in decision making. The panelists consisted of Sam Cook, Systems Library for The Library Connection in Connecticut; Emily Althoff, Public Services Administrator for St. Louis County Library; and Mo Yang, Studio Coordinator at Anythink Libraries in Colorado.
During episode 4 of our #OnTheRoadULC road trip, we sat down with top innovators Noma Naficy and Beverly Redd to discuss their workforce and economic development programming at Hartford Public Library in Connecticut.
Live from the Urban Libraries Council Annual Forum, we’re interviewing Susan Broman from the Los Angeles Public Library about innovative additions to the area of Civic & Community Engagement through the New Americans Initiative.
We are hitting the road and taking our listeners to the 2018 Urban Libraries Council Annual Forum in Baltimore, Maryland. Join us as our hosts interview the Top Library Innovators, starting with Brooklyn Public Library's Teacher Lab.
Ingram’s Collection Development librarians regularly visit with publishers to find out about forthcoming titles, publishing trends, and what titles the publishers are most excited about each season. Check out their reviews for these forthcoming potential break-out novels:
In 1988, I voted for the first time. George H. W. Bush won handily (426 to 111 electoral votes and +7.8 percent of the popular vote)—he received 98 percent of the vote in my small Michigan village, so my single vote one way or the other didn’t seem to matter at all. Now that the country is more divided than ever, and the races so close, new voters and their views of civic duties, rights, and privileges seemingly have a real say in the direction of our country, at least on paper. But how do today’s new adults look at politics and voting?
Gone are the days when libraries could take a "cookie-cutter" approach to their community programming and outreach. Tune-in as we discuss the hyper-local drive towards engagement being embraced by libraries all over the country.
By Lisa M. Umina, Halo Publishing
2017 was an important year for self-publishing, when, for the first time ever, self- and indie-published books surpassed the market share of big publishers, with 42% of the market, as compared to 34% held by big publishers. In 2018, experts predict that the number of self-published books will increase, which is an indicator of the success and popularity of this option.
Libraries today are so much more than a place to find a new book. These public safe spaces are stepping up in their communities in a big way. From fighting homelessness to saving lives, libraries stand on the frontlines of public good.
Join us as we embark on Season 5 of Two Librarians And A Microphone! This season, inspired by the Urban Library Council's Annual Forum theme,
Leading Forward, focuses on how libraries are positioning themselves as key influencers and essential partners in their communities and appointed
We took Season 4, What I Didn’t Learn In Library School, on the road. Straight from the trade show floor in NOLA, we asked librarians who stopped by our
booth what they would share with the next generation of information experts. From building maintenance to library marketing that works, see if they
add insight to your own ideas.
Debbie Davenport, MLS, Collection Development Librarian Librarians, public servants that we are, see many things in our careers and are confronted with a multitude of questions, requests, and situations.
I always viewed a patron’s request for information as slaking my own thirst for knowledge. The topics varied from World War II history to astrology;
local genealogy to learning how to sew; green energy to the latest tax law. Most were exciting and effervescent unveilings of new information…
but there were those library consumers who made requests in haunting ways I will never forget.
Joyce Skokut, Director Collection Development If Stephen Hawking was afraid of it… When executives from Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, and another 100 business leaders visit the White
House to attend a meeting about the need for a strategy for it… you know you should pay attention. Whether you’re aware of it or not, artificial
intelligence (AI) is already at work all around you.
Jenny McCluskey, MSIS, Collection Development Librarian After almost two years of labor, the inaugural Excellence in Graphic Literature (EGL) awards were announced last month at Denver Comic Con.
The idea behind the awards is to further recognize the format’s value and importance as literature. John Shableski, VP of Sales at Udon Entertainment,
explains, “One of the goals of the awards is to create an annual event that all publishers, authors, librarians, and educators will celebrate, much
as they do the ALA Midwinter awards.” Thomas Maluck (Richmond Public Library) reacted positively to the EGL awards. He points out, “The increasing
prominence of comics narratives in libraries and syllabi means more opportunities than ever for great reading experiences. Strong reviews, professional
recognition of quality, and diversity of content go a long way toward book selections.” The EGL awards are yet another way to recognize quality in
Beth Reinker, MSLS, Manager, Collection Development Adult Materials In many libraries, biographies are some of the most popular titles. Why? People love to read stories about others, and biographies and autobiographies
are some of the most captivating stories out there. The fact that they are true only makes them more fascinating. Where else can you get an in-depth
glimpse at the real lives of athletes, actors, politicians, musicians, well-known business people, supermodels, and everyday people who have experienced
extraordinary situations? You can watch a movie or a documentary, but unless there is strong narrative to help you understand what the person is thinking
and feeling, you miss a big part of the person’s story. Reading a biography is often equal parts surprising and reassuring—the stories inspire
empathy, sadness, laughter, amazement, or disgust. But almost always, they remind us of the similar threads that bind all of us to the human experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.