Library Blog

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. 


PLA 2020: Visit the Dark Side of Nashville

By Ann Lehue, MSIS, Senior Manager, Collection Development
  


Top 11 Nashville Literary Destinations

By: Annie Herlocker, Nashville Public Library, Richland Library, Branch Manager and Katherine Bryant, Nashville Public Library, Belleve Library Branch Manager  


Boozy Nashville: Where to Drink for PLA

By Laura Barkema, MLIS, Collection Development Librarian 


Ingram Insider: Our Nashville Picks

Are you headed to Nashville for PLA 2020? Do you want to dive in beyond the books to have an experience you won't forget? Our Ingram Library Services team has compiled a list of their "Nashville Picks" for you to explore while in the Music City.  This includes everything from the best diners and dives, tasty cocktails, and places to make memories, through education and fun.  


Insider Tips for Planning Your PLA Nashville Trip

Beth Reinker, MSLS, Manager, Collection Development Adult Materials 


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. 


Retirements: Ingram’s “Standing Order Voices”- Rita Allison and Janet Hill

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


Stonewall, 50 Years Later

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. 


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

Live from the Urban Libraries Council Annual Forum, we’re interviewing Carine Risley and Laura Liang from the San Mateo Public Library about their revamped Employee Evaluation Program.  


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

Live from the Urban Libraries Council Annual Forum, we’re interviewing Danielle McDonald from the Ottawa Public Library about their innovation Express eBooks program.  


Fresh & Diverse YA Story Collections

By Jill Andreasen, MLIS, Collection Development Librarian 


Face Your Fears with True Crime

Becky Walton, MLIS, Collection Development Librarian and Beth Reinker, MSLS, Manager, Collection Development Adult Materials 


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

Live from the Urban Libraries Council Annual Forum, we’re interviewing Jason Johnson and Andrew Chanse from the Spokane Public Library about their success with Lilac City Live. 


Keeping Your Kids (and Smallest Patrons) Busy

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. 


Have Yourself a Snarky Little Christmas

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.  


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

San Jose Public Library, located in one of the most diverse cities in the nation, expanded their Partners in Reading program to better serve the unique needs of their community.  


#OnTheRoadULC: Featuring Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library // Two Librarians & A Microphone Podcast

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.  


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

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. 


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

Live from the Urban Libraries Council Annual Forum, we’re interviewing Cesar Garza from the Austin Public Library about their Social Media Ambassadors Program.  


Books Boost Movie and Television Adaptation Success

By Ann Cox, MLS, Collection Development Librarian and Wendy Rancier, MLS, Collection Development Librarian 
Any pop culture fan can tell you that books and comics are currently the hottest source material for Hollywood. In 2017, eight of the top ten highest grossing movies in the domestic market were based on stories or characters originally found in print, with Black Panther poised to claim the top spot in 2018


Just a Comic Book: A Defense of Children’s Nonfiction Graphic Novels

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. 


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

Live from the Urban Libraries Council Annual Forum, we’re interviewing Richard Reyes-Gavilan from the DC Public Library about their Memory Lab Network Project.
 


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

Listen in as Lexington Public Library gives details on how to banish snow day boredom with fun, indoor activities that can be replicated by parents and library peers with ultimate ease.
 


Using Data to Influence Decision Making in Your Library

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.  


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

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.  


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

When San Francisco Public Library recognized approximately 50% of 3rd and 4th graders in their community were not reading at grade level they decided to step up immediately.
 


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

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.
 


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

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.  


Top Buzz-Worthy Fiction Reviews from #TheLibraryLife Experts

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: 


New Adult Voters: Activism, Apathy, or Angst?

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? 


#LibrariesRock // Serving the Needs of Your Local Community: Two Librarians & A Microphone Podcast

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.  


5 Tips to be Successful in Self Publishing

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. 


#LibrariesTransform // When Libraries & Democracy Collide: Two Librarians & A Microphone Podcast

Our democratic process has always been preserved by the existence of public libraries. By offering free and open access to information, libraries are for everyone, everywhere.  


#LibrariesRespond // Stepping Up In Times of Crisis: Two Librarians & A Microphone Podcast

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.  


Get to Know Author Genevieve Cogman

Rachel Montgomery, Collection Development Librarian  


Discover the List: Female Rage in YA Lit

By Jill Andreasen, MLIS, Collection Development Librarian  


#LibrariesMatter // The Importance of Libraries Today: Two Librarians & A Microphone Podcast

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 leaders.  


On the Road at #ALAAC18: Two Librarians And A Microphone Podcast

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. 


Mental Illness Affects Us All

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. 


Artificial Intelligence

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. 


Denver ComicCon: Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards Debut

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 graphic literature. 


Truth Really IS Stranger Than Fiction

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. 


7 Debut Fiction Picks From Our Collection Development Team

Ingram librarians and reviewers recently selected and reviewed the most exciting new voices coming out soon.  


The Little Things That Make It Worthwhile: Two Librarians And A Microphone Podcast

It can be easy to get caught up in the hectic pace of #TheLibraryLife. Let’s take a moment to celebrate the little things that remind us why we choose this noble pursuit.  


The Awe-Inspiring and Motivational: Two Librarians And A Microphone Podcast

Episode 2 of Season 4 includes a look into some of the wonderfully inspirational things that happen behind library doors. 

Everything You Need to Know About the Great American Read

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. 


What I Didn't Learn in Library School: Two Librarians And A Microphone Podcast

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.  


Get To Know Author Zoje Stage

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! 


Children's Books on the Immigration Experience

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. 


Seattle Public Library at PLA 2018: Two Librarians And A Microphone

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.  


Adventures in Podcasting: Two Librarians And A Microphone

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.  


How Politics Shape Everything: Two Librarians And A Microphone Podcast

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 Golden Rule of Librarianship: Two Librarians And A Microphone Podcast

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? 


Why Quilting Books Need to be Part of Your Library’s Collection

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. 


Spring YA Debuts: Best of List and a Review

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.  


Fake News, Infoliteracy, and the Librarian: Two Librarians And A Microphone Podcast

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.