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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. 

Make Your Books More Discoverable with a Good Description & Author Bio

By Jake Handy, @jakehandy 

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 

Indie Bookstores Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day

For decades, Indie Bookstores have been a sacred place for communities to gather and visit in order to read, listen to a music performance, or just a safe place to be. On Independent Bookstore Day, April 27th, we celebrate those who help to keep Indie Bookstores open and running for the dedicated readers all over the world. Join us in celebration by supporting your local Indie Bookshop. 

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day

April is an exciting time of the year here at Ingram Content Group because we are thrilled to be able to celebrate and recognize our wonderful world of indie booksellers with Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) on April 27. 

Continuing Success for Binc and Booksellers in Need

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) works so hard to strengthen the bookselling community. With so many people affected by natural disasters such as 2018’s Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence, as well as various other emergency circumstances, BINC is able to act as the safety net for these booksellers and their families that are affected. Since the start of BINC, they have provided more than $6.6 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 7,476 families. We recently spoke with Kate Weiss, BINC’s Communications Coordinator, to find out details of how they were able to make an impact in 2018. Keep reading to hear more!