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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 

How Publishers can Increase Discovery and Sell-through this Holiday Season


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.