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Let’s Celebrate Indie Bookstores 2018

Spring is finally here, which means Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is just around the corner! At Ingram Content Group, books have been our passion for more than 50 years, and we’re more devoted than ever to supporting indie bookstores—large and small—and celebrating them on Independent Bookstore Day, and every day! 


Get To Know Copper Canyon Press

By Stephen Sparks, Little Infinite Editor
I ran through several drafts of an introduction this interview with Copper Canyon’s Joseph Bednarik, but finally came to the conclusion that the most effective way to present the forty-five year old nonprofit press was to provide a list of some of their authors. And so, before getting to Joseph’s answers below, consider that Copper Canyon, the best poetry publisher in the U.S. if not the world, has published the likes of Pablo Neruda, W.S. Merwin, Ocean Vuong, Adrienne Rich, C.D. Wright, Lucille Clifton, Octavio Paz, and hundreds more. 


Get To Know City Lights Books

For most, City Lights is synonymous with the Beat Generation, a bookstore that became a gathering spot for poets who have since entered the pantheon of post-war American literature. But in the sixty-five years since its modest beginning, City Lights has embraced an eclectic aesthetic, publishing a wide range of works that do not fit easily into any simple categorization. Stephen Sparks, Little Infinite’s editor, emailed Elaine Katzenberger, publisher and executive director of City Lights publishing program, to find out what the press looks for in its famed poetry series. 


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. 


Get Rewarded for Being Independent: Ingram’s Booklove

Whether it’s hosting an author event or helping a local find the perfect afternoon read, independent booksellers continuously spread the love of books to homes, cities, and even across borders . However, independent bookstores must be creative, enterprising, and seek out resources that are available to help them thrive and successfully compete against discount prices from mega-bookstore chains and online retailers.  


Library Neutrality: Two Librarians And A Microphone Podcast

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.