“Innovative Booth for Libraries” at SXSW [Sponsored Content]

While I was in Indianapolis at PLA, Innovative’s Joe Murphy, Director, Library Futures, was in Austin, Texas at the well-known South by Southwest (SXSW) conference where emerging technology leaders, start-ups, and media entrepreneurs came together to discuss and even create the latest trends.

Andrew Carnegie Medals Shortlist Revealed

ALA today announced six books as finalists for the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year’s best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the US.  Along with a medal presentation at ALA’s annual conference in Chicago on June 30, each winning author will receive $5,000 and the four finalists will each receive $1,500.

The 2013 shortlisted titles are:

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction:

Top Ten(ish) Tweets – Friday (Day 1)

Wooo, it’s day one of Midwinter! The twitterverse is bustling with happy arrivals, anticipation, humor, inspiration, and a whole lot of festive spirit.

"Amazing ideas are born when librarians get together." #alamw15 @alamw

Knight News Challenge announces winners of $3 million in grants

In the 12th annual Knight News Challenge, organizers asked this question: “How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?” Twenty-two winners answered that challenge, and their names were announced January 30 at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

Top Ten (+1) Tweets—Thursday (Day 0)

Welcome to Midwinter 2015 in Chicago—home of ALA HQ! The Twitterverse is abuzz with excitement for #alamw15!

Based on the number of #alamw15 attendees flying tomorrow, the airlines will be the largest inter-librarian loan system in the country


Packing dilemmas were prominent and fashion is always a hot topic…

Selecting the (Mock) Newbery and Caldecott Winners

“Read a book, yo!” That’s the unofficial motto of a group of students at Derby Academy in Hingham, Massachusetts. They took it from N. D. Wilson’s Boys of Blur, a book many of them were introduced to as part of their school library’s mock Newbery Medal election program this year. Like many others, Derby librarian Barbara Zinkovich has found mock elections for the Newbery—or other Youth Media Awards (YMA)—to be a valuable tool for engaging both enthusiastic and reluctant readers.


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