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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:

The State of America’s Libraries, 2014

On April 13, the American Library Association released its report on the 2014 State of America's Libraries during National Library Week, April 13–19, detailing library trends of the past year. Its findings include:

Public Libraries to Take Center Stage in Financial Literacy

Left to right: Public Library Association (PLA) President Carolyn Anthony, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan Hildreth, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library Director of Adult Learning Kerwin Pilgrim, and CFPB Senior Content Specialist Dan Rutherford

An American in Paris

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of talking about US library ebook lending at the Salon du Livre—the Paris Book Fair.

Will a Straw Poll Save Miami-Dade Public Library?

Voters in Miami-Dade County, Florida, may get a chance this summer to weigh in on whether they are willing to pay higher property taxes in order to fill a $20 million FY2015 deficit that would decimate public library services. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A.

ALA Leadership Institute Participants Continue to Benefit

DCWG at PLA

Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library Director Sari Feldman and Multnomah County (Oreg.) Library Director Vailey Oehlke represented ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) at last week’s Public Library Association Conference in Indianapolis.

I Came, I Saw, I Was Part of the Scenius at SXSW

In his keynote speech, “Steal Like an Artist,” author Austin Kleon referenced Brian Eno's concept that creative ideas are birthed in a network, an ecology of talent known as a scenius. The scenius runs contrary to the myth of the lone genius. Rather than subscribing to the notion that people are born with creativity in their genes, and that talented individuals should squirrel themselves away, wait for inspiration to strike, and keep their ideas secret, the scenius focuses on the collaborative process and the quality of the connections you make and the conversations you start.

Meet the 2014 Candidates for ALA President

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