January 28, 2013
The American Library Association has just announced the winners of the Randolph Caldecott, John Newbery, and Michael L. Printz awards for excellence in children’s illustration, children’s literature, and youth literature respectively. Here is a link to the PR Newsire story for more information and other award announcements.
Klassen, J. This is Not My Hat.
Applegate, Katherine. The One and Only Ivan.
Lake, Nick. In Darkness.
December 13, 2012
We have added two new books on cursive writing to the collection and they are headed to community libraries soon. The titles are Cursive writing practice: inspiring quotes by Jane Lierman and Cursive writing practice: jokes & riddles by Violet Findley They appear to be activity books (lots of blank spaces for practice), but are meant for teachers (and homeschoolers) to make copies of the practice sheets. They are marked as reproducible, meaning that they are intended for copying.
The new books are replacing Cursive writing made easy & fun : 101 quick, creative activities & reproducibles that help kids of all learning styles master cursive writing, by Kama Einhorn. The Einhorn book is out of print and could not be replaced; the title had many holds and had circulated many times before being purged for condition.
Cursive writing is a hot topic now because many schools are no longer teaching it. Lorraine and I have searched for books on this subject in an attempt to meet demand; the titles purchase are the most useful we can find.
Posted by Becky
October 11, 2012
The Swedish Academy announced this morning that it has awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature to Chinese novelist Mo Yan. In announcing the award, the Academy noted that Mo’s work uses “hallucinatory realism” to merge “folk tales, history, and the contemporary.” Mo is not well-known in the west, probably most familiar as the author whose novel Red Sorghum was adapted to film. We own a few translations of Mo’s works; a quick search of one of our vendor’s websites this morning showed few titles available to purchase. I expect this to change soon.
August 13, 2012
Here we go again. Publisher Thomas Nelson, owned now by HarperCollins, has recalled all copies of The Jefferson Lies : Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson by David Barton, for inaccuracies and “misinterpretations.” Here is the story from PW.
All copies have been made unholdable and non-floating. When they land at your branch, please send to Service Center and put in Review status. Again emails will be going out to customers who were on the holds queue. Fortunately, this time there were only five copies and 9 holds on one print edition. Again the PAC will show no available copies.
Thank you for your help!
Posted by Darren
May 8, 2012
The May 1 issue of Library Journal includes their annual review of the ten best magazines of the previous year. Although there are some interesting titles, to me the best feature is the overview of the magazine publishing industry. This information is timely: we’re starting to work on the system’s magazine renewal for 2013 and considering the purchase of Zinio for the coming year.
I’ll head off the SINCs now: appealing as the title is, we won’t be adding Toad Suck Review to the collection.
posted by Nancy
April 13, 2012
J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, has been announced with publication date set for September 27. We will place an order in June, three months prior to publication. We purchase only three months in advance of publication for three reasons: it helps us better manage our hold queue length prior to receipt of material (and thus fill holds faster); it helps us better manage our materials budget; and it helps ensure that the book will actually be published (yes, popular authors’ works sometimes do get delayed). In the meantime (until June), we will be returning RINCs to customers with the reason that their request is made too far in advance of publication.
Here’s the publisher’s annotation:
“When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.”
posted by Nancy
April 4, 2012
The Seattle Times winds up a four-part series today about Amazon, local business made good. An emphasis on excellent customer service can overshadow the toll taken on staff and publishers.
Sno-Isle uses the Amazon marketplace to purchase out-of-print titles that have repeated demand from customers, especially to fill in series fiction. With very few exceptions, we purchase from marketplace only when the sales price for the used copy does not exceed the list price for the original edition.
posted by Nancy
February 2, 2012
January 10, 2012
OverDrive announced in an email to library partners last week that Brilliance Audio is suspending availability of its audiobooks for purchase as downloads across all vendors. Here’s their official statement:
For U.S. libraries only at this time.
Changes to BrillianceAudio library lending
Effective January 31, 2012, as instructed by the publisher, BrillianceAudio will suspend the availability of all download audiobook titles for library purchase across all vendors. This change does not affect any titles currently in your library’s catalog. You will not, however, be able to add any additional copies.
If you have questions or comments, you can reach BrillianceAudio directly at AskSales@brillianceaudio.com or 800.648.2312.
Gary Price at INFOdocket noted connections with Amazon that may indicate this isn’t a brinkmanship move by Brilliance Audio that might end in a compromise solution as the Penguin Group ebook did in November.
Price notes that:
A Few of the Many Possibilities That Quickly Come to Mind
- Brilliance Sells Access to Titles via Audible, No Need To Lend
- Amazon Will Add Some/All Brilliance Titles to the Their Amazon Prime Program”
Practicalities — what does this mean for the library today?
- Brilliance Audio talking books on CD aren’t affected by this development.
- Fewer audiobook offerings by popular authors such as Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, Dean Koontz and others.
- Our current Brilliance Audio download titles will remain in the collection.
- We may have difficulty maintaining our holds to copy ratio of 5 to 1 for Brilliance Audio downloads.
Let’s hope this doesn’t become a trend.
posted by jim