Teens’ Top Ten, holiday marketing, Democracy’s Library

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ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association officially announced its 2022 Teens’ Top Ten winners on October 20. The Teens’ Top Ten, a list where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year, was selected by nominators from teen book groups representing 16 school and public libraries around the country. Among the winners: All These Bodies by Kendare Blake, Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas, and Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo. For the complete annotated list, visit the ...

Young Adult Library Services Association, Oct. 20

Alena Rivers

On October 3, Alena Rivers became executive director of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), after serving in the interim role since last year. Her work has included facilitating a division-wide collaboration on bystander intervention, implementing a pilot ALSC Equity Fellowship, and executing a pilot ALSC Research Agenda Grant. She answered our 11 Questions to introduce herself to ALA members....

AL: The Scoop, Oct. 25

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Tayla Cardillo writes: “ has raised the question of whether individuals submitting request for reconsideration forms are protected by library privacy laws or if their names and other identifying information are public record along with the rest of the request. It all started when Crested Butte resident Rebecca White submitted a reconsideration request to Gunnison County (Colo.) Library about the graphic novel Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe. Ultimately the library retained the book as part of its young adult collection, but during the course of the challenge, Crested Butte News Editor Mark Reaman submitted a Colorado Open Records Act request in order to gather more information about the book challenge taking place at the library.”...

OIF Blog, Oct. 24; Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, July 11

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Biz Hyzy writes: “Did you know that famed journalist Erik Larson published his first novel exclusively on audio? Or that Brent Spiner, aka Lieutenant Commander Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation, narrated the audiobook version of his ‘mem-noir’ with his former TNG castmates? Learn more about your favorite authors and narrators straight from the source through Booklist Reader’s exclusive interviews, or pore over our Writer’s Backstory columns, where authors write about the books and ideas that have influenced them.” Booklist Reader, the patron-facing magazine of Booklist, is set to launch in print in January 2023....

Booklist, Oct. 14

Proposed rule

Kurt Erickson writes: “Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, who is a likely candidate for governor in 2024, submitted a proposed rule change that would establish a certification requirement for libraries receiving state funds and institute measures to protect minors from what he calls ‘non-age-appropriate materials.’ Under the plan, public libraries would have to adopt policies to determine what material is appropriate for certain ages. And the proposed rule says state money could not be used to purchase or acquire inappropriate materials in any form that appeal to the ‘prurient interest of a minor.’ The rule is in a review period that will last through December 15.”...

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Oct. 18

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Erik Sherman writes: “Everything dies: people, machines, civilizations. Even knowledge has a life span. Documents fade. Art goes missing. Entire libraries and collections can face quick and unexpected destruction. What we think is permanent isn’t. Digital storage systems can become unreadable in as little as three to five years. Librarians and archivists race to copy things over to newer formats. But entropy is always there, waiting in the wings. To complicate matters, archivists are now grappling with an unprecedented deluge of information. ‘Everything is being recorded all the time,’ says Joseph Janes, an associate professor at the University of Washington Information School.”...

MIT Technology Review, Oct. 26

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Colin Marshall writes: “Democracy and its workings have been objects of fascination the world over. So have its central questions, not least the one of just how to maintain the informed citizenry on which its operation supposedly depends. The Internet Archive has just launched its own kind of answer in the form of a free, open, online compendium of government research and publications from around the world. Collected from a variety of governmental bodies like the United States’ National Agricultural Library, Foreign Broadcast Information Service, and National Institute of Standards and Technology Research Library—as well as Statistics Canada and Public Accounts of Canada—its materials were ostensibly produced for the public but haven’t always been easy to find. In total, there are more than 500,000 documents in the collection.”...

Open Culture, Oct. 24

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Angela Hursh writes: “My favorite library marketing season is about to begin. The last two months of the year are when a library marketer must do in-depth work that will strengthen their library’s position for the coming year. Every other business and competitor will be ramping up their sales and discounts as we go into the holiday season, so I advocate pulling back on your regular push promotions. Instead, you can stand out by doing something different: focus on using this time to create a deeper connection with your community by strategically building library brand awareness and affinity.”...

Super Library Marketing, Oct. 24

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K. W. Colyard writes: “In many ways, scary short stories are superior to full-length novels. Not only do authors have less time to ratchet up the terror, but there are also fewer opportunities for scares. A novel might have any number of scares, but short horror stories must limit themselves to a handful of really good frights—giving readers more bang for their terrified buck. With that in mind, I’ve picked out 25 must-read horror collections and anthologies that will have you sleeping with the lights on for weeks. You’ll find something to love, no matter what kind of horror you’re in the mood for.”...

Book Riot, Oct. 25

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