Novelist and Bookstore Owner Ann Patchett Winner of Women's National Book Award

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 08/20/2012 - 11:08

The Women’s National Book Association has announced that novelist Ann Patchett has been selected to receive the 2012-2013 Women’s National Book Award. According to the Association’s website, the biennial award is given to “a living American woman who derives part or all of her income from books and allied arts, and who has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation.”

A Stealth Librarian Manifesto (from Confessions of a Science Librarian)

Submitted by Bearkat on Fri, 02/11/2011 - 16:21

"Stealth librarianship is a way of being...the principles of stealth librarianship apply to all branches of the profession, each in particular ways...the core is the same: to thrive and survive in a challenging environment, we must subtly and not-so-subtly insinuate ourselves into the lives of our patrons. We must concentrate on becoming part of their world, part of their landscape..." *

ALA Wikileaks Data Hub

Submitted by StephenK on Wed, 12/29/2010 - 12:29

It appears that the Office of Intellectual Freedom and the Washington Office of the American Library Association have created a new "emerging issues" site to provide rapid response on breaking stories that erupt outside the regular cycle of ALA meetings. Their first topic covered by the site is Wikileaks.

New Stonewall Award for Childrens Books

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 11/02/2010 - 10:44

The American Library Association on Monday announced it has added another prize to its Stonewall Book Awards.

The Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award will recognize an English-language children's book “of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered experience.”