Archive for April, 2011

3 Irish Authors short listed for the
2011 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award.

The short list will be confirmed by
the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen at 11.00am on 12th April 2011 in the Mansion House, Dublin

10 novels have been shortlisted for the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, from a total of 162 novels nominated by 166 public library systems in 126 cities worldwide. For the first time, the shortlist includes novels by three Irish authors; Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, Brooklyn by Colm Toibín and Love and Summer by William Trevor. The International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award is worth €100,000 and is the world’s most prestigious literary prize nominated by public libraries world-wide. 
 
The Lord Mayor of Dublin Gerry Breen, Patron of the Award, officially confirmed the titles on this year’s shortlist, nominated by public libraries in Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Greece, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Scotland, South Africa, Switzerland, and the USA.

The short listed titles are:

  1. Galore by Michael Crummey (Canadian). Doubleday Canada
  2. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (American). Faber & Faber, HarperCollins, USA
  3. The Vagrants by Yiyn Li  (Chinese / American) Random House, USA
  4. Ransom by David Malouf  (Australian) Random House Australia
  5. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Irish) Bloomsbury, UK, Random House, USA
  6. Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates  (American) Ecco Press, USA
  7. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey  (Australian) Allen & Unwin
  8. Brooklyn by Colm Toibín (Irish) Viking UK, Scribner, USA
  9. Love and Summer by William Trevor (Irish) Viking, UK
  10. After the Fire, a Still, Small Voice by Evie Wyld (Australian) Pantheon Books, USA

More about the shortlist

From this list, all I’ve read is Evie Wyld’s After the Fire, a Still, Small Voice. I’d be ecstatic if it won, but then again I have no others to compare it with, which makes that a trifle biased. Not that that’s ever stopped me.

I have a copy of Galore for review, haven’t heard of  The Vagrants, Jasper Jones or Love and Summer, though of course I know of William Trevor. The others I know of but have never read.

So, once again, I’m faced with having no idea  on earth who will win, only that I’ll hope it’s Evie Wyld since her book was positively brilliant.

What’s that you say? Did I hear, “Lisa, why don’t you read the shortlist, then make an informed guess?!”

Are  you trying to kill me, people?!  Yes, it’s a prize generated via the opinions of public librarians, and yes, I’m a public librarian. And, if you offer to fly me to Ireland for the awards ceremony I wouldn’t hesitate to read these novels while standing on my head. (Okay, maybe not standing on my head.)

The award date isn’t until June 15, but I’m already reviewing for two sites, plus for NetGalley at my own pace, and I have half a mind to apply to Kirkus, too. Oh, and the Orange Prize Longlist. I’ve been too eager to wait for the short, plus for whatever completely insane reason thought I should also guess the short…

Oh, hell. Maybe. But keep in mind a ticket to Ireland would positively seal the deal. Ireland in June? Yes, please!

National Drop Everything and Read Day

What is National D.E.A.R. Day?
D.E.A.R. stands for Drop Everything and Read. National D.E.A.R. Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority.

Can I celebrate D.E.A.R. Day on another date?
Yes, of course. Every day is a great day to Drop Everything and Read! The goal is to make reading a regular part of your routine. So, go ahead and read today, tomorrow, and every day!

Who is leading the National D.E.A.R. Day Celebration? The National Education Association (NEA); Parent Teacher Association (PTA); the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association; Reading Rockets; The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC); the Newspaper Association of America Foundation (NAA); First Book; HarperCollins Children’s Books; Read Kiddo Read; Walden Media and Ramona Quimby.

More about the partners

When is National D.E.A.R. Day?
The birthday of beloved author Beverly Cleary is the official event date, April 12th. Ramona Quimby, the program’s official spokesperson, is responsible for spreading the word and the love of reading.

Why is National D.E.A.R. Day celebrated on Beverly Cleary’s birthday?
Beverly Cleary receives thousands of letters a year from young readers, many who have participated in D.E.A.R. at school. Their interest in and enthusiasm for this special reading activity inspired Mrs. Cleary to give the same experience to Ramona Quimby, who gets to enjoy D.E.A.R. time with the rest of her class in Ramona Quimby, Age 8.

How can I participate?
Schools, libraries, bookstores and other organizations are being asked to host Drop Everything and Read events on April 12th. You can attend an event in your community or participate right in your own home by reading for 30 minutes!

From Guardian.co.uk:

Could an online booksharing scheme spell the end for the traditional library?

A scheme where residents post their own books online to swap, then meet to complete the transaction has worried some library campaigners

Sutton Bookshare scheme

Testing out Sutton council’s new online bookshare scheme. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

With more people using the internet, an online booksharing scheme might appear to be the perfect solution for people unable to visit their local library. But the idea has caused dismay among some library campaigners. The London borough of Sutton last Monday launched its online booksharing scheme where residents post their own books to swap, then meet in person to complete the transaction.

Registered users upload details of books they want to share using open source data. Once they tap in the ISBN, a small picture of the publication appears with a few explanatory notes and the owner’s details. Borrowers can then get in touch to agree loan terms and where to meet.

Read more…

For the past decade Library Journal has been honoring librarians who’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty, singling them out via the “Movers and Shakers Award” for their innovation, service and ways they’ve otherwise raised the profile of quality library service.

This post is the first in a series of interviews I conducted with the 2011 Mover & Shaker winners. Here’s to the librarians who’ve brought so much innovation to the field!

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Jaime HammondLibrary Journal March 15, 2011: Jaime Hammond , Mover & Shaker

 

Library name: Naugatuck Valley Community College    

Library type (public, academic, etc.): Academic, 2 year Community College

Address: 750 Chase Parkway Waterbury CT

Website: nvcc.commnet.edu/library

Your/other websites: movablelibrary.wordpress.com

Why she was chosen for this honor:

 

 Antidote to Apathy

The library at Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC), in Waterbury, CT, serves students from every socioeconomic and educational background. Despite its wide mandate, until this past summer the library’s main entrance was a narrow passage hidden on a lower level of campus.

It was then that reference/serials librarian Jaime Hammond, working on a limited budget, reimagined the “secondary” entrance on the main artery as the central one.

“Jamie made sure the main level entrance was expanded, with all library services easily accessible from the school’s major thoroughfare,” says nominator Kate Sheehan, an open source implementation coordinator at the nonprofit Bibliomation, which provides technological and automation services for over five dozen Connecticut public libraries and schools.

The more prominent location, says Hammond, allowed “for the most exposure to students as they pass by.” It was an immediate improvement. “We were able to make a maximum impact with minimum changes, materials, and costs, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Opening doors is what Hammond is all about. An active member of professional organizations including the Connecticut Library Association, she cochaired the 2010 annual conference. Sheehan calls her “Connecticut’s antidote to cynicism, lethargy, and apathy.”

Today, the NVCC library renovation continues—on a strict budget. For Hammond, at NVCC since 2007, the financial limitations present the right kind of challenge. “[I’ve] always been artistic and interested in design, [but] I never thought my career choice to become a librarian would allow me to be this creative,” she says. “My desk is covered in flooring samples, tape measures, and fabric swatches.”

1).        Do you hold an MLS degree? From which school?

Yes, Southern Connecticut State University, 2005

2).        If you hold an MLS, what was your undergraduate field of study? Have you applied that degree in your library career?

My undergraduate degree is from Sarah Lawrence College and is in Liberal Arts. Yes, I apply it every day!

3).        Is there anything unique about the history and/or architecture of your library?

Well, the architecture of my library is sort of what earned me the Movers and Shakers nod! Our library is on the 4th and 5th floors of a building that is connected to the other buildings via the 5th floor. The stacks are interior and connected by tiny staircases that resemble Escher’s Relativity. It’s… unique.

4).        What stands out about your library? What special features or services does it offer?

Other than the odd layout, our library has some wonderful features. Our new classroom is laid out in an X shape, with the instructor at the center, to group the students naturally and allow the instructor to move around the class freely. Our most exciting space is our Collaboration Studio- a room with three of Steelcase’s “media:scapes”- a collaborative workspace ideal for group projects. Users can project their laptops onto a 42” flat panel monitor and switch off between users using a switcher technology called a PUCK.

5).        How many patrons does your library serve?

We have approximately 5000 FTE, plus community members.

6).        What is the demographic in your area?

We are located in Waterbury, CT, an urban area with a high unemployment rate.

7).        What are your favorite reading genres? Any favorite books or authors you’ve read recently?

I like fiction- specifically magical realism and mystery. The last book I absolutely loved was Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese.

 8).        What are your thoughts on the eBook vs. book debate? Will books as we know them ever be completely usurped by eBooks?

As a community college librarian, most of our students don’t have ebook readers and some don’t have computers or internet access at home. I think that if the library provided an ereader with textbooks on it, the students would like that, but the demand hasn’t trickled down to us yet.

9).        Have your patrons been receptive to eBooks?

See above

10).      Finally, what concerns – if any – do you have about the future of libraries?

I think the future of public libraries is probably different from academic libraries, in that our students are still being forced to use the library! However, I take my two young sons to the library every Saturday, and I know that they value it as much as I do. I hope that people continue to realize what a gift libraries are, and that librarians actually remind people of that as well!