Good News for Libraries!

June 21, 2012 (Anaheim, California)

“On the first day of the largest library conference in the world, the American Library Association (ALA) welcomed the announcement from Penguin Group USA that it will re-enter the library e-book lending market with a pilot in New York City.”

Read the statement from ALA President Molly Raphael to learn more.

Libraries, Patrons, and e-books


Summary of findings from the latest Pew research report:

  • 58% of Americans have a library card, and 69% say that their local library is important to them and their family. Library card holders use more technology, and they report that they read more books.
  • 12% of readers of e-books borrowed an e-book from the library in the past year. But a majority of Americans do not know that this service is provided by their local library.
  • E-book borrowers appreciate the selection of e-books at their local library, but they often encounter wait lists, unavailable titles or incompatible file formats.
  • Many Americans would like to learn more about borrowing e-books.
  • Library card holders are more than twice as likely to have bought their most recent book than to have borrowed it from a library. Many e-book borrowers purchase e-books, too.
  • Leading-edge librarians and patrons say that the advent of e-books has produced a major transformation in book searching and borrowing at libraries.

Learn more


First-ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction
The Forgotten Waltz 2012 Fiction Winner:
The Forgotten Waltz, by Anne Enright, published by W. W. Norton & Company
2012 Nonfiction Winner:
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie, published by Random House, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group
These first-ever winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were announced by selection committee chair Nancy Pearl at a special event at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim on Sunday, June 24.

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 2012 Finalists:

Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks, published by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell, published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction 2012 Finalists:

The Information: a History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick, published by Pantheon Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
Malcolm X: a Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable, published by Viking Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (USA)

We have four of the six titles at the BSC Library.  Check them out!

Digital Divide

“To the surprise of many readers, public library e-book “shelves” now sport gaping holes. The Witness by Nora Roberts? Unseen. The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark? Missing. Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs? DOA.

None of these bestsellers is available through your library’s thoughtfully developed online collections. You may think that your library simply hasn’t bought them yet, or that our shrinking budgets kept us from providing the e-books people are demanding. But the truth is that for the first time, libraries are unable to purchase some materials on behalf of our communities.”

For the rest of the article by Molly Raphael, President of the American Library Association, go to “Publishers Long Overdue in Offering Libraries eBook Titles.”


The Sounds of Learning in the 21st Century Library

The traditional work of libraries and librarians continues in the 21st century … helping people get the information they need.  What has changed are the tools librarians use, the emphasis on active learning and collaborative work in libraries, and the spaces needed to foster that kind of interaction.  At the BSC Library, we think of this shift as “the sounds of learning.”

For an interesting essay about the “new” library and how names influence perceptions, read School Library or Learning Commons? What’s in a Name?  Even though the essay focuses on school (K-12) libraries, the points made by Teacher-Librarian Donna Alden are relevant to many types of libraries.

 When we design a new learning commons/library for our campus, how will it look?

These images from our Britannica ImageQuest database may help you imagine the possibilities.

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The future is bright!


The movie Chernobyl Diaries is now playing at the Grand Theatres.   While the movie’s implausible story line may be great entertainment, if you want to learn about the REAL Chernobyl and what happened there, here are some suggestions from the BSC Library collection.

Check them out!