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Today we are meeting with a group of consultants and some of the New York brass to rethink the Horn Book’s digital presence–the website, the Guide Online, maybe the newsletters and e-editions of our print publications. (The Horn Book Guide will be digital-only starting this fall.) I told Lolly I was even open to discussion–well, more truthfully, open to discussion about maybe having a discussion–about rethinking that great emblem with the famously joined r and k on our Magazine covers. So you know it’s all up for grabs. Please share any wishes, fears, warnings, and dreams in the comments.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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  1. Moving the Guide completely to being an e-resource makes sense to me–it’s a powerful tool but not as well-known as it should be. I haven’t played with searching it online in awhile and it strikes me that it would be important for a selector to be able to restrict the search by time period. But more importantly, it needs a promotional push so people know what a smart and timely tool it is for selectors.

    Horn Book has been a great place for online discussion–Roger is very good at sparking conversation, and speaking in a forthright way. It strikes me that with Child_Lit closing up shop, it might represent an opportunity for HB to position itself as a place for thoughtful discussion online.

  2. Dear gods, don’t get rid of the logo. I love the logo!

  3. I love reading through my Horn Book Guide…and making notations about books of interest that I might want to purchase for my granddaughters and the children and grandchildren of friends. I hope the print edition will still be available to those of us who choose reading its reviews the “old-fashioned” way. I doubt that I will subscribe to it any longer if it only becomes available online. Just one old lady’s two cents on the subject.

  4. Lolly Robinson Lolly Robinson says:

    Quick reply to SDL re: restricting searches by time period. Maybe you are already aware, but you can sort by date if you use the drop-down options at the bottom of the search page.
    We’re hoping to update the look of the HBGOnline soon. And adding some additional features (like truly searching by a past publishing season) are on our wish list.

  5. Lolly Robinson Lolly Robinson says:

    We will never get rid of that logo (famous last words?!) BUT maybe it will take up less real estate on the magazine cover, sitting next to more horizontal text. Early days yet.

  6. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    I hear you, Elaine–I love to use the Guide that way, too, although I have become enamored of the way hornbook guide.com allows me to search over a wider span of time (and, yes, Susan, you can limit HBGO searches by pub. year as well as rating, age level, etc.). But it’s not affordable to keep the print Guide going. I have high hopes for the new e-edition as well as a concomitant look at how to improve HBGO.

    Maia, I love that logo, which debuted in 1973, and is itself based on earlier, horizontal iterations of the title. But its squareness really inhibits its use, and Lolly assures me that we will find a way to honor it and make it more flexible, too.

    Yikes, Susan, the end of child_lit. I’m tempted to weigh in with a blog post but haven’t been a member for some years, after too many flame wars burned me out. I’m assuming that the present circumstances are not so different? I hope it finds a new home but I don’t see it as something we could manage here.

  7. Emily Schneider says:

    I feel it is worth responding to the earlier comment about the demise of child_lit. Michael Joseph, who moderated this listserv, posted a sad explanation about why the group was ending. He referred to the vituperative exchanges as one of several factors. Some of these concerned diversity and white privilege in the world of children’s literature. There was a long thread about Jewish children’s literature, which included some really alarming statements disqualifying Jews from commenting on oppression, to which Joseph responded with regret and anger.
    Ultimately, this issue seems more important to me than the lettering on the magazine cover.

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